Sharing Data Vital to Future Success - GeoPlace 2018

The recent GeoPlace Annual Conference took place on Thursday 10 May at Edgbaston Cricket Club in Birmingham, UK. Although many topics were discussed throughout the day, talk often circled back to needing one central hub of data that everyone has access to if the industry is going to progress. The welcome talk was given by Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director of GeoPlace, who announced that this is the biggest ever GeoPlace conference, attended by 420 delegates. This achievement was attributed to the growing addressing sector - with 2.5 billion street and address data records held and 35 million changes being made... (read more)
2018-07-09 10:57:23

New Opportunities for Geospatial

The sun is rising, and spring is very much in the air. The six nations rugby is over (I’ll hold back on any commentary) and thoughts are turning towards the summer. Geospatial activity has been constant over the last couple of months with some very big industry issues (such as the scourge of UK instrument theft) being discussed. RICS has finished the 2018/19 evening lecture series with some very strong lectures on The Red Atlas - the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World (, soon to be featured in the RICS Land Journal (, and a final lecture on marine/offshore... (read more)
2019-03-08 11:37:54

DJI Adds Airplane and Helicopter Detectors to Consumer Drones

DJI, a civilian drone and aerial imaging technology company, has committed to installing airplane and helicopter detectors in new consumer drones, part of a 10-point plan to ensure that the world's skies remain safe in the drone era. All new DJI drone models released after 1 January 2020 that weigh more than 250 grams will include AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course. This will be the largest single deployment of ADS-B collision awareness technology to date and sets a new standard by putting professional-grade... (read more)
2019-05-29 10:36:41

FIG Working Week 2016 Preliminary Programme Released

FIG2016 is excited to share the preliminary technical programme for the 2016 conference! It is shaping up to be another great FIG experience and we hope you can come to Christchurch, New Zealand from 2-6 May to join in the fun. If you register by 8 February - just one week away - you can save up to 90 EUR! The conference is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together to share innovative science with policymakers and stakeholders. Scientists, policy- and decision- makers, students, and stakeholders are invited to join the discussions on... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:32:36

Copernicus Sentinel-2B Delivers First Images

Just over a week after being lofted into orbit, the European Union’s Sentinel-2B satellite delivered its first images of Earth, offering a glimpse of the ‘colour vision’ it will provide for the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme. With a swath width of 290km, the satellite’s first acquisition began over the Baltic Sea and made a strip-like observation through eastern Europe, ending in northern Libya. The data was relayed in real time to the Matera ground station in Italy, where the images were then processed. While eastern Europe was mostly cloudy, Italy’s sunny skies allowed the teams to get their first glimpse of... (read more)
2017-03-16 10:04:25

Events, Statistics, Geospatial Data and the UN

The FIG Working Week in Helsinki was well organised, well attended and achieved by collaboration. So is much else in the geospatial business. Jointly organized by FIG and the two Finnish members of FIG and the National Land Survey of Finland, the working week was a substantial amount of good technical and strategic papers and presentations, as well as a strong cultural element. In the UK, GEO Business demonstrated the diversity, health and general state of our industry and profession. In the UK, there are concerns affecting the industry from austerity to “Brexit”. These are ongoing and largely out of... (read more)
2017-07-04 12:40:42

Be there or be Lost - GEO Business 2017

This year’s event takes place on 23 and 24 May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Richard Groom casts his eye over the menu and finds that we’re spoilt for choice. As ever, the exhibition will be at the centre of this show, which is free to attend. Around two hundred equipment and software suppliers, survey companies and educational establishments from Britain and around the world will be on show. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with those you already know as well as checking out what else is on offer in our rapidly evolving business. An... (read more)
2017-04-28 05:54:04

What to Expect from AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017

With the market for unmanned systems – including drones and robotics – poised to experience huge growth, industry thought leaders will come together to discuss the technologies, trends, and regulatory moves that will drive innovation and revenue when the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2017 show kicks off at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas from 8-11 May 2017. "We are entering a period of rapid, unprecedented growth in the unmanned systems industry," said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. "At XPONENTIAL, we have gathered the industry's thought leaders, along with innovators across various vertical markets who have abundant experience... (read more)
2017-04-27 01:01:32

OS Heading Towards Real-time Mapping - Joint OS/RICS CPD Day 2017

The RICS hosted an event with the snappy title ‘Joint OS/RICS CPD day’ at St George Street in July. Not too many clues in the title but within the packaging was an insight into strategy and innovation at the OS. Innovation was approached from several angles. In a view that was reflected later by Alex Wrottesley, from the GeoVation Hub, Neil Ackroyd, Chief Operating Officer, spoke of a future when OS will be mapping almost in real time. As Wrottesley put it, the time between data capture and use could be reduced from months to seconds. “Change is our currency,”... (read more)
2017-09-05 12:56:41

GEO Business 2019 Opens Registration

GEO Business, geospatial exhibition and conference, has announced that registration is now open! With more exhibition space than ever before, GEO Business 2019 is on track to be another record-breaking event. An unprecedented number of exhibitors rebooked their stands and new exhibitors are still booking to be a part of what is shaping up to be the most successful GEO Business event to date. In addition to the main exhibition, there are also opportunities for exhibitors within the various dedicated industry zones including Drone, Start Up, Education and new for 2019 the Marine Zone. The event will return to the... (read more)
2018-12-21 10:38:10
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