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An extensive archive of all articles published on GIM International

Handheld Mapping of One of Europe’s Largest Caves

Handheld Mapping of One of Europe’s Largest Caves

Geospatial mapping specialists and technology from GeoSLAM have been involved in a project to map the Lombrives cave in southern France. The Human Adaption Institute conducted a pioneering isolation e...

The Rise in UAV Inspections for Civil Infrastructure

The Rise in UAV Inspections for Civil Infrastructure

UAVs with a higher level of autonomy can make civil engineering inspections safer, faster and more accurate, plus they support the monitoring of infrastructural changes over time. The increasing devel...

The Shifting Boundaries of Point Cloud Processing Time

The Shifting Boundaries of Point Cloud Processing Time

Time issues associated with processing point clouds are hugely frustrating, but they are nothing new. And the shifting boundaries mean that we’re destined to forever play the waiting game, according...

Improving Efficiencies with Panoramic Basemaps

Improving Efficiencies with Panoramic Basemaps

A new basemap combines 360-degree aerial imagery and precise location data, providing an immersive new way to view and experience the built world from every cardinal direction. Basemap imagery offerin...

Automatic Segmentation of Point Clouds in Architecture

Automatic Segmentation of Point Clouds in Architecture

A new algorithm has been developed that automatically identifies architectural elements and creates 3D models of building interiors. Over the last decade, the demand for digital twins has increased in...

The Merging Worlds of Spatial Data and Construction

The Merging Worlds of Spatial Data and Construction

After a slow, decades-long start, the digitization of construction has finally gained a firm foothold. While it is true that digital models are often used – and sometimes required – to visualize h...

Airborne Lidar Bathymetry in Close Up

Airborne Lidar Bathymetry in Close Up

RIEGL tested the performance of its topo-bathymetric airborne laser scanning system in a transition zone context along the French Mediterranean coast. Initially planned as a UAV survey, tests were con...

Cable Inspections the Uncrewed Way

Cable Inspections the Uncrewed Way

XOCEAN recently completed 35 cable inspection surveys using a combination of Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) and Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) between the Scottish mainland and Western Isles. There ...

Building a 3D World: Common Sources of Elevation Data

Building a 3D World: Common Sources of Elevation Data

As the demand for elevation data continues to rise, it is important that users match the level of reliability, accuracy and resolution of the data to their specific application to arrive at an appropr...

Vegetation Mapping Using Multispectral UAV Images

Vegetation Mapping Using Multispectral UAV Images

DJI recently introduced the P4 multispectral, a high-precision unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) which exploits the integration of multispectral cameras to facilitate agricultural and envir...

Why Geospatial Will Always Be a People-centric Profession

Why Geospatial Will Always Be a People-centric Profession

As geospatial professionals, we pride ourselves on being led by objective data that we can verify and trust. But like all humans, even we are not immune to bias, according to James Kavanagh. I was in...

Deconstructing Digital Cultural Heritage

Deconstructing Digital Cultural Heritage

Whether as 2D drawings or 3D point clouds, digital cultural heritage is becoming the norm in heritage documentation nowadays. However, raw digital data still requires manual labelling in order to add ...

The Need to Enthuse Youngsters about Surveying

The Need to Enthuse Youngsters about Surveying

The youngsters of today are the geospatial professionals of tomorrow, writes Wim van Wegen, which is why the industry urgently needs to increase its focus on the next generation. It was only after sev...