Category Archives: Lidar/Imaging

true-color point cloud was derived from drone photos

UAVs and Laser Screening: Friends of Foes

Some professionals predicted doom for terrestrial scanning right when inexpensive drones with calibrated cameras hit the market and new image processing software wowed audiences with cool 3D mesh models of statues. But how have things actually turned out? I recently interviewed key industry users and vendors who are deep into both technologies – here’s what...

Michelle Japitana

Instructor and Concurrent Chairman, Engineering Sciences Department, Carga State University, Philippines Testimonials for Michelle Japitana were remarkable. (This year we received a record number of nominations from the Philippines, and we wish we could honor all the fine candidates.) Michelle’s nominators noted that her strength in the geospatial community is her research capabilities in the fields...

Nicolette Beggache

Technical Support Engineer, Leica Geosystems United Kingdom Geospatial magic springs from experience, education, and training, but also from tools— hardware and software. While the processes and workflows are being streamlined and developed for ease of use, this also means that when users encounter conundrums in seeking to drive their tools to greater heights or in...

No Job Is Too Big or Too Small

Alexandra Grounds, Founder & Director, Grounds Associates, Ltd. Editor’s note: In this year’s Outlook issue, we present trends in geospatial technologies and vision statements from key geospatial industry firms, but we also highlight smaller operations: the agile, tech-savvy, and talented practitioners and their teams. As the need for geospatial data and expertise grows, career paths...

Mark Edwin A Tupa

Mark Edwin A. Tupas

Instructor in the Department of Geodetic Engineering, the University of the Philippines, Philippines Noted for his dedication to improving the accessibility and utility of geographic information in the Philippines, Mark Edwin A. Tupas was nominated because he’s an inspiration to other geospatial professionals in the region. Mark teaches remote sensing, spatial databases, and object-oriented programming. He...

Angélica Ortiz Arteaga

BIM Director, IUYET Consortium Mexico A particularly impressive presentation at HxGN 2017 was by the IUYET Consortium about their work on the new airport rail project in Mexico City. The contributions of IUYET in the use of advanced surveying, scanning, mobile mapping, UAS, GNSS, and construction monitoring are splendid examples of the 21st century digital...