Challenging High-accuracy Airborne Lidar Mapping Mission in Greenland

Denmark-based company Airborne Lidar Mapping A/S conducted a demanding data acquisition project in the summer of 2019. The purpose of the resulting data was to enable digital terrain models and to update existing base maps of the cities Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Qaqortoq and Aasiaat in Greenland. The northernmost city is Ilulissat, which is 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 skills as well as arctic-proof communication... (read more)
2019-11-11 11:06:46

Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Did you know that you can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space in busy cities? Nowadays, smart parking apps offer a much-needed answer to the problem – and mobile mapping point clouds and imagery are core ingredients of the solution. Besides saving time by guiding you straight to an available spot close to your destination, smart parking apps also reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. One such app is AppyParking by London-based AppyWay. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas, restrictions and operating hours.... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00

Geo Week 2020

Geo Week is a multi-event collaboration including participation from several geospatial events. Geo Week 2020 comprises International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF), ASPRS Annual Conference, and MAPPS Federal Programs Conference. Each event features its own unique conference programming and combines in a single exhibit hall and inclusive networking activities. (read more)
2019-11-07 12:56:00

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, England.  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... (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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