ION Alberta Lunch Meeting and Election – Thursday, April 13, 2017

Elections were held and two new members joined the executive.

Chair: Chris Goodall,

Vice Chair: Kyle O’Keefe,

Treasurer: John B. Schleppe,

Secretary: Landon Urquhart,

Kristian Morin of Leica Geosystems gave a presentation on SLAM: A Technology for Unbounded Navigation.


Modern survey and navigation technologies provide solutions for discrete, bounded problems.  GNSS gives you positioning outside, but not inside.  Laser scanners measure a space, but don’t position it.  To overcome these barriers, SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) combines GNSS, Inertial, Imaging and Laser Scanning sensors to provide a continuous navigation solution inside, outside, underground or in complex environments.  This presentation will give an overview of the techniques used in SLAM.  It will present examples of how SLAM is used in the Leica Pegasus Backpack to unbind navigation problems both indoors and out.


Speaker’s Bio

Kristian Morin received his M.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary in 2003.  Since 2001 he has worked for various companies inside the Hexagon group; including Leica Geosystems and NovAtel in Calgary.  He currently leads a research team at Leica which develops SLAM solutions for applied navigation problems.