GIM International: Business Guide 2019

GIM International Business Guide 2019

Once a year we publish the GIM International Business Guide, which serves as a reference book for geomatics professionals. This year’s edition contains an overview of various pillars of the mapping and surveying industry.

The Business Guide is also the ideal occasion to unveil the findings derived from our annual readers’ survey. This year, the report on these findings focuses on the current status of the broad range of disciplines that together form geomatics. It makes for uplifting reading, as there are plenty of reasons for optimism in our industry; many of the respondents signal a wealth of growth opportunities for geospatial surveying.

The Relevance of Aerial Mapping in 2019 and Beyond

The Relevance of Aerial Mapping in 2019 and BeyondReality 3D models, Lidar points clouds, superhigh-resolution aerial imagery and artificial intelligence from aerial imagery… these are just a few of the products derived from aerial mapping that the GIS sector takes for granted in 2019. This article takes a brief look at the latest aerial mapping systems and processes, along with the ever-expanding range of products and services derived from such systems. Read on...

A Lidar Overview

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar OverviewPoint clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. Read on...

Need for 3D Data

Thriving Geospatial Market Thanks to Huge Need for 3D DataWith so many hardware and geospatial software solutions for so many professionals in so many vertical markets, there must be a wide variety of user needs – but what parallels can be drawn between those various needs across the geomatics workflow as a whole? At GIM International, we investigated this thoroughly by analysing the results of our annual readers’ survey. Read on...

GNSS Receivers – Evolution or Revolution

GNSS Receivers– Evolution or RevolutionSatellite surveying… are there any industry professionals out there not using it on (almost) a daily basis? Over the last 30 years, GNSS has become the main positioning instrument for most applications. Of course, there are still some exceptions where correct (relative) positioning is needed and dedicated optical systems such as a total station or level instrument are used, but even these are often set up over control points determined using GNSS techniques. This article investigates the developments in GNSS over the last decade and attempts to predict the future. Read on...

Recent Developments in Close-range Photogrammetry

Recent Developments in Close-range PhotogrammetryDramatic advances in automatic digital image analysis have opened up new applications and made photogrammetry applicable for a broader field of users that lack specific knowledge of photogrammetry. Megatrends such as Industry 4.0, BIM and the digital transformation are driving the advancement of 3D measurement technologies, both in terms of high-end systems and low-cost sensors. New technical challenges such as autonomous driving or unmanned aerial vehicles are demanding innovative sensor systems, but also extended maps and models of the environment. Modern approaches such as structure from motion (SfM), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) or visual odometry are now being combined with classical photogrammetric methods. This article addresses these and other recent developments in close-range photogrammetry. Read on...

 
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