How Esri Is Putting Effort into Drone Mapping

5 Questions to... Cody Benkelman, imagery product manager at Esri
In early September 2018, it was announced that Esri and 3DR have partnered up to develop Site Scan Esri Edition. This end-to-end package includes full mission planning to easily capture and display data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), and a simple workflow which enables use of the data in Esri ArcGIS. We asked Cody Benkelman, imagery product manager at Esri, for more details on this cooperation, how Esri is involved in drone mapping and what’s in it for geospatial professionals. Esri is partnering with 3DR to develop Site Scan Esri Edition. Why is this important news for mapping... (read more)
2018-10-31 04:50:40

Point Clouds and Smart Cities

The Need for 3D Geodata and Geomatics Specialists
The ‘smart city’ concept entirely relies on a permanent stream of massive amounts of data acquired by a great variety of sensors distributed throughout the city. Smart use of all this data requires integration with 3D city maps for which point clouds, acquired by laser scanning or photogrammetry, are the main sources. The author of this article identifies the abilities of point clouds to support the smart city concept. The benefits of point clouds for monitoring urban processes were recognised quite early on. Back in the early 1990s, airborne Lidar could accurately provide the height component which is so important... (read more)
2018-10-25 08:48:08

Artificial Intelligence for Smart Cities and Sustainable Urban Systems

Urbanisation is undoubtedly one of the most fundamental trends of the past two centuries. Between 1950 and 2014, the share of the global population living in urban areas increased from 30% to 54%, and by 2050 it is projected to expand by an additional 2.5 billion urban dwellers. Urbanisation yields many benefits for society, including enhanced opportunities for education, improved job prospects, better access to healthcare and cleaner water. Yet it is also associated with immense societal and environmental challenges. Inefficient planning and management practices lead to unsustainable settlements that do not enable people to advance personally, socially or economically.... (read more)
2018-10-14 04:46:11

Use of GIS in Smart City Projects

Managing and Visualising Geospatial Data in a User-friendly Environment
The smart city concept is developing very quickly around the world, because it provides a comprehensive digital environment that improves the efficiency and security of urban systems and reinforces the involvement of citizens in urban development. This concept is based on the use of geospatial data concerning the urban built environment, the natural environment and urban services. The successful implementation of a smart city project requires the development of a digital system that can manage and visualise the geospatial data in a user-friendly environment. The geographic information system (GIS) offers advanced and user-friendly capabilities for smart city projects. This article... (read more)
2018-10-04 08:41:01

How Can We Attract Students to Geomatics?

Outside of our community, and arguably even within our wider community, the term ‘geomatics’ is unfamiliar and ill defined, writes Ian Brown, senior lecturer at Stockholm University. More common in North America than in many parts of Europe, geomatics can be said to refer to the measurement and analysis of the properties of the Earth. Planetary scientists might argue that geomatics could equally refer to the measurement of other planetary surfaces. Some may argue in favour of a more comprehensive definition, while many in the community may reject the term entirely. If we as a community can’t adopt a common... (read more)
2018-09-27 10:38:52

Rafa TorrĂ³

Rafa Torró is a GIS analyst at Dielmo 3D, where he is responsible for international business development. His specialisations are remote sensing, in particular Lidar. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in both geographic education as well as GIS and remote sensing technologies. (read more)
2018-09-13 12:51:46
2018-09-06 03:11:36

Geospatial Intelligence - The Term that’s Changing the World

Around 2003, the U.S. intelligence and defense communities forced together remote sensing and imagery analysis with mapping and charting to create the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). Though we realised the potential advantage, and despite NIMA performing admirably, it simply didn’t work as envisioned. Countless obstacles, primarily related to history and culture, and to a lesser extent, the technology not being good enough, was the ultimate downfall. So we decided to rally NIMA’s workforce around a new vision for a collective future - without disregarding any of the respective heritage organisations and tradecraft. The agency needed a new name... (read more)
2018-07-19 12:09:26

Providing Reality Your Way in the Geosystems Track at HxGN LIVE

More than 3,000 professionals from the technology community came together to discover game-changing solutions, receive unprecedented access to hundreds of technical and educational workshops, and to collaborate with leadership, industry experts and peers at the HxGN Live 2018 event which held its annual four-day international digital solutions conference from 12 to 15 June at The Venetian in Las Vegas. In the Geosystems Track, attendees were challenged to discover their own digital realities throughout the event, and they delivered at every turn. The Reality of Training During the first day, attendees participated in hands-on training that provided expert instructions in laser scanning.... (read more)
2018-07-12 01:41:26

5 Must-read Articles for Geomatics Professionals

Education is a key pillar of the mapping and surveying profession. At ‘GIM International’ we do our very best to keep you informed with the latest knowledge, tailored to the demands of the geospatial industry’s broad spectrum of interests and applications. This week, we are highlighting five articles providing need-to-know information for everyone involved with the aspects concerned: UAV photogrammetry software, spectral image cameras, the latest Lidar developments, the main challenges to consider when selecting a UAV for your mapping project and, last but not least, information about how to use the captured geospatial data effectively. UAV Photogrammetry Software: What... (read more)
2018-06-28 02:29:31
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