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NGA seeks enhancements in predicting overhead geopose

May 20, 2021By

$50K prize purse for solutions to advance computer vision for time-sensitive mapping The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and NASA have launched a crowdsourcing competition, the “Overhead Geopose Challenge,” which is being implemented by DrivenData and HeroX. The challenge seeks solutions that make overhead images more useful for time-sensitive applications like security and disaster response.... read more

Kaarta and EXI join to address UXO mapping in GNSS-denied environments

May 19, 2021By
A technician scans for UXO on steep terrain in a wooded GPS-denied area. (Photo: Kaarta)

Kaarta and Exploration Instruments have announced a collaboration and distribution agreement to address the needs of the unexploded ordnance (UXO) and geophysical industries. Kaarta provides real-time mobile 3D reality capture, and Exploration Instruments LLC (EXI) has expertise in near-surface geophysical equipment and applications. EXI now offers rental, sales, and training for Kaarta’s SLAM-based mobile mapping systems and the integration with... read more

1Spatial granted UK patent for spatial data validation

May 19, 2021By
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1Spatial, a company with location master data management (LMDM) software and solutions, has been granted a UK patent for modification and validation of spatial data. The UK patent protects the use of 1Spatial’s rules engine technology, which is used in products such as 1Integrate and 1Data Gateway, further strengthening the group’s international patent coverage, which includes a U.S. patent for... read more

Skyward collaborates with Pix4D mapping and modeling

May 19, 2021By
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Skyward, a Verizon company, has announced its integration with Pix4D, a photogrammetry software suite for drone mapping. The partnership gives customers the ability to turn drone data into 2D maps and 3D models. Enterprises and drone pilots can now plan flights, receive approval to fly in controlled airspace with LAANC, fly with Skyward’s InFlight ground control station, and process data using Pix4D... read more

IIT Roorkee offers free online course on GNSS and DEMs

May 19, 2021By
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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee is offering a free online course on GNSS and Applications on the NPTEL platform. The four-week course will provide a basic understanding about digital elevation models (DEMs) and their applications in civil engineering and Earth sciences. During the course, various DEMs and their sources, generation techniques, derivatives, errors and limitations will be discussed... read more

GeoSLAM tech put to test in Deep Time isolation experiment

May 19, 2021By
The versatility of the ZEB Horizon device enabled the Deep Time team to map the complex and challenging environment. (Photo: GeoSLAM)

Geospatial 3D mapping specialist GeoSLAM provided the technology to scan one of Europe’s largest caves as a part of the Deep Time isolation study. For 40 days, 15 participants set up camp in the Lombrives cave in southwestern France with no clocks or sunlight, and zero contact with the outside world. Conducted by the Human Adaptation Institute, the experiment aimed... read more

NV5 Geospatial acquires Geodynamics to expand marine survey offerings

May 19, 2021By
Multi-beam bathymetry and topo/bathy beach profiles of the Cape Fear River Inlet (USACE Wilmington). (Image: NV5 Geospatial)

Following its March 29 acquisition of Geodynamics LLC, NV5 Geospatial has built a comprehensive suite of solutions for geospatial surveys of deep-water and near-shore environments. Geodynamics will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of NV5 Global as part of the NV5 Geospatial group. The acquisition brought together complementary, advanced technologies — Geodynamics’ full ocean-depth sonar-based hydrographic and geophysical surveying with... read more

Earth Archive project aims to create digital twin of entire planet

May 14, 2021By
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The Earth Archive Initiative is an unprecedented scientific effort to create a digital twin of the entire surface of the Earth – and everything on it. By scanning the planet’s land surface with very high-resolution lidar, the Earth Archive will create a true three-dimensional digital twin of our world — an open source, digital record of the Earth that will... read more

Can GIS predict an economic recovery?

May 12, 2021By
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Geospatial data is key to logistics, including for the huge increase in e-commerce we are experiencing following the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown. The best customer service is if the customer doesn’t need to call you, doesn’t need to talk to you. It just works. — Jeff Bezos This past year has been a boon for the e-commerce industry. It increased from... read more

Parrot partners with Rapid Imaging on live AR mapping

April 27, 2021By

Drone company Parrot is partnering with Rapid Imaging, a technology provider delivering geospatial augmented reality (AR) and situational awareness solutions to government and enterprise users. The partnership pairs Parrot ANAFI USA platform drones and the FreeFly SDK with Rapid Imaging’s SmartCam3D SDK, a geospatial augmented reality and situational awareness platform for unmanned aircraft systems. SmartCam3D overlays geospatial data such as street vectors,... read more