New CEO at GAF AG: Dr. Sebastian Carl takes over from Dr. Peter Volk on 1 July 2018

After 32 years of working for GAF and more than 11 years in the position of CEO, Peter Volk stepped down from the latter position as planned on 30 June 2018. On 1 July, Sebastian Carl took over as CEO of GAF.

Sebastian Carl has been with the company for more than 25 years and previously already managed large parts of the companies’ activities. With an educational background as an agricultural engineer, he gained a doctorate in SAR imagery analysis using artificial analysis. Among other things, he has worked with the analysis of large volumes of EO data at GAF.

Peter Volk will remain available to the company in order to ensure a smooth transition and assistance with strategic and operative functions. GAF is very pleased that it can provide management continuity and therefore ongoing excellent service to its existing and future clients.

GAF conducted rapid assessment of storm and drought damaged forests for the entire Federal State of Thuringia using Copernicus Sentinel2 data

GAF AG did a forest area change assessment for the entire federal state Thuringia based on Copernicus Sentinel 2 data within a few days. The analysis focused on storm and drought damaged areas in-between 2019 and 2020. Within that year more than 6.000 ha of damaged forest had to been cleared to prepare afforestation measures or show a significant reduction in tree vitality. The analysis was carried out on behalf of ThüringenForst AöR. The information is used to plan the required afforestation measures in an effective manner.

GAF AG to strengthen Mines Inspection Department in Nigeria

After international competition coming out on top, a GAF led consortium has been awarded the contract to strengthen the capacities of the Mines Inspection Department (MID) of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) in Abuja, Nigeria.

The project will assist the MID to secure and control government revenues and legal obligations of the mine title owners and operators. One focus of the project is the inspection of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) activities.

Euro-Maps 3D DSM now also available via the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio

ESA, the European Space Agency, has added the Euro-Maps 3D DSM (digital surface model) product with 5 m post spacing to the Copernicus Data Access Portfolio (DAP) (see latest DAP document, Annex 6), thus making it available to Copernicus Services, Union Institutions and Union Research Projects through the Copernicus Data Warehouse (DWH). Euro-Maps 3D DSM provides a homogeneous quality, particularly suitable for large-scale, trans-national applications such as hydrologic modelling, infrastructure, network planning, risk mapping and the exploration of natural resources.

Multi-Stereo VHR DSM: fast generation of 3D information based on multi-stereo VHR satellite data

After a successful multi-stereo new acquisition over Lisbon by European Space Imaging, GAF generated within a very short time a fully textured digital surface model with exceptional 30 cm resolution.

As a prompt delivery of elevation models based on highly current VHR satellite images is crucial for high-profile customers and their specific applications - Multi-Stereo VHR DSM meets the challenge: This high-quality product provides standardized, accurate and reliable 3D information that can be made available for any place in the world within a very short time.

Currently already more than 200 cities worldwide are available as either 30 cm or 50 cm digital surface models.

GAF AG to establish the new Mining Cadastre in Chad

After prevailing against international competition in the tendering process, GAF has been awarded the contract to set-up a reliable and efficient mining cadastre system in Chad. This includes the provision of institutional strengthening measures and capacity building regarding the management of mining titles both centrally and at the local level. In the project, GAF will integrate its leading platform for cadastral solutions, eMC+, which will be customised to suit the needs of the Ministry of Mines, Development of Industry and Commerce and Promotion of Private Sector (MMDICPSP) and its agencies.  An important factor for the long-term sustainability of the project is the availability of the system’s source code. 

Study Trip for Delegation from Mozambique

In the context of the Project “Consultancy Service for Design, Development and Implementation of a National lntegrated Water Resources Management Information System” a workshop was performed by GAF. The workshop included training on integrated water resource management, planning and system development as well as on data processing and use of EO products and services and 3- D visualisation.

The Project is funded by World Bank and is managed by the consortium of GAF AG, as lead and AHT GROUP AG.

Bridging the digital divide

GAF AG developed an internet browser based Land Cover Mapping Tool with support from the European Space Agency (ESA), which fully utilises the high temporal resolution of Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data without the need of local data storage and processing.

A cloud computing backend enables users to remotely access and process large data volumes for their mapping task. The tool was successfully demonstrated during a 3 day workshop held in Malawi, which experiences the challenge of slow and unstable internet connection common in many developing countries. Together with staff members of the Department of Forestry (DoF), several sites in Malawi were mapped. The integration of multiple Sentinel-2 image acquisitions and the derivation of statistical measures thereof helped to overcome challenges in mapping tropical dry forest.

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