Software with Strip Adjustment Streamlines Point Cloud Acquisition for 3D Mapping

A newly enhanced software program from YellowScan, an international geomatics company based in France, is streamlining the acquisition of point-cloud data for Lidar. In March, the company announced the release of its new strip adjustment module, a point cloud-enhancing toolbox for its proprietary Lidar software, CloudStation. Even with high-end Lidar systems, some data refinement is required to improve precision and accuracy; the catch is that strip adjustment software is often complex. Here, the adjustment of strips or flight lines and the production of LAS files are done in a few clicks. The Robust method is typically suitable for area-like (or... (read more)
2020-05-18 03:23:02

Teledyne Optech Partners with Aerial Surveys International to Provide Extremely Realistic Mapping Solution

Teledyne Optech, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in advanced Lidar sensors, has signed an agreement with Aerial Surveys International (ASI) to sell a Galaxy T2000, upgrade its existing Galaxy Prime to a Galaxy T2000 and install both sensors in the productivity-doubling G2 Sensor System.This purchase will enhance ASI’s capabilities through the effective two million points per second PRF of each Galaxy T2000.  Moreover, by combining both sensors on the G2 Sensor System, ASI will bolster its capacity to a true, effective four million points per second that provides extreme point density with one of the highest available efficiencies.... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:23:11

Ten Years to Go to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Unlocking Valuable Contributions of the FIG Working Week 2020
The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. It is therefore of crucial importance that FIG member organisations and surveyors are aware and prepared on how their work contributes to the achievement of the SDGs and vice versa.  The SDGs were appointed as one of the central themes during the FIG Working Week 2020. Many colleagues from the FIG community shared their experiences at practical and strategic level. In... (read more)
2020-05-12 11:02:05

Construction Economics is Fundamental in Responding to Coronavirus

How Improved Project and Cost Management of Construction is Critical to Recovering Economies
Global construction will be critical in countering the economic effects of coronavirus. Whilst most construction has been adversely affected in the short and medium term by closing sites, social distancing, material shortages and investment uncertainty, it will provide an important stimulus to the world economy if governments enable projects to proceed after the virus abates. Coupled with this, the crisis is providing a catalyst for change in the industry in terms of the greater adoption of technology, consideration of sustainability and social value impacts, and greater collaboration. Construction allows value creation – and the world will need this more than... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:48:29

Changed Perspectives in Land and Water Management

Situated in the delta of the rivers Meuse and Rhine, the Netherlands have a long tradition in land and water management. The fertile soils along the rivers and coast were quickly occupied for food production, the waterbodies were used for transportation of people and goods, and along this transportation network settlements emerged. However, the proximity to water bodies also meant the risk of flooding. Since the very first beginning, the main aim was to reduce the risk of flooding by embanking the rivers. Dams and locks were constructed as well to keep water levels high enough for – cross border... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:51:40

Need for International Ethics Standards, Peace and Gender Equality

FIG Commission 1: Professional Standards and Practise
Commission 1 focuses on establishing a set of ethical principles that fits the surveying profession for reference by professional institutions. It also focuses on promoting greater understanding and improving community perceptions about the surveying profession, which is underlined by the foundation’s vision to improve gender equality and maintaining global peace and justice, in line with Goal No. 5 and 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) respectively. Highlighting the sessions of FIG Commission 1 Commission 1 received a well coverage of technical papers for the topics related to Professional Practice, Boundaries and Women in Surveying. All the submissions... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:06:49

The Evolution of FLEPOS 3.0

Next-generation Real-time Network for Flanders
A continuously operating reference station (CORS) provides GNSS data to support very accurate 3D positioning and additional geophysical applications. Flemish Positioning Services (FLEPOS) is the real-time global navigation satellite system (GNSS) CORS network for the Flanders region in northern Belgium. This article outlines the evolution of the next generation of the real-time network, FLEPOS 3.0. FLEPOS is part of Informatie Vlaanderen, a Flanders public administration organization. The first version of FLEPOS was established in 2002. Between 2002 and 2018, FLEPOS evolved through version 2.0 into the current FLEPOS 3.0 RTK real-time network (RTN) thanks to support from the Trimble Network... (read more)
2020-05-07 10:19:49

State of the Art in 3D City Modelling

Six Challenges Facing 3D Data as a Platform
Semantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. (This article is a co-production of seven authors, all of whom are mentioned at the end of the text.) 3D city models, as digital representations of urban areas, can be used to facilitate many applications, such as urban... (read more)
2020-04-09 10:46:22

5 Questions to Philippe Simard, President of SimActive

SimActive has recently added Lidar to its point cloud processing solution and launched a new training programme for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') mapping. 'GIM International' touched base with Philippe Simard, president of the Canada-based company to find out more. Besides Lidar and UAV mapping, this Q&A also zooms in on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and envisions the advances in photogrammetry we may expect in the coming years. We also took the opportunity to ask him how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting business. How is the coronavirus outbreak impacting your business? The entire SimActive team is working from... (read more)
2020-03-26 08:46:49

New GNSS Receiver Module Opens Door for Ultra-precise Positioning for High-volume Applications

Septentrio has announced that it is starting high-volume production of mosaic TM-X5, the next-generation multi-constellation and multi-band receiver module. Featuring the latest GNSS technology, mosaic TM-X5 brings centimetre-level positioning to technologies such as robotics, automation, smart wearables and telematics, among others. Its small form factor and low-power design makes high-performance positioning accessible to volume applications. “For smooth, uninterrupted operation in the field, mosaic TM-X5 is the logical choice for an industrial-grade GNSS positioning module,” said Francois Freulon, head of product management at Septentrio. “In an industrial setting, the cost of equipment downtime can quickly get out of hand. We designed mosaic TM to be robust in difficult environments, ensuring continuous operation as well as quick set-up times for our customers.” Compatible with all GNSS constellations Septentrio’s mosaic TM-X5 was conceived to be one of the first GNSS receiver modules... (read more)
2020-03-20 11:50:00
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