Multisensor-based Tree Crown Map of Warsaw

Millions of trees in an area spanning over 500 square kilometres are being monitored in an unprecedented mapping project of the urban green environment in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. The project, which is based on a unique multisensor photogrammetric platform, will result in the Tree Crown Map: an advanced map of individual trees, including recognition of nearly 50 taxa, geometry of their canopies and their health condition. This project is being realized by MGGP Aero in a consortium with University of Łódź, University of Warsaw and Definity. The Tree Crown Map (TCM) will present more than just the... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:45:29

New Space Economy Era Presented at WGDC2019

‘New Space Economy Era’ was the theme of this year’s World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC2019), organized by Taibo and held from 9-10 July at the International Convention Center in Beijing, China. WGDC2019 brought together top geospatial information industry experts, leaders from application departments, and representatives of institutions, enterprises, investors and the media. The programme included 50-plus reports and over ten panel discussions, covering commercial aerospace, 3D scanning technology, G-TECH, high-precision maps and autonomous driving, land and space planning, smart city and digital government among other topics. The event highlighted the new space economy era against the backdrop of the integration... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:20:11

Esri to Use Mobileye Data for Dynamic Edge Mapping

Esri, a global leader in location intelligence, has announced a collaboration with Mobileye, an Intel company and provider of advanced driver-assistance systems software, to bring the advanced data collection capabilities of Mobileye into Esri’s platform as native services. This collaboration will provide Esri customers with the ability to visualize and analyse real-time HD map and location data streaming from sensors on vehicles equipped with Mobileye technology, enabling a new type of living, dynamic map on the Esri platform. Under the agreement, vehicles equipped with Mobileye’s vision system will gather information that will serve as a basis for several new data... (read more)
2019-07-15 10:14:45

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-07-11 09:55:02

5 Questions to… Sander Oude Elberink, GSW2019

In June this year, the Dutch city of Enschede welcomed the photogrammetry and remote sensing community for the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 (GSW2019). Whether to attend presentations, such as on ‘Façade Reconstruction for Textured LOD2 CityGML Models Based on Deep Learning and Mixed Integer Linear Programming’, or to meet up with fellow Lidar specialists from around the world, numerous delegates travelled to Enschede for a thorough update on what is going on in their area of expertise. We asked Sander Oude Elberink, programme chair of GSW2019, five questions in order to get an impression of this high-level event. How would... (read more)
2019-07-04 11:48:38

Lidar Technology for Game of Thrones

Lidar technology is more present in our lives than we realize – and sometimes even while we watch television, for instance. Imaging hardware and software from Teledyne Optech helped to enable 3D spatial data acquisition and visual effects for HBO’s hit series, 'Game of Thrones'. A team utilized Teledyne’s Lidar technology to create a detailed 3D representation of the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, as the model for the fictional city of King’s Landing. Lidar is becoming increasingly popular for creating realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI) and visual special effects. Traditionally, Lidar has been used for mapping and in construction, civil... (read more)
2019-07-03 01:15:30

Land Surveying: Towards a Smarter Life

FIG Working Week in Hanoi, Vietnam, 22-26 April 2019
Surveyors and land professionals from all over the world came together in April in the heat of Hanoi to take part in the FIG 2019 Working Week. This year’s theme was ‘Geospatial information for a smarter life and environmental resilience’. The conference had a strong focus on tackling climate change by working towards a smarter life, both through the development of smart cities and also in rural areas. Spatial information, big data, surveying, BIM, land administration and much more are recognized as being essential factors in this development. There is a strong awareness that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:25:08

Low Lands, High Potential

The Right Ingredients to Tackle Climate Change
Earlier this year, Esri CEO and founder Jack Dangermond paid a visit to Zwolle, a  pioneering city of about 130,000 inhabitants in the eastern part of the Netherlands. He described the country as a centre of excellence when it comes to knowledge, technology and innovation, which puts it in a strong position to lead the international response to the challenges of climate change. Geoinformation is a core ingredient in protecting us from the threats of global warming. So which other ingredients do the Dutch – and especially the country’s geospatial professionals – have to offer? Firstly, knowledge of cartography can... (read more)
2019-06-20 01:44:13

Intergeo Places People at the Heart of Digitalization

Intergeo is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, providing the perfect occasion for a brief review of what it has achieved so far. Even more importantly, it’s an appropriate juncture for looking ahead – to the leading international trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, with its focus on digital topics. Industry experts from the realms of business and science gathered in Stuttgart at the end of May for a Round Table to share their experiences and expertise, true to Intergeo’s motto: 'Knowledge and action for planet Earth'. Reviewing how Intergeo has evolved over time, Christiane Salbach, managing director... (read more)
2019-06-19 02:01:39

Geoinformation Software as a Service

From Licensing to Subscription
Accurate geoinformation about urban areas, public buildings or historical sites is in great demand. It has become astonishingly easy to capture these scenes through cameras or laser scanning or to acquire open data from a diversity of sources. Professionals without a surveying background can do the job, but such professionals require reliable, robust, easy-to-use and affordable processing tools. Today, cloud computing can meet that need, enabling users to work with software packages running on remote servers on either a pay-per-use or a subscription basis. This article presents a cloud computing service dedicated to geoinformation software. Storing data in the cloud... (read more)
2019-06-13 01:10:12
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