New Space Economy Era Presented at WGDC2019

‘New Space Economy Era’ was the theme of this year’s World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC2019), organized by Taibo and held from 9-10 July at the International Convention Center in Beijing, China. WGDC2019 brought together top geospatial information industry experts, leaders from application departments, and representatives of institutions, enterprises, investors and the media. The programme included 50-plus reports and over ten panel discussions, covering commercial aerospace, 3D scanning technology, G-TECH, high-precision maps and autonomous driving, land and space planning, smart city and digital government among other topics. The event highlighted the new space economy era against the backdrop of the integration... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:20:11

GeoDyn Launches High-speed Universal Aerial Film Scanner

GeoDyn, known for innovative image conversion and processing technology, released and demonstrated PromptSCAN_2, a very high-speed aerial film scanner, at the recent ISPRS Geospatial 2019 in Enschede, the Netherlands. PromptSCAN_2 accurately scans aerial film with resolution of 10, 15 or 20µm at two seconds per frame for panchromatic and three seconds per frame for colour. Thanks to its highly automated loading and exposure determination, it is possible to scan a complete film of 250 frames within 15 minutes – which is 50 times faster than any other aerial film scanner. This enables the very efficient conversion of valuable aerial film... (read more)
2019-07-11 12:02:51

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-07-11 09:55:02

5 Questions to… Sander Oude Elberink, GSW2019

In June this year, the Dutch city of Enschede welcomed the photogrammetry and remote sensing community for the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 (GSW2019). Whether to attend presentations, such as on ‘Façade Reconstruction for Textured LOD2 CityGML Models Based on Deep Learning and Mixed Integer Linear Programming’, or to meet up with fellow Lidar specialists from around the world, numerous delegates travelled to Enschede for a thorough update on what is going on in their area of expertise. We asked Sander Oude Elberink, programme chair of GSW2019, five questions in order to get an impression of this high-level event. How would... (read more)
2019-07-04 11:48:38

Taking the Stage at Intergeo

GIM International has been serving a worldwide audience of mapping and surveying professionals for more than 30 years. In addition to our print, online and social media channels, we are always on the lookout for other ways of highlighting all the innovation going on in the geospatial industry. Therefore, we are delighted to be taking the stage again during the conference programme at the Forum on the third day of this year’s Intergeo (Thursday 19 September). Over the decades, we have published countless features about state-of-the-art technical developments in our industry, shared challenging case studies employing the latest survey methods,... (read more)
2019-07-03 02:32:26

Land Surveying: Towards a Smarter Life

FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-26 April 2019
Surveyors and land professionals from all over the world came together in April in the heat of Hanoi to take part in the FIG 2019 Working Week. This year’s theme was ‘Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience’. The conference had a strong focus on tackling climate change by working towards a smarter life, both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are recognized as being essential factors in this development. There is a strong awareness that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:25:08

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

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

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

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
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