Space-based Dam Monitoring Project Secures New Funding

HR Wallingford, a specialist in water research, will broaden its space-based dam monitoring system, DAMSAT, to include water dams in a bid to reduce the risk of failures. The UK Space Agency has extended the organization’s funding following a pilot project to monitor tailings dams used to store toxic mine waste in Peru. Ultimately the technology could be employed worldwide to reduce the risks to those living downstream of dams. Over the next two years, HR Wallingford will use the ground-breaking DAMSAT software to monitor movement at several water dams in the Cerro de Pasco region of Peru. The system... (read more)
2019-08-07 10:06:24

UAV Maps New Zealand Beach to Create Detailed 3D Model

A landslide on Clifton Beach, New Zealand, earlier this year injured two Korean tourists when they were washed out to sea. Following this event, the beach was closed while Hastings District Council undertook a risk assessment. The Surveying Company was contracted to provide data collected by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') to assist the council in making public safety decisions regarding access to the Cape. To map the cliff faces they used a combination of RTK GPS and a PPK GPS unit mounted to their UAV. Initially the surveyors concentrated on assessing the main rockfall where the tourists... (read more)
2019-08-06 11:30:42

Velodyne Lidar Sensors Power Kaarta Mobile Mapping Solutions

Velodyne Lidar recently announced that Kaarta has included Velodyne’s smart, powerful Lidar technology in Kaarta’s new Stencil 2-32 ground surface mapping solution. Equipped with Velodyne Lidar, Stencil 2-32 accurately scans ground-level surfaces, mapping items such as kerbs, manholes, signs, poles and other features at a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile mapping systems. The Stencil platform helps enable city planning for infrastructure improvements as well as parking and traffic management. The 3D data generated by Stencil 2-32 can be utilized for a range of applications including BIM modelling, geospatial data analytics, and cataloging tools. For example, Allvision uses Stencil... (read more)
2019-07-29 11:37:27

Monitoring Earth's Skin to Advance Farming and Climate Knowledge

A bright-red twin-engined aircraft, equipped with ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology, has been scouring the agricultural heartlands of Europe this summer. It was no search and rescue exercise, but an initial step towards building a proposed new satellite system capable of recording the temperature of Earth’s skin in intricate detail. The objective is to work towards increasing the resilience of agriculture to future water scarcity and variability, but it will also deepen our understanding of Earth’s climate system. The instrument on board, called HyTES, is an advanced thermal imager built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It has been surveying agricultural and... (read more)
2019-07-24 10:41:55

Galileo Initial Services Now Restored

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has announced that the Galileo Initial Services have now been restored. Commercial users can already see signs of recovery of the Galileo navigation and timing services, although some fluctuations may be experienced until further notice. The technical incident originated from an equipment malfunction in the Galileo ground infrastructure, affecting the calculation of time and orbit predictions which are used to compute the navigation message. The malfunction affected different elements of on-the-ground facilities. A team composed of GSA experts, industry, ESA and the European Commission has been working together round the clock to address the incident.... (read more)
2019-07-19 08:54:07

Multisensor-based Tree Crown Map of Warsaw

Millions of trees in an area spanning over 500 square kilometres are being monitored in an unprecedented mapping project of the urban green environment in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. The project, which is based on a unique multisensor photogrammetric platform, will result in the Tree Crown Map: an advanced map of individual trees, including recognition of nearly 50 taxa, geometry of their canopies and their health condition. This project is being realized by MGGP Aero in a consortium with University of Łódź, University of Warsaw and Definity. The Tree Crown Map (TCM) will present more than just the... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:45:29

Galileo Initial Service Recovery Actions Underway

A team of experts from the European GNSS Agency, industry, the European Space Agency and the European Commission is currently implementing and monitoring recovery actions for an incident related to the Galileo ground infrastructure that resulted in temporary interruption of the Galileo Initial Services on 12 July. The key objective is to restore the Galileo navigation and timing services for users as soon as possible.  On 12 July, Galileo initial navigation and timing services were interrupted temporarily. The Galileo Search and Rescue service remains operational.  Galileo is widely used by most of the commercially available receivers. Multi-constellation GNSS receivers will... (read more)
2019-07-17 01:02:14

RIEGL Announces Investment in New Office and Production Facilities

RIEGL, a manufacturer of Lidar scanners for surveying applications headquartered in Horn, Austria, is investing heavily in the expansion of its production and office space. The continued, worldwide demand for high-performance sensors is allowing the company to grow and expand further. The company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, is now meeting the rapidly increasing international demand for RIEGL laser scanners by expanding its office and production facilities. This summer, construction has started on a new office and production facility at the location of the company's headquarters in Horn, Austria. The new building will house the company's printed circuit... (read more)
2019-07-16 01:19:21

Virtual Surveyor Puts Emphasis on Lidar Elevation in UAV Mapping Software

Virtual Surveyor has enhanced the Lidar elevation data handling capabilities in Version 6.4 of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') surveying and mapping software. A new function enables Virtual Surveyor users to select specific feature classes from classified Lidar point clouds before converting the point cloud into a surface terrain. “The latest upgrades in Virtual Surveyor 6.4 are designed to meet the needs of UAV users who are increasingly equipping their drones with Lidar systems,” said Tom Op ‘t Eyndt, CEO of the company in Belgium. Virtual Surveyor, which has doubled its user base in one year, is popular... (read more)
2019-07-09 09:00:26

Airbus Strengthens Imagery Capabilities with Vision-1

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This imagery from Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9m resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5m in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8km swath width. These specifications are ideal for defence, security and agriculture applications, while the extra revisit opportunity further strengthens Airbus’ satellite fleet. “This new asset will reinforce our monitoring capabilities for sub-metre imaging and feed our OneAtlas digital platform to provide increased freshness,” said... (read more)
2019-07-04 10:09:42
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