Aerial digital cameras and satellite imagery sensors continue to improve their resolution, with more frequent visits, and increasingly these inputs are becoming available online, and as base layers for mapping mashups. The improvements that the ever-increasing imagery layers have on mapping is profound, with the ability to greatly increase the currency and accuracy of our maps, as well as to track change over time. More on aerial imagery
Measurement to Modeling – Hydrological and Meteorological Monitoring
The range of geospatial and geomatic technologies used in this work is wide ranging and includes data loggers, dam management tools, water level recording,flood forecasting, flowmeters, topographic measurement, vegetation analysis tools and location technologies. The collection and integration of this data improves the potential for sustainable water management and enables simulation and modeling. More on water and climate
Turkish National CORS Network and Applications
Recently, a national CORS network, called CORS-TR network has been established by Istanbul Kultur University in Turkey and Northern Cyprus. The network consists of 147 reference stations and three control centers collecting the GNSS data and broadcasting Real Time Kinematic (RTK) corrections. More on CORS in Turkey
DES and ISI Collaborate on Heat Island Mapping
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 12th April 2011 between the Institute Sultan Iskandar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (ISI) and DES Consulting Pte Ltd, Singapore (DES) to cooperate on the field of urban heat island mapping and simulation studies. This effort is important for climatic change studies, sustainable planning and architecture development, energy efficiency management, carbon footprint and other related fields. More on the memorandum
SuperGIS Applied to Spatial Data Management of National Parks
SuperGeo Technologies announced its latest GIS application to spatial data management in one of the most reputed National Parks in Taiwan. Covering Kinmen Island and many other islets, Kinmen National Park is characterized by its historical battle sites, abundant ecological resources and well-preserved traditional tribes. More on GIS in Kinmen Park
Japan Earthquake Highlights Importance of GPS Timing
One of the more surprising consequences from the March 2011 earthquake in Japan was that the forces unleashed shifted the earth’s mass sufficiently to accelerate its rotation, shortening each day by no less than 1.8 microseconds, according to calculations by NASA. More on GPS timing
DMCii Introduces First Annual High Resolution Africa Satellite Coverage
An unparalleled collection of high-resolution satellite imagery covering sub-Saharan Africa in a single season is now available in the DMCii image archive, providing an invaluable snapshot of more than 40 countries, including Cameroon, Congo, and Ethiopia for assessing phenomena such as deforestation, urbanisation and desertification. More on DMCii imagery
Japan: Damage / Needs Assessment Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
The survey team which consisted of SEEDS Asia, OYO International Corporation and Kyoto University conducted the survey in Iwate and Miyagi Prefecture, the most affected area by the tsunami, in order to understand the damages by the earthquake and tsunami and to grasp the needs of the local community and the government. This report is the summary of the survey. More on tsunami online report
Esri Signs Strategic Contract with GeoEye
Esri will blend highly accurate imagery with its current imagery data from multiple sensors to produce a global, static cache map layer. This imagery base layer will be displayed and served to Esri users via ArcGIS.com, an online system for working with geographic information through a range of GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices. More on the contract
Topcon – First to Track New GLONASS K1 Satellite Signals
Within an hour of the first signal emanating from the new GLONASS K1 satellite on April 7, Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) engineers were tracking the satellite’s L1 and L2 signals. TPS receivers tracked the new code division multiple access (CDMA) L3 signals the same day. Topcon was the first major company to track the three signals from the newly launched satellite. More on GLONASS tracking
DENR Set to Conduct Coastal Geohazard Mapping
The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), is set to start with its coastal geohazard mapping project. The project seeks to gather information regarding the condition of shorelines in the country so as to identify areas that are experiencing erosion or are prone to such. More on coastal mapping
Leica Geosystems Announces More than 50 Presentations at Hexagon 2011
Session titles and speaker names for more than 50 timely presentations are now posted online for the mapping and positioning industry’s most anticipated conference of 2011 – Hexagon 2011 is now just 8 weeks away. More on the conference
Results of Indian Pollution Laws Measured
Brown University economics and community health Professor Andrew Foster used surveys, monitoring and remote sensing imagery to assess the effects of air quality on health, a university release said Monday. One of the most polluted in the world at the turn of the millennium, New Delhi’s environment spurred the Indian Supreme Court to set in motion a series of air quality regulations unprecedented in scope and implementation speed. More on pollution measurement
Registrations Are Now Open for ISDE7
ISDE7 is renowned for attracting the world leaders in digital earth technologies. The dynamic conference program will see over 130 papers and many posters from the world’s leading thinkers on areas of economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resource conservation and improving living standards. More on ISDE7
Mapping Shows a Profit in New Zealand
Creating profit maps across Craige Mackenzie’s 200ha of intensive arable production in Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand has been a key step in understanding where production can be intensified – and where inputs need to be cut back as the soil is just not capable of yielding higher. More on agricultural mapping
The Global Geodetic Observing System Portal
GGOS is the Observing System of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). GGOS works with the IAG components to provide the geodetic infrastructure necessary for monitoring the Earth system and for global change research. The GGOS Portal will provide a unique access point to all geodetic products. More on global geodetic measurement
Malaysia has adopted a new GIS crime mapping system called “Safe City Monitoring System” as part of the country’s on-going efforts to ensure that crime prevention initiatives under the Government Transformation Program’s National Key Results Area are on track and sustainable.
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology announced the launch of the eighth satellite of the Beidou-2 global navigation system on-board a Long March 3A rocket on April 10, 2011. The satellite will join seven other satellites in a constellation that will ultimately consist of thirty.
Trimble WorkManagement is a software solution that provides on-demand visibility into vehicle and mobile worker utilization for routing, scheduling and dispatch. Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides customer information that helps enable confident business decision-making.
SuperGeo Technologies is pleased to announce its latest distributor in the Middle East. KIRRA for Mapping and GIS (KIRRA) is officially authorized to distribute SuperGIS series software exclusively in Saudi Arabia. KIRRA is sited in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, and also has offices in Canada and India.
Dr. Nirmal H. Rajbhandari, Director General, Department of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology of the Government of Nepal, received hydrological and meteorological equipment worth two crore Nepalese Rupees from Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD.
Geosan becomes the first commercial provider of photogrammetric services in Mongolia to own a digital aerial camera. The mining sector in Mongolia has been a primary driver of economic growth over the past few years, and demand for all kinds of mapping is on the rise.
Septentrio’s AsteRx3 receivers are successfully tracking the GLONASS CDMA L3 signal transmitted by the first GLONASS-K1 satellite. It carries a payload capable of transmitting a CDMA signal in the L3 band, with a center frequency of 1202.025 MHz, in addition to the standard L1/L2 GLONASS FDMA signals.
ERDAS proudly announces the introduction of the all-new ECW for ArcGIS Server, which provides a means for ArcGIS Server 10 to deliver Enhanced Compression Wavelet (ECW) data to clients via OGC-compliant Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Map Service (WMS).
Intuicom Inc. has announced support for the Hemisphere GPS Outback A220 smart antenna on its popular RTK Bridge-M. Intuicom RTK Bridge-M products will be available immediately through Outback Guidance Center dealers nationwide.
Driven By Adventure company has announced the release for general public use the most advanced GPS map of the South East Asia country of Laos. The result of over eight years of continuous data collection, the just released ULTIMATE LAOS GPS MAP from “DBAdv” has in excess of 50,000 points of interest for the user, twice the data of any former GPS maps.