KOREC and NCTech Launch KlearView360°

KOREC and NCTech have announced the launch of KlearView360°, a streamlined, hosted system designed for the identification of assets, defects or changes within images collected by vehicle or backpack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, KlearView360° makes vehicle-mounted asset inspection accessible to local authorities and many others. The system is a joint partnership between the two companies, combining NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar+ high-resolution camera for capturing 360° imagery at carriageway speeds with KOREC’s K-Portal cloud-based hosting solution for live progress monitoring of a project and the assignment of work orders. KlearView360° also enables work management instructions to be communicated to mobile workers... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:16:27

GGP GIS Transforms Wyre Forest Council’s Operational Services

The UK's Wyre Forest District Council is using a GIS from GGP Systems to transform the delivery of frontline services. Used to support a ‘one stop shop’ phone service, the Council’s Operational Services Division is using GGP’s powerful desktop mapping software to access accurate and up to date service information. This improved access to information helps resolve requests from members of the public relating to a range of services such as bin collections, grass cutting and fly tipping. Councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services says “We are always looking at ways of being more effective... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:22:45

Bluesky 3D Models Used to Create VR Simulation of Offshore Wind Farm

3D models from Bluesky are being used to communicate plans for a new offshore wind farm in Scotland. The interactive models allow users to ‘teleport’ around a virtual environment, viewing the proposed turbine development from the coast in the real-world context of existing buildings and trees. Created by environmental consultancy company SLR and commissioned by Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL), the scale 3D model has already been used for public consultations and a visual impact study for the proposed scheme off the east coast. Created from high resolution aerial photography, the data supplied by Bluesky included a detailed and accurate... (read more)
2017-11-20 10:12:17

Murphy Surveys Deliver Highly Valuable Galway City Centre Asset Survey

Galway City is undergoing a radical overhaul in its transport system. As the city and its surrounding area continues to grow, Galway City Council and Galway County Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority, have developed the Galway Transport Strategy (GTS) to help ease the congestion and build-up of traffic, and delays faced by residents and businesses. Murphy Surveys worked with leading consultants Arup to support the redevelopment and design of a new transport management plan, producing an accurate survey and audit of all roadside markings and street signage. A combination of techniques to collect the required data was... (read more)
2018-07-13 12:31:22

Improved Geological Mapping with Sentinel Data

GAF has recently completed an ESA-funded project to support the African Mineral Geoscience Initiative (AMGI). The World Bank-initiated AMGI project is a pan-African initiative for the collection, consolidation, interpretation and effective dissemination of national and regional geological, geochemical, geophysical and mineral resource data through a geoportal. It is aimed at developing a complete geological data catalogue for the whole of Africa in relation to mineral resources. One objective of this project was to test new publicly available Sentinel data and other satellite data (optical, radar and DEM) to produce improved geological maps in various climate zones and geologic settings. The envisaged scale was... (read more)
2018-04-12 10:50:40

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be moving. Each laser scan records tens of millions of data point positions and colours in a point cloud, and hundreds of such point clouds may be combined. This article discusses... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

World’s First Garden City Looks to the Future with GIS Software from Cadcorp

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is migrating from a bespoke web mapping application to an off-the-shelf application from British software developer, Cadcorp. The upgrade will make interactive web mapping available to more than 300 council employees. NHDC’s GIS Manager, John Barnacle, explains the move, “The Council licensed Cadcorp’s geospatial web services engine, GeognoSIS, in 2005 and Cadcorp developers built us an associated web mapping application to our own specifications based on that engine. The application has served us well for the last ten years, both as a public-facing web site, and as a back-office application. However, we are constantly reviewing... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:21:31

ESA Employs CORS Networks for Global Error Mapping

As of today, there are more than five billion satnav devices on Earth. Along with smartphones and mobile receivers, this figure includes networks of fixed receiver stations, used to improve accuracy. An ESA-led project will harness these networks to provide an ongoing overview of satnav performance from the global to national and regional scale. “The general assumption is that global navigation satellite system (GNSS) services can always be relied on, which is true 99% of the time,” comments Michael Pattinson of Nottingham Scientific in the UK, which is developing this new project for the European Space Agency (ESA). "That’s fine... (read more)
2019-11-04 10:27:12

NYU Professor Captures Densest-Ever Public Aerial Lidar Data

Professor Debra F. Laefer with New York University’s (NYU) Center for Urban Science and Progress has released what they are calling ‘the world’s densest urban aerial lidar data set’. At over 300 points per square metre, this is more than 30 times denser than typical LiDAR data. The dataset which was collected in Dublin, Ireland, also includes the first ever urban scan with the full-wave form version of the data, as well as affiliated imagery and video. The multi-layered dataset enables new opportunities in exploration and modelling. It also sets a new standard for what can be collected and used... (read more)
2017-07-31 02:10:24

Bluesky National Tree Map to Help Hay Fever Sufferers

By shedding light on the way pollen travels through our atmosphere, a ground-breaking new environmental dataset is helping scientists improve the lives of hay fever sufferers. Created from high-resolution aerial photography and colour infrared data, the National Tree Map database details more than 280 million trees covering around 20,000 square kilometres, and has been painstakingly produced by aerial mapping company, Bluesky. In a novel research initiative, experts at the Met Office and University of Exeter Medical School have partnered with Bluesky to develop the most detailed, species-specific maps of allergenic pollen ever produced. This information will then be combined with... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:24:27
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