New Land Subsidence Map Reveals the Netherlands’ (In)Stability

Lopsided houses, subsiding streets, shifting dikes and nature reserves stricken by drought... all of this is revealed in the updated interactive Land Subsidence Map of the Netherlands, which was published recently. In the years ahead, there will need to be some serious investment in maintenance by citizens, businesses and government. Published jointly by the Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (NCG), SkyGeo and TU Delft, the map shows the movement of billions of measurement points across the entire country. Whereas data of this kind previously needed to be collected manually, radio satellites have now been used, enabling new readings to... (read more)
2020-10-01 09:22:11

Bluesky Creates National Tree Map for Ireland

Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has started production of a new map of the Republic of Ireland, detailing an estimated 200 million trees. The National Tree Map (NTM) for Ireland will accurately record the location, height and canopy cover for trees over 3 metres in height. Combining 3D height models and other remotely sensed data, Bluesky has already created more than 2,500 square kilometres of data, detailing around 7 million trees. “When we set about the task of mapping trees in a region, we are often surprised by just how green an area actually is,” commented Robert Loughran, international sales... (read more)
2020-10-01 08:45:53

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

The New Era of Mobile Scanning

GIM International Interviews Felix Reinshagen, CEO of NavVis
Indoor mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. Felix Reinshagen is co-founder and CEO of NavVis, a company that was set up with the objective of bridging the gap between outdoor and indoor digital maps. In this interview, he shares his views on the future, including his confidence that there will be plenty more developments in automatically generated assets from reality capture, and how 3D scanning and the geospatial industry are set to impact the world in many respects. Do you see laser scanning becoming a commodity in the near future, or will... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:57:16

Kinematic Laser Scanning in Assessing Urban Land Use and Utility Infrastructure

Fast Site Visits and Accurate 3D Mapping
Urbanization and the development of megacities poses critical challenges for sustainable but efficient land use globally. Power lines, pipelines for water, district heating, gas and oil, and other technological systems are critical yet often hidden assets facilitating today’s lifestyles. Meanwhile, there is an ever-important need to preserve natural environments and recreational spaces in the world’s cities, despite the pressure to spread more concrete and asphalt to accommodate the people and businesses flocking to them. This article examines how kinematic laser scanning can support urban planning and infrastructure management. There is an ever-increasing need to use the limited urban land area... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:39:46

5G Wireless Network Design Relies on 3D Aerial Data

The development of fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) is spreading rapidly around the world. The initial improvement of up to 10x in speed and 400x in latency, as well as a much larger capacity for simultaneous users, will create endless opportunities for autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the future, by using additional spectrum, speed improvements could reach 100x and enable applications that we have not even imagined yet. To maximize performance of new 5G networks, telecommunication operators require high-resolution 3D data to develop signal propagation plans and select ideal locations for small antenna... (read more)
2020-09-28 10:42:42

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

How Geospatial Technology Facilitates Remote Tourism

COVID-19 has transformed our ability to travel and explore the world, which has brought a renewed focus on the importance of digital outreach based on geospatial technology. COVID-19 has transformed our lives and our ability to travel and explore the world like no other event in recent memory. For our cultural heritage institutions, this has drastically altered typical visitation patterns and disrupted the revenue that flows not only directly to these organizations and sites, but also to the surrounding economic ecosystem that is fuelled by tourism. According to estimates by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourist numbers... (read more)
2020-09-24 09:26:58

Fugro Wins Contract for Nationwide US Surveying and Mapping Services

Fugro has been awarded a five-year 'indefinite delivery indefinite quantity' (IDIQ) contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District, for nationwide surveying and mapping services to support the planning, operations and management of government-owned property and assets. The contract will run until September 2025 and marks Fugro’s fourth consecutive award of this kind from the St. Louis District. Services associated with the award include photogrammetry, Lidar mapping, oblique imagery, topographic and planimetric mapping, land use and land cover mapping, and disaster response mapping. Visualizing geodata in 3D New to this contract cycle is the availability of... (read more)
2020-09-24 08:54:26

SuperMap GIS 10i Released at 2020 GIS Software Technology Conference

The 2020 GIS Software Technology Conference (GTC 2020) was successfully held from 7 to 18 September 2020. Themed ‘Geo-intelligence Connecting the Future’, the conference focused on the integration and innovation of geographic information technology and the latest developments in GIS software. At the conference, SuperMap officially released its new product – SuperMap GIS 10i – (2020) and announced its strategic cooperation with Tencent Map. SuperMap, founded in 1997 in Beijing, currently has the third largest share in the global geographic information system (GIS) market, and the largest share in the Asian GIS market. The company focuses with its GIS platform software... (read more)
2020-09-25 11:36:41
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