Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

Ian Dowman has written an introduction to blockchain and gives some examples of applications which are relevant to readers of 'Geomatics World'. The article is based on a piece in 'GIM International' by Jonas Ellehauge (2016), and also uses a number of other sources. Many people will find Blockchain a difficult concept, but Wikipedia is a good starting point: “A blockchain – originally block chain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.... (read more)
2018-11-08 11:47:35

Geospatial Sciences at UCL

We must occasionally look like Monty Python’s Judean People’s Front, carefully honing their differences with the Peoples’ Front for Judea. We are Geomatic Engineers, interested in Geospatial Sciences. How many MSc degrees do we need to cover our subject? The answer at UCL, until this year, was quite a few: Surveying, Hydrographic Surveying, GIS, Geomatics for BIM (and going back further, Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and others in the distant past). The differences mean a lot to us, but the university authorities occasionally raised a weary collective eyebrow and wondered how necessary it all was. At the same time, of... (read more)
2019-01-17 04:12:58

New Opportunities for Geospatial

The sun is rising, and spring is very much in the air. The six nations rugby is over (I’ll hold back on any commentary) and thoughts are turning towards the summer. Geospatial activity has been constant over the last couple of months with some very big industry issues (such as the scourge of UK instrument theft) being discussed. RICS has finished the 2018/19 evening lecture series with some very strong lectures on The Red Atlas - the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped the World (www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/R/bo24760505.html), soon to be featured in the RICS Land Journal (www.rics.org/uk/news-insight/publications/land-journal), and a final lecture on marine/offshore... (read more)
2019-03-08 11:37:54

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

The Future of Geospatial

Are We Everyone’s Friend or do They Not Know We Exist?
The geospatial community will continue to thrive, but its success is conditional on its members being able to express and rationalize what they do, why, how and for whom, according to Vanessa Lawrence. The perspective I bring to the ‘future of geospatial’ is taken from spending the last five years assisting senior government officials from both developing and developed countries and also briefing senior members of board rooms of some of the largest organizations in the world. They have all wished to think through how the added dimension of location could make a difference to their decision-making.  Whilst we in the... (read more)
2020-11-25 08:54:58

How Geospatial Technology Facilitates Remote Tourism

COVID-19 has transformed our ability to travel and explore the world, which has brought a renewed focus on the importance of digital outreach based on geospatial technology. COVID-19 has transformed our lives and our ability to travel and explore the world like no other event in recent memory. For our cultural heritage institutions, this has drastically altered typical visitation patterns and disrupted the revenue that flows not only directly to these organizations and sites, but also to the surrounding economic ecosystem that is fuelled by tourism. According to estimates by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourist numbers... (read more)
2020-09-24 09:26:58

UK Government Announces New Geospatial Commission

In his budget on 22 November, the Chancellor announced a new Geospatial Commission which is committed "to maximise the value of all UK government data linked to location, and to create jobs and growth in a modern economy." The Commission will work with government and the Ordnance Survey (OS) to work out how Mastermap can be made freely available, particularly to small businesses. The announcement is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation and is a recognition that there are many services dependent on location and that databases of geospatial information are used,... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:43:35

A New Reality for Geospatial Professionals

Mixed-reality Tools Reveal Practical Advantages on the Worksite
For those who believe mixed-reality solutions are still pie-in-the-sky technology for gamers and super nerds, it may be time to reconsider. Analysts believe we have reached a tipping point in the evolution of virtual and mixed-reality solutions, with enterprise adoption now outpacing consumer markets like gaming and entertainment. According to a recent report by IDC, manufacturing and construction are the two biggest enterprise adopters. This article explores how mixed reality will help surveyors expand their services and gain the flexibility and agility needed to drive more efficient everyday operations. Mixed-reality solutions merge real and virtual worlds to create brand-new environments... (read more)
2018-07-13 03:35:29
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