Chris Mewse

Chris Mewse is managing director at Geoxphere, a UK-based company specializing in cloud GIS, spatial data management and cost-effective geospatial survey solutions. (read more)
2020-02-19 10:54:24

Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

Tygron Enters Esri Partner Network

The Dutch Esri Partner Network is expanding with Tygron as a Silver Partner. The collaboration between Tygron – the company behind the Tygron Geodesign Platform – and Esri Nederland (the Dutch branch of the GIS software company) facilitates governments, engineers, planners and designers in straightforward cooperation and in providing better solutions to complex spatial tasks. The impact on space is an increasing concern. Residential construction, climate adaptation and the energy transition require space, while regulations impose great demands on the solutions. Complex tasks such as these require knowledge, the ability to experiment with solutions and to continuously outline the effects... (read more)
2020-02-19 09:59:59

Leica Geosystems Launches New MultiStation

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has unveiled the new Leica Nova MS60. According to the company, the MS60 MultiStation brings sensor fusion to the next level by combining upgraded faster 3D laser scanning capabilities, GNSS connectivity and digital imaging with a highest-end total station.  The MS60 features several laser scanning updates, including an incredibly fast scanning speed of up to 30,000 points per second, optimized scan area definitions, adapted scan managements, and an improved scanning path for zenith scans. The MS60 is also equipped with the unique AutoHeight feature, enabling users to save time by automatically measuring the instrument’s height... (read more)
2020-02-19 08:59:05

How Will the Surveyor’s Role Look in 10 Years’ Time?

Over the next ten years, the surveyor’s workflow will become quicker, safer and easier because of new technologies like scanning, mobile mapping and UAS photogrammetry. Virtual layout, aided by the increasing use of augmented reality technologies, will require fewer physical stakes in the ground. Due to the transformation of the physical world into a digital one, digital twins will take centre stage, with surveyors called upon to convey meaningful information from the model back to the physical world. Demand will increase for surveyors’ expertise in time-based analysis of changing site conditions, such as monitoring installations for volume-changing and deformation analysis.... (read more)
2020-02-18 02:00:59

Robert Mankowski

Robert Mankowski leads Bentley’s digital cities organization, which provides infrastructure engineering digital twin software and services to help cities with going digital, enabling more efficient city and regional operations for more connected and resilient infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and is a co-inventor of seven patented technologies. Mankowski joined Bentley Systems in 2004 as part of Bentley’s acquisition of Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic analysis software, where he served as chief technology officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed professional engineer. (read more)
2020-02-17 09:56:43

City-scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

Extreme weather events and rising populations are straining existing (and often inadequate) drainage infrastructure in cities around the world. The result is flooding that damages property and infrastructure, impacts human safety and weakens economies. Digital twins can help cities plan for disasters and will enable them to better respond to weather events. In 2015, the United Nations reported that over the previous decade, floods accounted for 43 percent of all documented natural disasters around the world, affecting 2.3 billion people and causing US$662 billion in damages. And this number is getting worse. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that... (read more)
2020-02-17 09:47:36

Blockchain – An Emerging Opportunity for Surveyors?

Every so often, a revolutionary digital breakthrough emerges. The most recent is a technology allowing a decentralized, reliable and verifiable record of transactions, which is maintained across multiple computers using peer-to-peer networking and cryptography: blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used to store information about construction project management, building management, property management, utilities management and even data drawn from the ever-growing network of sensors that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that blossomed following the financial crash of 2008. It soon found potential applications in other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29

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

Christian Clemen

Christian Clemen teaches and researches at HTW Dresden, Germany, on BIM from the perspective of geospatial engineering. His research projects relate to 3D data acquisition and construction progress documentation with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) as well as 3D city models (CityGML) and land management with BIM. He is a member of BIM standardization at DIN and ISO and is active in NGOs such as the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:02:57
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