01/16 Review: GIM International Summit 2016

RIEGL participated in the GIM International Summit held February 10-12 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
RIEGL attended and sponsored this inaugural event and delivered the "Taking terrestrial laser scanning to the next level – evolution of the RIEGL VZ-brand" presentation.

The main topic of the conference was to provide a refreshing approach to geomatics and to create a closer link between society’s needs and geospatial solutions.

The conference program and the workshops covered topics from food security, urban planning, and climate change to water & energy and offered a platform for constructive networking of both inside and outside the traditional geomatics world.

RIEGL presented their state-of-the-art LiDAR technology which is able to provide a sound basis of accurate, reliable and comprehensive data for geospatial information that can be used to develope new solutions to solve the emerging problems of the world.

For food security, airborne/UAV-based LiDAR systems deliver data to monitor vegetation growth in order to minimize the use of fertilizers and irrigations and display changes in ground surface to detect areas of irregularities. Irregularieties due to different soil composure, variety of seed type or damage by storm, hail, etc. can easily be discerned and taken as an indicator for further developments and estimation of yield at harvest.

In the sector of urban planning, LiDAR data can be used to visualize the infrastructure needs of growing urban areas and to provide the data for decisions of the local authorities.

Climate change and its consequences need forward-looking planning to provide safety for public and economy. RIEGL LiDAR instruments have given the proof in monitoring endangered areas providing the necessary data for prevention or for developing emergency plans in case of flood, landslides, earth quakes, avalanches and other environmental emergencies.

As an example for the Netherlands, the university of Delft is using a RIEGL VZ-2000 to monitor the raised dunes at the coast to get the data for flood prevention.

We from RIEGL think, that the GIM International Summit was an innovative platform to show how geospatial information influences the whole global economy and how the provided geospatial information can be used to make our world a better one. We enjoyed the conference very much and having the possibility to present our performance portfolio to a broad audience inside and outside the geospatial business.