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A3 Edge Digital Mapping System Upgrades Oblique Capabilities

VisionMap has announced the introduction of upgraded oblique capabilities to its A3 Edge Digital Mapping System. The A3 Edge camera, well-known for its high capture productivity, now utilises a proprietary roll stabilisation technology that increases its efficiency, particularly for oblique projects. The A3 Edge camera collects images by means of two telescopes that sweep from side to side to create an extremely wide 106° field of view. Each sweep captures oblique and vertical images simultaneously. The new roll stabilisation technology shortens the time it takes to complete each sweep, allowing for even faster coverage of the entire area. Productivity is increased for orthophoto, and especially for oblique production. The A3 Edge Digital Mapping Camera and another oblique camera both... (read more)

Two ASPRS Awards for Pit-free CHM Algorithm

The paper “Generating Pit-free Canopy Height Models from Airborne Lidar” co-authored by rapidlasso and published in the September 2014 issue of PE&RS (the journal of the ASPRS) was awarded twice at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida last May. The paper took home the John I. Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers (2nd Place) as well as the Talbert Abrams Award (2nd Honourable Mention). The “pit-free” CHM paper is joint work with Anahita Khosravipour, Andrew K. Skidmore, Tiejun Wang, and Yousif A. Hussin of ITC and University of Twente, The Netherlands. It describes a technique that can create raster Canopy Height Models (CHMs) without the so called “pits” that tend to hamper subsequent extraction of individu... (read more)

Latest Graduates of The Survey School Celebrated by Industry Leaders

The graduation ceremony marking the achievements of students on the 2015 TSA (The Survey Association, UK) Surveying Course positions the Survey School as the major supplier of the next generation of qualified personnel in the UK. Speaking at the presentation, TSA President Mark Combes paid tribute to manufacturers Leica Geosystems, Topcon and Trimble for donating equipment supporting the School’s ambitions to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of survey training providers. Since taking over the running of the School in May 2014 TSA has transformed the facilities and updated the IT systems at the Worcester site. Mark Combes urged this year’s graduates to act as Ambassadors for the Survey School and hoped they would be encouraged to go on to gain further professional members... (read more)

Sharing Geospatial Experiences with Hexagon Smart M.App

Hexagon Geospatial has announced the introduction of the Hexagon Smart M.App, providing a new way to understand and share geospatial experience. These new light-weight applications cohesively combine data, workflows, and analytics. Hexagon Smart M.Apps are creatively designed maps to solve distinct business problems. Our world is more dynamic than it has ever been, said Mladen Stojic, president of Hexagon Geospatial. As such, we need to think about maps differently. It’s clear that the future lies in the ability to build and deploy highly customisable apps that provide true operational and business value. Hexagon Smart M.Apps is a way of providing a better experience. Network Hexagon Geospatial’s business partner network plays a critical role in the development of these applica... (read more)

Illustrating the Importance of the Geospatial Sector – A Review of GEO Business 2015

Attendance at this year’s GEO Business, held on 27 and 28 May in London, UK, was up 25% on last year’s figures, with the 2015 event attracting more than 2,000 people from 47 countries over the course of the two days. It provided geospatial professionals with a comprehensive insight into what is an exciting and progressive industry that is positioning itself at the very forefront of new technology and practice. The conference featured 24 guest speakers who covered topics ranging from the latest GIS technology to aquatics, from data infrastructure to bridges and from boats to lasers. All of the speakers were leaders in their fields. Whether theorists or practitioners, each spoke positively about the industry while also encouraging debate. Attendees were often forced to consider h... (read more)
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Late Tuesday morning on 7 July 2015, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a small single-engine Cessna 150 collided mid-air over South Carolina - forcing the jet pilot to eject and sending the two Cessna pilots to their deaths. The situation was grim. Debris was spread over an 11 km range, the majority of it underwater in swampy, alligator and snake infested waters. Fuel from the crash was either leaked or burning from the fuel tanks, and temperatures outside were sizzling at nearly 39 degrees. Over 150 personnel from at least 20 local, federal and state agencies were called out to locate, document and recover both the debris from the airplanes and the victim’s bodies. Bill Salsbury, Berkeley County Coroner and Incident Commander for the search and recovery, had already dealt with m... (read more)
In 2007, Kevin Wall and former US vice-president Al Gore founded the Live Earth concerts to raise environmental awareness. In January 2015, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they announced the Live Earth 2015 global festival on 18 June on all continents with the goal of gathering one billion voices to take climate action, urging world leaders to adopt a new climate accord at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015. The call to action ( is supported by many countries. President János Áder of Hungary announced in January 2015 the new Directorate of Sustainable Environment, with Csaba Kőrösi as director. The former Hungarian ambassador to the UN was co-chair with the Kenyan Eskinder Debebe of the Working Group that elaborated the 17... (read more)
Airbus Defence and Space delivers SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite data in support of the TARBIL (Agricultural Monitoring and Information System Project) project in Turkey. TARBIL is a highly technological and comprehensive agricultural monitoring project fusing multi-temporal in-situ data from 44,000 sensors across Turkey with SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellite images. The project was initiated in 2011 with the coordination of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and financial support from the Ministry of Development. Its goal is to create up-to-date agricultural parcel maps of the country, to measure actual crop yield by commodity and forecast the upcoming season’s harvest. Airbus Defence and Space has been supporting the project since 2012, when it signed two agr... (read more)
Supergeo has released the latest version of SuperGIS Server with various new functions, including related tables, an improved JavaScript print tool, and new JavaScript APIs supporting OGC layers. With these new functions, users are able to publish web maps featuring more information, and integrate rich OGC resources with their maps. In the real world, people may separately store data with tables that are somehow intertwined with each other. When these data tables are related to each other, users can understand more about the geographic phenomenon. For example, by relating location data of weather stations to the annual temperature values, users will be able to track and visualise environmental change and comprehend more about global warming. In addition to related tables, the latest SuperG... (read more)
Swiss UAS manufacturer, senseFly, sees its eBee as the first fixed-wing system to be designated a ‘compliant small UAV’ by Transport Canada—a distinction that moves organisations  using this drone a critical step closer to achieving Compliant Operator status. Canadian companies that employ drones for civilian applications must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), unless qualifying for an exemption. An SFOC typically features an approved term of just one year and applies to a specific region. Benefits Holding an SFOC when an organisation has been granted Compliant Operator status brings several additional benefits: Greater geographical flexibility (including Canada-wide) A longer SFOC validity period of up to three years Streamlined SFOC renewals (red... (read more)
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