Addressing Emerging Mega Trends Through Innovative Land Administration

Clarissa Augustinus will give a presentation to the RICS on receipt of the Michael Barrett award on the 29 November 2018. Here she outlines the main points of her lecture. We live in an era of change – global and national. Mega trends such as climate change, global population growth, migration, massive urbanisation in some continents, escalating conflict, and displacement of people, will continue to influence our countries and our business models for the foreseeable future. The address will describe how we can innovate to tackle these mega-trends by adapting existing land practices. We need to do this in our... (read more)
2018-11-09 02:29:10

Regional SDIs Advance as UN-GGIM Moves Ahead GI

The sixth session of the UN-GGIM was held in New York last August. Greg Scott, inter-regional advisor to the committee, reports with additional material by Santiago Borrero, coordinator of the GeoSUR programme, a regional initiative led by spatial data producers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Writing in the latest edition of GIM (October 2016) editor Durk Haarsma says that “It’s time for a round of applause for professionals working in geomatics. There are many reasons why our sector deserves a pat on the back but the main one I am referring to is the success achieved by the UN... (read more)
2017-03-02 05:22:29

The Importance of Geospatial at the United Nations

The Fifth Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) meeting was held at the UN HQ in New York during August 2015. James Norris explains the background to this significant body and the role of Ordnance Survey Great Britain. The UN-GGIM (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management) is a formal part of the United Nations system with a mandate from the Economic and Social Council. The committee operates at a political rather than an organisational level and attendees are nominated by and represent their Member States. The UK delegation comprised Peter ter Haar (Ordnance... (read more)
2017-04-28 01:09:17

Seminar Programme for GEO Business 2019 Call for Abstracts

The organisers of the UK’s largest geospatial event, GEO Business 2019, have announced a call for abstracts for their seminar programme to be held at the Business Design Centre in London, UK from 21-22 May 2019. The seminars attracted 2,602 attendees from 53 countries at its launch in 2018 and covered a variety of topics demonstrating the impact geospatial technologies and solutions are having on our global environment. The GEO Business team are looking for ground-breaking and stimulating abstracts that highlight the value and impact that geospatial data is having on delivering services and solutions to the world. The seminar... (read more)
2018-11-14 11:50:00

Ordnance Survey and EarthSense Map Clean Air Cycle Routes

A project combining Ordnance Survey (OS) geospatial data with real-time air quality data from EarthSense Systems is set to highlight clean cycle routes in Britain’s cities. Using a network of fixed and static air pollution sensors, EarthSense is producing city-wide visualisations of air quality. Combined with OS’s open dataset of greenspaces, the EarthSense air quality models highlight areas of higher air pollution, often along busy roads, and allow users to identify cleaner air routes, such as through parks or along canal paths. “By making it easy for cyclists to see pollution levels before they make their journey, we can help... (read more)
2017-10-18 11:10:54

World Bank Conference Tackles Key Issues of Land and Poverty

This edition of policy watch is mainly dedicated to the annual World Bank 2019 land conference but there are still a few RICS specific bits and bobs to update you all on. The RICS Geo Evening Lectures series added an extra date: Thursday 9 May, 18:00, at UEL, Stratford campus which will focus on Survey4BIM issues. RICS Insight output is ramping up as we move into the summer months (the end of the RICS business year) with a brand new Insight on the ‘Use and Value of Commercial Property Data’ ( This paper aims to discuss the benefits of and... (read more)
2019-05-30 01:50:22

Connecting Citizens - Smart Cities and Communities 2017

The concept of smart cities is not always understood. Richard Groom reports from a conference on the topic and tries to make sense of the idea and what it can do for communities and citizens. 2017 seemed to be the year of the Smart City and the second conference in as many months took place in London, UK on 9 November. Smart Cities and Communities: Connecting Citizens seemed rather more relevant than the Smart Summit, reported in GW Nov/Dec. At least it certainly started on the right path, ably guided by the chairman Joe Dignan from consultancy, Kintechi Ltd. The... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:50:02

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

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

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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