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An extensive archive of all articles published on GIM International

Shining a Light on the Surveying Profession

Shining a Light on the Surveying Profession

Besides its excellent technical content, the recent FIG Congress in Poland was a place for enthusiastic reunions and for forming new friendships. Wim van Wegen looks back on the event, together with t...

Exiting the Highway to Climate Hell

Exiting the Highway to Climate Hell

“We are on a highway to climate hell,” said Antonio Guterres at COP27. So how can the geospatial industry help society to find the nearest exit? Despite certain people still denying that the world...

Reuniting the Geospatial Industry

Reuniting the Geospatial Industry

The vibe at Intergeo 2022 felt almost just the same as pre-pandemic times, and a wide range of innovative hardware and software solutions were on display. The geospatial industry is clearly back in bu...

Geodetic Control Networks: Challenges and Solutions

Geodetic Control Networks: Challenges and Solutions

What are the key challenges in establishing precise geodetic control networks? This is one of the most important tasks of geodesists and land surveyors, since geodetic control networks are essential f...

Modelling and Simulating Cities with Digital Twins

Modelling and Simulating Cities with Digital Twins

The digital twin concept has virtually exploded in recent years, but within the built environment the traditional term has long been ‘3D city model’. However, the digital twin is increasingly gain...

Please Look Down!

Please Look Down!

The US space agency NASA has successfully pushed the asteroid Dimorphos out of its original orbit in the universe, according to a recent announcement. The space rock was hit 11 million kilometres from...

Digital Twin Supports Accurate Renovation Planning

Digital Twin Supports Accurate Renovation Planning

Renovating existing buildings remains a challenging task for the construction industry since the work of planners is often hampered by missing, incomplete or out-of-date construction plans. In recent ...

GIS Data is Indispensable for UN Migration Agency

GIS Data is Indispensable for UN Migration Agency

The International Organization for Migration is a heavy user of GIS data. Accessible, reliable and timely geospatial data is indispensable in its work in today’s fast-changing world, in which more t...

A Journey into the New Reality

A Journey into the New Reality

In which direction is the geospatial industry heading? Which core activities will companies focus on? How will the rapidly progressing technological advances shape the future? The recent edition of Hx...

Surveying the Tonga Volcano Eruption Aftermath

Surveying the Tonga Volcano Eruption Aftermath

The Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP) is a collaborative mission to discover the undersea impacts of the January 2022 eruption of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. Using their coll...

Soil Mapping with Drones

Soil Mapping with Drones

In the Earth sciences sector, sensors for measuring properties of the Earth are rapidly becoming adapted for drone use now that new developments in technology have led to an increase in the size and p...

Powerful and Multilateral UN-GGIM is Rescuing the SDGs

Powerful and Multilateral UN-GGIM is Rescuing the SDGs

The twelfth session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) was held from 1-5 August 2022 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA. ...

Topographic Mapping for Snow Avalanche Hazard Modelling

Topographic Mapping for Snow Avalanche Hazard Modelling

A project in Aotearoa/New Zealand is combining the use of high-quality DEMs from satellite photogrammetric mapping (SPM) with Lidar technologies to model hazards such as snow avalanches. The resulting...