July 2nd, 2015: Grand Junction, CO - BlueStarGPS recently announced plans to offer both GPS and GNSS options in a rugged, lightweight and low-cost package. BlueStarGPS was designed specifically with sub-meter mapping and data collection performance specifications. It increases accuracy by utilizing SBAS corrections, including 3-channel, and parallel tracking SBAS operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, the Multi-functional Satellite Augmentation System (Japan) and the GPS-aided Geo-Augmented Navigation System (India). The strength of BlueStarGPS lies not only in providing sub-meter precision without post-processing, but an ability to maintain accurate positioning when the SBAS signal is obstructed. In fact, this receiver is able to maintain sub-meter accuracy for up to 40 minutes after the loss of a differential correction source signal. This means BlueStarGPS functions under trees, around buildings and in rugged terrain where other receivers can fail.
Bernard Luc-Gagnon, President of BlueStarGPS, said, "BlueStarGPS is the most cost-effective and highest performing standalone receiver designed specifically for the pipeline and utility industry. It functions via Bluetooth™ technology that provides interoperability between the BlueStarGPS and other devices, such as mobile tablets and smart phones running Android™, as well as cable and pipe 'locating' tools with a connectivity range of up to 1 km. BlueStarGPS technology was adopted from forestry industry applications where conditions are harsh, remote and often beneath severe canopy cover." He went on to say, "This level of accuracy, without post-processing, is changing how the industry does business in ways that are still being discovered. Now objects, easements, structure location, utility locations and equipment can all be accurately measured, captured, visualized and displayed in real-time—to someone sitting in an office, a vehicle or on top of a buried asset."
March 27th, 2015: Great Falls, MT - Loenbro, a leading construction and energy services company servicing the Rocky Mountain region, announced today that the company has entered into a contract with ProStar Geocorp. The new partnership intends to implement the world's most advanced geospatial project management tools for planning, building and monitoring pipeline construction projects.
"It is our company's mission to bring positive change to our industry and the communities in which we work," said Paul Leach, President and Co-Founder of Loenbro. "In today's world, there are constant advances in modern technology available, with very little of it utilized in our industry. With this in mind, we decided to take the lead and change the way projects are designed, managed and maintained."
Page Tucker, CEO of ProStar Geocorp, commented on this new partnership with Loenbro. "I am very excited to be working with another proactive company that is willing to adopt change in an industry that has simply been lagging in leveraging modern technology. Technology, early adopters and regulation have all come together to create what is referred to as a 'perfect storm' and we both feel ProStar is in the right place, at the right time with the right solutions to place Loenbro at the forefront of geospatial technology."
About Loenbro: Loenbro has its origins in the refineries of Montana, where in 1998 brothers Paul and Jon Leach began building a reputation for taking on demanding welding jobs and delivering quality work, often exceeding the expectations of the company leaders who hired them. As their team of valuable employees and list of successful projects grew, so did the number of products and services that they offer across Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. Today, Loenbro professionals provide a single-source solution for energy services and construction across the region.
October 28th, 2014: Grand Junction, CO - ProStar announced today that following one year of development and user acceptance testing (UAT), Enbridge Pipelines Inc. Enbridge Pipelines Inc. has successfully deployed in a production setting ProStar cloud and mobile solutions to improve its damage prevention and land management practices.
Warren Loper, Manager of Land Services for Canadian Operations, said, “We have now deployed ProStar's geospatial cloud and mobile solutions, leveraging Android™, Google Maps™, OGC® and other open standard technologies, to automate and streamline several of our business processes including facility locates, public awareness and land management. By going mobile in a cloud platform, we have eliminated paper forms, manual post-processing and addressed redundant practices, creating a more accurate and efficient business operation.” Mr. Loper went on to say, “Enbridge has always taken great pride in being a leader in adopting new technologies and our department decided it was time to work towards a more comprehensive, integrated, management solution. We wanted enhanced communications and to improve governance, sustainability and compliance assurance. ProStar's solutions are helping to provide that.”
Page Tucker, ProStar's CEO, commented, “Disparate and fragmented systems, post processing, data siloing and redundancies have long plagued the pipeline and utility industry. The entire industry should applaud Enbridge as a global leader for being the first to market in the early adoption of mobile and cloud technologies.” Taking this major step opens the door to change for the entire industry, proving that all facets of current business operations can be streamlined and enhanced by embracing ProStar's open geospatial solutions.