Intergeo 2020: Digital, Interactive, International

Direct exchange, lively discussions, lots of information and great entertainment. High acceptance of the digital offer in pandemic times by the geo-community. Prof Dr Hansjörg Kutterer from the organizer DVW is very pleased with the response: “The challenge of a fully digital event received very positive feedback from all our guests, exhibitors and speakers. With Intergeo.digital we have realized a comprehensive and innovative event concept within a very short period of time”. Christoph Hinte, organizer of Intergeo.digital, adds: “We have succeeded in establishing a stable digital platform that has generated a vast volume of interaction. Together with all partners we... (read more)
2020-10-16 04:21:41

Leica Geosystems Launches TerrainMapper-2 Hybrid Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica TerrainMapper-2, the latest solution in the company’s hybrid sensor road map developed to integrate Lidar and image capture technology in airborne sensors and allow users to collect more data per flight. Built to execute complex and challenging regional mapping projects, the TerrainMapper-2 incorporates new imaging technology and reduces system complexity for higher efficiency. The upgrade of the TerrainMapper-2 to an integrated system controller and storage makes it easy to install in any survey aircraft by eliminating the additional equipment rack. The system also offers a seamless upgrade path to the Leica... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:48:38

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

New Topcon Robotic Total Station System Enhances Survey Workflow Performance

Topcon Positioning Group has announced that new flagship GT Series robotic total stations are available for survey, construction and machine control applications. The GT-1200 and GT-600 total stations have been released in multiple accuracy levels.  The new total stations are part of a full workflow solution, including a new field computer, a full-version update to Topcon field and office software, as well as GNSS receivers. The system is designed to work in sync for improved performance and better data handling with built-in, field-to-office connectivity. More survey points in less time The speed, tracking and accuracy of the GT Series, combined... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:00:42

Visualizing forest and vegetation from Lidar data

Aerial images are great for interpreting tree species, but they don’t show tree heights and structure in the forest. Blom is a supplier in the Nordic market for capturing, processing and modelling of geographical information and created Blomforestview. This software makes Lidar data easy to interpret, individual trees are visualized with a color scale that describes the height of the tree. The surface model is treated so that the user also gets an impression of heights in the landscape, and put in context, new information can be obtained from the surroundings. In both forests and urban areas, even good aerial... (read more)
2020-10-19 01:51:52

RIEGL Presents New Products for 2020 at Intergeo Digital

In line with tradition, RIEGL is once again using Intergeo – albeit digitally this year – to present its latest product innovations. At both the virtual RIEGL booth and in the online forums of Intergeo 2020 Digital, the globally active Austrian laser scanner manufacturer is showing which new developments in the field of Lidar surveying technology can be used to further advance the digitization of the world. Especially in the field of UAV-based laser scanning (ULS), RIEGL is keen to live up to its pioneering reputation. This year, it is presenting the RIEGL VUX-120, a new Lidar sensor that weighs... (read more)
2020-10-15 09:55:57

Videographics Launches Mapping Drone with Integrated KlauPPK

With the new release of the Condor V8-PPK mapping drone, Munich-based Videographics Ingenieurgesellschaft has completed its toolbox for most precise photogrammetric aerial mapping and surveying projects. The German company Videographics is dedicated to supply superior UAV mapping technology and services. “We successfully generated an impressive knowledge base in the field of most precise GNSS-PPK direct georeferencing and have a solid understanding of all aspects, required for highly accurate results and efficient workflows.” says Stefan Warislohner, CEO of Videographics. “Besides KlauPPK modules and software, we have been able to provide our customers with workshops and trainings and all hardware and software... (read more)
2020-10-15 10:39:55

Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Improving Results with Refraction Corrections
Accurate bathymetric mapping of shallow areas is essential for a plethora of offshore activities. Through Structure from Motion (SfM) and Multiview Stereo (MVS) techniques, images can provide a low-cost alternative compared to Lidar and sonar systems while also offering important visual information. This article presents a new framework for mapping the seabed in clear and calm shallow waters for small- and large-scale surveys using aerial imagery and machine learning to correct the geometric effects of refraction on the 3D point clouds and the imagery. SfM is a photogrammetric technique for estimating 3D structures from 2D image sequences. It involves acquiring... (read more)
2020-10-13 10:42:39

Digital Intergeo 2020 Starts This Tuesday

From 13 to 15 October, the virtual doors to Intergeo 2020 will be open on www.intergeo.digital. 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

Dimitrios Bolkas

Dr Dimitrios Bolkas is an assistant professor of Surveying Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus. He holds a PhD in Geological Sciences and Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. He has a diverse geomatics experience that includes unmanned aerial systems and terrestrial, mobile and airborne laser scanning. Recent research endeavours focus on creating virtual environments from point cloud data and using virtual reality to enhance engineering education. Dr Bolkas is a director in the executive board of the Surveying and Geomatics Educator’s Society (SaGES).  (read more)
2020-10-12 11:32:15
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