Videographics Launches Mapping Drone with Integrated KlauPPK

With the new release of the Condor V8-PPK mapping drone, Munich-based Videographics Ingenieurgesellschaft has completed its toolbox for most precise photogrammetric aerial mapping and surveying projects. The German company Videographics is dedicated to supply superior UAV mapping technology and services. “We successfully generated an impressive knowledge base in the field of most precise GNSS-PPK direct georeferencing and have a solid understanding of all aspects, required for highly accurate results and efficient workflows.” says Stefan Warislohner, CEO of Videographics. “Besides KlauPPK modules and software, we have been able to provide our customers with workshops and trainings and all hardware and software... (read more)
2020-10-15 10:39:55

Digital Intergeo 2020 Starts This Tuesday

From 13 to 15 October, the virtual doors to Intergeo 2020 will be open on www.intergeo.digital. This year, all the familiar ingredients of the annual Intergeo event will be available online: exhibitors, products, highlights, keynotes, networking and global matchmaking! Through the virtual ‘entry hall’, visitors can access all the areas: Discover, Learn, Connect and Conference. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all the essential elements of the live trade fair – the conference, exhibitor stands with various interaction options, stages, personal exchange, and areas for networking and getting to know each other – are this year being translated into... (read more)
2020-10-12 01:49:20

At the Forefront of the Digital Transition

GIM International talks to Thomas Harring, president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems
Thomas Harring started in his position as president of Hexagon Geosystems and CEO of Leica Geosystems in early 2020. The year took a sudden and very unexpected turn when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic threw a spanner in the works. However, Harring emphasizes that the geospatial industry should use the momentum of the ‘new normal’ to further accelerate the sector’s ongoing transformation towards more customer-centric and autonomous digital solutions. How would you summarize the current state of the geospatial industry? Despite the undeniably terrible consequences of the current pandemic, the geospatial industry has not lost any of its importance... (read more)
2020-10-08 03:04:01

Highly-detailed Aerial Imagery of New Zealand in New LINZ Basemaps

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) recently launched LINZ Basemaps – a digital mapping background that provides context on which additional layers of information can be overlaid. LINZ’s acting chief executive Kathy Mansell stated the development of LINZ Basemaps is one of the ways LINZ is making data more accessible: “LINZ Basemaps can be enjoyed by anyone interested in exploring New Zealand in exquisite detail – from teachers and schoolchildren to app developers or those planning holidays in our beautiful country.” “Its full potential is unlocked in the hands of geospatial information specialists and web developers who can add more data... (read more)
2020-10-01 11:07:04

New Land Subsidence Map Reveals the Netherlands’ (In)Stability

Lopsided houses, subsiding streets, shifting dikes and nature reserves stricken by drought... all of this is revealed in the updated interactive Land Subsidence Map of the Netherlands, which was published recently. In the years ahead, there will need to be some serious investment in maintenance by citizens, businesses and government. Published jointly by the Netherlands Center for Geodesy and Geo-informatics (NCG), SkyGeo and TU Delft, the map shows the movement of billions of measurement points across the entire country. Whereas data of this kind previously needed to be collected manually, radio satellites have now been used, enabling new readings to... (read more)
2020-10-01 09:22:11

South Korean Smart Cities Combine 3D Digital Models with GIS and BIM

Around the world, local governments are rolling out Smart City/Digital Twin projects to support economic stimulation and tourism programmes and to improve the quality of life overall. Up-to-date 3D building models and comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, along with Building Information Modelling (BIM) data, are combined to create a digital twin of the inside and outside of buildings and the surrounding topography. In effect, the real world is converted into an exact digital replica to facilitate analysis, planning and management of all smart city assets. The primary goal behind 3D virtual cities is to reduce and manage problems typically... (read more)
2020-09-28 11:00:44

Kinematic Laser Scanning in Assessing Urban Land Use and Utility Infrastructure

Fast Site Visits and Accurate 3D Mapping
Urbanization and the development of megacities poses critical challenges for sustainable but efficient land use globally. Power lines, pipelines for water, district heating, gas and oil, and other technological systems are critical yet often hidden assets facilitating today’s lifestyles. Meanwhile, there is an ever-important need to preserve natural environments and recreational spaces in the world’s cities, despite the pressure to spread more concrete and asphalt to accommodate the people and businesses flocking to them. This article examines how kinematic laser scanning can support urban planning and infrastructure management. There is an ever-increasing need to use the limited urban land area... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:39:46

5G Wireless Network Design Relies on 3D Aerial Data

The development of fifth-generation wireless technology (5G) is spreading rapidly around the world. The initial improvement of up to 10x in speed and 400x in latency, as well as a much larger capacity for simultaneous users, will create endless opportunities for autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the future, by using additional spectrum, speed improvements could reach 100x and enable applications that we have not even imagined yet. To maximize performance of new 5G networks, telecommunication operators require high-resolution 3D data to develop signal propagation plans and select ideal locations for small antenna... (read more)
2020-09-28 10:42:42

Fugro Wins Contract for Nationwide US Surveying and Mapping Services

Fugro has been awarded a five-year 'indefinite delivery indefinite quantity' (IDIQ) contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District, for nationwide surveying and mapping services to support the planning, operations and management of government-owned property and assets. The contract will run until September 2025 and marks Fugro’s fourth consecutive award of this kind from the St. Louis District. Services associated with the award include photogrammetry, Lidar mapping, oblique imagery, topographic and planimetric mapping, land use and land cover mapping, and disaster response mapping. Visualizing geodata in 3D New to this contract cycle is the availability of... (read more)
2020-09-24 08:54:26

SEOSAT-Ingenio Moves a Step Closer to Launch

The Spanish high-resolution land imaging mission, known as SEOSAT-Ingenio, will soon be shipped from Airbus in Madrid to Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, where it will be prepared for launch later this year on a Vega rocket, according to an announcement by ESA. The Earth-observing satellite carries a state-of-the-art dual camera that can image Earth’s land with a resolution of 2.5m. The mission will benefit society through numerous disciplines such as cartography, agriculture, forestry, urban development and water management. With its capability to look sideways, it can access any point on Earth within three days, and will be used to... (read more)
2020-09-24 08:42:30
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