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

Scotland Joins the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement

The first collective geospatial agreement for Great Britain, allowing the public sector from England, Wales and Scotland to access Ordnance Survey (OS) geospatial data and expertise, has been achieved. The Scottish Government and Geospatial Commission have agreed that from 19 May 2020, Scotland is a part of the recently launched Public Sector Geospatial Agreement. This national agreement will now replace the current One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA) and the Greenspace Scotland contracts. Scottish Government users, made up of 146 member organisations of the OSMA, will now access OS data and expertise via the PSGA. They will join Public Sector Members from... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:59:01

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

Geospatial Prospects for the New Year

2018 is now upon us and promises to be interesting for everyone, with Brexit looming and an unstable economic and political situation, but there are encouraging developments as well. For geospatial surveyors, the rate of technical innovation will provide excitement. Rapid development of BIM, artificial intelligence (AI), drones and smart cities will keep everyone on their toes, and threats such as theft of instruments will require attention. This issue of GW covers many of these topics. Our theme is laser scanning and UAVs, and the keynote article by Mathias Lemmens reviews the current state of the art in point cloud... (read more)
2018-01-15 10:34:00

Geospatial Intelligence for National Security - DGI 2019

DGI 2019 followed the pattern of previous years with a subtitle of Geospatial Intelligence for National Security and with similar themes, the main ones being collaboration, integration and partnerships. There was an emphasis on the role of geospatial analysts, with sessions on what makes a good analyst, training analysts and how to get analysis to decision-makers in command centres and the field. Although the conference is focused on geospatial intelligence for defence (GEOINT) there is much for civilians to take from the conference. Collaboration, integration and partnerships are clearly related and many speakers emphasized the need for trust between collaborators... (read more)
2019-03-07 12:38:32
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