The Fierce Rise of Airborne Lidar

A View on Status, Developments and Trends
Today, automatic matching of overlapping aerial imagery and airborne Lidar are the main geodata technologies for capturing dense point clouds of the Earth’s surface. The sampled points are used for the generation of bare ground representations which are often augmented with buildings and trees. Airborne Lidar is flourishing as a prevalent geodata acquisition technology and continues to show a fierce rise in terms of advancements and applications. Read on for an article that discusses the main technological advances of today’s operational systems and surveys the state of the art, developments and trends. Having trained as a geodesist and photogrammetrist, I... (read more)
2017-01-11 09:04:36

Potential of Small Satellites

GIM Interviews Dr Rainer Sandau, Chairman, International Academyof Astronautics (IAA)
Small satellites for earth observation are an important ongoing development in space research. How can mapping and disaster management benefit from small-satellite systems? What is the potential and what the challenges? Are small satellites an inferior alternative for developing countries that cannot afford large satellites? This month’s interviewee, Dr Rainer Sandau, provides answers to these and other questions. What are mission, scope and organisational structure of IAA? IAA encourages international scientific co-operation through scientific symposia and meetings and through the work of six commissions dedicated respectively to Space Physical Sciences, Space Life Sciences, Space Technology and System Development, Space System... (read more)
2007-04-17 12:00:00

Land Administration and Social Development

Enhancing Land Registration and Cadastre
Land and the way governments deal with it are of major importance for the development of any society. The authors present land administration systems as an instrument to support implementation of land policies and deliver the services required for security of tenure, markets, planning and taxation. In the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Development adopt-ed by the Rio Conference 1992 (Agenda 21), global objectives of combating poverty, sustainable settlement, sustainable agriculture and forestry are directly relat-ed to the land issue. According to this plan, strengthening legal frameworks for land management and ownership is strongly recommended. The aim is to... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

The Digital Agenda in the Light of Geoinformation

GIM International Interviews European Commissioner Neelie Kroes
Since geoinformation is one of the most desired re-usable information sets, the valuable data that is available through INSPIRE will also be accessible through the new pan-European data portal, says European Commissioner Neelie Kroes in this interview with GIM International. Complaints from the sector that there is a missing link between the Digital Agenda and geoinformation are not shared by Europe’s most powerful woman on e-issues today. The Digital Agenda will benefit from the experiences with INSPIRE, she says. (By Durk Haarsma, publishing director, GIM International) You are very much an advocate of open data. Is there any evidence of... (read more)
2012-05-15 02:41:47

Keeping an Eye on the World

GIM International Interviews Adam Keith
Defence and security requirements will continue to drive the commercial Earth-observation data market for the next decade, but growing commercialisation of the industry and the data needs of emerging EO nations and private enterprise will also fuel revenue growth. That’s according to Adam Keith, director of Earth observation at international research and consulting firm Euroconsult. EO manufacturing market value is expected to reach $19.9 billion over the coming decade. At the same time, commercial EO data sales are expected to rise by 15%, reaching an annual $4 billion by 2019. There is real future demand for EO satellite manufacturing, data... (read more)
2011-02-21 04:02:01

Satellite Mapping in Bhutan

High-Resolution Imagery in Generating Spacial Information
High-resolution satellite imagery (HRSI) has significant potential for producing 3D spatial information products. Nowhere is this more apparent than in remote areas of the world such as the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. A project was designed to both demonstrate the utility of HRSI for medium-scale map production, and to pass these technological skills and tools to the Bhutanese. The authors show the potential shown by HRSI in meeting the spatial information needs of a developing country.<P> To support national development initiatives, Bhutan needs more comprehensive topographic and cadastral mapping. In many fields, ranging from environmental management to land and... (read more)
2008-04-10 12:00:00

Land Administration Domain Model

Impact on Implementation of International Policies
An international group of land administration professionals initiated the development of a data model that facilitates the quick and efficient set-up of land registrations. Just as social issues benefit from proper land administration, land administration systems themselves benefit from proper data standards. The Land Administration (LA) standard has been available since 1 December 2012 as a formal International Standard, published as ISO 19152. This standard is expected to have an impact on the development of Land Administration Systems. The International Standard for the Land Administration Domain serves the following goals: Establishment of a shared ontology implied by the model: The... (read more)
2013-05-27 12:02:07

Geomares: Quality is Our Motto

GIM International Interviews Durk Haarsma
Geomares Publishing is the new media company behind GIM International, having in October taken over ownership from previous GIM publisher of almost ten years Reed Business-Geo. Geomares publishing director Durk Haarsma has in house strong brands, dynamic publishing concepts for the future and a dedicated team that will keep working to deliver quality in every possible way. Could you outline your reasons for buying GIM International and establishing Geomares Publishing? I have been in post as publisher of GIM International now for five years and have a strong belief in GIM International as flagship brand. Together with our other publication,... (read more)
2009-12-29 11:32:43

Spatial Data for Africa

GIM International Interviews Chukwodozie Ezigbalike
A love of mathematics set one of Africa's foremost geo-information specialists on a mission to drive the development of spatial-data infrastructure across the continent Partnership and communication lie at the heart of spatial-data infrastructure advancements. As civil servants, local communities, universities, NGOs and companies on the African continent adopt geographic information systems as a tool, they are increasingly able to exert pressure on governments for improved functionality, products, and services - all of which are essential for driving development and progress. Dr Chukwudozie (Dozie) Ezigbalike, head of the Geo-information Systems Section (GiSS) in the ICT Science and Technology Division (ISTD)... (read more)
2009-09-07 10:00:01

Intergeo 2008 Preview

More than five hundred exhibitors from 32 countries are due to put in an appearance at Intergeo 2008, presenting a comprehensive overview of the geo(infor)matics business today. Covering a wide range of subject areas and technologies - from data capture, navigation, traffic/logistics and local authority needs to special applications in the fields of the environment, risk and disaster management, and 3D-visualisation – Intergeo is one of the world’s most important trade fairs for geodesy, geoinformation and land management.<P> This year the three-day trade fair and congress organised by HINTE GmbH in association with the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and... (read more)
2008-09-23 12:00:00
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