How Is FIG Dealing with the Coronavirus Crisis?

Q&A with Rudolf Staiger
What impact is the coronavirus pandemic having on the geospatial industry worldwide? We asked the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) how it is coping with the crisis. President Rudolf Staiger shares his vision on the current situation, zooms in on the cancellation of the FIG Working Week and concludes with an optimistic message for the mapping and surveying sector. What is your business continuity plan to overcome the coronavirus challenges? As president of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), I can only answer on two different levels: The first one is the view of our members. One of the strengths of FIG... (read more)
2020-03-25 08:02:48

CICES Becomes Licensed Member of the Engineering Council

The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) and the Engineering Council are pleased to announce that CICES has received approval to become a Licensed Member of the Engineering Council and to assess its members for professional registration at the grades of Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer. The institution previously held Professional Affiliate status. Engineering Council CEO Alasdair Coates said: “The Engineering Council’s vision is to maintain society’s confidence and trust in the engineering profession. We achieve this through working with partners across the professional engineering community and are pleased to see CICES achieving those standards expected of a Licensed... (read more)
2020-03-17 11:34:59

The Geomatics Profession: Looking Forward to the Next Decade

Welcome to a new decade. As the years progress towards 2030, many challenges and opportunities may emerge for the profession across a wide spectrum of activities. The democratization of geospatial data and the rapid advancement of technologies to capture this data require a skilled labour force. Where will the surveyors, geospatial scientists, and spatial data specialists come from?  The UN’s growing awareness of the importance of our oceans and seas will hopefully develop further into real sustainable actions and outcomes which should require further reliable and cost-effective data acquisition and data management solutions. I believe the general levels of underinvestment... (read more)
2020-03-03 10:01:28

Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

Blockchain – An Emerging Opportunity for Surveyors?

Every so often, a revolutionary digital breakthrough emerges. The most recent is a technology allowing a decentralized, reliable and verifiable record of transactions, which is maintained across multiple computers using peer-to-peer networking and cryptography: blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used to store information about construction project management, building management, property management, utilities management and even data drawn from the ever-growing network of sensors that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently issued a relevant insight paper on this topic. Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29

FIG Working Week 2020: Make the World a Better Place

Q&A with Paula Dijkstra, Congress Director
From 10-14 May 2020, surveyors and geospatial experts will meet for the Working Week of FIG, the international federation for surveyors. The conference theme is 'Smart Surveyors for Land and Water Management'. Key question: what does the future require of geospatial professionals and what does it require of the profession? Read on for a conversation with the enthusiastic conference director, Paula Dijkstra. How does land surveying in the Netherlands contribute to good land and water management? “Our country lies in a river delta and is to a great extent below sea level. Furthermore, we are one of the world’s most... (read more)
2020-02-14 08:56:16

Industry Support for Geo Connect Asia 2020 Builds Momentum

An expanding list of industry leaders will be joining Geo Connect Asia 2020 – South East Asia's geospatial services and location intelligence event – taking place on 18 and 19 March in Singapore. Themed ‘Mapping the data-driven future economy’, the event will feature leading technology and non-government organizations with representatives from the likes of the World Bank, Southeast Asian mobile technology giant Grab, the UK government’s mapping agency Ordnance Survey, and others. An Asian event with a global audience, Geo Connect Asia 2020 has announced new global exhibitors and sponsors who will be bringing their latest technologies and innovations to Singapore.  New exhibitors... (read more)
2020-02-05 09:44:50

Rebuild Ready: 3D Mapping a Quake-damaged Cathedral

Surveying a damaged building can be dangerous. Mapping using drones reduces risk to staff and costs to the community. This case study on the iconic cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, severely hit by an earthquake, demonstrates how drones and advanced photogrammetry software delivered the orthomosaic map enabling the accurate spatial planning needed in order to rebuild the cathedral. In February 2011, New Zealand’s second-most populous city was rocked by an earthquake. The iconic Christchurch Cathedral was shattered in the shake, and the clean-up is still ongoing. Christchurch's central city and eastern suburbs were badly affected. Before the cathedral can be rebuilt and the... (read more)
2020-01-21 11:03:54

The Race to Resurface Silverstone

Creating "The Ultimate Racing Circuit" with High-Precision Geospatial Technology
Lead contractor Tarmac, along with its industry leading road planing business, NRP, racetrack specialist Dromo and project partner Topcon Positioning Group, combined expertise with innovative surveying and measuring technology to ensure a smooth result at the UK’s premier racetrack. The Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire, England, has been a cornerstone of British motor racing for many years, having first hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948 and holding the title as its sole home since 1987. It was also the venue for the very first British motorcycle Grand Prix in 1977 and has retained the annual race for almost a decade. Such... (read more)
2019-12-19 02:12:37

The Digitalization of Construction

Creating an Industry Fit for the Future
It is estimated that the global construction industry will grow to US$10.3 trillion by 2020. Arguably, the development and investment in ever-more innovative digital tools will be key in enabling that growth. More and more businesses across Europe are beginning to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and the opportunities digitalization presents. In this article, Leighton Davies, regional business manager for geopositioning at Topcon Europe Positioning, discusses how today’s technologies enable us to work more efficiently, safely and accurately than ever before, and what they could mean for the construction industry’s future. At the turn of the millennium, who would... (read more)
2019-12-11 02:53:03
Search Filter