Birthplace of the Renaissance to Host International Cartographic Conference 2021

The 30th International Cartographic Conference (ICC) will take place in Florence, Italy, in 2021, and is provisionally scheduled for 19-23 July (although these dates are still subject to change). The ICC 2021 will be organized in line with the tradition of ICA Conferences and – in the city ​​of marvelous works of art, the Ponte Vecchio bridge and the Boboli Gardens – it will certainly be an event for cartographic and geospatial professionals to look forward to. Programme and Conference Presentations ICC 2021 in Florence will represent the opportunity to reflect on the state of the art in cartography and... (read more)
2019-11-12 11:47:13

Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Motorists who regularly drive around busy megacities such as London can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space. The quest for somewhere to park burns fuel unnecessarily, pollutes the air with particulate matter and increases greenhouse gas emissions. The smart parking app – based on mobile mapping technology – offers welcome relief for seekers of parking spaces while also helping to preserve the environment. One such app by London-based AppyWay, named AppyParking, is available for free download for iPhone and Android devices. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas,... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00

The Age of Mobile Mapping

Looking back over the past 30 years, it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come in such a relatively short space of time. Geomatics students in the mid-1980s were exposed to GPS test satellites, the first GPS receivers and the enormous potential that GPS offered the geomatics community (who had already perfected what could be done with the Transit satellite system). With unprecedented absolute accuracy and an impeccable timing mechanism, GPS clearly offered a quantum leap in geomatics capabilities. Two decades later, Lidar – and in particular mobile terrestrial Lidar – seemed to represent the next quantum leap in... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:17:41

Bentley Systems Acquires Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies

Bentley Systems, one of the worldwide leading providers of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has announced the acquisition of two companies: Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies (Orbit GT). Citilabs is a global mobility simulation (CUBE) and analytics (Streetlytics) software provider, while Orbit GT is a global provider of 3D and mobile mapping software. The newly acquired technologies, in conjunction with Bentley’s existing design integration and digital cities offerings, will enable engineering-based mobility digital twins. Road mobility digital twins converge cities’ digital context (including 4D surveying facilitated by Orbit GT... (read more)
2019-10-21 08:47:20

FIG Working Week 2020: Take the Stage in Amsterdam!

Have you always dreamed about taking the stage? Geospatial surveyors now have a perfect opportunity to do so in the Dutch city of Amsterdam! Submit your abstract before 1 November for a chance to share your views, project results and latest research related to 'Smart Surveying for Land & Water Management' during the FIG Working Week 2020. The event will be held at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam from 10-14 May 2020. Surveyors are playing an increasingly important role in land & water management, especially as our countries need protection from the effects of climate change: sea-level rise, floods, droughts... (read more)
2019-10-14 09:21:26

Bluesky Launches MetroVista City Mapping Service

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has recently introduced its MetroVista city mapping service for Europe, based on data from the Leica CityMapper. At this year's Intergeo in Stuttgart, Bluesky showed the MetroVista imagery created from the hybrid airborne sensor that can simultaneously capture vertical and oblique aerial photography as well as Lidar. Bluesky’s MetroVista range includes impressive high-resolution imagery together with high-accuracy, wide-scale 3D models. The first in Europe, and still only one of a handful in operation around the globe, Bluesky’s CityMapper has already been used to capture MetroVista data for cities across the UK, including London, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol.... (read more)
2019-10-09 10:52:05

Creating a 3D Data Model for the Kingdom of Bahrain

Ordnance Survey (OS) has created the first 3D-enabled national spatial data model for the Kingdom of Bahrain with the Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB) mapping authority. The National 3D Mapping of Bahrain programme has supported Kingdom-wide data sharing, analysis and decision-making. This case study explores how OS worked with SLRB to create a consistent, intelligent and reliable 2D and 3D data model to aid decision-making. Creating a national spatial data model for the Kingdom of Bahrain required various components. The key challenges the project faced included: Providing stakeholders with relevant data across government, business and public services. Moving SLRB’s... (read more)
2019-10-09 10:45:55

Airbus and Sobloo Announce Finalists of Multi-Data Challenge within Copernicus Masters 2019

Airbus has unveiled the names of the three finalists for the 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' organised as part of the Copernicus Masters 2019. This international competition recognizes pioneering solutions, concepts and ideas for industry and society based on Earth observation data. Annually, different prize categories reward innovative candidates, in the fields of deep learning, big data analytics, smart mobility and industry 4.0. The 'Airbus - Sobloo Multi-Data Challenge' was especially looking for value-added solutions that use both Copernicus and Airbus Earth observation data. These services should also provide insight and have impact on areas like Natural Resources Consumption, Agriculture,... (read more)
2019-10-09 09:47:50

Terra Drone Launches UAV and AI-based Solution for Power Asset Inspection

Terra Drone Corporation, a leading provider of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or' drone') solutions, has unveiled a new UAV and artificial intelligence-based solution set for the maintenance of power transmission and distribution equipment. The solution was developed on the basis of market gaps identified after the inspection of over 90,000km of power lines in BVLOS missions throughout the world. Acquired data is automatically processed and analysed by artificial intelligence algorithms which are trained to detect crossovers at the bottom of transmission lines, buildings and construction machinery. Error detection system The system identifies rust on bolts, loosening and missing tower... (read more)
2019-10-08 10:58:13

Six Facts You Need to Know about 3D Reality Capture

Rapid changes in technology and computing power are affecting almost every aspect of our lives – from democratization and information access to communication and how we visualize the world around us. As technology becomes smaller, more affordable and more automated, 3D reality capture is becoming more accessible to a wide range of applications and everyday users, not just specialists. Whether you are a savvy user or new to 3D reality capture, Jürgen Mayer, president of Hexagon Geosystems’ Reality Capture Division, explores six facts in this interview. 3D reality capture solutions form the bridge to transform the real world into mirrored... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:52:33
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