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

Apple Furthers Point Cloud Feature Recognition

In a paper released on arXiv, Apple engineers Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel have detailed an end-to-end deep neural network solution for accurate feature recognition in point clouds. One way we currently perform feature recognition is to project the point cloud into a perspective view and apply image-based feature recognition techniques. Another approach is to rasterise the point clouds into a 3D voxel grid, and encode the features by hand (think of a voxel as a pixel in three dimensions instead of two). The first approach loses us some valuable depth information, and both create an extra step. According to the... (read more)
2017-12-22 11:51:05

Leica Geosystems Upgrades Pegasus Mobile Mapping Platform

Leica Geosystems has released the new Leica Pegasus:Two Ultimate, an upgrade to its current mobile mapping platform bringing higher-quality digital reality capture to the market. With the new mobile mapping platform also comes new mobile mapping software. The Leica Pegasus Webviewer is an online platform that visualises all captured data – stored completely in the cloud – from any browser. Users can service new market segments, including Smart City applications by digitising road and rail infrastructures while expanding into new markets in support of autonomous vehicles, with seamless 360 and higher resolution imagery, and increased expansion ports for additional sensors.... (read more)
2018-02-08 10:48:14

GIS Market to Cross US$17.5 Billion by 2023

According to a market research report, the GIS market is expected to reach US$17.5 billion by 2023, increasing urbanisation in addition to the surging adoption of GIS solutions in enterprise applications in developing countries is the key factor bolstering the demand for the system. The growth can also be attributed to the implantation of LIDAR technology and increasing availability of spatial data and cloud technology. On the basis of project size, the GIS market has been categorised into small (less than US$250K), medium (US$250K to US$1 million), and large (more than US$1 million). During the forecast period, the market is expected to... (read more)
2018-05-30 01:14:49

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

CyArk Brings Accurate 3D Immersive Data to Life in Virtual Reality

CyArk and FarBridge have partnered with Oculus to bring photorealistic and fully explorable replicas of some of the world’s most amazing monuments in virtual reality. Launching for both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, MasterWorks transports users to four historic sites on three continents that span over 3,000 years of human history. Users can discover the fate of the ancient capital of Thailand, unravel the mysteries of a pre-Incan temple in the Peruvian Andes, explore the astonishing Native American cliff dwellings of Colorado, and get up close to the monumental stone carvings of Mt Rushmore in South Dakota. The experience... (read more)
2018-02-22 10:31:53

Yorkshire Water Asset Management Using Aerial Imagery in GIS

Yorkshire Water is using high resolution aerial photography to help manage its water network and assets over an area of nearly 15,000 square kilometres. The company has signed a new three year contract with Bluesky, building on the success of a previous three year agreement with the aerial mapping company. The aerial photography is accessible using Yorkshire Water’s intranet and desktop geographical information system (GIS), to around 3,000 individual users. Primary uses include Asset Data Mapping, Land Management, Grounds Maintenance, Control Room Operations and Conveyancing. The Bluesky aerial map data sits alongside MasterMap data from Ordnance Survey, as well as... (read more)
2017-07-27 12:00:37

Earth Observation and UAVs - Imaging from the Sky

It was a pleasure getting this issue together – the theme Big Data sounds abstract and perhaps has first association with cloud computing, servers and other not-so-spatial aspects. We take a look in on Australia and their history of managing geospatial data and Singapore for an interesting case about a smart city – and the management of geospatial data that is hard to get as it involves areas that are not easily accessible from the street. Digging into the huge amount of geospatial data that nowadays involves city architectures, Niall Conway reflects on the new profile of a city planner.... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:46:46

LG Electronics and HERE Technologies Partner on Autonomous Cars

LG Electronics (LG) is partnering with HERE Technologies (HERE), a global provider of digital mapping and location services, to offer a next-generation telematics solution for autonomous vehicles. The solution combines LG's advanced telematics technology with high-precision map data and location services powered by the HERE Open Location Platform. Through their planned collaboration, the companies aim to support automakers globally with a robust and secure data communications hub for highly automated and fully autonomous cars. When fully developed, telematics, an industry that is defined as the integration of telecommunications and informatics, will play a key role as the communication hub for... (read more)
2018-01-03 10:50:35

Global Mapper Available to Higher Education for Free

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the availability of an update to the Global Mapper Academic Curriculum. Comprised of a series of hands-on lessons, the full package of lab materials is available free of charge to schools and colleges using Global Mapper in the classroom. Developed by Blue Marble Application Specialists, the goal of this program is to streamline the deployment of Global Mapper within the academic community while introducing some of the fundamental principles of GIS, in a concise and understandable way. Institutes of higher education in the U.S. and Canada can install Global Mapper for instructional use at no... (read more)
2018-04-09 01:20:44
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