Q&A: The Quickly Evolving UAS Mapping Market

GIM International meets with senseFly CEO Gilles Labossière
Drones have become a standard tool for mapping and surveying. Read what Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly, has to say about the market trends, technical developments and challenges affecting geospatial professionals. Even in turbulent times, the outlook for the unmanned aerial system (UAS) mapping market is full of promises. Now that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') market has reached its maturity, education and training will be key to ensuring more widespread adoption and optimized drone usage. Here, senseFly’s CEO Gilles Labossière shares his views on the latest trends in the market, new technical developments and further changes and challenges geospatial... (read more)
2020-08-05 10:03:32

Velodyne Lidar Adds the 'Smart' to Blue City Technology’s Smart City Solution

Velodyne Lidar is supplying Lidar sensors for use in Blue City Technology's 'Smart City' traffic monitoring solution to help improve road safety and mobility. Velodyne Lidar has entered into a multi-year sales agreement with Blue City Technology, developer of a Smart City system for traffic monitoring. The Blue City Technology solution, equipped with Velodyne’s Lidar sensors, helps improve road safety and mobility by providing real-time multi-modal traffic data and analytics to traffic lights. Blue City Technology uses Velodyne Ultra Puck sensors to collect reliable, detailed traffic data about road users, including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, while preserving anonymity. Velodyne’s Lidar... (read more)
2020-07-29 11:29:47

How Rapid Scanning Provides Support During a Global Health Crisis

Geospatial technology can play an important role in the expansion of hospital capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this feature, David Fowkes, sales director at 3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM, explains how the rapid surveying capabilities of SLAM technology can enable health officials across the globe to quickly and safely assess potential hospital buildings. Around the world we have seen unprecedented efforts to increase capacity in stretched health systems as a result of the spread of coronavirus. In Wuhan, China, the epicentre for the virus, the 269,000 sq ft, thousand-bed Huoshenshan Hospital, was built from scratch in... (read more)
2020-07-28 10:34:01

Kaarta Introduces New Solution for Large 3D Datasets

Kaarta, the innovator of real-time mobile 3D reality capture, has announced Kaarta Cloud, a new solution to process, store and share 3D spaces. It provides a fast, convenient and flexible workflow from field capture to finished data. Kaarta Cloud offloads the heavy lifting of the crucial processing of large 3D datasets. It offers the horsepower of an ultra-high performance parallel-processed network to tackle the load of processing massive reality capture files, far surpassing the computing power available on any local workstation or Kaarta device. SLAM and cloud-based processing Under the hood is Kaarta Engine, Kaarta’s patent-pending advanced 3D mapping and... (read more)
2020-07-20 11:58:20

Remotely Sensed Data for Efficient Data Collection

Taking a Closer Look at Impact from Hundreds of Kilometers above the Earth
When it comes to impact evaluations, remotely sensed data can increase their timeliness, accuracy and relevance for decision-makers. 3ie and New Light Technologies are enhancing the use of geospatial analysis in IEs. Impact evaluations (IEs) have been evolving to fill a critical gap in evidence about the effectiveness of international development programmes and interventions. Because of their ability to determine intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness), the demand for and production of IEs has grown substantially in recent decades. Rigorous evaluation of development interventions and their outcomes has been a perennial challenge across multiple sectors and disciplines. Remotely sensed data allows to... (read more)
2020-07-17 02:25:39

CHC Navigation Introduces CGI-610 GNSS/INS Sensor

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has announced the release of the new CGI-610 GNSS/INS sensor, a high-precision dual-antenna receiver – designed to offer reliable and accurate navigation and positioning solutions for demanding land, marine, and aerial applications. The tight fusion of the latest GNSS technology with an industrial-grade MEMS IMU is powered by CHCNAV's algorithms to deliver accurate hybrid position, attitude and velocity data, even in complex and obstructed environments where GNSS outages can occur. The CGI-610 is a powerful GNSS/INS system supporting data output up to 100Hz to meet the requirements of highly dynamic applications (airplane, train, car and other vehicles).... (read more)
2020-07-07 12:17:27

7 Digital Twin Articles All Chief Digital Officers Should Read

Today’s digital revolution is leading to a huge amount of geospatial data. A digital twin is a digital, three-dimensional copy of a real-life environment – e.g. a city, building, railway project or crop field – in which all available geospatial data is presented in a location-oriented and object-oriented manner. Here, we present a series of inspiring articles providing examples of how your organization could use a digital twin in practice. Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems... (read more)
2020-06-18 10:44:09

3D Models Bring Virtual Reality to the Property Sector

Cityscape Digital is using Bluesky's photorealistic 3D mesh models to create live, interactive 3D environments to illustrate proposed city developments. A specialist in computer-generated imagery (CGI) solutions for the property sector, Cityscape has already created a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences using aerial mapping company Bluesky MetroVista models, for clients including Canary Wharf Group and Greycoat Real Estate. “Using the Bluesky MetroVista data, we can model proposed developments in their true context and produce a range of solutions from live, editable on-screen models to roamable walk-throughs and interactive fly-throughs. We can even create full VR experiences,” commented Damian Fennell,... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:31:31

CHC Navigation Introduces New UAV-Lidar Combination

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has launched its new multi-rotor BB4 drone and AlphaUni 300/900/1300 Lidar. The groundbreaking combination of the AlphaUni 300/900/1300 Lidar and BB4 UAV solutions creates one of the most comprehensive and versatile ranges for 3D mapping and geospatial data acquisition in land, air and marine applications. "The purchase of a 3D mobile mapping system is too often constrained to a specific purpose, such as airborne or ground survey. A lot of our customers expressed the need to have a professional Lidar solution that can be used in different scenarios, offering optimal adaptability to their current and future needs,"... (read more)
2020-06-12 01:22:27

SimActive’s Correlator 3D Enriched with Cloud Sharing and Reflectance Calibration

SimActive, the Canada-based leading developer of photogrammetry software, has announced the release of Correlator3D version 8.5. The new version allows users to share and visualize projects in the cloud. It also features new tools for the calibration and processing of multispectral imagery. Specifically, results can be exported to the cloud directly from the software interface, and shareable links are automatically created for online visualization. Moreover, calibrated reflectance panels and sun sensors can be used to produce reflectance maps, with multispectral bands perfectly registered. “Our software attracts a variety of clients, with a wide range of needs”, said Louis Simard, CTO... (read more)
2020-06-10 09:43:59
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