The energy, enthusiasm and the inventiveness that is going into UAV* technology these days is truly remarkable. There has been a proliferation of manufacturers, suppliers, users and conferences promoting the technology. We have all seen stunning video clips and images taken from UAVs – the low altitude aerial perspective enables unique views of a wide sweep of surrounds as well as the foreground focus of attention.
In July 2012 I attended the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego and assisted a UAV manufacturer on their trade exhibit, fielding questions from potential customers of this technology. It was a revelation, not only because of the technology, but because of the reaction of the punters. I could see it in their eyes. Everyone wanted to do this for a job. “Get paid to have fun? I’m in!” Read more
The gaming and the mapping world might look like two very distinct industries but when we give a closer look, we can discern some similarities. Both industries are now more than ever benefiting from each other’s unique features. In one hand, interactive 3D GIS are now using improved graphics, atmospheric and particles effects to visualise real-world data as well as interactive navigation capabilities similar to a video game. In the other hand, maps are the core component of many video games and can be based on either fantasy or real-world information derived from geospatial data. A growing number of games developers have also started to use 3D assets generated using 3D photogrammetry techniques. Read more
Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land along the shoreline due to the natural removal of beach or dune sediments caused by wave action, wave and tidal currents, high winds, drainage and other human-induced causes of erosion . Rising sea levels, more frequent storms and cyclones are also increasing coastal erosion and are putting infrastructures, properties and people at risk. Read more
An increasing number of Australian states government departments and local councils are using or are in the process of acquiring virtual 3D city models as part of their planning and development strategy. In addition to other geospatial information layers integrated into interactive 3D GIS solutions such as Skyline TerraExplorer, these new tools provide intuitive and innovative ways to communicate complex information and develop long-term management strategies. Read more
We are living a very exciting time where new virtual and augmented technologies are booming. It is now possible to immerse ourselves into photo realistic virtual worlds and experience new sensations like never before.
AEROmetrex captures its 12th annual Metro Adelaide aerial photography coverage in record time using 260-Megapixel camera
Adelaide-based aerial mapping company AEROmetrex has flown its 12th annual capture of the Metro Adelaide area in a record 2 days (10 flying hours), utilizing a very-large-format 260-Megapixel Ultracam Eagle camera. Read more
Our generation is living the 3D revolution. 3D digital environments can be brought to life using 3D printing techniques. Read more
The site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital will be developed under a international design competition. International competitions bring up a wide range of new ideas which usually don’t pop up. Read more