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September 23–26, 2013, Fontainebleau, France

Conference Review

Fontainebleau, France

The 13th International Scientific and Technical Conference “From Imagery to Map: Digital Photogrammetric Technologies” is successfully completed. Changing longstanding habits, this year we organized the Conference not on the sea cost, but near the picturesque Fontainebleau Forest.

Along with the traditional sessions, business meetings, and seminars, two round tables devoted to the actual questions of cartography and geoinformatics, a master-class on the field interpretation of remote sensing data, and “French lessons” demonstrated for us the culture of France and acquainted us visually with French culture.

    The list of participants was notable this year.
  • Chiefs and responsible specialists of the most important enterprises of the Russian Federal Space Agency: NPP “VNIIEM”, JSC “RI PI”, State Research and Production Space Rocket Center “TsSKB-Progress”, and the Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring;
  • The Federal Forestry Agency: FSU “Roslesinforg”;
  • Chiefs and specialists of JSC “Roscartography”;
  • Leading Russian institutes: Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography, the Far Eastern Federal University, the National Research Irkutsk State Technical University, the State University of Land Use Planning;
  • Representatives of professional associations: ISPRS and GIS Market Support Association Russia and agencies: Ministry of Defense (Mongolia) and Reggio Calabria Province (Italy)
  • Representatives of leading Russian and foreign companies: NP AGP Meridian+ (Russia), ASTRIUM (France), KazGeoCosmos (Kazakhstan), SCANEX (Russia), DigitalGlobe (USA), VisionMap (Israel), CTT Group (Russia) , Limb (Russia), Prime Group (Russia), and many others.

More than a quarter of the 120 participants from 20 countries visited the conference for the first time.

Scientific Part

The scientific part of the conference was presented with 40 reports and delivered by participants from 9 countries: Belorussia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, USA, and Vietnam.

The conference was opened by Victor N. Adrov, Managing Director of Racurs Company. A representative of the Fontainebleau Mayor’s Office, Denis Jullemiere, and XXIIIrd Congress ISPRS director Lena Halunova gave welcome speeches to the conference.

Christian Heipke

The first session was devoted to the present and future of mapping. Reports presented by professor Gottfried Konecny (Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany) and Racurs scientific director Andrey Sechin were dedicated to the trends in cartography development, photogrammetry, and DPW. Dmitry Krasnikov, managing director of Roscartography (Russia), told about the current status and perspectives of cartography development in Russia. The report, given by Gertrud Riegler (Infoterra, Germany) about global DTM models, including WorldDEMtm, which will be available in 2014, was very interesting.

Representatives of the universities delivered reports named “High School Challenge” in the second session. A report presented by professor Christian Heipke (Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany) was devoted to methods of image quality analysis and methods of change detection using multitemporal images, and the report given by Vasily Malinnikov (Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography, Russia) was about Properties of Geodetic Lines. Anatoly Okhotin, (Irkutsk State Technical University, Russia) shared the experience of public-private partnership in teaching students about earth's remote sensing.

Let us note the reports presented in the third set devoted to equipment for aerial survey and photogrammetric processing. Yuri Raizman (VisionMap, Israel) told about further development in aerial mapping system A3, and Mikhail Petukhov (HEXAGON, Russian office) reported about HEXAGON advance developments. Reports devoted to the UAS survey aroused much interest, in particular a presentation made by Amir Valiev (AFM-Servers, Russia).

A report presented by Vladimir Archipov and Dmitry Chernikhovsky (FSU “Roslesinforg”, Russia) about the development of forest stereo valuation on the basis of VisionMap A3 imageries, the stereoscopic interpretation module PHOTOMOD StereoMeasure, and software ESAUL was dedicated to the actual problems of forest mensuration.

