The Worry of Conflicting GNSS Spectrum Spreads Globally
You’ve likely heard of the ongoing battle between next-generation wireless network start-up LightSquared and the GPS position community. The Federal Communication Commission green-lighted the technology, but ongoing testing shows that its signal is in conflict with GPS signals, harming accuracy and even blocking GPS signals in some cases. Those opposing the network fear that without the proper fuss now at first sign of GPS interference, the technology might just jump to global areas where there are less restrictions. Read More
Geospatial Technologies: Infrastructure Growth and Priority
Several Asian countries are rapidly growing and demands are pressing for new infrastructure as well as to replace old infrastructure. From a geospatial perspective this growth takes many forms including bridges, rail, ports, mining and marine applications. Environmental applications are also a high priority as many regions and governments struggle with issues of sustainability. Ideally, geospatial technology should lead to sustainable solutions. Read More
Integration: CAD – GIS & Point CloudsComputer-aided design (CAD) and point clouds are a powerful combination. Laser scanning and lidar can provide data capture capability, producing point clouds for most kinds of infrastructure and surfaces. Meanwhile, CAD software is particularly useful for generating vector-based designs suitable for architectural, road, rail, utility and other design use. Geographic information systems (GIS) are now capable of consuming point cloud directly, and integrating that spatial data along with other geospatial data. Read More
Fugro Recognised for Best Practice at JALBTCX Awards
The Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technology Centre of Excellence (JALBTCX), has announced Fugro Senior Survey Manager Nigel Townsend, as a 2011 recipient of the LCDR Peter Johnson Award for Survey Best Practice. The award particularly recognises Nigel’s leadership and Fugro staff’s professionalism for their role in a recent Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) combined Airborne Lidar Bathymetry and multibeam echo sounder survey. Read More
India Govt Eases Data Policy for Remote Sensing
The government, late on Monday night, announced a forward looking and new data sharing policy for India’s Remote Sensing satellites. The new policy effectively breaks the monopoly that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had on the remote sensing sector. Read More
GPS Satellite Achieves 20 Years On-orbitGPS Block IIA-11 (SVN-24), built by Boeing (formerly Rockwell Corporation), was launched on July 4, 1991 and set healthy to navigation and timing users on Aug. 31, 1991. SVN-24 will reach 20 years on-orbit on July 4. SVN-24 was the second space vehicle in the series of the GPS IIA satellites to be launched with a design life of 7 ½ years. Not only are the GPS Block IIA satellites exceeding their design life they are actually doubling it. In the case of SVN-24, along with SVN-23, launched on Nov. 26, 1990, their on-orbit life has nearly tripled. Read More
IBM Continues to Advance Smart Grid Developments in Korea
The Total Operations Center is an addition to Korea’s Jeju Smart Grid Test-Bed project, the world’s largest smart grid community established for smart grid research and testing. As part of the project development, KEPCO has leveraged the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Common Infrastructure Model (IEC CIM), a comprehensive and integrated management model that can be utilized by energy and utility companies worldwide during smart grid transformations. Read More
UNSW Prof. Rizos Next President of Int’l Assoc of GeodesyProfessor Chris Rizos, head of the University of NSW School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems (SSIS) in Sydney, Australia, was today named the new President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). The IAG advances the use of Geodesy across an increasingly broad range of ‘geoscience’ applications by providing reference systems and vital services that use earth observation space-based systems. Read More
Close Co-operation in Hydrography Between China and Hong KongThe China Maritime Safety Administration (China MSA) and the Hong Kong Marine Department held a friendly meeting in Guangzhou on June 21 and 22 to forge close co-operation in hydrographic matters between the two sides. The meeting achieved co-ordinated consensus on the exchange of information for nautical charts and the coverage of paper nautical charts and electronic navigational charts (ENCs) involving waters of the Mainland and Hong Kong. Read More
Maha Govt to Rope in Private Land Surveyors
The Maharashtra cabinet today decided to give licenses to private land surveyors to carry out land survey in the state for boundary demarcation to help expedite pending cases. According to the decision, government-approved surveyors will be appointed in each district and trained for the job.After that, they will be empanelled in each district. The educational qualification required for the surveyor, will be diploma in Civil Engineering or a surveyor’s diploma from ITI. Read More
OGC Seeks Comment on Geography Markup Language 3.3 Standard
GML 3.3 builds on GML 3.2.1, published by ISO as ISO 19136:2007, and extends GML with additional schema components based on requirements requested by various domains of interest. For example, the 3d modeling community suggest the addition of triangular meshes (TINs) to GML. GML 3.3 is fully backwards compatible with GML 3.2. Read More
National GIS Promises to Transform Governance Landscape
India is mapping out its newest national asset, a state-of-the art online information bank, which promises to transform governance, aid planning and make life easier for the man on the street. Called National GIS, this geographical information systempowered service would be the first one-stop database of India’s natural and physical assets, providing information and services about government schemes and businesses — right from locating malls, hospitals or ATMs to lodging complaints. Read More
Indonesia and South Korea Partner on Scientific Research
Indonesia`s Maritime and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) and South Korea`s Maritime Institute (KMI) are to step up their scientific cooperation for the benefit of both countries. “The KKP and KMI will actively explore scientific cooperation opportunities in maritime and fishery research,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said. Read More
Cartography factory of State Committee on Land and Cartography is working out the scheme of cities. Director of Cartography factory Mugabil Bayramov has reported that at present the factory is developing schematic plan of the capital. ” The scheme of Baku will be completed and submitted by October.
The new map versions are free to download as both data files and image files. In September 2011, LINZ will release further Topo50 map sheets featuring both fully maintained map sheets and maps with selected updates, as well as the release of the New Zealand offshore islands.
It was revealed that President Aquino has approved the project’s budget of P1.6B. DREAM is a micro mapping project that will utilize LIDAR technology to get a picture of the ground to produce 3D maps. He said the project will prioritize the 16 river basins in the country and urban areas prone to flooding.
The service, which warns GPS users about reported incidents on the roads ahead, is now available on TomTom’s newly-released Go Live 820. The device is SIM-enabled and runs on Vodafone’s mobile network, but rather than having to purchase data, users buy a one-year subscription to TomTom Live that has data included.
Designed for creating, managing and distributing diverse GIS resources over the Internet to support desktop, mobile and web applications, SuperGIS Server 3 Value Edition assists enterprises in developing, managing, integrating, and publishing multiple GIS services in the centralized server framework.
Optimal Ranging, Inc, (ORI) today introduced the Spar, a handheld, one-pass, remote sensor capable of locating and GIS mapping in 3-D subsurface cable, conduit and pipe with up to centimeter-level accuracy to depths of one meter, decimeter-level accuracy to depths of three meters and sub-meter accuracy to depths of 15 meters.
During data collection, RTPC displays real-time 3D point cloud XYZi data. The point cloud display can be rotated and fixed for the viewing perspective, zoomed, and adjusted for the intensity scaling range. Read More
Leica Geosystems is pleased to announce a further enhancement to the Zeno GIS family – the Leica CS25, a versatile tablet computer combining a 7’’ screen, fully rugged and light-weight. The new CS25 is designed for data collection tasks and can transport a user’s office to the field.
The updated Australian SPOTMAPS now include coverage of Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. In addition to these refreshed data, SPOTMAPS Australia can boast exceptional location accuracy.