AAG 2020 Denver (American Association of Geographers)

Representing an international community of geographers, GIS professionals, and environmental scientists, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers is an interdisciplinary forum open to anyone interested in geography and related disciplines. The AAG facilitates the exchange of the latest research and applications in geography and GIScience with over 8,500 annual meeting attendees. Founded in 1904 as a scientific and educational society, the AAG is a growing body of leading scholars, researchers, professionals, and students. The AAG promotes networking and collaboration among its members through events such as its annual meeting, international workshops, specialty conferences, publications, and research programs. (read more)
2019-11-05 07:36:50

Towards Smaller and Smarter Solutions

Reflections on Intergeo 2019
Intergeo is a leading annual industry showcase where geospatial professionals gain an excellent impression of the latest innovations. On the brink of a new decade, Intergeo 2019 gave us a glimpse of the future. In general, we can conclude that solutions are getting smaller and smarter, and there are some new kids on the block. But with all the buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence, how can we cut through the hype to get the most out of the rapidly advancing technology? One thing was crystal clear at this year’s Intergeo: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) has... (read more)
2019-11-05 01:06:25

Geneq Launches New Rugged Field Data Collector for Land Surveying and GIS

Geneq has added a new data collector to its SXPad product line. The rugged SXPad 1500 data collector features a full alphanumeric QWERTY keypad and long-range Bluetooth, and was designed to meet the rigorous IP67 standard to deal with challenging field conditions. The SXPad 1500 and its large 5-inch touchscreen sunlight-readable display can be connected to any GNSS receiver or compatible robotic total station to ensure the success of all survey projects. Driven by a 1GHz processor and the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, this field collector is a high-performance device designed to provide all the power needed to work... (read more)
2019-10-31 10:03:05

Trimble to Acquire Cityworks to Expand Digital Asset and Infrastructure Management Solutions

Trimble has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Azteca Systems LLC (dba 'Cityworks'), a leading provider of enterprise asset management (EAM) software for utilities and local government. Cityworks' solutions address the global challenges associated with maintaining and replacing aging utility, transportation and public assets and infrastructure. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cityworks, based in Sandy, Utah, was launched in 1996 and provides a powerful and flexible office, cloud and mobile EAM software... (read more)
2019-10-09 08:58:20

GNSS Receivers – Evolution or Revolution?

Past, Present and Future of Positioning
Satellite surveying… are there any industry professionals out there not using it on (almost) a daily basis? Over the last 30 years, GNSS has become the main positioning instrument for most applications, writes Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk. Of course, there are still some exceptions where correct (relative) positioning is needed and dedicated optical systems such as a total station or level instrument are used, but even these are often set up over control points determined using GNSS techniques. This article investigates the developments in GNSS over the last decade and attempts to predict the future. Around a decade ago, a review of... (read more)
2019-01-30 08:43:20

Esri Launches New Field Data Collection Application

Esri has released ArcGIS QuickCapture, a mobile app designed for rapid and at-speed field data collection workflows. Data can be collected from a moving vehicle with the touch of a button and sent back to the office for real-time analysis, leading to faster and more effective decision-making. The new app is developed for road inspections, aerial surveys, monitoring vegetation encroachment and more. ArcGIS QuickCapture allows users to configure a customized interface that suits their specific project requirements, eliminating unnecessary features and options. This personalization helps users take advantage of the single-tap, big-button system to capture details and photos as they... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:03:58

Carlson Survey and GIS 2020 Modules Offer User Interface Upgrades and Efficiency Tools

Carlson’s latest release of Survey 2020 brings intuitive UI upgrades along with a host of new features and tools to improve day-to-day efficiency. A long-anticipated Migration Wizard for upgrading software as well as sharing settings and files across the office highlights this year’s list of customer centric updates. This new migration tool allows users to install a new release and then just simply transfer all of their previous settings, custom symbols, linetypes, fonts, etc. to the newer version. A new Start Page and Open Drawing dialog box with a georeferenced map can be used as a visual filing system, making... (read more)
2019-10-02 09:04:28

InSAR Used to Create Ground Stability Maps

Zooming on a Groundbreaking Revolution
Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) is a technique that can measure millimetre-scale movement of the ground from space. It does this by comparing the return echoes, and thus the signal-path length, from two or more radar images taken over the same place, over time. Modern InSAR is now used by a range of industries concerned with ground or structural stability, from building development and control, to oil and gas production, to mining, to road and rail management. This article explains some key aspects of InSAR technology, including its innovative use to produce ground stability maps. Phase Shifters InSAR is based upon... (read more)
2019-03-07 05:09:42

3D Modelling for Property Valuation in China

A High-resolution Remote Sensing-based Approach
Rapid urban development in China has transformed the cityscapes, with a dramatic increase in high-rise buildings. However, the current 2D property valuation methods neglect the vertical dimension, even though that aspect contains significant indicators that impact property value – such as types of views, scope of vision and daylight. 3D modelling of geographical data can help to change this in high-rise and highly-density areas, going beyond 2D to enable identification of complex property characteristics in the vertical dimension too. This article presents research to explore a 3D modelling approach using remote sensing data for more precise property valuation. The accelerating... (read more)
2019-09-26 10:00:54

AI-powered Object Detection as a Mapping-business Accelerator

Geospatial Imagery Analytics Market Expected to Reach US$8 Billion by 2025
UAV, aerial and satellite mapping service providers are competing for the global market – with a rising hunger – for geospatial insights. Automating the feature extraction process is key to accelerating, scaling up and diversifying a location intelligence service portfolio. Cloud-based platforms coupling cutting-edge machine learning research with a user-friendly implementation offer a powerful turnkey and cost-effective solution to those looking to gain competitivity by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) automation into their workflows. With more and more business relying on location data to optimize their planning and day-to-day work or to gain first-hand market insights, the geospatial imagery analytics market... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:35:49
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