The Revolution of Drone-carried Sensors

GIM International interviews 3D Robotics
The world of professional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is changing. It is a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ in terms of the hardware aspect: UAV manufacturers. The interest is now visibly shifting towards payloads and software to capture, visualise and process the data; UAVs are the apparatus, but it’s the sensors and software that really count. GIM International decided to touch base with a company that serves as a good example of the current transformation, and spoke to Chris Anderson, CEO, and Daniel McKinnon, vice president, from 3D Robotics. Read the interview here. (By Wim van Wegen,... (read more)
2017-03-31 09:00:12

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

UAS for Mapping

A Product Survey on Systems and Features
In recent years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have attracted tremendous attention from surveyors and other geodata collectors all around the world. Nowadays, UAS equipped with GNSS, IMU and RGB, NIR or TIR cameras and possibly Lidar have evolved into high-potential surveying devices which have now definitely passed the stage of ‘toys for boys’. This article focuses on UAS for mapping and 3D modelling and provides a detailed survey in tabular format on the features of the prevailing systems, both fixed wings and multicopters, available on the market today An unmanned aerial system (UAS) is an aircraft which flies without a... (read more)
2017-07-26 03:17:00

Disrupting the Visualisation of Reality

Interview with Neil Tocher, CTO, NCTech
The way we capture the reality is changing rapidly. One of the pioneers leading this change is NCTech, a Scotland-based company specialised in 360-degree reality imaging systems. The company works with renowned names such as Apple, Paramount and Pixar, and also with geospatial powerhouses like Leica, Topcon and Trimble. 'GIM International' talked with co-founder Neil Tocher about the strong ambition to enable everyone to capture reality and to democratise and disrupt the industry by making virtual reality the new standard for visualising our environment. A range of new applications is looming for the geospatial sector. Are we on the brink... (read more)
2017-05-02 02:10:11

Intergeo 2007 - Preview

Year after year Intergeo demonstrates how exceptionally flourishing is the geo(infor)matics business. Geo(infor)matics is all about improving human understanding of the earth, enabling management and staff in both public and private sectors to make better decisions and take optimal action. And Intergeo is all about the means of acquiring and processing the necessary geo-information. This year marks the thirteenth consecutive running of this major conference and trade-fair for geo­desy, geoinformation and land management. The venue shifts from year to year, always within the boundaries of Germany. Last year the event took place in three halls at the New Munich Trade... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

Small Company, Big Ambitions

GIM Interviews Paul Bosman, CEO, CycloMedia Technology BV
CycloMedia Technology BV is a privately owned company based in Waardenburg, The Netherlands. The company exploits an in-house developed camera system for capturing urbanised areas from the road. In January 2006 Paul Bosman became CEO. He talked to us about his many ambitious plans. What are the main products and services offered by CycloMedia? Since the early nineties CycloMedia has built up experience in systematic mapping of urbanised areas on the basis of 360-degree images (so-called cycloramas). These images are captured from the road and at street level using a car as carrier of the camera system, including positioning and... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Towards Optimal 3D Point Clouds

Automation in 3D Mobile Laser Scanning
Motivated by the increasing need of rapid characterisation of environments in 3D, the authors have designed a robot system that automates the work of an operator of terrestrial laser scanners. The built system makes it possible to work without markers or targets, saving surveyors more than 75% of the time spent in the field. Another impulse for developing the platform was the demand for a remote inspection tool. The robot is capable of surveying remote sites or danger areas, such as plants, underground mines, tunnels, caves or channels. The availability of the robotic platform further enables the study of mobile... (read more)
2013-10-28 11:30:47

Land Administration Domain Model

Impact on Implementation of International Policies
An international group of land administration professionals initiated the development of a data model that facilitates the quick and efficient set-up of land registrations. Just as social issues benefit from proper land administration, land administration systems themselves benefit from proper data standards. The Land Administration (LA) standard has been available since 1 December 2012 as a formal International Standard, published as ISO 19152. This standard is expected to have an impact on the development of Land Administration Systems. The International Standard for the Land Administration Domain serves the following goals: Establishment of a shared ontology implied by the model: The... (read more)
2013-05-27 12:02:07

Governing Marine Spaces

Stakeholders, Legal and Technical Issues
The governance of any geographical area, including marine space, is the management of stakeholder relationships with regard to spatial-temporal resource use for many sanctioned economic, social, political and environmental objectives. The authors explore a number of issues and identify a narrow approach to stakeholder participation as one of the greatest limitations to marine programmes and projects. Interests in marine space can be expressed in a variety of ways: sovereignty, jurisdiction, administration, ownership (title), lease, license, permit, quota, customary rights, aboriginal rights, collect-ive rights, community rights, littoral rights, public rights, rights of use, and public good. One feature of a coastal... (read more)
2006-11-20 12:00:00

Leica Geosystems, HDS

Fifth User Conference and HQ, San Ramon, USA
Terrestrial laser scanning combines a high level of detail with surveying accuracy for the creation of 3D-models of virtually any object. The technology literally opens up new dimensions and so attracts widespread attention. It is in the interest of manufacturers to bring these people together for cross-fertilisation of ideas, so to drive the makers on towards problem solving and new survey solutions. Leica Geosystems HDS held the fifth such get-together in California from 22nd to 24th October 2007.<P> Arriving tired and tense after an intercontinental flight, the journey from San Francisco International Airport to San Ramon feels fraught. After a... (read more)
2008-01-11 12:00:00
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