Bringing Geography into Everything

GIM International Interviews Ed Parsons
As Google’s geospatial technologist, Ed Parsons is responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. GIM International caught up with this ‘man with a mission’ in Barcelona during one of his countless foreign trips. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) You’re the geospatial technologist at Google, responsible for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. Can you describe that mission? In many ways it’s quite a unique role since the number of people within Google that are really focused on outside the organisation is quite limited. A key aspect of the role is... (read more)
2015-08-20 11:21:42

GNSS Positioning

Status and Features
Nowadays, GNSS receivers have scores – and often hundreds – of channels, enabling them to track GPS, Glonass, Galileo and Compass signals simultaneously. The whole workflow from satellite tracking to calculating the coordinates of the position in a preferred reference system can be conducted automatically in real time. The price of GNSS receivers has dropped steadily since the first GPS receivers came onto the commercial market in 1982. In conjunction with the latest product survey results for GNSS receivers (available at www.geo‑matching.com), the author puts today’s GNSS status and features in perspective. (By Mathias Lemmens, senior editor, GIM International, The... (read more)
2012-12-18 01:53:20

Recent Advances in Geodata Acquisition Technologies

No Information without Data
Today’s geodata acquisition technologies combine microprocessors, computer power, solid state drives, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensors, miniaturisation and many more developments. But demand is just as important as supply, and demand is rapidly increasing in our changing world. Read on for details of recent advances in geodata acquisition technologies. In today's world, we are seeing metropolises cluster to form megalopolises, climate change threatens humans, land and livestock in low-lying areas such as river deltas and valleys, and massively populated areas are prone to earthquakes and landslides. All of these factors are increasing the demand for geodata acquisition. This article starts with total stations, continues... (read more)
2016-08-08 09:48:14

Digital Oblique Aerial Cameras (1)

A Survey of Features and Systems
It has become customary for me to provide a survey article on digital aerial cameras in the April issue of GIM International every three years. The previous survey (April 2011; vol. 25:4) addressed small, medium and large-format cameras, while in April 2008 (vol. 22:4) the focus was on sensor architecture. This article and a follow-up one will centre on oblique aerial camera systems, the use of which is steadily growing for (3D) capture of urban areas and roads, railways and other corridors. (By Mathias Lemmens, senior editor GIM International, The Netherlands) After providing an introduction to oblique aerial imagery and... (read more)
2014-04-30 11:39:45

The Revolution of Drone-carried Sensors

GIM International interviews 3D Robotics
The world of professional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is changing. It is a matter of ‘survival of the fittest’ in terms of the hardware aspect: UAV manufacturers. The interest is now visibly shifting towards payloads and software to capture, visualise and process the data; UAVs are the apparatus, but it’s the sensors and software that really count. GIM International decided to touch base with a company that serves as a good example of the current transformation, and spoke to Chris Anderson, CEO, and Daniel McKinnon, vice president, from 3D Robotics. Read the interview here. (By Wim van Wegen,... (read more)
2017-03-31 09:00:12

Pioneers in Capturing Public Space

GIM International interviews Frank Pauli, CycloMedia
CycloMedia is a renowned mapping company specialised in large-scale and systematic visualisations of environments. Its headquarters are situated in The Netherlands, a country that is an excellent testing ground for continuous innovation in mobile mapping solutions. GIM International's Wim van Wegen took to the highway and headed south to the old town of Zaltbommel to talk with Frank Pauli, CEO of the developer of advanced camera and image processing techniques. You were appointed in 2013 as CEO at CycloMedia. An important part of the company’s strategy was/is the focus on the international markets. Where are we today? It certainly is part... (read more)
2017-11-01 01:23:24

Bringing Reality into the Information Space

Interview with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, Chief Technology Strategist and Evangelist, FARO
FARO is known as a trusted source of high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and visualisation technology. In the surveying and mapping field, the company is particularly well known for its laser scanning solutions. On behalf of 'GIM International', Wim van Wegen recently met with Dr Bernd-Dietmar Becker, chief technology strategist and head of FARO Labs (the company’s research and innovation department), to discuss what we can expect from laser scanning and its role as key reality capturing technology in the years ahead. You recently announced that you have divided your business into six vertical sales and product management business units. What is... (read more)
2017-07-10 11:00:08

Welcome to the Working (from home) Week

Today is 10 May and under normal circumstances, we the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) would have our first General Assembly in the framework of the FIG Working Week 2020 scheduled from 10 to 14 May in the RAI-convention centre in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). However, as you all know, due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the related legal restrictions, it was impossible to organize this event in a normal way. As a kind of compensation, FIG is very happy to offer at least an alternative format that is a kind of Virtual Working Week – VWW 2020, or... (read more)
2020-05-08 11:17:45

The Rotterdam 3D City Model

3D Digital Twin: Urban IT Crossover of Interconnections
The Dutch city of Rotterdam is developing a digital twin of the city aimed at improving the efficiency of urban planning and management. If 3D is becoming the new normal in spatial data infrastructures, how can it be used in an urban environment? The Dutch city of Rotterdam, known as home to the largest port in Europe, is preparing for that next step by developing a digital twin of the physical city. The primary aim of ‘Digital City Rotterdam’ is to improve the efficiency of urban planning and management. But at the same time, the city council is on the lookout... (read more)
2019-11-21 11:39:31

Standards Are a Great Help for Establishing Land Administration

GIM International Interviews Christiaan Lemmen
In 2017 Dr Christiaan Lemmen, a former contributing editor of 'GIM International', was appointed as professor of land administration modelling at Twente University’s Faculty ITC for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation. He is the leading designer of the ISO 19152 international standard for geographic information – Land Administration Domain Model (LADM), the second edition of which has been in development since 2018. In this interview, he discusses the importance of LADM standards, poverty and tenure security, and the long and winding road to put well-functioning land administration in place in developing countries. The Land Administration Domain Model is actually an... (read more)
2019-05-28 01:39:20
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