Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual 'GIM International' survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

Revealing Chernobyl Radiation Hotspots with Lidar Technology

It’s been over three decades since reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine melted down, leading to the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster in history. Now, a team of multidisciplinary researchers have used Routescene’s UAV Lidar technology to map radioactive hotspots in greater detail than ever before. Professor Tom Scott, from the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK, led a group of researchers from the UK's National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) to conduct surveys on multiple sites of interest within the Exclusion Zone which surrounds the damaged reactor. The surveyed sites... (read more)
2020-02-13 09:56:16

Testing Areas for Drones Needed to Prevent ‘Bottleneck to Growth’

One of the UK’s leading drone experts has urged British property owners and business leaders to leverage the opportunity of their under-used land for drone testing. This is important to help accelerate the rate of growth of the UK drone industry, in the face of what he described as an emerging ‘bottleneck to growth’. Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, which is the first industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable accelerated commercialisation of the UK drone industry, stated “There is a current unnecessary ‘bottleneck’ in the evolution of the drone industry and... (read more)
2020-02-10 10:34:35

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

ILMF Keynote: Lidar In Exploring the Moon and Mars

The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) has announced that Dr. Michael Zanetti, Planetary Scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, will give a keynote presentation titled Bringing Light (Detection and Ranging) into Shadow: The Role of Lidar in Exploring the Moon. This keynote is the second of several available to attendees of both ILMF and the co-located ASPRS Annual Conference, taking place 23-25 March at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Dr Michael Zanetti, a lunar and planetary geologist, will discuss NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024,... (read more)
2020-02-06 10:20:47

Industry Support for Geo Connect Asia 2020 Builds Momentum

An expanding list of industry leaders will be joining Geo Connect Asia 2020 – South East Asia's geospatial services and location intelligence event – taking place on 18 and 19 March in Singapore. Themed ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’, the event will feature leading technology and non-government organizations with representatives from the likes of the World Bank, Southeast Asian mobile technology giant Grab, the UK government’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey, and others. An Asian event with a global audience, Geo Connect Asia 2020 has announced new global exhibitors and sponsors who will be bringing their latest technologies and innovations to Singapore.  New exhibitors... (read more)
2020-02-05 09:44:50

Using Lidar North of the Arctic Circle

Challenging Aerial Acquisition Mission in Greenland
The acquisition of precise geodata is a high priority in Greenland, the world’s biggest island and a place of great diversity. There, geodata is considered vital to support almost all aspects of community activities and also for the future development of the autonomous territory within the kingdom of Denmark. This article provides insight into an aerial acquisition mission made all the more challenging by Greenland’s unique Arctic location. In the summer of 2019, ASIAQ Greenland Survey commissioned the engineering company Niras to acquire Lidar data and photographic imagery of the five largest cities in Greenland: Nuuk, Sisimiut, Ilulissat, Qaqortoq and... (read more)
2020-01-29 11:11:17

Avineon Acquires Dutch GIS Consulting Company Tensing

Avineon, a US-based geospatial products and services provider, has announced the acquisition of Tensing. As one of the leading GIS consulting companies in the Netherlands, Tensing has helped clients succeed with a wealth of knowledge and experience in Esri and Safe Software’s FME technology. With a focus on innovation, client engagement and high-end technical expertise, Tensing provides consulting services, project management and GIS development and administration for clients across the Netherlands and beyond. Both an Esri Gold Partner and Safe Software (FME) Silver Partner, Tensing adds over 60 high-caliber GIS consultants to Avineon’s global professional services team. With a shared... (read more)
2020-01-28 10:31:35

First Keynote Announced for International Lidar Mapping Forum 2020

The International Lidar Mapping Forum (ILMF) has announced that Tara O’Shea, director of forest programmes at Planet, will give a keynote presentation titled ‘Combining Remote Sensing & Analytics Technologies: Emerging Environmental Applications’ at the 2020 event. This highly anticipated keynote, the first of several available to both ILMF and the co-located ASPRS Annual Conference attendees, will kick off three days of conference programming at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, USA, on 23 March 2020. During her presentation, O'Shea will examine the explosion in the availability of remotely sensed data over the past decade and its impact... (read more)
2020-01-20 11:34:06

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
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