Abstract: A computer-based method of innovatively solving one or more problems using a group assembled at a computerized meeting. One participant of the group is the client who is the owner of or is responsible for the problem or opportunity to be resolved. Each participant is provided with a computer which is networked with all other computers. A group list is created of all the participants of the group, and one participant is designated the facilitator who controls the problem solving process of the meeting. The remaining participants are designated as resources. An agenda is created consisting of placeholders and activities. The resources enter creative springboards into their computers based on the problem to be solved, and these springboards are distributed to all participants. Builds and elaborations are generated by the resources based on the springboards and distributed to all participants.
Abstract: A tractor and trailer together with a post-processing system that uses GPS satellites together with a dead reckoning system and associated cameras and sensors to determine the exact location of the system, translating this location information onto several photogrammetric mapping collectors for the purposes of developing an orthographic database image that can be correlated with other onboard sensors for determining the precise location of terrain features. The main sensor platform comprises a GPS receiver together with a plurality of visual sensors and a dead reckoning system mounted on a trailer. The GPS data and the dead reckoning data are brought together in a navigation system to provide precise location of the system. The camera system on board the trailer of the system comprises a series of cameras for recording images of the terrain as the trailer proceeds over the terrain of interest. During data collection, digital imagery is transmitted from each camera and received by an on-board computer.
Abstract: The close range Photogrammetric Laser System ("PLS") is an all digital system designed to measure three dimensional ("3-D") surfaces at relatively close ranges. The PLS comprises two modified stereo cameras with associated analog video and digital recording capability. Using synchronized laser illumination and X and Y cylindrical lens arrangements in each stereo camera, all laser illuminated points can be focused onto a linear detector array whose intensities are used to calculate X and Y position of a 3-D target in the image plane of each camera. Photogrammetric techniques are then used to calculate an X, Y and Z position from the X and Y positions measured in the two stereo cameras. An alternate embodiment eliminates the intermediate recording step in favor of a direct recording in the memory of a data processing system for subsequent manipulation.