A Little Innovation Goes a Long Way

The Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency, was the first mapping authority in the world to fully automate the production of multiscale maps and data. This was a huge accomplishment, because although the mapping community had buzzed about the potential of automating multiresolution geospatial map production for decades, many were still sceptical that it could even be done. The feat is even more impressive considering that it was carried out by a small, motley team that was in a bind. (This article is brought to you by Esri, the global market leader in GIS) In 2010, the government in... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:24:10

7 Ways Cities Benefit from Digital Twins

According to the World Economic Forum, the current 4.2 billion people living in urban areas will increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. This increase means that cities and supporting ecosystems must deliver on housing and infrastructure needs while also addressing quality of life, economic growth, safety and security, and resiliency. Assets are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate-related forces: rising sea levels, drought, seismic activity and violent storms. Cities seek solutions to help them both minimize chronic stress on current infrastructure and mitigate, respond to and recover from the acute shocks of earthquakes, floods and other catastrophic events. This article highlights... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:04:53

Vexcel Imaging Launches European Aerial Image Library

Vexcel Imaging, a leading provider of aerial camera systems, mobile mapping platforms and fully integrated photogrammetry software, is launching one of Europe’s highest-quality and most up-to-date aerial image libraries. Starting in Germany, the cloud-based image library enables companies, public safety organizations and government agencies to save a significant amount of time and money. They will now find it quicker and easier to acquire up-to-date, concise and high-definition imagery and to leverage it organization-wide into critical location intelligence.   Starting with orthorectified imagery at 20cm resolution, the subscription service also includes near-infrared imagery and derivative data products such as digital terrain... (read more)
2019-09-13 12:54:27

New Offline Post-processing Workflow for Trimble TerraFlex Software

The Trimble TerraFlex field software now supports the transfer of data between the field and office without the use of Trimble cloud services. The new software workflow – called offline data transfer – is possible through the integration of Trimble TerraFlex and the Trimble Positions Desktop add-in for Esri ArcGIS Desktop. TerraFlex is a field solution that enables mobile workers to easily collect, manage and edit their geospatial feature data. The new workflow provides an alternative to using Trimble cloud services for storing and transferring GIS feature data collected with the TerraFlex platform. In addition, TerraFlex field data collected via... (read more)
2019-09-12 10:35:25

Against the ‘How to Lie with Data’ Classification

New Task-oriented Methods for Designing Choropleth Maps
Choropleth maps are widely used for presenting population density, social index or other normalized statistical values related to spatial units. One of the ‘white spots’ on the research and development ‘map’ of cartography is that conventional methods for creating choropleth maps are data driven and may lose extreme values or small clusters of extreme values (hot spots) due to an unfavourable setting of class breaks. In this article, the author presents a new method and evaluation measures which enable better preservation of important spatial characteristics. The methods and software implementation result from the aChor project. The choropleth map is a... (read more)
2019-09-12 10:00:18

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35

A Breathtaking Voyage into the Geospatial Realm at Intergeo

Block Thursday 19 September in your diary today – especially if you are already planning to attend Intergeo! Then on the day, head to the Conference Forum (Foyer East) in Stuttgart, grab a seat and prepare to hear all about the latest innovations in the geospatial industry during the 'GIM International' conference track. After two hectic days at the trade fair, it is the ideal way to round off your time at Intergeo before heading home armed with new insights and inspiration. For the GIM International conference programme on the third day of this year’s Intergeo, we are delighted to... (read more)
2019-09-05 01:09:11

Big Data, Rising Tides

How Advances in Free Remote Sensing Technology Can Help Cities to Prepare for Climate Change
In view of the increased vulnerability of cities to climate and disaster risks, accurate and up-to-date geospatial data is fundamental for a more resilient urban planning approach. Publicly available geospatial datasets are increasingly becoming the foundation stone for more informed urban planning decision-making and better investment prioritization. Today, satellite data can help cities to better prepare for natural disasters such as urban flooding and make more informed investment decisions. For many residents of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, the start of rainy season brings a sense of apprehension nowadays. Originally built on seven hills surrounded by wetlands, the city’s rapid... (read more)
2019-09-03 02:14:31

Pix4D Opens Office in Mile High City

August 2019, Pix4D opened a new office in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the company’s seventh office after Lausanne, San Francisco, Shanghai, Berlin, Madrid, and Tokyo. The move to Denver signifies Pix4D’s strong commitment and alignment with the thriving Geospatial Technology and UAS industries, where Denver is a major hub. With potential for expansion, Denver will become the base from where Pix4D will develop enterprise solutions tailored to the North American market. As well as attracting new customers and employees, the new location will allow the team to better serve existing customers. Dr Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO of Pix4D,... (read more)
2019-08-29 10:26:32

senseFly Brings Expanded Portfolio of Fixed-wing Drone Innovations to Intergeo

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones manufacturer, will showcase its range of UAV solutions and sensors at Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany. The eBee X drone will be taking centre stage at the company’s booth. Surveyors and engineers will be able to discover how senseFly technology can be used to map areas – large and small – faster and more efficiently than with traditional or alternative technologies. Visitors to senseFly’s stand will be able to explore the flexibility of senseFly’s eBee X UAV and its role in optimising GIS and surveying workflows to achieve high quality outputs, such as centimetre-precise 3D point... (read more)
2019-08-27 08:57:54
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