Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

Will Artificial Intelligence Die Another Silent Death?

Artificial intelligence (AI) was first presented as a potential solution for object recognition some 50 years ago, but died a silent death along its winding road, writes Mathias Lemmens in his latest column. Now, big geodata is driving the need for automated mapping and reviving the interest in AI. But will the optimistic promises of deep learning come true this time? Never before in history have humans generated such gigantic volumes of geodata as we do today. The production of images and point clouds using a wide variety of geodata acquisition technologies is just one side of the coin; on... (read more)
2020-02-05 02:40:41

SimActive Launches New Drone Training Programme for Mapping

SimActive, the Canada-based developer of the Correlator3D photogrammetry software suite, announces a new training programme for drone mapping. The programme’s goal is to provide educational material and resources on how to effectively process drone imagery, to both neophytes and experts. The new offering includes educational documents, tutorial videos and monthly webinars as well as tailored training sessions, which can be provided both online or on-site. All aspects of data processing are covered, such as the generation of DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, orthomosaics and 3D models. “It is often difficult for drone mapping companies to differentiate themselves from competition and increase... (read more)
2020-02-05 09:11:20

New Partnership to Accelerate Growth of Indoor 3D Modelling

Flyability and Pix4D recently announced a partnership agreement to offer bundled Flyability and Pix4D products. The bundle will be sold in the form of a photogrammetry add-on that can be purchased on top of Elios 2 drone packages. This offer is meant to facilitate access to a coherent and complete product offering for those who want to tackle indoor 3D modelling using photogrammetry. Flyability is a Swiss company building solutions for the inspection and exploration of indoor, inaccessible and confined spaces. By allowing drones to be used safely inside buildings, it enables industrial companies and inspection professionals to reduce downtime,... (read more)
2020-02-07 03:33:25

GEOINT 2020 Registration and Housing Now Open

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) recently opened registration and housing for the GEOINT 2020 Symposium, taking place from 26-29 April, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, USA. The GEOINT Symposium, hosted annually by USGIF, is the pre-eminent event of the year for the defence, intelligence and homeland security communities and other users and producers of geospatial information. Attendees experience a stimulating agenda of keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout tracks that create a unique opportunity to learn from senior leaders and subject matter experts. “USGIF is excited to be returning to Tampa in 2020 and provide the... (read more)
2020-01-29 08:30:48

Land Administration: Configure, Pleaseā€¦

Having worked in land administration for many years, Esri's Brent Jones has seen all types of projects succeed and fail. We know the reasons for most of the failures – building an unsustainable and unscalable system, not understanding the total cost of ownership, poor system security, inadequate funding models, lack of local capacity, costly maintenance of custom-built software, and many more. Although there is no golden ticket to success, in this column Brent describes how we can increase our chances of success by learning from these failures. The End of Custom Code For most applications, developing software by writing code... (read more)
2020-01-24 01:48:57

Downtown Dublin as a Lidar Point Cloud

A Highly Accurate, Diverse and Dense Annotated Laser Scanning Dataset of a City Centre
The advance of Lidar data acquisition technologies is substantially increasing the amount of spatial data obtained and it is becoming cost-prohibitive to process it manually. Artificial intelligence (AI) has now started to offer cost-effective solutions to analyse and utilize those big datasets. AI can be employed for scene understanding, accurately detecting objects and classifying 3D assets. These are the significant fundamentals of several applications including autonomous navigation, intelligent robotics, urban planning, emergency management and even forest monitoring. The most popular types of 3D spatial information for such applications are Lidar and imagery data. This article describes the dense annotated ground-truth... (read more)
2019-11-27 10:05:38

New GeoSLAM Solution Simplifies Stockpile Volume Analysis

3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM has announced a new and innovative product to enable mine operators to quickly and easily build high-density 3D volumetric models within minutes. GeoSLAM Volumes is an end-to-end way to calculate stockpile mass, instantly turning stockpile point cloud data into actionable 3D information for quick decision-making. This is achieved using the company’s handheld Zeb Horizon SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) scanner, which can be utilized on foot or with a UAV. Using lightweight scanners, the solution can capture and calculate complex data, such as the weight and bulk of stockpiles, up to ten times faster... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:30:10

Fit-for-purpose Capacity Building in Mozambique

The Mozambican Land Administration System is still far from complete due to colonial legacy and decades of civil war. The government faces a major challenge: capturing 5 million plots of land with corresponding user rights in the next five years. The enormous task of registering all those landholders has two main components: the registering itself and the organizing of the information. Fit-for-purpose approach The land registry organization of Mozambique, DINAT (Direcção Nacional de Terras), wants to catch up in a targeted, fast and affordable way. To cope with the enormous amount of plots, many people must be trained. For that,... (read more)
2019-12-10 11:17:48

Putting Drone Mapping into Practice in Malawi

Drone technology has improved to the point where take-offs are easier than ever. Flight planning apps such as Pix4Dcapture help aspiring pilots take to the skies. But what happens next? In 2017, the government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use. In this context, UNICEF Malawi hosted Pix4D for a 3-day workshop in the capital city Lilongwe, aimed at local participants from a range of different sectors. The workshop’s objective was... (read more)
2019-12-02 09:02:04
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