All posts by Marc Delgado, PhD

6D SLAM

An indoor spatial intelligence start-up from Germany is pushing the BIM industry forward through a combo of navigation and visualization. The line of people at the Intergeo Trade Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, waiting to get their hands on the NavVis M6 was long. Where everyone was on the lookout for the latest geospatial products on...

Caretographic Representations

In parts of the world where both man-made and natural catastrophes frequently occur, how are geospatial technologies being used? And for those of us whose jobs are to create maps of construction sites and other built-up areas, how can we responsibly use the same technology to monitor destruction and wreckage? I pondered these tough questions...

Piping Hot Tech

Above: The cramped field conditions in the underground tunnels are evident in this point cloud Trammel used to create the 3D tunnel piping. From crowded boiler rooms to hard-to-reach underground tunnels, BIM experts tell us how following a smooth workflow is key to rapidly creating accurate 3D pipe models from point clouds. Inside the Student...

MOOC ado about Reskilling

Our new geospatial graduates have every reason to be happy. The good news that came out in April is that there are more vacant jobs in the U.S. than unemployed people, the highest amount in 50 years. And this jobs boom is a global pattern that extends to almost all industries, including the professional services...

African Ethnic Map

“Welcome to Africa” via GIS

While in the middle of teaching GIS to my masters students, the squeaky ceiling fan above us suddenly went off. It was another power cut, the third in two hours. “Bienvenue en Afrique, Monsieur,” quipped one of my best students, making everyone laugh. I wiped the sweat off my forehead. Welcome to Africa, or precisely,...

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In the Blink of an AI

If we were to believe Steven Spielberg’s version of the future, curiously, robots can’t blink. It seems like mechas, as the life-like robots in his movie AI: Artificial Intelligence are called, lack the AI codes to involuntarily close and open their mechanical eyelids. Notice how almost all robots in Hollywood movies follow the same no-blinking pattern. Watch The Terminator movies, if you don’t...