Birthplace of the Renaissance to Host International Cartographic Conference 2021

The 30th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will take place in Florence, Italy, in 2021, and is provisionally scheduled for 19-23 July (although these dates are still subject to change). The ICC 2021 will be organized in line with the tradition of ICA Conferences and – in the city ​​of marvelous works of art, the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the Boboli Gardens – it will certainly be an event for cartographic and geospatial professionals to look forward to. Programme and Conference Presentations ICC 2021 in Florence will represent the opportunity to reflect on the state of the art in cartography and... (read more)
2019-11-12 11:47:13

Challenging High-accuracy Airborne Lidar Mapping Mission in Greenland

Denmark based company Airborne Lidar Mapping A/S conducted a demanding data acquisition in the summer of 2019. Data to enable Digital Terrain Models and updating existing base maps of the cities Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Qaqortoq, and Aasiaat in Greenland. The northernmost being Ilulissat situated 350km north of the Arctic Circle. Several anomalous parameters were involved in the planning of the mission in comparison to typical Lidar aerial mapping missions. The arctic climate, the remote location, and the size of the island necessitated arctic survival - and communication equipment. Furthermore, AVGAS fuel for the Aircraft is a scarce commodity in Greenland.... (read more)
2019-11-11 11:06:46

Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Motorists who regularly drive around busy megacities such as London can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space. The quest for somewhere to park burns fuel unnecessarily, pollutes the air with particulate matter and increases greenhouse gas emissions. The smart parking app – based on mobile mapping technology – offers welcome relief for seekers of parking spaces while also helping to preserve the environment. One such app by London-based AppyWay, named AppyParking, is available for free download for iPhone and Android devices. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas,... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00

Trimble Launches New R12 GNSS Receiver

Trimble has introduced the Trimble R12 GNSS receiver, a high-performance global navigation satellite system (GNSS) surveying solution. Powered by an all new real-time kinematic (RTK) and Trimble RTX positioning engine, it features innovative Trimble ProPoint GNSS technology that empowers land surveyors to quickly measure more points in more places than ever before. Surveyors who work in challenging GNSS environments can use the Trimble R12 receiver to help reduce both the time in the field and the need for conventional techniques such as using a total station. The new Trimble ProPoint GNSS technology allows for flexible signal management, which helps mitigate the effects of... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:50:53

The Age of Mobile Mapping

Looking back over the past 30 years, it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a relatively short space of time. Geomatics students in the mid-1980s were exposed to GPS test satellites, the first GPS receivers and the enormous potential that GPS offered the geomatics community (who had already perfected what could be done with the Transit satellite system). With unprecedented absolute accuracy and an impeccable timing mechanism, GPS clearly offered a quantum leap in geomatics capabilities. Two decades later, Lidar – and in particular mobile terrestrial Lidar – seemed to represent the next quantum leap in... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:17:41

Towards Smaller and Smarter Solutions

Reflections on Intergeo 2019
Intergeo is a leading annual industry showcase where geospatial professionals gain an excellent impression of the latest innovations. On the brink of a new decade, Intergeo 2019 gave us a glimpse of the future. In general, we can conclude that solutions are getting smaller and smarter, and there are some new kids on the block. But with all the buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence, how can we cut through the hype to get the most out of the rapidly advancing technology? One thing was crystal clear at this year’s Intergeo: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) has... (read more)
2019-11-05 01:06:25

World War Two Tunnels Surveyed with SLAM Technology

Many historical projects have great significance for a location’s cultural heritage, and indeed its people. For the team at Historic England, this is the fundamental concept of their work in order to conserve pieces of the country’s history. That much was evident with the latest project, the Ramsgate Tunnels, a 5km network of underground passageways which were paramount to the safety of local people in Ramsgate, Kent.  Once used as an underground narrow gauge railway, built to connect the town and docks to help improve trade links to Europe, the railway soon became a target for enemy bombing. It was... (read more)
2019-11-05 09:56:48

ESA Employs CORS Networks for Global Error Mapping

As of today, there are more than five billion satnav devices on Earth. Along with smartphones and mobile receivers, this figure includes networks of fixed receiver stations, used to improve accuracy. An ESA-led project will harness these networks to provide an ongoing overview of satnav performance from the global to national and regional scale. “The general assumption is that global navigation satellite system (GNSS) services can always be relied on, which is true 99% of the time,” comments Michael Pattinson of Nottingham Scientific in the UK, which is developing this new project for the European Space Agency (ESA). "That’s fine... (read more)
2019-11-04 10:27:12

Palm Oil Industry Invests in Radar Monitoring to Detect Deforestation

A coalition of ten major palm oil producers and buyers are collaborating to support and fund the development of a new, publicly available radar-based forest monitoring system known as Radar Alerts for Detecting Deforestation (RADD). This partnership, formed by multinationals such as Nestlé, Pepsico, Unilever and Wilmar, is set to make it much easier for companies to see deforestation happening in near real time and with greater accuracy. With this information, they can more quickly mobilize follow-up actions on the ground and work to improve the sustainability of commodity supply chains. The RADD system is currently being developed for Indonesia... (read more)
2019-11-01 01:18:27

Correlator3D Used for Determining Financial Assistance after Hurricane Dorian

According to SimActive, a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, Correlator3D has been used by Air Data Solutions (ADS) in Florida to determine financial assistance following Hurricane Dorian. Aerial imagery was collected before the storm for pre-hurricane assessment and afterwards for damage analysis. A Phase One 100MP aerial camera owned by ADS was flown to gather high-resolution images of the affected areas. The data was then processed by SimActive software to create mosaics of orthophotos. The resulting geospatial data helped government authorities to calculate recovery aid funds. “We have been impressed by the accuracy and speed of Correlator3D to support such... (read more)
2019-10-31 09:55:37
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