How Big is Global Insecurity of Tenure?

Current sources of Global Land Indicators are limited with only 30% of the globe covered. Robin McLaren believes that new, innovative sources of land information can strengthen our understanding of the size of the global insecurity of tenure gap. The land sector has not been good at monitoring progress of global initiatives in fighting insecurity of land governance and tenure. But now there is no hiding. Solving land issues is on the radar of the G8 and is reflected in the adopted Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, Forests and Fisheries (VGGTs). After a successful lobbying campaign, land... (read more)
2017-03-15 05:05:55

Why Tenure Matters More Than Ever

The annual Michael Barrett Award for 2015 deservedly went to Paul Munro-Faure for his work in developing the UN’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. Tenure is important and challenging argued Paul Munro-Faure in delivering the RICS 2015 Michael Barrett Award Lecture. As deputy director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division of FAO, the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation, his lecture was inspired by the publication of the UN’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. Negotiated and formally... (read more)
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2019-01-16 03:05:27

Land Matters

Summer is on the way at long last and RICS Geomatics has been very busy on an ever-increasing UK and global portfolio. The early summer months see several of our key annual events take place – GeoBusiness 2018 (22-23 May) and the FIG Congress in Istanbul. Now into its 5th year, GeoBusiness goes from strength to strength. RICS will again join our colleagues from AGI, TSA, ICE and CICES on a joint stand at the front of the exhibition space (stand C2), we are again a station on the legendary ‘Ale Trail’ and have been heavily involved in the conference... (read more)
2018-05-15 11:05:30

Uncertainty Reigns over Land Registry

Just when we thought we had a fully dead parrot it seems there's still life in the bird. Whitehall is refusing to confirm or deny press reports that the industry secretary has thrown out plans that would pave the way to the privatisation of the work of Land Registry. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has yet to respond formally to a consultation it issued in January on creating a "service delivery company" with possible private shareholding, to work alongside a shrunken office of the chief land registrar. The proposals attracted a storm of criticism from staff, conveyancers and the... (read more)
2017-01-06 11:26:45

Surveyor 2.0, Land Administration and More

Richard Groom provides pointers to articles from the FIG Congress in May. Papers can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2yz8xlB. Changing Survey Muller and Klein (TS06C) look at moves to update the role of the surveyor – known as ‘Surveyor 2.0’. Surveyor 2.0 measures, models and manages geospatial data. Although many of us already manage data, the paper formalises this and therefore helps clarify what is probably a grey area for many. The paper covers methodological and social skills as well as the nuts and bolts and is well worth reading. Buxton and Harrington (TS08G) asked “Will technology ever replace the human... (read more)
2018-11-07 03:48:51

Landsat: the Cornerstone of Global Land Imaging

Advancing the Understanding of Planet Earth
The Landsat satellites provide an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance scientific research towards understanding our changing planet. In this article, the authors look at how the use of data from Landsat satellites has evolved over time to become a cornerstone of global land imaging with broad societal benefits. They conclude that the Landsat archive is poised to shift into a more real-time monitoring capability to help further our understanding of a changing Earth. Since 1972, the Landsat satellites have provided an uninterrupted space-based data record of the Earth’s land surface to help advance... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:14:12

Topcon Helps DEC! Attract Land Surveyors

In the latest stage of a five year commitment to Design Engineer Construct! (DEC!), Topcon GB & Ireland is helping to launch a new land surveying programme for schools in the UK to educate students and spark their interest in land surveying careers. Topcon’s support includes the donation of ten comprehensive surveying kits containing the most cutting-edge surveying hardware and software. The team will also be working closely with both DEC! and the schools to make sure students and teachers are getting the most out of the equipment. Developed in 2012 by Class Of Your Own, DEC! is an accredited... (read more)
2017-02-08 05:48:11

Photogrammetry Tool for UAV Land Surveying Missions

Before the introduction of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for aerial photogrammetry, planes, helicopters and metric cameras were used. Aerial mapping projects were often not only costly, but also complex due to the images being taken from high altitudes. UAVs have provided more affordable and faster aerial mapping solutions. When it comes to planning survey missions for small UAVs, UgCS is suitable software for the job. It supports most UAV platforms and provides useful tools such as a photogrammetry tool and an image geotagging tool. The photogrammetry tool in UgCS (designed by SPH Engineering) allows creating and flying photogrammetry missions... (read more)
2017-03-08 11:54:19
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