Oleg Nikonov

The second day of the conference has traditionally been devoted to an Earth from space survey and photogrammetric processing. For the first time in Conference history, the opening section was given up to Russian Remote Sensing Satellites. Vladimir Sedelnikov (NIiP center Priroda, Russia) spoke about current and planned groups of Russian Satellites, Oleg Nikonov (VNIIEM, Russia) reported about the Kanopus-V satellite, and Alexander Fedoseev (State Research and Production Space Rocket Center “TsSKB-Progress”, Russia) presented new opportunities for end-users of the Resurs-P imagery.

Tuesday’s second set of reports was devoted to the use and processing of aerial survey data. Let us make note of reports made by Giovanni Marchisio (DigitalGlobe, USA) about scalable solutions for image information mining, Oleg Gomozov (Research Institute of Precision Instruments, Russia) about massive satellite data processing, and Yulia Zhuravel (State Research and Production Space Rocket Center “TsSKB-Progress”, Russia) about the use of multispectral and hyperspectral images.

The second day of the conference ended with a Pleiades Tri-Stereo Workshop conducted jointly by representatives from the Astrium and Racurs companies. Michael Tonon (Astrium, France) told about the Pleiades 1A/1B and SPOT6/7 constellation technical and operational capabilities for 3D mapping, and Racurs employees Petr Titarov and Nadezhda Malyavina set out results of a case study of Pleiades Tri-Stereo imagery for Yekaterinburg city territory.

Master-classes and Round tables


During the third day of the conference a master-class on DPW PHOTOMOD devoted to an overview of the latest PHOTOMOD capabilities and an outdoor master-class organized by the SCANEX Company were held. Much interest was acquired by two round tables. The first was devoted to UAS and the second to trends in cartography development in Russia.

Round table “To UAS or Not to UAS — Pros and Cons, Current Experience and Future Developments” joined specialists from Russia, Greece, Germany, The Netherlands, and Latvia. Participants of the round table covered the area of UAS, the survey application for cartography aims, and obtained accuracy of photogrammetric processing in a free and open discussion. Both UAS adherents (supporters) and opponents gave their arguments. Besides UAS users, the AFM-Servers managing director Amir Valiev took an active part in the discussion. He told about serial production of UAS “Ptero,” developed by his company, about projects carried out with these UAS, and also about the legal aspect of UAS use in Russia and in Europe. All participants mentioned that this discussion was very useful and agreed to continue it at next year’s conference. Round table “Trends in Cartography Development in Russia and the World”

Within the framework of the round table “Trends in Cartography Development in Russia and the World” the following questions were considered:
1. Change of the paradigm in the creation and use of cartographic data
2. Institutional reform of the cartographic sector in Russia
3. Technology progress’ impact on the evolution of cartography
At the round table, Russian specialists discussed global (worldwide) problems and questions concerning the economical crisis and rapid development of adjacent technologies. Almost all participants took part in the discussion, sharing their thoughts, experiences, and problems. The discussion was very interesting, emotional, and at times critical assessments of the current situation were sounded. However, in addition to emotional speeches about “sore” suggestions, the participants were unanimous in the view that ongoing changes do not alter the essence of cartography The participants largely agreed that current circumstances do not minimize the importance of geodesy and cartography for solving problems of public administration, economic development, and strengthening the country's defense. It was noted that there was a necessity to hold such round tables, and it was decided to continue the discussion in the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography.

“French Lessons”

Along with the busy scientific and commercial program, the guests had an interesting cultural one. “French lessons” and “Eurovision” stirred a lot of positive emotions. Spear running with battle swords awaited guests at the conference gala dinner, devoted to the celebration of 20 Successful Years of the Racurs Company. The evening event was held in one of the oldest castles in France — Chateau d'Augerville — mentioned in the chronicles of the 12th century. Two versions of the PHOTOMOD system were raffled in a traditional lottery. This year fortune favored the following companies: DigitalGlobe (USA) and the SE “Geoinformation systems” (Belorussia).

We thank all of our partners and colleagues for their participation in the 13th International Scientific Conference “From Imagery to Map: Digital Photogrammetric Technologies” and look forward to next time!

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 Conference photos and movies

The video channel of the conference on YouTube