Skills Gap - More Opportunities for Women?

More needs to be done to raise awareness of the opportunities for girls in surveying and construction says RICS Geomatics Professional Group chair Chris Preston. Meanwhile success internationally with measurement standards prompts a switch to ethics. As I write this, my wife and I have just returned from holiday and it really has been quite hard to get my mind back to all things work related. However, it did provide some time for reflection on where the industry is going. GeoBusiness was, for the second year running, a fantastic event and a wonderful showcase of our industry. What are your... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:54:32

Technology is Often Accused of Being a Disrupter

In Sweden, the land title organisation, Lantmäteriet is piloting the use of the innovative financial technology Blockchain, best known as the enabling technology behind the virtual currency bitcoin where each transaction is recorded with Blockchain in an ever-growing string of code. Once a transaction has been entered into the digital ledger it cannot be edited. For Lantmäteriet, there is potential in removing some steps and traditional manual processes in a transaction resulting in automation. Blockchain creates trust through how it handles digital originals, verifies the legal processes and provides transparency. It is estimated this could result in savings of some... (read more)
2017-04-28 05:57:23

FIG Working Week 2017 Announce Speakers

The programme for this year’s FIG is starting to take shape nicely with around 550 papers of which 60 papers have undergone the double-blinded peer-review process and graded on relevance, originality, breadth, completeness and clarity. The technical programme committee are now planning the sessions, which will be published in March. For the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 29th May 2017 we are excited to announce Ed Parsons from Google, as our main key note speaker. Ed will set the scene for the FIG Working Week within the overall theme “Surveying the world to tomorrow - From digitalisation to augmented reality.” Ed... (read more)
2017-02-09 04:02:38

What Does the Word Geomatics Mean?

Surveyors are identified with the acquisition and measurement of data. But what about its management and curation? We have the opportunities today to influence and engage with our futures. So more of us need to do it, argues Gordon Johnston, Chair of RICS’s Geomatics Professional Group. The UK’s latest £200m Antarctic scientific research ship, soon to be commissioned, has received many suggestions for names in a public poll. The winning submission will likely not be used as according to the UK government “it fails to reflect the science and endeavour” that the research vessel is meant to be engaged on.... (read more)
2017-04-28 03:58:49

Five Hundred Years on and Still Exciting Times

It was 500 years ago that the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan organized a Spanish expedition to the East Indies that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the world. Sadly, he died in the Philippines (from a poisoned dart) and the voyage of discovery was completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano. It was perhaps dangerous, but it was also a very exciting time, as it is today. Standards and Guidelines for our profession are something we sometimes take for granted or, as specialists and experts in certain systems and data, we might forget that many do not have knowledge, and may not... (read more)
2019-05-29 01:22:18

How Big is Global Insecurity of Tenure?

Current sources of Global Land Indicators are limited with only 30% of the globe covered. Robin McLaren believes that new, innovative sources of land information can strengthen our understanding of the size of the global insecurity of tenure gap. The land sector has not been good at monitoring progress of global initiatives in fighting insecurity of land governance and tenure. But now there is no hiding. Solving land issues is on the radar of the G8 and is reflected in the adopted Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, Forests and Fisheries (VGGTs). After a successful lobbying campaign, land... (read more)
2017-03-15 05:05:55

Moving Ordnance Survey Forward - Interview with Nigel Clifford

Since the beginning of June 2015, Ordnance Survey GB has had a new CEO. GW met him in London recently. Nigel Clifford comes to the job via a career covering the NHS, e-commerce, British Telecom and other mobile players. I met Clifford in OS’s Geovation Hub in the City, a buzzy building which also houses Catapult, a body promoting future and smart cities. Tucked away at the end of a large open plan office full of enthusiastic young innovators, we had a wide-ranging discussion for over an hour that included his views on whether geospatial is special, OS’s strengths and... (read more)
2017-01-20 01:34:54

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 (, the amazing advances in satellite imagery and its applications and... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:39:24
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