Integrating the ‘Constructioneering’ Workflow Together

The How and Why of the Topcon and Bentley Partnership
Digitalisation and new technologies with the ability to revolutionise the geospatial industry are creating a new playing field for mapping and surveying professionals. This evolving landscape is also reshaping the industry, with new entrants gaining ground and established players seeking to collaborate and combine their specialist areas of expertise in order to offer a total solution. Wim van Wegen, content manager of ‘GIM International’, met with Ted Lamboo, senior vice president of strategic partners at Bentley Systems, and Ewout Korpershoek, executive vice president at Topcon Positioning Systems, at Bentley’s 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference in Singapore. They discussed the partnership between... (read more)
2018-02-07 11:36:08

The Revolution of Drone-carried Sensors

GIM International interviews 3D Robotics
The world of professional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is changing. It is a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ in terms of the hardware aspect: UAV manufacturers. The interest is now visibly shifting towards payloads and software to capture, visualise and process the data; UAVs are the apparatus, but it’s the sensors and software that really count. GIM International decided to touch base with a company that serves as a good example of the current transformation, and spoke to Chris Anderson, CEO, and Daniel McKinnon, vice president, from 3D Robotics. Read the interview here. (By Wim van Wegen,... (read more)
2017-03-31 09:00:12

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

Recent Advances in Geodata Acquisition Technologies

No Information without Data
Today’s geodata acquisition technologies combine microprocessors, computer power, solid state drives, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, miniaturisation and many more developments. But demand is just as important as supply, and demand is rapidly increasing in our changing world. Read on for details of recent advances in geodata acquisition technologies. In today's world, we are seeing metropolises cluster to form megalopolises, climate change threatens humans, land and livestock in low-lying areas such as river deltas and valleys, and massively populated areas are prone to earthquakes and landslides. All of these factors are increasing the demand for geodata acquisition. This article starts with total stations, continues... (read more)
2016-08-08 09:48:14

Technologies for the Future: A Lidar Overview

Building the Capability for High-density 3D Data
Point clouds can be captured by an ever-increasing number of means to understand the surrounding reality and detect critical developments. Diverse applications of 3D laser scanning or ‘Lidar’, which is a technology on a sky-rocketing path to be used for mapping and surveying, are changing the way we collect and refine topographic data. Which technologies and processes are building the capability for high-density 3D data? This article outlines the latest industry developments. National topographic databases store data refined from field measurements, imagery and laser scanning data at certain specifications and purposes, but lack the ability to adapt to ever-changing needs... (read more)
2019-02-28 09:50:53

Need for New Players and Leaders to Enter the Land Sector

GIM International Interviews Dr Robin McLaren
Dr Robin McLaren is a widely known and recognised authority with more than 30 years of experience in the profession. Having developed GIS technology for a number of years, Robin set up his independent consulting company, Know Edge Ltd, in Edinburgh in 1986, providing GIS solutions for governmental and utilities clients across the United Kingdom. Following an introduction to international land administration and management during a UN-FAO mission to North Yemen in 1989, this became a major market for the company. 'GIM International' interviewed Robin to learn more about his involvement in many innovations and to hear his insightful opinions. Read... (read more)
2017-06-01 09:20:26

The Digital Agenda in the Light of Geoinformation

GIM International Interviews European Commissioner Neelie Kroes
Since geoinformation is one of the most desired re-usable information sets, the valuable data that is available through INSPIRE will also be accessible through the new pan-European data portal, says European Commissioner Neelie Kroes in this interview with GIM International. Complaints from the sector that there is a missing link between the Digital Agenda and geoinformation are not shared by Europe’s most powerful woman on e-issues today. The Digital Agenda will benefit from the experiences with INSPIRE, she says. (By Durk Haarsma, publishing director, GIM International) You are very much an advocate of open data. Is there any evidence of... (read more)
2012-05-15 02:41:47

Taking Advantage of the Changing Marketplace of Geomatics

GIM International interviews Ron Bisio, Trimble Geospatial
The changing landscape of the mapping and surveying profession brings new challenges, even for a renowned manufacturer of geospatial instruments like Trimble. In view of the growing role of BIM, the rising demand for complete workflow solutions and the challenge of extracting meaningful information out of the immense volumes of point clouds derived from Lidar data acquisition, it is clear that geomatics is in transition. 'GIM International' touched base with Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial, to discuss how his company is approaching the new geospatial reality. Data capture and analysis solutions are increasingly based on software that can... (read more)
2018-03-22 09:34:01

Precise Point Positioning from Combined GNSS

Fugro Marinestar G4+ PPP-RTK Developments
Currently there are four global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs) available: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou and Galileo. The satellites of these systems are used for positioning, and the accuracy is greatly improved if precise satellite orbit, clock and uncalibrated phase delay (UPD) corrections are available when using the precise point positioning (PPP) technique. Fugro operates a worldwide network of reference stations capable of tracking GPS, Glonass, BeiDou and Galileo systems. This network is used to calculate precise satellite orbit and clock corrections of all four constellations in real time for maritime applications. The corrections are broadcast to users by eight geostationary L-band... (read more)
2017-02-06 10:20:00

Keeping an Eye on the World

GIM International Interviews Adam Keith
Defence and security requirements will continue to drive the commercial Earth-observation data market for the next decade, but growing commercialisation of the industry and the data needs of emerging EO nations and private enterprise will also fuel revenue growth. That’s according to Adam Keith, director of Earth observation at international research and consulting firm Euroconsult. EO manufacturing market value is expected to reach $19.9 billion over the coming decade. At the same time, commercial EO data sales are expected to rise by 15%, reaching an annual $4 billion by 2019. There is real future demand for EO satellite manufacturing, data... (read more)
2011-02-21 04:02:01
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