Bringing Reality into the Information Space

Interview with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Chief Technology Strategist and Evangelist, FARO
FARO is known as a trusted source of high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and visualisation technology. In the surveying and mapping field, the company is particularly well known for its laser scanning solutions. On behalf of 'GIM International', Wim van Wegen recently met with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, chief technology strategist and head of FARO Labs (the company’s research and innovation department), to discuss what we can expect from laser scanning and its role as key reality capturing technology in the years ahead. You recently announced that you have divided your business into six vertical sales and product management business units. What is... (read more)
2017-07-10 11:00:08

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

Surveying in the Mining Sector

An Overview of Geospatial Methods in Mining Engineering
Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining. The rapidly evolving innovations in the geomatics sector are bringing previously unforeseen opportunities that will provide a major boost, both to mining surveyors and the mining industry as a whole. Read on for an article which starts with some history – after all, we should never forget where we came from. It then goes on to present a general outline of surveying in the mining industry, with a focus on the survey equipment and the technologies that are being used today. Surveyors in the mining industry fulfil an essential function since they provide... (read more)
2017-02-01 08:46:34

Supporting the Profession with Expertise, Proposals, Solutions and Platforms

GIM International interviews FIG President Rudolf Staiger
The FIG president holds one of the most influential positions in the surveying field and helps to shape the profession. The new president, Rudolf Staiger, was elected during the Istanbul Congress in 2018 and officially took office for a period of four years in November. In this interview, GIM International asks him about his views on the profession, now and in the future, and also about who Rudolf Staiger actually is. Congratulations on becoming the new president of FIG! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself? Having grown up in the Black Forest in south Germany, I studied geodesy... (read more)
2019-01-24 01:47:43

Turning UAV and Lidar into Something Beautiful

YellowScan International User Conference 2017
Mounting Lidar on an unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) is regarded by many as the next geospatial frontier, but gradually the barriers are being overcome. Scientists and Lidar- and UAV-adopters from surveying companies gathered at the second YellowScan User Conference in Montpellier, France, to discuss the future of this novel and promising geodata acquisition technology. The diverse backgrounds of the over 80 attendees reflect the potential of equipping UAVs with Lidar sensors, resulting in what may be called UAS-Lidar. The venue – Château de Flaugergues, built between 1696 and 1730 – added an extra dimension to the two-day conference, held on 29... (read more)
2017-07-26 11:13:46

The Geospatial Contribution to Digital Twins

A Surveyor’s Perspective on Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference 2017
The digitalisation of our world is in full swing. It is transforming the way we live, work, communicate, entertain and are being governed. Construction and infrastructure are also entering the digital era, although there is still a lot of work to do – the sector is lagging behind compared to some others. Bentley Systems plays an important role in the transition to a digital representation of the built environment. The company’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference, held in Singapore in November of this year, showed that the digital era presents many chances for the geospatial industry. Digitalisation products are often referred... (read more)
2017-12-05 12:11:19

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

Point Clouds as the Future Topographic Core Data

Technologies and Means towards a Paradigm Shift
Could 3D point cloud data be used as the framework for topographic information in the future? Point clouds can be captured with an ever-increasing number of means from ground-based, airborne and spaceborne platforms to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. What are the future technologies and processes that will build the capability for high-density 3D data? This article explores the possibilities based on the latest developments in the industry. ‘Data on demand’ is a recognized megatrend in the geospatial industry. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and... (read more)
2019-02-05 01:55:30

The Age of Mobile Mapping

Looking back over the past 30 years, it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a relatively short space of time. Geomatics students in the mid-1980s were exposed to GPS test satellites, the first GPS receivers and the enormous potential that GPS offered the geomatics community (who had already perfected what could be done with the Transit satellite system). With unprecedented absolute accuracy and an impeccable timing mechanism, GPS clearly offered a quantum leap in geomatics capabilities. Two decades later, Lidar – and in particular mobile terrestrial Lidar – seemed to represent the next quantum leap in... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:17:41
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