ESRI User Conference – A Preview

7th to 11th August, San Diego, California, US
The Annual International ESRI User Conference takes place from 7 to 11 August in San Diego, California, US. At the accompanying exhibition many companies from all over the world present products and services, often in close relationship to ESRI products. As may be expected from the location of the conference, most enterprises represented at the exhibition are US or Canada-based. But there will also be organisations from Russia, India, France, Japan and The Netherlands. The promised presence of Topcon, Thales and Leica Geosystems demonstrates the vivid and increas-ingly close coupling of GIS and surveying. This connection is also demonstrated by... (read more)
2006-07-24 12:00:00

An Awakening in India: Interview with Bharat Lohani

Since the July 2014 issue of GIM International is dedicated to Lidar point clouds, it should come as no surprise that it contains an interview with a leading expert on this exciting aspect of the geomatics spectrum. Dr Bharat Lohani, who is leading the Lidar teaching and research group at the renowned Indian institute of IIT Kanpur and is a member of the magazine’s editorial board, was a logical candidate. In this interview he talks about India's role in the industry, his company Geokno, developments within Lidar technology and the geomatics programme at IIT Kanpur.   (By Wim van Wegen... (read more)
2014-07-28 09:58:29

Panorama Photogrammetry

Accurate 3D Documentation with High-resolution 360° Images
Under the leadership of the Japan Association of Surveyors, the new Fodis Measure3D system was benchmarked against total stations and single frame array cameras for detecting RFID tag positions. One test was performed outdoors for accuracy and two tests indoors for productivity. Fodis Measure3D proved to be an accurate and reliable solution and was shown to be time-efficient, especially for indoor applications where rapid, accurate and selective point measurements are required.   In Japan, outdoor navigation by GPS is both popular and successful, and such outdoor navigation technology is now available for use with smartphones - to provide an online... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:13:55

State-of-the-art Total Stations

A Look At New Technologies
In the last few years, the computer revolution has brought about a different approach to engineering and construction projects. Thanks to automated processes, engineers can now produce a much higher level of detail and accuracy in their projects. These changes have significantly increased the level of responsibility within the role of land surveyor in particular. Surveyors nowadays have more data and information to handle while facing ever-increasing demands for high-quality topographic products such as construction site surveys, land ownership and utility management. One of the most important tools surveyors use is the total station which, having been used for decades... (read more)
2011-09-21 03:21:30

Solving Societal Problems with Smart Cities

Interview with Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens
The world population is growing rapidly, putting urban planning under increasing pressure. Cities are facing challenges such as how to improve the environment and how to reduce the impact of congestion. The smart city concept seems to offer a solution. Reflecting the fact that smart cities are built on geospatial foundations, Intergeo – the world’s largest annual trade show for the geomatics industry – chose smart city as one of its key themes. To gain insights from an urban planning insider, 'GIM International' interviewed Martin Powell, head of urban development at Siemens. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) ‘Smart city’... (read more)
2016-11-14 09:40:51

Looking Far beyond the Horizon: Interview with Hi-Target CEO Steven Xu

These are exciting times in the geomatics industry. Innovative solutions are being developed, integration is the main keyword and the big players are acquiring smaller companies that add a new dimension to their portfolio. Europe, Japan and North America are traditional strongholds of geomatics, but several very ambitious companies from China are doing their utmost to catch up with the frontrunners. At Intergeo 2015 in Stuttgart, Wim van Wegen took the opportunity to meet Steven Xu, CEO of Hi-Target, who was more than happy to share his thoughts and expectations with GIM International. Read the interview here. (By Wim van... (read more)
2016-01-26 09:40:07

Geomatics and Surveying in Support of Land Administration

Implementing Tenure Security for All
Today’s geospatial technology means that land administration systems can increasingly be implemented for the benefit of all. It is now possible to conceive approaches to capturing the unrecorded geometry of boundaries for the billions of unrecognised land interests or spatial units. In addition, new approaches are becoming apparent for the maintenance of collected data. Examples from the field show that we’re well on the way to responding to the challenge. From a geomatics and geoscience perspective, many tools are already available to support development, but further steps are needed to operationalise them at scale. Read on for an article investigating a... (read more)
2017-03-07 11:14:08

New Elevation for North America’s Highest Peak

Climbing to the Peak of Precision
Surveyors, mappers, geodesists and other scientists, as well as climbers and mountaineers from around the world, have long held a curiosity to know the official elevation of Denali, the continent's highest peak. Since the last survey of Denali’s apex in the 1950s, GPS/GNSS equipment technology has significantly improved. In June 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) partnered with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to re-survey Denali’s peak using the most advanced precise point positioning technology. The survey party was led by CompassData, a subcontractor for Dewberry, under contract to the USGS and consisted of... (read more)
2016-05-20 01:36:24

Singapore: Towards a Smart Nation

Underpinned by a 3D National Map
Since the inception of its Smart Nation programme in 2014, Singapore has emerged as a world leader in smart city initiatives. One of the centrepieces of Singapore’s strategy has been the development of a highly accurate 3D digital map of the country to support key functions such as urban planning, flood control and civil aviation. The creation of this national 3D map has involved the use, adoption and development of world-leading surveying, mapping and GIS technologies. Read on for an article explaining the various challenges in creating and maintaining the required data, and how it will be used to its... (read more)
2017-05-11 09:04:08

A New Age (I)

GIM International Interviews David Schell, Chairman and CEO, Open Geospatial Consortium
On 23rd October 2007, at the annual Geoint Symposium, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc (OGC) announced that Microsoft Corporation had joined the organisation as a Principal Member. This important milestone was reason for us to approach David Schell, OGC chairman and CEO, and to ask him about the background to, benefits and consequences of Microsoft membership. Mr Schell touched on so many interesting issues that we are publishing this extended interview in two parts, this first focusing on the new Microsoft membership. The second part, to be published in GIM February, will focus on topics including benefits of standards implementation,... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00
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