Aerial Survey Firm Purchases First Leica CityMapper-2

Hexagon’s Geosystems division has announced that Aero Photo Europe Investigation (APEI), an international aerial survey firm with headquarters in Moulins, France, has become the first customer to purchase the Leica CityMapper-2 oblique imaging and Lidar hybrid airborne sensor. With the CityMapper-2, APEI expands its business to the rapidly growing smart city market, which today requires more detailed and more accurate data on larger areas in fast-changing urban environments.                                                                 ... (read more)
2020-02-26 09:12:18

Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Positioning, Navigation and Timing

US President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order (EO) establishing a comprehensive national policy promoting the responsible use of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services by the Federal Government as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators. With this EO, the Trump administration aims to strengthen American resilience by identifying and promoting approaches to manage the risks to critical transportation systems and supporting commercial infrastructure from the disruption and manipulation of PNT services. PNT services, such as the US Global Positioning System (GPS), are critical to the safe and efficient use of the national transportation system by the traveling... (read more)
2020-02-18 09:55:42

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

Ana Roxin

Ana Roxin is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Burgundy, France. Her research addresses approaches that allow computers to simulate human reasoning and problem-solving. She has proven experience across semantic web, semantic interoperability, context-aware BIM, GIS and explainable AI. She is a member of several standardization bodies (e.g. AFNOR, CEN, ISO). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:03:50
2020-02-13 10:13:48

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

Aerial Photography Helps to Transform Policing in North Yorkshire

The latest aerial photography is helping the police in North Yorkshire, the UK's largest county, to save time and resources and transform policing. Supplied by Bluesky International and Getmapping under the Aerial Photography for Great Britain (APGB) contract with the Geospatial Commission, the high-resolution imagery is widely used across the force. Accessed via desktop GIS and mapping software, the up-to-date photography is benefiting operations and day-to-day services with applications including missing person searches, surveillance planning, anti-social behaviour management and crime investigations.  Complementing existing mapping resources, including Ordnance Survey MasterMap data and the recently introduced what3words geocoding system, the APGB imagery provides... (read more)
2020-02-07 11:48:02

UAVs, an Important Tool in Nepal’s Land Sector

Nepal has recently made promising steps in the area of land policy and related legislation. The new Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration policies and government initiatives embrace new ways of data collection for land administration purposes.  According to the National Agrarian Reform Program every plot of land in Indonesia must be certified and registered by 2025. However, using the standard land registration methodology, this target will not be reached. Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or 'drones') is an emerging option. In the land administration domain, UAVs have already been piloted and demonstrated in a range of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)... (read more)
2020-02-07 09:57:37

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone usually has two to three cameras, a GNSS sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope for positioning the system in 3D space. In addition, a smartphone has a magnetometer which displays the orientation or north direction by a compass, and... (read more)
2020-02-05 03:54:54
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