How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best ways to introduce UAVs into your business model. What type of work can UAVs be used for? UAVs can serve mapping and... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

AI-powered Object Detection as a Mapping-business Accelerator

Geospatial Imagery Analytics Market Expected to Reach US$8 Billion by 2025
UAV, aerial and satellite mapping service providers are competing for the global market – with a rising hunger – for geospatial insights. Automating the feature extraction process is key to accelerating, scaling up and diversifying a location intelligence service portfolio. Cloud-based platforms coupling cutting-edge machine learning research with a user-friendly implementation offer a powerful turnkey and cost-effective solution to those looking to gain competitivity by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) automation into their workflows. With more and more business relying on location data to optimize their planning and day-to-day work or to gain first-hand market insights, the geospatial imagery analytics market... (read more)
2019-09-24 01:35:49

Vexcel Imaging Launches European Aerial Image Library

Vexcel Imaging, a leading provider of aerial camera systems, mobile mapping platforms and fully integrated photogrammetry software, is launching one of Europe’s highest-quality and most up-to-date aerial image libraries. Starting in Germany, the cloud-based image library enables companies, public safety organizations and government agencies to save a significant amount of time and money. They will now find it quicker and easier to acquire up-to-date, concise and high-definition imagery and to leverage it organization-wide into critical location intelligence.   Starting with orthorectified imagery at 20cm resolution, the subscription service also includes near-infrared imagery and derivative data products such as digital terrain... (read more)
2019-09-13 12:54:27

New Platform Connects Construction and Surveying Professionals

Publishing company Geomares, the name behind the leading international magazines 'GIM International' and 'Hydro International'  for geospatial and hydrographic surveying professionals, is now expanding its activities with the launch of 'Geo4Construction'. This new online platform brings together construction engineers and geospatial professionals in order to disseminate surveying knowledge in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry and pave the way for the digital future. The AEC industry cannot escape the digital transformation, which is creating a growing need for geospatial knowledge. Highly accurate measurements are crucial throughout the built-environment life cycle, and that is precisely where surveying skills come into play.... (read more)
2019-09-13 11:05:26

Konrad Wenzel

Konrad Wenzel is the CEO and founder of nFrames – a company developing photogrammetry software technology for large-scale mapping applications. In his role, he is responsible for strategic technology and business development. He graduated in geomatics and received a PhD degree in photogrammetry from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.  (read more)
2019-09-13 10:22:19

When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era

Combining Airborne Camera and Lidar Sensors to Take the Mapping Sector a Step Forwards
The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection will increasingly be performed by a combination of active and passive sensors. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, collecting all relevant data while flying is an efficient and cost-effective solution, even when the flying restrictions and regulations are factored in. Secondly, exploiting the advantages of both light detection and ranging (Lidar) and dense image matching (DIM) point clouds will improve the quality of the final geospatial products. This article reports on the... (read more)
2019-09-13 09:56:38

Updating the Cadastre in Ecuador

Using Photogrammetry and Lidar Data
The integration of photogrammetry and Lidar can generate synergies and economic savings. The two techniques were used together to detect irrigation and drainage canals for a project aiming to improve irrigation methods and create the related land registry in the province of El Oro in Ecuador. For over 60 years, the decentralised provincial government in El Oro, Ecuador, has been committed to the agro-productive development of the province. As part of this, it has promoted the construction, management and maintenance of a network of irrigation and drainage canals, thus supporting investments in the agro-productive sectors. To improve the efficiency of... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:32:35

Volunteering for the Future

The International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) is a non-governmental organization representing the interests of all surveyors worldwide. Over the last 30 years, our profession has gone through a series of significant changes and innovations. The main technical advancements have been the introduction of GNSS, laser scanning and digital photogrammetry in conjunction with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’). Thanks to new communication technology combined with GNSS technology, global localization of the place where we ‘are’ has become child’s play. Sociologists say that we are living today in one global world. In other words, there are more similarities... (read more)
2019-09-12 09:05:42

Uruguay Updates National Imagery to Support Sustainable Development

The last complete aerial photography collection effort in Uruguay was conducted in 1966‒1967 to produce a national dataset at 1:50,000 scale. Only parts of the country have been captured since that time. In 2015, recognizing the multiple benefits of updated cartographic information to support future development, the Uruguay government, through the IDEUy (Infraestructura de datos espaciales de Uruguay), initiated a project to map the nation. Based on a thorough evaluation of the alternatives, including aerial photography, Lidar and satellite imagery, the IDEUy chose aerial digital cameras as the best technology to update the Uruguayan geographic dataset. (this article is brought... (read more)
2019-09-02 09:30:56

'GIM International' Guides You through Intergeo 2019

Intergeo is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, marking an excellent occasion for the geospatial industry to showcase the latest achievements. Stuttgart will host this year's edition of the world's leading trade show for the mapping and surveying profession, although the event has in recent years grown into a much broader and interdisciplinary meeting place for more than just the geoinformation sector alone. The September/October issue of 'GIM International' magazine presents a series of renowned companies that are exhibiting at Intergeo 2019. In addition, GIM International will be present in various ways during the three-day geospatial community gathering in Stuttgart.... (read more)
2019-08-29 12:00:05
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