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Spatial information and measurement technology

The core research area of Spatial information and measurement technology combines the classic geodetic work areas of 3D measurement technology and geographic information systems (GIS). As a result of the constant increase in performance and miniaturization of sensor technology, hardware and software combined with a rapid decline in prices, both disciplines are subject to a continuous and rapid process of change. This process is driven and shaped by research projects with partners from the scientific and industrial communities (SMEs and industry). In terms of sustainable development, the main focus is on the exploitation of the expertise acquired in previous research projects.

One of these areas of expertise in 3D measurement technology is the acquisition, processing and analysis of point clouds. It is now being used for the areal capture of object surfaces for large-scale geomonitoring in mining (above and below ground). The aim is the detection of existing landslides/subsidence and the reliable prediction of expected landslides using geophysical models of the area. An extension of the approach to determine the resonance frequencies for structures, in collaboration with the potential area Digital Planning and Production, or as structural health monitoring using big-data analytics and machine-learning approaches and the participation of civil engineers will be explored.

Application-oriented developments, such as orthopedic technology, will be continued in a targeted manner. Simulation calculations for the performance of multi-camera modules/360° cameras will be conducted and calibrated in the test center.

The RoboLab, which has been successfully installed at the university, will be expanded into a tracking laboratory to attract new target groups.

In the field of spatial information technology, the field of spatial data infrastructures, a field which has long been successfully explored in various research contexts, will be further developed. The expertise in the use of geodata in climate protection and medical care planning and the integration of geodata in eGovernment processes is also being established and expanded in collaboration with both existing and new partners. The future appointment of the professorships Geo-Government and Spatial Information Systems will further expand the development of eGovernment research. The systematic interaction of eGovernment approaches and spatial data infrastructures is to be significantly improved. The spatial data infrastructures in turn provide the technical basis for the exchange of spatial data across administrative and sector boundaries, for example for more effective inter-communal administrative and planning activities. Thus the systematic expansion of geo-government with ePlanning approaches is to be advanced in the medium term as part of the research.

In both measurement and information technology, interdisciplinary cooperation with the humanities will be further expanded together with the core research area of "Information technologies in the humanities, design and media" as a continuation of the Competence Center for Spatial Information Technology in the Humanities.