Interoperability Requires Sustainable Choices

Where the LADM and LandInfra Standards Meet
The Land Administration Domain Model (LADM) is a conceptual standard developed by ISO. LandInfra is a conceptional standard with an encoding in GML (InfraGML) developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). The two standards have partly complementary but also partly overlapping functionalities. Apart from InfraGML, there are several other implementation standards. This article is an attempt to re-open the debate on the development of standardization with future-proof choices in the domains of land surveying, land administration and infrastructure. [body]Land administration is by its very definition distributed among a host of different units. Efficient administration calls for the interoperability of information... (read more)
2020-11-19 12:03:39

University of Colorado to Establish Trimble Technology Lab

The University of Colorado in Denver, USA, has received a significant gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. The gift will also support the departments or programmes in construction engineering and construction management, geography & environmental sciences, physics, and urban and regional planning. The lab will expand the university’s access and expertise in a customized suite of construction hardware and software products.  Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes, improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste. Education and the... (read more)
2020-11-12 10:20:51

Bright Perspectives of Mapping from Above

Recent technological developments have made aerial surveying more exciting than ever. For imagery, ground resolutions of 2cm can now be reached, whereas for Lidar, pulse frequencies of 4GHz and point clouds of 30-40 points/m2 are no longer unusual. Simultaneous acquisition of imagery and Lidar is becoming increasingly popular. To optimize the production chain and improve the workflow, many survey companies are looking to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning (DL) as the holy grail. Given the impressive amount of training data available, the continuously better performing CPUs and GPUs and the many hours of research invested in this subject, there... (read more)
2020-11-12 09:28:30

Seeing through the Trees: Monitoring Agriculture and Forestry with Satellite Imagery

There is a strong requirement for near real-time monitoring forests and crops in order to tackle the present challenges within agriculture and forestry. VHR satellite imagery provides a solution, and has already been used successfully in a number of projects. Agriculture provides us with food, fuel, fibres and raw materials that are imperative to our everyday lives. However, food security in the face of climate change continues to challenge us. Under the 2030 UN Agenda, the FAO has highlighted the need to invest in agriculture including crops, livestock, and forestry. The world’s population is rising and is expected to grow... (read more)
2020-10-30 02:50:37

Digital Technology as Leitmotif

In his latest column, Wim van Wegen reflects on digital technology as the leitmotif in Germany's role as a powerhouse within the geospatial industry. Traditionally, Germany is the heart of the geospatial industry at this time of the year, with Intergeo taking place in either September or October. The annual trade fair and conference is a major gathering of mapping and surveying professionals from all around the world. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, everything is different this year, and Intergeo was being held digitally from 13-15 October. For me, it felt almost surreal to not be travelling to Germany for... (read more)
2020-10-29 10:19:46

HxGN Content Program Aerial Imagery Available on UP42 Geospatial Marketplace

High-resolution aerial imagery from the HxGN Content Program is now available on the UP42 developer platform for Earth observation data and analytics. UP42 customers may now choose from nearly 11 million square kilometers of 30cm orthorectified imagery for North America and Europe and over 500,000 sq km of 15cm data for major US cities in the Hexagon aerial image library.  UP42 gives users direct access to extensive Earth observation data sets and advanced processing algorithms – along with cloud computing power – to create their own geospatial solutions easily and inexpensively. The platform provides all the tools UP42 customers need... (read more)
2020-10-21 08:50:26

Visualizing Forest and Vegetation from Lidar data

Aerial images are great for interpreting tree species, but they don’t show tree heights and structure in the forest. Blom is a supplier in the Nordic market for capturing, processing and modelling of geographical information and created Blomforestview. This software makes Lidar data easy to interpret, individual trees are visualized with a color scale that describes the height of the tree. The surface model is treated so that the user also gets an impression of heights in the landscape, and put in context, new information can be obtained from the surroundings. In both forests and urban areas, even good aerial... (read more)
2020-10-19 01:51:52

Planning Information for the Public Falls Short of Reality

3D Data Visualization for Urban Design and Planning
Working with Pittsburgh’s City Planning Department, a Carnegie Mellon University research team completed an in-depth study of the current use of 3D software for planning tasks and public communication.[1] We started with several assumptions: the public has difficulty understanding most site and building plans and other types of visual material but does understand artist renderings; most architectural and planning firms use 3D visual programmes such as Geospatial and Building Information Modelling (BIM) software; and city planning departments that communicate with the public know how to communicate their visual documents in ways that citizens understand them. We were wrong. Citizens expect... (read more)
2020-10-12 10:01:33

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

GIM International talks to Thomas Harring, president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems
Thomas Harring started in his position as president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems in early 2020. The year took a sudden and very unexpected turn when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works. However, Harring emphasizes that the geospatial industry should use the momentum of the ‘new normal’ to further accelerate the sector’s ongoing transformation towards more customer-centric and autonomous digital solutions. How would you summarize the current state of the geospatial industry? Despite the undeniably terrible consequences of the current pandemic, the geospatial industry has not lost any of its importance... (read more)
2020-10-08 03:04:01

Emerging Web and Game Engine Tech for 3D Cities

Considerations When Choosing Application Development Platforms
The increasing number of solutions for developing 3D city model applications poses a challenge for developers. This article outlines key considerations that help them to create applications efficiently while utilizing the potential benefits of the 3D data. 3D city modelling has become an established activity in major cities. As a part of this development, city models are increasingly developed to support numerous applications that involve large user groups, such as collaborative urban planning, pedestrian navigation, event planning and the discovery of services and businesses in cities. The 3D city models themselves, produced by cities, public organizations and private companies, are... (read more)
2020-10-02 09:27:44
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