Photogrammetry Tool for UAV Land Surveying Missions

Before the introduction of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for aerial photogrammetry, planes, helicopters and metric cameras were used. Aerial mapping projects were often not only costly, but also complex due to the images being taken from high altitudes. UAVs have provided more affordable and faster aerial mapping solutions. When it comes to planning survey missions for small UAVs, UgCS is suitable software for the job. It supports most UAV platforms and provides useful tools such as a photogrammetry tool and an image geotagging tool. The photogrammetry tool in UgCS (designed by SPH Engineering) allows creating and flying photogrammetry missions... (read more)
2017-03-08 11:54:19

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

Trimble Launches New Field Solutions for Land and Construction Surveying

Trimble has introduced the Trimble TSC7 controller, a new field solution for land and civil construction surveyors. The TSC7, combined with specialised software, defines the next generation of data collection and computing for mobile workers. The Trimble TSC7 brings powerful enhancements to the field and was designed based on customer feedback. It provides a tablet experience with a physical keyboard and a sunlight readable 7-inch touchscreen that supports pinch, tap and slide gestures. Users can interact with the TSC7 intuitively, easily zooming, panning and selecting items on the large touchscreen. Front- and rear-facing cameras allow users to video conference their... (read more)
2018-04-19 11:20:38

Geomatics and Surveying in Support of Land Administration

Implementing Tenure Security for All
Today’s geospatial technology means that land administration systems can increasingly be implemented for the benefit of all. It is now possible to conceive approaches to capturing the unrecorded geometry of boundaries for the billions of unrecognised land interests or spatial units. In addition, new approaches are becoming apparent for the maintenance of collected data. Examples from the field show that we’re well on the way to responding to the challenge. From a geomatics and geoscience perspective, many tools are already available to support development, but further steps are needed to operationalise them at scale. Read on for an article investigating a... (read more)
2017-03-07 11:14:08

From the Highest Point: Land Surveying in Mesdag’s Day

Back in 1880, while Dutch maritime painter Mesdag was standing at the top of the highest dune in the seaside town of Scheveningen making sketches for his Panorama, surveyors were travelling the length and breadth of the country to create a new map of the Netherlands. Both the artist and the surveyor sought out the highest point in the landscape – one to create an optical illusion, and the other to measure distances. What are the differences between their methods? Visitors can find out in an exhibition called ‘From the Highest Point: Land Surveying in Mesdag’s Day’ at Panorama Mesdag... (read more)
2019-03-28 09:08:19
2017-02-22 11:32:07

International Land Banking/Land Consolidation Conference

4CLI/CELK (Central-European Centre for Communication, Consultation and Land Issues) (Hungary) has announced that it is hosting an international conference on land consolidation and land banking issues to be held in Budapest, Hungary on 1-2 December 2005. Land Consolidation and availability of Land Funds bear a crucial significance for all the ex-communist countries due to the fact that the modernisation of land market has become a pressing and salient economic duty for the governments of these countries. The conference will highlight the following topics: the differences between the political approach relating to land consolidation in Western and Eastern countries what kind... (read more)
2005-10-14 12:00:00

Surveying Profession in Transition

Report on FIG Congress 2018
The beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey played host to the XXVI International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Congress from 6-11 May 2018. With the theme of ‘Embracing Our Smart World Where the Continents Connect: Enhancing the Geospatial Maturity of Societies’, the congress brought together more than 2,300 professionals, academics and specialists from over 90 countries to discuss the current and future challenges of surveying. More than 400 papers were presented in a hundred sessions, including joint sessions with partners such as UN-GGIM, UN-Habitat, FAO and World Bank. This article looks back on some of the key highlights of the event. The welcome... (read more)
2018-06-13 10:44:46

Scanner Goes Gyrocopter Surveying

A South African company is pioneering the latest laser scanning technology with plans to mount high-speed scanners on a variety of mobile platforms including a gyrocopter, 4x4s and even a golf cart. Supplied by 3D Laser Mapping, the RIEGL VZ-400 will be used by Land and Marine Surveys, a survey company based in Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for traditional terrestrial scanning, mobile data capture and the production of design-quality graphics.     "Our R&D on mobile scanning goes back to 2008, where we had previously tried other devices on our survey vessel, the back of our utility van as... (read more)
2011-09-29 12:00:00

Thai Surveying Satellite Theos

Thailand's first geography-surveying satellite ''Theos'' is expected to be launched into orbit October 2007. The six-billion-baht satellite, officially called Thailand Earth Observation System (Theos), is being built by France-based Astrium S.A.S. Equipped with two cameras, the satellite is expected to help the government better plan natural disaster management as it will be able to help monitor areas prone to floods and coastal areas at risk of being hit by tsunami waves. ''The most important benefit to us is the development of Thai personnel in the area of space technology,'' Science and Technology Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong said. More than 20 Thai... (read more)
2007-01-29 10:51:10
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