Kinematic Laser Scanning in Assessing Urban Land Use and Utility Infrastructure

Fast Site Visits and Accurate 3D Mapping
How can kinematic laser scanning support urban planning and infrastructure management? Urbanization and the development of megacities is posing critical challenges for sustainable but efficient land use globally. Power lines, pipelines for water, district heating, gas and oil, and other technological systems are critical yet often hidden assets facilitating today’s lifestyles. Meanwhile, there is an ever-important need to preserve natural environments and recreational spaces in the world’s cities, despite the pressure to spread more concrete and asphalt to accommodate the people and businesses flocking to them. This article examines the role of kinematic laser scanning. There is an ever-increasing need... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:39:46

Navigating the Future of the Geospatial and Geomatics Sectors

Dr Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is the incoming president of the Institute of Navigation (ION). She also serves as president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and Applications. GIM International held an in-depth conversation with Grejner-Brzezinska on the role of the ION, the latest developments and trends in GNSS survey solutions, and the future of GNSS. The Institute of Navigation (ION) serves a worldwide community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. How has the Institute evolved? The Institute of Navigation was founded in 1945 by a group of practising air navigators, originating... (read more)
2014-12-29 09:26:48

Navigating the Future of the Geospatial and Geomatics Sectors

GIM International Interviews Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska
Dr Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is the incoming president of the Institute of Navigation (ION). She also serves as president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and Applications. GIM International held an in-depth conversation with Grejner-Brzezinska on the role of the ION, the latest developments and trends in GNSS survey solutions, and the future of GNSS. The Institute of Navigation (ION) serves a worldwide community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. How has the Institute evolved? The Institute of Navigation was founded in 1945 by a group of practising air navigators, originating... (read more)
2014-12-23 12:03:27

2D and 3D Enrichment of Panoramas

Visualisation of Topographical Features Improves Functionality
The use of panoramic images has become widespread in many governmental agencies and companies, especially in the last couple of years. It is possible to integrate 2D spatial features (e.g. building outlines, parcels, utilities etc.) with panoramic images to enable the proper visualisation of topographical features in a 3D environment. Verbree et al. (2004) have shown the advantages of augmenting underground conduit pipes and cables into panoramic images, thus allowing better visualisation of otherwise invisible features. The geometric augmentation of 2D features into panoramic images enables users to identify, query or analyse any geographically related information in a 3D environment.... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:37:18

Growing Geospatial Capabilities All over the World

Interview with Peter Hedlund, Ordnance Survey International
Ordnance Survey International (OSI) is a subsidiary of Ordnance Survey (OS), responsible for sharing the British mapping agency’s expertise and tradecraft with countries across the globe. In 2016, the international branch appointed Peter Hedlund as its new managing director. Back then, Hedlund stated that location data often reveals the simplest answers to many of our world’s most complex questions. In this interview, he zooms in on the geospatial services his organisation provides all over the world. What attracted you to join OS? And how does your past experience help you in this position? Ordnance Survey (OS) is well-known and respected... (read more)
2017-12-12 10:44:50

Map Middle East 2007

Geospatial Convergence: the Next Step
Map Middle East 2007, the third Annual Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial technologies and their applications, was held from 9th to 11th April 2007 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, United Arabic Emirates (UAE). Started in 2005 as a regional initiative for the Middle East region, this year’s theme was Geospatial Convergence: The Next Step. During the Plenary Session on Geospatial Convergence, Marc Tremblay, general manager of the Commercial Business Unit at Digi–talGlobe, told conference that geospatial data had gone mainstream; over 100 million downloads daily now take place over Google Earth. What is more, firms were... (read more)
2007-05-15 12:00:00

2014 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners Announced

Bon A. Dewitt, Rongxing Li, Richard A. Pearsall, Karen L. Schuckman and Douglas A. Stow have been named the 2014 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active ASPRS members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro­fessional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of... (read more)
2013-11-21 10:16:50

Protecting Location Privacy Brings Opportunities to the Geosector

Since members of the geosector are well versed in potential applications of geoinformation and its fusion with other data sources, they are best equipped to devise and test technology-based solutions for location privacy-related challenges. That is the opinion of Dara Seidl, a young expert on geoprivacy, who won the first pan-American master’s thesis contest on geoinformation. Dara Seidl was selected by a jury of worldwide experts as the winner of the ‘Prize for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis in Cartography, Geodesy and Geo-Information 2015’ for her thesis titled ‘Striking the Balance: Privacy and Spatial Pattern Preservation in Masked GPS Data’. The... (read more)
2017-01-17 09:23:46

Underscoring Benefits to Humanity

GIM International interviews Orhan Altan
Professor Orhan Altan, recently appointed president of the ISPRS, the international NGO representing more than a hundred nations and regions across the globe, believes the organisation should prioritise environmental monitoring and sustainable development and so contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. International co-operation, says Altan, for advancement of knowledge, research, development and education in this field, would be boosted by greater publicity for ISPRS scientific achievements and successes and their translation into universally understood language. We asked him about his expectations and dreams as head of one of the most important bodies in the geomatics industry, and the legacy... (read more)
2009-02-27 12:00:00

Geo-information for Disaster Management

Large-scale 3D Data Needed by Urban Areas
The tsunami in Asia has once again demonstrated that human beings are at risk at any time, anywhere. Disasters in highly populated environments are difficult to manage using only small-scale (1:10,000 to 1:250,000) 2D geo-information. Innovative technologies and working procedures are thus urgently required for the response phase of disaster and emergency management. International attention is drawn to the use of large-scale (1:500 to 1:2,000) 3D geo-information and 3D geo-information technology for disaster management in urban areas. Time constraints, stress, and limited-capacity equipment are among many factors affecting rescue operations. Early warnings may help in evacuation and safety. Good collaboration... (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00
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