Since its inception in 2011, HxGN Live has been the main event in the Hexagon AB calendar. The international gathering has always been about data integration and usable information. Ola Rollén, CEO and President of Hexagon AB, refers to this as “actionable information.”
Leica Nova MS50
One of the biggest announcements at HxGN Live 2013 was the Nova MS50 from Leica Geosystems. This total positioning station (TPS) marked the realisation of a dream for Hexagon’s team in Heerbrugg, Switzerland. It combined the functionality of a TPS with that of a laser scanner – the MS being an abbreviation for multi station. Expect to read and hear a lot about how the Nova MS50 had been used one year on from its launch. Building Information Modelling (BIM) seemed like a prime application when it was announced. HxGN Live 2014 is the place where attendees will find out if this came into being.
Building Information Modelling
The ability to reproduce ‘as-built’ information through high resolution data, such as point clouds, has made BIM a much talked about application within the geospatial sector.us is especially the case when the role it can play in infrastructure and asset management is considered. It was touched upon in the conference keynote of 2013, where a discussion of population growth was used to generate food for thought.
BIM continues to be used in the developed world. For example, it can be deployed as a management strategy in applications like structural renovation. It is also making an impact in developing countries – in places that are literally building and modelling from the ground up. Cathi Hayes, formerly of Autodesk, was employed as BIM Business Manager at Leica Geosystems in 2013.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), made their presence felt in 2013. This was mainly through the German company Aibotix. At the time, Hexagon had shares in the company. In 2014, however, Aibotix became a full member of the Hexagon family. The acquisition was seen to fit the company mapping and photogrammetry portfolio. Smart city planning, dynamic GIS and emergency response are applications that were discussed when the acquisition was announced.
Mobile Mapping Solutions
The quest for accurate data on the fly has gained much ground at conferences like the ILMF, ELMF and SPAR in recent years. Hexagon announced their complementary solution to the ScanStation P20 and HDS7000 at Live 2013. It was called the Leica Pegasus:One and presented the ultimate plugin in terms of laser scanning workflow. Like the Nova MS50, it will be interesting to see how the Pegasus:One has performed one year down the line. Infrastructure and asset management, especially in urban environments, are the expected hot topics.