Education is Crucial

This issue has the theme of education, a subject which touches many aspects of our profession from recruitment to career progression. Jon Mills sets the scene by outlining the issues facing higher education, not least of which is recruiting enough good students and making sure that geomatics continues as an independent discipline. Collaboration and integration with civil engineering, architecture and other subjects are essential but so is research on all aspects of geospatial surveying which can only be assured if this is recognised as a valid academic discipline. Jon, along with other contributors to this issue, also mention apprenticeships and... (read more)
2018-05-14 12:58:40

The Bewildering World of UK Higher Education

Higher Education in the UK is currently in a state of flux, and this is particularly true of the geospatial sector where undergraduate numbers fluctuate and apprenticeships are a disruptive influence. Here we look at the changes and the views of some of those involved. It is perhaps not surprising that the recent death of the world renowned physicist, Professor Stephen Hawking was reported on the front page of every newspaper in the UK, as well as many globally. However, whilst once it would have taken the death of such an eminent academic in order for Higher Education (HE) to... (read more)
2018-05-15 10:43:37

senseFly Brings Drone Education to Esri User Conference

senseFly will showcase the simplicity of integrating drone imagery into current workflows at the Esri User Conference (July 10-14 in San Diego) in a series of workshops designed for surveying, mapping and GIS professionals. As the world’s leading producer of mapping drones and an Esri Silver Partner, senseFly will present the innovative ways in which its drones are being used with Esri’s Drone2Map for ArcGIS software to deliver on-demand high resolution imagery and robust GIS projects. Drone Surveying 101 – Wednesday, July 12 The first of senseFly’s two workshops will be led by Francois Gervaix, surveying project manager, and is... (read more)
2017-06-30 11:46:16

Education is Vital - We Don't Want to be Seen as Cowboys!

This month the focus is on training, education and encouraging young people to enter our profession. When I was not long into the profession, I remember sitting for my first evening lecture at the RICS HQ to hear that “Cowboys” were companies who didn’t train their staff or maintain the capability of their teams. It caused a bit of a stir, but, as I think back to that time and the intervening years, I have to say that as a definition it has a ring of truth. As professional surveyors we should maintain certain ethical and technical standards, but also... (read more)
2018-05-11 01:46:49

UAV Public Safety Training to be Held at Drone World Expo 2017

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), DJI, and Fly-Robotics will be presenting a public safety training workshop as part of the pre-conference offerings at Drone World Expo 2017, taking place 3-4 October at the San Jose Convention Center. The workshop will be held on Monday 2 October from 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm. “We are excited to be working with Drone World Expo (DWE) to present this workshop,” says Bill Pritchett, Education Director at AMA. “With the significant audience DWE attracts from first responders, fire, law enforcement, search and rescue, and emergency management, it's the perfect forum for... (read more)
2017-07-27 12:00:43

University of Colorado to Establish Trimble Technology Lab

The University of Colorado in Denver, USA, has received a significant gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. The gift will also support the departments or programmes in construction engineering and construction management, geography & environmental sciences, physics, and urban and regional planning. The lab will expand the university’s access and expertise in a customized suite of construction hardware and software products.  Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes, improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste. Education and the... (read more)
2020-11-12 10:20:51

Who Wants to be a Surveyor?

GW Technical Editor Richard Groom presents a personal view, with contributions from others, of issues surrounding the promotion, education and training of surveyors. A particular problem he identifies for the profession is that of the part-time surveyor. Thanks to technology, we are now able to survey more detail, faster and more cheaply than ever before. The surveying profession has expanded well beyond its origins in ‘Land’ to encompass ‘Geospatial’ and ‘Spatial’. If it’s physical we can measure it in 2D, 3D, 4D and more. It’s an exciting world, above and below water, made even more stimulating by our ability to... (read more)
2017-08-22 03:37:41

Plymouth University

Welcome to Plymouth We are a world-class, modern university*. Vibrant and friendly, with a strong reputation for innovation. Times Higher Education described us as one of the newly-emerging ‘modern global elite’. Your student experience We are one of the largest universities in the country with around 27,000 students studying a variety of courses from farming to photography, business to biology, and design to dentistry. Our roots go back more than 150 years to the School of Navigation, but it is our modernity that gives us energy and direction. It gives us the freedom to define our strategic priorities and our values. It... (read more)
2016-07-13 01:55:43

Katy Barbier-Greenland

Katy Barbier-Greenland is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and now lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds undergraduate degrees in social science majoring in psychology and social work with honours, as well as a Master of Information Management with a research specialisation. Katy’s professional background comprises mostly policy analysis and research management positions in the health and education sectors, and she now works as a freelance writer and researcher.  (read more)
2018-12-11 11:48:59

Jon Mills

Jon Mills is Professor of Geomatic Engineering within the Geomatics group in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University where he teaches, researches and exchanges knowledge in surveying, photogrammetry and laser scanning. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors, and the Higher Education Academy. He is also currently Chair of EuroSDR Commission 1 on Data Acquisition and an Editorial Board member of GW. (read more)
2018-07-11 03:46:16
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