Small Company, Big Ambitions

GIM Interviews Paul Bosman, CEO, CycloMedia Technology BV
CycloMedia Technology BV is a privately owned company based in Waardenburg, The Netherlands. The company exploits an in-house developed camera system for capturing urbanised areas from the road. In January 2006 Paul Bosman became CEO. He talked to us about his many ambitious plans. What are the main products and services offered by CycloMedia? Since the early nineties CycloMedia has built up experience in systematic mapping of urbanised areas on the basis of 360-degree images (so-called cycloramas). These images are captured from the road and at street level using a car as carrier of the camera system, including positioning and... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Indoor Positioning

Technologies, Features and Prospects
Outdoor positioning and navigation techniques using GNSS have been well explored and are now a vital part of daily life all over the planet. Since GNSS was initially designed to support the military during open-air combat, there was no need for the signals to be able to pass through walls and roofs. Indoor positioning therefore requires the alternatives to GNSS. How can geomatics contribute to the deployment of indoor positioning solutions? In aiming to find answers to that question, this article also examines current technologies and the various types of applications they originate from. An indoor positioning system is a... (read more)
2013-10-28 01:54:29

High-precision GNSS Receivers

The benefits and availability of new signals and systems
What will the new GNSS signals bring to the user of high-precision receivers? This article provides a brief overview of what users can expect from GNSS systems that are currently in the modernisation/development stage, looking at new signals and emerging techniques including coverage of GNSS developments such as GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and Compass/Beidou. In view of the planned timeframe, what we can do to improve the robustness of our receivers with a special focus on interference and the upcoming solar maximum? The use of high-precision GPS for surveying applications has increased dramatically over the last decade. GPS receivers can provide... (read more)
2011-11-09 03:18:00

Towards All-in-one Photogrammetry

A Case Study of Dense Image Matching Using Oblique Imagery
Modern photogrammetric camera architectures provide high-resolution imagery in nadir and oblique views. This case study sets out to prove the potential of oblique imagery to deliver dense point clouds to be used for DEM, 3D city model and true orthophoto generation – an important step towards ‘all-in-one’ photogrammetry. 3D point clouds for DEM or orthophoto production are typically collected using airborne Lidar systems. The recent development of dense image matching methods provides an efficient alternative by deriving point clouds from imagery. Within this fully automated image processing pipeline, corresponding pixels between multiple images are determined. Each pixel represents a sight... (read more)
2012-04-26 11:32:21

COWI Consultation

Subsidiary Kampsax Flourishes
COWI is a northern European consultancy group headquartered in Lyngby, Denmark, near the capital Copenhagen. Its 3,500 employees are distributed over nearly all continents and provide a variety of services in the fields of engineering, environmental science and economics. In June 2002 COWI acquired mapping company Kampsax and five years on we wondered how Kampsax was faring within the new constellation. To find out we headed for Copenhagen.<P> Since 1998 it has been possible to reach Copenhagen on the eastern side of the island of Zealand entirely by land, without having to take the ferry across the Great Belt (Storebælt).... (read more)
2007-10-16 12:00:00

From Bitcoins to Bitsquares

Blockchain Land Administration
An article in 'The Economist' in October 2015 stated that land registries across much of the world are “badly kept, mismanaged and/or corrupt”. This causes insecurity and injustice. It also means that it can be difficult for citizens to use their property as collateral for a mortgage, which hampers economic development. Building good and reliable land administration systems, however, can be a complicated and expensive activity. Now, a secure mechanism called blockchain, originally developed to handle and store transactions in the bitcoin digital currency, offers a chance for land administration by providing trust by definition. By Derek van Bochove, Louis... (read more)
2016-08-24 10:32:15

Coalition to Create Global Way of Measuring Property Assets

From 1 to 2 May 2013, the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) takes part in the first meeting of a global coalition willing to create a universal method of measuring property assets. This method would tackle the problem of low investor confidence in property, its negative impact on financial markets, and ultimately global economic instability. The meeting takes place at the World Bank, Washington DC. At present, the way property assets are measured varies wildly from country to country. Even within a same country there are many differing approaches. With so many different methods of measurement available, it makes... (read more)
2013-05-01 02:39:50

MOBA Excavator System at Work in Major Chinese Construction Project

Several billion cubic metres of earth will be moved and countless tons of concrete laid in China's South-North water transfer, one of the country's largest ever infrastructure projects. For the ambitious canal construction work, MOBA’s excavator system Xsite LINK is in use. The canal construction project was initiated by the Chinese government to deal with the scarcity of water in the northern part of the country. In Beijing alone, with its more than 20 million inhabitants, the groundwater level has sunk by around one and a half metres annually in the last few years. That means that it is getting... (read more)
2013-08-21 09:40:08

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

Archaeology and GIS in Jordan

Geo-IT in Reconstruction of Baptism Area
Geo-information technology, in particular photogrammetry, digital elevation models, ground-penetrating radar, GIS and 3D modelling, was used to document the recently discovered Baptism area in Jordan for purposes of both science and tourism. Requirements for 3D models included high-level geometric accuracy, detailed reconstruction and efficiency in model size and photo-realism. Geomatics technology helps generate accurate digital records of historical and archaeological objects while reducing overall costs. The Baptism area is an important site of early Christianity, rich in spiritual associations from the old and new Testaments. It is the settlement of Bethany, in Jordan, where John the Baptist lived and performed... (read more)
2007-01-01 12:00:00
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