Five Decades of Mapping the Moon

This year, NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first crewed mission – Apollo 11 – landing on the moon. Besides that, this September it will be 60 years since the first unmanned mission – Luna 2 – reached the surface of the moon. Both of these milestones reflect the great contributions of the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia to space exploration, but they would not have been possible without spatial data. National Geographic has always been at the forefront of lunar mapping. At the time of the Apollo missions, crews relied on its hand-painted maps based on photos... (read more)
2019-07-15 10:17:01

Land Surveying: Towards a Smarter Life

FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-26 April 2019
Surveyors and land professionals from all over the world came together in April in the heat of Hanoi to take part in the FIG 2019 Working Week. This year’s theme was ‘Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience’. The conference had a strong focus on tackling climate change by working towards a smarter life, both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are recognized as being essential factors in this development. There is a strong awareness that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:25:08

Leica Geosystems and Autodesk Extend Collaboration to Streamline Construction Documentation

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced further cooperation with Autodesk to offer streamlined communication and collaboration by integrating the field software Leica Captivate and iCON with Autodesk BIM 360. With the increasing complexity of construction projects and massive amounts of information generated, interoperability with various information systems and industry standards is a requirement for project success. The two organizations are again joining forces to bring new efficiencies in building construction. Professionals can now implement streamlined workflows based on reliable, high-accuracy data and workable 3D models. “As a user of Leica iCON and of Autodesk BIM 360, BAM are excited... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:04:42

Leica Geosystems Streamlines Workflow with New Point Cloud Software

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced Leica Cyclone 3DR: new reality capture software that fuses technology for centralized, full-scale point cloud management from Leica Cyclone with advanced, automated point cloud analysis and modelling from 3DReshaper. The new software delivers a simplified platform for surveying, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and tank inspection applications. With industry-centric guided workflows, Cyclone 3DR includes a range of adaptable features for automating cleaning, modelling, meshing, extraction, inspection and reporting. An assortment of 3D deliverables can be created to meet the unique needs of reality capture professionals across a wide spectrum of fields. Specialized workflows, such... (read more)
2019-06-18 11:27:50

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47

Hexagon Expands Leica BLK Series to Enhance 3D Reality Capture

Hexagon has introduced two new additions to the Leica BLK series. The Leica BLK2GO is one of the smallest portable, completely integrated handheld-imaging scanners in the industry, and the Leica BLK247 is a 3D laser-scanning sensor for security surveillance providing continuous, 24/7 situational awareness. “Extending the BLK series continues Hexagon’s 20-year focus on revolutionizing reality capture,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon president and CEO. “These sensors are not only groundbreaking for their technical capabilities, but also for their practicality. The Leica BLK2GO can be taken anywhere, and the Leica BLK247 never sleeps.” The Leica BLK2GO introduces never-before-seen mobility for scanning complex... (read more)
2019-06-13 12:53:41

Geospatial Data in Support of 3D Cadastre

Zooming in on Recent Technical Developments
The urbanization trend is leading to an increasing number of people living in cities, thus also placing new demands on cadastral registration. To be able to register the complex infrastructures and built-up areas properly, the cadastre will need to consider the third spatial dimension. The 3D cadastre is based on 3D parcels (spatial units) which are single volumes (or multiple volumes) of space. Although the technology offers numerous possibilities for implementation of the 3D cadastre, there are still some open issues, as this article explains. We live in a three-dimensional world. Over the past decades, there have been an increasing... (read more)
2019-05-22 08:21:03

Nearmap Partners with HNTB to Use 3D Aerial Imagery

Nearmap, a provider of high-resolution aerial imagery, is strengthening HNTB’s ability to create lifelike 3D HD-quality visuals and models. Using Nearmap’s timely and accurate aerial imagery throughout the entire proposal pipeline helps HNTB be more accurate and more efficient in competing for large, complex architecture, construction and engineering (ACE) projects. “Assessing orthographic and panoramic views, the ability to measure slopes and footprints of buildings, and to accurately measure building height – that all used to be guesswork for us,” said Austin Reed, 3D visualization team lead for HNTB. “Nearmap gives us the ability to get data we want when we... (read more)
2019-04-26 10:20:12

The Conference Venue: University of Twente Campus

The ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 will be held on the University of Twente campus. The University of Twente (UT) is the only university in the Netherlands with a genuine campus. It is set in extensive parkland that houses buildings for education and research, facilities for sports and culture, student and staff accommodation and a shopping centre. The ISPRS Geospatial Week will take place in some of the buildings on the so-called ‘O&O plein’ (‘Education & Research Square’), such as the Hal B/Waaier and Carré buildings. The buildings on the O&O plein are located close together, connected by pedestrian walkways. In... (read more)
2019-04-16 09:49:39

Tutorials at ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019

The ISPRS Geospatial Week organizing committee invites you to participate in the Geospatial Week 2019, which will take place at the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, from 10 to 14 June 2019. In addition to the main conference, four tutorials will be offered on Sunday 9 June, which will be held in the building of the Faculty ITC, Hengelosestraat 99, Enschede. They are ranging from traditional geospatial web service technologies to modern deep learning methods.    The first half-day tutorial, Deep learning for geospatial data analysis, will be presented by Dr Nico Lang from ETH Zurich,... (read more)
2019-04-16 09:21:56
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