Technical Advances Bring Digital Twin of Underground Infrastructure Closer

Mapping the underground is one of the major challenges in creating an infrastructure map at the municipal, regional, and national level, which is a key foundation for a national digital twin. Recent technical developments include: the ability to collect data at highway speeds that can be used to create a 3D model of underground infrastructure, software that can extract relevant 3D underground information from consumer digital photography, and video capture. Meanwhile, novel ways to share information about underground infrastructure, and progress on standards for sharing information about the subsurface are making mapping the underground increasingly feasible. The uncertainty in the... (read more)
2018-10-08 04:46:21

National Digital Twin for Decarbonizing UK's Building Stock

3DStock provides a better understanding of the UK's building stock in the transition to carbon neutrality. 3DStock is a method for modelling all buildings – domestic, non-domestic and mixed-use – in a locality, in three dimensions and located geographically. The primary purpose is the analysis of energy performance, but there are many other potential applications. It has been developed by the Building Stock Lab at UCL Energy Institute. Models have been built to date of 18 London boroughs and the towns and cities of Sheffield, Leicester, Swindon, Tamworth and Milton Keynes. Data is available for extending the modelling to England... (read more)
2020-06-18 10:05:17

Atkins and Cardiff University Collaborate to Develop an Advanced Digital Twin Programme

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – and Cardiff University are working in partnership to develop a digital twin programme that will help drive digital transformation across the built environment. The organizations will focus on leveraging Cardiff University’s Computational Urban Sustainability Platform (CUSP) which creates a digital twin of buildings, infrastructure and cities to optimize the design, build, operation and maintenance of assets. The state-of-the-art Internet of Things platform – underpinned by building information modelling (BIM), geographical information systems (GIS) and artificial intelligence (AI) – engages users in real time to allow a more informed, immersive decision-making process,... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:49:18

Intergeo 2020 Goes Digital

Following the cancellation of many physical events in the geospatial industry due to the coronavirus outbreak, the organizers of Intergeo – the world's largest event for mapping and surveying professionals and beyond – have decided to turn the event into a digital edition. Due to international travel restrictions, the protection of risk groups and the limited possibilities of people coming together in enclosed spaces, the Intergeo 2020 in its diversity and size is not feasible under the usual circumstances. The State of Berlin recently reduced the number of participants of indoor events to 1000 people from 1 October. Under these... (read more)
2020-07-06 11:06:05

New Tasmanian Digital Elevation Model

A beta version Digital Elevation Model (DEM) has been constructed for Tasmania (Australia) by MRT geoscientists Dr Claire Kain and Colin Mazengarb, including the most recent Lidar imagery captured during the 2018-19 flying season. With nearly 60% of the state now covered by Lidar, the new dataset provides an increasingly clear view of the landscape that has many applications. The dataset was compiled initially to support two major projects being undertaken by MRT (Mineral Resources Tasmania) and other government agencies. However, as with the previous elevation model (created by the former Forestry Tasmania and shown as a hillshade image on the LIST website),... (read more)
2019-11-14 10:26:44

GfK Releases Digital Maps for Asia

GfK has released a new, completely overhauled digital map edition for all of Asia. The edition features coverage of 49 countries, ranging from the three BRICS nations Russia, India and China to smaller countries such as Bhutan. In addition to more granular coastlines, the digital maps depict the latest status of administrative and postal regions. Detailed, up-to-date digital maps are a prerequisite for accurate location-based market analyses. GfK’s new Asia Edition 2017/2018 includes approximately 750 digital maps. These reflect the latest regional status and feature numerous new levels as well as a higher level of detail. GfK’s digital maps of... (read more)
2018-03-26 10:20:03

From Imagery to Digital Reality: ERS & Photogrammetry

20th Anniversary International Scientific and Technical Conference
2020-03-23 01:04:53

New Challenges for Digital Chart Production

Advanced Technical Solutions Need to be Implemented
Hydrographic Offices (HOs) have realized that bathymetric data is not sufficiently represented in Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs). A few aspects of this topic have already been touched upon in the presentation 'Innovative approach in automated contour generation' (Moggert-Kägeler, 2017) that was presented at Hydro 2017. This article focuses on the challenges of high-density bathymetry chart production and introduces a new approach to cope with it. In the past, ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) users have repeatedly complained about the lack of bathymetric detail in ENCs. The resolution of depth information is too coarse to adequately display the extent... (read more)
2019-03-07 01:21:06

Police, Thieves and a Digital Future

James Kavanagh, Land Group Director, reports on activities of, and relating to, RICS and gives some thoughts on thefts of surveying instruments. Winter is extending its icy grip across the UK but things are heating up on the surveying and geospatial policy and news fronts. I’m sure that many of you have been in attendance at one of the traditional evening lectures here at RICS HQ, it’s been quite and outstanding session so far with lectures on intelligent geospatial algorithms and automatic feature recognition for laser scanned points clouds (https://correvate.co.uk/), the amazing advances in satellite imagery and its applications and... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:39:24
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