Cartography is about describing the world in the form of maps and diagrams. Classic cartography produces paper maps but nowadays this field also encompasses Geographical Information Systems and the products produced by these systems. Cartography is heavily dependent on data from Remote sensing and Land surveying and topography for the dry part of our world and marine surveying and bathymetry for the wet parts of our world.  

Cartography / GIS can be found in almost any industry vertical where it transforms the various data sources into products readily useable in for example land and water management, climate and farming and conservation.

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Photogrammetry and Lidar were used together in Ecuador to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry. The integration...

Benchmarking Image-based DSM Generation

Benchmarking Image-based DSM Generation

In view of the rapid advancement in photogrammetric technology and software for 3D reconstruction, the European Spatial Data Research Organisation (EuroSDR) initiated a benchmark project on image-base...

ICT-enabled Innovation and Land Administration

ICT-enabled Innovation and Land Administration

Apart from being a prerequisite for a functioning market economy, environmental action and secure livelihoods, land administration systems create invaluable base data for all spatially based innovatio...

No State Budget Means No Governance. What to Do?

No State Budget Means No Governance. What to Do?

Each country’s economy comprises a part which is referred to as ‘informal’, and it can sometimes be larger than the formal part. The economic activities in the informal economy are unrecorded, n...

SDI Governance: to Steer or Row

SDI Governance: to Steer or Row

Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) is a framework of policies, standards and technology that enables data providers to publish, and users to access and integrate, distributed heterogeneous geospatial i...

Let’s Embrace It… INSPIRE is Here to Stay

Let’s Embrace It… INSPIRE is Here to Stay

The idea behind INSPIRE is quite simple: a common framework for all European environmental reference data. The implementation of such a system, however, is less simple. Technology is one thing – but...

Mobile App to Accelerate Land Administration in Indonesia

Mobile App to Accelerate Land Administration in Indonesia

A mobile app has been developed to improve the success of cadastral survey implementation in Indonesia. The country has set itself ambitious land registration targets by 2025. The national cadastral s...

Deep Learning for Ground and Non-ground Surface Separation

Deep Learning for Ground and Non-ground Surface Separation

As a division of machine learning, deep learning (DL) has been achieving unparalleled success in image processing and recently demonstrated huge potential for point cloud analysis. Precise ground surf...

Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence

Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence

The government of the United Kingdom is strongly supporting the UK aerospace industry and Earth Observation is an important component of that. In January, the UK government Science Minister stressed t...

Nigeria Needs Federal Commitment to its Geodata Policy

Nigeria Needs Federal Commitment to its Geodata Policy

Nigeria has all the prerequisites to install an effective national geospatial data infrastructure (NGDI) from which all its 170 million inhabitants would benefit. The country has many educated profess...

How Real-time Monitoring Reduces Water Losses

How Real-time Monitoring Reduces Water Losses

Real-time monitoring can reduce long-term losses caused by holes across a network of water pipes. At 6 bar pressure, a pipe with a 6mm hole will leak 1.8 cubic metres per hour, which equates to 1,300 ...

Lidar Point Cloud Segmentation

Lidar Point Cloud Segmentation

Terrestrial Lidar data has great potential to produce measurements for as-built building information modelling (BIM). Unfortunately, processing hundreds of millions of points, often contaminated by su...