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

Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Advancing the Understanding of Planet Earth
The Landsat satellites provide an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards understanding our changing planet. In this article, the authors look at how the use of data from Landsat satellites has evolved over time to become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. They conclude that the Landsat archive is poised to shift into a more real-time monitoring capability to help further our understanding of a changing Earth. Since 1972, the Landsat satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:14:12

The Way Forward with the Geospatial Commission

By the time you read this, we will be into the 2018/19 evening lecture sessions. These evening events are a real fulcrum of interaction, geospatial market insight, outreach and a coming together of professionals from across our sectors. In many ways a display of RICS ‘soft’ power, the power to influence. The first two lectures feature the national and international focus of RICS Geomatics. William Priest from the Geospatial Commission gave the first lecture in October and Clarissa Augustinus ex-head of UN Habitat GLTN will give the second lecture on 29 November. Clarissa's lecture is previewed in this issue of... (read more)
2018-11-08 12:23:34

HM Land Registry Looks to the Future

Andrew Trigg, Chief Geospatial and Data Officer at HM Land Registry, sets out exciting developments leading to new products, better interoperability between agencies and innovation. Our data is everywhere. Walk down any street in England and Wales and there’s a strong chance we’ll know the recent history of every property. Read any report on the housing market and it’s a good bet the writer will have consulted our Price Paid Data or the UK House Price Index. Download a new app for home hunters and you can almost be certain the innovators behind the technology will have used our data... (read more)
2018-11-08 12:47:50

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

MOSAiC Aerial Survey Campaigns Temporarily Suspended Because of Coronavirus

Polarstern Crew Continues to be Unaffected by the Corona Pandemic
The Norwegian government recently announced comprehensive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, effective immediately. As a result, all travellers to Norway from non-Nordic countries who do not have a residence permit will most likely have to immediately leave the country again or be placed in quarantine for 14 days. In response, and due to the highly dynamic development of the coronavirus pandemic, the MOSAiC project management has decided to temporarily suspend the aerial survey campaigns planned for this spring and based in the Svalbard archipelago, which is under Norwegian administration. There are currently three icebreakers underway in the Central... (read more)
2020-03-18 04:56:49

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

Classifying Urban Poor Areas with Satellite Imagery

Hannes Taubenböck and his team at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are using very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, supplied by European Space Imaging, combined with auxiliary surveys to develop a base model classification system for the shape and structure of urban poor areas around the world. Slum, favela, tenement… whatever term you use, nearly every country in the world has some form of urban poor areas.  Taubenböck, Kraff and Wurm identify these locations as 'Arrival Cities', defined as places offering relatively affordable housing serving as an access to a city, its society and its functions (a concept based on Doug... (read more)
2019-08-21 12:02:07

New Era in Geospatial Data and Services for Great Britain

A new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) is set to benefit the public sector, businesses, developers and academia. Throughout the 10-year agreement, Ordnance Survey (OS) will deliver enhanced location information for Great Britain and transform the way users access and work with geospatial data. Great Britain is recognised globally as having some of the best location data. From blue lights to streetlights, location data is used every single day to support critical infrastructure and services for the public sector. In the private sector, data is relied on by thousands of businesses to deliver insight, underpin decision-making, enable products and services,... (read more)
2020-04-08 09:22:11
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