British Expert Group Releases BIM Interoperability Report

Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub, has published the 'Building Information Modelling (BIM) Interoperability Report' for consultation. It forms part of the Construction Innovation Hub’s work to grow the digital economy for the construction and infrastructure sector, and to develop and promote digital ways of working as enablers of greater whole-life value in the built environment. The report, produced with oversight from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA), and support from the UK BIM Alliance, gives recommendations to the government on how to continue to... (read more)
2020-04-28 08:39:01

Coronavirus and Government Initiatives

Well, we certainly didn’t see that coming! The Covid-19 virus has swept across the world in a matter of weeks and most of us are now living in a reality that would have seemed more the preserve of a science fiction-orientated dystopian future only a short time ago. Population lockdown, social control, climbing death rates, health systems in crisis, and the prospect of economic recession make most journals and technical commentary defunct and a little small; however, many are trying to maintain a semblance of normality and are even preparing for the new post Covid-19 that we will, in due... (read more)
2020-04-15 08:34:51

New Era in Geospatial Data and Services for Great Britain

A new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) is set to benefit the public sector, businesses, developers and academia. Throughout the 10-year agreement, Ordnance Survey (OS) will deliver enhanced location information for Great Britain and transform the way users access and work with geospatial data. Great Britain is recognised globally as having some of the best location data. From blue lights to streetlights, location data is used every single day to support critical infrastructure and services for the public sector. In the private sector, data is relied on by thousands of businesses to deliver insight, underpin decision-making, enable products and services,... (read more)
2020-04-08 09:22:11

ISPRS Congress Postponed to 2021

The ISPRS has announced that due to the coronavirus crisis, the XXIV ISPRS Congress to be held in Nice, France, has been postponed to 2021. “The Council is aware that this decision has many consequences, but the very real health risks and the capacity to travel for the Congress participants did not leave us with any other alternative.” As the reviewing process of scientific submissions is nearly completed, the preparation of the ISPRS Archives and Annals scheduled for this summer is on track, and the proceedings will be published as planned. Results of abstract review are already out, those for... (read more)
2020-03-26 12:58:17

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

MOSAiC Aerial Survey Campaigns Temporarily Suspended Because of Coronavirus

Polarstern Crew Continues to be Unaffected by the Corona Pandemic
The Norwegian government recently announced comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately. As a result, all travellers to Norway from non-Nordic countries who do not have a residence permit will most likely have to immediately leave the country again or be placed in quarantine for 14 days. In response, and due to the highly dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic, the MOSAiC project management has decided to temporarily suspend the aerial survey campaigns planned for this spring and based in the Svalbard archipelago, which is under Norwegian administration. There are currently three icebreakers underway in the Central... (read more)
2020-03-18 04:56:49

Woolpert Starts Acquiring Bathymetric Lidar Data of Saint Lucia’s Coastal Zone

The Woolpert-GDS Joint Venture (JV) has been contracted to acquire topographic and bathymetric lidar data of the Caribbean island Saint Lucia’s entire landmass and coastal zone. The contract was signed under the World Bank’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), which aims to measurably reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change in Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean Region. High-resolution, 3D lidar data has proved effective around the world in mapping and modelling landscapes and environments, helping policy-makers make informed decisions about how best to utilize resources to prepare for and recover from weather-related disasters. Flood Modelling According to a... (read more)
2020-02-11 09:25:57

UK Satellites to Help Lead the Fight Against Climate Change

The British government has announced backing for ground-breaking research analysing satellite images that will better predict the future impact of climate change in towns and cities and inform future government action. A new £5 million satellite data centre involving the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds will use cutting-edge satellite technology to help combat climate change, including helping lower the risk of people being affected by flooding. The data centre will bring together 50 of the UK’s brightest and best PhD researchers to help solve climate change. Measurements from satellites on rising sea levels, greenhouse gases and shrinking glaciers and forests... (read more)
2020-01-09 01:18:24

Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Advancing the Understanding of Planet Earth
The Landsat satellites provide an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards understanding our changing planet. In this article, the authors look at how the use of data from Landsat satellites has evolved over time to become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. They conclude that the Landsat archive is poised to shift into a more real-time monitoring capability to help further our understanding of a changing Earth. Since 1972, the Landsat satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:14:12

AGI Announces New Council Members

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) has announced three new members elected to Council at the 2019 Annual General Meeting. Elly Ball, Rachel Higgins and Alan Moore bring a wealth of marketing expertise, policy experience and business skills which will help determine the strategic direction of the UK’s largest membership organization for the geospatial sector. AGI Chair Matt Leaver said: “I am delighted to welcome Elly, Rachel and Alan to our Council. This year marks the AGI’s 30th anniversary and our members’ geospatial information has never been more relevant or important.  As ambassadors for the value of GI and the... (read more)
2019-12-17 10:14:30
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