Leica Geosystems Launches TerrainMapper-2 Hybrid Mapping Solution

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has introduced the Leica TerrainMapper-2, the latest solution in the company’s hybrid sensor road map developed to integrate Lidar and image capture technology in airborne sensors and allow users to collect more data per flight. Built to execute complex and challenging regional mapping projects, the TerrainMapper-2 incorporates new imaging technology and reduces system complexity for higher efficiency. The upgrade of the TerrainMapper-2 to an integrated system controller and storage makes it easy to install in any survey aircraft by eliminating the additional equipment rack. The system also offers a seamless upgrade path to the Leica... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:48:38

Bluesky and University of Leicester Partner in Lidar for Detailed Tree Analysis

Bluesky International is co-funding research into the use of Lidar, machine learning and artificial intelligence to create citywide maps of trees enriched with new levels of information in an advanced postgraduate degree study in partnership with the UK’s University of Leicester. A specialist in aerial mapping, Bluesky use aircraft mounted lasers (Lidar) to capture millions of highly accurate measurements called point clouds that detail the earth’s surface and features. Bluesky has already pioneered nationwide maps detailing the location, height and canopy cover of trees and this R&D project is expected to result in an automated workflow for the extraction of tree... (read more)
2020-10-15 11:17:46

Visualizing forest and vegetation from Lidar data

Aerial images are great for interpreting tree species, but they don’t show tree heights and structure in the forest. Blom is a supplier in the Nordic market for capturing, processing and modelling of geographical information and created Blomforestview. This software makes Lidar data easy to interpret, individual trees are visualized with a color scale that describes the height of the tree. The surface model is treated so that the user also gets an impression of heights in the landscape, and put in context, new information can be obtained from the surroundings. In both forests and urban areas, even good aerial... (read more)
2020-10-19 01:51:52

RIEGL Presents New Products for 2020 at Intergeo Digital

In line with tradition, RIEGL is once again using Intergeo – albeit digitally this year – to present its latest product innovations. At both the virtual RIEGL booth and in the online forums of Intergeo 2020 Digital, the globally active Austrian laser scanner manufacturer is showing which new developments in the field of Lidar surveying technology can be used to further advance the digitization of the world. Especially in the field of UAV-based laser scanning (ULS), RIEGL is keen to live up to its pioneering reputation. This year, it is presenting the RIEGL VUX-120, a new Lidar sensor that weighs... (read more)
2020-10-15 09:55:57

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

Bathymetry from UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Improving Results with Refraction Corrections
Accurate bathymetric mapping of shallow areas is essential for a plethora of offshore activities. Through Structure from Motion (SfM) and Multiview Stereo (MVS) techniques, images can provide a low-cost alternative compared to Lidar and sonar systems while also offering important visual information. This article presents a new framework for mapping the seabed in clear and calm shallow waters for small- and large-scale surveys using aerial imagery and machine learning to correct the geometric effects of refraction on the 3D point clouds and the imagery. SfM is a photogrammetric technique for estimating 3D structures from 2D image sequences. It involves acquiring... (read more)
2020-10-13 10:42:39

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

Extraterrestrial Hydrography

While there is still lots of ocean mapping work to do on Earth, oceans situated elsewhere in our solar system hold plenty of mysteries too, writes Wim van Wegen in this column. The oceans on our planet remain largely an unexplored world, far from divulging many of their secrets. Seabed 2030, which is a joint project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO), aims to collect all available bathymetric data in order to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor by 2030. As of today (and despite many years of... (read more)
2020-10-08 08:47:41

James Van Rens

James Van Rens is the senior vice president of RIEGL USA, the North American headquarters for RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems. He is also the strategic advisor for the RIEGL Group and Government & Industry Relations for RIEGL International. He holds a combined BA/BSc degree from Marquette University and has over 30 years of experience in remote sensing, 3D mapping and Lidar technology. (read more)
2020-10-02 02:48:37
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