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

Jošt Hobič

Jošt Hobič is an archaeologist with over a decade of experience in commercial archaeology. In his free time, he does volunteer work on various public archaeology projects. He is currently working at the Slovenian Ministry for Culture on an EU-funded project with the main goal to improve access and open GIS data about immovable cultural heritage. He is currently in the third year of his PhD in archaeology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. (read more)
2020-09-18 02:06:45

Lidar Data – A Perfect Tool for Archaeology

Today, usage of Lidar data in archaeology is almost a must when researching landscapes and archaeological sites. But in his seven years’ experience of using airborne Lidar data, archaeologist Jošt Hobič from Slovenia has come across a few obstacles that are making it look exotic and perhaps even threatening, he writes in this column. The first obstacle is Lidar data that is put behind a paywall – despite in effect being data that has been paid for by taxpayers’ money. Open data is more inclusive, and it stimulates more research. Luckily, a lot of countries around the world are releasing Lidar... (read more)
2020-09-18 02:01:13

Konstantinos Karantzalos

Konstantinos Karantzalos received the engineering diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, and a PhD in 2007 from NTUA in collaboration with CERTIS, Ecole Nationale de Ponts et Chaussees, Paris, France. In 2007, he joined the Center for Visual Computing of the Department of Applied Mathematics, Ecole Centrale de Paris, Châtenay-Malabry, France. He is currently an associate professor of remote sensing at the NTUA, joining the Remote Sensing Laboratory. His teaching and research interests include geoscience and remote sensing, big data, hyperspectral image analysis, computer vision and pattern recognition, environmental monitoring and precision agriculture. Several... (read more)
2020-09-18 01:14:13

Charalabos Ioannidis

Charalabos Ioannidis is a professor at the Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, where he teaches photogrammetry and cadastre. His research interests lie in the fields of computer vision, satellite photogrammetry, 3D modelling, change detection and cultural heritage documentation. He is chair of the FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2, ‘Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation’. (read more)
2020-09-18 01:12:49

Advanced Urban 3D Modelling and Visualization

A Generic Workflow for Automatic Building Detection and 3D Modelling
The automatic detection, data extraction, 3D modelling and visualization of buildings in urban areas using remote sensing data is an essential task in various applications such as cadastre, urban and rural planning, change detection, mapping, updating geographic information systems, monitoring, housing value and navigation. Even today, this task still remains challenging due to the inherent artefacts (e.g. shadows) in the remote sensing data used, as well as the differences in viewpoints, surrounding environment, complex shape and size of the buildings. This article outlines a generic workflow using modern technologies. Besides the recent developments in image processing, advances in computer vision... (read more)
2020-09-18 01:09:28

3D Smart Digital Model Shows Calamities in a City with One-look Overview

A unique 3D smart digital model has been developed to combine the different streams of data from cities on one common platform, and is the result of the ITEA project PS-CRIMSON, a collaboration of six academic and industry partners from the Netherlands and Canada. With this platform, public safety and disaster management can be improved, as pilot projects in Eindhoven and Vancouver have shown. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology developed AI image technology that can detect the location of incidents from an image and retrack the walking routes of people using multiple cameras. Today, PS-CRIMSON was awarded with the ITEA Award... (read more)
2020-09-18 11:09:27

Integrating Lidar and Photogrammetry Mapping Technology

A system that combines cameras with Lidar is generally called a mapper or mapping system, but is also known as a hybrid system. The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a fusion of Lidar and photogrammetric mapping. Here, the latest trends and technologies are summarized in three articles that give a good overview of the current state-of-the-art in aerial mapping. When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:59:24
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