Virtual Surveyor Enhances Lidar Point Cloud Handling

Virtual Surveyor has enhanced the Lidar elevation data handling capabilities in version 6.4 of its drone surveying and mapping software. The function enables users to select specific feature classes from classified Lidar point clouds before converting the point cloud to a surface terrain. “The latest upgrades in Virtual Surveyor 6.4 are designed to meet the needs of UAV users who are increasingly equipping their drones with Lidar systems,” said Tom Op ‘t Eyndt, CEO of Virtual Surveyor nv in Belgium. Virtual Surveyor bridges the gap between UAV photogrammetric processing applications and engineering design packages. The software generates an interactive onscreen... (read more)
2019-07-11 10:28:49

EarthDefine Announces National Building Map for Building Footprint Data

EarthDefine, a provider of high-resolution spatial data products, has released its National Building Map product that precisely maps over 137 million building outlines across the contiguous USA. The dataset also includes accurate locations and addresses to support enhanced routing and rooftop-accurate geo-coding for millions of properties across the country. The National Building Map product is powered by state-of-the-art deep neural networks. These are a class of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that enable accurate extraction of ground features like building footprints from high-resolution aerial imagery across large scales and highly diverse geography. This AI-based approach allows EarthDefine to repeatedly extract building footprints from newer imagery... (read more)
2019-06-26 10:29:48

YellowScan Releases Point Cloud Data Software CloudStation

YellowScan, the UAV Lidar Solutions provider, has announced the release of CloudStation, its new software providing a complete solution to create and manipulate point cloud data. It allows the user to extract, process and display data immediately after flight acquisition. The auto-generation of flight lines and the production of LAS files are now done in a few clicks. “This launch is an exciting move for YellowScan, it allows a better and simplified experience for the customers.” says Tristan Allouis, Chief Technical Officer of YellowScan. “Better user experience leads to more efficiency for our demanding client’s projects." Key benefits include: Checking... (read more)
2019-06-19 10:58:05

Virtual Surveyor Unveils Terrain Lenses in Drone Mapping Software

Virtual Surveyor has unveiled Terrain Lenses in Version 6.3 of its drone surveying and mapping software. Overlaid on a Lidar point cloud or orthophoto, the six lenses enhance different aspects of the terrain in 3D to give users a better understanding of the topography in the area they mapped with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Virtual Surveyor package enables professional surveyors to generate accurate topographic end products from drone data five times faster than traditional fieldwork, bridging the gap between UAV photogrammetric processing software and engineering design packages. “Whether a drone surveyor is generating map products from orthorectified imagery... (read more)
2019-06-10 10:09:49

Why a Smart City is the Only Possible City

There are not so many people around thinking about the area they dwell in. I mean really thinking about efficiency, economy, aesthetics, and standards. We rarely even raise our heads up and turn our eyes away from our smartphones to contemplate the scenery or enjoy the view in a city – and more often than not it’s justified. City of the Past In the past, cities were organized next to water supplies with the distance not exceeding one mile from a river or lake, which made water delivery possible. With the invention of the automobile, cities stretched to indecent distances,... (read more)
2019-06-05 05:51:24

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The LMAP Initiative
The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines a new initiative called LMAP that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into GIS. Developed in a partnership between RIEGL of... (read more)
2019-05-21 10:01:13

Getmapping and Esri Announce Partnership

Geospatial solutions company Getmapping has entered into a partnership with Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics technology. Getmapping is a leading provider of aerial photography, Lidar, digital mapping and web-based services across Europe and Africa. Working with carefully selected strategic partners, Getmapping delivers innovative solutions required to meet complex geospatial challenges. Esri provides the world's most powerful mapping and analytics software. Its commitment to helping solve some of the world’s most difficult problems aligns with Getmapping’s own core purpose of creating solutions to the challenges facing our planet, according to the company. The collaboration will integrate Getmapping’s high-resolution 2D... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:04:52

Bluesky and Skyline Create Dynamic 3D Building and City Models

Aerial mapping company Bluesky is working with SkylineGlobe UK on a project to provide high-accuracy, photorealistic 3D city models that will be available as off-the-shelf datasets and via an internet streaming service. The new, dynamic 3D models will provide a visualization and analytical platform for smart city projects, transport and infrastructure planning, risk assessment and mitigation, development planning and environmental work. To create these unique 3D digital twins, Bluesky and Skyline will integrate leading-edge technologies. To capture the city imagery, Bluesky has deployed its hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar airborne sensor. Skyline is then processing and publishing the data into... (read more)
2019-05-14 10:19:10

GeoCue Releases Get3Di to Access Public Lidar and Image Data

GeoCue Group has announced the release of Get3Di, a geospatial data portal specifically designed to make finding, accessing, and downloading a collection of American public Lidar and image data sources as easy as any online shopping experience. Get3Di differs from other online geospatial data portals by offering public data that can be used for any purpose, royalty free. Subscription prices are set to recover data download costs. Hank DiPietro, GeoCue's VP of business development, said "Our mission with Get3Di is to make public 3D data easy to find and download. Currently, to get quality public data you must look through... (read more)
2019-04-23 03:02:54

Bluesky 3D Terrain Models Underpin ARA UK Flood Risk Map

3D models derived from high-resolution aerial photography are underpinning the most up-to-date flood risk map of the UK. Working alongside Ambiental Risk Analytics (ARA), aerial mapping company Bluesky has supplied photogrammetrically derived digital terrain models (DTMs) for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. Combined with river flow and rainfall data, these 3D models allow ARA to deliver a range of flood risk information for any property in the UK. “Our flood map products are used around the world by insurers, government agencies, property developers and emergency response services to visualize, assess and understand potential flood risk,” commented Mark Nunns,... (read more)
2019-03-19 10:11:33
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