What Cloud Computing Means for Lidar in Construction

The construction sector is undergoing radical change. The industry is facing many challenges such as rising costs, tight project delivery and building sustainability. Above all, it must address the quality of construction and the need to constantly improve its processes. For a long time, the public clouds did not have what Lidar point cloud applications needed: high-bandwidth networking. But this has been changing rapidly over the past couple of years. Digitalization will be crucial to making progress on these fronts, with 3D surveying and point cloud technology leading the charge. 2020 will mark a turning point in terms of innovation... (read more)
2020-05-07 10:06:58

Coast-to-Coast US Coverage for Trimble’s CenterPoint RTX Fast Correction Service

Trimble has announced the completion of the breakthrough expansion of its CenterPoint RTX Fast correction service, with coverage now spanning the contiguous US and southern Canada. This expansion is central to Trimble’s vision to transform how and where users can leverage precision and accuracy. Ideal for autonomous applications in both on-road and off-road markets, the coverage and performance of the service enables industry professionals to re-think what is possible when using augmented positioning for improving safety, performance, productivity and operational efficiency. The CenterPoint RTX Fast subscription service delivers horizontal positioning accuracy of one inch (two centimetres) or less in under... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:49:47

FIG Working Week 2020 – Distance Matters…

What is the ‘FIG Working Week’? It’s a strange name for a conference, but a name that has become close to a trademark and is significant for the many varied activities that are going on during the – almost – week-long event. Since 1878, when FIG was established and gave surveyors the possibility to meet and network, the yearly FIG Conference has proven to be a unique meeting place for surveyors and geospatial experts around the world. But does it really matter to attend a conference, and to meet? Hanoi, Istanbul, Helsinki, Christchurch, Sofia, Kuala Lumpur, Accra, Rome, Marrakech, Sydney,... (read more)
2020-05-01 05:06:10

FIG Young Surveyors Network: Geospatial Agents of Change

Reclaiming the Future by Mapping the New World
With geospatial information being more important now than ever, location-based data is the key to solving the societal challenges of our time. Young geospatial and surveying professionals especially sit in the driving seat towards the goal of meeting the most urgent global and local challenges with location-based information and analysis. But we cannot do it alone. Resilience, collaboration and global networks are the key to unlocking our sustainable common future. The FIG Young Surveyors Network provides a platform for young geospatial professionals from all over the globe to share, learn, network and take action. The FIG Young Surveyors Network (YSN)... (read more)
2020-05-01 04:40:58

How Geospatial Surveying Is Driving Land Administration

Latest Innovations and Developments
Five 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. Policy Guidance and UN-GGIM The national cadastral and topographic mapping agencies... (read more)
2020-04-29 02:39:00

View from Space: Dutch Tulip Fields Come into Bloom

While the COVID-19 virus pandemic is forcing most people to stay at home, ESA has released some beautiful views from space of the Dutch tulip fields coming into bloom. Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on 5 April, 10 April, 15 April and 20 April 2020, this sequence of images shows how the fields change from browns and greens to an array of vibrant colours. Lasting just a few weeks, the beauty of these colours normally attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Sadly, this is not the case this year, as the COVID-19 crisis means that people... (read more)
2020-04-24 11:17:11

5 Questions to... Håkan Engman, Bentley Systems

What makes the digital city so relevant for geospatial surveyors, and what lies ahead for 3D city modelling? We asked these and a couple of other questions to Håkan Engman, the director of business development in the digital cities business unit at Bentley Systems. In that role, he is leading business management activities for OpenCities products. He is also responsible for the integration of the Swedish company Agency9 following Bentley’s acquisition of it in September 2018.  The ‘digital city’ or ‘smart city’ is a hot topic. What makes it so relevant for geospatial surveying professionals? In most cases, smart initiatives... (read more)
2020-04-16 03:29:19

COVID-19, the Land Administration Sector and Spatial Information

By now, most readers are likely to have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – perhaps directly through their own health or the health of those they know, or more indirectly through loss of work or income… and almost certainly through the changes in social norms and freedoms brought about by various lockdowns. This article explores the relevance of the land administration sector, disaster risk management and spatial information in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. It has been a busy few weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. But, in the quieter moments (if we’re privileged enough to get them),... (read more)
2020-04-16 11:15:34

New Android Tablet for High-accuracy GIS Applications with Professional GIS Software

Elnav has launched its E-Tab series: industrial-level Android tablets with high-accuracy GNSS inside. The E-Tab series is designed for GIS professionals in the field and has advanced features for handheld, easy-to-use, cost-effective centimetre-level-accurate GIS data collection. Hakan Karagöz, international sales director of Elnav, comments: “This system provides a complete solution for GIS professionals who want an easy-to-use, state-of-the-art system with high-accuracy data collection in the field. We can now provide centimetre-level accuracy with industrial handheld tablets for GIS data collection professionals.” Centimetre-level accuracy in the field There are two accuracy options available in the E-Tab series. The E-Tab 5R is... (read more)
2020-04-16 10:34:02

The Role of Spatial Data and Technologies towards Building Smart Nations

Leveraging and Scaling the Smart Cities Paradigm
In the last couple of decades, many cities around the world have adopted new innovative technologies to help them address some of the most fundamental challenges of the 21st century. More and more cities are becoming what is often referred to as 'smarter', by utilizing a wide range of emerging technologies that collect, analyse, monitor and communicate information to enable the efficient delivery of essential services, improve people’s quality of life, and allow a more effective city governance. Recognizing the potential of integrated technologies to improve governance efficiency, social and human capital and people's well-being, nations are now also aiming... (read more)
2020-04-09 01:01:41
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