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

Trimble Dimensions Cancelled, Esri User Conference Goes Virtual

Trimble has announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of its annual Trimble Dimensions event. Due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus, the geospatial powerhouse has made the decision not to hold the event this year. Dimensions is the signature event for Trimble’s global user community spanning agriculture, construction, geospatial, transportation, utilities and more. “Unfortunately, the overwhelming concerns and ongoing impact of COVID-19 inhibit our ability to deliver a conference that meets the high standards of safety and excellence our attendees expect and deserve,” the company declares in a statement. Virtual Esri User Conference Esri, the world’s largest mapping and... (read more)
2020-04-23 09:55:48

GNSS Positioning at Centimetre Level for Dynamic Applications

Global Augmentation Services Support Driverless Vehicles
A solution based on global augmentation services could hold the key to performing near-real-time GNSS corrections to support high-precision dynamic applications such as autonomous driving. Mobile mapping, automated machine guidance and other dynamic applications employ global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers for positioning. To obtain centimetre-level positioning accuracies, augmentation services are needed to correct for atmospheric signal disturbances, clock errors and satellite orbit deviations. A major limitation of many solutions is that accuracy comes at the expense of long convergence times, which impedes the application in high-precision dynamic applications. This article outlines a solution based on global augmentation services. Precise... (read more)
2020-04-23 08:44:17

Submit Your Drone Mapping Story!

Drones – professionally referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UASs) – have been a key topic of GIM International over the last years. Equipped with an ever-growing choice of sensors, UAVs have evolved into a standard tool for geospatial professionals, and in the upcoming months we will strengthen our focus on the latest drone-related developments in all manner of geospatial applications, ranging from agriculture and vegetation mapping to mining, construction, urban planning and surveying in general. We are always on the lookout for real-life examples of UAV usage in challenging projects for inclusion in our articles.... (read more)
2020-04-22 01:41:05

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

Land-cover Maps of Europe from the Cloud

Earth’s land is covered by a range of different types of vegetation, from forests and marshes to crops and bodies of water, as well as the artificial surfaces that are an increasingly common feature of the landscape. Mapping land cover is not only essential for monitoring change, but it also underpins numerous practical applications. However, generating these maps entails handling huge amounts of satellite data and some technical expertise. Thanks to the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and new cloud-computing resources, fully automated land-cover maps in 10m resolution are on the horizon. Natural processes, climate change and the way we use land to feed, shelter... (read more)
2020-03-27 10:33:06

Phase One Launches 280MP Aerial Solution

Phase One has launched the 280MP Aerial Solution, a large-format aerial photogrammetric system, with an image coverage width of more than 20,000 pixels. The new aerial mapping solution is designed to reduce operating costs and produce better returns on investment than today’s traditional large-format systems. The Phase One 280MP Aerial Solution is a large-format camera system that easily integrates with a DSM400 gyro-stabilized mount, creating a compact and lightweight system for use in a wide range of aircraft. At its heart, the iXM-RS 280F is a dual-lens metric camera, with 90mm lenses for capturing RGB information, providing precision imaging. Adding... (read more)
2020-03-23 03:57:09

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

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

FIG Working Week 2020: Make the World a Better Place

Q&A with Paula Dijkstra, Congress Director
From 10-14 May 2020, surveyors and geospatial 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 geospatial professionals and what does it require of the profession? Read on for 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... (read more)
2020-02-14 08:56:16
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