Column: 3D Mobile Mapping

Over the last few years street-level mobile mapping and reality capturing has quietly become one of the most important geospatial mapping technologies. There are already hundreds of mapping vehicles collecting vast amounts of geospatial data. But what we see today is only the start, believes Stephan Nebiker from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).   In the future, accurate and dense 3D representations of the urban environment along traffic corridors and within buildings will be captured and created fully automatically and upated regularly if not in real-time. These digital realities will serve a multitude of purposes, including... (read more)
2016-07-17 05:10:16

Inertial Navigation for Mobile Mapping

IXSEA announced a series of deliveries of LANDINS, the high-end INS positioning system specifically designed for mobile mapping and route mapping applications in dense urban areas, where GPS quality is often poor and the need for geo-referenced information is most critical.   LANDINS combines a high-grade Inertial Navigation System, highly accurate position, precise timing and a very fast output rate in one box and provides data for real-time mobile scanning engineering survey. M3DM, based in the Netherlands has ordered LANDINS INS. M3DM's road survey system provides absolute accuracy close to conventional static road measurements. LANDINS compensates the vehicle motion and... (read more)
2009-05-01 12:07:36

Orbit Announces Mobile Mapping Application

Orbit GT has announced the availability of its mobile mapping application Orbit AIM3 version 10.4. The update is immediately available for download. This upgrade is notable since it marks the integration of Orbit’s 3D virtual world viewer within its mobile mapping portfolio. Peter Bonne, VP business development and senior product manager at ORBIT GT, said this is a major step ahead for all those trying to get the most out of mobile mapping. Real-time browsing and measuring in huge point cloud databases is a major achievement in the Lidar world, he added. Bonne stated Orbit GT is pleased to present... (read more)
2013-01-14 09:15:00

Mobile Road Mapping in Cameroon

Supporting Water Utilities Renewal
In Yaoundé, Cameroon, little cartographic data of the road network, public assets and utilities is available. To efficiently renovate the city’s drinking water network, mobile mapping technology was used, taking extra care to ensure planimetric accuracy near the equator. It provided the GIS data for the road maps needed for the project planning. The experimental methodology used – with GIS and web suites integrated in the network construction project at all stages – was a good fit with the current African context and offers promising potential for future projects. The Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation and Water Cameroonian are jointly in... (read more)
2016-11-17 09:46:32

Mobile Mapping Resolve Property Claims

Forty-nine Ashtech MobileMapper 6 GPS/GIS field terminals have been purchased by two key Republic of Kosovo agencies, the Kosovo Property Agency (KPA) and the Kosovo Cadastre Agency (KCA), to map property boundaries to help resolve private property claims. While the KPA is specialised in solving property and juridical conflicts, the KCA on the other hand needs to collect GIS attributes associated with meter-accuracy positions for the local cadastral offices. Following Serbian occupation more than 20,000 property claims requiring legal confirmation have been filed by returning war refugees. The restoration of legal rights and physical possession of properties is an essential... (read more)
2010-12-02 10:43:01

Advancements in Mobile Mapping Research

3D Laser Mapping has been selected to supply its StreetMapper technology as part of a futuristic project to advance mobile mapping. StratAG, based at the University of Ireland, brings together researchers from across Ireland and is focussed around the generic theme of Geospatial Monitoring and Early Warning.   Using Riegl laser scanners supplied by 3D Laser Mapping, StratAG are designing a new generation mobile mapping system, incorporating multispectral cameras, which will be used for tasks including safety risk assessment and environmental impact of road networks, 3D city modelling and environmental monitoring including landslide and flooding.    The Riegl VQ-250 laser... (read more)
2009-04-16 03:27:14

Advances in Mobile Mapping Technology

Taylor and Francis (The Netherlands) has announced a new publication in the ISPRS Book Series, Advances in Mobile Mapping Technology. The publication was edited by C. Vincent Tao of Microsoft Virtual Earth Business Unit & Jonathan Li of the University of Waterloo, Canada. Tao and Li’s book describes the latest research and developments in the fast-moving area of mobile mapping technology, which allows geospatial data to be gathered by mapping sensors mounted on mobile platforms. These platforms include satellites, aircraft, road vehicles and ships; while the newest portable sensors may simply be carried by an individual. Advances in telecommunication networks... (read more)
2007-02-19 03:36:19

Mobile Mapping Content for Web and Mobile Devices

Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies has announced the release and availability of the Orbit Mobile Mapping Publisher version 10.3. Peter Bonne, VP Business Development and senior product manager at Orbit GT, describes the Mobile Mapping Publisher release as "a breakthrough for all mobile mapping data producers". He continues: "For the first time, mobile mapping content such as panoramic imagery and point cloud can be published to the web and to mobile devices, regardless of the system one uses for collection of the data. It will revolutionise the emerging mobile mapping business and make its content accessible for all.” The Orbit Mobile Mapping Publisher is a... (read more)
2012-09-06 05:26:14

High-performance Mobile Mapping System for Forest Road Mapping

Back in 2012, Siteco – an Italian developer of Lidar mapping systems – won the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region tender in its home country by designing and developing a special model of Road-Scanner, a flexible system that can be installed on pickups and quads. The Forest Operational Survey Department wanted to enable its engineering staff to catalogue and update the forest roads in order to develop maintenance programmes and create an inventory of the road network. To achieve this, it issued a tender for the supply of a very versatile mobile mapping system (MMS) that would allow the organisation to update its system dynamically. The implementation... (read more)
2015-11-30 09:25:37

Mobile LIDAR Mapping Focus for International LiDAR Mapping Forum

The upcoming International Lidar Mapping Forum which is being held in Denver, Colorado, USA from 3rd to 5th March 2010 has devoted a new conference session to mobile mapping and has introduced a number of introductory workshops on the subject as well as attracting a large number of exhibitors who will be promoting this cutting edge technology. Mobile mapping - A rapidly emerging technology With airborne Lidar mapping now well accepted as a cost effective and accurate method of creating large-area topographic maps or digital elevation models, the new rapidly emerging technology to watch is mobile Lidar mapping. The advantages... (read more)
2010-01-12 09:11:03
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