senseFly Receives Financial Funding Boost from Parrot

senseFly, through its parent organization Parrot, has recapitalized its balance sheet and funding, guaranteeing a healthy operational outlook as it continues its growth path as the global leader in fixed-wing drones. The financial backing comes at a particularly meaningful time for senseFly – an Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) spin-off – which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Since its inception, senseFly has flown over 1 million flights, mapped an estimated 500,000 square kilometres and generated over USD$ 100 million in revenue. This important milestone sees senseFly’s status shift from promising start-up that pushed the boundaries of remote mapping... (read more)
2020-02-17 11:27:32

City Scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

Extreme weather events and rising populations are straining existing (and often inadequate) drainage infrastructure in cities around the world, leading to flooding that damages property and infrastructure, impacts human safety, and weakens economies.Digital twins can help cities plan for disasters and will enable them to better respond on weather events. In 2015, the United Nations reported that over the previous decade, floods accounted for 43 percent of all documented natural disasters around the world, affecting 2.3 billion people and causing US$662 billion in damages. And this number is getting worse. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that the number... (read more)
2020-02-17 09:47:36

Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The 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. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

Christian Clemen

Christian Clemen teaches and researches at HTW Dresden, Germany, on BIM from the perspective of geospatial engineering. His research projects relate to 3D data acquisition and construction progress documentation with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) as well as 3D city models (CityGML) and land management with BIM. He is a member of BIM standardization at DIN and ISO and is active in NGOs such as the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:02:57

FIG Working Week 2020: Make the World a Better Place

Q&A with Paula Dijkstra, Congress Director
From 10 to 14 May 2020, surveyors and geo-experts will meet for the Working Week of FIG, the international federation for surveyors. The conference theme is 'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management'. Key question: what does the future require of geo-professionals and what does it require of the profession? A conversation with the enthusiastic conference director, Paula Dijkstra. How does land surveying in the Netherlands contribute to good land and water management? “Our country lies in a river delta and is to a great extent below sea level. Furthermore, we are one of the world’s most densely populated countries.... (read more)
2020-02-14 08:56:16

Geo Connect Asia Cancelled due to Coronavirus Concerns; New Dates Announced

Geo Connect Asia 2020, Southeast Asia’s inaugural geospatial event, has been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Themed ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’, the event was set to feature the very latest trends and insights in the mapping and surveying industry. The organizers have announced that the event now is scheduled to be held on 24 and 25 March 2021 in Singapore. Following the cancellation of Geo Connect Asia 2020, in view of health and travel safety concerns connected to the still-evolving Covid-19 situation, organizers Montgomery Asia have announced that Southeast Asia’s inaugural geospatial event will be taking place in... (read more)
2020-02-14 08:41:35

Revealing Chernobyl Radiation Hotspots with Lidar Technology

It’s been over three decades since reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine melted down, leading to the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster in history. Now, a team of multidisciplinary researchers have used Routescene’s UAV Lidar technology to map radioactive hotspots in greater detail than ever before. Professor Tom Scott, from the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK, led a group of researchers from the UK's National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) to conduct surveys on multiple sites of interest within the Exclusion Zone which surrounds the damaged reactor. The surveyed sites... (read more)
2020-02-13 09:56:16

What Are the Main Reasons for Choosing UAV-based Lidar Mapping?

Lidar mapping based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) can generally be thought of as a close-range version of manned airborne laser scanning. In brief, lower mobilization costs and much higher spatial resolution are allowing new Lidar mapping use cases in several disciplines, such as forestry, bathymetry, archaeology, infrastructure mapping, hazard management and so on. In general, modern UAV-based Lidar solutions fall into one of the following categories: Survey-grade sensors featuring narrow laser beams with a beam divergence of <1 mrad, high pulse repetition rates in the MHz range and sophisticated full waveform-based signal processing. These high-end sensors weigh around... (read more)
2020-02-11 02:00:17

Testing Areas for Drones Needed to Prevent ‘Bottleneck to Growth’

One of the UK’s leading drone experts has urged British property owners and business leaders to leverage the opportunity of their under-used land for drone testing. This is important to help accelerate the rate of growth of the UK drone industry, in the face of what he described as an emerging ‘bottleneck to growth’. Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, which is the first industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable accelerated commercialisation of the UK drone industry, stated “There is a current unnecessary ‘bottleneck’ in the evolution of the drone industry and... (read more)
2020-02-10 10:34:35

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39
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