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Leica eyes precision farming market

Heerbrugg, Switzerland: Leica Geosystems signed a research and development (R&D) agreement with YTO, a leading agricultural machinery and construction machinery manufacturer in China. Under this agreement, the company aims to develop integrated precision auto-steering solutions for new model YTO tractors which will be used in Chinese and export markets. In conjunction with the signing of the agreement, Chinese language support has been released for the user interface of the Leica mojo3D guidance display to meet local market demand.

“We are pleased to enter into this R&D agreement with YTO, as they are the leading agricultural machinery manufacturer in China and operate in markets around the world,” said Glenn Clark, Business Manager Asia Pacific of Leica Geosystems Agriculture. “As the use of precision guidance technology continues to expand in China, we believe that this partnership will give both parties an advantage in this dynamic market.”

“As GPS aided guiding and steering systems are recognised in China, YTO has closely followed the market demand to take action,” said leading engineers of YTO. “It is very important to embed state-of-art technology of industry leaders such as, Leica Geosystems to improve our product competency and performance.”

Leica CloudWorx for data processing
In addition, Leica Geosystems announced Leica CloudWorx for Revit, the latest addition to Leica Geosystems family of CloudWorx point cloud processing plug-ins for CAD and VR modelling software. CloudWorx for Revit provides a faster way for AutoCAD Revit professionals to efficiently create accurate BIM deliverables of existing buildings based on rich laser scan data collected by 3D laser scanners.

The development of Leica CloudWorx for Revit was enabled by an API introduced by Autodesk with Revit 2012 in March 2011 and by the ability to use Leica Geosystems technology for efficient point cloud data management.

According to the Leica’s press statement, Revit users have long been challenged with creating accurate Building Information Models (BIM) of existing buildings based on rich, “as-built” point cloud data generated by 3D laser scanners. Until recently, many users created simple, as-built surface models from point cloud data in other applications, such as Leica Cyclone software, and then exported those as-built models via AutoCAD into Revit, where users converted the surface models into BIM deliverables. Even more recently, Revit 2012 introduced the baseline ability to view and measure as-built point cloud data directly within the Revit working environment – a good step forward.

Source: Leica Geosystems – Link1 & Link2