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Following the Curves of Road Design with Aerial Lidar

They say accuracy isn’t important for horseshoes and hand grenades – getting close is good enough, writes Brian Stevens. But if you are charged with improving the safety of the nation’s transportation system, accurate road curves, grade and width measurements are absolutely critical. All too often, transportation agencies don’t have the data to help them address specific safety concerns, maintenance budgets or technology such as autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. So, whe... (read more)
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From Geographical Aspects of Business to Geoinformation Technologies in Business

In a recent article called ‘How Can We Attract Students to Geomatics?’, Ian Brown raised the question of the role of geomatics in modern education and how we can rouse interest in students to become part of the GIS expert community. In this column, Andrey Pirogov from Racurs takes the discussion a step further. While speaking at the Business Day during the conf... (read more)

Making the Most of Smart Tools for Intelligent Results

Why do some organisations seem so much smarter than others? Why are some companies able to navigate the uncertain currents of the world around them and handle the inherent vagaries of geology and mining practically, and others are not? In this column Chris Green, leader of strategic innovation at Maptek, concludes that smart tools do not automatically lead to more intellig... (read more)

Do What You Cannot Do Yet

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it,” is a quote attributed to the famous Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. This quote is an inspiration for everyone who has a dream and a vision. Van Gogh captured reality in his own unique way, depicting what he saw and visualising the landscape through his paintings. A... (read more)

The Future Role of Geoinformation

I recently attended a seminar on the application of 3D, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for local authorities in The Netherlands. A couple of years ago, VR and AR were announced to much fanfare as the next big thing that would revolutionise the surveying profession. But not much has actually happened since then. Well, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but t... (read more)

Digital Twinning and the Complexity of Reality

Digital twinning is based on the idea that a digital informational construct of a physical system can be created as a separate entity. The digital information is a ‘twin’ of the information embedded within the physical system itself, and is linked to it throughout the entire system life cycle. Rapid development of the digital twin approach offers mining compani... (read more)
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