Bigger, Faster, Automated: Geospatial Technology Trends in 2020 and Beyond

Today's three main trends in geospatial technology are bigger datasets, faster digital adoption and autonomous connected ecosystems, according to Josh Weiss, Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division. If there is one thing I’ve learned during my last year and a half as Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division, technology is in constant evolution. From cutting my teeth in the steel industry to leading Hexagon’s Mining division, I’ve had a front-row seat to the continuous advancements in geospatial technology and its use in various industrial applications, such as vehicle safety systems and 3D laser scanning visualization. While there is... (read more)
2020-07-29 09:59:59

Remotely Sensed Data for Efficient Data Collection

Taking a Closer Look at Impact from Hundreds of Kilometers above the Earth
When it comes to impact evaluations, remotely sensed data can increase their timeliness, accuracy and relevance for decision-makers. 3ie and New Light Technologies are enhancing the use of geospatial analysis in IEs. Impact evaluations (IEs) have been evolving to fill a critical gap in evidence about the effectiveness of international development programmes and interventions. Because of their ability to determine intervention effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness), the demand for and production of IEs has grown substantially in recent decades. Rigorous evaluation of development interventions and their outcomes has been a perennial challenge across multiple sectors and disciplines. Remotely sensed data allows to... (read more)
2020-07-17 02:25:39

Fundamentals to Clustering 3D Point Cloud Data

Why is unsupervised segmentation the key to sustainable automation? Automation in point cloud data processing is central for building efficient decision-making systems and to cut labour costs. The identification of objects of interest in these massive datasets constitutes the basis of many applications. While new supervised deep-learning architectures show promising results, the amount of available labelled 3D data is often insufficient for a good generalization. This is where unsupervised approaches and clustering shine. What is data clustering? Clustering algorithms allow data to be partitioned into subgroups, or clusters, in an unsupervised manner. Intuitively, these segments group similar observations together. Clustering... (read more)
2020-07-13 01:12:11

Klau Geomatics Releases Mapping Payload for DJI M3000

Klau Geomatics has released a new mapping payload for DJI M3000 that weighs just under 1 kilogram. A KlauPPK module mounted via the Klau Geomatics Sony gimbal connects straight into the DJI bayonet mount, together with an RX12r camera. The payload (gimbal and camera) weighs a little less than 1 kilogram. The payload is independent of the drone; there is no data connection to the drone. Photos are therefore only on the camera, which is stabilized and tilted via remote control. Klau Geomatics says that flying with this payload eliminates the need for ground control points (GCPs), but the company recommends... (read more)
2020-07-01 10:29:44

Brazilian-German Partnership to Improve Water Monitoring through Geospatial Intelligence

Lactec and EOMAP are partnering up to carry out projects in Brazil to improve mapping and monitoring of aquatic environments using geospatial intelligence. Lactec is Brazil's leading company in innovation and technological research, while EOMAP is a German company specialized aquatic remote sensing solutions. “Digital environmental monitoring is the way forward. We believe that the smart exploitation of big data collected from satellite imagery every single day is an impactful part of it. Lactec and EOMAP could prove this for the 2015 Mariana tailing dam disasters and, thanks to our partnership, will roll this out to many more applications and... (read more)
2020-06-17 01:03:51

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

Kaarta Announces Stencil Pro Mobile Mapping System

Kaarta, a specialist in real-time mobile 3D reality capture, is introducing Stencil Pro, a professional-grade mobile mapping platform with high-quality dimensional and visual fidelity. The multipurpose Stencil Pro mobile mapping system provides accurate results with impressive speed, even in challenging environments such as in underground mines or along utility corridors. An all-in-one system to scan, process and view captured data in real time, Stencil Pro offers panoramic high-definition 4K imagery and colourized point clouds. With robust surround-view perception in a wide range of light conditions, Stencil Pro is optimized for both indoor and outdoor performance. Featuring a 32-line high-density, low-noise Lidar with... (read more)
2020-06-04 10:12:32

Adding a New Level of Reality Capture to 3D Point Clouds

Global technology company Emesent has announced the release of the colourization functionality for its Hovermap Lidar scanner. The 3D point clouds from Hovermap can now be augmented with true colour, providing additional context for visualization and analysis. "We’re excited to announce this significant new feature for Emesent," said Emesent's CEO and co-founder Stefan Hrabar. "Colourization provides greater insights for our customers across many industries. This builds on the incredible 3D data that Hovermap produces to create rich, accurate digital twins and surveys.” The new colourization feature for Hovermap utilizes the latest rugged action camera – the GoPro Hero8. This modular approach... (read more)
2020-06-03 11:11:57

From Urban to Rural: Enabling Sustainable Urban Planning and Development Using Satellite Imagery

It is estimated that 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Studies have shown that urbanization, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population, could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas. This growth presents a challenge to today’s urban planners – a challenge that can be partly solved by incorporating Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery into their planning. This rapid rate of change challenges urban planners to ensure efficient city infrastructure management whilst minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment. Satellite imagery provides... (read more)
2020-06-02 10:38:34

Ordnance Survey to Help Develop Geospatial Services Centre in Dubai

Ordnance Survey has entered into a contract to work with the Dubai Government in developing its geospatial capabilities. The landmark deal, a first for Ordnance Survey, will see Great Britain’s national mapping agency begin work with the Dubai Municipality to create a Geospatial Services Centre, which will support the Dubai Government across a wide range of activities. Ordnance Survey International Managing Director, Peter Hedlund said: “Great Britain is widely regarded as having one of the best, if not the best, geospatial infrastructures in the world that serves government, business and citizens, and the aim is for the Geospatial Services Centre... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:44:45
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