5 Questions about BIM and GIS

Q&A with Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri
There has been much debate on the synergy of building information modelling (BIM) and GIS (geographic information systems). This makes for a potentially powerful combination, but what is the best way to maximise the advantages of the two? Not surprisingly, data plays a crucial role in delivering on the promise of transforming infrastructure design and construction. At 'GIM International' we decided it was high time to ask a renowned expert from the field to share his views with our readers. Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five key questions about the journey towards optimal integration. BIM and... (read more)
2018-09-04 12:51:28

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. An initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Developed... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The LMAP Initiative
The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines a new initiative called LMAP that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into GIS. Developed in a partnership between RIEGL of... (read more)
2019-05-21 10:01:13

Mobile Collection App Enables New Era for GIS Data Capture

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced that the Leica Zeno Mobile data collection app now integrates HxGN SmartNet's post-processing service and Esri’s Geospatial Cloud. The new functionalities allow workforces with limited surveying knowledge to optimize data accuracy and precision in the field and office and enable a seamless data flow to Esri’s GIS products. Thanks to HxGN SmartNet, Zeno delivers high-accuracy RTK positioning. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile’s new automatic post-processing service means that users do not have to worry whether they have a mobile internet connection. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile records... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:46:04

GGP GIS Transforms Wyre Forest Council’s Operational Services

The UK's Wyre Forest District Council is using a GIS from GGP Systems to transform the delivery of frontline services. Used to support a ‘one stop shop’ phone service, the Council’s Operational Services Division is using GGP’s powerful desktop mapping software to access accurate and up to date service information. This improved access to information helps resolve requests from members of the public relating to a range of services such as bin collections, grass cutting and fly tipping. Councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services says “We are always looking at ways of being more effective... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:22:45

Mark Your Agendas for GIS Day on 15 November

The world celebrates GIS Day on Wednesday 15 November 2017. It provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems technology to demonstrate applications that are making a difference in the society. Various events are taking place on this day, worldwide. The dedicated GIS Day website shows a listing of known events (scroll down on the main page). The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Esri president and co-founder Jack Dangermond credits Ralph Nader with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about... (read more)
2017-11-14 08:57:11

Bringing Low-cost Airborne Sensors and Cloud GIS Together

GeoXphere, a new UK-based company, has launched this month with the support of airborne hardware manufacturer WaldoAir, USA, and aerial survey and solutions provider Getmapping, UK. The aim is to bring together the airborne survey sensor, XCAM, together with adaptable cloud-based GIS services for the benefit of partner survey companies around the world. GeoXphere was launched at Intergeo 2016 in Hamburg and was met with support from survey operators on all continents who want to expand their survey and solutions capabilities without large capital investment that comes with purchasing large format cameras and survey aircraft. XCAM, the WaldoAir survey camera,... (read more)
2016-10-25 10:59:10

Esri UK Conference 2015 Showcases Ground-breaking GIS Applications

Esri UK has announced that its 2015 Annual Conference, the biggest ever Esri GIS conference in the UK, will take place at the QEII Conference Centre, London on Tuesday 19 May 2015. With the theme ‘GIS Creating our Future’, the event will showcase how Esri’s ground-breaking new GIS applications are being used by customers in everyday life, from the government to businesses and individuals. Customers and guest speakers will also talk about how GIS is helping them to confront today’s global challenges from pollution and climate change, to population growth and urbanisations. Keynote speakers include Marco Sala, Senior GI Technical... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:27:51

Leica Zeno GG04 Smart Antenna Increases Access to GIS

Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica Zeno GG04 smart antenna. The device enables a flexible solution to improve mobile devices’ GNSS accuracy with Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) and Precise Point Positioning (PPP). The GG04 uses GNSS technology to track GPS, Galileo, GNSS, Beidou and QZSS satellite systems. When paired with the Zeno GG04, any Zeno or third party mobile device with Android or Windows OS can now collect highly-precise positioning data with Leica’ GNSS technology and 555-channel tracking performance. With PPP, users can collect data even in areas without cellular coverage. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) functionality enables any smart device to collect... (read more)
2017-09-06 04:03:56
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