Jeffrey Chiampi

Jeffrey Chiampi is an assistant teaching professor of Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre campus. He holds master degrees in Business Administration and Software Engineering. At Penn State, he teaches courses in computer science, game development and information sciences and technology, sits on several University committees, and conducts research. His primary research interest is the application of virtual reality to engineering education. He regularly involves undergraduate students in his research and often collaborates with faculties from other locations and disciplines. (read more)
2020-10-12 11:34:02

Dimitrios Bolkas

Dr Dimitrios Bolkas is an assistant professor of Surveying Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus. He holds a PhD in Geological Sciences and Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He has a diverse geomatics experience that includes unmanned aerial systems and terrestrial, mobile and airborne laser scanning. Recent research endeavours focus on creating virtual environments from point cloud data and using virtual reality to enhance engineering education. Dr Bolkas is a director in the executive board of the Surveying and Geomatics Educator’s Society (SaGES).  (read more)
2020-10-12 11:32:15

Realistic Virtual Reality Environments from Point Clouds

Immersive and Interactive Surveying Labs
The advent of cost-effective head-mounted displays marked a new era in immersive virtual reality and sparked widespread applications in engineering, science and education. An integral component of any virtual reality application is the virtual environment. While some applications may have a completely imaginary virtual environment, others require the realistic recreation of a site or building. Relevant examples can be found in gaming, heritage site preservation and building information modelling. This article discusses how point cloud technologies were used to create a realistic virtual environment for use as immersive and interactive surveying labs.   Creating a virtual environment that is based... (read more)
2020-10-12 11:17:58

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

GIM International talks to Thomas Harring, president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems
Thomas Harring started in his position as president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems in early 2020. The year took a sudden and very unexpected turn when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works. However, Harring emphasizes that the geospatial industry should use the momentum of the ‘new normal’ to further accelerate the sector’s ongoing transformation towards more customer-centric and autonomous digital solutions. How would you summarize the current state of the geospatial industry? Despite the undeniably terrible consequences of the current pandemic, the geospatial industry has not lost any of its importance... (read more)
2020-10-08 03:04:01

Q&A: The Quickly Evolving UAS Mapping Market

GIM International meets with senseFly CEO Gilles Labossière
Drones have become a standard tool for mapping and surveying. Read what Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly, has to say about the market trends, technical developments and challenges affecting geospatial professionals. Even in turbulent times, the outlook for the unmanned aerial system (UAS) mapping market is full of promises. Now that the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') market has reached its maturity, education and training will be key to ensuring more widespread adoption and optimized drone usage. Here, senseFly’s CEO Gilles Labossière shares his views on the latest trends in the market, new technical developments and further changes and challenges geospatial... (read more)
2020-08-05 10:03:32

Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2020 Goes Virtual

Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2020 is going virtual, according to event organizer Diversified Business Communications. “Due to ongoing concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the health and safety of the members of the commercial drone community we serve, we have made the decision to reimagine Commercial UAV Expo Europe as a fully virtual event this year which will take place as part of a hybrid live-virtual Amsterdam Drone Week from 1-3 December 2020,” said Lisa Murray, group director at Diversified Communications, which is the organizer of Commercial UAV Expo Europe. Details will be forthcoming, but the content will... (read more)
2020-05-20 10:13:07

Fit-for-purpose Land Administration for All

Over the last decade, fit-for-purpose land administration (FFPLA) has developed into a viable philosophy with accompanying methodologies and tools for delivering land tenure security on a large scale. A new publication called 'Fit for Purpose Land Administration for All', which is backed by Kadaster International, suggests that FFPLA should be recognized as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for all stakeholders, and specifically for private surveyors. The methodologies and tools of FFPLA contribute to large-scale land tenure in several ways: by encouraging participatory approaches, simplifying legal procedures, streamlining institutional processes and making use of innovative frontrunners and leading-edge technologies. The benefits of the... (read more)
2020-05-19 04:49:15

Ten Years to Go to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Unlocking Valuable Contributions of the FIG Working Week 2020
The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. It is therefore of crucial importance that FIG member organisations and surveyors are aware and prepared on how their work contributes to the achievement of the SDGs and vice versa.  The SDGs were appointed as one of the central themes during the FIG Working Week 2020. Many colleagues from the FIG community shared their experiences at practical and strategic level. In... (read more)
2020-05-12 11:02:05

Construction Economics is Fundamental in Responding to Coronavirus

How Improved Project and Cost Management of Construction is Critical to Recovering Economies
Global construction will be critical in countering the economic effects of coronavirus. Whilst most construction has been adversely affected in the short and medium term by closing sites, social distancing, material shortages and investment uncertainty, it will provide an important stimulus to the world economy if governments enable projects to proceed after the virus abates. Coupled with this, the crisis is providing a catalyst for change in the industry in terms of the greater adoption of technology, consideration of sustainability and social value impacts, and greater collaboration. Construction allows value creation – and the world will need this more than... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:48:29

Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network

The FIG Asia Pacific Capacity Development Network (AP CDN), comprises of a group of dedicated individuals from our Commissions, the corporate sector, academic networks, and our sister organizations.  Our main outcomes are the development of the technical and soft capabilities of geodetic surveyors; the modernization of a nation's geodetic datum and infrastructure; and preparing surveyors for the geospatial trends and challenges that lay ahead.   To deliver these remits, and to convene reference frame in practice workshops, seminars and meetings, the Network relies on the will to succeed of participants, significant collaboration and relationship building with like-minded agencies and professional... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:33:11
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