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Special Session
Special Session on
Very Large 3d-point Clouds in GIS
 - VLPC-GIS 2019

3 - 5 May, 2019 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Within the 5th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - GISTAM 2019


Ansgar Brunn
University of applied sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt
Brief Bio
Since 2016: Chair of ISPRS-WG V/4 “Web-based Resource Sharing for Education and Research” Since 2014: Chair of the WG “Education and Outreach” of the German Society of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (DGPF) Since 2008 Regular Professor for Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics at University of applied sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS) 2004-2016: Lecturer at different international universities for “Photogrammetry”, “Image Processing”, “Computer Programming” and “Information and Management Systems (IMS)” 2004-2008: Head of the surveying group of a bomb disposal unit Third party funded projects in signal processing, photogrammetry and laserscanning Close cooperation to practitioners Further information can be found at geo.fhws.de.
Theresa Meyer
University of applied sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt
Brief Bio
Theresa Meyer is a master student of Engineering in Geoinformatics at University of Applied Sciences Anhalt. Since 2015, she works as a Research Assistant at University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt mainly in the field of Geoinformatics and UAV photogrammetry. Between 2014 – 2015, she performed functions as Surveying Engineer mainly in the field of Building Information Modeling (BIM) based on 3d-point clouds. Meyer finished her Bachelor of Engineering in Surveying and Geoinformatics at University of applied sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt with main topic Laserscanning and Geoinformatics in 2014.


Very large 3d-point clouds are easily obtained from modern 3d-acquisition techniques of photogrammetry and laserscanning; e. g. photogrammetric drone surveying, terrestrial and mobile laserscanning provide in minutes many million 3d-points with additional attributes attached. GIS-specialists use these sensors and regularly ask how to put these large point clouds in their GIS, for visualization, processing and spatial queries in combination with common GIS features. Currently available systems mostly just give rudimentary solutions that sometimes look like workarounds relying on attributed 2d-points. 3d-points and 3d-point clouds need different algorithms and database structures. This special session addresses the problem of large 3d-point clouds in GIS. It is open for researchers and practitioners who can provide concepts, experiences or solutions in this encouraging field.

The main topics include but are not limited to:

- Concepts for 3d-point Clouds in GIS

- Visualization of 3d-point Clouds in GIS

- Processing of 3d-point Clouds in GIS

- Attributed 3d-point Clouds in GIS

- Applications for 3d-point Clouds in GIS

- Extracting Spatial Information from 3d-point Clouds

- Photogrammetry to GIS

- Laser Scanning to GIS

- Data Models and Representations

- Storing/ Managing 3d-point Clouds in Spatial Databases

- Tiling of 3d-point Clouds


Paper Submission: March 7, 2019 (expired)
Authors Notification: March 15, 2019 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: March 25, 2019 (expired)


Kostas Katsampalos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Kirsten Wolff, Esri Suisse, Switzerland


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI/ISI), DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index), Scopus, Semantic Scholar and Google Scholar.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org/) and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


GISTAM Special Sessions - VLPC-GIS 2019
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