Ordnance Survey Helps Route Planning

Ordnance Survey's (UK) most detailed transport dataset, OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network (ITN) Layer, is being used by Daventry District Council to help it plan environmental services, as the area is set to become home to 20,000 new residents by 2010. By taking advantage of the depth of information in OS MasterMap ITN Layer, the Council, with the help of contractors White Young Green and Integrated Skills Ltd, has been able to ensure that all its waste-collection vehicles take the safest most efficient routes. This has helped speed up rounds and reduce congestion and fuel emissions. Expected savings in money... (read more)
2007-07-11 09:02:01

3D Urban Models Optimise and Innovate

The latest 3D technology will be presented at Intergeo in Hanover, Germany, between 9 and 11 October 2012. Processes are getting faster and models cheaper. The latest technology enables automated processes in 3D urban modelling with just one overflight. In the experience of 3D Reality Maps from Germany, models are becoming faster and more cost-effective, thus making them more affordable for a wider audience. These experts achieve levels of quality beyond just automated processes. The incorporation of characteristic details of the buildings and street features enables navigation from a pedestrian's perspective. GTA Geoinformatik is among the leading developers and manufacturers... (read more)
2012-08-13 11:57:06

World’s Densest Urban Aerial Lidar Dataset Released

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (NYU CUSP) Professor Debra F. Laefer has released the world’s densest urban aerial laser scanning (Lidar) dataset. At over 300 points per square metre, this is more than 30 times denser than typical Lidar data and is an order of magnitude denser than any other aerial Lidar dataset. The dataset also includes the first ever urban scan with the full-wave form version of the data, as well as affiliated imagery and video. The unprecedented comprehensiveness of this multi-layered dataset enables new opportunities in exploration and modelling.  It also sets a new... (read more)
2017-07-13 11:44:34

First Authorised Urban UAV Flight in Italy

The Anteos RPA of the Italian company Aermatica is the only UAV that has obtained permission to fly in non-segregated airspace from the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC). As a result, Aermatica and GEOMATICA_LAB from the University of L’Aquila have agreed a collaboration regarding photogrammetric surveys. The first survey was carried out on 4 April 2013 and involved one of the most important churches damaged during the last earthquake: the Basilica di S.M. di Collemaggio in L’Aquila. The purpose of this first activity was to elaborate on and update the data on the status of this Basilica, which will be... (read more)
2013-05-08 08:30:00

FIG at 3rd World Urban Forum

The 3rd Session of the World Urban Forum attracted some ten thousand participants from over a hundred countries to Vancouver, Canada between 18th and 23rd June 2006. This was more than double the number of participants at the previous meeting in Barcelona. The number of participants representing professionals, academia and NGOs and grass-root organisations particularly exceeded prior estimates. The meeting paved the way for a new drive forward on the international urban agenda in a world of rapidly growing cities. Just as the 1976 Habitat I Conference in Vancouver placed local community concerns on the international agenda and highlighted the... (read more)
2006-08-23 12:00:00

Leapfrogging Urban Problems with Smart Cities

Preserving Well-being and Economic Growth in India
The upsurge in urban population in Indian cities will intensify societal challenges on every conceivable level. To improve the quality of life and attract investment in cities, proactive measures are now essential for government agencies. They will inevitably become increasingly dependent on geo-ICT in order to develop and manage their assets and infrastructures more efficiently and effectively. This facilitates – and also demands – elimination of ‘silos’ within city authorities. In 2016, India’s government will select 100 municipalities to turn substantial parts of their urbanisations into ‘smart cities’. The pace of urbanisation is so high that in 15 years’ time... (read more)
2015-12-10 01:26:39

Land Subsidence in Urban Areas of Indonesia

Suitability of Levelling, GPS and INSAR for Monitoring
Excessive groundwater extraction is probably the main factor causing land subsidence in urban areas of Indonesia. Decreases in groundwater level may reach 15 metres a year. Monitoring of land subsidence in suspected cities is required for groundwater extraction regulation, effective flood control and seawater intrusion, conservation of environment, construction of infrastructure, and spatial development planning in general. The author treats the capabilities and constraints of levelling, GPS and INSAR for monitoring land subsidence in Jakarta, Bandung and Semarang. The relatively large urban areas of Indonesia usually have dense housing, building and/or vegetation (Figure 1). Land subsidence in urban areas may... (read more)
2005-07-26 12:00:00

Video Tutorials for 3D Urban Modeller

GeoCV, Russia, has released a set of video lessons for its main product: a software system for fast and realistic 3D modelling of buildings from photos, called 3D Urban Modeller. The videos, which are available online, cover the workflow of each system module, show typical use cases and provide detailed descriptions for most of the tools. The videos are about 2 hours in total length, so it takes about 4 hours to watch them and carry out the actions in practice. Alexander Velizhev, CEO at GeoCV, said that he is sure this is worth the effort. In a matter of... (read more)
2012-11-19 10:08:26

Classifying Urban Poor Areas with Satellite Imagery

Hannes Taubenböck and his team at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are using very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, supplied by European Space Imaging, combined with auxiliary surveys to develop a base model classification system for the shape and structure of urban poor areas around the world. Slum, favela, tenement… whatever term you use, nearly every country in the world has some form of urban poor areas.  Taubenböck, Kraff and Wurm identify these locations as 'Arrival Cities', defined as places offering relatively affordable housing serving as an access to a city, its society and its functions (a concept based on Doug... (read more)
2019-07-26 12:57:07
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