Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. The expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. Using the latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software, surveyors are now capturing millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53

Meet Lindsey the GIS Specialist

Have you ever found yourself struggling to tell other people what your profession as a GIS specialist or surveyor actually entails? If so, you’ll no doubt be interested to hear about a great new tool that makes it easier to explain the ins and outs of your work to youngsters. Containing 24 richly illustrated pages covering data collection, analysis and visualization, the children’s e-book called ‘Lindsey the GIS Specialist – A GIS Mapping Story’ gives a good impression of what a job in the geospatial industry encompasses. Professionals in German-speaking countries may already be familiar with the booklet called Ich... (read more)
2019-06-05 01:40:15

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

5 Questions to… René Worms, Head of Global Sales, Atmos UAV

Atmos UAV recently announced the appointment of René Worms as its head of global sales. Worms, a well-known strategist and geospatial expert, will work on the international expansion of the company's VTOL UAV. 'GIM International' asked Worms five questions to find out more about his new position and his vision on the growing role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') in the land surveying industry. You have extensive experience in the geospatial business, having previously worked at Topcon Positioning Group and Leica Geosystems. How do you intend to put your experience to good use at Atmos UAV? Atmos UAV... (read more)
2019-05-20 11:52:09

New FIG Publication on 3D Cadastres

Two recent publications on ‘Best Practices 3D Cadastres’ give a comprehensive overview of research, developments and implementations relating to 3D cadastres. Professor Peter van Oosterom, an authority and expert in this field, has been working in this domain for two decades. The first International Workshop on 3D was organized under his chairmanship in 2001, and the sixth edition of that workshop was held last year. Prof Van Oosterom has also chaired the FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Working Group on 3D Cadastres – a joint Working Group of FIG Commissions 3 ‘Spatial Information Management’ and 7 ‘Cadastre and Land Management’... (read more)
2019-05-15 10:09:46

Be a Geomatics Ambassador

In his latest column, Wim van Wegen from GIM International reflects on the huge impact of geomatics on everyday life. Therefore, he calls on industry professionals to become geomatics ambassadors; it is time to join forces and make ourselves heard! When I first started working for GIM International nine years ago, I was unaware of the true extent of the role of land surveyors and GIS professionals. As an avid map lover I had some knowledge of cartography, I knew about measuring land parcels and I was of course familiar with land surveyors who are a familiar sight on construction... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:29:42

Towards Cadastral Intelligence?

Extracting Visible Boundaries from UAV Data through Image Analysis and Machine Learning
The inability to access formal land registration systems fosters insecure land tenure and conflicts, especially in developing countries. This calls for low-cost and scalable mapping solutions aligning with fit-for-purpose land administration. The work presented in this article supports the UAV-based mapping of land tenure inspired by state-of-the-art approaches from remote sensing, geoinformatics and computer vision. The guiding question is how to develop an automated approach that promotes the paradigm shift towards cadastral intelligence which integrates human-based expert knowledge with automatically generated machine-based knowledge. Cadastral mapping contributes to the creation of formal systems for registering and safeguarding land rights. According to... (read more)
2019-05-15 09:07:52

Joanna Hull

Joanna Hull has a first-class honours degree in Building Surveying and a master’s degree in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. She has worked in a variety of conservation management roles, including asset management, surveying, facilities and project management, for English Heritage and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, and in consultancy roles for Historic England and the National Trust. Hull is currently working as a building surveyor and project manager for Serco Defence at the UK Defence Academy. In this role, she is trialling the results of her research in the development of the organization’s asset management processes. (read more)
2019-05-30 02:23:30

Land Administration Census

A Plea for a Bottom-up, Brute-force Solution
The battle against poverty in developing countries has always been associated with the issue of land. Since the turn of the millennium, the focus has been on facilitating the official registration of land rights by the poor and the vulnerable. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa still lack a well-functioning land administration system, notwithstanding many dedicated aid programmes. Such programmes were designed by Western institutions and often copied Western land administration architectures. In this article, the author advocates a bottom-up approach using census-taking as a paradigm. First the capabilities of advanced technologies are identified, then the way aid is brought to... (read more)
2019-05-08 10:28:26

René Worms Joins Atmos UAV as Head of Global Sales

Atmos UAV has appointed René Worms, former managing director of Topcon Positioning Europe, as head of global sales. The well-known strategist and geospatial expert will work towards the international expansion of Marlyn, the company's professional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) mapping and surveying (fixed-wing) drone, which is designed to assure surveyors of the right accuracy, maximum ease of use and highest wind resistance in its class. René Worms’ skills in international sales, sales management and building business strategies were recognized by the Topcon Positioning Group where he previously worked as the managing director. Additionally, his past professional positions – as... (read more)
2019-05-08 08:42:12
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