New ISPRS Services for Members and the ISPRS Community at Large

Since the last ISPRS Congress in Prague in 2016, the ISPRS Council has revised the services it offers to its members and the ISPRS community at large and has initiated a number of new opportunities to benefit from ISPRS membership. The most important ones are listed here, in the hope that as many members as possible will take advantage of these new opportunities. The Key Note Speaker programme, commenced in 2019, offers financial support to Ordinary, Associate and Regional Members to invite international experts to one of their meetings. The general principle is that ISPRS covers travel costs, while the... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:08:03

Ask the Specialist: Optimizing BVLOS

What will be the impact of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) on the application of drones in the geospatial surveying profession? At GIM International, we received this question from one of our readers and forwarded it to Pierre-Alain Marchand, who is employed as R&D regulatory compliance manager at senseFly. The Switzerland-based company is the manufacturer of the renowned eBee and eBee X, UAVs that are commonly used by geospatial surveyors. BVLOS operations have progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, thanks to ongoing trials, demos and data collection that have been key in facilitating progress. As an industry, we’re constantly... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:01:52

How Can Healthcare Professionals Use Geospatial Data to Their Advantage?

Case: COVID-19
The annual influenza season affects millions of people around the globe, and this is now being compounded by COVID-19. Scientists and data engineers are finding new ways of fighting these problems. Geospatial data provides important building blocks for working on better solutions to overcome the challenges of a virus outbreak. Combined with machine learning, promising applications of geoinformation are within reach for authorities and healthcare organizations around the globe. Healthcare is something that we pour huge amounts of resources into each year, yet we are still unable to tackle common problems like the spread of viral infections (i.e. COVID-19), or... (read more)
2020-03-31 09:20:59

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

ISPRS Congress Postponed to 2021

The ISPRS has announced that due to the coronavirus crisis, the XXIV ISPRS Congress to be held in Nice, France, has been postponed to 2021. “The Council is aware that this decision has many consequences, but the very real health risks and the capacity to travel for the Congress participants did not leave us with any other alternative.” As the reviewing process of scientific submissions is nearly completed, the preparation of the ISPRS Archives and Annals scheduled for this summer is on track, and the proceedings will be published as planned. Results of abstract review are already out, those for... (read more)
2020-03-26 12:58:17

Getting Ready for Disaster Events with Remote Sensing

Predicting OpenStreetMap Completeness in Risk Areas
In view of the increased frequency and severity of natural disasters, timely information related to the distribution of vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure is key for effective disaster relief. OpenStreetMap shows great potential to support humanitarian mapping tasks and has provided vital information in many past major disasters. Publicly available remotely sensed measurements can be utilized to identify areas that have not yet been fully mapped and help guide and prioritize future mapping efforts in preparation for future disasters. On the afternoon of 12 January 2010, the island of Haiti suffered its most devastating natural disaster ever: a magnitude-7.0 earthquake.... (read more)
2020-03-25 03:02:45

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialized survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

What Are the Main Issues to Consider before Using UAVs for Land Administration Projects?

Ask the Specialist
For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ features, we invite readers to send us their burning questions about geospatial surveying. We pass the questions on to relevant industry experts who provide comprehensive and detailed answers to point geospatial professionals in the right direction. This time, one of our readers asked about the key considerations before using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for land administration projects. Rohan Bennett and Mila Koeva share their advice. The almost ubiquitous UAV has been a key technology inspiring new thinking and disrupting land administration practice over the last decade. The flexibility and affordability of UAVs make them an... (read more)
2020-03-19 12:30:59

MakeItAccurate: A Revolutionary Global GNSS/INS Correction Service

Enterprise operations adopting geospatial technology require high accuracy in their digital twins to make them a viable alternative to the real world for measurement and inspection. The challenge is to achieve accuracy with one simple, repeatable, scalable workflow across global assets at massive scale. MakeItAccurate makes very high accuracy simple, accessible and reliable, anywhere. According to the developers, this is an industry game-changer.  The need for high accuracy positioning has traditionally been the realm of surveyors and engineers. It’s what makes geospatial data valuable. New technology, such as drones, are now bringing geospatial to a broader range of sectors such as insurance,... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:41:59

Hexagon Unveils Luciad 2020

Hexagon’s Geospatial division has launched Luciad 2020, a significant update to its platform for building advanced location intelligence and real-time, situational awareness applications. Luciad 2020 delivers faster and more powerful 3D visualization and analysis capabilities. It also extends the portfolio with LuciadCPillar, an API for C++ and C# developers to incorporate advanced geospatial visualization and analysis into their applications.    Hexagon’s Luciad portfolio allows developers to create powerful, high-performance applications that leverage data from any source for visualization and analysis in 2D and 3D. Combining static, dynamic and real-time data, including moving tracks, Luciad-powered applications support defence, aviation, infrastructure and... (read more)
2020-03-17 11:22:06
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