Exceeding All Limits

Intergeo 2005 Düsseldorf, Germany – A Preview
This year’s Intergeo, to be held at the Exhibition Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany from 4th to 6th October, is expected to exceed all limits. With opening extended to three whole days and exhibition space to 10,000m2, it certainly looks as though big things are expected. And if organiser Hinte-Messe predictions prove correct, some 17,000 visitors and 1,500 conference delegates will attend. Nearly five hundred exhibitors have booked a stand at the trade-fair. It is not only in statistics limits are being pushed. The theme of ‘Exceeding limits’ reflects a wish to increase awareness of European expansion, globalisation and its effect... (read more)
2005-09-28 12:00:00

Capturing Geospatial Data from Vehicle Platforms

Jacobs’ Journey
Jacobs Geomatics provides support and consultancy to the company’s wider design and engineering services. In recent years Jacobs’ UK geomatics team has been involved in increasingly large infrastructure schemes, typically supporting preliminary and detailed design phases of projects. This requires advising on solutions and the subsequent provision of suitable geospatial data. As the projects have grown in scale and complexity, the company has increasingly sought to supplement traditional topographical survey capture techniques with rapid data techniques such as terrestrial laser scanning, aerial photography and Lidar. Over the past three to four years, Jacobs has also become increasingly involved in vehicle-mounted... (read more)
2016-11-18 09:10:37

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

Mobile GIS Systems

Technical and Business Features
Today the computer power of handheld devices is comparable to the desktop computers of a few years back. Together with rapid adoption of the internet, this progress has triggered fitting mobile GIS systems into work processes. Mobile GIS is a means of geo-data collection using GNSS positioning, GIS functionality, wireless connection and mapping, all integrated in one compact device. In tandem with this month’s product survey (page 28), the author gives a detailed outline of the technical and business features of mobile GIS systems. Many work processes start with dispatching digital geo-data from the central GIS to the plotter next... (read more)
2010-12-03 02:58:01

High-precision GNSS Receivers

The benefits and availability of new signals and systems
What will the new GNSS signals bring to the user of high-precision receivers? This article provides a brief overview of what users can expect from GNSS systems that are currently in the modernisation/development stage, looking at new signals and emerging techniques including coverage of GNSS developments such as GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and Compass/Beidou. In view of the planned timeframe, what we can do to improve the robustness of our receivers with a special focus on interference and the upcoming solar maximum? The use of high-precision GPS for surveying applications has increased dramatically over the last decade. GPS receivers can provide... (read more)
2011-11-09 03:18:00

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

GNSS and Heavy Equipment

Financial Benefits of Telematics and Machine Control
Heavy equipment represents a major capital cost for companies in industries such as construction and agriculture. In recent years Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology, which uses signals from US Global Positioning System and the Russian Glonass satellite system constellations, has been used to improve fleet efficiency. Many companies may hesitate to invest in the technology because management is unaware of its benefits. Such hesitation has only increased during the current global economic downturn. However, recent evidence has emerged to demonstrate the measurable impact GNSS technology may have on company profits.   Equipment telematics, the wireless exchange of electronic information... (read more)
2009-09-29 03:14:51

UAS Campus Survey Project

Students Capturing Spatial Information Needs
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, home to the largest geomatics undergraduate programme in Texas, USA, is currently undergoing a major university expansion. Both the main Island campus and the Momentum campus, which is a smaller developing campus, are undergoing extensive construction projects. The university’s Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) was tasked with devising a comprehensive way to capture the spatial information needs related to the expansion. This effort is ongoing and is being conducted by students, providing them with a unique survey experience. The initial task was to perform a complete ground survey of all existing infrastructure at... (read more)
2014-11-03 11:30:59

5 Challenges When Selecting Drones for Mapping

The Importance of Working with the Right Equipment
Every mapping project is unique; even within the same industry, each project will have its own distinct challenges. Selecting the right equipment is therefore key to getting the job done. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) have emerged as a solution for many mapping and surveying projects. This article elaborates on five important challenges that should be considered when finding out which type of drone is the best fit. The article includes practical examples based on a recent mapping project on Silhouette Island in the Seychelles. Silhouette Island is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean. The... (read more)
2018-03-07 03:01:04
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