GIM International: Business Guide 2020

GIM International Business Guide 2020

Never before in history have humans generated such gigantic volumes of geodata as we do today. The 2020 edition of the GIM International Business Guide focuses on the production of images and point clouds and the wide variety of geodata acquisition technologies. The geospatial surveying profession has many connections with application fields such as construction and infrastructure, which also is reflected by the articles as published in this issue.

- The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking
- UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?
- State of the Art in 3D City Modelling
- How Geospatial Surveying is Driving Land Administration
- Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

The Geospatial Industry is Alive and KickingThe advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual GIM International survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. Read on...

3D City Modelling

State of the Art in 3D City ModellingSemantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. Read on...

UAVs: What's Next?

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?The current drone technology is really impressive and it is hard to see how it can be greatly improved, except for increased flying time and more affordable high-accuracy GNSS options. Having said that, keeping a drone in the air for over an hour requires diligence and concentration, so the current battery power and flight time limits might be just right! Read on...

Geospatial and Construction

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and ConstructionThere is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). Read on...

Ask the Specialist

Ask the SpecialistFor this 'Ask the Specialist' feature, we invited readers to send us their burning questions about geospatial surveying. We passed the questions on to relevant industry experts who provided comprehensive and detailed answers to point geospatial professionals in the right direction. Read on...

How Geospatial Surveying is Driving Land Administration

How Geospatial Surveying is Driving Land AdministrationFive years ago, GIM International published an article titled ‘A New Era in Land Administration Emerges’. It outlined how innovative thinking coupled with quickly maturing, scalable technical approaches could transform land administration globally. To reach fruition, support from policymakers, world-leading private companies, modern geospatial technologies and a new professional mindset would be crucial. So what has happened since? Here, in close cooperation with the geospatial industry, GIM International provides a major update, paying special attention to standardization, technical approaches and land data acquisition in the context of global policies. Read on...


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