Bluesky and Bird.i Join Forces to Widen Access to Aerial Imagery

Aerial mapping company Bluesky has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Bird.i to provide online, instantaneous visualisation of its high resolution aerial imagery. Bluesky has created and maintains the highest resolution, most up to date and accurate nationwide archive of aerial images in the UK. Established in 2016, Bird.i has developed a unique platform for accessing satellite, airborne and UAV imagery with a plug and play API that works within mapping and location based applications. “We are delighted to partner with Bird.i because we believe that instant visualisation of our detailed and accurate aerial images offers great benefits to businesses,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing... (read more)
2017-01-23 02:59:43

New and Existing Products - GeoDATA 2017

The event took place at the ILEC Conference Centre in West London on 30 November. It attracted 32 exhibitors and a busy crowd of enthusiastic participants. There was plenty of space in the exhibitor area which never looked either crammed or sparse. The rooms for the three-stream seminar programme were separate and sound-proofed. Each talk started dead on time and lasted twenty minutes, leaving a ten-minute gap before the next presentation. Time and space were managed with ease. There is no entry charge for attendees. It is the exhibitors who pay to be there and so this is an event... (read more)
2018-01-08 12:57:44

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

Geodata for all is the Growing Reality

This year’s UK Esri conference attracted an astounding 2500 attendees, up by a thousand from 2014. As always, it was an incredibly busy day with far too many sessions to try to cover. I hope we’ve managed to convey a flavour of the event (begins page 26) through several significant projects including the Port of Rotterdam, Transport for London, the new Irish Water authority and Sellafield. In addition, it was a chance to see some clever apps under development and to pause to understand the impact that data collected from mobile phones is likely to have (see also Robin waters... (read more)
2017-01-05 04:41:41

Welcome to the ISPRS Geospatial Week 2019 in Enschede, the Netherlands

From 10 to 14 June, the campus of the University of Twente in the Netherlands will be the venue of the 4th ISPRS Geospatial Week. In this week, 13 workshops will provide excellent opportunities to discuss the latest developments in the fields of sensors, photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Many of the workshops are part of well-established series of workshops convened in the past. They will cover topics like unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) photogrammetry, laser scanning, spatial data quality, scene understanding, hyperspectral imaging and crowd sourcing & collaborative mapping, with applications ranging from indoor mapping and... (read more)
2019-04-16 09:10:51

The Changing Face of Geo - AGI GeoCom 2014

AGI marked its 25th anniversary with the annual conference in Chesford Grange Hotel near Kenilworth which attracted over 300 delegates for two days of intensive conference sessions and mild celebrations! We will cover Day 2 in our next edition. Professor Tim Broyd kick-started the conference with some horrifying statistics about the state of the world’s built infrastructure and the amount of money that will be needed to fix it. As if that was not bad enough he quoted a government report that claims that the construction industry has had no = zero = zilch increase in productivity compared to other... (read more)
2017-04-12 02:50:22

Bringing Low-cost Airborne Sensors and Cloud GIS Together

GeoXphere, a new UK-based company, has launched this month with the support of airborne hardware manufacturer WaldoAir, USA, and aerial survey and solutions provider Getmapping, UK. The aim is to bring together the airborne survey sensor, XCAM, together with adaptable cloud-based GIS services for the benefit of partner survey companies around the world. GeoXphere was launched at Intergeo 2016 in Hamburg and was met with support from survey operators on all continents who want to expand their survey and solutions capabilities without large capital investment that comes with purchasing large format cameras and survey aircraft. XCAM, the WaldoAir survey camera,... (read more)
2016-10-25 10:59:10

3D Laser Mapping Launches Campaign to Release Open Source LiDAR Data

3D Laser Mapping, leading geospatial technology specialist, is launching a campaign to give free access to LiDAR data in order to showcase the capabilities of mobile mapping systems. They will be offering open access to point cloud data which can be viewed and manipulated using GIS software. This information can be extracted for use by businesses, academic research and for in-house training opportunities. The company will be releasing data collected using its flexible ROBIN mobile mapping system, which can be used on foot, in a vehicle and mounted to aircraft and UAVs. The move comes as UK Chancellor Philip Hammond... (read more)
2017-11-29 05:54:59

Topcon Announces Next Generation Flight Planning Software

Topcon Positioning Group has announced the next generation flight planning system for its rotary-wing aerial UAV offering – Intel Mission Control Software. The software is designed to facilitate automated flight planning, managing missions, and data handling for the Intel Falcon 8+ Drone – Topcon Edition and its available payload options. The software is designed to increase accuracy with advanced mapping features that allow operators to easily set project parameters and prepare missions using presets for 2D areas like polygon, corridor and city grid, as well as 3D structures like towers, buildings and facades. “Operators can take advantage of 2D and... (read more)
2019-05-29 10:53:39

Data Sharing is Smart – Geo-related Trends in Engineering & Construction

There could be many keywords representing important trends in the capture and use of spatial data in the engineering & construction industry, but 3D, BIM, AR and UAV are definitely high on the list. As this article examines, uniting them all is one major cross-industry challenge: interoperability and data integration in support of much-needed higher workflow efficiency in the whole value chain. The engineering & construction sector has been slower than most to adopt new technologies. While innovation may have occurred on the enterprise level, overall productivity in the market has remained almost flat for 50 years. In fact, labour... (read more)
2017-02-22 10:48:26
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