Towards Smaller and Smarter Solutions

Reflections on Intergeo 2019
Intergeo is a leading annual industry showcase where geospatial professionals gain an excellent impression of the latest innovations. On the brink of a new decade, Intergeo 2019 gave us a glimpse of the future. In general, we can conclude that solutions are getting smaller and smarter, and there are some new kids on the block. But with all the buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence, how can we cut through the hype to get the most out of the rapidly advancing technology? One thing was crystal clear at this year’s Intergeo: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) has... (read more)
2019-11-05 01:06:25

Bentley Systems Acquires Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies

Bentley Systems, one of the worldwide leading providers of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has announced the acquisition of two companies: Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies (Orbit GT). Citilabs is a global mobility simulation (CUBE) and analytics (Streetlytics) software provider, while Orbit GT is a global provider of 3D and mobile mapping software. The newly acquired technologies, in conjunction with Bentley’s existing design integration and digital cities offerings, will enable engineering-based mobility digital twins. Road mobility digital twins converge cities’ digital context (including 4D surveying facilitated by Orbit GT... (read more)
2019-10-21 08:47:20

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

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

Teledyne Optech to Preview New Compact Airborne and Mobile Lidar Solutions

Teledyne Optech is poised to make an impact at Intergeo during its 45th Anniversary this year with new technologies in airborne, mobile and compact Lidar solutions. The company invites guests to visit its exhibit to learn about new solutions designed to take survey and mapping operations to the next level of precision, accuracy and efficiency. On display at in hall 3 (booth B3.042) Teledyne Optech will feature its CL-360, a new addition to its Compact Lidar suite of products enabling OEM hardware manufacturers and integrators to develop the next-generation of best-in-class UAV, mobile, and terrestrial scanning solutions for a wide variety of applications. Also on... (read more)
2019-09-12 01:06:29

Pix4D Opens Office in Mile High City

August 2019, Pix4D opened a new office in downtown Denver, Colorado. It is the company’s seventh office after Lausanne, San Francisco, Shanghai, Berlin, Madrid, and Tokyo. The move to Denver signifies Pix4D’s strong commitment and alignment with the thriving Geospatial Technology and UAS industries, where Denver is a major hub. With potential for expansion, Denver will become the base from where Pix4D will develop enterprise solutions tailored to the North American market. As well as attracting new customers and employees, the new location will allow the team to better serve existing customers. Dr Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO of Pix4D,... (read more)
2019-08-29 10:26:32

Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. The expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. Using the latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software, surveyors are now capturing millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53

Leonardo Ercolin Filho

Leonardo Ercolin Filho holds an MSc in transportation engineering (2009) and a PhD in geodetic sciences (2017). He is adjunct professor at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, and his research focusses on UAS photogrammetry. Between 2002 and 2015 he was a cartography engineer in the private and public sectors. (read more)
2019-06-05 01:49:57

Mapping a University Campus in Brazil

Creating Indoor and Outdoor Maps for a Routing Application
At universities, facility managers and other support staff need easy access to data, including geodata, for maintenance, safety measures or routing of students, staff and visitors. A responsive geodatabase containing detailed and up-to-date information on roads, the interior and exterior of buildings and other objects is a key tool in that context. The authors of this article describe a pilot project conducted at a university campus in Curitiba, Brazil, aimed at creating outdoor maps using unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetry as well as indoor floor plans. They also demonstrate the possibilities of the database with a routing application. The Federal... (read more)
2019-06-05 01:45:40

Land Administration Census

A Plea for a Bottom-up, Brute-force Solution
The battle against poverty in developing countries has always been associated with the issue of land. Since the turn of the millennium, the focus has been on facilitating the official registration of land rights by the poor and the vulnerable. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa still lack a well-functioning land administration system, notwithstanding many dedicated aid programmes. Such programmes were designed by Western institutions and often copied Western land administration architectures. In this article, the author advocates a bottom-up approach using census-taking as a paradigm. First the capabilities of advanced technologies are identified, then the way aid is brought to... (read more)
2019-05-08 10:28:26
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