7 Digital Twin Articles All Chief Digital Officers Should Read

Today’s digital revolution is leading to a huge amount of geospatial data. A digital twin is a digital, three-dimensional copy of a real-life environment – e.g. a city, building, railway project or crop field – in which all available geospatial data is presented in a location-oriented and object-oriented manner. Here, we present a series of inspiring articles providing examples of how your organization could use a digital twin in practice. Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems... (read more)
2020-06-18 10:44:09

National Digital Twin for Decarbonizing UK's Building Stock

3DStock provides a better understanding of the UK's building stock in the transition to carbon neutrality. 3DStock is a method for modelling all buildings – domestic, non-domestic and mixed-use – in a locality, in three dimensions and located geographically. The primary purpose is the analysis of energy performance, but there are many other potential applications. It has been developed by the Building Stock Lab at UCL Energy Institute. Models have been built to date of 18 London boroughs and the towns and cities of Sheffield, Leicester, Swindon, Tamworth and Milton Keynes. Data is available for extending the modelling to England... (read more)
2020-06-18 10:05:17

Brazilian-German Partnership to Improve Water Monitoring through Geospatial Intelligence

Lactec and EOMAP are partnering up to carry out projects in Brazil to improve mapping and monitoring of aquatic environments using geospatial intelligence. Lactec is Brazil's leading company in innovation and technological research, while EOMAP is a German company specialized aquatic remote sensing solutions. “Digital environmental monitoring is the way forward. We believe that the smart exploitation of big data collected from satellite imagery every single day is an impactful part of it. Lactec and EOMAP could prove this for the 2015 Mariana tailing dam disasters and, thanks to our partnership, will roll this out to many more applications and... (read more)
2020-06-17 01:03:51

3D Models Bring Virtual Reality to the Property Sector

Cityscape Digital is using Bluesky's photorealistic 3D mesh models to create live, interactive 3D environments to illustrate proposed city developments. A specialist in computer-generated imagery (CGI) solutions for the property sector, Cityscape has already created a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences using aerial mapping company Bluesky MetroVista models, for clients including Canary Wharf Group and Greycoat Real Estate. “Using the Bluesky MetroVista data, we can model proposed developments in their true context and produce a range of solutions from live, editable on-screen models to roamable walk-throughs and interactive fly-throughs. We can even create full VR experiences,” commented Damian Fennell,... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:31:31

Pix4D Launches Stand-alone Photogrammetry Cloud Processing Solutions

Pix4D, the Switzerland-based photogrammetry and drone-mapping company, has released Pix4Dcloud and Pix4Dcloud Advanced: the new mapping platforms for online surveying workflows and construction site monitoring. These stand-alone cloud products run Pix4D’s photogrammetry algorithms for mapping and modelling reality from images. Pix4Dcloud Advanced extends the functionalities of Pix4Dcloud to address the needs of construction customers with timeline-based monitoring and improved accuracy. Both products now replace the previous Pix4D Cloud platforms. Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO of Pix4D, commented: “Pix4D’s new and improved cloud solutions actively contribute to completing the existing desktop and mobile product offering. Integrating Pix4D’s leading algorithms and know-how... (read more)
2020-06-09 01:12:18

Vexcel Imaging Unveils UltraCam Osprey 4.1

Vexcel Imaging has announced the release of the next-generation UltraCam Osprey 4.1, which is described as a highly versatile large-format aerial camera for the simultaneous collection of photogrammetric-grade nadir imagery (PAN, RGB and NIR) and oblique images (RGB). Frequent updates of sharp, noise-free and highly accurate digital representations of the world are essential for modern city planning. Designed to ensure flight collection efficiency at superior radiometric and geometric quality, with the UltraCam Osprey 4.1 the Austria-based company aims to set a new standard in urban mapping and 3D city modelling. Leading up to the fourth generation of UltraCam aerial imaging... (read more)
2020-05-28 09:46:13

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the current big picture for unmanned aerial systems? How are they embedded in today’s society? First of all, our planet is confronted with climate change. The most threatening effects... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

Accuracy Near, Far, Above or Under – How is FIG Working Week 2020 Contributing

The skills that engineering surveyors had to acquire in order to respond to the challenges of the construction world have made them capable, also, of fulfilling other challenges, several of which motivated by an awareness of the limitations of our planet. Engineering surveyors have learned that they need to push the equipment and techniques to its limits, while having recognized the necessity to integrate new techniques which can present more complete answers, without forgetting an important qualifier: accuracy. The instruments and methodologies have allowed for the surveying engineers to start working either very closely to the studied object, or, otherwise,... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:12:24

Contribution of Hydrography towards Sustainable Water Management

FIG Commission 4: Hydrography
The 2019-2020 year has been a busy one with the Working Groups of Commission 4 focussing on representing FIG at a number of events and forum to gain insight to develops generally and also to deliver and present on the work of FIG. Through all its Working Group, Commission 4 has been actively involved in implementing its policy by working in close cooperation with relevant organisations and institutions. Altogether there are four (4) Working Groups for Commission 4 as listed below: WG 4.1 – Standards and Guidelines for Hydrography WG 4.2 – Blue Growth & UN Sustainable Development Goal 14... (read more)
2020-05-11 10:41:18

Smart Surveyors: Developments and Trends from the FIG Working Week 2020

Some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies are rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing methods, and related approaches are already available. However, the question is how to use and improve them to become future proof, smart surveyors? Only ten years left to achieve the SDGs for a sustainable future. How can smart surveying contribute? To answer these questions, the papers of the FIG proceedings were analysed by the author-team.In this short article, we present the main trends distilled and the papers we refer to, represent these... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:03:33
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