Bringing Geography into Everything

GIM International Interviews Ed Parsons
As Google’s geospatial technologist, Ed Parsons is responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. GIM International caught up with this ‘man with a mission’ in Barcelona during one of his countless foreign trips. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) You’re the geospatial technologist at Google, responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. Can you describe that mission? In many ways it’s quite a unique role since the number of people within Google that are really focused on outside the organisation is quite limited. A key aspect of the role is... (read more)
2015-08-20 11:21:42

Laser Scanning Technology Challenged

Shortcomings in Spatial Documentation of Heritage Sites
In this month’s Insider’s View Prof. Heinz Rüther puts some critical points on the shortcomings of laser-scanning technology in the spatial documentation of heritage sites. We invited manufacturers of laser-scanning sensors and software to comment on his challenging observations. Nearly 70% of the companies responded (ten in total) and seven felt qualified to reply: Optech, Riegl, Leica Geosystems, 3rd Tech, Visual Learning Systems, TopoSys and I-SiTE 3D Laser Imaging. We thank all respondents for their time and effort. Critical observations made by Prof. Heinz Rüther include the following. (1) The processing time of laser-scan data can be up to ten... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

How YellowScan is Pioneering in the World of UAVs and Lidar

Crossing the Ocean Marks New Milestone in Company’s Advance
YellowScan is one of the most eye-catching companies in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Lidar. From its beginnings as a small start-up created by professional surveyors with the goal to revolutionise the market, YellowScan has since become an established name thanks to a passionate team keen to deliver the best Lidar solutions that enable customers to achieve the best results from their projects. The French company has now decided to broaden its horizons by opening an office in North America. This article provides insight into YellowScan’s continuing journey towards making UAVs and Lidar a mainstream solution for... (read more)
2018-07-18 11:56:00

Thomas Kersten Foresees a Smarter Future for Geomatics

Thomas Kersten is a professor of photogrammetry and laser scanning at HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany. He is currently also one of the ‘directors’ of the Oldenburger 3D-Tage, an annual conference on 3D optical measurement techniques, laser scanning and photogrammetry. GIM International spoke to him earlier this year at the most recent edition of that event. Here, he talks about future technologies in the geomatics profession, data processing, archaeology as one of the many possible applications for geomatics, and HafenCity University’s philosophy. (By Wim van Wegen and Mark Pronk) Which major developments do you foresee in terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) geodata... (read more)
2014-07-04 09:16:27

Realizar un Catastro Actualizado en Colombia

Entrevista a José Agustín Wilches: Presidente de la Comisión de Geomática de la SCI
El Presidente de la Comisión Técnica Permanente de Geomática de la Sociedad Colombiana de Ingenieros (SCI), José Agustín Wilches, se mostró poco optimista ante la posibilidad de actualizar el catastro nacional colombiano a mediano plazo debido a la burocracia arraigada en el país. Adicionalmente a lo anterior, remarcó la amplia la brecha que tiene la nación, estimando que la causa del conflicto que se ha vivido por más de cincuenta años es justamente la tenencia de la tierra. Entonces, la seguridad jurídica de la tierra es prácticamente imposible que se logre mientras no se firme la paz y se llegue... (read more)
2016-12-01 02:34:45

A Smarter Future for Geomatics

GIM International Interviews Thomas Kersten
Thomas Kersten is a professor of photogrammetry and laser scanning at HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany. He is currently also one of the ‘directors’ of the Oldenburger 3D-Tage, an annual conference on 3D optical measurement techniques, laser scanning and photogrammetry. GIM International spoke to him in February 2014 at the most recent edition of that event. Here, he talks about future technologies in the geomatics profession, data processing, archaeology as one of the many possible applications for geomatics, and HafenCity University’s philosophy. Which major developments do you foresee in terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) geodata acquisition technology in the next five years?... (read more)
2014-06-06 10:09:34

An Awakening in India

GIM International Interviews Bharat Lohani
Since this issue of GIM International is dedicated to Lidar point clouds, it should come as no surprise that it contains an interview with a leading expert on this exciting aspect of the geomatics spectrum. Dr Bharat Lohani, who is leading the Lidar teaching and research group at the renowned Indian institute of IIT Kanpur and is a member of this magazine’s editorial board, was a logical candidate. In this interview he talks about India's role in the industry, his company Geokno, developments within Lidar technology and the geomatics programme at IIT Kanpur. You have a background in academia. What... (read more)
2014-07-25 09:46:54

GeoEye-1 Scheduled Launch in 2007

GIM Interviews Matthew O’Connell, President and CEO, GeoEye
On January 12th 2006 came the announcement that Orbimage had acquired Space Imaging. The newly formed company, GeoEye, flies the high-resolution Ikonos, Orbview-3 satellites and Orbview-2. In 2007 it will launch the very high-resolution GeoEye-1. Our interviewee Matthew O’Connell has 25 years experience in Mergers and Acquisitions. Some years ago he left Wall Street to work full-time for Orbimage, exploring the exploitation opportunities of acquiring Space Imaging. After the acquisition the brand name changed into GeoEye: why? We are in the business of providing GeoInformation and Geo-Intelligence. In a way, GeoEye is short for that. And our three satellites can... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00

Paving the Way for Self-driving Cars

The Impressive Contribution of Geomatics to Autonomous Driving
Since Karl Benz was granted a patent for his first internal combustion engine in 1879, the automotive industry has changed substantially. Or has it? The main principle remains the same: cars still have four wheels, a petrol- or diesel-powered engine – electric cars are still underrepresented and so far there are just a few hydrogen cars publicly available in select markets – and they still need to be driven by a human being. However, a major change is just around the corner: self-driving vehicles. And they won’t get far without geomatics technologies, claims Wim van Wegen, content manager of 'GIM International'.... (read more)
2017-02-24 11:34:49

ICT-enabled Innovation and Land Administration

Technological Developments and Game-changing Ideas
Apart from being a prerequisite for a functioning market economy, environmental action and secure livelihoods, land administration systems create invaluable base data for all spatially based innovation. Nevertheless, most countries still fail to provide inclusive land administration services that reach all stakeholders in equal terms, plus they tend to be slow in adapting alternative new approaches and technologies or game-changing ideas. The recently adopted FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGs) provide a strong justification for establishing land administration institutions and systems in support of responsible governance of resources and equal treatment of stakeholders. The VGs set... (read more)
2013-08-01 02:32:44
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