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

Call for Papers: FIG Working Week 2020

The theme of the FIG Working Week 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is ‘Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management’. During the week, the ‘smart surveyor’ will take centre stage, with a focus on smart sensing technologies and new spatial data processing technologies based on the ever-evolving and converging fields of geodesy and geoinformation. With only ten months to go, the FIG Working Week 2020 will be the platform for smart surveyors from all over the world to evaluate their actual and future role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. FIG invites you to share your expertise on 3D... (read more)
2019-08-22 11:56:18

Recent Developments and Promotion of Remote Sensing by ISPRS

ISPRS Technical Commission III on Remote Sensing (2016-2020) has this year once again been working to actively promote and support developments in the remote sensing field. With ten working groups and six inter-commission working groups, 22 workshops had been organized in eight countries/regions by the end of July 2019, with Annals and Archives published reflecting the latest research results in the fields of each working group. With support from ISPRS Scientific Initiatives, WG III/1 conducted international benchmarking of terrestrial laser scanning approaches for forest inventories, while WG III/4 established a website to provide reliable and high-quality hyperspectral datasets and initiated... (read more)
2019-08-22 11:49:11

Atmos UAV Integrates Thermal, Multispectral and High-resolution Imagery

Atmos UAV, a drone manufacturer for mapping and surveying from Delft, the Netherlands, continues to expand its payload options. The most recent addition is the new MicaSense sensor, Altum, which integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands. This produces advanced thermal, multispectral and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics purposes. Marlyn, the fixed-wing VTOL surveying platform developed by Atmos UAV, is now the only unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') in its class capable of carrying this new high-end sensor. With this integration, Atmos team wanted to offer professionals a tool that maximizes their surveying... (read more)
2019-08-15 09:22:00

Cassidy Rankine

Dr Cassidy Rankine is a remote sensing scientist at Tesera Systems, a provider of innovative geoinformatics, machine learning, web and cloud geoprocessing solutions. The company is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (read more)
2019-08-13 11:30:58

HRIS and a Trillion Trees

Need for High-resolution Geospatial Information for Forest Resource Planning
Precision forestry technology is moving forward at an amazing pace, with advancements in global positioning systems, remote sensing platforms and data sources, cloud geospatial engines, mobile GIS data collectors and advanced selective logging machinery. Without accurate and reliable vegetation inventory information, however, this new arsenal of precision forestry tools falls short for operational forestry. Not knowing exactly where and how a specific tree stock is growing in the landscape makes it very difficult to selectively log or plant that resource for inventory supply management or, as more and more groups are exploring, to plant more of it to enhance our... (read more)
2019-08-13 11:26:47

Space-based Dam Monitoring Project Secures New Funding

HR Wallingford, a specialist in water research, will broaden its space-based dam monitoring system, DAMSAT, to include water dams in a bid to reduce the risk of failures. The UK Space Agency has extended the organization’s funding following a pilot project to monitor tailings dams used to store toxic mine waste in Peru. Ultimately the technology could be employed worldwide to reduce the risks to those living downstream of dams. Over the next two years, HR Wallingford will use the ground-breaking DAMSAT software to monitor movement at several water dams in the Cerro de Pasco region of Peru. The system... (read more)
2019-08-07 10:06:24

Anti-theft Technology Helps Recover Stolen Total Station in the UK

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is informing surveying professionals about a recent event in Manchester, UK, in which LOC8, an asset-tracking platform, was instrumental in the recovery of a stolen Leica TS16 total station. A site engineer with PLP Construction reported to Greater Manchester Police that his total station hired from M&P Survey Equipment had been stolen from his vehicle. The total station was equipped with the LOC8 technology and was therefore tracked continuously throughout the incident. Once notified, the hire desk was able to locate the total station at a residential address in Lancashire. The local authorities were on... (read more)
2019-08-05 09:39:17

Classifying Urban Poor Areas with Satellite Imagery

Hannes Taubenböck and his team at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are using very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, supplied by European Space Imaging, combined with auxiliary surveys to develop a base model classification system for the shape and structure of urban poor areas around the world. Slum, favela, tenement… whatever term you use, nearly every country in the world has some form of urban poor areas.  Taubenböck, Kraff and Wurm identify these locations as 'Arrival Cities', defined as places offering relatively affordable housing serving as an access to a city, its society and its functions (a concept based on Doug... (read more)
2019-07-26 12:57:07

Maxar Extends Contract with Esri for High-quality Satellite Imagery Mosaics

Maxar Technologies recently signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon the long-term partnership between Esri and Maxar and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available. Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a collection of geographic information from around the world, including maps, apps and data layers. The World Imagery map of Living Atlas uses Maxar’s Vivid and Metro imagery mosaic products, which include some of the highest resolution, most accurate and visually consistent global... (read more)
2019-07-23 12:44:50
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