FIG Working Week - What’s Next?

It is Thursday 14 May 2020, and today should have been the closing day of FIG Working Week in Amsterdam. The programme of today would have been the second General Assembly session and closing ceremony. Also a comprehensive tour, 'Dutch land and water management', was scheduled to take place today. The intention of the tour was to give a unique insight into the Netherlands, with a focus on how water has shaped spatial planning and development in the Netherlands. It should have taken attendees on an exclusive journey using various modes of transport, starting at the historical Fort Vechten and... (read more)
2020-05-14 09:17:05

GNSS Positioning at Centimetre Level for Dynamic Applications

Global Augmentation Services Support Driverless Vehicles
Mobile mapping, automated machine guidance and other dynamic applications employ global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers for positioning. To obtain centimetre-level positioning accuracies, augmentation services are needed to correct for atmospheric signal disturbances, clock errors and satellite orbit deviations. A major limitation of many solutions is that accuracy comes at the expense of long convergence times, which impedes the application in high-precision dynamic applications. This article outlines a solution based on global augmentation services. Precise positioning at the centimetre level cannot be achieved using GNSS signals alone. In addition, augmentation systems are needed. These consist of a network of base... (read more)
2020-04-23 08:44:17

Blockchain – An Emerging Opportunity for Surveyors?

Every so often, a revolutionary digital breakthrough emerges. The most recent is a technology allowing a decentralized, reliable and verifiable record of transactions, which is maintained across multiple computers using peer-to-peer networking and cryptography: blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used to store information about construction project management, building management, property management, utilities management and even data drawn from the ever-growing network of sensors that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently issued a relevant insight paper on this topic. Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29

Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual 'GIM International' survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12

Woolpert Acquires Southern Mapping

Woolpert has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial solutions provider and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern Mapping has extensive high-accuracy Lidar, imagery and remote sensing experience, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping. Southern Mapping was among the first independently owned mapping companies to offer Lidar in Africa and is well-known throughout the industry. The firm has provided mapping services for engineering, infrastructure, mining, mapping, agriculture and environmental sectors on three continents and in more than 45 African countries.  “Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big... (read more)
2019-12-20 03:31:58

Australia Develops Principles for Spatially Enabled Digital Twins

Foundation spatial (or location) data is essential for effective decision-making across the built and natural environment. Increasingly there is a need to integrate this data with other information such as digital engineering models, Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data and environmental data to provide more holistic insights. In Australia, a nationally consistent approach to spatially enabled digital twins has been developed. In recent years, digital twins – being highly advanced digital representations of the real world – have emerged as a powerful tool to better harness and integrate data to understand our physical environment. The value of digital twins increases... (read more)
2019-12-16 10:50:19

New Platform Connects Construction and Surveying Professionals

Publishing company Geomares, the name behind the leading international geomatics magazine 'GIM International' and the product platform for surveying, positioning and machine guidance 'Geo-matching', is launching 'Geo4Construction'. This new online platform brings together construction engineers and geospatial professionals in order to disseminate surveying knowledge in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry and pave the way for the digital future. The AEC industry cannot escape the digital transformation, which is creating a growing need for geospatial knowledge. Highly accurate measurements are crucial throughout the built-environment life cycle, and that is precisely where surveying skills come into play. However, a surveyor’s... (read more)
2019-12-11 11:53:54

Copernicus Data and AI to Combat Climate Change

Europe’s Earth observation programme Copernicus provides open access to up-to-date information on topics such as climate and land management. Such data holds huge potential for companies, entrepreneurs and start-ups to develop new solutions to tackle global challenges. Green City Watch combines big data from space with artificial intelligence (AI) to measure the quality of urban green space. This pioneering technology was honoured as the 2019 Overall Winner of the international innovation competition Copernicus Masters during its Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Helsinki, Finland. According to research published by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in October 2018,... (read more)
2019-12-05 10:17:22

Tackling Problems in Construction with Geospatial Analytics

The construction industry has always lagged behind in innovation compared to other industries, but geospatial data analytics will transform construction, architectural design and civil engineering. Geospatial data analytics is location-based information, generated by billions of devices around the world. Thus, the additional insight provided to engineers and architectures helps the construction industry cut costs and improve efficiency. Core problems with the construction industry To understand the gains made from data analytics, it’s important to explain the problems the construction industry faces. According to a report, construction projects take 20% longer to complete and go over budget by 80%. Thus, we see... (read more)
2019-12-04 12:09:22
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