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Drones – professionally referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UASs) – have been a key topic of GIM International over the last years. Equipped with an ever-growing choice of sensors, UAVs have evolved into a standard tool for geospatial professionals, and in the upcoming months we will strengthen our focus on the latest drone-related developments in all manner of geospatial applications, ranging from agriculture and vegetation mapping to mining, construction, urban planning and surveying in general. We are always on the lookout for real-life examples of UAV usage in challenging projects for inclusion in our articles.... (read more)
2020-04-22 01:41:05

Woolpert Expands Geospatial Bandwidth with New TerrainMapper Lidar Sensor

Woolpert has announced the purchase of its fourth Leica Geosystems TerrainMapper, a linear-mode aerial Lidar sensor, to support the firm’s geospatial growth worldwide. Woolpert collects aerial, terrestrial and bathymetric Lidar data, as well as acoustic data, for projects that range from US national and coastal mapping programmes to road design and even disaster mitigation. Woolpert owns and operates more than 15 sensors and a fleet of over a dozen aircraft and helps test new Lidar systems at the federal level. Woolpert’s aerial acquisition manager Jonas Svoboda said the Leica Geosystems TerrainMapper collects Lidar data at much higher altitudes, across complex... (read more)
2020-04-16 08:26:33

The Role of Spatial Data and Technologies towards Building Smart Nations

Leveraging and Scaling the Smart Cities Paradigm
In the last couple of decades, many cities around the world have adopted new innovative technologies to help them address some of the most fundamental challenges of the 21st century. More and more cities are becoming what is often referred to as 'smarter', by utilizing a wide range of emerging technologies that collect, analyse, monitor and communicate information to enable the efficient delivery of essential services, improve people’s quality of life, and allow a more effective city governance. Recognizing the potential of integrated technologies to improve governance efficiency, social and human capital and people's well-being, nations are now also aiming... (read more)
2020-04-09 01:01:41

State of the Art in 3D City Modelling

Six Challenges Facing 3D Data as a Platform
Semantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. (This article is a co-production of seven authors, all of whom are mentioned at the end of the text.) 3D city models, as digital representations of urban areas, can be used to facilitate many applications, such as urban... (read more)
2020-04-09 10:46:22

Kazakhstan Uses UAVs to Patrol Capital City during COVID-19 Lockdown

KazUAV, Kazakhstan’s leading drone service provider and a member of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has been working at the frontlines to keep communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Providing direct support to the operational headquarters set up to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Kazakhstan, KazUAV has been helping the Nur-Sultan Police Department to patrol the borders of the locked-down capital city with drones, ensuring ‘contactless’ surveillance and fast-paced operations. The Central Asian nation closed its borders and locked down its main cities, including Nur-Sultan (previously known as Astana), after confirming the first coronavirus case on 16 March. The... (read more)
2020-04-09 09:13:08

How is Guangzhou-based South Group Dealing with the Coronavirus Crisis?

The coronavirus outbreak is affecting millions of people across the globe. It is also having an increasing impact on the geospatial industry. In this Q&A, we zoom in on the situation in China. What are the implications for a leading manufacturer of geospatial surveying solutions such as South? We touched base and spoke to Jackie Cheung, senior product manager at the Guangzhou-based company. What is your business continuity plan to overcome the challenges of coronavirus? As the virus currently prevents us from gathering in big numbers and travelling as before, it is affecting routine business communication. Therefore, we need to keep the... (read more)
2020-04-08 01:34:49

The New Standard in Large Format Aerial Imaging

Introducing the All new Phase One Industrial 280MP Aerial Solution
Large area performance, affordable and accessible for use with a wider range of aircraft With over 20,000 pixels across, compact size and weight, the 280MP Aerial Solution provides higher Return on Investment compared to any other large format system available on the market. The 280MP Aerial Solution offers the highest image capture rate and dynamic range, increasing overall quality and accuracy of the final photogrammetric products. The iXM-RS 280F provides a large format option that easily integrates with DSM400 gyrostabilized mount creating a compact and lightweight system for use in a wide range of aircraft. (This article is brought to you by Phase One Industrial)   The iXM-RS 280F provides accuracy and image quality... (read more)
2020-04-06 12:08:49

Geospatial Business during Coronavirus Crisis: PCI Geomatics

How is the global coronavirus crisis impacting on the geospatial industry? Do companies have a sound business continuity plan? For this Q&A, 'GIM International' spoke to Kevin Jones, vice president, product and marketing at PCI Geomatics, a world leader in geoimaging products and solutions. He shared his thoughts on the current market situation and how his company is dealing with these challenging times. What is your business continuity plan to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus? Like many other technology industry companies, PCI Geomatics has the ability to continue operations despite the COVID-19 situation. Employees have the ability to work... (read more)
2020-03-27 09:04:54

5 Questions to Philippe Simard, President of SimActive

SimActive has recently added Lidar to its point cloud processing solution and launched a new training programme for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') mapping. 'GIM International' touched base with Philippe Simard, president of the Canada-based company to find out more. Besides Lidar and UAV mapping, this Q&A also zooms in on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and envisions the advances in photogrammetry we may expect in the coming years. We also took the opportunity to ask him how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting business. How is the coronavirus outbreak impacting your business? The entire SimActive team is working from... (read more)
2020-03-26 08:46:49

Phase One Industrial Launches 280MP Aerial Solution

Phase One Industrial has launched the 280MP Aerial Solution, a large-format aerial photogrammetric system, with an image coverage width of more than 20,000 pixels. The new aerial mapping solution is designed to reduce operating costs and produce better returns on investment than today’s traditional large-format systems. The Phase One Industrial 280MP Aerial Solution is a large-format camera system that easily integrates with a DSM400 gyro-stabilized mount, creating a compact and lightweight system for use in a wide range of aircraft. At its heart, the iXM-RS 280F is a dual-lens metric camera, with 90mm lenses for capturing RGB information, providing precision... (read more)
2020-03-23 03:57:09
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