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September 24–27, 2012, Algarve, Portugal

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The 12th International Scientific and Technical Conference “From Imagery to Map: Digital Photogrammetric Technologies” is successfully completed. This year the Conference was held in Portugal at Algarve shore.

The Conference organizer was Racurs Co. (Moscow, Russia) supported by:

This year NP AGP “Meridian+” (Russia) came out as the Platinum sponsor to the Conference.

Gold sponsors to support the Conference were:

Video Broadcast Sponsor — NPTc Zemelnye resursy (Russia).

Conference participants

Information support was provided by the leading commercial media in Russia and other countries:

The Conference was attended by representatives of the leading media — GIM International, Geoinformatics, Russian Space.

The conference provided ample opportunities for discussion, learning and sharing experience in the field of digital photogrammetric technology and remote sensing. It was attended by 130 managers and specialists from industrial enterprises and academic institutions from 21 countries who are using the RS data and photogrammetric processing in their daily practice.

Victor Adrov and Valery Zaichko

The Conference format traditionally included plenary sessions, business meetings, seminars, as well as “open collar” part.

Representatives from 9 countries delivered their reports at the Conference, while total number of reports amounted to 47. This year two additional sessions were held during the third day of the Conference. Conference was opened by Victor N. Adrov, Managing Director of the Racurs Company, who welcomed the conference participants.

The councilor of Portimao municipal (Portugal) — Mrs. Isabel Guerreiro, head of department at Russian Space Agency — Valery Zaichko also gave speech of welcome that continued the opening of the Conference. The first report at the Conference was delivered by Carlos Rodriguez — engineer of General Directorate of Territories (Portugal). He spoke about current situation and future development of geodesy and cartography in Portugal.

The first session was devoted to general photogrammetric and cartographic problems. Professor Gottfried Konecny (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany) opened the session with a report about the Government, Industry and Academia as the partners for progress in geoinformation. Professor Armin Gruen (Institute of Conservation and Building Research, Switzerland) continued the Conference with a report about the Smart City program realized in Singapore.

The second set of reports was devoted to digital cameras and aerial equipment. Delegates from Switzerland (Valentin Zaytsev, Leica Geosystems) and Israel (Yuri Raizman, VisionMap) presented their reports.

Armin Gruen

At first day of the Conference the last set of reports was devoted to the photogrammetric processing of digital aerial imagery. Reports about multiray photogrammetry (Engelbert Breg, Microsoft/Vexcel Imaging), automated complex of interpretation and vectorization (Andrey Borzov, KB Panorama) and energy and geological studies based on photogrammetry and LiDAR data (Paula Redweik, University of Lisbon) were the most interesting.

Eugene Levin Professor from Michigan Technological University (USA) held report remotely by Internet. His report told about research in hands-free control of digital photogrammetric 3D measurements. The conference participants could see how it possible to control stereo-mark by fixedly attached transducer on the operator head.

The second day of the Conference was traditionally devoted to Earth from space survey. Let us note the reports presented by Andrey Shumakov (GeoEye, USA), Bruno Bertoloni ASTRIUM GEO, France), Giovanni Marchisio (DigitalGlobe, USA). Report presented by Valery Zaichko (Federal Space Agency, Russia) was devoted to the new space vehicles which are planned to be launched and about RSD satellites that are already being operated.

Conference Hall

The second set of reports was devoted to Photogrammetric processing of space remote sensing data. Interesting reports were presented by joint speech of Grigory Zusev (CTT group, Russia) and Victor Adrov (Racurs, Russia) about automatic high performance RSD processing. Oleg Gomozov (RI PI, Russia) was speaking about modern streaming RSD processing technologies for geodata creation. The most popular at the Internet video broadcast was the report of Alexey Peshkun (Center for Earth Operative Monitoring, Russia) devoted to application of RESURS DK1 Spacecraft Images for 3D Digital Terrain Model construction. The group of authors from Gazprom VNIIGAZ (Russia) and David Critchley (Proteus, United Arab Emirates) gave an interesting report about multiband satellite survey.

At the third conference day there were two sessions devoted to 3D modeling. The report delivered by Armin Gruen (Prof. Institute of Conservation and Building Research, Switzerland) was devoted to UAV_based 3D modeling of Shuhkov towers. Alexey Elizarov (Racurs, Russia) told about 3D modeling in PHOTOMOD. Other speakers reported about their experience in 3D modeling.

The conference participants have paid a special attention to master-classes organized on the 3rd work day. Traditionally new PHOTOMOD capabilities have been demonstrated in real-time mode.


At the Conference the results of the PHOTOMOD Lite contest was announced. The winner in nomination “Education with PHOTOMOD Lite” became the Laboratory of Photogrammetry National Technical University of Athens (Greece) for project: Education with PHOTOMOD Lite. The winner in nomination “User’s PHOTOMOD Lite test projects” became Francisco Bascon Arroyo (Spain) for project: City of Badajoz (Spain) at years 1945 and 1956.

Along with the busy commercial program, the guests had an interesting cultural one. The open-collar part of the conference traditionally included some sport competitions. On the sport ground of Pestana Alvor Praia hotel the football tournament of international teams were played by refereeing of Armin Gruen.

The third day of the conference ended with a gala dinner in national restaurant. Two versions of PHOTOMOD system were raffled in traditional lottery. This year the fortune favored the following companies: Stutgart University (Germany) and Sovzond Company (Russia). Sponsors of the conference, as well as honorary members of the conference were solemnly awarded with diplomas and gifts during the gala dinner.

We thank all our partners and colleagues for their participation in the 12th International Scientific Conference “From Imagery to Map: Digital Photogrammetric Technologies” and look forward to next time!

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