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

A New Reality for Geospatial Professionals

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)
2019-08-28 08:31:02

RIEGL Display at Geospatial World Forum 2017

This past week at Geospatial World Forum 2017 in Hyderabad, India, RIEGL displayed some of the latest products for terrestrial, mobile, airborne and UAV-based laser scanning, in cooperation with their distribution partner for India, MeaTech Solutions (www.meatechsolutions.com). RIEGL’s survey-grade UAV LiDAR platform, the RiCOPTER, was one of the highlights at the show and attracted many visitors to the booth. Several RIEGL presentations held during the conference discussed the industry-leading performance of RIEGL’s Waveform-LiDAR technology and how it is able to contribute to various surveying challenges in applications such as topographic mapping, hydrography, 3D city modeling, or first-responder support via high... (read more)
2017-02-01 01:07:42

Events, Statistics, Geospatial Data and the UN

The FIG Working Week in Helsinki was well organised, well attended and achieved by collaboration. So is much else in the geospatial business. Jointly organized by FIG and the two Finnish members of FIG and the National Land Survey of Finland, the working week was a substantial amount of good technical and strategic papers and presentations, as well as a strong cultural element. In the UK, GEO Business demonstrated the diversity, health and general state of our industry and profession. In the UK, there are concerns affecting the industry from austerity to “Brexit”. These are ongoing and largely out of... (read more)
2017-07-04 12:40:42

Geospatial Modelling and Rights to Light

GW reports on last November’s RICS fascinating lecture by Andrew D. Thompson on how geomatics measurement techniques are being used in rights to light cases. Ever since man first began to live in clusters of buildings with windows there must surely have begun a test of neighbourliness. Don’t build too near my property and don’t obscure my view, would have been an early test of relations. In today’s highly developed and complex world we have necessarily developed highly sophisticated software tools, legislation, tables and guides to solve these problems. Andrew D. Thompson is a chartered surveyor who has specialised in... (read more)
2017-01-16 12:11:12

Effective Use of Geospatial Big Data

Server Solutions Hold the Key
The heart of any geospatial analysis system, regardless of its location or configuration, is increasingly becoming the server. All systems face a similar challenge, whether the system is in the ‘cloud’, a secure data centre or on a single machine running in an office. This challenge is primarily the ability to deal with the ever-increasing quantities and variety of data the world now produces at an unprecedented rate. This article explains how, for mission-critical systems, purposely designed software is required that has been tested in the most demanding environments. Both commercial and government organisations recognise the enormous fiscal, operational and... (read more)
2017-11-01 11:45:06

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
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