3D BIM Models for Heritage Asset Management

Moving beyond the Field of Data Capture for Digital Preservation
Research undertaken under a collaborative doctoral partnership between Historic England and the University of Reading, UK, is moving beyond the field of 3D data capture for digital preservation. It considers how critical information for the conservation, repair and maintenance of historic buildings can be visualized in 3D BIM models and how BIM processes can be used for the management of structured datasets that inform conservation and repair programmes. A pilot study has been conducted using the work of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and historic British research base ‘E’ on Stonington Island, Antarctica, to consider this potential. Building information modelling... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:49:50

Indoor Mobile Mapping Goes Mainstream

In his previous column about the future of indoor mobile mapping, Felix Reinshagen made the case for why this technology was on the brink of widespread adoption. That was just over a year ago, and a lot has changed since then: brisk expansion of the products and services on offer, together with a widening field of applications. So after another incredible year, Reinshagen has written a new column outlining why he believes that mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. The emphasis now is on assessing data quality and establishing universal standards in... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:27:27

New Satellite Services Company Provides Smart Data for the Planet

Advances in technology for observing the Earth from space have resulted in the formation of a new company which will bring a range of innovative satellite intelligence and data services to market. 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) has pioneered the use of satellite data for smart monitoring and analysis creating city, region and countrywide data solutions for applications such as air quality, asset management, ecology and urban heat monitoring. With offices in Bristol, UK and in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 4 Earth Intelligence has been established to focus on new sectors and technical innovations using machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide... (read more)
2020-01-15 10:01:56

Bosch Unveils Lidar Sensor for Autonomous Driving

Bosch has become the first company to develop a production-ready long-range Lidar sensor for automotive use. The Lidar system has been demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, USA, this week. It complements the company’s existing radar and camera systems to provide the extra level of safety needed to make autonomous driving a reality.  According to Bosch, the laser-based distance measurement technology known as Lidar is indispensable for driving functions at SAE Levels 3 to 5. The new Bosch sensor covers both long and close ranges, making it suitable for use both on motorways and... (read more)
2020-01-09 10:34:03

Preparations for Inaugural Geo Connect Asia 2020 Gather Momentum

With just two months to go until the first-ever edition of Geo Connect Asia 2020, organizers Montgomery Asia have announced the first wave of speakers and exhibitors. This March, the inaugural event will be a focal point for the multi-billion-dollar ASEAN geospatial industry. The global geospatial market is predicted to be worth US$134 billion by 2025, with the Asia-Pacific region in particular expected to post the highest growth rates. This growth will be driven by the anticipated high demand for geospatial technologies as governments in the ASEAN region continue to invest in new infrastructure and other ‘smart’ initiatives, such as... (read more)
2020-01-09 10:45:39

Downtown Dublin as a Lidar Point Cloud

A Highly Accurate, Diverse and Dense Annotated Laser Scanning Dataset of a City Centre
The advance of Lidar data acquisition technologies is substantially increasing the amount of spatial data obtained and it is becoming cost-prohibitive to process it manually. Artificial intelligence (AI) has now started to offer cost-effective solutions to analyse and utilize those big datasets. AI can be employed for scene understanding, accurately detecting objects and classifying 3D assets. These are the significant fundamentals of several applications including autonomous navigation, intelligent robotics, urban planning, emergency management and even forest monitoring. The most popular types of 3D spatial information for such applications are Lidar and imagery data. This article describes the dense annotated ground-truth... (read more)
2019-11-27 10:05:38

Woolpert Acquires Southern Mapping

Woolpert has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial solutions provider and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern Mapping has extensive high-accuracy Lidar, imagery and remote sensing experience, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping. Southern Mapping was among the first independently owned mapping companies to offer Lidar in Africa and is well-known throughout the industry. The firm has provided mapping services for engineering, infrastructure, mining, mapping, agriculture and environmental sectors on three continents and in more than 45 African countries.  “Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big... (read more)
2019-12-20 03:31:58

The World's First Digital Twin of a Polar Research Ship

Powered by NavVis technology, reality capture specialist DiConneX has created a fully interactive digital twin of the 'Polarstern', an iconic German polar research ship. In September 2019, the 'Polarstern' icebreaker – the flagship vessel of the Alfred Wegener Institute – launched the most extensive research expedition ever to the Arctic: the multidisciplinary MOSAiC project. (This story contains a video) The MOSAiC project expedition aims to better understand the influence of the Arctic on the global climate. For the duration of the project, scientists from 17 nations will live together for over a year on the Polarstern. The ship will stand frozen... (read more)
2019-12-20 09:16:32

Communicating the Economic Impact of Climate Change with Satellite Imagery

Geospatial intelligence can play a fundamental role in communicating the economic cost of climate change in the 21st century. With more availability of spatial resolution, the environmental effects of global warming are becoming more noticeable from remote sensing techniques. Earth observation satellites are increasing the transparency between industry, policymakers and environmentalists, providing high-quality ammunition for environmental activists.  While melting glaciers, sea level rise and extreme weather are regarded as the Earth's 'tears' being shed in response to climate change, this actually doesn't go far enough. Although we may not realize it, climate change has a far greater influence on our... (read more)
2019-12-17 03:57:04

FIG Working Week 2020 Announces Plenary Speakers

The FIG Working Week 2020 is beginning to take shape, especially now that the organizing committee has unveiled the plenary speakers. High-level presentations in three plenary sessions will underpin this edition's programme, covering topics within the overall theme of 'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management'. The specially invited presenters will set the agenda for each day, sharing insights into their own experiences and pitfalls, as well as presenting their visions and predictions. Smart Surveyors The first plenary session will be held on Monday, 11 May and is titled Smart Surveyors. Rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility and land rights... (read more)
2019-12-16 10:05:11
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