A Decade of Geospatial Advancements

As the 25th edition of Intergeo rapidly approaches, Wim van Wegen reflects on his own anniversary: a decade in the geospatial business and attendance at ten consecutive Intergeo events. Huge advancements in 3D mobile laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicles and total stations are just some examples of the innovative nature of our industry. So what will the future bring? This year’s edition in Stuttgart marks the 25th anniversary of Intergeo. My own personal Intergeo debut was back in 2010, in the city of Cologne, so this is an anniversary year for me too: it will my 10th time attending the... (read more)
2019-09-05 01:53:12

Sensors, Satellites and Science: the Power of Geoinformation

Review of ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019
Every two years, the photogrammetry and remote sensing community gathers at the ISPRS Geospatial Week. The event comprises a combination of workshops organized by various ISPRS Working Groups and other stakeholders involved in the geospatial profession. The 2019 edition, which was held from 10-14 June in Enschede, situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands, proved to be a true geospatial hub bringing together a wide range of geomatics-related activities and applications. Creating a better, safer world – that broadly sums up the objective of the ISPRS Geospatial Week participants. With projects covering innovations for land tenure, an efficient method... (read more)
2019-08-29 08:25:35

Call for Papers: FIG Working Week 2020

The theme of the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is ‘Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management’. During the week, the ‘smart surveyor’ will take centre stage, with a focus on smart sensing technologies and new spatial data processing technologies based on the ever-evolving and converging fields of geodesy and geoinformation. With only ten months to go, the FIG Working Week 2020 will be the platform for smart surveyors from all over the world to evaluate their actual and future role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. FIG invites you to share your expertise on 3D... (read more)
2019-08-22 11:56:18

International Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Community Gathers in Enschede

The ISPRS Geospatial Week is being held in the Dutch city of Enschede this week (from 10-14 June). The city is home to the internationally respected University of Twente, which is also the venue for this year’s gathering of geospatial professionals from across the globe. Whether to attend a presentation on ‘Façade Reconstruction for Textured LOD2 CityGML Models Based on Deep Learning and Mixed Integer Linear Programming’ or to meet up with fellow Lidar specialists from Down Under and elsewhere around the world, numerous delegates have travelled to the ISPRS Geospatial Week for a thorough update on what is going... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:02:50

Hardware-Software Partnership Introduces Real-time 3D Mobile Mapping and Construction Verification

At the recent SPAR 3D & AEC NEXT conferences in Anaheim, California, USA, ClearEdge3D, maker of EdgeWise, Verity and Rithm for Navisworks software, announced a collaboration with Gexcel, maker of HERON wearable scanners. The two companies have joined forces to make it quicker and easier for AEC professionals to conveniently gather as-built data with Gexcel’s HERON wearable laser scanners, and to compare that data against design/fabrication models using ClearEdge3D’s Verity software. This allows 100% verification of installed work in real time. "The partnership between ClearEdge3D and Gexcel brings together two globally recognized AEC tech leaders in the 3D world that... (read more)
2019-06-03 11:21:15

New GeoSLAM Scanner Combines Detailed Data Points with High-resolution Imagery

Geospatial mapping technology specialist GeoSLAM has launched its latest product that offers property professionals the ability to capture floorplans and high-resolution photography simultaneously. The ZEB PANO, a handheld simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) scanner and panoramic camera, has been developed for the property sector. SLAM technology is widely known for its use in the automotive industry for self-driving cars, but the technology has applications far beyond that. Capable of capturing 43,000 data points per second and high-resolution panoramic imagery at the same time, the ZEB PANO stores the exact location of each panoramic image enabling quicker, more accurate, and less... (read more)
2019-03-26 09:39:21

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar Overview

Building the Capability for High-density 3D Data
Point clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and purposes, but lack the ability to adapt to ever-changing needs... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:50:53

Recent Developments in Close-range Photogrammetry

A Measurement Technology in Transition
Dramatic advances in automatic digital image analysis have opened up new applications and made photogrammetry applicable for a broader field of users that lack specific knowledge of photogrammetry. Megatrends such as Industry 4.0, building information modelling (BIM) and the digital transformation are driving the advancement of 3D measurement technologies, both in terms of high-end systems and low-cost sensors. New technical challenges such as autonomous driving or unmanned aerial vehicles are demanding innovative sensor systems, but also extended maps and models of the environment. Modern approaches such as structure from motion (SfM), simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) or visual odometry are... (read more)
2019-02-14 11:41:55

NavVis Deploys SLAM to Automatically Remove Point Cloud Artifacts

NavVis, the Germany-based global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, has released new software for the NavVis M6 indoor mobile mapping system (IMMS) that automatically detects and removes dynamic objects and object fringe points from point clouds during the post-processing of scan data. Fringe points and dynamic objects are two common types of point cloud artifacts that affect all 3D laser scanning devices. Fringe points arise when a laser beam hits the edge of an object as well as its background. This scattered beam ultimately appears as a so-called fringe around the edge of the object in the... (read more)
2019-02-14 10:28:24

Looking ahead to the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 in the Netherlands

If you are looking for a good opportunity to take a deep dive into the latest geospatial technology and science, look no further. The ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 will take place from 10-14 June in Enschede, the Netherlands, on the green campus of the University of Twente with Prof George Vosselman as Geospatial Week director. The five days will cover the latest advances, for instance, in using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in geomatics, in deploying the latest sensor technology such as hyperspectral sensing, and in the role of artificial intelligence in handling this sensory big data. Those worried about climate... (read more)
2019-02-14 09:33:19
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