3D UAS Mapping of a Copper Mine

Capturing Geospatial Data under Challenging Circumstances
In May 2018, the Erdenet Mine in the north of Mongolia was mapped in just three days. The open pit mine measures 5km by 2km and has an elevation difference of 200 metres. The dusty and complex circumstances called for the use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Despite the strong wind and extremely variable weather conditions, a single UAS quickly captured the geospatial output necessary for the management of one of Asia’s – and the world’s – largest copper mines, as described in this article. The big data gathered and processed by the Czech firm UpVision provided a perfect... (read more)
2018-08-23 11:51:25

Linking Space Technology and User Needs

GIM International interviews Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA
Space technology has a big influence on the transformation of the way we live, work and play. The core mission of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) is to ensure that European Union citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. In this in-depth interview GSA’s executive director, Mr Carlo des Dorides, talks about Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, UAVs, location-based services and much more. The developments in the GNSS industry are continuing at a steady pace. Where do we stand now? As our GNSS Market Report shows, the global GNSS market remains dynamic. GNSS is used around... (read more)
2017-02-06 10:32:07

The Shifting World of Professional Mapping

GIM International interviews Christoph Strecha, CEO and founder of Pix4D
Over the past decade, photogrammetry from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) data has proven itself as an effective method to capture high-resolution aerial imagery, while drones have demonstrated their value for mapping and surveying professionals as platforms for carrying payloads that include a variety of sensors. One of the leading developers of software solutions to convert the imagery into high-end geospatial solutions is Pix4D, which has established itself as a leader in the business. Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO, talked to 'GIM International' and revealed that he foresees big changes in the geospatial industry. Your company was started in... (read more)
2018-10-15 06:45:02

Looking Far beyond the Horizon: Interview with Hi-Target CEO Steven Xu

These are exciting times in the geomatics industry. Innovative solutions are being developed, integration is the main keyword and the big players are acquiring smaller companies that add a new dimension to their portfolio. Europe, Japan and North America are traditional strongholds of geomatics, but several very ambitious companies from China are doing their utmost to catch up with the frontrunners. At Intergeo 2015 in Stuttgart, Wim van Wegen took the opportunity to meet Steven Xu, CEO of Hi-Target, who was more than happy to share his thoughts and expectations with GIM International. Read the interview here. (By Wim van... (read more)
2016-01-26 09:40:07

Septentrio and Point One Navigation Partner up for Autonomous Vehicle Demo

Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS technology, is teaming up with Point One Navigation, a provider of precise location as a service, for autonomous vehicle demonstrations during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, USA. Invitees will be able to ride in a fully autonomous demonstration vehicle that incorporates technology from both companies and to meet directly with technical experts. Point One Navigation will showcase its proof-of-concept autonomous vehicle equipped with the FusionEngine vehicle localisation software. Demonstrations will utilise corrections from Point One’s Polaris Cloud, an innovative new correction network that enables high-precision GPS and computer vision-based localisation, while allowing the customer... (read more)
2018-12-13 09:49:50

The Point Cloud Phenomenon in 5 Premium Papers

Point clouds acquired with a laser scanner contain millions or even billions of geospatial data points representing the x, y and z coordinates. Using advanced point cloud processing software, the captured geospatial data can be visualized in a digital elevation model (DEM), digital terrain model (DTM) or 3D city model, for example. Which key trends and technological developments have we seen recently? We’ve selected five articles published by ‘GIM International’ to give you an overview of the direction in which the point cloud phenomenon is heading. Point Clouds and Smart Cities The ‘smart city’ concept entirely relies on a permanent... (read more)
2018-12-20 01:56:36

Photogrammetry – Recent Developments and the Way Forward

Over the past few years, photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science have witnessed great achievements, mainly due to societal, political, environmental and technological changes worldwide. Human mobility has significantly increased due to population growth, climate change and globalization. Photogrammetric innovations have also been strongly influenced by the developments in information and communication technology (ICT), computer vision and robotics. Moreover, with the usage of active remote sensing techniques such as Lidar and radar for obtaining point cloud data – even from reflective surfaces such as metal or glass and uniform textures like snow, white surfaces or ice – the opportunities... (read more)
2018-09-20 09:48:52

5 Questions to… Gilles Labossière, CEO, senseFly

senseFly recently announced its brand-new UAV solution called eBee X, giving 'GIM International' a good excuse to pose a few questions to the company’s CEO, Gilles Labossière, who joined senseFly earlier this year. What makes this new UAV different from the rest? What about the payloads and the point cloud processing software? And last but not least, what are Labossière’s thoughts on the future of the professional drone market? Why is the launch of the brand-new eBee X UAV solution such an important milestone for senseFly?senseFly’s team of expert engineers have been working diligently to develop a solution that meets... (read more)
2018-11-29 01:58:40

The Alluring Promise of 5G

Imagine a world in which high-speed internet is available everywhere, writes Wim van Wegen in his latest column. Perhaps you’ve just ticked skydiving in the Grand Canyon off your bucket list and are keen to share the breathtaking video footage with your family and friends back home (even if they live in a rural backwater). Wouldn’t it be great to be able to transfer gigabytes of data to any corner of the planet in the blink of an eye, using just your smartphone? Not so long ago this indeed belonged in the realms of science fiction, but it is now... (read more)
2019-01-29 02:54:18

Tackling the Challenges of Road Construction

As new technologies emerge with the promise to increase productivity and efficiency, costing is one of the most important criteria in a project life cycle. Construction companies are seeking more effective and cost-efficient methods to complete their work as accurately as possible. (This story is brought to you by Satlab Geosolutions; Click here to download this case study) Based in Korat, Thailand, Khunnon Construction, a subsidiary of S.P.T Construction, focuses on superhighways, road and bridge constructions. These projects require precise accuracy. With that in mind, Khunnon Construction purchased the Satlab Geosolutions SLC multi-purpose GNSS receiver after being appointed as the main... (read more)
2019-06-25 03:04:34
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