OS Net - Preparations for Future GNSS

Ordnance Survey (OS) has just updated its geodetic infrastructure. Mark Greaves, Lead Consultant at Geodesy, describes these developments and takes a look at shorter and longer-term geodetic issues for surveyors. OS Net is Ordnance Survey's national network of over 110 permanent, geodetic quality, GNSS stations. GNSS observation data is streamed in real-time to a central hub and access to the national standard realisation of ETRS89 is enabled through the following services: Real-time GNSS correction services available to customers of OS Net commercial partners. Real-time GNSS correction services for OS surveyors. High rate (i.e. 1Hz) RINEX data for use in commercial... (read more)
2018-09-18 12:01:49

RICS Responds to Land Registry Privatisation Proposals

In May the Government published proposals to privatise the Land Registry, even though a similar consultation only two years ago had resoundingly rejected such a move. Below we summarise the RICS’s response to the latest scheme. The land and property transfer market in England & Wales adds approximately £8 billion to the Treasury’s coffers every year, one of the highest in the world and accounts for 4.2% of UK GDP. Understandably any change to how this important market operates needs to be thought through very carefully. Can privatisation really prove a better option than the status quo? What’s wrong with... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:19:13

From Nautical Chart to Digital Marine Mapping

Digital marine mapping became possible with the arrival of the electronic chart. The authors, who pioneered the re-engineering of this data for use in GIS, question whether the requirement has been fully met or whether fundamental issues still exist. It has been over ten years since UK marine environmental and engineering consultancy, Metoc, started to re-engineer UK Hydrographic Office data to make it suitable for use in GIS. Mike Osborne and John Pepper, who pioneered this work and are now directors of marine data management and GIS specialist, OceanWise, consider how the requirement for digital marine mapping has changed over... (read more)
2017-08-24 03:46:51

Geodesy and Land Administration - FIG Working Week 2017

GW was not at the Working Work in Helsinki in May, but FIG publishes most of the technical papers presented at the conference on its website www.fig.net. Richard Groom has been sifting through the proceedings and has drawn together papers on Geodesy and Land Administration and a few other interesting topics. The code in parenthesis indicates the session number where the papers were presented. It is some time since GW published an article by Chris Rizos on the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). Kutterer (TS03C) provided an update. His paper gave a general overview of GGOS and its work in... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:14:18

Adopting New Geospatial Technology for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Project

New technologies are disrupting the geospatial industry, enhancing productivity and adding new dimensions to the value of geo-information. However, it is the implementation of this technology that often determines whether or not an initiative is successful. The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme is providing a perfect example of balancing tried and tested technologies with new ways of working. The £1.5bn project is Highways England’s biggest scheme currently in construction and represents a significant investment for the government. The project will add capacity to the route and cut journey times by up to 20 minutes through the delivery of 19km... (read more)
2018-09-18 11:25:42

Spanning the Spectrum - GEO Business 2017

The industry’s leading event took place once again at the Business Design Centre in London and attracted a bustling crowd of geo-people. It is not possible to attend every conference session, associated meeting, workshop or visit every stand but it was possible to discern the mood of the industry and that is upbeat. This would be a conference “spanning the spectrum of geospatial activities” announced conference chairman Steven Eglinton (Geo-Enable and the AGI) in his introduction. The first session spanned national mapping, remote sensing and GIS. Ordnance Survey CEO, Nigel Clifford opened with his keynote, ‘Geospatial: Innovation, integration and impact’,... (read more)
2017-07-04 12:25:37

UK is a Leader in Heritage Mapping

The mapping of historical cultural features, which we will call heritage mapping, is mainly based on photogrammetric methods. Mapping for this purpose has been going on for many years using a great variety of techniques. There are also many applications from conservation and archaeology to museums and public understanding. Early Developments The use of photogrammetry for recording buildings was introduced during the late 19th century by the German civil engineer and architect Albrecht Meydenbauer, and techniques and applications have been developing and extending ever since. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) was a government... (read more)
2019-05-30 04:22:17

Earth Observation into the Future - RSPSoc Conference 2018

The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc) conference for 2018 was organised jointly with the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and the Centre for EO Instrumentation (CEOI) and was held at the University of Birmingham. The meeting was a happy match of academic and institutional remote sensing covering new developments in technology and applications with the theme of Earth Observation into the Future. Sub-themes running through the sessions were machine learning, collaboration through partnerships and innovation. The table explains the mission of some of the partnerships. National Centre for Earth Observation NCEO NCEO is a research centre funded by... (read more)
2018-11-09 01:21:45

Turning Big Data into Big Business

Professor Ian Dowman of University College London reports from an event that heard numerous examples of how Earth observation data is being used daily to inform decision making by policy makers, governments, insurers and security providers. Engage is the latest in a series of conferences organised by DigitalGlobe, the company operating the Worldview constellation of satellites and providing services based on the data they capture. A key component of the business is the archive which goes back to 1999 and contains 90 petabytes of data. The latest conference was billed as a two-way exchange between data supplier and user and... (read more)
2017-07-04 11:33:58

Police, Thieves and a Digital Future

James Kavanagh, Land Group Director, reports on activities of, and relating to, RICS and gives some thoughts on thefts of surveying instruments. Winter is extending its icy grip across the UK but things are heating up on the surveying and geospatial policy and news fronts. I’m sure that many of you have been in attendance at one of the traditional evening lectures here at RICS HQ, it’s been quite and outstanding session so far with lectures on intelligent geospatial algorithms and automatic feature recognition for laser scanned points clouds (https://correvate.co.uk/), the amazing advances in satellite imagery and its applications and... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:39:24
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