Conference Themes


The VGC series has positioned itself at the intersection of geomatics, geoscience, and 3D visualization and focuses on novel developments and applications of close range remote sensing methods within the broad field of geoscience research. This area is rapidly evolving and offers unique opportunities for collaboration between research fields such as geomatics, computer vision, graphics, gaming, visualization, and numerical modelling with a wide range of geoscience disciplines. The VGC conference provides a meeting place for researchers and industry members to showcase the latest technological developments in close range remote sensing techniques, to disseminate new analysis methods and to uncover unique applications. We encourage submission from a wide range of geomatics, geoscience and computer vision research to encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative research. 

As in previous VGC conferences, the scientific program will focus on method development, novel analysis, interpretation and modelling techniques and unique applications. The main themes can be broken down as follows: 


1. Method developments

Focuses on innovations in acquisition and processing of 3D datasets, new sensors, devices and platforms, and integration of different techniques. This revolves around technology development (hardware and software).

Laser scanning (lidar) & novel 3D mapping sensors

Photogrammetry/structure from motion (SfM)

Sensor integration (multi/hyperspectral, radar, thermal, geophysical)

Novel platforms (UAVs)

Mobile & real-time computing

Augmented reality in fieldwork

Laboratory-scale measurement (fossils, flumes, plaster, sediment tanks)


2. Data Analysis

Taking the processed 3D datasets and using them as the basis for analysis.


Automated feature mapping


Numerical modelling and simulation

Visualisation, computer graphics and gaming

Virtual reality

Change detection/monitoring


3. Application Fields

Showcase the major influence of spatial data across the geosciences, combining acquisition, processing and analysis to solve problems and answer outstanding questions.

Geology (including petroleum geology): sedimentological mapping, reservoir analogues

Structural geology: fracture mapping and network modelling

Geomorphology: characterisation of surface processes

Natural hazards: rockfalls, landslides, coastal erosion

Glaciology/cryosphere: glacier front monitoring

Volcanology: lava flow mapping, crater modelling, laboratory methods

Hydraulics/through-water mapping


Infrastructure: tunnelling, railway, roads

Mining and energy


The scientific program will be designed with these main themes in mind and will depend on the number and quality of the submissions. 


Journal Special Issue

We are planning a special issue Journal Paper. More details to come.