The New Era of Mobile Scanning

GIM International Interviews Felix Reinshagen, CEO of NavVis
Indoor mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. Felix Reinshagen is co-founder and CEO of NavVis, a company that was set up with the objective of bridging the gap between outdoor and indoor digital maps. In this interview, he shares his views on the future, including his confidence that there will be plenty more developments in automatically generated assets from reality capture, and how 3D scanning and the geospatial industry are set to impact the world in many respects. Do you see laser scanning becoming a commodity in the near future, or will... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:57:16

Kinematic Laser Scanning in Assessing Urban Land Use and Utility Infrastructure

Fast Site Visits and Accurate 3D Mapping
Urbanization and the development of megacities poses critical challenges for sustainable but efficient land use globally. Power lines, pipelines for water, district heating, gas and oil, and other technological systems are critical yet often hidden assets facilitating today’s lifestyles. Meanwhile, there is an ever-important need to preserve natural environments and recreational spaces in the world’s cities, despite the pressure to spread more concrete and asphalt to accommodate the people and businesses flocking to them. This article examines how kinematic laser scanning can support urban planning and infrastructure management. There is an ever-increasing need to use the limited urban land area... (read more)
2020-09-28 08:39:46

Fugro Wins Contract for Nationwide US Surveying and Mapping Services

Fugro has been awarded a five-year 'indefinite delivery indefinite quantity' (IDIQ) contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District, for nationwide surveying and mapping services to support the planning, operations and management of government-owned property and assets. The contract will run until September 2025 and marks Fugro’s fourth consecutive award of this kind from the St. Louis District. Services associated with the award include photogrammetry, Lidar mapping, oblique imagery, topographic and planimetric mapping, land use and land cover mapping, and disaster response mapping. Visualizing geodata in 3D New to this contract cycle is the availability of... (read more)
2020-09-24 08:54:26

PolyExplore Unveils High-Precision UAV Lidar Mapping System

PolyExplore has launched the Polyscanner LS1, a high-precision Lidar mapping system designed for UAVs and other aerial platforms. Based around advanced solid-state Lidar technology, the Polyscanner LS1 uses an innovative scanning pattern and focused field of view (FOV) to create a dense point cloud with a detection range of over 200 metres. This latest addition to the Polyscanner family of aerial mapping platforms incorporates PolyExplore’s Polynav 2000 precision GNSS-aided INS (inertial navigation system) technology, featuring a dual-frequency, dual-antenna, quad-constellation PPK/RTK capable receiver with centimeter-level accuracy and a tactical grade IMU. Sensor fusion post-processing software is also included as part of... (read more)
2020-09-24 10:03:35

Pix4D Launches Software for Large-scale UAV Mapping

Switzerland-based photogrammetric leader Pix4D has announced the commercial release of Pix4Dmatic: digital photogrammetry software for accurate and fast corridor and large-scale mapping. Pix4Dmatic has been created to meet an evolving demand as professionals map bigger and bigger areas around the world. Projects that would previously have been mapped by aircraft are now being surveyed with drones. With Pix4Dmatic, these expert projects are made possible and easier. Large Datasets Supported Drone flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), when permitted by law, are often considered the next frontier of drone mapping. Pix4Dmatic now also offers support for the large datasets... (read more)
2020-09-23 09:07:50

Charalabos Ioannidis

Charalabos Ioannidis is a professor at the Laboratory of Photogrammetry, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, where he teaches photogrammetry and cadastre. His research interests lie in the fields of computer vision, satellite photogrammetry, 3D modelling, change detection and cultural heritage documentation. He is chair of the FIG Commission 3 Working Group 3.2, ‘Geospatial Big Data: collection, processing, and presentation’. (read more)
2020-09-18 01:12:49

Integrating Lidar and Photogrammetry Mapping Technology

A system that combines cameras with Lidar is generally called a mapper or mapping system, but is also known as a hybrid system. The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a fusion of Lidar and photogrammetric mapping. Here, the latest trends and technologies are summarized in three articles that give a good overview of the current state-of-the-art in aerial mapping. When Photogrammetry Meets Lidar: Towards the Airborne Hybrid Era The airborne market for area-wide 3D data acquisition is experiencing a noticeable trend towards a hybrid mapping concept. In the near future, most airborne data collection... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:59:24

Thermal Mapping Helps Target UK Government Green Home Grants

Using a high-tech thermal imaging camera to measure heat loss from roofs, aerial mapping company Bluesky International is helping to identify poorly insulated homes and other public buildings. The property level heat loss maps provide an accurate and up-to-date picture that could be used to pinpoint homes eligible for financial support such as the UK Government’s Green Homes Grants. The UK Government recently announced a package of grants worth a total £2 billion for energy-efficient home improvements, including installing insulation, double glazing and replacing old boilers. The remaining £1 billion of the package will be spent making public buildings including... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:03:36

Japanese City Performs Field Surveys Using GIS on iPads

The City of Tamba in Hyogo prefecture, Japan, performs field survey work using a mobile GIS application designed for Apple iPad tablet computers. The application, called Mobile Matilda, has been developed by an Osaka-based GIS solution specialist, Tsukasa Consulting, using the TatukGIS Developer Kernel 11 (for Delphi edition) with the Embarcadero FireMonkey framework. The mobile application compliments desktop and web-based versions of the Matilda software that are enabled with more features. Unlike web applications, Mobile Matilda can operate in a local (off-line) environment because map layers and data are read from the iPad memory. Users can update records in the... (read more)
2020-09-10 10:00:06

Applanix Unveils OEM Solution for Direct Georeferencing of Airborne Sensor Data

Applanix, a Trimble company, has introduced the Trimble AP+ Air OEM solution for direct georeferencing of airborne sensor data. The solution enables users to accurately and efficiently produce maps and 3D models without the use of ground control points. The Trimble AP+ Air is developed as a powerful solution for manned platforms, yet small enough for use on UAVs. It is also compatible with virtually any type of airborne remote sensor, including photogrammetric cameras, Lidar, hyper and multi-spectral cameras, and synthetic aperture radar. Direct georeferencing accuracy demands Comprised of next-generation compact, low-power hardware, the Trimble AP+ Air features dual embedded... (read more)
2020-09-09 09:14:44
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