First North American Customer for New RIEGL Dual Lidar Airborne System

RIEGL has announced that SAM, LLC, a leader in providing geospatial data solutions, will be the first company in North America to acquire and deploy one of the most recent major advances in aerial scanning technology. The innovation in question is the RIEGL VQ-1560 II dual-channel waveform processing airborne Lidar scanning system for high point density mapping and ultra-wide area mapping. The sensor will be installed in SAM’s new fixed-wing aircraft, a 2019 Cessna Grand Caravan EX, to further expand SAM’s national aerial mapping capabilities. “SAM has always been an industry leader when it comes to adopting new technology,” said SAM CEO, Chris... (read more)
2019-10-15 11:45:12

C-Astral Fields Mini UAS ATLAS C4EYE in Benchmark Trials with NATO Forces

C-Astral, a Slovenian integrator of small unmanned systems and a member of the Terra Drone group, has announced it has been successfully fielding its new mini UAS ATLAS C4EYE (Advanced Technology Light Acquisition/ATAK System) in a series of closed trials, involving the cooperation of manned, unmanned and NATO JTAC assets. The 2.6kg blended-wing-body platform has been going through a flight and feasibility testing phase and is now entering the operational phase, with multiple procurement contracts being currently negotiated. The system is currently among the most advanced mini UAS system in its category with more advanced capabilities than the industry standard... (read more)
2019-10-15 11:18:53

Bluesky Launches MetroVista City Mapping Service

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has recently introduced its MetroVista city mapping service for Europe, based on data from the Leica CityMapper. At this year's Intergeo in Stuttgart, Bluesky showed the MetroVista imagery created from the hybrid airborne sensor that can simultaneously capture vertical and oblique aerial photography as well as Lidar. Bluesky’s MetroVista range includes impressive high-resolution imagery together with high-accuracy, wide-scale 3D models. The first in Europe, and still only one of a handful in operation around the globe, Bluesky’s CityMapper has already been used to capture MetroVista data for cities across the UK, including London, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol.... (read more)
2019-10-09 10:52:05

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best ways to introduce UAVs into your business model. What type of work can UAVs be used for? UAVs can serve mapping and... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

ESA Leads Drive into 5G Positioning Future

A pair of testbed vehicles went out on the road in Germany to simulate the way we are all likely to be using 5G positioning services in the future. The field test focused on assessing the performance of highly precise ‘hybrid’ satellite/terrestrial positioning for autonomous vehicles, drones, smart cities and the Internet of Things. The two vehicles were driven for a week around Munich and the surrounding area in a variety of environments, from the open-sky terrain surrounding the German Aerospace Center DLR’s site in Oberpfaffenhofen to the deep urban canyons of the city’s dense Maxverstadt district. As they drove... (read more)
2019-10-03 09:30:38

7 Ways Cities Benefit from Digital Twins

According to the World Economic Forum, the current 4.2 billion people living in urban areas will increase by 2.5 billion by 2050. This increase means that cities and supporting ecosystems must deliver on housing and infrastructure needs while also addressing quality of life, economic growth, safety and security, and resiliency. Assets are becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate-related forces: rising sea levels, drought, seismic activity and violent storms. Cities seek solutions to help them both minimize chronic stress on current infrastructure and mitigate, respond to and recover from the acute shocks of earthquakes, floods and other catastrophic events. This article highlights... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:04:53

Leica Geosystems Announces Major Efficiency Improvement to Airborne Urban Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica CityMapper-2. This next-generation hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar sensor provides fast and efficient digitization of cities. As part of Leica Geosystems’ RealCity solution, which combines the CityMapper-2 with the Leica HxMap high-performance processing workflow, the new sensor is designed to provide faster updates while preserving image quality over a wide range of flying conditions. The most significant improvement comes from the newly developed optical system incorporating two nadir (RGB & NIR) and four oblique 150 MP metric cameras using CMOS technology and equipped with Leica Geosystem’s unique mechanical forward-motion-compensation (FMC). The... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:49:00

CHC Navigation Introduces New GNSS Receiver

CHC Navigation has released its i90 GNSS Series powered by the latest CHCNAV IMU-RTK technology to provide robust and accurate GNSS positioning, in any circumstances. The i90 IMU-RTK GNSS Series is designed to dramatically increase GNSS RTK availability and reliability. The i90 GNSS IMU-RTK combines a high-end calibration and interference free IMU sensor with state-of-the-art GNSS RTK engine and advanced GNSS tracking capabilities. Survey projects are achieved with high productivity and reliability. Hassle-free IMU-RTK surveying The i90 GNSS Series goes without a complicated calibration process, rotation, leveling or accessories are necessary with the i90 GNSS Series. Just a few meters... (read more)
2019-09-23 11:05:17

When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era

Combining Airborne Camera and Lidar Sensors to Take the Mapping Sector a Step Forwards
The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection will increasingly be performed by a combination of active and passive sensors. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, collecting all relevant data while flying is an efficient and cost-effective solution, even when the flying restrictions and regulations are factored in. Secondly, exploiting the advantages of both light detection and ranging (Lidar) and dense image matching (DIM) point clouds will improve the quality of the final geospatial products. This article reports on the... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:56:38

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35
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