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

3D is the New Normal in Switzerland

Mapless Topographic Products Are the Future
Switzerland is unique in that it is still the only country to have switched entirely to 3D for its national object-oriented topographic database. As users increasingly discover the advantages in terms of new workflows and services, nobody regrets leaving the 2D era behind. According to Swisstopo, the extra dimension creates no extra costs – only extra benefits. It took the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) ten years to build an object-oriented topographic database in 3D, with the last objects having been completed in 2019. “Nothing is excluded now; everything you can think of is available in 3D. Even the... (read more)
2019-08-29 09:42:38

Sensors, Satellites and Science: the Power of Geoinformation

Review of ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019
Every two years, the photogrammetry and remote sensing community gathers at the ISPRS Geospatial Week. The event comprises a combination of workshops organized by various ISPRS Working Groups and other stakeholders involved in the geospatial profession. The 2019 edition, which was held from 10-14 June in Enschede, situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands, proved to be a true geospatial hub bringing together a wide range of geomatics-related activities and applications. Creating a better, safer world – that broadly sums up the objective of the ISPRS Geospatial Week participants. With projects covering innovations for land tenure, an efficient method... (read more)
2019-08-29 08:25:35

SimActive Used to Validate Accuracy of DJI Phantom 4 RTK

SimActive, a Canadian deveoper of photogrammetry software, has announced that Correlator3D is being used in Japan for mapping projects acquired by the DJI Phantom 4 RTK. A full-scale validation was done in the mountains near Hiroshima with a unit flown by SimActive's Japanese partner Mirukuru and customer Ace-1. “Considering that the data was acquired and processed directly in the field in record time, the level of detail that is visible and measurable in Correlator3D is stunning,” said Mr Shinji Inaba, technical manager at Mirukuru.“We had independently set up five checkpoints and the residuals are consistently in the 5cm range, both... (read more)
2019-08-07 10:21:49
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