GAF at the workshop: "Space-based services for regional strategies in the digital economy: a Balkan & Black Sea perspective"

GAF is presenting its Elevation Suite 3D products at the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency’s & ESA’s regional workshop entitled “Space-based services for regional strategies in the digital economy: Balkan & Black Sea perspective” in Sofia on 18thand 19th April 2018. The conference is being attended by numerous government officials, as well as representatives from public entities and agencies, research institutions and private sector companies. Interested parties can learn there about the unique capabilities and specifications of GAF’s digital elevation model products, and explore them interactively in a virtual 3D environment.

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MonFrEx: Information System to support Mineral Governance

GAF is proud to present its solution to map and monitor mining activities of industrial scale down to small-scale and artisanal operations. MonFrEx (Monitoring Framework for Extractives) is an enabler for resource-rich developing countries in the governance of their oil, gas and mineral resources so they are used sustainably and transparently. To achieve this objective, the MonFrEx is the solution for mapping and monitoring of virtually any mining activity. For more details

GAF successfully completes Forest Information Management System (SIGEF) in Congo-Brazzaville

GAF provided technical assistance and its know-how to design and to develop an operational Forest Information Management System (SIGEF). SIGEF will support the Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF) in forest administration and monitoring. The system is based on open source and is a complete refurbishment of the precursor pilot system. In addition, a server based central data management has been introduced that facilitates the actualisation and data access for the different users. SIGEF is complementing the Ministry’s system for traceability and legality verification required for the issuance of FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade) licenses. As part of the technical assistance GAF has also provided training and capacity building to MEF.

GAF concludes together with its partner Telespazio Ibérica very high resolution topographic mapping in the Democratic Republic of Congo

GAF has successfully delivered 84 000 sqkm of high quality topographic maps based on high resolution optical satellite data.

The maps follow the international standards and have passed independent quality checks.
They now serve as essential base information for the geological and mineral potential mapping.
A second phase contract of 49 000 sqkm additional mapping has now been awarded to GAF.

These topographic maps constitute an indispensable asset for all upcoming in-situ mining development activities under PROMINES (support to the mining sector project).

This project is funded and supervised by the World Bank, Washington.

GAF has presented its results on site in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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.

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 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.

A combined GAF/e-GEOS working group wins this year’s Leonardo Innovation Award

SAR data have successfully been introduced for the significant improvement of mapping projects. Through an innovative Approach, the radar data complement and enhance the multispectral optical EO data analysis.

This results in higher accuracy and automation - delivering better quality at lower costs. The new approach has been developed and verified in the frame of a EEA funded Copernicus project, where the grassland all over Europe (EEA39, around 6’000’000 km²) is mapped.

The prize has been awarded on November 2nd in the category "Radical Innovation" in the frame of a ceremony at Telespazio Headquarters in Rome.

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