FIG Working Week 2020 – Distance Matters…

What is the ‘FIG Working Week’? It’s a strange name for a conference, but a name that has become close to a trademark and is significant for the many varied activities that are going on during the – almost – week-long event. Since 1878, when FIG was established and gave surveyors the possibility to meet and network, the yearly FIG Conference has proven to be a unique meeting place for surveyors and geospatial experts around the world. But does it really matter to attend a conference, and to meet? Hanoi, Istanbul, Helsinki, Christchurch, Sofia, Kuala Lumpur, Accra, Rome, Marrakech, Sydney,... (read more)
2020-05-01 05:06:10

The Role of Spatial Data and Technologies towards Building Smart Nations

Leveraging and Scaling the Smart Cities Paradigm
In the last couple of decades, many cities around the world have adopted new innovative technologies to help them address some of the most fundamental challenges of the 21st century. More and more cities are becoming what is often referred to as 'smarter', by utilizing a wide range of emerging technologies that collect, analyse, monitor and communicate information to enable the efficient delivery of essential services, improve people’s quality of life, and allow a more effective city governance. Recognizing the potential of integrated technologies to improve governance efficiency, social and human capital and people's well-being, nations are now also aiming... (read more)
2020-04-09 01:01:41

State of the Art in 3D City Modelling

Six Challenges Facing 3D Data as a Platform
Semantically enriched 3D city models have the potential to be powerful hubs of integrated information for computer-based urban spatial analysis. This article presents the state of the art in 3D city modelling in the context of broader developments such as smart cities and digital twins, and outlines six challenges that must be overcome before 3D data as a platform becomes a reality. (This article is a co-production of seven authors, all of whom are mentioned at the end of the text.) 3D city models, as digital representations of urban areas, can be used to facilitate many applications, such as urban... (read more)
2020-04-09 10:46:22

Kazakhstan Uses UAVs to Patrol Capital City during COVID-19 Lockdown

KazUAV, Kazakhstan’s leading drone service provider and a member of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has been working at the frontlines to keep communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Providing direct support to the operational headquarters set up to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Kazakhstan, KazUAV has been helping the Nur-Sultan Police Department to patrol the borders of the locked-down capital city with drones, ensuring ‘contactless’ surveillance and fast-paced operations. The Central Asian nation closed its borders and locked down its main cities, including Nur-Sultan (previously known as Astana), after confirming the first coronavirus case on 16 March. The... (read more)
2020-04-09 09:13:08

Accurate Point Cloud-based Measurements for Every Stakeholder

NavVis, a leading provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has released NavVis IndoorViewer 2.6. This major software release includes a new measurement tool that lets users take highly accurate measurements based on point clouds in realistic browser-based digital buildings. This release also makes additional features available to structured e57 point cloud files, including automatically generating highly detailed floorplans and routing. NavVis IndoorViewer is a popular deliverable among building stakeholders without the technical expertise to work with point clouds and modeling software, thanks to the realistic digital buildings and intuitive interface. One of the features that has proven... (read more)
2020-04-08 10:09:26

How the New EU Directive Will Change the Geospatial Data Market

Authoritative Data in the Spotlight
The European Union (EU) is adding a new dimension to the digital data-distribution policies of mapping agencies, cadastres and land registries. In two years’ time, a new EU directive will make it compulsory to provide open and free access to the most crucial, publicly funded geospatial and Earth observation data for use and re-use. EuroGeographics and EuroSDR, the two most renowned pan-European organizations in these matters, have reacted positively, assuming there will be sufficient national funding. After all, both society and the geomatics sector stand to benefit from increased use of ‘authoritative’ geospatial data. Published by the EU last summer,... (read more)
2020-04-07 03:35:25

Christian Heipke

Christian Heipke is a professor of photogrammetry and remote sensing at Leibniz Universität Hannover, where he currently leads a group of about 25 researchers. Currently he serves as ISPRS Secretary General. His professional interests comprise all aspects of photogrammetry, remote sensing, image understanding and their connection to computer vision and GIS. His has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, more than 70 of which appeared in peer-reviewed international journals. He is the recipient of the 1992 Otto von Gruber Award, the 2012 Fred Doyle Award, both from the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), and the... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:09:49

Circling the Earth

What if circling the Earth were as easy as going on a bike ride? Just imagine: the extraordinary, stunning views from orbit would be accessible to everyone with the same amount of effort as cycling through the nearby countryside. But would the impact of the billions of earthlings be visible from above? And would it change people’s attitudes towards our planet? Astronauts – who are the only ones lucky enough to have seen the view with their own eyes – describe the journey into space as overwhelming and breathtaking. The Dutch astronaut André Kuipers openly admits that orbiting the Earth... (read more)
2020-03-31 03:27:55

Geospatial Business during Coronavirus Crisis: PCI Geomatics

How is the global coronavirus crisis impacting on the geospatial industry? Do companies have a sound business continuity plan? For this Q&A, 'GIM International' spoke to Kevin Jones, vice president, product and marketing at PCI Geomatics, a world leader in geoimaging products and solutions. He shared his thoughts on the current market situation and how his company is dealing with these challenging times. What is your business continuity plan to overcome the challenges of the coronavirus? Like many other technology industry companies, PCI Geomatics has the ability to continue operations despite the COVID-19 situation. Employees have the ability to work... (read more)
2020-03-27 09:04:54

Getting Ready for Disaster Events with Remote Sensing

Predicting OpenStreetMap Completeness in Risk Areas
In view of the increased frequency and severity of natural disasters, timely information related to the distribution of vulnerable populations and critical infrastructure is key for effective disaster relief. OpenStreetMap shows great potential to support humanitarian mapping tasks and has provided vital information in many past major disasters. Publicly available remotely sensed measurements can be utilized to identify areas that have not yet been fully mapped and help guide and prioritize future mapping efforts in preparation for future disasters. On the afternoon of 12 January 2010, the island of Haiti suffered its most devastating natural disaster ever: a magnitude-7.0 earthquake.... (read more)
2020-03-25 03:02:45
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