Who We Are

We are a joint venture between the VISICS department of the University of Leuven and a surveying & engineering company, SPC. It was formed in 2007 and since then GeoAutomation has continued to improve and remain at the top of the image-based mobile mapping industry. GeoAutomation operates under the trade name GeoCopia operating in various continents.

VISICS is part of the Centre for Processing Speech and Images (PSI) within the Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Catholic University, Leuven). VISICS stands for VISion in Industry, Communications, and Services. VISICS are a research group working in the area of computer vision, with the aim of making computers understand the content of images, and to extract useful information from them like speeds of motion or the 3D structure of scenes. VISICS focus on 3 sub areas: 3D Acquisition and Modelling, Tracking and Gesture Analysis and Object Recognition. Importantly, there is also focus on the integration of the 3 fields.

Studiebureau Patrick Casier (SPC) are specialists in Geo-information. Formed in 1989, they provided traditional surveying and cartography services. Soon afterwards, in close cooperation with KLM Aerocarto Belgium, SPC expanded into providing mapping applications services using aerial photography. Today, SPC provide a wide range of services including surveying, cartography, measurement of underground sewer systems, GIS and geographic data conversion.

Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (K.U.Leuven) is situated in the heart of Western Europe and has been a center of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, K.U.Leuven bears the double honour of being the oldest existent Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries. With a strong scientific focus, K.U.Leuven offers approximately 60 Bachelor’s programs and more than 125 Master’s programs in 18 fields. Postdoctoral researchers are the backbone of the research that has placed K.U.Leuven at the foundation of scientific innovation in Flanders. By conducting research and by forming independent young people with innovative ideas, K.U.Leuven actively contributes to the international knowledge economy. Research expenditure at K.U.Leuven amounted to approximately 157 million euro in 1999. By 2009, this figure had more than doubled, to 330 million euro.