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

Effective Use of Geospatial Big Data

Server Solutions Hold the Key
To deal with today's unprecedented quantities of big data, mission-critical geospatial analysis systems require purposely designed software that has been tested in the most demanding environments. 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... (read more)
2017-11-01 11:45:06

New Report Identifies Key Components of Authoritative Geospatial Data

Authoritative geospatial data is one of the basic building blocks for digital transformation and can be defined by seven characteristics that foster its trust across borders and between users, says a new report. Researchers and practitioners in national mapping, cadastres and land registries (NMCAs) asked EuroGeographics, EuroSDR and KU Leuven what they believe makes their geospatial data authoritative. By identifying common characteristics, the aim was to gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the definition, nature, governance and future of authoritative data and the links to spatial data quality in Europe. The research found that agreed rules of creation and use, a legal... (read more)
2020-03-02 03:34:26

New Partnership Brings AI-based Geospatial Data across the Globe

European Space Imaging has recently signed a contract with Ecopia.AI, a global innovator in HD Vector Maps harnessing artificial intelligence and innovative cloud computing, to bring Ecopia Global Feature Extraction (GFX) powered by European Space Imaging to customers worldwide. The partnership between Ecopia.AI and European Space Imaging delivers a highly competitive advantage of scale and accuracy. Incorporating fresh very high-resolution satellite imagery collected by European Space Imaging, Ecopia leverage's artificial intelligence-based systems to rapidly extract vector maps at a continental-scale. This drastically reduces human effort and can generate and maintain millions of km2 of VHR Vector Maps for any area... (read more)
2020-08-06 09:53:25

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

New Era in Geospatial Data and Services for Great Britain

A new Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) is set to benefit the public sector, businesses, developers and academia. Throughout the 10-year agreement, Ordnance Survey (OS) will deliver enhanced location information for Great Britain and transform the way users access and work with geospatial data. Great Britain is recognised globally as having some of the best location data. From blue lights to streetlights, location data is used every single day to support critical infrastructure and services for the public sector. In the private sector, data is relied on by thousands of businesses to deliver insight, underpin decision-making, enable products and services,... (read more)
2020-04-08 09:22:11

Collaboration and Big Data - ISPRS Geospatial Week 2017

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

Geospatial Data in Support of 3D Cadastre

Zooming in on Recent Technical Developments
The urbanization trend is leading to an increasing number of people living in cities, thus also placing new demands on cadastral registration. To be able to register the complex infrastructures and built-up areas properly, the cadastre will need to consider the third spatial dimension. The 3D cadastre is based on 3D parcels (spatial units) which are single volumes (or multiple volumes) of space. Although the technology offers numerous possibilities for implementation of the 3D cadastre, there are still some open issues, as this article explains. We live in a three-dimensional world. Over the past decades, there have been an increasing... (read more)
2019-09-11 11:15:15

Weed Control Tender Made Easier with Geospatial Data Analysis

Basildon Council, Essex (England) runs a weed control programme throughout the borough. The council owns many small parcels of land that are distributed right across the borough. To set out a tender for grounds maintenance, it first had to ascertain land ownership and then separate these areas by type of surface. Having a member of the council staff measuring each individual block and working it out was going to be too time consuming. Basildon Council approached their GIS supplier, Cadcorp, as it had been using Cadcorp SIS for many years. For this project, th­­e council selected the Cadcorp Data Analysis... (read more)
2019-10-29 09:52:41

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridge, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that, there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signalling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22
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