RacursGIS Sofia
International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies"
September 17–20, 2007, Nessebar, Bulgaria

Conference Review

The VIIth International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies" is over. It is further development and evolvement of the tradition of annual PHOTOMOD User Conferences. The Conference was held on September 17-20, 2007 in Nessebar, Bulgaria.

Conference hall

The Conference was organized by Racurs Co., (Moscow, Russia) and "GIS-Sofia" Ltd. (Sofia, Bulgaria) with the support of:
- International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,
- Russian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,
- Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency of Russia (Rosnedvizhimost),
- Geodesy, Cartography and Cadastre Agency of Bulgaria.

The Conference was sponsored by Research and Development Center ScanEx.

Media sponsors:
- GeoInformatics Magazine,
- GIM International — the global magazine for geomatics,
- Scientific and technical magazine — Geoprofi,
- Russian GIS Association,
- GeoTop — specialized internet catalogue.

The Conference has become the unique site for discussions, knowledge and experience exchange in the sphere of remote sensing and digital photogrammetric technologies. More than 100 business executives and professionals as well as researchers from educational institutions from 17 countries, who deal with remote sensing data and its photogrammetric processing in their everyday work, took part in the Conference. Participants from Germany, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom took part in our event for the first time.

Victor Adrov, Director General of Racurs Company, made an opening speech, then Tsvetan Boev — CEO of Cadastre Agency of Bulgaria greeted Conference participants. After that Alexander Lazarov — Director General of GIS-Sofia Company had a welcome speech, as well as Vladimir Gershenzon — Director General of Research and Development Center ScanEx.

T. Boev

The Conference schedule included plenary sessions, business meetings, workshops, and also rich entertainment program. 28 reports were presented during the plenary sessions, divided in 5 thematic sectors.

The first sector was devoted to the general issues of digital cartography and photogrammetry. The most interesting among them was presentation by Gottfried Konecny, Professor of Hannover University (Germany) about modern trends in digital mapping, traditional and perspective technologies, gradual pass from 2D to 3D data representation in GIS. Presentation by specialists of Belgiprozem (Belarus Republic) on creation and application of land information systems should also be noted.


Remarkable report by Professor Gordon Petrie form Glasgow University (United Kingdom) was presented in the second thematic area targeted on digital airborne systems. He spoke about commercially available, as well as non-commercial digital cameras. Several presentations were focused on theoretical and practical aspects of processing of data acquired by airborne sensor ADS-40 by Leica Geosystems. Some presentations (Larisa Afanasieva, Russia; Alexander Guk, Russia) were devoted to the issues of new specialists' education and training in the area of digital cartography and photogrammetry.


The next 2 blocks of presentations were focused on space sensors and space borne data processing. There were discussed issues of accuracy of orthophotomaps created using space imagery and processing workflows of imagery acquired by different sensors, like SPOT 5, QuickBird, ALOS, for maps creation and updating in different scales.


The main discussion area of the third day was the PHOTOMOD photogrammetric system, when specialists from our company summarized its achievements during the past year, demonstrated new products and new features of the coming PHOTOMOD version 4.3. Master class included lectures on workflow for processing data acquired by space sensors, and demonstration of PHOTOMOD 4.3.

Social program of the Conference was also interesting and dense. It included excursions to Nessebar, which is in the list of world heritage of UNESCO, to Shipka mountain and to the rose valley, to archeological museum of Varna and its vicinities, as well as welcome drinks, "Bulgaria" Olympic games, which will be retained by participants for a long time, and of course the final dinner and folk dances.

We are very thankful to all our partners and colleagues for their participation in the VIIth International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies" and are looking forward for our new meetings!

 Participants of the Conference '2007 (PDF, 103 kB).

 Conference programme (PDF, 259 kB)

 Conference proceedings (PDF, 1,2 MB)


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