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

Ordnance Survey Producing Geospatial Data Model for Malta

Ordnance Survey (OS), the first national mapping agency in the world to digitise its geospatial database, is developing the first geospatial data model for Malta. The project, known as MaltaMap, is part of a desire to build a modern Spatial Data Infrastructure across Malta’s various government departments through the SIntegraM Project. It consists primarily of the islands of Malta and Gozo. Working alongside project lead, the geospatial solution provider IIC Technologies, OS has created a detailed base map model that provides an accurate representation of the built and un-built environment of the islands. The OS team are building on their... (read more)
2018-04-26 01:18:13

ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017 - Collaboration and Big Data

Ian Dowman reports on the ISPRS Geospatial Week (GSW) giving a good indication of current developments in photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information science and the way in which this is progressing in China. ISPRS has now established the GSW as a regular biennial event. This year it was held at Wuhan in China, hosted by LIESMARS, the geomatics centre at Wuhan University. The meeting inevitably had a Chinese flavour to it, but did demonstrate a number of interesting trends. The programme was divided into eleven workshops, each organised by one or more ISPRS working group, so although the themes... (read more)
2017-11-02 02:58:15

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

Ian Dowman writes an introduction of 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. By... (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

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

The Way Forward with the Geospatial Commission

By the time you read this, we will be into the 2018/19 evening lecture sessions. These evening events are a real fulcrum of interaction, geospatial market insight, outreach and a coming together of professionals from across our sectors. In many ways a display of RICS ‘soft’ power, the power to influence. The first two lectures feature the national and international focus of RICS Geomatics. William Priest from the Geospatial Commission gave the first lecture in October and Clarissa Augustinus ex-head of UN Habitat GLTN will give the second lecture on 29 November. Clarissa's lecture is previewed in this issue of... (read more)
2018-11-08 12:23:34

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
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