Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. The expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. Using the latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software, surveyors are now capturing millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53

SimActive Introduces New Drone Processing Service

Canadian photogrammetry software manufacturer SimActive has launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) data processing service based on Correlator3D. Clients can now upload full projects and have SimActive experts generate optimal results from their imagery, including DSMs, DTMs, 3D models and orthomosaics. As opposed to common cloud-based solutions where outputs are generated automatically and delivered as-is, the new offering includes quality control by photogrammetry specialists. Manual tagging of ground control points is also performed as part of the service. “We are glad to allow clients with no experience in photogrammetry an access to a high-end processing software”, said Dr Philippe... (read more)
2019-06-24 09:53:11

Terra Drone Europe Wins UAV Mapping Contract with Ordnance Survey

Terra Drone Europe, a group company of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporations, has secured a framework agreement to provide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services to Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of the United Kingdom. The deliverables will include orthomosaics, digital terrain models (DTMs) and digital surface models (DSMs). Terra Drone Europe has already received over 500 survey locations to survey and will use a range of fixed wing and multirotor UAVs to carry out the surveys. To support the data collection over the entire UK, Terra Drone Europe has chosen RUAS, a professional drone services company and training provider based in... (read more)
2019-06-21 10:22:40

Patrick Ménard

Patrick Ménard (MSc) is the technical director at the Centre de géomatique du Québec (CGQ). He holds a master’s degree in geographic sciences from Laval University. Before joining CGQ, Mr Ménard spent several years working as a professional research assistant for various laboratories and universities where he developed strong expertise in remote sensing and geospatial technologies. Since joining CGQ in 2008, he has specialized in the use of UAVs as platforms for aerial mapping. (read more)
2019-06-20 01:52:57

Sensor Fusion for Precision Agriculture

Low-cost Lidar Camera System without GNSS
Precision agriculture has considerably benefited from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, often combined with active ranging sensors like Lidar to gather information from underneath the crops, but existing systems are relatively expensive for the farming sector. In this project, researchers in Canada have used an integrated sensor orientation method for the local referencing of Lidar measurements. Their approach is based on loosely coupled, image-aided inertial navigation in which the pose of the camera replaces the GNSS measurements. The result is a low-cost solution that is useful for capturing topographic data of inaccessible areas as well as in GNSS-denied environments.... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:50:38

Low Lands, High Potential

The Right Ingredients to Tackle Climate Change
Earlier this year, Esri CEO and founder Jack Dangermond paid a visit to Zwolle, a  pioneering city of about 130,000 inhabitants in the eastern part of the Netherlands. He described the country as a centre of excellence when it comes to knowledge, technology and innovation, which puts it in a strong position to lead the international response to the challenges of climate change. Geoinformation is a core ingredient in protecting us from the threats of global warming. So which other ingredients do the Dutch – and especially the country’s geospatial professionals – have to offer? Firstly, knowledge of cartography can... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:44:13

Intergeo Places People at the Heart of Digitalization

Intergeo is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, providing the perfect occasion for a brief review of what it has achieved so far. Even more importantly, it’s an appropriate juncture for looking ahead – to the leading international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, with its focus on digital topics. Industry experts from the realms of business and science gathered in Stuttgart at the end of May for a Round Table to share their experiences and expertise, true to Intergeo’s motto: 'Knowledge and action for planet Earth'. Reviewing how Intergeo has evolved over time, Christiane Salbach, managing director... (read more)
2019-06-19 02:01:39

Leica Geosystems Streamlines Workflow with New Point Cloud Software

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced Leica Cyclone 3DR: new reality capture software that fuses technology for centralized, full-scale point cloud management from Leica Cyclone with advanced, automated point cloud analysis and modelling from 3DReshaper. The new software delivers a simplified platform for surveying, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and tank inspection applications. With industry-centric guided workflows, Cyclone 3DR includes a range of adaptable features for automating cleaning, modelling, meshing, extraction, inspection and reporting. An assortment of 3D deliverables can be created to meet the unique needs of reality capture professionals across a wide spectrum of fields. Specialized workflows, such... (read more)
2019-06-18 11:27:50

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47

Geoinformation Software as a Service

From Licensing to Subscription
Accurate geoinformation about urban areas, public buildings or historical sites is in great demand. It has become astonishingly easy to capture these scenes through cameras or laser scanning or to acquire open data from a diversity of sources. Professionals without a surveying background can do the job, but such professionals require reliable, robust, easy-to-use and affordable processing tools. Today, cloud computing can meet that need, enabling users to work with software packages running on remote servers on either a pay-per-use or a subscription basis. This article presents a cloud computing service dedicated to geoinformation software. Storing data in the cloud... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:10:12
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