Trimble Dimensions 2018
Had a blast in Vegas! It was my first Dimensions and I will definitely go to the next one in Nashville. I got to meet Gavin, Adam (azweig), Lee D and Lee Landman (pdop1.0 aka slugsy100) from this forum! Always great to meet folks in person. I really learned a lot form some really cool sessions. And I also saw the world's largest Golden Nugget!
Here are a few pics for those not able to attend.
A great conference. I didn't screw up too bad on my presentation, met some "old timers" in the GIS Mapping world - Mel Philbrook, Dan Colbert and John Ambrey, checked out Site Vision on an android phone with a DA1 antenna and a selfie with Boris Skopjak - former TBC lead
Great photos fellas. Thanks.
I was there, attended several sessions and the offsite expo. Most interesting thing I saw was a presentation about the Turkey Creek Tunnel project in KC, and the equipment used, specifically something not Trimble called a Geoslam Zeb Revo. Didnt get a lot of explanation of how exactly it worked, but basically its a handheld scanner that was used to scan the inside of this 100 year old tunnel from a boat floating down the creek. Anybody on here familiar with it?
Also was interesting to see a large Gomaco slip form curb machine running off 2 robots that they claimed could exactly place a 2' radius.
Yes I have used the GeoSlam. It is really cool. But it is also not that accurate. Scan data is only about 2” accurate and the scans are not georeferenced or colored. But it does crank out some interior scans at break neck speeds. If you do a bunch of condo surveys or as built plans for architects it is a must!
I know a few people that use the GeoSlam. They place spheres over their control points to georeference the scans in Recap. It works well for them.
Also I have shot corners of doors/windows. Also just setting up a prism pole works. But these steps all take a little time and introduce error.
But the geoslam is a bad mofo! It will change surveying no doubt about it, just needs a little time.
My biggest take away from Dimensions is pretty straight forward. 3D scanning for nearly all tasks and virtual reality point cloud editing is here!
I saw dozers running autonomously, proposed improvements with VR goggles overplayed with the existing site and the amount of data the new mobile mappers can capture is simply mind blowing!
I can’t even imagine how much things will change by 2020.