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  • Mobile Mapping Systems Special ENVI EX

    Location Intelligence for 2010 ESRIs Jack Dangermond Interview

    M a g a z i n e f o r S u r v e y i n g , M a p p i n g & G I S P r o f e s s i o n a l s Jan./Febr. 2010 Volume 13


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    Our comprehensive spectrum of solutions covers all your measure-

    ment needs for surveying, engineering and geospatial applications.

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    solution for every facet of your job.

  • Exciting Times

    Exciting times ahead for the geospatial industry - With the growing popularity of social net-works, mobile devices, crowd sourcing and cloud computing (among others) the geospatialindustry is redefining itself. Although I wont use this space for predictions for the new year,suffice to say that this issue of GeoInformatics gives the reader a good view of whats hap-pening in the industry these days. In addition, you can see that we are launching a mobileapplication so that our website is available for mobile, in step with our progressive natureand making GeoInformatics more widely available for everyone.

    The industrys response to new initiatives such as crowd sourcing are well described in theinterview with ESRIs Jack Dangermond, who clearly makes a distinction between new meth-ods of data collection and those already in existence. A somewhat similar distinction isnoted by Gordon Petrie, who not only describes in detail a variety of different mobile map-ping technologies, but also illustrates the purposes for which they are used. Again, a dis-tinction can be made between the more traditional uses of data acquired by mobile map-ping systems and the new, consumer-based applications such as Googles Street View.

    Last but not least, Id like to point out the article on the Leica High Definition Surveying andLaser Scanning Conference. Anyone who attended this conference and saw the great visualsmade by laser scanning software can understand the success of the Avatar movie, whichalso makes extensive use of 3D techniques. The continued interest in new practices such as3D scanning, particularly from outside the traditional surveying industry, makes this an excit-ing field. And you might even find a lost Da Vinci painting with it.

    Enjoy your reading!

    Eric van

    January/February 20103

    GeoInformatics provides coverage, analysis and commentary with respect to the international surveying,mapping and GIS industry.

    PublisherRuud Groothuis

    Editor-in-chiefEric van Rees

    EditorsFrank Arts fartes@geoinformatics.comFlorian Fischer ffischer@geoinformatics.comJob van Haaften jvanhaaften@geoinformatics.comHuibert-Jan Lekkerkerkhlekkerkerk@geoinformatics.comRemco Takken rtakken@geoinformatics.comJoc Triglav

    Contributing WritersMilosch DryjanskiiFlorian FischerMark T GordonGordon PetrieHuibert-Jan LekkerkerkJoc TriglavGeoff Jacobs

    Account ManagerWilfred Westerhof

    SubscriptionsGeoInformatics is available against a yearly subscription rate (8 issues) of 89,00.To subscribe, fill in and return the electronic replycard on our website or contact Janneke Bijleveld

    Advertising/ReprintsAll enquiries should be submitted to Ruud Groothuis

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  • Location Intelligence for 2010Jon Winslow is Global Portfolio Director for the Location Intelligence

    Business at Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI). In this interview, he

    explains how PBBI is embracing developments in GI such as open source

    and cloud computing, and discusses recent product releases and the

    importance of vertical markets for the company.

    C o n t e n t

    January/February 2010

    ArticlesLeicas DISTO Laser Distance MeterThe Subterranean World of Easter Island 6

    Local Search Media become Social and Mobile in 2010 FinallyEverything will be Geo-tagged 10

    GNSS UpdateShifting Satellites 18

    Web News on your PhoneGeoInformatics on Your Mobile 25

    An Introduction to the TechnologyMobile Mapping Systems 32

    InterviewsLocation Intelligence for 2010At Pitney Bowes Business Insight 14

    Jack Dangermond Explains the Need for GeoDesignWe Need More Geographic Thinking in the Way We Make Decisions 22

    ENVI EXWhere GIS meets Remote Sensing 28

    Adapting with New Standards and TechnologiesErdas in 2010 50

    Events11-16 April 2010FIG2010 International Surveying Congress 26

    Continued Strong Interest in 3D Laser ScanningLeica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference 44

    2010 and BeyondThe Agenda for GeoDesign 56

    Page 14

    ENVI EXIn September 2009, ITT VIS launched its first version of ENVI EX, soft-

    ware which is fully integrated with ArcGIS, bringing remote sensing and

    GIS more closely together. In this interview, Rolf Schaeppi (Vice President

    European Operations) speaks about ITT s partnership with ESRI and

    what ENVI EX has to offer to the ArcGIS community.


    Page 28

  • Latest News? Visit www.geoinformatics.com5

    January/February 2010

    On the Cover:

    Milosch Dryjanski journeyed Easter Island with his team of speleologists and

    three Leica DISTO laser distance meters to unlock some of Easter Island's

    subterranean secrets. See article on page 6.

    Erdas in 2010Mladen Stojic, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing

    at Erdas, discusses the new 2010 product line and main improvements

    with editor Joc Triglav. Other topics discussed are the Erdas World Tour,

    addressing geospatial data quality issues and the value and strength of

    new data production and usage approaches in the geospatial business,

    like crowd sourcing and volunteered geographic information, among


    Mobile Mapping SystemsOver the last 20 years, mobile mapping systems have slowly developed,

    at first mainly in academic research establishments. More recently, a

    number of commercially operated systems have appeared. This article offers

    an introduction to and survey of the present state-of-the-art of the


    Page 32

    Calendar 58

    Advertisers Index 58

    Page 50

    Page 20

  • Leicas DISTO Laser Distance Meter

    Lost in the vastness of the South Pacific, a unique island rises out of the ocean. The inhabitants call it Rapa Nui.

    The European discoverer who sighted the island lying thousands of kilometers away from the nearest continent, or even

    another island, on Easter Sunday in the year 1722, several hundred years after the Polynesians, rather unimaginatively

    named it Easter Island. Milosch Dryjanski journeyed there with his team of speleologists and three Leica DISTO laser

    distance meters to unlock some of Easter Island's subterranean secrets.

    by Milosch Dryjanskii

    The island's isolation, resulting from itsextreme remoteness, fostered the develop-ment of a remarkable culture, of which wehave scarcely any knowledge today. The mostfamous symbols, which every European asso-ciates with Easter Island, are the giant stonesculptures, referred to as moai in the locallanguage. Although the culture of the originalmoai builders was already in the process ofdisintegration by the time the first Europeansarrived, their culture and history, conservedand passed down in oral histories, were sooncompletely lost by exploitation of the island,deportation into slavery and the importation

    of disease. Today there are several theories,some quite absurd, about the island's cultureand the reasons for its demise; however, theyall have one thing in common: They are vir-tually impossible to prove or disprove.

    A Serious Case of TrespassingTo make a small contribution to solving thepuzzle that the original island dwellers leftbehind, a speleological expedition under thepatronage of National Geographic andExplorers Club traveled to the island, the topof an extinct volcano rising out of the 4,000m deep ocean. Due to its volcanic origins, the

    island has an abundance of lava caves, fromvery small to extremely splendid examples in the opinion of the speleologists. Thesecaves were used up to the middle of the lastcentury by the indigenous population for anumber of different purposes. They oftenserved as living space, but sometimes asdefensive refuges for wives and children dur-ing warlike