Data Integration for Coastal Surveying

Combining Laser Scanner and Bathymetric Sensor
When surveying the coastline, the integration of bathymetric (below sea level) and laser scanning (above sea level) data causes problems due to the different imaging properties. However, by ensuring that the different data sets have been accurately georeferenced and oriented, a complete and accurate model of the terrain above and below sea level can be obtained. This technique was employed to survey the area of Portovenere in Italy, including the San Pietro church located on a steeply sloping rocky promontory, with positional accuracies in the order of 5cm. View Larger Map   One of the biggest issues in coastline survey... (read more)
2009-03-03 12:00:00

Surveying in the Mining Sector

An Overview of Geospatial Methods in Mining Engineering
What is the current status of surveying in the mining industry, and which survey equipment and technologies are being used today? Geospatial data forms the foundation of mining. The rapidly evolving innovations in the geomatics sector are bringing previously unforeseen opportunities that will provide a major boost, both to mining surveyors and the mining industry as a whole. Read on for an article which starts with some history – after all, we should never forget where we came from. It then goes on to present a general outline of surveying in the mining industry, with a focus on the survey... (read more)
2017-02-01 08:46:34

Surveying the World of Tomorrow

From Digitalisation to Augmented Reality
From 29 May to 2 June Helsinki, Finland – also known as a ‘pearl of the Baltic Sea’ – was the centre of the global surveyors’ community during the FIG Working Week 2017. All participants were warmly welcomed by FIG colleagues in Finland. The programme was exciting and future-oriented. By Christiaan Lemmen, Louise Friis-Hansen and Eva-Maria Unger, International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) FIG Honorary President Juha Talvitie, who was president of FIG in 1990 (the last time the FIG Working Week was held in Helsinki) gave a short and inspiring welcome address greeting all the younger surveyors and also those... (read more)
2017-07-06 11:19:01

How Geospatial Surveying Is Driving Land Administration

Latest Innovations and Developments
Five years ago, 'GIM International' published an article titled ‘A New Era in Land Administration Emerges’. It outlined how innovative thinking coupled with quickly maturing, scalable technical approaches could transform land administration globally. To reach fruition, support from policymakers, world-leading private companies, modern geospatial technologies and a new professional mindset would be crucial. So what has happened since? Here, in close cooperation with the geospatial industry, 'GIM International' provides a major update, paying special attention to standardization, technical approaches and land data acquisition in the context of global policies. Policy Guidance and UN-GGIM The national cadastral and topographic mapping agencies... (read more)
2020-04-29 02:39:00

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
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