Bluesky and University of Leicester Partner in Lidar for Detailed Tree Analysis

Bluesky International is co-funding research into the use of Lidar, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create citywide maps of trees enriched with new levels of information in an advanced postgraduate degree study in partnership with the UK’s University of Leicester. A specialist in aerial mapping, Bluesky use aircraft mounted lasers (Lidar) to capture millions of highly accurate measurements called point clouds that detail the earth’s surface and features. Bluesky has already pioneered nationwide maps detailing the location, height and canopy cover of trees and this R&D project is expected to result in an automated workflow for the extraction of tree... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:17:46

Digital Intergeo 2020 Starts This Tuesday

From 13 to 15 October, the virtual doors to Intergeo 2020 will be open on This year, all the familiar ingredients of the annual Intergeo event will be available online: exhibitors, products, highlights, keynotes, networking and global matchmaking! Through the virtual ‘entry hall’, visitors can access all the areas: Discover, Learn, Connect and Conference. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all the essential elements of the live trade fair – the conference, exhibitor stands with various interaction options, stages, personal exchange, and areas for networking and getting to know each other – are this year being translated into... (read more)
2020-10-12 01:49:20

South Korean Smart Cities Combine 3D Digital Models with GIS and BIM

Around the world, local governments are rolling out Smart City/Digital Twin projects to support economic stimulation and tourism programmes and to improve the quality of life overall. Up-to-date 3D building models and comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, along with Building Information Modelling (BIM) data, are combined to create a digital twin of the inside and outside of buildings and the surrounding topography. In effect, the real world is converted into an exact digital replica to facilitate analysis, planning and management of all smart city assets. The primary goal behind 3D virtual cities is to reduce and manage problems typically... (read more)
2020-09-28 11:00:44

John Ristevski

John Ristevski is the chairman of the board and CEO of the non-profit CyArk. Previously he was the vice president of reality capture and processing at Nokia’s mapping company, HERE, where he led the company’s initiative to index reality. He joined HERE in 2012 through the acquisition of his company, earthmine, which developed systems to capture and deliver highly accurate street-level imagery and 3D data of cities. John Ristevski is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has lectured at Stanford's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He has an MSc from the University of California at Berkeley,... (read more)
2020-09-24 09:29:14

PolyExplore Unveils High-Precision UAV Lidar Mapping System

PolyExplore has launched the Polyscanner LS1, a high-precision Lidar mapping system designed for UAVs and other aerial platforms. Based around advanced solid-state Lidar technology, the Polyscanner LS1 uses an innovative scanning pattern and focused field of view (FOV) to create a dense point cloud with a detection range of over 200 metres. This latest addition to the Polyscanner family of aerial mapping platforms incorporates PolyExplore’s Polynav 2000 precision GNSS-aided INS (inertial navigation system) technology, featuring a dual-frequency, dual-antenna, quad-constellation PPK/RTK capable receiver with centimeter-level accuracy and a tactical grade IMU. Sensor fusion post-processing software is also included as part of... (read more)
2020-09-24 10:03:35

Konstantinos Karantzalos

Konstantinos Karantzalos received the engineering diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, and a PhD in 2007 from NTUA in collaboration with CERTIS, Ecole Nationale de Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France. In 2007, he joined the Center for Visual Computing of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Châtenay-Malabry, France. He is currently an associate professor of remote sensing at the NTUA, joining the Remote Sensing Laboratory. His teaching and research interests include geoscience and remote sensing, big data, hyperspectral image analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition, environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. Several... (read more)
2020-09-18 01:14:13

Combining Satellite Data and AI to Detect Plastic in the Oceans

The AI Moonshot Challenge aims to boost the use of space data, combined with artificial intelligence, in advancing scientific research and developing innovative solutions to societal problems. The application process for the first edition of this international competition is now open. In line with the National Strategy Portugal Space 2030, the AI Moonshot Challenge is promoted by the Portuguese Space Agency – Portugal Space in partnership with Unbabel Labs, and with the support of the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Innovation Agency (ANI).  The challenge addresses universities, research institutes, state laboratories and... (read more)
2020-09-01 03:42:54

The Source of Power: How Satellite Imagery Propels the Energy Sector into the Future

No statistics could possibly convey the importance of energy to our economies and everyday lives. Nearly everything people interact with on a daily basis has a source of power. Growth in any nation is impossible without massive amounts of energy for development, transportation and agriculture. (This story is brought to you by European Space Imaging) We currently sit at the crossroads between fossil fuels, renewables, rapid development and increasing safety and environmental concerns. New tools and techniques are being developed daily to better produce energy as well as efficiently monitor and protect current sources. Analysing tremendous amounts of new and... (read more)
2020-09-01 02:21:27

Satellite Data to Make Europe's Mining Industry Safer

The European Commission has entered into a contract with EOS Data Analytics, a satellite analytics company founded by Max Polyakov, to develop technologies for the monitoring and analysis of mining sites across Europe. The three-year project, called Goldeneye, has a total budget of €8.3 million. The project will develop solutions that improve the safety, environmental impact and profitability of mines by creating a platform that combines Earth observation technologies with on-site sensing. “With Goldeneye, we are not solving just one problem. Our goal is to bring together different technologies in a platform that can offer innovative solutions to both businesses... (read more)
2020-08-18 12:38:56

Customary Cadastres, Land Valuation and Rural Agricultural Lands

Fitting with Local Needs
This article describes the application of an approach for valuing rural customary farmlands in Ghana with a view to supporting land consolidation for food security. Customary lands account for 80% of Ghana’s estimated 30 million land parcels. Due to local social, cultural, and spiritual bonds with land, mobility is very low. Land markets are impeded and as are land management activities including land consolidation. Compensation is sometimes unfair, and cases of compulsory land acquisition by government are needed. Here, the authors describe an approach for valuing rural customary farmlands with a view to supporting a specific land management activity, land consolidation,... (read more)
2020-08-05 09:32:27
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