Call for Papers: FIG Working Week 2020

The theme of the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is ‘Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management’. During the week, the ‘smart surveyor’ will take centre stage, with a focus on smart sensing technologies and new spatial data processing technologies based on the ever-evolving and converging fields of geodesy and geoinformation. With only ten months to go, the FIG Working Week 2020 will be the platform for smart surveyors from all over the world to evaluate their actual and future role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. FIG invites you to share your expertise on 3D... (read more)
2019-08-22 11:56:18

Recent Developments and Promotion of Remote Sensing by ISPRS

ISPRS Technical Commission III on Remote Sensing (2016-2020) has this year once again been working to actively promote and support developments in the remote sensing field. With ten working groups and six inter-commission working groups, 22 workshops had been organized in eight countries/regions by the end of July 2019, with Annals and Archives published reflecting the latest research results in the fields of each working group. With support from ISPRS Scientific Initiatives, WG III/1 conducted international benchmarking of terrestrial laser scanning approaches for forest inventories, while WG III/4 established a website to provide reliable and high-quality hyperspectral datasets and initiated... (read more)
2019-08-22 11:49:11

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

Concept3D Introduces Interactive Night Map Feature to Support Campus Safety

Concept3D, a leader in creating immersive online experiences with 3D modelling, interactive maps and virtual tour software, has announced the launch of its new night map feature. This feature is a toggle-on map overlay designed to enhance campus safety and security by making it easy to find the best, well-lit routes and critical resources like emergency phones. With Concept3D's intuitive content management system (CMS), clients can easily add or update routes and available resources on their night map. The Concept3D interactive mapping platform is used by hundreds of major universities, colleges and schools, as well as convention centres, hospitals, resorts,... (read more)
2019-08-08 02:25:41

Standards Are a Great Help for Establishing Land Administration

GIM International Interviews Christiaan Lemmen
In 2017 Dr Christiaan Lemmen, a former contributing editor of 'GIM International', was appointed as professor of land administration modelling at Twente University’s Faculty ITC for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. He is the leading designer of the ISO 19152 international standard for geographic information – Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), the second edition of which has been in development since 2018. In this interview, he discusses the importance of LADM standards, poverty and tenure security, and the long and winding road to put well-functioning land administration in place in developing countries. The Land Administration Domain Model is actually an... (read more)
2019-05-28 01:39:20

ISPRS 2020 Congress: Nice is Nice!

The XXIV ISPRS Congress will take place in 2020 in the French city of Nice from 14-20 June. Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and is an outstanding location on the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by the Alps, Italy and the countryside of Provence. The venue of the congress, the Acropolis Convention Centre, is in the heart of the historical city, just 5 minutes’ walk from the 'Vieux Nice' (the old town) and 10 minutes’ walk from the beach. The Acropolis is also less than a 20-minute tram ride from the airport, so it is extremely convenient! Held every... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:33:04

The Incredible Potential of Land Administration

‘Development aid’ is an umbrella term that encompasses many types of financial support provided by governments to stimulate socioeconomic development in developing countries. Although it aims to reduce poverty in the long term by contributing to a better economic and social situation, foreign aid has always been the topic of debate and opinions are divided on its effectiveness. The political situation in the recipient country is of course an essential factor in the distribution of foreign aid. In addition, there are huge differences in the success rates of the various types of development aid – and geomatics plays a surprising... (read more)
2019-05-07 11:14:13

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

Achieving Sustainable Development with the Copernicus Programme

There is a burgeoning demand for Earth observation (EO) data in order to find innovative solutions for today’s challenges such as climate change, food security or water supply. With more than 15 terabytes of free EO data generated by the Copernicus programme every day, the Copernicus services deliver near-real-time data on a global level – contributing towards the sustainable management of the environment. Simultaneously, the Earth observation industry is constantly growing. New data platforms are being developed to receive and process the huge amount of satellite data collected from the Sentinels and other contributing commissions. These data platforms are established... (read more)
2019-04-09 09:27:30

UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57
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