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November 2016
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Teledyne Optech teams up with The Ocean Cleanup to
study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -
is pleased to announce it has partnered with The Ocean
Cleanup in their Aerial Expedition research mission, where
successfully carried out the first in a series of low-speed, low-
altitude survey flights across the
Every year, about eight million tons of plastic enters the
oceans. Part of the trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage
patches, the largest located between Hawaii and California.
Plastic in these garbage patches over time breaks down into
tiny plastic particles that can be eaten by fish and birds,
thereby entering the food chain.
uses a combination of experienced human observers
and advanced sensors to count the debris in the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch, with a focus on the presence of so-called ghost
nets. The sensors will also be used to convert this count to a
weight estimate by registering the size of the found objects.
In the case of ghost nets, a substantial part of the net will
float underwater. To properly measure how far the plastic
reaches under the surface, The Ocean Cleanup project used
, which can detect objects to depths of
tens of meters.
As part of
, the
CZMIL surveyed hundreds of square kilometers of the Patch
aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft. Its Optech HydroFusion
software suite will combine this lidar data with information
from the CZMIL’s RGB camera and an ITRES SASI-600 short-
wave infrared sensor to create the first 3D visualization of the
Patch and help identify the number, size and type of plastic
objects present.
Find out more at
DAT/EM Systems International
 announces the release
of the 7.3 edition of DAT/EM software products. Updated
products include Summit Evolution™ 3D photogrammetric
workstation, LandScape™ 3D point cloud viewing and
editing software as well as Capture™, which links Summit
Evolution and LandScape products to third party programs
including ArcGIS
and ArcGIS Pro, AutoCAD
, Global
 and MicroStation
. The advances in the 7.3 DAT/
EM Photogrammetric Suite represent the latest evolution in
technology and are based on customer input and growth within
the geospatial industry.
With 7.3, DAT/EM developers worked to provide the user
with faster technology and more powerful tools. New and
current users can expect support for more input devices,
upgrades to several popular tools and smoother transitions
while panning and zooming.
Much of the focus in this release went towards
improving the tools in LandScape, DAT/EM’s point
cloud viewing and editing software. New interactive
point editing tools promote smoother functionality and
provide the user with even greater control over their data.
The DAT/EM Photogrammetric Suite integrates with many
complementary software products and continues to add more
while improving existing interconnectivity. Visit
for a current list of integrated software.
View all of the upgrades and highlights at
Teledyne Optech
unveils the ultra-
light Maverick for mobile asset mapping -
Weighing in at less than 9 kg, the Maverick
integrates a lidar, a 360° camera, and an
INS into an extremely small form factor
that is easy to install, while maintaining
the data quality that users expect from a
Teledyne Optech system. Never has accurate, mobile asset
data been so accessible. The Maverick was unveiled at the
INTERGEO 2016 trade fair and.
happy to announce the
release of the Optech
Lynx HS-600 mobile lidar
scanner. Available in
single- and dual-sensor
configurations, the HS-
600 is a major step
forward for collecting
uniform lidar data from
high-speed platforms. The HS-600 model is an addition to the
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