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

Indoor Mobile Mapping Goes Mainstream

In his previous column about the future of indoor mobile mapping, Felix Reinshagen made the case for why this technology was on the brink of widespread adoption. That was just over a year ago, and a lot has changed since then: brisk expansion of the products and services on offer, together with a widening field of applications. So after another incredible year, Reinshagen has written a new column outlining why he believes that mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. The emphasis now is on assessing data quality and establishing universal standards in... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:27:27

Carlson Unveils Scan2K Terrestrial Scanner

Carlson Software has released its Scan2K laser scanner, a versatile and user-friendly solution for the creation of accurate 3D survey data up to a range of 2,000 ('2k') metres. The announcement was made at the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ 2020 Conference. “The Scan2K addresses the diverse range of applications for a laser scanner in the surveying and mining industries,” says Bradley Husack, a special projects engineer at Carlson Built with surveyors in mind, the Scan2K is at home in the field with its weather-proof housing, user-friendly sunlight-visible touch screen interface with simple, menu-driven operations for quickly collecting and georeferencing... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:07:47

Abu Dhabi-based AI Firm Acquires Geospatial Company Bayanat

Group 42, an artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing firm based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has acquired Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services LLC, a provider of customized geospatial data products and services. The purchase will add to Group 42’s existing suite of satellite-based solutions and enable the company to offer disruptive products to clients. Geodata as food for algorithms Bayanat provides its clients with topographic, hydrographic and aeronautical products and charts as well as spatial data surveying, analysis, management, modelling, visualization and cartography services. Commenting on the acquisition, Peng Xiao, CEO of Group 42, said: “As we welcome Bayanat... (read more)
2020-01-15 02:16:58

Preparations for Inaugural Geo Connect Asia 2020 Gather Momentum

With just two months to go until the first-ever edition of Geo Connect Asia 2020, organizers Montgomery Asia have announced the first wave of speakers and exhibitors. This March, the inaugural event will be a focal point for the multi-billion-dollar ASEAN geospatial industry. The global geospatial market is predicted to be worth US$134 billion by 2025, with the Asia-Pacific region in particular expected to post the highest growth rates. This growth will be driven by the anticipated high demand for geospatial technologies as governments in the ASEAN region continue to invest in new infrastructure and other ‘smart’ initiatives, such as... (read more)
2020-01-09 10:45:39

Downtown Dublin as a Lidar Point Cloud

A Highly Accurate, Diverse and Dense Annotated Laser Scanning Dataset of a City Centre
The advance of Lidar data acquisition technologies is substantially increasing the amount of spatial data obtained and it is becoming cost-prohibitive to process it manually. Artificial intelligence (AI) has now started to offer cost-effective solutions to analyse and utilize those big datasets. AI can be employed for scene understanding, accurately detecting objects and classifying 3D assets. These are the significant fundamentals of several applications including autonomous navigation, intelligent robotics, urban planning, emergency management and even forest monitoring. The most popular types of 3D spatial information for such applications are Lidar and imagery data. This article describes the dense annotated ground-truth... (read more)
2019-11-27 10:05:38

The 'GIM International' Survey among Geospatial Professionals

'GIM International' is once again conducting its annual survey among geospatial surveying professionals around the world to explore the sector’s wants and needs. The findings will be published in an in-depth article in the upcoming edition of the 'GIM International Business Guide 2020'. Which methods, equipment and technologies are being used to capture geodata and convert it into optimal end products? What should developers of hardware and software bear in mind in order to keep users happy? What are the key bottlenecks, and where can further improvements be made? Your input is extremely important to help us gain a true... (read more)
2019-12-24 12:00:56

Any Geospatial Questions? Ask the Specialist!

Are you considering trying out a new mapping method? Or perhaps you’re struggling with a tricky challenge on a new survey project? Take this opportunity to ask our broad network of experts for help! For our ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in the upcoming edition of the annual 'GIM International Business Guide', we’re inviting you to send us your burning questions about geospatial surveying. We will pass the questions on to relevant industry experts to provide you with a comprehensive and detailed answer to help you on your way. In addition to being published in the ‘Ask the Specialist’ feature in... (read more)
2019-12-13 11:57:43

Woolpert Acquires Southern Mapping

Woolpert has acquired Southern Mapping, a geospatial solutions provider and aerial survey company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Southern Mapping has extensive high-accuracy Lidar, imagery and remote sensing experience, and produces airborne topographic, hyperspectral, and thermal surveys and mapping. Southern Mapping was among the first independently owned mapping companies to offer Lidar in Africa and is well-known throughout the industry. The firm has provided mapping services for engineering, infrastructure, mining, mapping, agriculture and environmental sectors on three continents and in more than 45 African countries.  “Woolpert’s vision is to become the premier global architecture, engineering and geospatial firm, and this acquisition is a big... (read more)
2019-12-20 03:31:58

Measuring Real-time 3D Position in GPS-denied Environments

Racelogic has launched a brand-new indoor positioning system, called VIPS, which is an advanced system for measuring real-time 3D position to an accuracy of ±2cm in areas where GPS is not available. This makes it an ideal tool for construction applications both indoors and in urban areas. The system has been designed for any application that requires accurate measurement and recording of 3D positioning. It enables GPS-based technologies to operate in GPS-denied environments. The British developer of accurate GPS data loggers, testing equipment and positioning systems presented this innovative technology at the London Build Show in November 2019. It included live demonstrations... (read more)
2019-12-20 10:32:23
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