The Indian Space Resource Organization successfully launched the remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 and two smaller satellites at 10:12 a.m. on Wednesday. The launch also included Singapore’s first remote sensing satellite called X-Sat as well as a mini satellite called Youthsat that will measure solar variability in the atmosphere. More on the launch
Philippines President Commits to 3D Map to Combat Natural Disasters
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has set asside P1 billion ($23.25 million) to create a 3D map of the entire country. The detailed map is part of an effort to guard and plan against disasters, with 66 provinces under geo-hazard threat such as floods, landslides, and other natural disasters. More on 3D mapping
Spatial Data – Key to Landscape Modeling
The ability to analyze, model and simulate natural disaster events and their consequences is unique to the geospatial and geomatics sector. No other tools provide data management, analysis and the associated visual output, useful for decision-making purposes as spatial data tools do. Surveying data, remote sensing (RS), geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-aided design (CAD) are at the forefront in developing risk analysis and impact assessment capabilities. More on landscape modeling
Interview: GIS Supports Airports Around the Globe
Airports are changing around the globe. New technologies and economic pressures are causing them to evaluate their operations and to become more responsive and efficient. Geographic information systems (GIS) are helping to meet that challenge, proving to be helpful throughout airport operations both inside and outside terminals and including air operations. More on airport management
Trimble Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Ashtech
Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Ashtech S.A.S., headquartered in Carquefou, France, and its affiliates. The acquisition is expected to expand Trimble’s Spectra Precision® portfolio of survey solutions and allow the company to better address emerging markets worldwide. Closing of the transaction, anticipated in the second quarter, is subject to certain closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed. More on the acquisition
Noise Mapping Urgently Needed in Mumbai
Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of the Awaaz Foundation, said a noise mapping study could help the city plan how to tackle noise pollution. According to a comparative analysis released by the Central Pollution Control Board in March, Mumbai is noisier than Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore and the busiest parts of London, New York and Beijing. More on noise mapping
Omar Highlights Utility of Geospatial Applications
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today highlighted the significance of Mission Geospatial Applications (MGA) in area specific planning and monitoring of social infrastructure. “Geospatial Applications and Remote Sensing are useful tools to give new dimension to the plan formulation and monitoring of works across the state”, he said More on geospatial applications
Ethiopia: Surveying Helicopter Crashes on Blue Nile River
A helicopter with a team of experts on board crashed into the Blue Nile River on Monday, when it hit a cable span. The helicopter owned by a a South African company was carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of hydro-power projects. The pilot and five passengers reportedly swam to safety and were unharmed. More on the accident
Viet Nam: Infrastructure Draws Private Investment
Efforts to raise more capital from the private sector for infrastructure development projects were on the right track, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. From now to 2020, Viet Nam will need US$160 billion to develop its economic and technical infrastructure, including transport systems, bridges, power plants, water supply networks and waste treatment plants. More on infrastructure investment
National Database of Pakistan’s Cultural Assets Developed
UNESCO has developed a “National Database for Pakistan’s Cultural Assets” to safe guard, conserve and preserve the cultural and natural heritage of NWFP.The database is a Geographical Information System (GIS) compatible database in which contribution was made possible due to the cooperation from the Ministry of Culture and its attached bodies. More on the new system
GNSS Simulation and Testing Infrastructure
A new web-based interface is now available to GNSS community thanks to the EU-funded project TestCase: the GSTI (GNSS Simulation and Testing Infrastructure) provides access to detailed information about testing tools or infrastructure, including location, technical features, conditions of use, typical use cases and points of contact. More on GNSS testing
Autodesk Deal Worth More Than AUD 5 Million with GHD
The company has signed an enterprise licensing agreement with GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting firms to provide Autodesk software and services. The contract value of the deal is more than AUD 5 million, making it the largest ever contract win for Autodesk in Asia Pacific. More on the agreement
SuperGeo Technologies announce that SuperGIS Server 3, its comprehensive enterprise Server GIS software, supports online editing function for efficient editing and updating large map data. SuperGIS Server 3 is a set of comprehensive enterprise GIS software which can efficiently manage and integrate various GIS data on server side and publish the data on the Internet as GIS services.
The CS650 reflectometer, a new multiparameter smart sensor for use in soils and other porous media, is now available. The CS650 measures dielectric permittivity, bulk electrical conductivity (EC), and soil temperature and uses these measurements to estimate soil-water content for a wide range of mineral soils.
Optical instruments from the Suzhou Company Limited, Shantou, Surveying Instrument Co., Ltd. sponsored the emerging “emerging in eastern Guangdong Province in 2011 new product launches” in at 14:00 on March 25 in Shantou Meritus Hotel. More than 100 users from the eastern region took part in the new product launches.
Now remote sensing scientists working in the field have a choice between the standard FieldSpec HandHeld 2 and the FieldSpec HandHeld 2 Pro model spectroradiometers from ASD Inc. The Pro model provides greater sensitivity in low reflectance conditions. Researchers also gain GPS data with a newly introduced optional GPS module available in both models.
Topcon Positioning System has upgraded its GRS-1 handheld data collector to include sub-decimeter accuracy kits for high accuracy GIS data collection. The RTK GIS kits are designed for jobs with high accuracy applications. Typical GIS application areas for this accuracy level include asset management, utilities, city and county governments, and water and wastewater management.
Safe Software announced today that FME, the leading spatial data transformation technology, now offers unrivaled support for LiDAR and point cloud data. Organizations can now use the unmatched transformation capabilities in FME to quickly prepare LiDAR data to meet their precise requirements, enabling them to extract the full value from their LiDAR data assets to power better informed decision making.
This module complements the large selection of geostatistical and analytical capabilities of the SKUA Reservoir Module, and leverages the uncompromising, stratigraphically-consistent geological grids made possible by the patented UVT transform.
An early warning system whose data can be called up over the Internet can be of assistance here. The first step for this has been taken: “UrbanFlood” is the name of a project that the European Commission wants to use to provide support for Internet-based monitoring of protective dams.