The Reduced Deforestation and Degredation (REDD+) partnership between the governments of Norway and Indonesia are significantly increasing the understanding of the ways in which greenhouse gas emissions can be curtailed by better forest management. Now that the second phase of the agreement is underway, researchers have put together a sophisticated modeling and mapping tool to understand the benefits of a two-year moratorium on the conversion of forests and peatlands into agricultural production. Read More
China-based consulting firm CCID recently completed analysis of the business benefits of China’s COMPASS navigation satellite business. China’s State Council approved the acceleration of this space infrastructure construction project back in October of 2010, and CCID’s analysis shows broad benefits both in the industrial development of the satellite system as well as in the application market. For the program to meet its potential, however, there needs to be coordinated planning among various governments and entitities. Read More
Ocean Exploration: Spatial Challenges in the Sea
China has increased it’s pace to pursue ocean exploration, mapping and discovery of natural resources. A new submersible vessel named Jiaolong will explore the Pacific Ocean through a series of deep dives. Beginning at depths of 4,000 meters, the vessel is expected to dive to a depth of 7,000 meters by 2012 in search of natural resources as it wanders the ocean – effectively turning attention to the unknown possibilities below the ocean surface. Read More
OceanWise and Caris Deliver Inaugural ‘Marine SDI’ Mgt Course in Bangkok
The first in a series of courses on the theoretical and practical aspects of hydrographic database design and management to support the development of marine, national and regional spatial data infrastructures (SDI) was delivered successfully from 20 to 24 June 2011 in Bangkok. The course was hosted by the Hydrographic Department of the Royal Thai Navy (HDRTN) on behalf of the East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC) and supported financially by the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO). Read More
ATCO to Acquire Western Australia Gas Networks
ATCO today announced that it has signed a conditional agreement to acquire Western Australia Gas Networks (WAGN) from WestNet Infrastructure Group. WAGN is the natural gas distribution utility company that serves the City of Perth and surrounding areas. Read More
Esri Acquires 3D Software Company Procedural
Esri has acquired Procedural, one of the world’s leading software companies for creating stunning 3D urban environments fromtypical 2D data. Urban planners, architects, video game developers, and movie studios around the world use Procedural’s CityEngine product to create 3D cities at any resolution. Read More
Tiltan Agreement – ITT VIS Agreement TLiD Airborne LIDAR Data Processing
TLiD is an automatic airborne LiDAR data processing software product that transforms geo-referenced point clouds into GIS layers and 3D models. TLiD enables the processing of large quantities of data, and the creation DTM, DSM, SHP files to represent buildings and power lines, trees list and other items. TLiD automatically creates a 3D view of the mapped area. Read More
Engaging China in the South China SeaThe issue of the South China Sea again drew public attention last month. The overlapping claims over a body of water located south of the People’s Republic of China between six countries — Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and China itself — has become a serious strategic concern because it involves a regional rising power whose attitude and intentions remain in the shadows despite years of interaction with the international community. Read More
Tatung University Unveils Chopper Remote Control Software
Software enabling video camera-equipped model helicopters to be controlled via WiMAX android tablet computers and cell phones during search and rescue missions was unveiled July 13 by Taipei-based Tatung University. “The remote-controlled helicopters can easily gain access to disaster sites that otherwise might be difficult for rescue workers to enter,” Dean of Tatung R&D Hsu Chau-yun said. Read More
New trans-Tasman Rsch Partnership Launched in NZ
Taking public health research, crime research, hazards management, cultural mapping and city planning to the next level through advanced technologies is the goal of a new and unique trans-Tasman partnership for the University of Canterbury. The University will officially become the first New Zealand university to partner with Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) at a function hosted by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Hon Dr Wayne Mapp, at Parliament Buildings. Read More
Insurer Calls for Better Flood Mapping After DisastersThe nation’s peak insurance body is pushing for better flood mapping, extensive mitigation work and state-funded subsidies for extreme risk insurance policies as the best plan to protect home owners and councils against costly catastrophic events. The call for a multi-faceted approach comes as a government review into the unaffordable and unavailable nature of natural disaster insurance received final submissions before reporting its findings in late September. Read More
Azerbaijan Creates e-Services Center in CadastreThe State Committee for State Property has created an information data base for e-services in the cadastre. The work is carried out within the “Cadastre – Real Estate Registration” project in Ganja and Sheki. At present, the State Committee works on technical inventory of land and real property regardless of ownership. The main objective of the project implemented today is to rationally use real estate and land and to create full digital cadastral maps of Ganja. Read More
Japanese Citizen Scientists Map RadiationWith the Japanese government only providing spotty information about the radiation leaking from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant in the early days after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami, a group of tech-minded citizen scientists set out to fill in the “black holes” in the knowledge base. They did so by crafting their own Geiger counters and handing them out to volunteers in the disaster area to measure the fallout. Read More
The identical spectrometers, known as Sentinel-4, will each be carried on Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) weather satellites, to be launched in 2019 and 2027. From geostationary orbit 36 000 km above the equator, Sentinel-4 will provide data every hour on the chemical composition of the atmosphere including trace gases and ultraviolet radiation.
The company announced a new initiative to support the integration of its software technology with the ArcGIS platform from Esri. ITT’s new Industry Solutions initiative will take advantage of ENVI tools in ArcGIS to build models and workflows that add image analysis functionality to industry specific applications for GIS users.
STAR*NET is easily the most popular least squares utility used by land surveyors for network adjustment & quality control. The new Version 7 brings an incredible amount of workflow enhancements to help speed up this part of the process.
Considering that the Android phones are prevailing over Taiwan, Yehliu Geopark administration seeks to upgrade the original navigation system by SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 for Android to support the Android system with multiple GPS functions, navigation, and basic GIS functions.
A core component of this solutions suite is InVision Portal, an intuitive, web-based interface that offers visualization of the complete facility portfolio. Portal can be customized, allowing clients to visualize valuable building information, such as energy usage, maintenance records, and occupancy in a map format.
The aim of the toolkit is to show managers, scientists and technicians working in marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments how images collected from satellites and aircraft (remote sensing) can be used to map and monitor environmental features or processes and their change over time.