Topcon Acquires ClearEdge3D

Topcon, a world leader in positioning instruments for survey and construction, through its American subsidiary, has acquired all the outstanding shares of ClearEdge3D, a recognised technology leader in the engineering and construction software industry. ClearEdge3D’s EdgeWise software speeds as-built modelling workflows by utilising automated feature extraction algorithms and other patented technologies. Its Verity construction verification software compares laser scan point cloud data of recently completed construction work against design or fabrication models, flagging out-of-tolerance or poorly installed elements. Terms for the deal were not announced. Computer vision and object recognition ClearEdge3D has established itself as the frontrunner in applying computer... (read more)
2018-02-22 10:22:27

Luc Van Gool

Luc Van Gool is full professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has authored over 500 papers, is co-founder of 12 spin-off companies and editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends in Computer Graphics and Vision. He leads the TRACE labs on automated driving, both in Leuven and Zurich, in collaboration with Toyota. (read more)
2018-03-15 02:04:16

Luc Van Gool Keynote Speaker at Capturing Reality Forum

The Capturing Reality Forum, which takes place at the Salzburg Congress in Salzburg, Austria, from 23-25 November 2015, has announced their main keynote speaker, Professor Luc van Gool, founder and head of the Computer Vision Laboratory at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland. Conference chairman Alastair MacDonald is delighted that Professor van Gool will be delivering the keynote address to the Capturing Reality Forum Conference. Professor van Gool is internationally recognised for his work in computer vision and 3D object recognition and classification and turning images into 3D models. His presence at the Capturing Reality Forum gives added weight... (read more)
2015-10-15 09:35:21

Improving Fire Prevention Planning Using GIS

Esri and the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)-hosted Vision 20/20 project, USA, have partnered to improve fire prevention planning through the use of simple risk analysis capabilities that include computer mapping and demographic analysis. The methods are being developed by teams of subject-matter experts from both organisations and will be made available at no cost to fire departments across the United States. They will show public safety staff how to more effectively identify high-risk neighbourhoods and create focused fire prevention programs. The resources will be incorporated into community risk reduction training offered by the Vision 20/20 project, including free online... (read more)
2013-07-16 08:36:35

Google Announces AR Navigation Services

Google has introduced many new features for Google Maps using augmented reality (AR) and computer vision. With regards to AR, it has announced a new navigation service, using the camera and GPS of a smartphone to give the user turn-by-turn walking directions. Google calls this service Visual Positioning System (VPS), referring to the smartphone camera that is used to “recognise” the surroundings, which is matched with Google´s extensive collection of street view imagery in order to define the user´s location. This service will be useful in combination with a series of Yelp-like applications new to Google Maps that use machine... (read more)
2018-05-25 12:54:11

PASCO Wins First Prize in Satellite Image Recognition Competition

The PASCO Corporation, a company that processes and analyses geospatial information for solving social problems (especially using Earth Observation satellites), has won the DeepGlobe Satellite Challenge, an international competition which was held at the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2018, an academic conference in computer vision research, held 18-22 June in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. PASCO’s Satellite Business Division won the ‘Building Detection’ challenge (comprised of 389 teams) by achieving the highest accuracy satellite imagery interpretation utilising the company's proprietary AI/Machine learning technology (deep learning technology). Other competitions included ‘Road Extraction’ (454 teams) and Land Cover... (read more)
2018-07-26 10:16:28

Layman's Photogrammetry

Taking images is the fastest and most reliable way to capture reality. Thirty years ago photogrammetrists dreamed of loading aerial images into a computer and within minutes retrieving - without human intervention - a fully detailed map. Soon, however, the multifaceted nature of image content became evident, and visual interpretation, so easy for human beings, proved too complex for transfer into computer algorithms. The dream evaporated. To date, commercial digital photogrammetric workstations (DPW) support at best semi-automatic extraction of points, lines (mostly roads) and objects (mostly buildings). A human operator approximately locates and identifies a feature, and then comes edge... (read more)
2009-12-29 12:12:44

Arithmetica’s SphereVision Discloses Henry VIII’s Excesses

A 360-degree video-recording system from Arithmetica has been used to create an educational yet entertaining 360-degree film about the wanton excesses at King Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, UK. Forming part of the 'Historic Royal Palaces Tudors on Tour' event, the 360-degree interactive cinema experience explores the working kitchens, wine cellar and fine decorations of Hampton Court, inviting the audience to gather evidence of the king’s excessive spending for the treasury. Created by specialist production company TX, using a SphereVision 360-degree recording and production system, the 15-minute film was first debuted at Tatton Park in Cheshire, where nearly 4,000 children... (read more)
2015-06-26 12:04:04

Pictometry Will Provide Microsoft with Aerial Images

Pictometry International Corp. (NY, USA) has announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft Corp. (WA, USA). Under terms of the agreement, Pictometry will license existing and new nationwide aerial images to Microsoft to be incorporated into MSN Virtual Earth and other MapPoint product offerings. On Monday, 23 May 2005 at the 3D conference in Carlsbad, CA, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates presented his vision of MSN Virtual Earth, an exciting new component of Microsoft's Search vision that incorporates unique aerial imagery from Pictometry's imaging database. Primarily used by government and private businesses, Pictometry captures... (read more)
2005-05-24 12:00:00

The Quest for Large Urban 3D Scenes without Visual Artefacts

Spotscale
Swedish company Spotscale, based in Linköping and Stockholm, is a reconstruction software start-up that develops cloud services for 3D reconstruction of the built environment. The primary input data source for Spotscale is currently imagery, often captured using multicopters. What makes the company unique is its focus on urban scenes only, captured from all possible angles at close range. Spotscale was founded 2013 in the aerospace and image processing Mecca of Sweden where other enterprises like Vricon (SAAB), Sectra and Autoliv are currently thriving. The region of Linköping, including its university, have a long history in computing, visualisation and computer vision... (read more)
2016-11-28 11:00:24
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