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.

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 (VR) and sparked widespread applications in engineering, science and education. An integral component o...

China’s Unlimited Demand for Geomatics Specialists

China’s Unlimited Demand for Geomatics Specialists

Having led the famous Wuhan University, home to the world's biggest geomatics faculty, from 2003 to 2008, professor Liu Jingnan is one of the most respected Chinese academics in geodesy and satellite ...

Innovative Tools for Tenure Recordation

Innovative Tools for Tenure Recordation

Aimed at protecting the land rights of underrepresented citizens, fit-for-purpose land administration promotes alternative approaches to facilitate aiding and improving land tenure security based on t...

Apps for Land Administration

Apps for Land Administration

The use of community participation, mobile technologies and cloud storage services could create a new way of undertaking land administration activities, and ultimately lead to more secure land rights ...

Full Automation in Mobile Lidar Data Classification

Full Automation in Mobile Lidar Data Classification

A deep learning architecture called MMCN opens up the possibility for the fully automated classification of highly dense 3D point cloud data acquired from a mobile Lidar system. This offers interestin...

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...

Advanced Urban 3D Modelling and Visualization

Advanced Urban 3D Modelling and Visualization

The automatic detection, data extraction, 3D modelling and visualization of buildings in urban areas using remote sensing data is an essential task in various applications such as cadastre, urban and ...

Emerging Web and Game Engine Tech for 3D Cities

Emerging Web and Game Engine Tech for 3D Cities

The increasing number of solutions for developing 3D city model applications poses a challenge for developers. This article outlines key considerations that help them to create applications efficientl...

Point Clouds – the Representation of the Third Kind

Point Clouds – the Representation of the Third Kind

Point clouds represent the world at its best: up to date, and with every detail there is to be known. Most articles pay particular attention to the data acquisition of such point clouds, as they are o...

Smart Parking in Megacities

Smart Parking in Megacities

Did you know that you can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space in busy cities? Smart parking apps offer a much-needed answer to the problem nowadays – and mobile mapping point c...

Point Clouds – the Representation of the Third Kind

Point Clouds – the Representation of the Third Kind

Point clouds should be considered as the third kind of representation, alongside polyhedral surface representations and volumetric voxel representations, according to Edward Verbree in this column. 'G...

Object-based Classification of Point Clouds

Object-based Classification of Point Clouds

Can object-based classification of point clouds offer an alternative to classification of individual points when detecting and analysing natural landscape objects? Today, the analysis of 3D point clou...

Technology in Focus: Dense Image Matching

Technology in Focus: Dense Image Matching

Point clouds are increasingly a prime data source for 3D information. For many years, Lidar systems have been the main way to create point clouds. More recently, advances in the field of computer vis...

Heritage BIM on the Move

Heritage BIM on the Move

In a system termed 'historical BIM', building information modelling (BIM) is becoming a useful approach in the documentation and enhancement of historical structures. It is not easy to convert point c...