Five Decades of Mapping the Moon

This year, NASA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first crewed mission – Apollo 11 – landing on the moon. Besides that, this September it will be 60 years since the first unmanned mission – Luna 2 – reached the surface of the moon. Both of these milestones reflect the great contributions of the USA and the Soviet Union/Russia to space exploration, but they would not have been possible without spatial data. National Geographic has always been at the forefront of lunar mapping. At the time of the Apollo missions, crews relied on its hand-painted maps based on photos... (read more)
2019-07-15 10:17:01

GeoDyn Launches High-speed Universal Aerial Film Scanner

GeoDyn, known for innovative image conversion and processing technology, released and demonstrated PromptSCAN_2, a very high-speed aerial film scanner, at the recent ISPRS Geospatial 2019 in Enschede, the Netherlands. PromptSCAN_2 accurately scans aerial film with resolution of 10, 15 or 20µm at two seconds per frame for panchromatic and three seconds per frame for colour. Thanks to its highly automated loading and exposure determination, it is possible to scan a complete film of 250 frames within 15 minutes – which is 50 times faster than any other aerial film scanner. This enables the very efficient conversion of valuable aerial film... (read more)
2019-07-11 12:02:51

User-friendly Remote Sensing Data Infrastructure in France

New Services Will Stimulate Market Growth
Over the past decade, Geosud has contributed to successfully mitigating the various obstacles to the operational use of satellite imagery for environmental management and territorial development. Geosud’s role in the project will soon come to an end but the services will continue, embedded in an even better infrastructure: Dinamis. As of next year, Dinamis will provide satellite images of land, sea, air or underground, and even online image processing, for organizations related to the public sector in France. As you approach the Maison de la Télédétection in Montpellier, France, the first sight that greets you is a 5.5m-tall receiving station... (read more)
2019-07-11 10:41:00

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-07-11 09:55:02

Airbus to Develop CO3D Earth Observation Programme for CNES

The French Space Agency (CNES) has awarded the CO3D (Constellation Optique 3D) contract to Airbus. Under this agreement, Airbus will deliver a global high-resolution digital surface model (DSM). Following launch, which is expected in late 2022, the Airbus-made CO3D constellation, comprising four identical satellites, will deliver 50cm-resolution stereo imagery across the world on a daily basis. The data acquired will feed a cloud-based processing chain operated by Airbus and integrating CNES’ algorithms, to produce a cutting-edge 3D map of the Earth’s landmass. Designed to weigh approximately 300kg, the CO3D satellites will join Airbus’ fleet of optical and radar satellites, strengthening... (read more)
2019-07-09 01:45:51

Virtual Surveyor Puts Emphasis on Lidar Elevation in UAV Mapping Software

Virtual Surveyor has enhanced the Lidar elevation data handling capabilities in Version 6.4 of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') surveying and mapping software. A new function enables Virtual Surveyor users to select specific feature classes from classified Lidar point clouds before converting the point cloud into a surface terrain. “The latest upgrades in Virtual Surveyor 6.4 are designed to meet the needs of UAV users who are increasingly equipping their drones with Lidar systems,” said Tom Op ‘t Eyndt, CEO of the company in Belgium. Virtual Surveyor, which has doubled its user base in one year, is popular... (read more)
2019-07-09 09:00:26

5 Questions to… Sander Oude Elberink, GSW2019

In June this year, the Dutch city of Enschede welcomed the photogrammetry and remote sensing community for the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 (GSW2019). Whether to attend presentations, such as on ‘Façade Reconstruction for Textured LOD2 CityGML Models Based on Deep Learning and Mixed Integer Linear Programming’, or to meet up with fellow Lidar specialists from around the world, numerous delegates travelled to Enschede for a thorough update on what is going on in their area of expertise. We asked Sander Oude Elberink, programme chair of GSW2019, five questions in order to get an impression of this high-level event. How would... (read more)
2019-07-04 11:48:38

Airbus Strengthens Imagery Capabilities with Vision-1

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This imagery from Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9m resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5m in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8km swath width. These specifications are ideal for defence, security and agriculture applications, while the extra revisit opportunity further strengthens Airbus’ satellite fleet. “This new asset will reinforce our monitoring capabilities for sub-metre imaging and feed our OneAtlas digital platform to provide increased freshness,” said... (read more)
2019-07-04 10:09:42

Weaver Consulting Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Seiler Instrument, has announced that Weaver Consultants Group has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in large-scale volumetric surveying and topographic mapping. The US national firm provides a full range of engineering services and has particular expertise in solid waste and landfill projects. The firm’s initial use of the new Delair platform has been in developing digital twins of its clients’ sites – mainly large disposal and landfill operations – and performing regular volume calculations to assist... (read more)
2019-07-04 09:30:26

Taking the Stage at Intergeo

GIM International has been serving a worldwide audience of mapping and surveying professionals for more than 30 years. In addition to our print, online and social media channels, we are always on the lookout for other ways of highlighting all the innovation going on in the geospatial industry. Therefore, we are delighted to be taking the stage again during the conference programme at the Forum on the third day of this year’s Intergeo (Thursday 19 September). Over the decades, we have published countless features about state-of-the-art technical developments in our industry, shared challenging case studies employing the latest survey methods,... (read more)
2019-07-03 02:32:26
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