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Michael Murphy, Arthur N Woo, Mark Nichols, John Schipper: Geographical position/image digital recording and display system. Trimble Navigation, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman, August 28, 2001: US06282362 (504 worldwide citation)

A geographical position/image capturing system stores object images and position coordinates as digital data. The system incorporates a geo-addressed map data base and geo-positioning device for relating the position of the system at the time the image is captured to the captured digital image data ...


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Michael Timo Allison, Mark Nichols, James L Sorden: Location and generation of high accuracy survey control marks using satellites. Trimble Navigation, John F Schipper, April 14, 1998: US05739785 (119 worldwide citation)

A method for accurately determining the location of a pre-selected survey or construction mark, or for accurately identifying the survey position for a new mark with pre-selected location coordinates. A Satellite Positioning System (SPS), such as GPS or GLONASS, with at least two SPS stations (anten ...


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Nicholas C Talbot, Mark Nichols: Integrated terrestrial survey and satellite positioning system. Trimble Navigation, John Schipper, November 28, 1995: US05471218 (73 worldwide citation)

Apparatus for measuring surveying parameters, such as distances and angular displacements between survey stations, with improved accuracy. The invention combines a differential satellite positioning system (SATPS), available with positioning systems such as GPS and GLONASS, with electromagnetic meas ...


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William Mark Nichols, Randolph Gregory Farmer: Automatic taxi manager. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Robert P Lenart Esq, Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon, May 23, 2006: US07050909 (42 worldwide citation)

A method for moving a vehicle to a predetermined location comprises the steps of producing a real time image of a potential taxi route, comparing the real time image with a stored image to determine if the potential taxi route is clear between the location of the vehicle and a predetermined waypoint ...


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William Mark Nichols, Jack Houchard: Automatic contingency generator. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Robert P Lenart Esq, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, March 31, 2009: US07512462 (41 worldwide citation)

An autonomous air vehicle comprises a flight control system and an automatic contingency generator for automatically determining a contingent air vehicle route for use by the flight control system in response to contingencies experienced by the air vehicle. A method of automatically determining the ...


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Randolph Gregory Farmer, William Mark Nichols: Method and apparatus for collaborative aggregate situation awareness. Northrop Grumman Corporation, Robert P Lenart Esq, Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon, October 17, 2006: US07123169 (36 worldwide citation)

A surveillance method comprises the steps of: sending information requests to one or more of a plurality of unmanned airborne platforms, each carrying one or more sensors for gathering information; coordinating processing of the requests among the plurality of airborne platforms; and transmitting re ...


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Mark Nichols, Kenneth W McBride, Ian Viney, Arthur Taylor, Richard Jackson, John F Schipper: Survey coordinate transformation optimization. Trimble Navigation, John F Schipper, November 16, 1999: US05986604 (29 worldwide citation)

A system for selecting an optimal transformation T(G2;G1) between a first ellipsoid E1 (e.g., WGS 84) in a first global coordinate system G1, relative to which the survey measurements are made, and a second ellipsoid E2 (e.g., NAD 27) in a second global coordinate system G2. Location coordinates (x' ...


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Mark Nichols, Nicholas C Talbot: Integrated SATPS total survey station. Trimble Navigation, April 9, 2002: US06369755 (29 worldwide citation)

Apparatus for measuring surveying parameters, such as distances and angular displacements between an instrument survey station and a mobile survey station, with improved accuracy. The invention combines a differential satellite positioning system (DSATPS), available with positioning systems such as ...


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Mark Nichols, Gregory T Janky, Dennis Workman: Method and system for controlling a valuable movable item. Trimble Navigation, December 25, 2007: US07313476 (27 worldwide citation)

One embodiment in accordance with the invention can include a controller that can be coupled with a position determining component, and a motion detecting component. In one embodiment, the motion detecting component detects motion of a valuable movable item and generates a signal to the controller i ...


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Michael Timo Allison, Mark Nichols, James L Sorden: Location and generation of high accuracy survey control marks using satellites. Trimble Navigation, William E Pelton Esq, October 16, 2001: US06304210 (24 worldwide citation)

A first position determining device at a known position transmits a data signal identifying the known position. A second position determining device is responsive to the data signal and movable to a position near but displaced from a survey point. The position of the second position determining devi ...