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

Airbus Strengthens Imagery Capabilities with Vision-1

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This imagery from Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9m resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5m in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8km swath width. These specifications are ideal for defence, security and agriculture applications, while the extra revisit opportunity further strengthens Airbus’ satellite fleet. “This new asset will reinforce our monitoring capabilities for sub-metre imaging and feed our OneAtlas digital platform to provide increased freshness,” said... (read more)
2019-07-04 10:09:42

LandViewer Now Features Change Detection that Runs in Browser

The major utilization of remote sensing data has been to compare images of an area taken at different times and identify the changes it underwent. With a wealth of long-term satellite imagery currently in open use, detecting such changes manually would be time-consuming and most likely inaccurate. EOS Data Analytics has now introduced the automated Change Detection tool to its flagship product LandViewer – a cloud-based tool for satellite imagery search and analysis. Unlike the methods involving neural networks that identify changes in the previously extracted features, the change detection algorithm implemented by EOS is using a pixel-based strategy, meaning... (read more)
2019-07-03 10:37:30

Leica Cyclone 3DR Reality Capture Streamlines Point Cloud Processing

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced Leica Cyclone 3DR, the new reality capture software that fuses technology for centralised, full-scale point cloud management with advanced, automated point cloud analysis and modelling from 3DReshaper. The software delivers a simplified platform for surveying, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), and tank inspection applications. With industry-centric guided workflows, Cyclone 3DR includes a range of adaptable features for automating cleaning, modelling, meshing, extraction, inspection and reporting. An assortment of 3D deliverables can be created to meet the unique needs of reality capture professionals across a wide spectrum of fields. Specialized workflows, such as construction... (read more)
2019-06-21 10:16:46

Ursa and HawkEye 360 to Develop Geospatial Information Solutions

Ursa, a provider of geospatial intelligence solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. The companies will work together to develop geospatial information solutions that combine synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data with radio frequency (RF) identification and geolocation to monitor activity across air, land and sea. "Partnering with HawkEye 360 is a natural complement to Ursa's technology and aligns with our mission to help customers make more informed decisions based on geospatial data," said Ursa co-founder and CEO, Adam Maher. "We... (read more)
2019-06-13 11:03:45

BlackSky Signs Agreement with HawkEye 360 for Geospatial Platform

BlackSky, a provider of geospatial intelligence, satellite imaging, and global monitoring services, has announced it has signed an agreement with HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation-flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics. As part of the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide API access to selected RF data for customers interested in global spectrum monitoring. BlackSky intends to integrate data from HawkEye 360’s RF satellites into the BlackSky geospatial platform and resell it to its customers as part of its analytical services. “This is a very unique offering that provides key markets such... (read more)
2019-06-06 09:55:39

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

Unique 3D Habitat Map of the Great Barrier Reef

International aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP recently showcased its unique contribution to the world's first 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) at the International Forum on Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB Day 2019) in Australia. The mapping project, titled ‘3D live habitats for the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef’, will for the first time provide maps of the predicted coral types and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 square kilometres of the GBR. EOMAP’s cutting-edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... (read more)
2019-05-20 10:58:04

Airbus and Orbital Insight Launch Earth Monitor for Geopolitical Insights

Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital Insight have expanded upon their partnership agreement to create Earth Monitor, a powerful change analysis and insights service which provides situation awareness over archived or newly tasked areas of interest. Earth Monitor, available through Airbus’ OneAtlas Platform, leverages Orbital Insight’s machine learning and computer vision expertise through powerful algorithms that detect changes in infrastructure and land use in near real-time, as well as identify and count cars, trucks and soon, aircraft. This advanced service fuses Airbus’ reactive tasking capabilities and premium archive imagery from the Living Library to offer access to advanced statistical analyses, trends and detection maps. “Earth Monitor is the result of a fruitful... (read more)
2019-05-01 11:11:49

Agriculture Mapping Market to Reach US$14 Billion By 2026

Increasing usage of IoT in the agriculture sector is contributing to the growth of the precision Farming/Agriculture market. Farm managers & producers are leveraging the capabilities of the IoT devices, such as sensors, GPS & GNSS systems, and automated steering systems, for soil sampling, temperature monitoring, filed mapping, irrigation management, and several other applications. According to the current analysis of reports and data, the global precision Farming/Agriculture market was valued at US$5.3 Billion in 2018 and is expected to reach US$14.1 Billion by the year 2026, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.7%. This high growth is mainly attributable to... (read more)
2019-04-26 10:17:27
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