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New speaker, technologies on July 28 GIS field data collection webinar

June 30, 2016  - By

Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016LaserTechnologyLogo-WebinarEmail
Time: 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Sponsor: Laser Technology

A new speaker and a new mapping technology have joined the line-up for next Thursday’s (July 28) free webinar, “Laser Rangefinders, Lidar, Cameras and More:  Other Sensors Integrated with GNSS for Special Mapping Requirements.” Survey and mapping consultant Eric Gakstatter will speak on the use of digital cameras, laser rangefinders, and lidar.

Eric Gakstatter

Eric Gakstatter

He joins Joakim Rydell, author of the magazine’s July cover story, “See Into the Smoke with Inertial,” and Paul Adkins, global communications manager for Laser Tech, Inc. Overall, the panelists will present valuable business and technical information to increase  workflow efficiency with smart devices, apps, rangefinders and cameras, and to keep attendees on the forefront of new GIS field data collection methods.

Field data collection and mapping is booming in many industrial, business, defense and other organizational workflows. The demand for accuracy and data richness constantly increases, and the frontiers for mapping and navigation are steadily pushing outward through all types of obstructed environments — or inward. These new positioning challenges are met by a range of sensors complementing GNSS: laser range-finders, inertial measurement units, cameras of various kinds and more.

Practitioners and researchers in these industries will find this GPS World webinar material profitable:

  • Survey and Defense
  • Mining and Construction
  • GIS Mappping and GPS Mapping
  • Forestry and Natural Resource Management
  • Utilities and Telecommunications



Joakim Rydell
Senior Scientist, Swedish Defense Research Agency

“Inertial Navigation and Dense Distance Measurements from a Range Camera”

A prototype for soldiers and first responders in dangerous environments integrates inertial navigation with near-infrared images and dense distance measurements from a range camera using active illumination. This produces real-time results on a tablet computer. Experiments demonstrate that the system provides good positioning and mapping performance in a range of indoor environments, including darkness and smoke.


Paul Adkins
Global Marketing Communications Manager, Laser Technology, Inc.

“GIS Field Data Collection Using Smart Devices “

Learn how to increase GIS field data collection workflow efficiency utilizing smart devices (BYOD), internal GPS and apps with compact total station laser rangefinders. Also, using the camera function on the smart devices and/or laser.

Eric Gakstatter
Contributing Editor, GPS World, Geospatial Solutions

Gakstatter is a contributing editor for the Geospatial Solutions Monthly e-newsletter, an e-newsletter focused on geospatial technologies. He owns and operates his own drone or UAV. Following 10 years of work experience within the GPS/GNSS industry, since 2000, he’s been a power user of GPS/GNSS technology as well as a consultant with capital management companies; federal, state and local government agencies; and private companies on the application and/or development of GPS technology. Since 2006, he’s been a contributing editor to GPS World magazine and the Geospatial Solutions website.


Alan Cameron
Editor-In-Chief, GPS World

Cameron is editor-in-chief and publisher of GPS World magazine, where he has worked since 2000. He also writes the monthly GNSS System Design e-newsletter and the Wide Awake blog.



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