Article Archive

An extensive archive of all articles published on GIM International

Interoperability Requires Sustainable Choices

Interoperability Requires Sustainable Choices

The Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) is a conceptual standard developed by ISO. LandInfra is a conceptional standard with an encoding in GML (InfraGML) developed by the Open Geospatial Consorti...

Bright Perspectives of Mapping from Above

Bright Perspectives of Mapping from Above

Recent technological developments have made aerial surveying more exciting than ever. For imagery, ground resolutions of 2cm can now be reached, whereas for Lidar, pulse frequencies of 4GHz and point ...

Digital Technology as Leitmotif

Digital Technology as Leitmotif

In his latest column, Wim van Wegen reflects on digital technology as the leitmotif in Germany's role as a powerhouse within the geospatial industry. Traditionally, Germany is the heart of the geospat...

Understanding Spatial Resolution

Understanding Spatial Resolution

Earth observation (EO) from space is important for resource monitoring and management. The performance of optical EO sensors is determined by four resolutions: spatial, spectral, radiometric and tempo...

3D Modelling for Construction

3D Modelling for Construction

When it comes to 3D modelling for construction, what are the advantages and disadvantages of photogrammetry versus Lidar in terms of accuracy, complexity and cost? Breaking away from laser measurement...

The Future of Lidar is Critical to the Future of Our World

The Future of Lidar is Critical to the Future of Our World

What will be the future of Lidar? To quote Abraham Lincoln: “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it”. So what is currently being created in the geospatial market? This article...

Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Accurate bathymetric mapping of shallow areas is essential for a plethora of offshore activities. Through Structure from Motion (SfM) and Multiview Stereo (MVS) techniques, images can provide a low-co...

Realistic Virtual Reality Environments from Point Clouds

Realistic Virtual Reality Environments from Point Clouds

The advent of cost-effective head-mounted displays marked a new era in immersive virtual reality and sparked widespread applications in engineering, science and education. An integral component of any...

Planning Information for the Public Falls Short of Reality

Planning Information for the Public Falls Short of Reality

Working with Pittsburgh’s City Planning Department, a Carnegie Mellon University research team completed an in-depth study of the current use of 3D software for planning tasks and public communicati...

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

In this interview, Thomas Harring emphasizes that the geospatial industry should use the momentum of the ‘new normal’ to further accelerate the sector’s ongoing transformation towards more custo...

Extraterrestrial Hydrography

Extraterrestrial Hydrography

While there is still lots of ocean mapping work to do on Earth, oceans situated elsewhere in our solar system hold plenty of mysteries too, writes Wim van Wegen in this column. The oceans on our plane...

The Importance of Promoting the Value of Location

The Importance of Promoting the Value of Location

Ordnance Survey (OS) has seen important changes during the past year. Steve Blair was appointed as CEO and he has now been in charge for a year. In March, Munir Ismet was appointed Managing Director o...

Measuring and 3D Mapping of Sea Ice in the Arctic

Measuring and 3D Mapping of Sea Ice in the Arctic

How can AUVs be reliably used to map the 3D structure of the underside of sea ice? Especially now that the climate crisis makes it more important than ever to understand its complex structure? Sea ice...

Emerging Web and Game Engine Tech for 3D Cities

Emerging Web and Game Engine Tech for 3D Cities

The increasing number of solutions for developing 3D city model applications poses a challenge for developers. This article outlines key considerations that help them to create applications efficientl...

The New Era of Mobile Scanning

The New Era of Mobile Scanning

Indoor mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. In this interview, Felix Reinshagen from NavVis shares his views on the future, including his confidence that there ...