US: Trimble introduced MX8 Mobile Spatial Imaging System, an advanced mobile data capture system that combines imaging and laser scanning capabilities to measure objects in 3D to produce 3D, 4D and 5D data sets for spatial imaging projects. The Trimble MX8 Mobile Spatial Imaging System is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2010 through Trimble’s GeoSpatial sales channels.
The new Trimble MX8 Mobile Spatial Imaging System expands the scope of services that surveyors, engineers, mapping and geospatial professionals can offer to enhance their business. The system is ideal for as-built modelling, inventory, inspection, encroachment analysis and asset management for roadways, bridges, railways, utilities and other infrastructure.
With recent advances in the geospatial information industry, more opportunities and applications for spatial imaging data are being identified for industries such as transport and civil engineering, utilities and communications, natural resources management and government. Many of these applications use airborne information, but would also benefit from ground-based positioning and imaging. While satellite and aerial imaging provide exceptional overhead views and long-range details, the only way to capture comprehensive eye-level views is from the ground.
“Mobile mapping users are seeking answers to the persistent problems of under-utilised systems and low productivity,” said Ken Spratlin, general manager of Trimble’s GeoSpatial Division. “Trimble continues to listen to customers’ feedback to introduce dynamic solutions that answer real-world needs today while also equipping them for tomorrow’s challenges. In combination with Trimble’s software workflows, the Trimble MX8 allows users to better leverage their existing workforce and pursue new business opportunities while realising reduced total cost of ownership.”
Fast and Accurate Spatial Data
Integrating imaging and laser scanning with advanced Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) plus Inertial positioning, the Trimble MX8 collects 3D data fast and accurately. Featuring a pod-type design, it is easily redeployed and installed on a variety of vehicles as project demands change. A scalable system configuration and sensor upgrade options allow owners to address their evolving needs.
Affordable Change Detection
Operating at highway speeds, the Trimble MX8 allows users to capture more frequent updates of 3D datasets for roadway and right-of-way infrastructure. Combined with Trimble Trident Analyst for Spatial Imaging software, automated extraction of road signs, road geometry, break lines and lane markings reduces manual labour and provides answers earlier in the project. Change detection between current and past datasets allows monitoring of project progress throughout the plan, design, build and maintain phases.