Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Did you know that you can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space in busy cities? Nowadays, smart parking apps offer a much-needed answer to the problem – and mobile mapping point clouds and imagery are core ingredients of the solution. Besides saving time by guiding you straight to an available spot close to your destination, smart parking apps also reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. One such app is AppyParking by London-based AppyWay. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas, restrictions and operating hours.... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00

The Age of Mobile Mapping

Looking back over the past 30 years, it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a relatively short space of time. Geomatics students in the mid-1980s were exposed to GPS test satellites, the first GPS receivers and the enormous potential that GPS offered the geomatics community (who had already perfected what could be done with the Transit satellite system). With unprecedented absolute accuracy and an impeccable timing mechanism, GPS clearly offered a quantum leap in geomatics capabilities. Two decades later, Lidar – and in particular mobile terrestrial Lidar – seemed to represent the next quantum leap in... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:17:41

Towards Smaller and Smarter Solutions

Reflections on Intergeo 2019
Intergeo is a leading annual industry showcase where geospatial professionals gain an excellent impression of the latest innovations. On the brink of a new decade, Intergeo 2019 gave us a glimpse of the future. In general, we can conclude that solutions are getting smaller and smarter, and there are some new kids on the block. But with all the buzz around machine learning and artificial intelligence, how can we cut through the hype to get the most out of the rapidly advancing technology? One thing was crystal clear at this year’s Intergeo: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) has... (read more)
2019-11-05 01:06:25

Correlator3D Used for Determining Financial Assistance after Hurricane Dorian

According to SimActive, a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, Correlator3D has been used by Air Data Solutions (ADS) in Florida to determine financial assistance following Hurricane Dorian. Aerial imagery was collected before the storm for pre-hurricane assessment and afterwards for damage analysis. A Phase One 100MP aerial camera owned by ADS was flown to gather high-resolution images of the affected areas. The data was then processed by SimActive software to create mosaics of orthophotos. The resulting geospatial data helped government authorities to calculate recovery aid funds. “We have been impressed by the accuracy and speed of Correlator3D to support such... (read more)
2019-10-31 09:55:37

Laser Scanning of Damaged Historical Icons

Surveying Technology Is Heading for Maturity
Terrestrial laser scanning is becoming an increasingly preferred surveying technique for the 3D documentation of historical buildings. 3D point clouds provide a wealth of information which advanced 3D mapping software can exploit in a relatively simple way, at least when compared to the tedious surveying techniques of the past. However, effective cooperation between architects and the survey team of experts is necessary in order to get the best out of this geodata acquisition technology. In this article, the authors first provide an overview of equipment based on the size of the site and the surveying aim, and subsequently give four... (read more)
2019-10-31 09:16:04

Using Drones to Calculate Stockpile Volumes

Terra Drone Australia, a group company of the worldwide industrial drone solution provider Terra Drone Corporation, has recently been engaged by Bunbury Fibre Exports to conduct a volumetric survey of its blue gum wood chip export stockpile located at the Port of Bunbury in Western Australia. The survey is now undertaken by using a multirotor drone instead of traditional survey methods. Bunbury Fibre Exports is an Australian company that provides harvesting, transport, processing, exporting and plantation management services to the plantation timber industry in the South West of Western Australia. The company maintains and manages a state-of-the-art wood processing and... (read more)
2019-10-31 08:56:05

Pointfuse Showcases New Scan-to-BIM Workflow at Digital Construction Week

At this year's Digital Construction Week, Pointfuse demonstrated a new scan-to-BIM workflow, aimed at bringing reality capture to building information modelling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) practitioners. Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into usable 3D mesh models. The ability to classify objects within Pointfuse, both automatically and manually, has had a huge impact on how as-built data is used within the construction workflow.   New features also on show at Digital Construction Week, which took place from 16-17 October at Excel, London, included streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and... (read more)
2019-10-22 01:03:28

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
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