Article Archive

An extensive archive of all articles published on GIM International

Unlocking the Full Potential of UAVs for Advanced Mapping

Unlocking the Full Potential of UAVs for Advanced Mapping

In this edition of ‘Ask the Specialist’ the question is: how can we unlock the full potential of drones for advanced mapping operations? For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ features, we invite reader...

The First-ever Online-only UN-GGIM Session

The First-ever Online-only UN-GGIM Session

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) gathered for its Tenth Session in the shape of three two-hour informal meetings on 26 and 27 August and 4 ...

Shedding Valuable Light on the Geomatics Industry

Shedding Valuable Light on the Geomatics Industry

Read this farewell interview with Mathias Lemmens, who is stepping down from GIM International after 23 years as senior editor and industry figurehead. After 23 years, senior editor and industry figu...

Intergeo Digital 2020: A Geospatial Community First

Intergeo Digital 2020: A Geospatial Community First

Despite having to improvise, this year’s pioneering digital edition of Intergeo has received a lot of positive feedback. It became the international geospatial industry’s first-ever online-only ev...

Digital Twins for Spatial Planning

Digital Twins for Spatial Planning

The Dutch city of Groningen wants to follow in the footsteps of other cities such as Rotterdam, Hamburg, Singapore and Helsinki by developing a 3D digital model. For the team working on the 3D Digital...

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...

Data Visualization Theme Weeks