Free-of-charge access to DSMs and HR/MR data extended

ESA and GAF have extended their agreement about the provision of IRS data and DSMs as Third Party Mission (TPM) data to scientific users until end 2018 or until full consumption of the budget, whichever occurs first. Depending on the scientific relevance of their proposals, ESA will grant scientists free-of-charge access to IRS optical HR/MR satellite imagery and DSMs.

For more information contact GAF’s customer support: dataatgaf [dot] de.

GAF will be present on the Mining Indaba 2018

GAF will be present on the Mining Indaba 2018 – Providing the Foundation for sustainable junior and major mining growth in Africa. The conference focusses on all public and private interests around mining, geology and environment. The GAF team consists of Dr. Tobias Wever (Dept. Head Mining&Geology), Dr. Peter Volk (GAF CEO), Mr. Thomas Weissmann (Head Mining Cadastre Systems). The Team will follow up on running and future mining sector projects throughout Africa and particularly on brandnew possibilities to exploit geo-information within a “digital mine” framework. More details and to link up: please contact Dr.

Perfect Reference in x, y and z for Europe

The Indian Cartosat-1 (IRS-P5) is currently the only operational optical stereoscopic satellite system in orbit. Its fixed mounted stereo camera is acquiring 2.5 m stereo data and is forming an ideal basis for digital surface models and resulting optical reference systems.GAF AG has developed in close co-operation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) a highly automated processing chain, and generated ortho-images and digital elevation models based on Cartosat-1 data for several millions of square kilometres for satisfied customers.The outstanding and unmatched Cartosat 1 coverage with up to 15 overlapping stereo pairs is the basis for a highly reliable product.

A perfectly homogenous 3D reference layer for Europe will be available in early 2018!

GAF AG donates to SOS Kinderdorf

As part of a Christmas initiative, GAF staff collected a proud sum for the SOS Kinderdorf in Ethiopia. This amount was then doubled by GAF management and a total of 4618€ is donated.

SOS Children's Villages help children, adolescents and young adults all over the world to find a safe and loving home in SOS Children's Villages or to get support in other SOS offerings. Where wars and natural disasters hit the weakest population, local SOS teams help with the bare necessities and help people rebuild: www.sos-kinderdorf.de

GAF AG participated in the 23rd MARS Conference in Dublin, Ireland from 27.-29. November 2017.

The 23rd MARS conference provided a valuable platform to exchange and discuss recent developments and experiences regarding the application of remote sensing within the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS).

Special focus was placed on the future orientation of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Simultaneously, the European Commission released in Brussels and at the MARS conference the conceptual outline of the future of food and farming within CAP 2020. With simpler rules, a more flexible approach and comprehensive inclusion of Sentinel data, a paradigm shift in the regulations and in the control technology will take place.

GAF demonstrates improved geological mapping with Sentinel data

GAF is currently completing the AMGI-ESA project. The African Mineral Geoscience Initiative (AMGI), promoted by the World Bank, is an initiative for the collection, the consolidation, the interpretation and the dissemination of national and regional geoscience data.

In this frame, GAF has developed products based on Sentinel data and other satellite data (optical, radar and DEM) in four demonstration areas in Africa in different climate zones. The products are integrated together in a database with geophysical and ancillary data for a synoptic interpretation.

GMES & Africa Grants Awards on 28th November in Abidjan

The GMES & Africa Support Programme is organising the offical grant award ceremony and a capacity building workshop for the successful consortia (Regional Implementation Centres) of GMES & Africa , from 28th November to 1st December 2017 in Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire.

The event takes place in the frame of the 5th EU-Africa Summit.

From 27 proposals received 13 have been selected for contract award. The evaluation has been performed by the Evaluation Committee of the African Union Commission (AUC) and a team of assessors, consisting of a broad-based cohort of African experts. The Committee comprises officials of various stakeholder departments of the AUC.

Asset Monitoring with top notch technologies. What is the Status of my Investment? Is the Project Development Plan on Schedule?

When big corporates or financing organisations like Banks have to monitor the progress of a major infrastructure development project somewhere on the globe, space technology allows now something really astonishing: On virtually every place on the globe and without any field activity 3D visualizations displaying detailed surface characteristics can be generated. Using a powerful analysis-, visualization and software package, any investor, owner, or manager is able to follow project progress in short intervals down to days. Due to recent developments in resolution, quality and collection capabilities of today’s optical satellite systems together with advances in computer vision, elevation models down to 30cm resolution can be created and even very small objects can be observed, measured and monitored.

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