The New Era of Mobile Scanning

GIM International Interviews Felix Reinshagen, CEO of NavVis
Indoor mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. In this interview, Felix Reinshagen from NavVis shares his views on the future, including his confidence that there will be plenty more developments in automatically generated assets from reality capture, and how 3D scanning and the geospatial industry are set to impact the world in many respects. Felix Reinshagen is co-founder and CEO of NavVis, a company that was set up with the objective of bridging the gap between outdoor and indoor digital maps. Do you see laser scanning becoming a commodity in the near... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:57:16

How YellowScan is Pioneering in the World of UAVs and Lidar

Crossing the Ocean Marks New Milestone in Company’s Advance
YellowScan is one of the most eye-catching companies in the world of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and Lidar. From its beginnings as a small start-up created by professional surveyors with the goal to revolutionise the market, YellowScan has since become an established name thanks to a passionate team keen to deliver the best Lidar solutions that enable customers to achieve the best results from their projects. The French company has now decided to broaden its horizons by opening an office in North America. This article provides insight into YellowScan’s continuing journey towards making UAVs and Lidar a mainstream solution for... (read more)
2018-07-18 11:56:00

High-level Political Support Needed

GSDI and Land Administration within Europe
Administrative reform within Europe has had a tremendous impact on land administration all over the continent. Geo-Spatial Data Infrastructures (GSDI) may bring further improvements. The authors review land policy, land administration and the role of land information within society, and call for high-level political moves towards information sharing. Examples of administrative reforms within Europe are restoration of the primacy of politics, reduction in ministerial tasking to core business, and improving the output of public institutions by distance steering, decentralisation and de-concentration of institutions. Other methods of improving output include quality assurance programmes, special service projects, restoring democracy and reestablishment of... (read more)
2005-07-14 12:00:00

Boundary Dimensions as Basis

Managing a Cadastral SDI Framework
Cadastral information is a fundamental layer in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and many GIS systems use it as a base framework. The authors introduce an approach to improve and maintain the spatial accuracy of cadastral boundary geometry that can concurrently improve the geometry of referenced layers. A multi-purpose cadastre is the goal of most countries today and, in many, ‘metes and bounds’ define boundaries. This system evolved during a period when it was relatively easy to measure lines but very difficult to find the exact coordinate location of a point on the earth's surface. Boundary dimensions and reference to... (read more)
2005-08-24 12:00:00

Leica Geosystems, HDS

Fifth User Conference and HQ, San Ramon, USA
Terrestrial laser scanning combines a high level of detail with surveying accuracy for the creation of 3D-models of virtually any object. The technology literally opens up new dimensions and so attracts widespread attention. It is in the interest of manufacturers to bring these people together for cross-fertilisation of ideas, so to drive the makers on towards problem solving and new survey solutions. Leica Geosystems HDS held the fifth such get-together in California from 22nd to 24th October 2007.<P> Arriving tired and tense after an intercontinental flight, the journey from San Francisco International Airport to San Ramon feels fraught. After a... (read more)
2008-01-11 12:00:00

Intergeo Preview 2011 (2)

Everyone who truly matters in the geomatics and surveying-related business will be travelling to Germany ¨C or more precisely to the Bavarian city of Nuremberg ¨C in the last week of September this year: Intergeo 2011 is being held in the Nuremberg exhibition centre (N¨¹rnbergMesse) from 27th to 29th September. The organisers are expecting some 17,500 visitors from more than 80 countries around the world to attend the trade show, while the associated conference is likely to welcome over 1,500 visitors ¨C and you will probably be among them! (Continued from Part 1 A - Joseph Attenberger)    Juniper Systems... (read more)
2011-09-21 04:24:30

Intergeo Preview 2009

Intergeo, the world’s largest congress and trade-fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, will this year be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 22nd to 24th September. About 16,000 visitors are expected to visit the event, and five hundred exhibitors will be showcasing their latest innovations in a hall area of 25,000m2. This preview aims to give a foretaste of the latest products and technologies to be presented at Intergeo. We invited exhibitors to introduce themselves and their offerings and many responded, resulting in this compilation. Impression of Intergeo 2009 - see Intergeo 2009 Photo Album   3D Laser Mapping 3D Laser Mapping... (read more)
2009-09-17 01:29:20

Intergeo Preview 2010

Intergeo, the world's largest congress and trade-fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, will this year be held in Cologne, Germany, from 5th to 7th October. About 15,000 visitors are expected to visit the event, and close to five hundred exhibitors will be showcasing their latest innovations in the Kölnmesse, the convention center of the city on the Rhine River. This preview aims to give you a foretaste of the latest products and technologies to be presented at Intergeo. We invited exhibitors to introduce themselves and their offerings, and many responded, resulting in this compilation. 3d Laser Mapping 3D Laser... (read more)
2010-09-29 02:07:09

Laser Scanning Technology Challenged

Shortcomings in Spatial Documentation of Heritage Sites
In this month’s Insider’s View Prof. Heinz Rüther puts some critical points on the shortcomings of laser-scanning technology in the spatial documentation of heritage sites. We invited manufacturers of laser-scanning sensors and software to comment on his challenging observations. Nearly 70% of the companies responded (ten in total) and seven felt qualified to reply: Optech, Riegl, Leica Geosystems, 3rd Tech, Visual Learning Systems, TopoSys and I-SiTE 3D Laser Imaging. We thank all respondents for their time and effort. Critical observations made by Prof. Heinz Rüther include the following. (1) The processing time of laser-scan data can be up to ten... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00

Capturing Geospatial Data from Vehicle Platforms

Jacobs’ Journey
Jacobs Geomatics provides support and consultancy to the company’s wider design and engineering services. In recent years Jacobs’ UK geomatics team has been involved in increasingly large infrastructure schemes, typically supporting preliminary and detailed design phases of projects. This requires advising on solutions and the subsequent provision of suitable geospatial data. As the projects have grown in scale and complexity, the company has increasingly sought to supplement traditional topographical survey capture techniques with rapid data techniques such as terrestrial laser scanning, aerial photography and Lidar. Over the past three to four years, Jacobs has also become increasingly involved in vehicle-mounted... (read more)
2016-11-18 09:10:37
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