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

Tracking Celebrities for Sport Relief

Masternaut Three X is to be the official tracking supplier for UK Sport Relief's Million Pound Bike Ride. The company's GPS tracking system is being used to track seven celebrities during their gruelling charity cycling challenge which began 1st March and will see them go from John O'Groats in Scotland to Lands End in England.   Little Britain star David Walliams, Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton, Big Brother host Davina McCall and comedians Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart, Russell Howard and Patrick Kielty are cycling 1,000 miles in four days to raise GBP1 million for Sport Relief. This incredible team will... (read more)
2010-03-02 09:45:52

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

Formula 1 and Geomatics

Lidar on Track at Grand Prix
During the month of May, the narrow, winding, bumpy streets of the city centre of Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco turn into a 3.34-kilometre racing circuit for the annual Formula 1 competition. Since 1929 the world's fastest cars have been competing on these public roads along a 263-kilometre trajectory. The ‘Monaco F1 Grand Prix' is widely considered one of the most prestigious car races in the world. Together with the ‘Indianapolis 500 mile' and the ‘24-hour Le Mans', it forms the Triple Crown of the three most famous motor races, comparable with the ‘Grand Slam' in tennis. Only... (read more)
2011-05-25 04:54:16

Terrametrix Uses New ZEB1 Mobile Mapping System

ZEB1, 3D Laser Mapping’s new handheld mobile mapping system, has been successfully used by service provider Terrametrix on a project in the Midwest of the United States. ZEB1 is specifically designed for use in areas of limited satellite reception, including indoors, underground and in high-density landscapes such as urban environments and forests. Terrametrix, an Omaha, Nebraska-based professional survey company, stretched the limits of the ZEB1’s capabilities in an outdoor overhead utilities application and has become one of the first commercial organisations to adopt this new technology.   Terrametrix selected ZEB1 following extensive field trials. It is intended to complement other... (read more)
2013-04-22 09:15:53

MMT2015 Extends Abstract Deadline

The 9th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology (MMT 2015), to be hosted by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia, will take place in the harbour side city of Sydney, Australia, from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 December 2015. The organisation has extended the deadline for abstracts, industry case studies and panel discussions to 6 August. Over the past 20 years, the MMT Symposium has been the primary event jointly sponsored by the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). In addition, for the... (read more)
2015-07-28 03:09:47

Hexagon Takes Flight with Wichmann Innovations Awards

Hexagon was recently awarded the first and second prizes in the Wichmann Innovations Award programme held during the Intergeo conference and trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany. Honours went to Leica Pegasus:Backpack – the wearable reality-capturing sensor platform combining cameras and Lidar profilers – and Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure's (SG&I) new Green GIS initiative. The Wichmann Innovations Awards are presented by publisher Wichmann Verlag, well known for its professional magazines and specialist books for geodesy and geomatics. Companies from around the globe submitted products and applications to participate in the competition. From hundreds of submissions, a jury of industry leaders... (read more)
2015-10-08 10:19:26

Column: 3D Mobile Mapping

Over the last few years street-level mobile mapping and reality capturing has quietly become one of the most important geospatial mapping technologies. There are already hundreds of mapping vehicles collecting vast amounts of geospatial data. But what we see today is only the start, believes Stephan Nebiker from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).   In the future, accurate and dense 3D representations of the urban environment along traffic corridors and within buildings will be captured and created fully automatically and upated regularly if not in real-time. These digital realities will serve a multitude of purposes, including... (read more)
2016-07-17 05:10:16

Mobile Handheld Competes with Terrestrial Laser Scanning

The ZEB1 mobile handheld laser mapping system has been proven to be able to outperform traditional terrestrial laser scanning during field tests in Chile. Supplied by 3D Laser Mapping and operated by Chilean company GEOCOM, the ZEB1 was used to conduct a survey of a stockpile in a covered mining facility. The same area was scanned using a terrestrial laser scanner and the results were compared. Data capture with the ZEB1 was found to be around 5 times faster while automatic data processing, via 3D Laser Mapping’s secure server facility, took less than 5 minutes. Data accuracies and definitions were... (read more)
2014-04-09 09:06:27

Exploring Aboriginal Caves with Mobile 3D Laser Mapping System

ZEB1, a truly mobile handheld rapid laser mapping system, has been used to explore Aboriginal cave markings in South Australia. Using the ZEB1 handheld mobile mapping system, researchers have been able to create a detailed 3D survey of the cave system. This 3D survey data, combined with high-resolution photographs and analysis of the flutings, can be analysed by archaeologists from the SA Museum. The strange markings, called finger flutings, were thought to have been left in the Koonalda Cave between about 30,000 and 10,000 years ago. Created by hands being dragged along established grooves in the soft limestone walls, the... (read more)
2013-03-20 02:19:49
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