National Mapping Agency of Belgium

With a history stretching back to 1831, the National Mapping Agency (NMA) of Belgium has always respected the scientific approach. In 2006 it underwent a complete restructuring of work processes to become what it is today, an ultramodern organisation headed for the past five years by Ingrid Vanden Berghe.<P> In Brussels, home of the European Commission, a summit predictably delays road traffic, so that it is with some sense of reward that we arrive at the historical setting of Abbey ter Kameren, where the National Geographic Institute (NGI) is sited, along with the Belgian National Mapping Agency (NMA). From 1831... (read more)
2008-04-21 12:00:00

Difference between Theory and Practice

GIM Interviews Dr Vladimir Gershenzon, General Director, ScanEx
The third international conference on "Earth from Space" took place from 4th to 6th December in Moscow, Russia, with the theme "Most Effective Solutions". This meeting, accompanied by a small exhibition, aims to provide a forum for the exchange of experience in the practical use of satellite imagery for a broad spectrum of applications. ScanEx, headed by Dr Vladimir Gershenzon, is the main inspiration behind the conference. We interviewed him there.<P> When, why and how was ScanEx established, and what are your main products and services?   After my graduation in 1980 I worked for several years at different institutes... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

An Awakening in India: Interview with Bharat Lohani

Since the July 2014 issue of GIM International is dedicated to Lidar point clouds, it should come as no surprise that it contains an interview with a leading expert on this exciting aspect of the geomatics spectrum. Dr Bharat Lohani, who is leading the Lidar teaching and research group at the renowned Indian institute of IIT Kanpur and is a member of the magazine’s editorial board, was a logical candidate. In this interview he talks about India's role in the industry, his company Geokno, developments within Lidar technology and the geomatics programme at IIT Kanpur.   (By Wim van Wegen... (read more)
2014-07-28 09:58:29

Spatial Data for Africa

GIM International Interviews Chukwodozie Ezigbalike
A love of mathematics set one of Africa's foremost geo-information specialists on a mission to drive the development of spatial-data infrastructure across the continent Partnership and communication lie at the heart of spatial-data infrastructure advancements. As civil servants, local communities, universities, NGOs and companies on the African continent adopt geographic information systems as a tool, they are increasingly able to exert pressure on governments for improved functionality, products, and services - all of which are essential for driving development and progress. Dr Chukwudozie (Dozie) Ezigbalike, head of the Geo-information Systems Section (GiSS) in the ICT Science and Technology Division (ISTD)... (read more)
2009-09-07 10:00:01

3D Geo GmbH Potsdam

A spin-off from the renowned Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Technology, 3D Geo GmbH develops and sells solutions for 3D visualisation of cities and the management thereof. Its main product is LandXplorer-Studio, which provides support for estate agents, architects, urban planners, local government and service providers.<P> To reach the office building of 3D Geo GmbH one has to pass under the arched gateway to Studio Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world. Here, in 1930, Marlene Dietrich made Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) , the film that won her international acclaim for her role in this... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

The Advancing Industry of Geoinformation

Survey of Geomatics Professionals Reveals Valuable Insights
At the start of this year, GIM International conducted a readers’ survey aimed at gaining a clear picture of the current state of the geospatial industry. With more than a thousand replies received, the response was better than expected and resulted in valuable insights: which new technologies hold the most promise? What is the role of UAVs in today’s geospatial industry? Which other market trends are visible? And how do geomatics specialists view the future of their profession? With consideration of various fields of application – such as mining, forestry, agriculture and building & construction – this article takes you on... (read more)
2017-02-16 09:18:23

Surveying in the Mining Sector

An Overview of Geospatial Methods in Mining Engineering
What is the current status of surveying in the mining industry, and which survey equipment and technologies are being used today? Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining. The rapidly evolving innovations in the geomatics sector are bringing previously unforeseen opportunities that will provide a major boost, both to mining surveyors and the mining industry as a whole. Read on for an article which starts with some history – after all, we should never forget where we came from. It then goes on to present a general outline of surveying in the mining industry, with a focus on the survey... (read more)
2017-02-01 08:46:34

China Leaps Ahead with Geospatial Research

GIM International Interviews Professor Dr ZHANG Jixian
Prof. Dr John van Genderen, himself a leading western expert on geospatial developments in China, interviews Professor Dr ZHANG Jixian, acting president of the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping on the rapid evolution of geospatial ideas in China. Could you provide a brief overview of China’s earth observation missions, from their start up until now? China initiated a plan to develop a self-owned, proprietary (in terms of intellectual property rights) earth observation system after DFH-1, the first Chinese satellite, in 1970. Since then, many earth observation missions have been launched. As of today, we have developed five series of... (read more)
2005-03-24 12:00:00

Optimistic Outlook for Galileo

This month we bring you an extended interview with engineer Pedro Pedreira, executive director of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Supervisory Authority (GSA)since July 2005, the body charged with managing the development phase of the much-troubled European Satellite navigation system Galileo. Our wide-ranging discussion with Pedreira appears on these pages accompanied by detailed background information (boxed text). Despite the spiralling costs of Galileo, its anticipated economic benefits, in terms of revenue, employment and expanding markets, are many. Galileo is being funded by the EU taxpayer, so it is important that these benefits be realised. Please introduce yourself and tell... (read more)
2009-05-20 12:00:00

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
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