Full Frontal Mapping in 3D

Cliff surveys are traditionally performed with fixed-wing aircraft that collect nadir photos. However, one particular California bluff required the cliff’s face to be surveyed for an erosion study. A photogrammetry company used the opportunity to test the viability of accurately triangulating oblique images and mapping them in 3D stereo. The company not only met tight data specifications, but also developed a new technique for cliff-face surveys. Photogrammetry specialist Robert Lafica and his company, Central Coast Aerial Mapping, have been producing detailed 3D stereo-based topographic maps, orthophotos and orthomosaics and surface models since 1977. Although he has performed many traditional cliff... (read more)
2020-08-26 11:32:12

senseFly Announces Partnership with Leading Chilean Geospatial Solutions Firm

senseFly has entered into a new distribution partnership with GEOCOM Soluciones Geoespaciales, one of Chile's most experienced and trusted geospatial solutions firms. Founded in 1985, GEOCOM provides geospatial solutions for government, private and research institutions across several industries, including mining, forestry, construction and engineering. The company has built its reputation as a market leader by delivering sales, rental and technical services to professionals who require the very best geospatial solutions, including GNSS, laser scanners and UAS/UAVs – all of which are continually assessed by GEOCOM’s team of experts. After several years of trialling alternative technologies, including leading VTOL systems, GEOCOM... (read more)
2020-08-14 09:51:21

Bashar Alsadik

Bashar Alsadik is an assistant professor at the University of Twente, ITC Faculty, in the Netherlands. His research focuses on photogrammetry and geomatics. Prior to joining ITC, he worked in the mobile mapping industry in the Netherlands as an R&D specialist for five years. He is the author of the book Adjustment Models in 3D Geomatics published by Elsevier. (read more)
2020-08-12 11:52:12

Microdrones Enters the Third Dimension with New Mapping and Drone Lidar Surveying Equipment

Microdrones has used the recent months to launch the Microdrones as a Service (mdaaS) business model as well as next-generation system features. The company now aims to continue innovating and delivering new technology, and is introducing four new survey equipment systems. “Customers have been looking for ways to acquire 3D and oblique imagery data, and we wanted to offer fully integrated systems, software, workflow, maintenance and support for these applications,” explained Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil, Microdrones CEO. “In addition, we are proud to present a new survey-grade Lidar system that can capture data from greater flight altitudes, or extremely detailed data from lower altitudes.”... (read more)
2020-07-28 01:09:04

SimActive’s Correlator 3D Enriched with Cloud Sharing and Reflectance Calibration

SimActive, the Canada-based leading developer of photogrammetry software, has announced the release of Correlator3D version 8.5. The new version allows users to share and visualize projects in the cloud. It also features new tools for the calibration and processing of multispectral imagery. Specifically, results can be exported to the cloud directly from the software interface, and shareable links are automatically created for online visualization. Moreover, calibrated reflectance panels and sun sensors can be used to produce reflectance maps, with multispectral bands perfectly registered. “Our software attracts a variety of clients, with a wide range of needs”, said Louis Simard, CTO... (read more)
2020-06-10 09:43:59

Pix4D Launches Stand-alone Photogrammetry Cloud Processing Solutions

Pix4D, the Switzerland-based photogrammetry and drone-mapping company, has released Pix4Dcloud and Pix4Dcloud Advanced: the new mapping platforms for online surveying workflows and construction site monitoring. These stand-alone cloud products run Pix4D’s photogrammetry algorithms for mapping and modelling reality from images. Pix4Dcloud Advanced extends the functionalities of Pix4Dcloud to address the needs of construction customers with timeline-based monitoring and improved accuracy. Both products now replace the previous Pix4D Cloud platforms. Christoph Strecha, founder and CEO of Pix4D, commented: “Pix4D’s new and improved cloud solutions actively contribute to completing the existing desktop and mobile product offering. Integrating Pix4D’s leading algorithms and know-how... (read more)
2020-06-09 01:12:18

A Commercial Drone Mapping Solution Using the Phantom 4 PPK

Previously, people had to invest more than 30,000 dollars to purchase professional mapping drones and place a large number of control points on the ground to get accurate, survey-grade maps. This situation continued until DJI released the Phantom 4 series of commercial drones with integrated GNSS antenna and high-definition gimbal cameras. This paper proposes a commercial drone mapping solution using the Phantom PPK to significantly reduce control points, and explains the workflow, testing methods and how the results support this level of drone mapping accuracy. (This article is brought to you by Hi-Target and was written by Richard Pan and... (read more)
2020-06-04 12:26:27

Leica Geosystems Releases New Version of Public Safety Software

Leica Geosystems has announced the latest version of Leica Map360 crash and crime scene diagramming and reconstruction software, bringing three editions to meet specific customer needs based on the technology used to measure and collect any scene. With an entirely new user experience (UX) and interface, Map360 v4.0 simplifies incident reconstruction activities for investigators, reconstructionists and other public safety personnel. With 2D intuitive workflows, Map360 Sketch offers a program designed to create basic diagrams, floorplans and reports from manual measurements, imported points or UAV imagery. At an intermediate level, Map360 Standard works with TPS and GNSS technology introducing 3D capabilities... (read more)
2020-06-03 02:55:49

European Aerial Mappers Challenge Data Streaming Competitors

Members of the European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) came together for a virtual meeting to question two of the industry’s leading sensor manufacturers about their recent acquisitions of large aerial survey companies and the potential impact on the wider industry. In an online webinar, pre-submitted questions about imagery specifications, capture plans and data licensing opportunities and the prospect of competing with their own customers were placed to Alexander Wiechert, managing partner and CEO of Vexcel Imaging, and John Welter, division president at Hexagon Geosystems. The EAASI-hosted event also included answers to questions about future sensor development plans and... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:54:08

Dominik Laupheimer

Dominik Laupheimer holds an MSc in Geodesy and Geoinformatics from the University of Stuttgart. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the university’s Institute for Photogrammetry. His main research interest is the semantic interpretation of 3D urban scenes as acquired by photogrammetric and Lidar sensors. His work is focused on the semantic segmentation of meshes leveraging machine learning techniques. (read more)
2020-05-19 03:07:25
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