New Platform Connects Construction and Surveying Professionals

Publishing company Geomares, the name behind the leading international magazines GIM International and Hydro International for geospatial and hydrographic surveying professionals, is now expanding its activities with the launch of Geo4Construction. This new online platform brings together construction engineers and geospatial professionals in order to disseminate surveying knowledge in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry and pave the way for the digital future. The AEC industry cannot escape the digital transformation, which is creating a growing need for geospatial knowledge. Highly accurate measurements are crucial throughout the built-environment life cycle, and that is precisely where surveying skills come into... (read more)
2019-09-13 11:05:26

Concept3D Platform Brings 22 Separate Campuses to Life Online

Concept3D, a leader in creating immersive online experiences with 3D modelling, virtual reality (VR), interactive maps and virtual tour software, has announced that Penn State’s University Park and 21 of the Commonwealth Campuses have launched on the Concept3D interactive map and virtual tour platform. The number of campuses and acreage makes Penn State the largest university system to launch on the Concept3D platform. Penn State’s main University Park campus spans nearly 8,000 acres, all of which is mapped out in realistic 3D detail on the interactive map. On desktop or mobile device, online visitors can easily toggle map categories on... (read more)
2019-09-12 10:42:40

Jochen Schiewe

Jochen Schiewe is a professor of geoinformatics and geovisualization at HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany, vice-president of the German Cartographic Society (DGfK) and chair of the DGfK Commission on Cartography and Research. His research interests include cartographic algorithms, uncertainty modelling and visualization, and journalistic cartography. (read more)
2019-09-12 10:07:28

NavVis IndoorViewer: Select and Download Sections of Large Point Clouds

NavVis, a global provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has announced the beta release of NavVis IndoorViewer 2.5. This major software release will significantly extend the point cloud functionality through a new download feature that lets users select and crop sections of large point cloud files in browser, and then download and use the file in third-party modelling software. NavVis IndoorViewer is a web-based 3D building visualization software that displays point clouds, 360° panoramic images and floorplans as realistic, fully immersive digital buildings. The intuitive interface and realistic 3D view have made NavVis IndoorViewer especially popular among... (read more)
2019-09-11 10:56:47

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best ways to introduce UAVs into your business model. What type of work can UAVs be used for? UAVs can serve mapping and... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

What Do BIM, GIS, IoT, BMS, Telemetry and CAD All Have in Common?

Over the last three years, building information modelling (BIM) has undergone rapid development around the world. The value chain of design, construction and operation of built assets faces various challenges of change, some of which are of a technological nature. These include the transition from drawing in 2D to modelling in 3D with object reference and linked information. There is also an explosive increase in the volume of data on projects, including from new recording methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), lasers, geo-radars, and the increased use of sensors and data transfer devices on the Internet of... (read more)
2019-08-22 09:40:52

Bluesky Lidar Survey Helps Dublin Airport Reduce Risk of Flooding

Dublin Airport is using data collected by laser scanning aircraft to accurately measure land surface elevation to help reduce the risk of flooding at the international transport hub. Serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2018, travelling to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, Dublin Airport is the 11th busiest airport in Europe. The specially commissioned survey by aerial mapping company Bluesky involved the capture of Lidar data for the entire site and surrounding area as part of a Dublin Airport Drainage Masterplan (DMP). “As a busy international airport our airspace is unsurprisingly quite restricted, making it potentially difficult for... (read more)
2019-08-21 11:44:03

Point Clouds – the Representation of the Third Kind

'GIM International' has published – and will no doubt continue to publish – many articles about point clouds: huge collections of (surface) points. Taken together, they represent the world at its best: up to date, and with every detail there is to be known. Most articles pay particular attention to the data acquisition of such point clouds, as they are obtained from 1) Lidar time-stamped reflections with the advantage of indicating ‘empty’ space between the observation point(s) and surface points, and 2) images by structure from motion (SfM) and dense image matching (DIM) techniques with the benefit of colour-enriched points.... (read more)
2019-08-12 11:21:31

Concept3D Introduces Interactive Night Map Feature to Support Campus Safety

Concept3D, a leader in creating immersive online experiences with 3D modelling, interactive maps and virtual tour software, has announced the launch of its new night map feature. This feature is a toggle-on map overlay designed to enhance campus safety and security by making it easy to find the best, well-lit routes and critical resources like emergency phones. With Concept3D's intuitive content management system (CMS), clients can easily add or update routes and available resources on their night map. The Concept3D interactive mapping platform is used by hundreds of major universities, colleges and schools, as well as convention centres, hospitals, resorts,... (read more)
2019-08-08 02:25:41
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