Historial Aerial Imagery Online

Bluesky has acquired access to the UK's largest collection of commercial aerial survey photographs and will be making it available online. Following an agreement between Bluesky and Blom Aerofilms, photographs dating from the 1950s, held on about 7,000 original films, will be available to purchase.   Many of the images have never previously been available to purchase online. These were captured by some of the most prestigious names in the UK aerial survey industry, including Fairey, Huntings, Simmons, Clyde and Engineering Surveys - all part of Blom Aerofilms's UK heritage. The agreement also covers the housing and management of the... (read more)
2009-06-05 01:09:29

Multispectral Aerial Cameras

Developments from Hungary
Today’s spatial applications increasingly require very high-resolution multispectral images with photogrammetric accuracy. The Hungarian Interspect Research Group recognised this trend in 2006 and developed a series of cameras to satisfy the exacting GIS users. Here, the authors provide an overview of the cameras’ history and features, and claim that the imagery reveals unparalleled detail, thus allowing large areas to be captured at very high aircraft speed. In Hungary, the use of multispectral images started back in the seventies; initially for water management and environmental applications, followed by forestry, archaeology and other uses. Satellite images gradually became available, enabling the exploration... (read more)
2014-04-17 03:17:28

Aerial Thermography and More

From Wasting to Saving Both Energy and Money
In recent years, the trend has been to save energy – not only because of its increasing cost, but also to preserve our environment from the adverse effects of energy consumption, such as greenhouse gas emissions. One way in which cities can play a role in saving energy is through heating systems in buildings. Results are then communicated to the inhabitants in order to create awareness, both of the overall use of energy resources and of their own heating consumption in particular. The ultimate goal is to change the mindset from wasting to saving both energy and money. Planck’s law... (read more)
2012-12-18 01:59:43

New Aerial System to Capture Accurate Aerial Imagery

Draganfly Innovations, Canada, has partnered with Pix4D, Switzerland, to combine the value of a Draganflyer sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) with the Pix4D software package. This results in a system capable of capturing highly accurate aerial imagery for mapping, surveying and creating 3D models. The Draganflyer Mapping Solution is a “Pro Solution Pack” from Draganfly Innovations. Included is a Draganflyer Guardian or Draganflyer X4-ES aerial platform with a high resolution 20MP 1″ sensor payload or Tetracam multispectral payload and Pix4Dmapper software. The Draganflyer GCS (Ground Control Station) software generates pre-flight grid pattern flight plans which provide automated image overlap optimised... (read more)
2014-01-31 09:57:19

Large-format Aerial Digital Camera

Optech from Canada has released its CS-15000 aerial camera system. It is the first large-format camera to include both patented field-replaceable shutter and FMC technologies, making it the best solution for wide-area mapping as well as an excellent film camera replacement. The straightforward architecture also ensures image accuracy and clarity, while the design is optimised for reliability and operational efficiency. The Optech CS-15000 introduces many new design features while significantly enhancing the original true Forward Motion Compensation (FMC) technology. More flexible than ever, the CS-15000 offers a field-replaceable shutter and interchangeable lenses to allow even greater operational efficiency. With a... (read more)
2012-03-16 12:00:00

Medium-Format Digital Aerial Camera

Intergraph presents its new RMK D camera system at Intergeo in Bremen. The RMK D is a new medium-format digital aerial camera designed to replace film-based technology for smaller mapping and remote sensing projects and for high resolution engineering projects.     A new addition to Intergraph's Z/I Imaging product suite, the camera will be ideal for film camera owners seeking an entry into the digital acquisition arena and for organizations that wish to supplement their existing digital cameras with a versatile system for smaller projects.     (read more)
2008-09-30 12:39:25

New Aerial Photography for Ireland

Aerial mapping company, Bluesky, has unveiled plans to photograph the whole of The Republic of Ireland from the air to create the most up-to-date high resolution photomap of the country. It will add 70,000 square kilometres of brand new aerial photography to Bluesky’s existing archive. To be flown in 2015, nationwide coverage will be at 25 cm resolution with higher – 12.5 cm - coverage for selected urban areas. Bluesky will simultaneously capture colour infrared imagery (CIR) and will produce accurate 3D terrain maps.  Bluesky announced the Ireland project at the GIS Ireland Conference held in Dublin on 16th October... (read more)
2014-10-17 02:18:31

Aerial Survey of the Maldives

The April 2008 issue of GIM International (page 11) summarised a project to map the Maldives as an example of how aerial photogrammetry is today applied for mapping large, complex areas. The authors provide further details of the Maldives project, its biggest achievement being first-time-ever 1:25,000 topographic maps of the entire country and 1:1,000 maps of sixteen islands.<P> Republic of Maldives is a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, spreading north-south over 868km and covering 90,000km2, 99% of which is water. The land area consists of 1,192 islands populated by 280,000 (2001) people. At the turn of the millennium... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

Aerial Photography Keeps Birmingham Moving

High-resolution aerial photography from Bluesky is helping Birmingham City Council (UK) to undertake a host of transport-related applications, thus ensuring users of roads, footpaths and canals stay on the move. The digital map layer is made available to specialist users through the Council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) and to every desktop in the organisation with a simple ‘view only’ browser. Purchased to update existing aerial photography, the 10cm resolution dataset allows users to undertake multiple tasks in the office, thus reducing the time spent by council staff in the field.   The Birmingham City Council needed to update its aerial... (read more)
2012-12-17 12:00:00

Reviewing Aerial Survey in India

GIM International Interviews Mr K. Kalyanraman, NRSA, India
The Government of India on 19th May 2005 approved a radical New National Map Policy, ending decades of restrictive practise that had hampered geospatial development on the subcontinent (see Pinpoint August issue). This interview was conducted before announcement of partial lifting of restrictive practises. What level of expertise does NRSA possess in aerial survey? NRSA features a high-quality facility for carrying out aerial photography, Lidar and aeromagnetic surveys. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is being developed by the Department of Space and will be in operation in coming years. Well-established facilities for photo-processing, photogrammetric mapping, Lidar data processing and GPS ground... (read more)
2005-08-16 12:00:00
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