Lidar Flight Planning

A System with Minimal User Intervention
Airborne Lidar has become a regular technology for acquiring accurate, consistent and dense point clouds. However, the constraints on specifications, available sensors and aerial platforms are still a challenge for Lidar data acquisition. Optimal flight planning is essential. Current practices rely on rules of thumb and trial and error, meaning that optimal solutions are rare. The authors have developed a Lidar flight planning system which does provide an optimal solution at a high level of automation and requiring minimal user intervention. Once acquired, Lidar data should satisfy the specifications on density, overlap, spatial distribution and accuracy. Data clusters and voids... (read more)
2014-02-17 10:39:05

Integrated Mission Planning Software

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions has released its new mission planning software, Leica MissionPro. The software provides mission planning capability for all airborne sensors, including Lidar, line and frame sensors, and is fully integrated into existing Z/I Imaging and Leica Geosystems workflows. In addition to the core planning functionality, Leica MissionPro includes a range of new features such 3D virtual Globe View and tools for project management and evaluating missions. Leica MissionPro supports integrated multi-sensor and Lidar planning in a 3D mission planning environment and exports flight plans for both Z/I Inflight and Leica FCMS. The new software also provides access... (read more)
2012-03-19 11:05:20

Mobile Lidar for Urban Streetscapes

Mapping Historic Sixth Street in Austin, Texas
Surveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) performed a mobile Lidar survey of the historic Sixth Street district in Austin, Texas, USA, for an urban planning project being conducting by the municipality. Sixth Street is an acclaimed music and entertainment district in the heart of downtown Austin, and city planners intend to redevelop it, broadening the pedestrian streetscape and improving both vehicular and pedestrian traffic control. Using mobile Lidar technology to survey this busy street significantly shortened data acquisition time and provided survey-grade deliverables to the city. The detailed point cloud dataset was also made available to city planners for 3D... (read more)
2012-04-26 11:28:53

Urban Governance and Climate Change

How can geo-ICT be used by municipal governments and cadastral organisations to contribute to sustainable urban governance? Based on a review of recent literature and initiatives for registering heat efficiency of houses, heat-loss mapping and the Solar Atlas Berlin, the authors argue that geo-ICT and land administration organisations are vital for sustainable urban governance to assure the integrated sustainability of the policies used to tackle global, national and local environmental issues. While efforts to avert serious climate change seem to have run out of steam, it has become visibly apparent that the effects of climate change on a global scale... (read more)
2012-11-22 11:58:33

ION Mini-Urban Challenge Winner

West High School of Torrance, California, USA has won the 2011 ION Mini-Urban Challenge held Saturday, 21st May 2011 at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.   First place was awarded to West High School of Torrance, California led by faculty advisor Marcia Kim. The first place prize included USD2,500 for the winner's school and a gold LEGO trophy. Second place was awarded to Hagerty High School of Oviedo, Florida led by mentor Don Harper. The second place price included USD1,000 for the winner's school and a gold... (read more)
2011-06-06 11:01:29

Serious Gaming Meets City Planning

Tygron, a start-up based in Delft, The Netherlands, was once described as ‘the Johan Cruijff of Dutch water management’. This innovative 3D software company applies serious gaming techniques within city planning. The firm has now launched a new release of its software, which is already being used for many purposes worldwide: from hurricane-proofing uptown New York to simulating urban planning problems in Australia. The fully developed 3D urban planning tool encourages stakeholder engagement in projects and hence creates greater support for spatial solutions. From climate issues to urban infrastructure, the results are more realistic than ever thanks to the use... (read more)
2015-03-03 11:12:46

Hesse State Planning Portal Upgraded

Hesse, Germany's seventh largest federal state, has deployed the Intergraph spatial data infrastructure (SDI) application based on GeoMedia in its state planning Web portal. The application provides all stakeholders, including non-experts, easy access to and visualisation of spatial data through an intuitive interface.     Intergraph GeoMedia provides direct, real-time access to enterprise geospatial data, along with spatial analysis and map generation functionality, through a simple Web browser. Its support of Web Map Services (WMS) is of particular importance to administration, business and planning experts. This service can be used to integrate content from Hesse's state development and regional plans... (read more)
2009-09-15 10:36:45

Ashtech Introduces Web Mission Planning

Ashtech (France) has announced at Intergeo the immediate availability of Web Mission Planning, the first self-contained, completely automatic web-accessible GNSS survey planning tool. Anyone, anywhere can log in at and use the survey-planning tool free of charge to determine satellite visibilities. The new tool developed by Ashtech uses Google Earth mapping and is inter-active and completely self-contained. Survey planning in advance is important to ensure optimum satellite geometry, to account for mask at the site, and to avoid poor satellite tracking conditions in the field.  Surveyors working in urban canyons or under dense tree canopy and GPS-only receiver users... (read more)
2010-10-06 03:46:19

System Migration for Planning Commission

The Transportation Division of the Lancaster County Planning Commission (USA) is to perform a system migration of its legacy GIS-T application from ArcView 3.x to ArcGIS 9.3. The GIS-T legacy application, developed by GeographIT who also takes on the migration, automatically loads and classifies predefined roadway, traffic, bridge, and accident data as event themes mapped to PennDOT's linear referencing system.     The application also provides a Query Builder wizard that enables the user to define, modify, and delete custom queries of event tables. The new application will be developed with .NET 3.5 and ArcGIS 9.3.1 and will integrate PennDOT event... (read more)
2009-09-10 01:45:39

Planning to Avoid Olympic Congestion

Paragon Software Systems, UK, has launched its Olympic Planning Pack, which includes special map edits, filters and congestion profiles designed to help clients model and route vehicle movements during the London Olympic and Paralympic games.     With only six months left before the start of the 2012 Olympics - and with the Paralympics beginning when the Olympics finish - Paragon is focussing on ensuring that its clients can minimise likely disruption to any London logistics operations. The pack will help by planning optimised delivery routes that avoid road closures and congestion from 27th July 2012 when the Olympics begin... (read more)
2012-02-09 11:38:38
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