Thermal Mapping Helps Target UK Government Green Home Grants

Using a high-tech thermal imaging camera to measure heat loss from roofs, aerial mapping company Bluesky International is helping to identify poorly insulated homes and other public buildings. The property level heat loss maps provide an accurate and up-to-date picture that could be used to pinpoint homes eligible for financial support such as the UK Government’s Green Homes Grants. The UK Government recently announced a package of grants worth a total £2 billion for energy-efficient home improvements, including installing insulation, double glazing and replacing old boilers. The remaining £1 billion of the package will be spent making public buildings including... (read more)
2020-09-17 10:03:36

Coronavirus and Geospatial Technology

There is no doubt that almost everybody has been affected in some way by the Covid-19 virus. In this article we have brought together news items which show how the pandemic has impacted on the geospatial industry, either by making use of geospatial data and technology to monitor and control infections and help treat or support medical staff, or to change the way that geospatial companies or practitioners work. Response from large organizations The most obvious use of geospatial technology is providing visualizations of the spread of the disease. Print media and television make use of this but tend to... (read more)
2020-09-09 09:38:19

Cadcorp SIS Release Enables Direct Link to Ordnance Survey Data Hub

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software, Cadcorp SIS, is continuing support for Ordnance Survey (OS) data products. In its latest service release, Cadcorp SIS Desktop now connects directly to the newly released Ordnance Survey Data Hub. The software solution has dedicated wizards for connecting to the OS Features API, the OS Maps API and the OS Vector Tile API. Both the OS Maps API and OS Vector Tile API are available in British National Grid and ‘Web Mercator’ coordinate reference systems. These features are also available in SIS Desktop in the cloud, which can be run on Windows Virtual Desktop or... (read more)
2020-08-26 08:46:45

Borough of Poole Makes a Splash with MapThat

Borough of Poole local authority has upgraded its mapping capabilities, both within its intranet and on the website. The new technology has improved information access for Council employees and the public alike, while simultaneously reducing costs and enhancing efficiency. Borough of Poole previously had 30 licences of a desktop GIS (geographical information system), but identified several shortcomings in the accessibility of information and in the way Council facilities were mapped.  “Our desktop GIS enabled our employees to do only basic data capture,” explains Steve Campbell, Borough of Poole’s GIS manager (Corporate Strategy & Communications).  “And because it did not extend... (read more)
2020-07-07 04:15:47

Satellites for Multiple Asset Structural Monitoring

InSAR and BIM
Critical infrastructures such as nuclear power stations, LNG terminals, railways and motorways in critical locations cover vast sites that have to be efficiently monitored and, on many occasions, heavily instrumented in specific locations as a reaction to a known failure or repair. Sometimes, construction on large sites can affect or jeopardize operations on older infrastructures adjacent to the site. In addition, the fact that there are so many surveying instruments and monitoring solutions on offer makes it very difficult for asset managers to choose one and, if more than one, to connect the vast amount of data to enhance infrastructure... (read more)
2020-06-03 10:01:13

KOREC and NCTech Launch KlearView360°

KOREC and NCTech have announced the launch of KlearView360°, a streamlined, hosted system designed for the identification of assets, defects or changes within images collected by vehicle or backpack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, KlearView360° makes vehicle-mounted asset inspection accessible to local authorities and many others. The system is a joint partnership between the two companies, combining NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar+ high-resolution camera for capturing 360° imagery at carriageway speeds with KOREC’s K-Portal cloud-based hosting solution for live progress monitoring of a project and the assignment of work orders. KlearView360° also enables work management instructions to be communicated to mobile workers... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:16:27

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
How can today's advanced technology solve the challenges that many organizations face after obtaining vast 3D point cloud datasets, such as the management, storage, registration, fusion and extraction of useful and actionable information? Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, cheaper and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

Capturing the Changing Face of Great Britain

The National Geographic Database of Great Britain, maintained by Ordnance Survey, is one of the largest of its kind in the world and during the past decade it has grown to contain more than 500 million unique geographic features. Since January 2010, OS has made 360 million updates to the database. Arguably, no one knows Great Britain better than Ordnance Survey. Each day, Ordnance Survey (OS) adds to the National Geographic Database (or removes if no longer there) the fixed location of new physical objects across Great Britain. OS makes more than 20,000 changes to the database each day, with each... (read more)
2020-02-18 11:35:17

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridges, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that, there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signalling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22
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