Fit-for-purpose Capacity Building in Mozambique

The Mozambican Land Administration System is still far from complete due to colonial legacy and decades of civil war. The government faces a major challenge: capturing 5 million plots of land with corresponding user rights in the next five years. The enormous task of registering all those landholders has two main components: the registering itself and the organizing of the information. Fit-for-purpose approach The land registry organization of Mozambique, DINAT (Direcção Nacional de Terras), wants to catch up in a targeted, fast and affordable way. To cope with the enormous amount of plots, many people must be trained. For that,... (read more)
2019-12-10 11:17:48

Lidar Monitoring of Rock Glaciers with Improved Measurement Frequency

The 3D Geospatial Data Processing Group from Heidelberg University in Germany is conducting studies of rock glacier dynamics in a high-Alpine permafrost environment. The team is utilizing a RIEGL VZ-2000i terrestrial laser scanner and a UAV equipped with the RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV unmanned laser scanner. This fascinating research project is leading to new insights into rock glaciers. Short-interval (e.g. < monthly) topographic Lidar monitoring has begun to provide new understandings into a range of geomorphic processes. Such 4D data help us to better understand the dynamics of rock glaciers. Rock glaciers are creep phenomena of mountain permafrost. In the era of climate change, rock glaciers... (read more)
2019-12-06 09:47:53

Tackling Problems in Construction with Geospatial Analytics

The construction industry has always lagged behind in innovation compared to other industries, but geospatial data analytics will transform construction, architectural design and civil engineering. Geospatial data analytics is location-based information, generated by billions of devices around the world. Thus, the additional insight provided to engineers and architectures helps the construction industry cut costs and improve efficiency. Core problems with the construction industry To understand the gains made from data analytics, it’s important to explain the problems the construction industry faces. According to a report, construction projects take 20% longer to complete and go over budget by 80%. Thus, we see... (read more)
2019-12-04 12:09:22

Laser Scanner and Drone Capture 3D Point Clouds for Military Heritage Restoration Project

In conjunction with Eyefly, Dutch surveying company Geomaat has produced a complete 3D model of the exterior, interior and roof of the Emma building at the Johan Willem Friso Kazerne, a former military site in Assen, the Netherlands. The result is a unique ‘total solution’ for Rijksvastgoedbedrijf, the country’s Central Government Real Estate Agency. Several techniques have been cleverly combined to create a complete 3D point cloud, mesh and Revit model. The Emma Kazerne building – a former barracks built in neo-renaissance style – is an important part of the Johan Willem Friso Kazerne military site in Assen because of both... (read more)
2019-11-29 10:36:30

7 Questions about Hydrography and Its Relevance for Geomatics

The Perfect Combination of Science and Technology Applied to the Sea
According to NOAA (The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of the navigable portion of the Earth's surface and adjoining coastal areas. It can be seen as an application area within the geospatial engineering discipline. We asked 7 questions to Laurent Kerléguer, the new director general of the French Hydrographic Office (Shom), to learn more about the world of hydrography. Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, GIM International asks him about the latest developments regarding the... (read more)
2019-11-26 03:24:07

Portable Lidar Technology Provides Archaeology Students with New Insights

How can modern geospatial technology be used to preserve the past? Archaeology students from Wheaton College in Illinois, USA, have utilized a long-range Lidar sensor during an excavation project in Tel Shimron, Israel, to conduct daily high-resolution scans of the area. The scans gave the students a high-precision record of what they uncovered every day as the basis for further analysis. Velodyne Lidar provided its portable Ultra Puck sensor to enable a new generation of archaeologists to reconstruct life from thousands of years ago. (This article contains a video) Earlier this year, McKenzie Blank, a chemical engineering student at Wheaton... (read more)
2019-11-21 12:54:01

InSAR Satellite Technology Data Fills Niche for Forest Inventory

Remote sensing is a great way to learn more about our forests and manage them accordingly. Scion, a New Zealand government-owned research institute, is exploring new information-capture methods such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR). A recent study found that, while Lidar is still much more precise for predicting forest attributes, interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) has several other benefits to consider. Remote sensing involves recording data about an object, without making contact with the object. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) satellite technology is one method that has been used to perform forest inventory overseas, but a study that was conducted recently is... (read more)
2019-11-18 11:27:12

Esri Joins Forces with 3DR to Launch ArcGIS Drone Collection

Esri has announced a partnership with 3DR, a leading US drone data company, to expand Esri's current drone imagery offering, Drone2Map for ArcGIS, with an end-to-end enterprise drone data and analytics solution for the ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Drone Collection offers scalable solutions for users ranging from small operators to enterprise-wide drone programmes. Esri customers can now achieve operational efficiency by leveraging the elastic processing capabilities of the cloud. By adding 3DR's powerful Site Scan unmanned aerial systems flight planning and processing software to ArcGIS, users benefit by having extensive and powerful drone flight planning and image processing, management, and... (read more)
2019-11-13 11:35:59

Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Did you know that you can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space in busy cities? Nowadays, smart parking apps offer a much-needed answer to the problem – and mobile mapping point clouds and imagery are core ingredients of the solution. Besides saving time by guiding you straight to an available spot close to your destination, smart parking apps also reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. One such app is AppyParking by London-based AppyWay. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas, restrictions and operating hours.... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00

World War Two Tunnels Surveyed with SLAM Technology

Many historical projects have great significance for a location’s cultural heritage, and indeed its people. For the team at Historic England, this is the fundamental concept of their work in order to conserve pieces of the country’s history. That much was evident with the latest project, the Ramsgate Tunnels, a 5km network of underground passageways which were paramount to the safety of local people in Ramsgate, Kent, England.  Once used as an underground narrow gauge railway, built to connect the town and docks to help improve trade links to Europe, the railway soon became a target for enemy bombing. It... (read more)
2019-11-05 09:56:48
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