Monitoring Czech Floods with a UAV

Heavy rainfall in late May and early June 2013 caused severe floods in the Czech Republic. Geodis, a leading Czech company in the fields of geodesy, photogrammetry and remote sensing, used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to monitor the impact of flooding by the River Vltava in the Czech capital of Prague as well as in the evacuated village of Hrensko on the River Elbe and the village of Kamenice on a tributary of the Elbe. Hřensko is located between the rocks and was only accessible by water or by air. Using the UAV made it possible to carry out... (read more)
2013-06-07 02:04:10

Oil Spill Monitoring in Western Australia

EOMAP GmbH & Co has launched several services to support oil spill monitoring using optical satellites. The services were developed for mapping a major ecological disaster: a recent oil spill near the coast of Western Australia.     Oil, gas and condensate started seeping into the Timor Sea on 21st August from a leak 250 kilometres north of Truscott, and 690 kilometres west of Darwin. The incident occurred in 3,500 metres depth during drilling by mobile offshore drilling unit of Bangkok-based PTT Exploration & Production Pcl. Since end of August the spill has covered several thousand square kilometres with approx.... (read more)
2009-10-08 04:08:57

Environmental Monitoring and Management in Brazil

Based on the recommendations of ENGESAT, SuperGeo’s reseller in Brazil, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1 has been adopted by LHSTP Consultoria Tecnica and Projects, an environmental consulting firm, to carry out the environmental monitoring and management projects for sustainable use and development of natural resources. Monitoring and controlling pollutant sources, and preventing pollution proliferation, plays a significant role in environmental conservation plans. In this procurement, the SuperGIS software aids LHSTP consulting company in formulating and running environmental management plans efficiently.   Performing high geoprocessing performance, an extensive set of GIS functions and customisation tools, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1 can help develop a comprehensive... (read more)
2012-09-18 08:15:01

Monitoring System Saves Lives in Rock Fall

During the night of 14 May 2012, some 300,000 cubic metres of rock broke off the Valegion mountain and crashed 1,000m down to the valley floor below in the Swiss canton of Ticino, near the village of Preonzo. Thanks in part to Leica Geosystems’ Deformation Monitoring solution GeoMoS, local authorities were able to evacuate the valley’s industrial zone and to close the A2 highway and several cantonal roads at an early stage. The Ticino community of Preonzo, between Biasca and Bellinzona in the canton of Ticino (Switzerland), has lived with rock falls for many years. Ten years ago, a huge... (read more)
2012-06-08 12:00:00

Reducing the Costs of Geodetic Monitoring

Developing an Automatic WLAN-based GPS Monitoring System
The full feature is online at Please subscribe for free using the Subscribe button in the left hand column. Monitoring is one of the main tasks in engineering geodesy. Apart from tachymeters, only GNSS receivers can measure 3-dimensional positions automatically and continuously. Geodetic dual-frequency receivers are expensive, generally costing over EUR20,000. In recent years, however, single-frequency receivers available for less than EUR100 each have proved capable of achieving almost the same accuracy as geodetic ones, thus representing a potential alternative for geodetic receivers. This article introduces the automatic GPS monitoring system which has been developed at the Institute of... (read more)
2012-08-24 04:53:37

Funding for Slope Failure Monitoring Research Project

UK-based laser scanning specialist 3D Laser Mapping has embarked on a research project, in partnership with Durham University, following the award of a share of a multi-million pound government grant. The project aims to develop new models for slope failure monitoring, and will be used to improve the safety and operational efficiency of mining companies around the world. Knowledge Transfer  Partnerships (KTP) like this one between 3D Laser Mapping and Durham University help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity  through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that already  reside within UK colleges and universities. KTP supports  innovation-led partnerships... (read more)
2013-04-12 10:56:18

IDS GeoRadar Introduces Remote Sensing Monitoring System

IDS GeoRadar, a leading provider of interferometric technology solutions and multi-frequency, multi-channel Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) worldwide, has launched HYDRA-G, a radar-based technology solution specifically developed to support construction companies and geotechnical engineers in monitoring civil structures and cut-slopes. HYDRA-G is a compact, remote sensing monitoring system able to provide real time monitoring of sub-millimetric deformations in buildings, dams, tunnels, and cut-slopes, and trigger early-warning alerts in case of impending collapses to evacuate people and machinery at risk. C&H has been among the first companies to invest in the technology for civil structure and cut-slope monitoring. Since the very first phases... (read more)
2017-10-18 08:43:07

Millimetre Accuracy Fundamental in Subsidence Monitoring

For a low-lying, densely populated country like The Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground could not be mapped nationally but the Sentinel-1 mission has now made this possible. Focusing on The Netherlands and Denmark, scientists have been using radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite to pinpoint not only where the ground is stable, where it is rising and where it is sinking, but also – and importantly – by how much with millimetre accuracy. Images from November 2014 to April 2016 and 2.5 million measurement points were used to compile the displayed map, which shows subsidence... (read more)
2016-06-16 11:32:29

Topcon Chosen for Monitoring Survey Instrumentation

itmsoil Holdings, UK, has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Topcon Europe to utilise Topcon's MS AX high-accuracy total station range for its monitoring projects around the globe.   itmsoil specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and monitoring of geotechnical and structural instrumentation. To complement its geotechnical portfolio, itmsoil has chosen to use Topcon's MS AX range of geodetic sensors. The MS AX will be used on projects that itmsoil is involved with throughout the world.   Mark Kirkbride, CEO of itmsoil, said "A part of our work entails installation of monitoring systems throughout existing rail infrastructure, including in London... (read more)
2012-01-26 03:50:25

Monitoring Integrated as a Secure Windows Service

Leica, Switzerland, has updated GeoMoS to version 5.3. In order to enable a permanent monitoring process, the latest version provides an integration into a modern and highly secure IT infrastructure as a Windows service. For large monitoring installations using GNSS sensors and multiple total stations with hundreds of prisms, new functionalities have been introduced that make configuration easier and the monitoring process faster. Leica GeoMoS Monitor is responsible for the sensor control, data acquisition and storage, and is now sub-divided into a graphical user interface and a Windows service allowing a permanent monitoring process. Running the GeoMoS Monitor measurement cycle... (read more)
2012-08-01 11:27:05
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