Japan’s Terra Drone Invests in Leading Oil & Gas Inspection and Mapping Company

Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') solutions, is expanding its global footprint in North America. Terra Done is partnering with US-based Ventus Geospatial, a leading provider of oil and gas inspection solutions and mapping services to form Terra Drone Ventus. Through its three North American branches (in Houston, Texas, and in Calgary and Lethbridge – both in Alberta, Canada), Terra Drone Ventus will provide inspection and survey solutions in sectors like oil and gas, power, renewables, mining and many more. The newly-formed Terra Drone Ventus will offer beyond... (read more)
2019-08-12 11:39:49

Monitoring Earth's Skin to Advance Farming and Climate Knowledge

A bright-red twin-engined aircraft, equipped with ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology, has been scouring the agricultural heartlands of Europe this summer. It was no search and rescue exercise, but an initial step towards building a proposed new satellite system capable of recording the temperature of Earth’s skin in intricate detail. The objective is to work towards increasing the resilience of agriculture to future water scarcity and variability, but it will also deepen our understanding of Earth’s climate system. The instrument on board, called HyTES, is an advanced thermal imager built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It has been surveying agricultural and... (read more)
2019-07-24 10:41:55

RIEGL Announces Investment in New Office and Production Facilities

RIEGL, a manufacturer of Lidar scanners for surveying applications headquartered in Horn, Austria, is investing heavily in the expansion of its production and office space. The continued, worldwide demand for high-performance sensors is allowing the company to grow and expand further. The company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is now meeting the rapidly increasing international demand for RIEGL laser scanners by expanding its office and production facilities. This summer, construction has started on a new office and production facility at the location of the company's headquarters in Horn, Austria. The new building will house the company's printed circuit... (read more)
2019-07-16 01:19:21

SimActive Introduces New Drone Processing Service

Canadian photogrammetry software manufacturer SimActive has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) data processing service based on Correlator3D. Clients can now upload full projects and have SimActive experts generate optimal results from their imagery, including DSMs, DTMs, 3D models and orthomosaics. As opposed to common cloud-based solutions where outputs are generated automatically and delivered as-is, the new offering includes quality control by photogrammetry specialists. Manual tagging of ground control points is also performed as part of the service. “We are glad to allow clients with no experience in photogrammetry an access to a high-end processing software”, said Dr Philippe... (read more)
2019-06-24 09:53:11

Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

Low-cost Lidar Camera System without GNSS
Precision agriculture has considerably benefited from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, often combined with active ranging sensors like Lidar to gather information from underneath the crops, but existing systems are relatively expensive for the farming sector. In this project, researchers in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of Lidar measurements. Their approach is based on loosely coupled, image-aided inertial navigation in which the pose of the camera replaces the GNSS measurements. The result is a low-cost solution that is useful for capturing topographic data of inaccessible areas as well as in GNSS-denied environments.... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:50:38

Low Lands, High Potential

The Right Ingredients to Tackle Climate Change
Earlier this year, Esri CEO and founder Jack Dangermond paid a visit to Zwolle, a  pioneering city of about 130,000 inhabitants in the eastern part of the Netherlands. He described the country as a centre of excellence when it comes to knowledge, technology and innovation, which puts it in a strong position to lead the international response to the challenges of climate change. Geoinformation is a core ingredient in protecting us from the threats of global warming. So which other ingredients do the Dutch – and especially the country’s geospatial professionals – have to offer? Firstly, knowledge of cartography can... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:44:13

YellowScan Launches CloudStation Software

YellowScan, a France-based UAV-Lidar solutions provider, has released CloudStation. This new software provides a complete solution to create and manipulate point-cloud data. It allows users to extract, process and display data immediately after flight acquisition. The auto-generation of flight lines and the production of LAS files can now be done in a few clicks. “This launch allows a better and simplified experience for the customers,” said Tristan Allouis, chief technical officer at YellowScan, before adding: “Better user experience leads to more efficiency for our demanding clients' projects." Key business benefits that can be achieved from using CloudStation include checking data... (read more)
2019-06-13 11:22:31

Standards Are a Great Help for Establishing Land Administration

GIM International Interviews Christiaan Lemmen
In 2017 Dr Christiaan Lemmen, a former contributing editor of 'GIM International', was appointed as professor of land administration modelling at Twente University’s Faculty ITC for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. He is the leading designer of the ISO 19152 international standard for geographic information – Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), the second edition of which has been in development since 2018. In this interview, he discusses the importance of LADM standards, poverty and tenure security, and the long and winding road to put well-functioning land administration in place in developing countries. The Land Administration Domain Model is actually an... (read more)
2019-05-28 01:39:20

Velodyne and Nikon Sign Agreement for Mass Production of Lidar Sensors

Velodyne Lidar has recently entered an agreement with Nikon Corporation, under which Sendai Nikon Corporation (a Nikon subsidiary) will manufacture Lidar sensors for Velodyne. There are plans to start mass production in the second half of 2019. The partnership cements Velodyne’s manufacturing plan and expands its lead in the global Lidar sensor market. “Mass production of our high-performance Lidar sensors is key to advancing Velodyne’s immediate plans to expand sales in North America, Europe, and Asia,” said Marta Hall, president and chief business development officer, Velodyne Lidar. “With this partnership, Velodyne affirms its leadership role in designing, producing and selling... (read more)
2019-05-15 10:47:54

Towards Cadastral Intelligence?

Extracting Visible Boundaries from UAV Data through Image Analysis and Machine Learning
The inability to access formal land registration systems fosters insecure land tenure and conflicts, especially in developing countries. This calls for low-cost and scalable mapping solutions aligning with fit-for-purpose land administration. The work presented in this article supports the UAV-based mapping of land tenure inspired by state-of-the-art approaches from remote sensing, geoinformatics and computer vision. The guiding question is how to develop an automated approach that promotes the paradigm shift towards cadastral intelligence which integrates human-based expert knowledge with automatically generated machine-based knowledge. Cadastral mapping contributes to the creation of formal systems for registering and safeguarding land rights. According to... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:07:52
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