Smoke and Fires Engulf Southeastern Australia

Forecasters predicted extreme fire conditions in southeastern Australia for the weekend of 4-5 January 2020, and they were correct in their assessment. This natural-colour image was acquired on 4 January by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Smoke has a tan colour, while clouds are bright white. It is likely that some of the white patches above the smoke are pyrocumulonimbus clouds – clouds created by the convection and heat rising from a fire. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using MODIS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview. (Text by Michael Carlowicz) (read more)
2020-01-07 10:53:59

The 'GIM International' Survey among Geospatial Professionals

'GIM International' is once again conducting its annual survey among geospatial surveying professionals around the world to explore the sector’s wants and needs. The findings will be published in an in-depth article in the upcoming edition of the 'GIM International Business Guide 2020'. Which methods, equipment and technologies are being used to capture geodata and convert it into optimal end products? What should developers of hardware and software bear in mind in order to keep users happy? What are the key bottlenecks, and where can further improvements be made? Your input is extremely important to help us gain a true... (read more)
2019-12-24 12:00:56

Any Geospatial Questions? Ask the Specialist!

Are you considering trying out a new mapping method? Or perhaps you’re struggling with a tricky challenge on a new survey project? Take this opportunity to ask our broad network of experts for help! For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in the upcoming edition of the annual 'GIM International Business Guide', we’re inviting you to send us your burning questions about geospatial surveying. We will pass the questions on to relevant industry experts to provide you with a comprehensive and detailed answer to help you on your way. In addition to being published in the ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in... (read more)
2019-12-13 11:57:43

False-colour Image: Tromsø Seen from Space

With the Christmas season in full swing, the red and white of this Copernicus Sentinel-2 image bring a festive feel to this week’s image featuring Tromsø – the largest city in northern Norway. This false-colour image was processed in a way that included the near-infrared channel, which makes vegetation appear bright red. The snow over the surrounding mountains is visible in white, adding to the Christmassy feel of the image. Most of Tromsø, lies on the island of Tromsøya, visible at the top of the image. Owing to its northerly location, the city is a popular area to experience the majestic phenomenon... (read more)
2019-12-23 10:06:25

Woolpert Acquires Southern Mapping

Woolpert has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial solutions provider and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern Mapping has extensive high-accuracy Lidar, imagery and remote sensing experience, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping. Southern Mapping was among the first independently owned mapping companies to offer Lidar in Africa and is well-known throughout the industry. The firm has provided mapping services for engineering, infrastructure, mining, mapping, agriculture and environmental sectors on three continents and in more than 45 African countries.  “Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big... (read more)
2019-12-20 03:31:58

The World's First Digital Twin of a Polar Research Ship

Powered by NavVis technology, reality capture specialist DiConneX has created a fully interactive digital twin of the 'Polarstern', an iconic German polar research ship. In September 2019, the 'Polarstern' icebreaker – the flagship vessel of the Alfred Wegener Institute – launched the most extensive research expedition ever to the Arctic: the multidisciplinary MOSAiC project. (This story contains a video) The MOSAiC project expedition aims to better understand the influence of the Arctic on the global climate. For the duration of the project, scientists from 17 nations will live together for over a year on the Polarstern. The ship will stand frozen... (read more)
2019-12-20 09:16:32

Measuring Real-time 3D Position in GPS-denied Environments

Racelogic has launched a brand-new indoor positioning system, called VIPS, which is an advanced system for measuring real-time 3D position to an accuracy of ±2cm in areas where GPS is not available. This makes it an ideal tool for construction applications both indoors and in urban areas. The system has been designed for any application that requires accurate measurement and recording of 3D positioning. It enables GPS-based technologies to operate in GPS-denied environments. The British developer of accurate GPS data loggers, testing equipment and positioning systems presented this innovative technology at the London Build Show in November 2019. It included live demonstrations... (read more)
2019-12-20 10:32:23

China Unveils Newest Satellite’s High-resolution 3D Imagery

China has recently shared the first high-resolution 3D images captured by the Gaofen-7 imaging satellite, which was launched in November. The satellite – the latest in a series of 14 planned satellites intended to overhaul China’s orbital imaging capabilities – is claimed to be so precise that it can ‘see’ individual people from 500 kilometres up. Companies like Planet are launching hundreds of satellites to provide terrestrial businesses with up-to-date imagery, so it not surprising that China, among other countries, would want to have its own. The Gaofen project has already significantly reduced the country’s reliance on foreign sources for this... (read more)
2019-12-18 11:32:30

Communicating the Economic Impact of Climate Change with Satellite Imagery

Geospatial intelligence can play a fundamental role in communicating the economic cost of climate change in the 21st century. With more availability of spatial resolution, the environmental effects of global warming are becoming more noticeable from remote sensing techniques. Earth observation satellites are increasing the transparency between industry, policymakers and environmentalists, providing high-quality ammunition for environmental activists.  While melting glaciers, sea level rise and extreme weather are regarded as the Earth's 'tears' being shed in response to climate change, this actually doesn't go far enough. Although we may not realize it, climate change has a far greater influence on our... (read more)
2019-12-17 03:57:04

New GeoSLAM Solution Simplifies Stockpile Volume Analysis

3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM has announced a new and innovative product to enable mine operators to quickly and easily build high-density 3D volumetric models within minutes. GeoSLAM Volumes is an end-to-end way to calculate stockpile mass, instantly turning stockpile point cloud data into actionable 3D information for quick decision-making. This is achieved using the company’s handheld Zeb Horizon SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) scanner, which can be utilized on foot or with a UAV. Using lightweight scanners, the solution can capture and calculate complex data, such as the weight and bulk of stockpiles, up to ten times faster... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:30:10
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