Positioning Becoming a Commodity

GIM International Interviews Ewout Korpershoek, Director Marketing & Sales, Topcon Europe
"Welcome to the future!" This was how Topcon greeted Intergeo visitors to their stand. It was impossible to overlook. So what is so special about that future? And how is Topcon preparing for it? An alumnus from Delft University of Technology, Ewout Korpershoek in July this year became Director Marketing & Sales, Topcon Europe Positioning BV. Freshly in post, he gives an inspiring view on a surveying world in continual flux and a survey market broadening by the day. Welcome to the future! With this catch phrase you invite Intergeo participants to Topcon City, the capital of Intergeo. What is... (read more)
2005-11-21 12:00:00

Crowdsourcing the Reconstruction of Lost Heritage

Rekrei: Recreating the Past
Cultural heritage stands as an important testament to how we perceive the past. Unfortunately its preservation cannot always be assured, due to destruction by human or natural means. In February 2015, a video was released which showed the destruction of artefacts in the Cultural Museum of Mosul, Iraq. A volunteer initiative (initially called ‘Project Mosul’) was launched about a week later with the aim of using crowdsourced images and computer vision to create 3D representations of the destroyed artefacts. Project Mosul was initiated by two PhD students from the University of Murcia in Spain and the University of Stuttgart in... (read more)
2016-11-03 10:07:05

Positioning Becoming a Commodity

GIM International Interviews Ewout Korpershoek, Director Marketing & Sales, Topcon Europe
"Welcome to the future!" This was how Topcon greeted Intergeo visitors to their stand. It was impossible to overlook. So what is so special about that future? And how is Topcon preparing for it? An alumnus from Delft University of Technology, Ewout Korpershoek in July this year became Director Marketing & Sales, Topcon Europe Positioning BV. Freshly in post, he gives an inspiring view on a surveying world in continual flux and a survey market broadening by the day. Welcome to the future! With this catch phrase you invite Intergeo participants to Topcon City, the capital of Intergeo. What is... (read more)
2005-11-21 12:00:00

Automatic Tie-point Extraction

Novel Matching Method for Handling Non-standard Imagery
One of the most complex and time-consuming tasks in the photogrammetric workflow is the extraction of corresponding points in two or more overlapping images. This is the first stage of aerial triangulation and block adjustment aimed at computing the positions of the projection centre and the orientation of each image. Automating the extraction of these so-called ‘tie points’ can be challenging, especially when non-standard approaches such as cameras mounted on UAVs or oblique imagery are used. The authors present a novel matching method able to handle the most challenging imagery. The aim of matching is to identify corresponding points in... (read more)
2012-04-25 04:16:35

What is Geomatics?

[email protected] provides Some answers
As the only educational institution offering a BSc (Hons) course in Geomatics (Surveying and Mapping) in the whole of the Republic of Ireland, the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has noted a severe lack of awareness of what Geomatics encompasses both as a discipline and as a potential career. New marketing initiatives, including the use of an animated video on social networking sites, aim to ensure the survival of the course by informing potential Geomatics students about both the profession in general and the specific opportunities at DIT.   The Department of Spatial Information Sciences (DSIS) at the Dublin Institute... (read more)
2011-09-21 03:12:06

Strong Emphasis on R&D in Lidar

GIM Interviews Dr Allan Carswell, Optech Incorporated
Since its 1974 ‘spin-off’ from the Physics Department of York University in Toronto, Optech has grown to become a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of advanced laser-based instruments and products incorporating pulsed, time-of-flight laser radar (Lidar) systems. Strong emphasis on R&D has led to these being applied in a wide range of applications. The company has received awards for business excellence, innovation, R&D and university collaboration. How big is your company in terms of number of employees and market share, who are your main clients and how is your customer-base distributed over the continents? With over two... (read more)
2006-08-23 12:00:00

Trimble European Headquarters

Role of Positioning in Improving Work Processes
Founded in 1978 in Sunnyvale, California, US, Trimble provides positioning solutions that enable professionals in many areas to improve their work processes. As well as utilising positioning technologies such as GPS, laser and optics, solutions include software content and wireless technologies to tightly couple the field and back office. The company has a worldwide presence, with more than 3,400 employees in over eighteen countries. Trimble’s European headquarters are in Raunheim, Germany. This article results from a visit to Trimble's European headquarters and kicks off a new monthly column in which one of our editors will report and reflect on a... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

Indoor Location: the Mobile Revolution Starts Now

For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning system (GPS) has been the gold standard for outdoor navigation. The satellite-based navigation system has become an indispensable tool for anyone wanting to determine their location outside a building, whether driving on roads or motorways or walking down the street. More recently, cell-phone manufacturers have added GPS capabilities to mobile devices, which in turn has created new opportunities for existing location-based services (LBS) such as mapping and navigation.   By Christian Carle, CEO and founder of Pole Star While the quick rise of smartphones, and the easy access to more... (read more)
2013-06-10 12:34:24

Disaster Management in Agriculture

GIM Interviews Members of the Iberian American Geomatics Network
The many natural disasters taking place annually all over the world are often caused by weather phenomena and one of the most affected fields is agriculture. Remote sensing, GPS, GIS and ICT appear to be effective tools in countering disaster, and this has been the main driving force behind establishing the UTEEDA network in six countries in Iberian America. The First Co-ordination Meeting took place in Toluca, Mexico in February 2006 and we interviewed three initiators of the network: Dr Damaso R Ponvert–Delisles from Cuba, D. Jesus Soria Ruiz of Mexico and Dr Alejandro Leon Stewart from Chile. Please explain... (read more)
2007-01-01 12:00:00

UAS and Flooding

Monitoring Flooding and Assessing Damage in the Czech Republic
Heavy rainfall in late May and early June 2013 caused the Elbe, Vltava and Kamenice rivers to burst their banks in the Czech Republic. Among other areas, the Troja area of Prague and the villages of Hrensko and Nové Kopisty were severely flooded. Here, the author describes the experiences gained by the Czech company Geodis while using UAS technology to monitor and assess the impact of floods for the first time. Having proved that it can provide geodata quickly, cheaply and efficiently, UAS is now attracting significant interest from authorities. Figure 1, MD4-1000 from microdrones. Geodis is the producer of... (read more)
2013-12-02 10:53:49
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