Geodesy and Land Administration - FIG Working Week 2017

GW was not at the Working Work in Helsinki in May, but FIG publishes most of the technical papers presented at the conference on its website www.fig.net. Richard Groom has been sifting through the proceedings and has drawn together papers on Geodesy and Land Administration and a few other interesting topics. The code in parenthesis indicates the session number where the papers were presented. It is some time since GW published an article by Chris Rizos on the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS). Kutterer (TS03C) provided an update. His paper gave a general overview of GGOS and its work in... (read more)
2018-01-15 11:14:18

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

OS’s Approach to Machine Learning for Inference and Discovery using Imagery

For 227 years, Ordnance Survey’s role has been to create usable representations of the landscape to respond to the changing needs of our customers. We map physical aspects of the landscape such as the locations of buildings and field boundaries and the shape of the terrain. However, customers’ needs are changing and becoming increasingly complex and bespoke. For a few years, we have been looking at novel approaches to responding to our customers’ requirements. The majority of OS’s customers are within the UK Government. Through our engagement activities, we have identified a wish list of hundreds of real-world features and... (read more)
2019-01-21 11:46:57

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

2000+ Attendance Firmly Establishes Show - GEO Business 2015

GW’s reporting team (Richard Groom, Robin Waters, Nick Day and Stephen Booth) offer readers their impressions of what has quickly become the industry’s No 1 annual event. With visitors queuing to get in on the first day and visitor attendance up 25%, the second GEO Business show attracted over 2000 people from 47 countries. An improved layout with over 180 companies represented and 140 workshops the organisers were clearly delighted. Event director Caroline Hobden commented, “We have had so much positive feedback following the show and are thrilled to see such an increase in attendance in just a year since... (read more)
2017-07-19 05:42:07

Imaging the Banqueting House Ceiling

John Hallett-Jones, Director of Glanville Geomatics, describes a new technique for high-resolution imaging of historical objects like ceiling paintings and mouldings where sub-millimetre pixel resolution is called for. Over recent years, heritage recording has undergone massive change. Improvements in terrestrial scanning, digital imaging and the ability to navigate these datasets using mobile devices has provided the surveyor with a wealth of new opportunities to deliver quantitative and qualitative information at a resolution never before commercially achievable. In order to provide a cost-effective approach to digital recording to the historic sector, we highlight a technique developed to swiftly capture high-resolution seamless... (read more)
2017-08-22 04:19:14

From Nautical Chart to Digital Marine Mapping

Digital marine mapping became possible with the arrival of the electronic chart. The authors, who pioneered the re-engineering of this data for use in GIS, question whether the requirement has been fully met or whether fundamental issues still exist. It has been over ten years since UK marine environmental and engineering consultancy, Metoc, started to re-engineer UK Hydrographic Office data to make it suitable for use in GIS. Mike Osborne and John Pepper, who pioneered this work and are now directors of marine data management and GIS specialist, OceanWise, consider how the requirement for digital marine mapping has changed over... (read more)
2017-08-24 03:46:51

Meet us there - GEO Business 2014

The Business Design Centre at Islington in North London is a large space with an arched roof giving it the feel of a Victorian railway terminus. It was the venue for this year’s geo event – GeoBusiness 2014, which was, for the first time, actively supported by the RICS, CICES and TSA via the Survey Liaison Group and by the AGI. The conference lived up to its promise as well as being an opportunity to chalk up some hours of CPD. There had been an enthusiastic response to the call for papers, resulting in a set of quality presentations which... (read more)
2017-08-22 02:59:07

Crossrail Monitoring - Delivering the three Rs

The decision to take monitoring in-house has allowed Morgan Sindall to create a tailor-made solution that delivers the three Rs sought by Crossrail, Network Rail, and Docklands Light Railway on the C350 Pudding Mill Lane contract. In 2018 Crossrail services are due to commence through central London. The £15bn project will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The project’s C350 Pudding Mill Lane contract, won by Morgan Sindall plc, is worth in the region of £100 million and will link the... (read more)
2017-07-19 05:48:05

Looking to the Future of Ordnance Survey - Interview with Peter Hedlund

Peter Hedlund leads an OS team that helps National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies and governments around the world develop and grow their geospatial capabilities. Prior to joining OS as Managing Director, Peter was Regional Director of Middle East and Africa for Trimble, where he produced and implemented strategies that grew Trimble’s international business across continents. Geomatics World: What attracted you to join OS and how is your past experience relevant to the position? Peter Hedlund: Ordnance Survey (OS) is well-known and respected the world over. It has an excellent reputation. Geospatial data underpins an increasing number of people, businesses and... (read more)
2017-09-05 02:36:31
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