Navigating the Future of the Geospatial and Geomatics Sectors

Dr Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is the incoming president of the Institute of Navigation (ION). She also serves as president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and Applications. GIM International held an in-depth conversation with Grejner-Brzezinska on the role of the ION, the latest developments and trends in GNSS survey solutions, and the future of GNSS. The Institute of Navigation (ION) serves a worldwide community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. How has the Institute evolved? The Institute of Navigation was founded in 1945 by a group of practising air navigators, originating... (read more)
2014-12-29 09:26:48

Navigating the Future of the Geospatial and Geomatics Sectors

GIM International Interviews Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska
Dr Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is the incoming president of the Institute of Navigation (ION). She also serves as president of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Commission 4, Positioning and Applications. GIM International held an in-depth conversation with Grejner-Brzezinska on the role of the ION, the latest developments and trends in GNSS survey solutions, and the future of GNSS. The Institute of Navigation (ION) serves a worldwide community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. How has the Institute evolved? The Institute of Navigation was founded in 1945 by a group of practising air navigators, originating... (read more)
2014-12-23 12:03:27

Geomatics Education in Australia

Developments in Geomatics Education (7)
Surveying/geomatics education programmes for the training of professional surveyors in Australia were introduced in each state in the second half of the twentieth century, replacing an articled pupil system that had operated for more than a century. There are currently about 1,100 equivalent full-time undergraduate geomatics students in the eight four-year geomatics programmes, with approximately two hundred graduating each year. The preferred optimum would be twice that number. Reduced government funding and declining enrolment on geomatics courses have put education institutions under increased pressure to rationalise their programmes, resulting in reduced staff numbers and, in some cases, closures. Formal programmes... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

A Brilliant Career

GIM International interviews Gottfried Konecny
Professor Gottfried Konecny, one of the most respected names in photogrammetry, shares some reflections on his work and profession. He worked in post-war Neumarkt as a teenage draughtsman, was chief surveyor on the 1965 Canadian Mount Kennedy expedition, mapped the lunar landing site at NASA, and has been involved in nearly all the European space mapping missions. And these are just some of Professor Gottfried Konecny’s extraordinary achievements. Today emeritus professor at the University of Hannover, he shares withGIM Internationalsome of the highlights of a career in photogrammetry that has spanned well over six decades.<P> Why did you choose a... (read more)
2009-07-17 12:00:00

Laser Scanning in Deformation Measurements

Acquiring 3D Spatial Data of Bridges
State-of-the-art geodetic and remote sensing techniques can prove their potential through particular engineering applications. Here we discuss load test measurements of bridges over the Danube. Prior to the particular bridge surveying projects, accuracy analysis was carried out in the laboratory. We describe the shortcomings and limitations of remote sensing and propose the joint application of traditional and remote sensing technologies. We also provide recommendations for further applications of laser scanning in deformation measurement of structures. View Larger Map Terrestrial laser scanning is a state-of-the-art remote sensing technology that can rapidly acquire accurate three-dimensional (3D) spatial data. The primary engineering applications... (read more)
2009-03-03 12:00:00

A Glimpse of the Geospatial Future: Insights from Intergeo 2018

There is an abundance of data today, but how can it be processed, visualised and analysed to deliver real business benefits? We are in the midst of a digital transformation, and words such as Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and smart cities have become part of our everyday vocabulary, but which opportunities will digitalisation really create for society? And is the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) truly democratising the geospatial industry? These are just some of the questions that may have crossed the minds of visitors to Intergeo 2018 in Frankfurt. And if they spoke to the right exhibitors... (read more)
2018-11-15 03:25:57

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The LMAP Initiative
The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines a new initiative called LMAP that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into GIS. Developed in a partnership between RIEGL of... (read more)
2018-11-06 11:07:08

Geoinformation Software as a Service

From Licensing to Subscription
Accurate geoinformation about urban areas, public buildings or historical sites is in great demand. It has become astonishingly easy to capture these scenes through cameras or laser scanning or to acquire open data from a diversity of sources. Professionals without a surveying background can do the job, but such professionals require reliable, robust, easy-to-use and affordable processing tools. Today, cloud computing can meet that need, enabling users to work with software packages running on remote servers on either a pay-per-use or a subscription basis. This article presents a cloud computing service dedicated to geoinformation software. Storing data in the cloud... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:10:12

Underscoring Benefits to Humanity

GIM International interviews Orhan Altan
Professor Orhan Altan, recently appointed president of the ISPRS, the international NGO representing more than a hundred nations and regions across the globe, believes the organisation should prioritise environmental monitoring and sustainable development and so contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. International co-operation, says Altan, for advancement of knowledge, research, development and education in this field, would be boosted by greater publicity for ISPRS scientific achievements and successes and their translation into universally understood language. We asked him about his expectations and dreams as head of one of the most important bodies in the geomatics industry, and the legacy... (read more)
2009-02-27 12:00:00

Global Spatial Data Model

The Digital Revolution - Whither Now?
Traditional horizontal and vertical datum have two separate origins: respectively Earth’s centre of mass as origin for horizontal, and mean sea level (the geoid) as origin for vertical. The author suggests an alternative option for spatial-data users: a Global Spatial Data Model (GSDM) that has a single origin for geospatial data. With the advent of computers, electronic files and modern measuring systems, geospatial data is now digital and 3D. In years past, an analogue map stored in a flat file was typically both the end-product of a survey and the storage medium for geospatial information. Now spatial data is stored... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00
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