ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its smart laser measurement solutions to capture, record and export measurement data.
Bringing Spike to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Market in California
ikeGPS announces a new distribution agreement with survey, mapping, 3D laser scanning, and wide-format printing leader California Surveying & Drafting Supply, Inc. (CSDS). This agreement expands the availability of IKE’s Spike product to California, and furthers its presence in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Geospatial industries across the United States.
Founded in 1986, CSDS has three offices across California with 80+ employees. Their product lineup includes everything from a builder’s level and a wide-format printer to advanced laser scanners and GPS systems. Some of the other product brands that CSDS represents include Trimble, Spectra Precision, Laser Technology, and HP.
“With a staff of nearly 90 and years of experience, CSDS has unmatched expertise in the AEC and Geospatial industries within California. CSDS has equipped their sales staff with 15 Spike units at launch, and are poised to expand Spike’s presence in the large market of California,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “We believe that CSDS will see great success with Spike, with an initial focus around construction, architecture, GIS and local government.”
"We believe that Spike will be a valuable tool for our AEC customers who struggle to find the manpower to provide estimates to their clients,” says Bruce Gandelman, CEO of CSDS. “This device will greatly enhance their field productivity and dramatically improve estimate turnaround time, which should lead to impressive sales gains."
For more information on CSDS, visit http://www.csdsinc.com/.
ikeGPS announces today its partnership with C3F-Tech of Quebec, Canada, for delivering the most complete solution for collecting and managing utility pole data for applications, such as Joint Use Audits, Make Ready Engineering, Pole Replacement Programs and Post Construction As-built Audits. The electric utility and telecommunication industries and their networks of contractors have been hampered for decades by the traditional methods of collecting and managing information about their utility poles and aerial distribution networks. Today, ikeGPS and C3F-Tech are announcing the release of integration between IKE 4 and Pole Position, which delivers an end-to-end solution for reducing the cost of getting superior data and providing a single platform for managing pole related work transactions.
IKE 4 is the only handheld integrated solution that delivers better efficiency, safety and Photo Verifiable Accuracy of measurements and geo-location for utility poles. “Over the past several years we’ve been very pleased with the steady adoption of IKE by electric utilities and communication companies,” said Mike McGill, Senior Vice President for the Utilities Business Unit at ikeGPS. McGill went on to say that “Our latest release of IKE is driving a faster pace of adoption, as utilities of all sizes find that IKE 4 is easy to learn, deploy and integrate with the applications they use most, like pole loading and GIS.” IKE is the smarter, faster, safer front- end to a broader workflow. Using IKE 4 and Pole Position together means that utilities can leverage the native data collected with IKE 4 by automating its completion, validation and publishing in virtually any format, as prescribed by the requirements of the customers’ workflow. “We’re excited about partnering with C3F-Tech and integrating with Pole Position, because we know the integrated approach drives better efficiency and quality for the utilities and communication companies we serve,” said McGill.
Initially built around IKE 3, Pole Position is a software system that was developed to integrate the data and improve the efficiency of C3F’s internal workflow. Pole Position now directly interfaces the IKE Field & Office Cloud and processes the native data produced by IKE 4. Pole Position automates processes, such as data validation, regulatory compliance and automatic transcription, generation and assembly of documents such as pole data sheets and joint-use permit requests, regardless of their format and presentation standard.
“Within the first year after we started to create software to integrate the unique technology developed by ikeGPS into C3F’s Telecom workflow, we realized that we had reached a point of rupture with our traditional ways. Once quantified, the benefits exceeded our expectations and this is what compelled us launching C3F-Tech to develop and enhance Pole Position as a generic system for commercialization,” says Michel Jarry, President and CEO of C3F-Tech.
C3F-Tech Inc is a technology spin-off from C3F Telecom Inc, a Canadian Profit 500 company that has been engineering and building telecommunication networks since 2001. C3F-Tech is entirely dedicated to engineering innovative systems helping the public utilities, their joint users and engineering service providers do their work better, faster and more productively. For more information, please visit us at c3f-tech.com or write us at email@example.com.
We have added a new feature to the Spike Cloud: introducing the Scaled Image.
Spike users can now take advantage of Spike’s Photo Measurements in their day-to-day work with design applications (such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel). Once you are done taking measurements on your photo in the Spike Cloud, you have several format options for exporting the Spike photo and measurements for your work process needs.
In addition to exporting an image with or without measurements, you now have the option to export a Scaled Image* (currently in Beta). The Scaled Image is perspective corrected and 1:1 scaled. Because the scale is set, and the measurement surface has been flattened, measurement and drawing tools will reflect real-world dimensions.
For example, a user could import the Scaled Image into Adobe Illustrator, and start creating a design that will be automatically to scale. In addition, if imposed on top of the image, each design element will be accurately scaled and sized with the image. This eliminates steps and time from the typical design workflow, including having to correct the perspective so the image is flattened. The Scaled Image also saves time as a designer doesn’t have to manually scale a photo based upon a measurement captured in the field.
*The Beta version of the Scaled Image is currently available at no cost to Spike Cloud subscribers. In early 2018, we plan to release a set of Spike Cloud Professional features, via a paid subscription, which will include the Scaled Image. The base level subscription to the Spike Cloud will remain no cost to users.
No update to your Spike Cloud account is necessary to access this latest feature. We welcome your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.