Topcon Announces Advanced Bentley Integration for Aerial Photogrammetry Processing

Topcon Positioning Group has introduced the new cloud-based photogrammetry processing powered by Bentley ContextCapture to its MAGNET Collage Web web-based service for the publication, sharing and analysis of reality capture data. The integration allows MAGNET Collage Web users who share and collaborate with scanning and mesh datasets to now process and add unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') photos directly to the MAGNET Collage 3D environment. The built-in Bentley ContextCapture Cloud Processing Service enables operators to upload UAV imagery direct-to-web without the need for high-end hardware requirements or IT constraints. Sharing UAV imagery projects “Operators with photos taken by any UAV will easily use the... (read more)
2019-05-27 08:40:53

ISPRS 2020 Congress: Nice is Nice!

The XXIV ISPRS Congress will take place in 2020 in the French city of Nice from 14-20 June. Nice is the capital of the French Riviera and is an outstanding location on the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by the Alps, Italy and the countryside of Provence. The venue of the congress, the Acropolis Convention Centre, is in the heart of the historical city, just 5 minutes’ walk from the 'Vieux Nice' (the old town) and 10 minutes’ walk from the beach. The Acropolis is also less than a 20-minute tram ride from the airport, so it is extremely convenient! Held every... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:33:04

Towards Cadastral Intelligence?

Extracting Visible Boundaries from UAV Data through Image Analysis and Machine Learning
The inability to access formal land registration systems fosters insecure land tenure and conflicts, especially in developing countries. This calls for low-cost and scalable mapping solutions aligning with fit-for-purpose land administration. The work presented in this article supports the UAV-based mapping of land tenure inspired by state-of-the-art approaches from remote sensing, geoinformatics and computer vision. The guiding question is how to develop an automated approach that promotes the paradigm shift towards cadastral intelligence which integrates human-based expert knowledge with automatically generated machine-based knowledge. Cadastral mapping contributes to the creation of formal systems for registering and safeguarding land rights. According to... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:07:52

Erzhuo Che

Erzhuo (Ezra) Che is a postdoc at Oregon State University, USA. He received BSc and MSc degrees in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan University, China, and a PhD in civil engineering with an emphasis on geomatics from Oregon State University.  (read more)
2019-05-10 02:02:06

Lidar Point Cloud Segmentation

A Novel Framework for Processing Terrestrial Lidar Data
Terrestrial Lidar data has great potential to produce measurements for as-built building information modelling (BIM). Unfortunately, processing hundreds of millions of points, often contaminated by substantial noise, can be tedious and time-consuming. This article describes normal variation analysis (Norvana) segmentation – an automatic method that can segment large terrestrial Lidar point clouds containing hundreds of millions of points within minutes. Thanks to the high speed, point density and accuracy of modern terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), as-built BIM can be conducted with a high level of detail. But TLS captures not only useful geometric information but also unwanted objects, such as... (read more)
2019-05-10 02:00:42

Programme of the 57th Photogrammetric Week in Stuttgart Announced

The biennial event Photogrammetric Week (PhoWo) will this year be held from 9-13 September in Stuttgart, Germany. PhoWo was initiated by Carl Pulfrich as a “vacation course in photogrammetry” in 1909; it has been held at the University of Stuttgart since 1973. Over the years, remote sensing and geoinformatics together with photogrammetry have become the major subject areas of the conference. Today, Photogrammetric Week enjoys international recognition as an upgrading seminar and a platform for the exchange of experience. The lectures will focus on trends and achievements of the following topics: Sensors & Data Acquisition, Photogrammetry, Computer Vision & Remote... (read more)
2019-05-08 11:27:55

Wood Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of UAV solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Frontier Precision, has announced that Wood has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in site planning and asset management in mining and quarry projects in the western USA. Wood – a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to the energy, industry and built-environment sectors – is initially deploying the drone to do high-accuracy, 3D topographic surveys and materials quantification for mineral mining in Idaho and Wyoming. It is the first fixed-wing UAV Wood... (read more)
2019-05-08 11:14:57

Brazil Approves senseFly Drones for BVLOS Operations

senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions – in collaboration with drone engineering and consulting specialists AL Drones and geo-technology company Santiago & Cintra – has announced that the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) has approved beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights to be carried out in Brazil for the first time in the country’s history, using senseFly’s proprietary drone technology. ANAC’s decision means that the senseFly eBee Classic, eBee Classic RTK, eBee Plus and eBee SQ are now officially approved for use in future BVLOS missions carried out by Brazilian drone operators. As the first BVLOS approval ever... (read more)
2019-04-29 10:18:04

Airbus and ZF to Develop High-precision End-to-end Autonomous Driving Solution

Airbus Defence and Space and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a system provider for mobility, are collaborating to enrich and complement ZF's on-board system to enhance autonomous driving by using Airbus satellite-derived information. Under this collaboration, Airbus and ZF are combining their capabilities and expertise to offer a reliable end-to-end solution for self-driving and self-positioning vehicles. To answer the extreme level of accuracy required, Airbus provides its unique high-precision ground control points (GCPs), calculated using radar satellite imagery, to support the fusion of ZF sensor data such as Lidar and Radar. In addition, the GCPs serve as independent data source to improve... (read more)
2019-04-17 09:48:33

Preview: UAV-g 2019

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) have become popular instruments for a wide range of emerging applications such as mapping, search & rescue, infrastructure monitoring, precision farming, transport of goods and film-making. The UAV market has been valued at US$130 billion in recent years (source: PWC report 2017) and the outlook remains extremely promising for the years ahead. The economic boom has boosted the scientific and technological development of UAV technologies in the last decade. In this context, UAV-g was initiated in 2011 in Zurich as the ISPRS scientific event dedicated to UAVs in geomatics and remote sensing. Three subsequent... (read more)
2019-04-16 09:27:29
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