Mapping the Coast for D-Day

The 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings has just passed. To mark the occasion, GW looks back into archives of Geomatics World and its predecessor tile Surveying World, to discover the role played by surveyors ion that momentous day and in the days following. In 1995, Surveying World published articles on the topographic and hydrographic surveying work that was carried out in preparation for the invasion. This article is compiled from four articles which are available from the GW archives. References are provided at the end of the article. The D-Day landings of 6th June 1944 marked the beginning of... (read more)
2017-08-22 04:22:13

International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2017 Keynotes Announced

The organizers of International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF), the world’s leading technical conference and expo covering the newest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies, announced the 2017 keynote lineup today. The event takes place February 13-15 in Denver Colorado. The keynoters are:  LARRY MAYER, Professor and Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire Keynote: Challenges of Mapping the Deep Ocean: If Only Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Worked in 10,000m of Water TIMOTHY TRAINOR, Co-Chair, United Nations Committee of Experts on... (read more)
2017-01-16 11:41:12

OSNI Digital Mapping Available Through viaEuropa

Europa Technologies has announced that Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) digital map data is now available to consume as a service through its award-winning viaEuropa platform. This development means that for the first time, OSNI data can be provided alongside mapping from Ordnance Survey (GB), thereby providing a complete mapping service for the United Kingdom. viaEuropa allows organisations to quickly and easily consume premium digital map content as a service, without incurring traditional data management overheads. The support for OSNI digital map data means that organisations with interests in Northern Ireland can quickly plug the service into their applications and... (read more)
2017-08-30 01:23:27

DroneDeploy Announces Fieldscanner for Instant Drone Mapping

DroneDeploy has announced the beta release of its new Fieldscanner product offering real-time drone mapping, just in time for the spring growing season. With Fieldscanner, available as part of DroneDeploy's iOS app, farmers can use any DJI drone to create a map of their fields as the drone flies so that they can view insights before it lands. "Growers have been asking for real-time, in-field mapping for a long time, and we're excited to be the first company to deliver a solution," said Mike Winn, CEO of DroneDeploy. Real-time mapping Changes happen fast during the growing season so having timely... (read more)
2017-04-20 01:12:00

Network Mapping Re-brand as NM Group

The company has developed since its establishment, and this has led to the decision to rebrand in order to better reflect the services now being offered. The legal name, registration and ownership of the company remain the same. Whilst maintaining their reputation across the world in the provision of LiDAR derived products, NM Group will now offer a new focus on turnkey solutions to help asset owners with efficiency and reliability improvements. NM Group’s services encapsulate the following areas: Surveying and Mapping services - topographic and asset mapping using a range of the latest data capture methodologies including aerial LiDAR,... (read more)
2017-01-06 10:48:20

NCTech Unveils iSTAR Pulsar for Mobile Mapping

NCTech, a developer of reality imaging systems, has announced the availability of iSTAR Pulsar, a professional edge-to-cloud big data system, optimised for capture on the move. iSTAR Pulsar is designed to capture 360° data while mounted on a vehicle, drone or on foot. The system is designed for ease of use and does not require any photography experience or even a computer to operate. The app provides the ability to plan routes, as well as to view and share content online. iSTAR Pulsar is designed specifically for the task of capturing moving 360-degree data, and was developed in association with... (read more)
2018-05-22 12:27:08

National Mapping Organisations - Cambridge Conference 2017

The Cambridge Conference is held every four years by Ordnance Survey. The 2017 conference brought together directors and senior managers involved in mapping and use of geospatial data from 33 countries. The event guide describes the meeting as a unique opportunity for leaders in the field of mapping and geospatial information to discuss issues of mutual interest and global importance. The theme of the conference was 'Mapping Nations: The Next Decades', and the first day concentrated on resilience and challenges. Nigel Clifford, CEO of Ordnance Survey, opened proceedings and emphasised what are now familiar themes in discussion of geospatial data: big... (read more)
2017-09-05 02:53:17

GeoSLAM Showcases 3D Mobile Mapping Technology

GeoSLAM is returning to the GEO Business geospatial conference at the Business Design Centre in London this year after doubling its distribution network in 12 months. The company, specialised in ‘go-anywhere’ 3D mobile mapping technology, is demonstrating its new real-time upgrade option for its market-leading ZEB-REVO handheld mobile mapping system. Visitors to the exhibition can see the upgrade in action for the first time. The revised datalogger, which is compatible with all existing standard REVOs, is able to undertake SLAM registration in real time. The results can be displayed as they are captured, as the datalogger features integrated Wi-Fi, and... (read more)
2017-05-19 12:39:25

UAV Mapping of a Greenland Glacier

Drones and Ice Sheet Dynamics
Mapping polar regions can be a challenging yet vital mission, helping scientists and researchers to better understand how the planet and its climate are changing. Traditionally, terrestrial and ground-based techniques have limited the scope of activity and the quality of data. In this article, the author discusses how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) solutions have been used in Greenland to successfully monitor the formation of crevasses and the behaviour of ice flow on the Eqip Glacier, providing previously impossible levels of insight. The status of polar regions has risen to the forefront of public awareness in recent decades, with... (read more)
2018-04-19 10:28:13

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
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