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3D Modelling of Fez  31/03/2015
The ancient imperial city of Fez, Morocco, is an important tourist attraction and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. The layout of the city is complex, which presents challenges in terms of 3D modelling. Here, the authors discuss a pilot aimed at creating a 3D model of Fez using topographic maps and aerial and terrestrial imagery. Overlapping 1:4,000 aerial images were used to create a digital surface model (DSM) and orthoimages. Orthoimages and topographic maps were used to manually delineate the footprints of buildings, roads, rivers and suchlike. Terrestrial imagery of single buildings from multiple viewpoints was captured with a digital camera to enable draping texture on the facades. »»
Confronting the Geomatics Professional's Identity Crisis
While Helen Murray, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, was presenting an educationally themed paper at GeoBusiness 2014 in London, attendees were polled in real time on which title/role most accurately represents our industry’s graduates (from a choice of: Geospatial Scientist, Spatial Information Surveyor, Geosurveyor, Geomatics Professional, or Other). ‘Geospatial Scientist’ and ‘Geomatics Professional’ were chosen. However, worldwide it is generally accepted by our industry that a lack of clarity persists regarding what title a geomatics professional should use. »»
Phase One Launches Small 80MP Medium-format Aerial Camera   31/03/2015
Phase One Industrial, a manufacturer and provider of medium-format aerial digital photography equipment and software solutions, has announced the Phase One iXU 180 camera, a small 80MP medium-format aerial camera. The Phase One iXU 180 features an 80MP CCD sensor for a 10,328 pixel cross-track coverage, and is so small that its body is barely wider than its lens barrel. »»
 
  31/03/2015
Zoller + Fröhlich is presenting a new 3D laser scanner at SPAR International 2015. The Z+F Imager 5010X comes with a navigation system which works outdoors and also indoors. It estimates the scanner position and orientation without any external targets in order to enable automatic registration. The scanner also tracks the movements while the device is being carried to the next scanning position. »»
Two New Satellites Join Galileo Constellation   30/03/2015
The EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair. Galileo 7 and 8 lifted off at 22:46 CET (18:46 local time) on 27 March from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on top of a Soyuz rocket. All the Soyuz stages were completed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit, close to 23,500km altitude, around 3 hours and 48 minutes after lift-off. »»
 
Euclideon Unveils Hologram Room   30/03/2015
Euclideon has announced the release of the Hologram Room. The Hologram Room combines Euclideon's Unlimited Detail Engine, Solidscan and Geoverse technologies to place users in a physical space occupied by lifelike content copied from the real world. According to the company, a technology the world has been imagining for a long time has now become a reality. »»
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Demo of DJI Inspire UAV During TUSExpo

During the TUSExpo, the recently introduced UAV van DJI, Inspire, was demonstrated in the dedicated demonstration hall. The drone has an autonomy of about 8 minutes and can retract the landing gear for improved imagery. The rechargeable battery can be swapped for increased operational time. The camera is stabilised.

 

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