RIEGL Announces Investments in New Office and Production Facilities

RIEGL, the manufacturer of Lidar scanners for surveying applications headquartered in Horn, Austria, is investing heavily in the expansion of production and office space. The continued, worldwide demand for the high-performance sensors allows the company to grow and expand further. The company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is now meeting the rapidly increasing international demand for RIEGL laser scanners with office and production facilities expansions. This summer, a new office and production facility has started construction at the location of the company's headquarters in Horn, Austria. The new building will house the company's printed circuit board production and... (read more)
2019-07-16 01:19:21

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-07-11 09:55:02

5 Questions to… Sander Oude Elberink, GSW2019

In June this year, the Dutch city of Enschede welcomed the photogrammetry and remote sensing community for the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 (GSW2019). Whether to attend presentations, such as 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 around the world, numerous delegates travelled to Enschede for a thorough update on what is going on in their area of expertise. We asked Sander Oude Elberink, programme chair of GSW2019, five questions in order to get an impression of this high-level event. How would... (read more)
2019-07-04 11:48:38

Taking the Stage at Intergeo

GIM International has been serving a worldwide audience of mapping and surveying professionals for more than 30 years. In addition to our print, online and social media channels, we are always on the lookout for other ways of highlighting all the innovation going on in the geospatial industry. Therefore, we are delighted to be taking the stage again during the conference programme at the Forum on the third day of this year’s Intergeo (Thursday 19 September). Over the decades, we have published countless features about state-of-the-art technical developments in our industry, shared challenging case studies employing the latest survey methods,... (read more)
2019-07-03 02:32:26

Hexagon Acquires Melown to Strengthen 3D Visualization Capabilities

Hexagon’s Geosystems division today announced the acquisition of Melown Technologies, a Prague-based technology company from Ivo Lukačovič´s investment company, Helifreak Limited. Melown Technologies develops mass-scale computer vision and advanced visualization technology for interactive web-based rendering, enabling high-performing 3D visualization of digital urban and natural landscape models that are derived from aerial and terrestrial reality-capture sensors. “Melown Technologies has been the subject of takeover bids and offers of strategic cooperation for some time,” says Lukačovič. “The bid from Hexagon was the most interesting as it offers us the best prospects for the future development of the company.” “At Hexagon, we make... (read more)
2019-07-02 10:00:18

Ten Years Older

A decade ago, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) celebrated its 50th birthday in style in Bern, Switzerland (where it was founded on 9 June 1959). Ten years on, arithmetic dictates that ICA is now 60 years old. The ICA's reflections in 2009 considered, in detail, the founding and development of this important international association addressing all aspects of the vital work and fascinating activities of mapping. Today the association can look back on ten more years of progress in the mission of ICA: “To promote the disciplines and professions of cartography and GIScience in an international context”. The ICA organization... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:50:04

Camilo Cortes

Camilo Cortes (BSc, EiT) is a graduate student researcher in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary. As a member of the Autonomous Mapping Lab, the focus of his research is on optical and ranging sensor integration for navigation and mapping applications. He is currently working on the development of a multi-sensor UAV mapping system under the supervision of Dr Shahbazi. (read more)
2019-06-20 01:52:15

Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

Low-cost Lidar Camera System without GNSS
Precision agriculture has considerably benefited from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, often combined with active ranging sensors like Lidar to gather information from underneath the crops, but existing systems are relatively expensive for the farming sector. In this project, researchers in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of Lidar measurements. Their approach is based on loosely coupled, image-aided inertial navigation in which the pose of the camera replaces the GNSS measurements. The result is a low-cost solution that is useful for capturing topographic data of inaccessible areas as well as in GNSS-denied environments.... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:50:38

Multi-sensor UAV Project Secures Digital Preservation of Indian Landmark

Terra Drone India has recently successfully completed a multi-sensor, multi-platform scanning project of the internationally recognized landmark Charminar. Built in 1591, the monument, which is often called the ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’, suffered significant damage in May 2019 when a huge chunk of lime plaster from its south-west minaret broke and fell off. This incident made the digital preservation of Charminar extremely time-sensitive and important for the Indian government. The IT department of Telangana state government invited Terra Drone India to provide innovative technological solutions for the digital preservation of Charminar.  Terra Drone India scanned and surveyed the... (read more)
2019-06-18 09:49:50

Hexagon Expands Leica BLK Series to Enhance 3D Reality Capture

Hexagon has introduced two new additions to the Leica BLK series. The Leica BLK2GO is one of the smallest portable, completely integrated handheld-imaging scanners in the industry, and the Leica BLK247 is a 3D laser-scanning sensor for security surveillance providing continuous, 24/7 situational awareness. “Extending the BLK series continues Hexagon’s 20-year focus on revolutionizing reality capture,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon president and CEO. “These sensors are not only groundbreaking for their technical capabilities, but also for their practicality. The Leica BLK2GO can be taken anywhere, and the Leica BLK247 never sleeps.” The Leica BLK2GO introduces never-before-seen mobility for scanning complex... (read more)
2019-06-13 12:53:41
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