The Future of Lidar is Critical to the Future of Our World

What will be the future of Lidar? To quote Abraham Lincoln: “The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it”. So what is currently being created in the geospatial market? This article focuses on Lidar in relation to a number of relevant themes: Lidar technology, open data and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML). Lidar technology is developing rapidly, as illustrated by the number of start-up companies to serve the autonomous market which feature traditional mechanical scanning devices, tiny-chip solid-state Lidar units and the emerging FMCW Lidar. The fact that Apple has announced an iPad with Lidar indicates this technology’s... (read more)
2020-10-02 01:09:36

senseFly Announces Partnership with Leading Chilean Geospatial Solutions Firm

senseFly has entered into a new distribution partnership with GEOCOM Soluciones Geoespaciales, one of Chile's most experienced and trusted geospatial solutions firms. Founded in 1985, GEOCOM provides geospatial solutions for government, private and research institutions across several industries, including mining, forestry, construction and engineering. The company has built its reputation as a market leader by delivering sales, rental and technical services to professionals who require the very best geospatial solutions, including GNSS, laser scanners and UAS/UAVs – all of which are continually assessed by GEOCOM’s team of experts. After several years of trialling alternative technologies, including leading VTOL systems, GEOCOM... (read more)
2020-08-14 09:51:21

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D Enter into Official Partnership

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D have formalized their partnership to simplify daily operations for their shared customers. Professionals around the globe rely on eVTOL UAVs from Quantum-Systems and Pix4D’s software suite for collecting and post-processing aerial data, which made teaming up a logical step for both companies. The partnership is set to add real value to the daily operations of drone users in mining, agriculture, forestry, surveying and mapping, power, and utilities. With the partnership contract in place, users from now on are able to source Pix4D’s software suite both, directly and through Quantum-Systems’ resellers. Efficient aerial data collection with various payloads The Trinity F90+ is an... (read more)
2020-07-09 09:01:20

CHC Navigation Introduces New UAV-Lidar Combination

CHC Navigation (CHCNAV) has launched its new multi-rotor BB4 drone and AlphaUni 300/900/1300 Lidar. The groundbreaking combination of the AlphaUni 300/900/1300 Lidar and BB4 UAV solutions creates one of the most comprehensive and versatile ranges for 3D mapping and geospatial data acquisition in land, air and marine applications. "The purchase of a 3D mobile mapping system is too often constrained to a specific purpose, such as airborne or ground survey. A lot of our customers expressed the need to have a professional Lidar solution that can be used in different scenarios, offering optimal adaptability to their current and future needs,"... (read more)
2020-06-12 01:22:27

Mapping the Yangtze River

One Local Authority, 400kmĀ², 21,000 Images and One Map
The Zhenjiang Municipal Flood Control Bureau is a short walk from the Yangtze River: staff can clearly see the river from the office. In July 2019, a massive orthophoto was created from 21,000 images, representing 400 square kilometres. Before this, the region's flood planning maps, water conservation data and related information were stored as separate, discrete files. For such a big project, the team needed to bring all these together with a custom base map. Zhenjiang is a transport hub lying on the southern bank of the Yangtze River near the Grand Canal, and at constant risk of floods. The... (read more)
2020-05-07 09:41:07

How High-altitude Propellers Allow Mapping of Large Areas with High Accuracy

Wingtra is introducing high-altitude propellers which enable a professional mapping drone to capture data more than 2,500m (8200ft) above mean sea level (AMSL) with unprecedented accuracy and coverage. Customers in South America, China, Central Europe and other regions with high altitudes can now map high terrain at down to 1cm ground sample distance (GSD). Specifically, the new high-altitude propellers and supporting software allow take-off at altitudes of up to 4,800m (15,700ft) AMSL and flight at altitudes of up to 5,000m (16,400ft) AMSL. “It’s a game-changer for our customers to fly and gather data on terrain that has so far been... (read more)
2020-03-04 08:47:39

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

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

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

How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Read this interview with five pioneers in the field for insights into the best ways to introduce drones into your business model. 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... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05
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