Lidar’s Next Geospatial Frontier

The State of Lidar for UAS Applications
Over the past two decades, airborne Lidar has evolved from a developmental technology into a well-established mapping solution, and in the process has revolutionised the surveying and mapping industry. Today, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) represent the next geospatial frontier. With recent advancements in sensor technology, the adoption of Lidar for UASs is rapidly expanding, leading to new industry horizons. Read on for insights into the current state of UAS-based Lidar technology and emerging trends. (By Michael Starek and Jinha Jung, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA) Integration of traditional airborne Lidar mapping technology with UASs has been challenging due to the... (read more)
2015-04-07 03:55:32

Trimble Creates Geospatial Division

Geo-3D, RolleiMetric, TopoSys, and INPHO have merged to create Trimble's GeoSpatial Division to provide sensors, systems, solutions, and professional services to the global geospatial industry. Trimble's GeoSpatial business delivers solutions in 3 key areas: Photogrammetry and LIDAR; Roads, Highways and Rail; Utilities and Energy for Transmission & Distribution.     Trimble's GeoSpatial Division offers data collection and information processing productivity solutions for: Capturing georeferenced data Extracting features and attributes Analyzing conditions and changes Managing assets and operations Integrating geospatial data into an enterprise system     (read more)
2009-06-23 11:07:38

Geospatial Photo Filing

Geo Tactical Solutions, USA, is in the final stages of development for its new photo mapping and management software PhotoGIS. This solution will allow users to easily map, organise, export and manage images taken with GPS-enabled digital cameras while also providing capabilities designed to enhance and streamline the photo-capture workflow for various military, federal and commercial organisations.   One feature of PhotoGIS is its QR code generator for pre-field data collection. The user enters project or mission related information saved as ‘memos' and the software generates a QR code for the camera to scan. This ‘memo' information, once in the... (read more)
2012-01-03 01:57:18

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

What is a blockchain and how is it relevant for geospatial applications?
A blockchain is an immutable trustless registry of entries, hosted on an open distributed network of computers (called nodes). It is potentially safer and cheaper than traditional centralised databases, is resilient to attacks, enhances transparency and accountability and puts people in control of their own data. Blockchain technology is already being used in some geospatial applications, as explained here. (By Jonas Ellehauge, awesome map tools, Norway) As an immutable registry for transactions of digital tokens, blockchain is suitable for geospatial applications involving data that is sensitive or a public good, autonomous devices and smart contracts. Use Cases Here are some geospatial... (read more)
2016-10-06 09:13:54

Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) (VA, USA) has launched the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program to support the professional education needs of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft. Colleges and universities are encouraged to apply to accredit their geospatial intelligence certificate program based on the criteria developed by USGIF. Applications can be found online at http://www.usgif.org/About_Committees_Academic.aspx. Applications must be submitted by 31st October for evaluation starting in November or by February 2008 for evaluation in May 2008.   "The Foundation's vision for this Geospatial Intelligence Certificate Program is to uphold an accredited institution to support the professional education needs of the geospatial... (read more)
2007-08-15 02:00:48

Sustainable Geospatial Building Opens

A new GBP4.5 million Geospatial Building has been completed by a trio of Nottinghamshire firms. Located in the University's Innovation Park, close to the Jubilee Campus, the project is a regional beacon in terms of research and training facilities.  The three storey building will be the new home for the University's Centre for Geospatial Science, the Galileo Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) and the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG). The new three-storey centre has been designed by a team of three Nottingham-based firms: maber architects, mechanical and electrical consultants d3-Shipway and structural engineers Price &... (read more)
2010-01-27 04:42:18

Geospatial World in Hyderabad

The geospatial world gathered in Hyderabad, India, from January 18th to 21st at the Geospatial World Forum (GWF). With high-profile guests and delegates from all over the globe convening in the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, the old city of the Nizam rulers once again became a buzzing hub of geospatial business. More than 400 speakers addressed sixty thematic sessions, and close to 2,000 delegates filled the Hyderabad International Convention Center.   Last Frontier During the opening ceremony it was remarked that more than 80% of all data has a geographical reference, be it in the field of environment, biology... (read more)
2011-02-22 04:02:55

Geospatial Catalog v2.2.0

GeoNetwork has announced the release of GeoNetwork opensource 2.2.0, a standard based geospatial catalog application that helps people and organizations to organize and publish their geospatial data through the web. It is currently used in numerous Spatial Data Infrastructure initiatives across the world.                   The software provides an easy to use web interface to search geospatial data across multiple catalogs, combine distributed map services in the embedded map viewer, send annotated interactive maps to friends by email, publish geospatial data using the online metadata editing tools and optionally the embedded GeoServer map server. Administrators have the option to manage user... (read more)
2008-04-08 09:47:38

3D Geospatial Challenge

Zebra Imaging, USA, is to conduct its first 3D Geospatial Challenge. Sponsorship of this 3D Geospatial Challenge is intended to encourage participants from the GIS community to use the company's software tools and print services to portray their GIS data using holographic technology. Zebra's visualisation ZScape product contributes to spatial understanding and communication.   The 3D Geospatial Challenge kicks off just prior to the Esri Federal GIS conference held 22nd to 24th February 2012 in Washington, D.C. As an Esri Business Partner, Zebra Imaging will be exhibiting 3D prints to demonstrate to the GIS community how to leverage the power and technology... (read more)
2012-02-21 09:47:00

Autodesk Enhances Geospatial Solutions

Autodesk, Inc. (CA, USA) has released enhancements to its AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 and AutoCAD Raster Design 2008 geospatial software products, which further improve the integration of geospatial data by planning, engineering and operations personnel in utilities and municipal governments. AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 includes new FDO features to improve users' ability to access and share data more effectively, regardless of its location or file type. Key enhancements in the latest release include: -         Faster access to data using FDO data access technology -- up to 90% faster. -         Capacity for more powerful analysis and visualisation of GIS and CAD... (read more)
2007-02-13 10:43:15
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