Lidar Monitoring of Rock Glaciers with Improved Measurement Frequency

The 3D Geospatial Data Processing Group from Heidelberg University in Germany is conducting studies of rock glacier dynamics in a high-Alpine permafrost environment. The team is utilizing a RIEGL VZ-2000i terrestrial laser scanner and a UAV equipped with the RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV unmanned laser scanner. This fascinating research project is leading to new insights into rock glaciers. Short-interval (e.g. < monthly) topographic Lidar monitoring has begun to provide new understandings into a range of geomorphic processes. Such 4D data help us to better understand the dynamics of rock glaciers. Rock glaciers are creep phenomena of mountain permafrost. In the era of climate change, rock glaciers... (read more)
2019-12-06 09:47:53

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics Enter into Drone Maps Partnership

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics are teaming up to offer flexible software solutions, easier ground control for repeated surveys and one-to-one resolution – also known as DSM true ortho – image processing with the WingtraOne-Geomatica bundle. “In order to produce high-quality products, we generate digital surface models (DSMs) at one-to-one resolution,” said Kevin Jones, executive director of marketing at PCI Geomatics. “This means if you are producing one-centimetre imagery captured by the WingtraOne UAV, you can produce one-centimetre DSMs using Geomatica.” For more than 35 years, PCI Geomatics has been providing academics, governments and commercial enterprises with mapping solutions for aerial... (read more)
2019-12-03 03:25:56

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

French Experiences with UAV Lidar for Power Line Inspection

RTE, the electricity transmission system operator of France, is in charge of maintenance and repairs for over 100,000km of electricity power lines. When the company started to consider solutions to complement helicopters, it chose Delair to deliver the solution to map and digitize power line corridors: a fixed-wing drone equipped with Lidar. Data from Lidar sensors is now at the core of its vegetation encroachment detection process. Here, RTE UAV pilots share their experiences with aerial Lidar data acquisition technology. RTE manages power line inspection with Lidar drone to detect vegetation encroachment. Its mission is to direct the flow of... (read more)
2019-11-22 10:03:26

InSAR Satellite Technology Data Fills Niche for Forest Inventory

Remote sensing is a great way to learn more about our forests and manage them accordingly. Scion, a New Zealand government-owned research institute, is exploring new information-capture methods such as synthetic aperture radar (SAR). A recent study found that, while Lidar is still much more precise for predicting forest attributes, interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) has several other benefits to consider. Remote sensing involves recording data about an object, without making contact with the object. Interferometric SAR (InSAR) satellite technology is one method that has been used to perform forest inventory overseas, but a study that was conducted recently is... (read more)
2019-11-18 11:27:12

senseFly Announces Enterprise Partnerships with Trimble and Microsoft Drive

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones company, has entered new strategic partnerships. The organisations include Trimble and Microsoft and is focused on the capability and suitability of senseFly’s fixed-wing drones and drone sensors for precision agriculture. “Trimble and Microsoft are major players in the agriculture sector, and these relationships are a testament to senseFly’s drones operating at the high standards required by large organisations to deliver the results they need”, explained Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “This includes being able to offer a range of cameras to meet project-specific requirements, absolute accuracy down to 3cm and unparalleled flight times that enable... (read more)
2019-11-14 09:08:19

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

Correlator3D Used for Determining Financial Assistance after Hurricane Dorian

According to SimActive, a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, Correlator3D has been used by Air Data Solutions (ADS) in Florida to determine financial assistance following Hurricane Dorian. Aerial imagery was collected before the storm for pre-hurricane assessment and afterwards for damage analysis. A Phase One 100MP aerial camera owned by ADS was flown to gather high-resolution images of the affected areas. The data was then processed by SimActive software to create mosaics of orthophotos. The resulting geospatial data helped government authorities to calculate recovery aid funds. “We have been impressed by the accuracy and speed of Correlator3D to support such... (read more)
2019-10-31 09:55:37
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