Canada Applies Open Data Cube Technology to Assess Nationwide Land-use Change

Canada’s Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD) faces the massive task of creating a greenhouse gas inventory for the entire nation. A key part of this analysis is the use of remotely sensed data to quantify areas of land-use change to calculate CO2. In this pursuit, PIRD has partnered with PCI Geomatics in a project that leverages Open Data Cube technology to enhance the efficiency, accuracy and granularity of analysing enormous volumes of multi-temporal remote sensing data on a nationwide scale. Each year in Canada, thousands of hectares of farm fields and forests are transformed into different land-use classes, most... (read more)
2020-03-11 11:30:31

Streamlining a High-resolution 3D Model of the Space Shuttle 'Discovery'

Cesium, a market leader in streaming 3D geospatial technology, has announced it will collaborate with the acclaimed Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum, education and research complex, on its Open Access Initiative. To celebrate the initiative, Cesium will support the Smithsonian’s ability to stream 3D models of massive objects in its collection, such as the Space Shuttle 'Discovery', over the web in high resolution for the first time. Through the Open Access Initiative, the Smithsonian will release about 2.8 million 2D and 3D images, public collections metadata and institutional research datasets as CC0 for any purpose: educational and research and... (read more)
2020-03-10 10:57:03

How High-altitude Propellers Allow Mapping of Large Areas with High Accuracy

Wingtra is introducing high-altitude propellers which enable a professional mapping drone to capture data more than 2,500m (8200ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) with unprecedented accuracy and coverage. Customers in South America, China, Central Europe and other regions with high altitudes can now map high terrain at down to 1cm ground sample distance (GSD). Specifically, the new high-altitude propellers and supporting software allow take-off at altitudes of up to 4,800m (15,700ft) AMSL and flight at altitudes of up to 5,000m (16,400ft) AMSL. “It’s a game-changer for our customers to fly and gather data on terrain that has so far been... (read more)
2020-03-04 08:47:39

Geospatial Joint Venture to Help Plan Roll-out of European 5G Network

Land Info Worldwide has assembled a team of renowned geospatial companies to help plan the roll-out of 5G networks across Europe. Land Info is already the premier provider of mapping solutions for 5G wireless in North America, using machine learning and artificial intelligence to meet the demanding mapping specifications of network design. It hopes that by working with aerial mapping company Bluesky International in the UK and Hexagon’s HxGN Content Program team in continental Europe, it can extend this reach in the 5G industry internationally. “Our international team, comprising Bluesky and Hexagon, will give 5G wireless operators in Europe direct... (read more)
2020-03-03 04:30:53

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

Expanding Horizons: Geospatial Predictions for 2020

From New York to Dubai to Myanmar, smart cities have been increasingly springing up across the globe. As more countries start to digitally transform, the futuristic cities and state-of-the-art gadgets that once belonged only in the realms of science fiction may soon become our reality... and they will be made possible with the advancement of the geospatial industry. The global geospatial analytics market is estimated to be worth USD$134.48 billion by 2025; with the market registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15% from 2019 to 2025[1]. Asia Pacific is also expected to see the highest growth during that... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:45:08

French 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 headquartered 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. APEI is currently operating a CityMapper that incorporates the latest-generation linear-mode Lidar from the Leica TerrainMapper. With the higher performance 2MHz pulse rate Lidar scanner, the firm has benefitted from significant operational advantages,... (read more)
2020-02-26 09:12:18

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

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
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