The boss of a business that produced a digital map of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro says the East Midlands is gaining a reputation in geospatial technology. Graham Hunter, lidar industry pioneer is the founder and chief executive of GeoSLAM, an East Midlands company that provides services and technology for building 3D maps of objects, structures and buildings which it sells to customers around the world.
From an article in BusinessLive by Tom Pegden.
Graham Hunter is the founder and chief executive of GeoSLAM, an East Midlands company that provides services and technology for building 3D maps of objects, structures and buildings which it sells to customers around the world.
The firm’s lightweight tech uses lasers to bounce signals off objects to measure their size and shape, and the equipment can be handheld, carried on drones or mounted on cars.
A GeoSLAM team recently produced a digital twin of the interior and exterior of the 98 ft figure of Christ, which stands 2,320 ft above the city of Rio.
And it is working with the University of Arizona and University of Iceland to scan erupting volcanoes in Reykjavik.
Its technology has been used to map everything from tall and historic buildings, to homes that are up for sale, suspension bridges, forests, railway tunnels and even vineyards.
Once the data is uploaded the GeoSLAM software can create a digital model on a laptop in just a few minutes.
Along with its Nottingham base, the business has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and Australia, and its technology and support is being used more and more to aid in the documentation of historic or hard-to-reach landmarks.
Mr Hunter said the business employed a broad mix of engineers, software developers, and geospatial specialists and was steadily building its reputation around the world – partly thanks to home-grown talent.
He said: “I’m hugely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve in near 10 years of operating.
“Right from the start, we’ve had ambitions to create transformational technology that has an impact on the world – from creating software that unlocks industry-specific challenges, to designing game-changing hardware that continues to break the boundaries of the geospatial industry and beyond.
“We also created the market for handheld mapping, right here in Nottingham.
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