Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

President Trump Signs Executive Order on Positioning, Navigation and Timing

US President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order (EO) establishing a comprehensive national policy promoting the responsible use of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services by the Federal Government as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators. With this EO, the Trump administration aims to strengthen American resilience by identifying and promoting approaches to manage the risks to critical transportation systems and supporting commercial infrastructure from the disruption and manipulation of PNT services. PNT services, such as the US Global Positioning System (GPS), are critical to the safe and efficient use of the national transportation system by the traveling... (read more)
2020-02-18 09:55:42

Robert Mankowski

Robert Mankowski leads Bentley’s digital cities organization, which provides infrastructure engineering digital twin software and services to help cities with going digital, enabling more efficient city and regional operations for more connected and resilient infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and is a co-inventor of seven patented technologies. Mankowski joined Bentley Systems in 2004 as part of Bentley’s acquisition of Haestad Methods, a pioneer in object-oriented hydraulic analysis software, where he served as chief technology officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and is a licensed professional engineer. (read more)
2020-02-17 09:56:43

City-scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

Extreme weather events and rising populations are straining existing (and often inadequate) drainage infrastructure in cities around the world. The result is flooding that damages property and infrastructure, impacts human safety and weakens economies. Digital twins can help cities plan for disasters and will enable them to better respond to weather events. In 2015, the United Nations reported that over the previous decade, floods accounted for 43 percent of all documented natural disasters around the world, affecting 2.3 billion people and causing US$662 billion in damages. And this number is getting worse. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that... (read more)
2020-02-17 09:47:36

Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual 'GIM International' survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

What Are the Main Reasons for Choosing UAV-based Lidar Mapping?

Lidar mapping based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) can generally be thought of as a close-range version of manned airborne laser scanning. In brief, lower mobilization costs and much higher spatial resolution are allowing new Lidar mapping use cases in several disciplines, such as forestry, bathymetry, archaeology, infrastructure mapping, hazard management and so on. In general, modern UAV-based Lidar solutions fall into one of the following categories: Survey-grade sensors featuring narrow laser beams with a beam divergence of <1 mrad, high pulse repetition rates in the MHz range and sophisticated full waveform-based signal processing. These high-end sensors weigh around... (read more)
2020-02-11 02:00:17

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Simultaneous Capturing of Lidar and Imagery

How Major Cities May Benefit from a Hybrid Sensor System
People continue to migrate from rural areas to major cities, driving sustained urban growth and increasing the demand for accurate, detailed and up-to-date 3D city models. The creation of such models is still a cumbersome endeavour but new advancements, such as the combination of three sensor types – nadir camera, oblique cameras and a Lidar unit – in one and the same geodata acquisition system, may bring relief. Aerial surveys conducted in major cities in the UK and Ireland demonstrate the potential of this solution. Cities will continue to grow as long as the world’s population keeps flocking to urban... (read more)
2020-02-05 01:33:28

Industry Support for Geo Connect Asia 2020 Builds Momentum

An expanding list of industry leaders will be joining Geo Connect Asia 2020 – South East Asia's geospatial services and location intelligence event – taking place on 18 and 19 March in Singapore. Themed ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’, the event will feature leading technology and non-government organizations with representatives from the likes of the World Bank, Southeast Asian mobile technology giant Grab, the UK government’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey, and others. An Asian event with a global audience, Geo Connect Asia 2020 has announced new global exhibitors and sponsors who will be bringing their latest technologies and innovations to Singapore.  New exhibitors... (read more)
2020-02-05 09:44:50

Hexagon Buys COWI’s Aerial Mapping Division

Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire COWI's aerial mapping business. COWI, based in Denmark, is a leading international consulting group within engineering, economics and environmental sciences with a mapping business that serves as Europe's largest provider of airborne surveying and spatial data processing and a key partner of the HxGN Content Program. Bringing valuable expertise in capturing and selling Content as a Service (CaaS), COWI’s mapping unit has been delivering HxGN Content Program services in Europe since 2015. With approximately 400 specialists worldwide, the business provides public... (read more)
2020-01-30 09:08:12
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