Bringing Reality into the Information Space

Interview with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Chief Technology Strategist and Evangelist, FARO
FARO is known as a trusted source of high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and visualisation technology. In the surveying and mapping field, the company is particularly well known for its laser scanning solutions. On behalf of 'GIM International', Wim van Wegen recently met with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, chief technology strategist and head of FARO Labs (the company’s research and innovation department), to discuss what we can expect from laser scanning and its role as key reality capturing technology in the years ahead. You recently announced that you have divided your business into six vertical sales and product management business units. What is... (read more)
2017-07-10 11:00:08

Cartography as a Tool for Geospatial Decision Support

GIM International Interviews Ferjan Ormeling
From 25 to 30 August 2013, the 26th International Cartographic Conference was being held in Dresden, Germany, bringing together cartographers and geographic information science specialists from across the globe. In recognition of the importance of the study and practice of mapmaking, GIM International had devoted its August 2013 issue to this event, so it was particularly fitting to feature an interview with Ferjan Ormeling, the prominent Dutch cartographer. Covering cartographic challenges, the power of maps, and lessons that can be learned from the past, Ormeling's views are that of an inspired and inspirational proclaimer of his specialist field. In May 2013... (read more)
2013-08-05 11:17:17

Galileo: Commercial Hopes Unrealistic

GIM Interviews Owen M. Goodman, Chief Operating Officer, Fugro N.V.
It is likely to be 2012 before the Galileo system itself is fully operational on a stand-alone basis, says this month’s interviewee Owen Goodman, and Galileo will never be a commercially viable service as long as GPS and Glonass are free. Given current plans, Galileo is heading inevitably towards a funding crisis. National security and defence agencies could make a substantial financial contribution, but this at the expense of Galileo’s status as a civilian system. The EU should leave the fulfilment of specialist civilian needs to commercial GNSS augmentation service providers and the makers of ‘RTK-type’ GNSS equipment, so that... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00

Galileo: Commercial Hopes Unrealistic

GIM Interviews Owen M. Goodman, Chief Operating Officer, Fugro N.V.
It is likely to be 2012 before the Galileo system itself is fully operational on a stand-alone basis, says this month’s interviewee Owen Goodman, and Galileo will never be a commercially viable service as long as GPS and Glonass are free. Given current plans, Galileo is heading inevitably towards a funding crisis. National security and defence agencies could make a substantial financial contribution, but this at the expense of Galileo’s status as a civilian system. The EU should leave the fulfilment of specialist civilian needs to commercial GNSS augmentation service providers and the makers of ‘RTK-type’ GNSS equipment, so that... (read more)
2006-02-23 12:00:00

Harmonising UAS Regulations and Standards

GIM interviews Peter van Blyenburgh, president of UVS International
Many people dream of making a living out of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs), but so far a lack of clear rules and regulations has stood in the way of that dream. However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon – especially in Europe – and best practices will spread across the world like an ink blot, according to Peter van Blyenburgh, president of UVS International. His independence from individual companies or governments makes him notoriously frank and he is an outspoken ambassador for the sector on all five continents. Your main concern over the past decade has... (read more)
2016-12-13 01:26:50

Digital Oblique Aerial Cameras (2)

A Survey of Features and Systems
In recent years, aerial photogrammetry has increasingly been using camera systems which capture nadir and oblique images at the same time. The number of oblique systems on offer in the marketplace for airborne geodata collection is growing steadily – a strong indicator that the technology is rapidly maturing. In this follow-up article, the author highlights oblique systems from Digicam, Dimac, Icaros, VisionMap and Wehrli. (By Mathias Lemmens, Senior Editor of GIM International, The Netherlands) The previous article on digital oblique aerial camera provided a general introduction to oblique aerial imagery and the diverse camera configurations which allow oblique image capture.... (read more)
2014-06-06 10:24:09

Downtown Dublin as a Lidar Point Cloud

A Highly Accurate, Diverse and Dense Annotated Laser Scanning Dataset of a City Centre
The advance of Lidar data acquisition technologies is substantially increasing the amount of spatial data obtained and it is becoming cost-prohibitive to process it manually. Artificial intelligence (AI) has now started to offer cost-effective solutions to analyse and utilize those big datasets. AI can be employed for scene understanding, accurately detecting objects and classifying 3D assets. These are the significant fundamentals of several applications including autonomous navigation, intelligent robotics, urban planning, emergency management and even forest monitoring. The most popular types of 3D spatial information for such applications are Lidar and imagery data. This article describes the dense annotated ground-truth... (read more)
2019-11-27 10:05:38

InSAR Used to Create Ground Stability Maps

Zooming on a Groundbreaking Revolution
Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) is a technique that can measure millimetre-scale movement of the ground from space. It does this by comparing the return echoes, and thus the signal-path length, from two or more radar images taken over the same place, over time. Modern InSAR is now used by a range of industries concerned with ground or structural stability, from building development and control, to oil and gas production, to mining, to road and rail management. This article explains some key aspects of InSAR technology, including its innovative use to produce ground stability maps. Phase Shifters InSAR is based upon... (read more)
2019-03-07 05:09:42

TIGER Tale

Uncertainty of US Core Geo-demographic Data
Core geo-demographic data in a GIS-compatible format derived from decennial US censuses has greatly benefited marketers, social scientists and governments. It has also inspired development of similar datasets in other countries. However, the US Census Bureau’s Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) data has many limitations, including missing or erroneous data, inaccurate or deliberately misleading responses, misinterpretation by casual users, and reinterpretation by various groups bent on teasing out information. There is also potential for criminal misuse of derived information. One of the biggest sources of uncertainty concerns undercounting of various groups, many but not all socially marginalised. So-called... (read more)
2007-01-02 09:23:23

Mapping the Indoor World

Towards Crowdsourcing Geographic Information about Indoor Spaces
The availability of mobile devices for all has boosted the demand for indoor location-based services such as indoor routing or indoor navigation. Both researchers and companies are trying to adapt well-known outdoor solutions to the requirements of indoor spaces. Crowdsourced geographic information is already a promising new data source for outdoor applications. A logical next step would be to apply this novel paradigm to the indoor world. The authors propose and discuss a new model that extends the scope of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) communities – essentially OpenStreetMap – towards indoor spaces. This enables the open collection and usage of... (read more)
2012-04-17 03:46:15
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