Any Geospatial Questions? Ask the Specialist!

Are you considering trying out a new mapping method? Or perhaps you’re struggling with a tricky challenge on a new survey project? Take this opportunity to ask our broad network of experts for help! For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in the upcoming edition of the annual GIM International Business Guide, we’re inviting you to send us your burning questions about geospatial surveying. We will pass the questions on to relevant industry experts to provide you with a comprehensive and detailed answer to help you on your way. In addition to being published in the ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in... (read more)
2019-12-13 11:57:43

Matti T. Vaaja

Matti T. Vaaja is a professor of digital photogrammetry at Aalto University’s School of Engineering in Finland. His research topics include development of close-range photogrammetry, laser scanning and mobile mapping methods and applications. (read more)
2019-12-11 10:22:06

Night-time Mobile Mapping of Road Surface Luminance

Capturing Road Environment Lighting Inventories Using a Luminance-calibrated Mobile Mapping System
Lighting – which is measured in luminance plays a key role in improving road safety. A new measurement system is now being deveoped to evaluate night-time road lighting conditions based on luminance-calibrated 3D point cloud data. This new approach integrates imaging photometry, which is commonly used to measure road lighting, with mobile laser scanning techniques, which are mainly used to measure the 3D geometry of the road environment. There are many interesting potential applications of the resulting georeferenced luminance point cloud. In road traffic, the role of illumination is to improve the visibility of the road and the surrounding environment.... (read more)
2019-12-11 10:10:24

Fit-for-purpose Capacity Building in Mozambique

The Mozambican Land Administration System is still far from complete due to colonial legacy and decades of civil war. The government faces a major challenge: capturing 5 million plots of land with corresponding user rights in the next five years. The enormous task of registering all those landholders has two main components: the registering itself and the organizing of the information. Fit-for-purpose approach The land registry organization of Mozambique, DINAT (Direcção Nacional de Terras), wants to catch up in a targeted, fast and affordable way. To cope with the enormous amount of plots, many people must be trained. For that,... (read more)
2019-12-10 11:17:48

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics Enter into Drone Maps Partnership

Wingtra and PCI Geomatics are teaming up to offer flexible software solutions, easier ground control for repeated surveys and one-to-one resolution – also known as DSM true ortho – image processing with the WingtraOne-Geomatica bundle. “In order to produce high-quality products, we generate digital surface models (DSMs) at one-to-one resolution,” said Kevin Jones, executive director of marketing at PCI Geomatics. “This means if you are producing one-centimetre imagery captured by the WingtraOne UAV, you can produce one-centimetre DSMs using Geomatica.” For more than 35 years, PCI Geomatics has been providing academics, governments and commercial enterprises with mapping solutions for aerial... (read more)
2019-12-03 03:25:56

Putting Drone Mapping into Practice in Malawi

Drone technology has improved to the point where take-offs are easier than ever. Flight planning apps such as Pix4Dcapture help aspiring pilots take to the skies. But what happens next? In 2017, the government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use. In this context, UNICEF Malawi hosted Pix4D for a 3-day workshop in the capital city Lilongwe, aimed at local participants from a range of different sectors. The workshop’s objective was... (read more)
2019-12-02 09:02:04

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

7 Questions about Hydrography and Its Relevance for Geomatics

The Perfect Combination of Science and Technology Applied to the Sea
According to NOAA (The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of the navigable portion of the Earth's surface and adjoining coastal areas. It can be seen as an application area within the geospatial engineering discipline. We asked 7 questions to Laurent Kerléguer, the new director general of the French Hydrographic Office (Shom), to learn more about the world of hydrography. Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, GIM International asks him about the latest developments regarding the... (read more)
2019-11-26 03:24:07

Mapping Fast-growing Informal Settlements in Africa

The Million Neighborhoods Map is a groundbreaking visual tool that provides the first comprehensive look at informal settlements across Africa. This helps to identify communities most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Updates for Central and South America, India and parts of Europe and Asia will come online in early 2020. The network builds a common framework, tools and data for mapping, planning and coordinating solutions towards fulfilling the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Global Sustainable Development. The Million Neighborhoods Map, a collaborative network of diverse organizations, including the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, is the first such map... (read more)
2019-11-26 02:28:33

International Lidar Mapping Forum

International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest lidar and emerging remote-sensing and data collection technologies and applications. Taking place as part of Geo Week, ILMF brings together geospatial professionals from around the world for unparalleled education, networking, and commercial connections. (read more)
2019-11-25 08:37:48
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