Jošt Hobič

Jošt Hobič is an archaeologist with over a decade of experience in commercial archaeology. In his free time, he does volunteer work on various public archaeology projects. He is currently working at the Slovenian Ministry for Culture on an EU-funded project with the main goal to improve access and open GIS data about immovable cultural heritage. He is currently in the third year of his PhD in archaeology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. (read more)
2020-09-18 02:06:45

Lidar Data – A Perfect Tool for Archaeology

Today, usage of Lidar data in archaeology is almost a must when researching landscapes and archaeological sites. But in his seven years’ experience of using airborne Lidar data, archaeologist Jošt Hobič from Slovenia has come across a few obstacles that are making it look exotic and perhaps even threatening, he writes in this column. The first obstacle is Lidar data that is put behind a paywall – despite in effect being data that has been paid for by taxpayers’ money. Open data is more inclusive, and it stimulates more research. Luckily, a lot of countries around the world are releasing Lidar... (read more)
2020-09-18 02:01:13

Konstantinos Karantzalos

Konstantinos Karantzalos received the engineering diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, and a PhD in 2007 from NTUA in collaboration with CERTIS, Ecole Nationale de Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France. In 2007, he joined the Center for Visual Computing of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Châtenay-Malabry, France. He is currently an associate professor of remote sensing at the NTUA, joining the Remote Sensing Laboratory. His teaching and research interests include geoscience and remote sensing, big data, hyperspectral image analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition, environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. Several... (read more)
2020-09-18 01:14:13

Charalabos Ioannidis

Charalabos Ioannidis is a professor at the Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, where he teaches photogrammetry and cadastre. His research interests lie in the fields of computer vision, satellite photogrammetry, 3D modelling, change detection and cultural heritage documentation. He is chair of the FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2, ‘Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation’. (read more)
2020-09-18 01:12:49

Advanced Urban 3D Modelling and Visualization

A Generic Workflow for Automatic Building Detection and 3D Modelling
The automatic detection, data extraction, 3D modelling and visualization of buildings in urban areas using remote sensing data is an essential task in various applications such as cadastre, urban and rural planning, change detection, mapping, updating geographic information systems, monitoring, housing value and navigation. Even today, this task still remains challenging due to the inherent artefacts (e.g. shadows) in the remote sensing data used, as well as the differences in viewpoints, surrounding environment, complex shape and size of the buildings. This article outlines a generic workflow using modern technologies. Besides the recent developments in image processing, advances in computer vision... (read more)
2020-09-18 01:09:28

3D Smart Digital Model Shows Calamities in a City with One-look Overview

A unique 3D smart digital model has been developed to combine the different streams of data from cities on one common platform, and is the result of the ITEA project PS-CRIMSON, a collaboration of six academic and industry partners from the Netherlands and Canada. With this platform, public safety and disaster management can be improved, as pilot projects in Eindhoven and Vancouver have shown. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology developed AI image technology that can detect the location of incidents from an image and retrack the walking routes of people using multiple cameras. Today, PS-CRIMSON was awarded with the ITEA Award... (read more)
2020-09-18 11:09:27

Integrating Lidar and Photogrammetry Mapping Technology

A system that combines cameras with Lidar is generally called a mapper or mapping system, but is also known as a hybrid system. The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a fusion of Lidar and photogrammetric mapping. Here, the latest trends and technologies are summarized in three articles that give a good overview of the current state-of-the-art in aerial mapping. When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:59:24

Enview Unveils 3D AI as a Web Application

Enview, an innovator in the scalable processing of 3D geospatial data, has announced the launch of Enview Explore, a powerful web application that leverages AI and cloud computing to automatically process 3D data at an unprecedented speed and scale. Additionally, Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Following an oversubscribed round of funding in May, the company continues to experience growth and momentum in the market. Enview’s technology has been deployed on thousands of square miles worldwide to protect vital infrastructure and to support mission-critical operations. Its advanced method for... (read more)
2020-09-17 09:32:22

Pix4D and SAP Join Forces in 3D Inspection of Transmission Masts

Pix4D, the Switzerland-based technology pioneer and one of the market leaders in industrial photogrammetry software solutions, has announced that it is starting a joint innovation project with SAP to open up the market for drone-based, digital 3D inspections for telecommunications companies. SAP, a global leader in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, has included Pix4D in an SAP accelerator programme for innovative companies that support the digital transformation of B2B businesses with their software solutions. The collaboration between SAP and Pix4D is principally aimed at the telecommunications industry, where the new Pix4D technology for the inspection of transmission masts with the... (read more)
2020-09-17 09:14:54

Thermal Mapping Helps Target UK Government Green Home Grants

Using a high-tech thermal imaging camera to measure heat loss from roofs, aerial mapping company Bluesky International is helping to identify poorly insulated homes and other public buildings. The property level heat loss maps provide an accurate and up-to-date picture that could be used to pinpoint homes eligible for financial support such as the UK Government’s Green Homes Grants. The UK Government recently announced a package of grants worth a total £2 billion for energy-efficient home improvements, including installing insulation, double glazing and replacing old boilers. The remaining £1 billion of the package will be spent making public buildings including... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:03:36
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