International Scientific and Technical Conference "From Imagery to Map: Digital Photogrammetric Technologies"
September 15–18, 2008, Porec, Croatia

Conference Review

Conference hall

The VIIIth International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies" is successfully completed. The conference was held on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in Porec, Croatia.

The Conference was organized by Racurs Co., (Moscow, Russia) with the support of:

  • International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS),
  • Russian Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing,
  • Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency of Russia (Rosnedvizhimost).

The Conference was sponsored by:

  • Geolidar (Moscow, Russia),
  • Leica Geosystems AG (Switzerland),
  • Geofoto (Croatia),
  • GeoEye (USA).

Media sponsors:

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

The conference provided ample opportunities for discussions, knowledge and experience exchange in the sphere of remote sensing and digital photogrammetric technologies. The conference was attended by over 120 leaders and specialists of industrial enterprises and institutes from 27 countries, using remote sensing data and photogrammetric processing in their daily practice. For the first time the conference was attended by representatives from Greece, Israel, Slovenia, Austria, Argentina.

The Conference schedule included plenary sessions, business meetings, workshops, and also rich entertainment program.

The organizing committee has satisfyingly noted the large number of reports in the conference, submitted by experts from 15 countries. This year, the total number of reports increased by 40% compared to the previous conference, amounting to 41 in total. The reports were divided in 9 thematic sections.

Satheesh Kumar Kakamani

In the first block titled "Regional and corporate photogrammetric mapping", delegates from Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus, Lithuania and India made their reports describing the works and the current state of mapping, cadastral and photogrammetric services in their countries. The report by Satheesh Kumar Kakamani (MapWorld Technologies Limited, India) on creation of a 3D-model of the city of New Delhi aroused particular interest.


The second thematic section of reports focused on the large format digital cameras. Listeners of the conference learned about the latest developments of Leica Geosystems, Microsoft-Vexcel and projects of processing DMC camera (Intergraph, USA) data. Professor Franz Leberl (Graz University of Technology, Austria) spoke about the Microsoft Virtual Earth project. An interesting report on current economic aspects of photogrammetric mapping was made by Professor Gottfried Konecny (Leibniz University Hannover, Germany).

In thematic section of reports on aerial data processing and new technologies, delegates from UK, Russia, Italy and Israel made their reports. A report by Yuri Raizman (VisionMap Ltd., Israel) on the aerial imaging photogrammetric complex VisionMap A3, aroused the greatest interest.


The second day of the conference was devoted to satellite imaging of the Earth. In the first block titled "Space remote sensing data and monitoring" a report by Andrey Shumakov (GeoEye, USA) on the new satellite GeoEye-1 and a report by Anna Golovina (ScanEx, Russia) on geoportals technology should be noted.

In the next section of reports on the processing of space images the report by Elena Babeeva (Aerogeofot, Russia) on the practical experience of using PHOTOMOD GeoMosaic, attracted most interest. In the hands of experienced user the module PHOTOMOD GeoMosaic turns into a powerful tool for a wide range of tasks.

The third block of reports on the second day of the conference was devoted to radar satellite imagery. Professor Gordon Petrie (University of Glasgow, UK), in his overview listed the main existing radar satellite imagery as well as radar systems to be launched shortly. Robert Lanzl (Infoterra GmbH, Germany) reported on products and services delivered by Infoterra co. from the satellite TerraSAR-X. Also, a report by Victoria Lazareva (Racurs, Russia) on evaluation of interpretation quality of radar images TerraSAR-X is worth mentioning in this unit.

The fourth thematic section focused on the use of space remote sensing data processing in cartography. Perhaps the most interesting was the report by Yury Baranov (VNIIGAZ, Russia) on present state and development of geodesy and mine surveying monitoring of oil and gas field territories.


The third day of the conference was devoted to the PHOTOMOD system. Mehdi Boroumand (Nama Pardaz Rayaneh Co. Ltd, Iran) presented a multimedia tutorial, which allows new users to master the PHOTOMOD system quickly. Racurs staff presented the new developments (PHOTOMOD module GCP Survey, the module for stereo-plotting in AutoCAD environment - PHOTOMOD StereoACAD, new version PHOTOMOD 4.4), and described future plans (PHOTOMOD 5.0).

The participants of the conference have traditionally shown special interest in master-classes, which were held on the third day of the seminar. A one-and-a-half hour demonstration of the PHOTOMOD system focused on automation of photogrammetric processing in phototriangulation, building of digital elevation models and creating orthophoto. On the individual sections of the master classes, our users got acquainted with the new module of field support of aerial survey - PHOTOMOD GCP Survey and with PHOTOMOD Radar software, intended for processing of radar satellite imagery.

In the frame of the conference, the results of the projects implemented with the use of PHOTOMOD were summed up. This year the well-deserved prize - the new module for automating GCP collection, PHOTOMOD GCP Survey - went to Larisa Afanasyeva from the company Meridian+ for the project "Photogrammetric works on creation of M 1:2000 orthophotomaps for the right-of-way of the road M-8 Holmogory on the territory of the Arkhangelsk region" performed with the digital photogrammetric PHOTOMOD system.

The informal part of the event also brought many emotions and unforgettable impressions to the participants. The sightseeing tour was especially memorable, beginning with a visit to Coliseum in Pula, then continuing on the banks of the Lim canal, where participants ate with delight oysters and other seafood, and the completion - a walk through the medieval town of Roven. Sports events pulled together all those who actively participated in it.

Solemn closing of the VIIIth International Scientific and Technical Conference "From imagery to map: digital photogrammetric technologies" took place during the festive banquet. In honor of the 15 th anniversary of the Racurs Co, a Jubilee lottery was hold during the banquet, the prizes for which were Russian and English local versions of the PHOTOMOD software. The winners were Viktoriya Trishkina from "National Center for Space Research and Technology" (Kazakhstan) and Ljubomir Jovanic - Managing Director of InfoMap doo (Serbia). The end of the festive evening was marked by celebratory fireworks in honor of the 15 th anniversary of Racurs.

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

 Participants of the Conference '2008 (PDF, 140 kБ).

 Conference programme (PDF, 731 KБ)

 Conference proceedings (PDF, 8.34 MБ)