Imaging the Banqueting House Ceiling

John Hallett-Jones, Director of Glanville Geomatics, describes a new technique for high-resolution imaging of historical objects like ceiling paintings and mouldings where sub-millimetre pixel resolution is called for. Over recent years, heritage recording has undergone massive change. Improvements in terrestrial scanning, digital imaging and the ability to navigate these datasets using mobile devices has provided the surveyor with a wealth of new opportunities to deliver quantitative and qualitative information at a resolution never before commercially achievable. In order to provide a cost-effective approach to digital recording to the historic sector, we highlight a technique developed to swiftly capture high-resolution seamless... (read more)
2017-08-22 04:19:14

Surveyors Opt for 360 Degree Colour Imaging

Capturing the finer details and colours of a Norman castle for an orthophoto can be challenging. One survey company found the Spheron HDR camera was just right. There is an increasing demand for survey companies to use technology which effectively captures reality, right down to tiny details. One device which can help is the Spheron SceneCam, a unique mobile reality capture device – an automatic camera technology which is able to provide full spherical imagery of sites or locations. The camera captures high quality full spherical HDR 360° × 180° uninterrupted views and is also able to provide 3D measurements.... (read more)
2017-04-28 01:01:01

Technology Convergence - Artificial Intelligence and Satellite Imaging

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been used for years on satellite images – so why all the excitement? The application of AI and Machine Learning (ML) to Earth Observation data is a huge growth area, demonstrated by the many online competitions, GitHub repositories and entire businesses founded exclusively on this topic. GitHub is a development platform inspired by the way people work, from opensource to business. Users can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside 31 million developers. However, taking the OED definition of AI as ‘systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence’, AI has been available for many years... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:35:53

MDA Expands Imaging Modes for RADARSAT-2

Richmond, BC –MDA’s Information Systems group has commercially launched a new imaging mode for RADARSAT-2. The new Extra-Fine mode provides an unprecedented ability to capture exceptional resolution imagery over large areas, providing a capability that is ideally suited to support monitoring large areas coupled with identifying detailed changes. The Extra-Fine imaging mode is able to provide single polarization synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery at a 5 metre resolution, over a 125km x 125km area (or 15,625 km2 per scene). The RADARSAT-2 satellite has global high-resolution surveillance capabilities that include a large collection capacity and high accuracy. The satellite acquires data... (read more)
2017-01-06 10:54:15

UltraCam Osprey Prime - A Sensor for Nadir and Oblique Imaging

Michael Gruber and Wolfgang Walcher of Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit describe the qualities of the latest Osprey aerial camera. UltraCam Osprey Prime is the second generation oblique aerial sensor from Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit. It was first introduced at the ASPRS in Louisville, Kentucky in March 2014. The design goal – to combine a high quality metric nadir camera and large 45° oblique sensor heads – was modified slightly from the UltraCam Osprey, its predecessor. The upgraded nadir subsystem produces a panchromatic high-resolution image, a true-colour RGB image and a near-infrared image. The four oblique true-colour camera heads are now... (read more)
2017-08-22 04:11:35

SphereVision 360 imaging software integrates iSTAR measurement module

Arithmetica has released a new version of the SphereVision 360 degree imaging software with support for NCTech’s industrial grade iSTAR panoramic camera. SphereVision Project Builder now includes functionality allowing iSTAR users to capture measurements directly from within a spherical image. With applications including forensic evidence collection, as built surveying, asset management and construction, for example, this functionality is designed for iSTAR users who want fast data capture within their existing work flow. The ability to capture measurements from iSTAR 360 degree imaging is in addition to the existing functionality of SphereVision Project Builder. The 360 degree imaging software already allows... (read more)
2017-01-14 03:15:11

High Eye Aerial Imaging Acquired by Alta Vista Ventures

High Eye Aerial Imaging, based in Wasaga Beach, Ontario serves as the area’s source for unmanned aerial vehicle surveying, providing mapping of remote sites, aerial surveys, volumetric calculations, digital elevation modeling, and many other services has recently been acquired by Alta Vista Ventures Ltd., based in Vancouver, B.C. Alta Vista recognized High Eye’s professionalism and high ethical standards and for operating in the commercial UAV industry for over 5 years. High Eye has successfully logged over 200 hours’ of flight time and specializes in low altitude, high definition aerial surveying, photography, videography, utilizing both Multi Rotor and Fixed Wing UAV’s.... (read more)
2017-04-24 11:55:45

Aerial Imaging Market Valued at US$4bn by 2024

A new report by Global Market Insights has projected the market for aerial imaging services to be worth US$4 billion by 2024, with UAVs primarily driving the anticipated growth. The report characterises the uptake of UAVs for aerial photographic capture as ‘exponential’ over the past decade, with the majority of use over this period driven by the real estate sector in urban areas. Photography of construction sites in these environments is served by these platforms far more effectively than traditional flight platforms due to key cost and maneuverability benefits. Startlingly, the report also notes the sharp increase in the incidence... (read more)
2018-06-19 10:35:00

Copernicus Offers 40cm Imagery from European Space Imaging

The European Space Agency has released an updated version of the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio offering 40cm imagery from the WorldView-3, WorldView-2, and GeoEye-1 satellite missions. This is the highest resolution imagery ever offered to Copernicus users who are eligible to order rush image tasking through the service. These users include the Copernicus Emergency Management Service and the European organisations operating the Copernicus Security Service: FRONTEX, the European Union Satellite Centre, and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). “Very high resolution imagery provides the backbone of the Copernicus Security Service,” says Henning Götz, Copernicus Project Manager at European Space Imaging. “Seeing more of what... (read more)
2018-04-04 01:17:43
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