Balance and Buzz - GEO Business 2018

Without a doubt, this year’s GEO Business was the biggest and best yet. The heart of the event is the exhibition and this year there were 203 exhibitors from 25 countries. It even overflowed onto the balcony above the main hall. The one day conference featured some high profile speakers, there were 19 seminars covering a wide range of topics, and getting on for 100 exhibitor workshops. The workshops enabled potential customers to hear more detail on exhibitors’ products, but with these the objective is ultimately to sell. For those who were looking for something more independent there were the... (read more)
2018-07-10 02:56:33

Who Wants to be a Surveyor?

GW Technical Editor Richard Groom presents a personal view, with contributions from others, of issues surrounding the promotion, education and training of surveyors. A particular problem he identifies for the profession is that of the part-time surveyor. Thanks to technology, we are now able to survey more detail, faster and more cheaply than ever before. The surveying profession has expanded well beyond its origins in ‘Land’ to encompass ‘Geospatial’ and ‘Spatial’. If it’s physical we can measure it in 2D, 3D, 4D and more. It’s an exciting world, above and below water, made even more stimulating by our ability to... (read more)
2017-08-22 03:37:41

3D Documentation of the Forth Bridge

The iconic railway bridge and its companion road bridge have been scanned as part of a project to help inspire the next generation of Scottish engineers. Using a mobile mapping system engineering technology company Renishaw captured data by road and boat. The Forth Bridge is an iconic engineering landmark located nine miles west of Edinburgh, in eastern Scotland. Opened in 1890, this cantilevered railway bridge has been nominated as Scotland’s sixth UNESCO World Heritage Site. Until 1917, when Canada’s Quebec Bridge was completed, the Forth Bridge had the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world. Together with the Forth... (read more)
2017-07-20 11:41:54

Geodesy and Land Administration - FIG Working Week 2017

GW was not at the Working Work in Helsinki in May, but FIG publishes most of the technical papers presented at the conference on its website www.fig.net. Richard Groom has been sifting through the proceedings and has drawn together papers on Geodesy and Land Administration and a few other interesting topics. The code in parenthesis indicates the session number where the papers were presented. It is some time since GW published an article by Chris Rizos on the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). Kutterer (TS03C) provided an update. His paper gave a general overview of GGOS and its work in... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:14:18

Something for Everyone - GEO Business 2016

GeoBusiness returned to the Islington Business Design Centre for its third year with a larger exhibition, more visitors and, if anything, an even buzzier atmosphere. GW’s team at the event report. The industry’s biggest players seemed to have bigger stands and there were more new exhibitors. Perhaps more importantly, the event is attracting interest from surveyors’ clients as well as surveyors. No longer are we talking to ourselves! The first session of the first day started with inspiration in spades. Tom Cheesewright, an ‘Applied Futurist’ gave the audience his vision of the geospatial future. The future, according to Cheesewright, is... (read more)
2017-03-15 05:31:30

From Surveying to Incident Management

Working with the Environment Agency, Keith Nursey reports on how his career has moved from ‘pure’ surveying into various managerial roles and explains where he thinks his geomatics skills have helped. My interest in surveying began while studying for my Geography degree at Aberystwyth University and during my post-graduate studies at University College London (MSc Surveying) I determined my early career path. Eight years followed; working for a small survey company, a national architect and a consulting engineer. This saw me employed on projects from the top of Scottish mountains, to the depths of the London Underground, in Royal palaces... (read more)
2017-07-20 12:51:42

Introducing the Vogel R3D

Tom Wren, Technical Manager for Rail at Plowman Craven, describes an innovation which seems certain to transform high precision surveying. With more than 20,000 miles of track and 40,000 structures requiring continual inspection, monitoring, renewal and maintenance, everybody working in the industry understands that Network Rail’s need for accurate survey data is vital to the efficient running of our rail infrastructure. In an ideal world, it would be done with nobody on the tracks, without track closures and in as short a time as possible to minimise passenger disruption. Sadly, the current way of working couldn’t be more different. Traditional... (read more)
2017-11-02 10:58:59

Hydrographers Search for Savings - Ocean Business 2015

Ocean Business took place between 14-16 April at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton. There were over 300 exhibitors in two giant marquees, a three-day schedule of training and demonstration sessions and the Offshore Survey 15 Conference. Richard Groom reports for GW. The main event attracts fringe activities which this year included a Blue Economy Day jointly led by FIG and IHO, and a Maritime Autonomous Systems workshop which was held at the NOC’s new Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems Innovation Centre. Ocean Careers was another parallel event at which practising hydrographic surveyors gave students their insights into the industry and... (read more)
2017-07-19 05:44:07

Christ the Redeemer Reconstructed in 3D

UAV Deployed in Challenging Conditions to Reconstruct Iconic Statue
The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro has been reconstructed in 3D using a UAV. Challenging weather conditions and the sheer size of the monument meant that careful planning was required to complete the project and maintain safety. Thousands of pictures were captured around the statue and processed to create a large and accurate point cloud and a textured mesh. (By Lisa Chen and Sonja Betschart, Pix4D, and April Blaylock, Aeryon Labs) Fascinating images of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were seen around the world during last year’s FIFA World... (read more)
2016-06-29 11:08:28

Students Scan the Past to Preserve the Future

Dr Pascal Sirguey had waited two years for this day and took a few final minutes to savour the moment. It was a sunny morning in early 2017, and students, historians and scholars had gathered in Arras, France, to attend the remembrance ceremony of the Battle of Arras in World War I. While 1918 marked the official end of World War I, the commemoration paid tribute to the little-known yet significant contribution of New Zealand to the war efforts in helping win the legendary battle. Sirguey’s efforts would document one more chapter in the Great War as its centenary approached.... (read more)
2019-05-30 12:52:19
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