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

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

Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence

The government of the United Kingdom is strongly supporting the UK aerospace industry and Earth Observation is an important component of that. In January, the UK government Science Minister stressed the importance of space in the UK industrial policy and particularly how young people will empower this sector. The UK is especially strong in building EO satellites, with SSTL a key component, and Airbus building Sentinel satellites in Stevenage. The UK also takes a lead in innovative applications. The theme of this issue is Earth Observation and we have an article from Daniel Wicks which covers activities in the UK... (read more)
2018-03-15 01:02:13

Airbus Partners with Planet for Satellite Imagery

Airbus has announced a data-sharing agreement with satellite imagery purveyors Planet, along with a project to deliver a geoinformation platform and pipeline for the Thai government. The depth and breadth of satellite data products in the marketplace may soon expand following the announcement by Airbus and Planet of a new partnership that provides access to each other’s data, and an agreement to co-develop new products. Airbus says the partnership aims to address the growing demand for continuous monitoring and accurate information, and the relative strengths of both companies’ infrastructure and data assets should result in some unique and powerful offerings. Combining satellite... (read more)
2018-06-28 10:21:05

Chair and Deputy Chair Appointed to the Geospatial Commission

Sir Andrew Dilnot has been appointed Chair of the government’s Geospatial Commission by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP. Nigel Clifford has also been confirmed as Deputy Chair. They will be responsible for the work of the Geospatial Commission, supported by £80 million of funding, to drive the use of this location-linked data more productively to unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year. The objectives of the Commission are to increase economic growth and improve social and environmental outcomes by: Setting cross-cutting geospatial strategy, policy and... (read more)
2018-12-19 10:09:18

China Announces Worldwide Coverage by BeiDou

At the end of 2018, China’s Satellite Navigation Office announced that the country’s GNSS (called BeiDou or ‘BDS’) is now available as a global service. Originally, worldwide coverage was not expected to be achieved until 2020, but this early completion of the system means that China now joins the USA’s GPS, Europe’s Galileo and Russia’s GLONASS as the only four global providers of satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services. Ran Chengqi, director general of the China Satellite Navigation Office, is quoted as saying that BeiDou has “officially entered the global era as [it] expands from a regional system to... (read more)
2019-01-16 10:53:57

First High-resolution Map of the Great Barrier Reef Released

One and a half million square kilometres of bathymetric seafloor data have been released to the public by Geoscience Australia under partnership with James Cook University and the Australian Hydrographic Service of the Great Barrier Reef. The project carried out high-resolution bathymetric scans, which were combined with existing datasets held by the government to create the most comprehensive, detailed models produced to date. The release comes as the federal government announced an AU$60 million investment in protective measures for the Great Barrier Reef, which include measures to shield the Reef from polluted water, and investment in Australian Institute of Marine... (read more)
2018-02-06 11:22:34

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

EarthSense Zephyr Sensor Begins Volume Production

EarthSense has announced that its Zephyr air quality monitor, an industry-first in small sensor technology with replaceable cartridge system, will go into mass production. The Zephyr is a multi-sensor platform which samples the air and provides accurate measurements of air pollution, such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Ozone (O3), from a range of pollution sources. The volume production helps establish EarthSense as a leading player in the air quality field, meeting the increased industry demand for reliable air quality monitors and providing data solutions to help the world understand and solve its air quality issues. Volume production of the Zephyr... (read more)
2018-08-03 10:19:49

Elections over, but will it be Time for Infrastructure?

Infrastructure and particularly transportation are issues that should concern us all, says Chris Preston, chair of RICS Geomatics Professional Group. By the time you read this those of us in the UK will have returned to our post-election stupor and wondering what effect the new government will have on the matters that have impact on our lives. It always surprises me that the issues that are in the politicians’ minds at polling time are rarely one of the matters that concern us all, namely transportation. Apart from different political parties having a policy of pro or anti HS2 (High-speed railway... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:39:59
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