Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with Lidar Scanner

Apple has announced its most advanced iPad Pro ever, which even includes a Lidar scanner. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip, the new iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than many PC laptops. The breakthrough Lidar scanner delivers depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more specialized workflows and supporting professional photo and video apps in combination with the ultrawide camera and studio-quality microphones. The Lidar scanner – along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, a Liquid Retina display and powerful apps – lends weight to Apple's ambition to offer the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The... (read more)
2020-03-23 01:54:42

From Imagery to Digital Reality: Earth Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry

20th Anniversary International Scientific and Technical Conference
2020-03-23 01:04:53

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

What Are the Main Issues to Consider before Using UAVs for Land Administration Projects?

Ask the Specialist
For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ features, we invite readers to send us their burning questions about geospatial surveying. We pass the questions on to relevant industry experts who provide comprehensive and detailed answers to point geospatial professionals in the right direction. This time, one of our readers asked about the key considerations before using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for land administration projects. Rohan Bennett and Mila Koeva share their advice. The almost ubiquitous UAV has been a key technology inspiring new thinking and disrupting land administration practice over the last decade. The flexibility and affordability of UAVs make them an... (read more)
2020-03-19 12:30:59

MakeItAccurate: A Revolutionary Global GNSS/INS Correction Service

Enterprise operations adopting geospatial technology require high accuracy in their digital twins to make them a viable alternative to the real world for measurement and inspection. The challenge is to achieve accuracy with one simple, repeatable, scalable workflow across global assets at massive scale. MakeItAccurate makes very high accuracy simple, accessible and reliable, anywhere. According to the developers, this is an industry game-changer.  The need for high accuracy positioning has traditionally been the realm of surveyors and engineers. It’s what makes geospatial data valuable. New technology, such as drones, are now bringing geospatial to a broader range of sectors such as insurance,... (read more)
2020-03-19 10:41:59

Kevin Corbley

In 1993, Kevin Corbley established Corbley Communications in Colorado, USA, to provide high-tech marketing services to geospatial and related organizations. He earned a BSc in Earth Science with course work in Remote Sensing from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, before heading to Washington, D.C., as a journalist covering the energy industry. From there, Corbley joined EOSAT, operator of the U.S. Landsat program, serving as its press secretary. (read more)
2020-03-11 11:57:20

Canada Applies Open Data Cube Technology to Assess Nationwide Land-use Change

Canada’s Pollutant Inventories and Reporting Division (PIRD) faces the massive task of creating a greenhouse gas inventory for the entire nation. A key part of this analysis is the use of remotely sensed data to quantify areas of land-use change to calculate CO2. In this pursuit, PIRD has partnered with PCI Geomatics in a project that leverages Open Data Cube technology to enhance the efficiency, accuracy and granularity of analysing enormous volumes of multi-temporal remote sensing data on a nationwide scale. Each year in Canada, thousands of hectares of farm fields and forests are transformed into different land-use classes, most... (read more)
2020-03-11 11:30:31

Paving the Road to Real-time Change Modelling

How can we address the need for frequent large-scale mapping in order to model real-time change? In this column, John Welter, president of geospatial content solutions at Hexagon Geosystems, zooms in on two necessities in order to meet the demands of our changing world, which also requires the mapping profession to change. My job requires frequent travel, and one thing that regularly strikes me during my trips is that we are living in a time of rapid change. Cities are changing due to growth, rural areas are developing as transportation infrastructure evolves, farmlands are adapting to feed a growing population... (read more)
2020-03-04 03:31:46

To See the Sea: Achieving Total Maritime Situational Awareness Using VHR Satellite Imagery

The ocean is a precious resource that all Europeans make use of in one way or another. Over 200 million of us live near the sea, and even people who dwell inland benefit from using it for transport, food or leisure. The following article gives an overview of maritime projects that have benefited from the use of very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery. Protecting this natural resource is complex and multi-faceted; it must be kept healthy while sustainably supporting the different businesses and individuals who rely on it, and who often have conflicting needs. Additionally, it is under threat from... (read more)
2020-03-02 08:30:35

senseFly Receives Financial Boost from Parrot

Through its parent organization Parrot, senseFly has recapitalized its balance sheet and funding, guaranteeing a healthy operational outlook as it continues its growth path as the global leader in fixed-wing drones. The financial backing comes at a particularly meaningful time for senseFly – an Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) spin-off – which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Since its inception, senseFly has flown over 1 million flights, mapped an estimated 500,000 square kilometres and generated over USD$ 100 million in revenue. This important milestone sees senseFly’s status shift from promising start-up that pushed the boundaries of remote mapping... (read more)
2020-02-17 11:27:32
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