Ordnance Survey is set to face stiff competition for its digital mapping systems in the future, having finally given authorisation for Prodat Systems to compete head-on with OS's network of superplan agents.
Users of the newly released Promap Version 5.03 will be able to capture large scale OS mapping and export the data for use in GIS, CAD or office packages.
Promap users were previously confined to preparing and printing map plots.
The change was made possible by Ordnance Survey's decision last year to liberalise its licensing policy.
The change in policy means Promap users can buy OS data for much smaller areas than was previously possible, and removes other artificial restrictions that made Promap an expensive option for preparing maps of larger areas.
This week also sees the launch of MAPSUITE+ from Sokkia, a new mapping and design package providing land surveyors and civil engineers with a full field-to-office solution.
The MS Windows based package has full CAD functionality and comprises five modules: foundation, survey, survey plus, earthworks and design.
MAPSUITE+ will replace Sokkia's SDR Map software. But existing users need not despair - an 'economic upgrade' to MAPSUITE+ will be on offer.
tructural monitoring meets mobile phone technology with the launch of the FastMAP 3D Monitoring software from Survey Supplies.
The system uses a robotic total station to accurately detect movements of as little as 1mm.
Regular system reports and immediate warnings are then sent to via a text message to a Nokia mobile phone, providing completely unattended monitoring if required.
Transoft Solutions' AutoTURN 4 gives users the opportunity interactively to drive vehicles through their designs on screen, with the movement of the mouse generating vehicle envelopes. The program incorporates engineering algorithms that accurately account for the effects of vehicle speeds, super elevation and roadside friction within three distinct driving modes.