Nepal Sets Out to Measure the World’s Tallest Peak
The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, has been measured many times, but the exact height of the mountain is still somewhat in debate. The last expedition to survey the mountain was in 2005 by China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, marking the peak at 8,844.43m (29,017 ft), with a 3.55m ice cap, but that was 6 meters less than an American expedition in 1999 that first used GPS technology, and 7 cm less than an Indian suvey in 1955. Read More
Mapping Boundaries: Korea – Sudan – Thailand – Cambodia
With the recent announcement of the creation of the new country South Sudan, attention turned toward delineating the offical boundaries of the country. But was the task as easy as it sounded? A group consisting of cartographers, map makers and publishers worked to clarify and mark the boundary. What they found is similar to what many others previously discovered around the globe – boundaries are easier delineated in theory than in practice. Read More
Smart Grid – Balancing the Flow
The smart grid continues to develop in many countries. The benefits of the grid include improvements in balancing energy generation and distribution across large regions, greater understanding of energy needs and the ability to manage operations. As smart grids expand, the ability to coordinate energy activities between governments and business also improves. Read More
Secret Bunkers and Tunnels Mapped with ProMark 100 GNSS ReceiverBeneath the surface of this tropical paradise in the city of Townsville on Australia’s Sunshine Coast lies a still hidden maze of tunnels and underground bunkers, once said to be used by General Douglas MacArthur. Learning the secrets of this labyrinth that was a major WWII staging point for battles in the South West Pacific is the passion of Kevin Parkes, of Geo Positioning Services, a local Ashtech dealer. Read More
SuperPad 3 Selected by Benta Wawasan Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia
After testing SuperPad 3, this company regards the software, which possesses functions of GPS support and the effective integration with enterprise server, can assist its staff in more productive tree planting and better field management. Read More
New Chairman of the Global Geodetic Observing System GGOS
Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hansjörg Kutterer, president of the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), chairman of the Global Geodetic Observing System GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) has been appointed. Order by GGOS is to contribute to the observations of the Earth system. Read More
NEDA Philippines Urges Area-Based Planning for Development
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is encouraging local government units (LGUs) to embark on area-based planning that will complement the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016, as well as the regional and local development plans. “We believe in the appropriateness of area plans, as these cross regional or local borders. Read More
Korpershoek to Lead Topcon’s Global Marketing Efforts
Effective immediately, Ewout Korpershoek, formerly managing director of Topcon Europe Positioning (TEP), will join the Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) senior executive team as chief marketing officer responsible for all marketing and product management functions at TPS and TEP. He was also named chairman of the TEP board of directors. He has been a member of TPS’ strategic management team and executive committee since July 2010. Read More
Japan’s Zenrin May Buy 24% In GIS Firm MapMyIndia
Japanese map publisher Zenrin Co Ltd may acquire 24% stake for $30 Mn in CE Info Systems Pvt Ltd, which runs MapMyIndia.com, an online map service. The deal will value MapMyIndia at $125 Mn. If the deal materialises, MapMyIndia may use the funds to expand operations and launch new products. The deal may also offer a partial exit to some of the existing PE investors. Read More
GstarCAD, one of the world leading providers of 2D/3D CAD software, has investigated supply and demand of local CAD market in Austria, Poland, and Italy, and found out that the negative stereotype concerning products made in China has not influenced the opinion of GstarCAD distributors and users. This conclusion is confirmed by the user feedback from those who attended GstarCAD showcases at Feicon Batimat 2011 and Tektonica 2011. Read More
Russia Sends Observation Satellite Into Space
A Russian Zenith-3M rocket with an observation satellite blasted off early Monday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. The rocket with Fregat-SB upper stage and Russian astrophysical observatory Spectrum-R lifted off at 6:31 a.m. Moscow time (0231 GMT) from Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. Read More
Perth-based geospatial mapping company NearMap has reported a 2000 per cent year-on-year growth in revenues, as the company targets an expansion into new platforms and customer segments. Nearmap.com provides photomaps, with images sourced from its proprietary HyperPod aerial camera technology, and claims coverage of 75 per cent of the Australian population, with 60 per cent of maps updated every month. Read More
Fiji Ambassador Elected International Seabed Authority President
The Assembly of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) has elected Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, as its President for the ISA’s annual session currently underway in Kingston, Jamaica. The Assembly is the supreme body of the ISA, consisting of delegations from 161 member states. Read More
Clark Labs, at Clark University, is pleased to announce a new software discount program for individuals and institutions in low-income countries (LIC). Eligible customers may purchase a new license of IDRISI or Land Change Modeler at a 50% discount. Eligibility is based on the list of LICs published by The World Bank.
Designed for a college curriculum, Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS: A Workbook helps students use organized workflows, spatial analysis, and visualization to make decisions about real-world issues including crime, hazards, hurricanes, demographics, and urban planning.
Hemisphere GPS announced the release of a new Earthworks excavator grade control system for small to medium-sized contractors. The simple and affordable Earthworks X100 displays bucket position relative to desired grade. This instant feedback improves the operator’s accuracy and efficiency when digging foundations, trenching, cutting a slope and in many other excavation applications.
According to Ron Roth, Product Manager for Airborne LiDAR at Hexagon Geosystems’ Geospatial Solutions Division, “The market constantly demands higher productivity from airborne sensing systems to reduce the equipment and labor costs associated with data collection, but this cannot be done at the expense of data quality.”
Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 (Android) is now officially released worldwide. Designed for cadastral position and measurement, Mobile Cadastral GIS 3.0 now integrates with GIS, GPS, and e-compass technologies to assist field surveyors in quickly recognizing their current location as well as the correct cadastral information.
POSPac MMS 5.4 SP1 is the latest version of Applanix’s unique GNSS aided inertial navigation post-processing package. To run POSPac MMS 5.4 SP1, POSPac key version 5.4 and POSGNSS key version 5.3 are required.
In an effort to improve and enhance weather mapping capabilities, Bangalore Meteorological Centre, India Meteorological Department (IMD), under its modernisation project is installing about 100 Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) and two Doppler Weather Radars (DWR) across the state. In addition to collecting rainfall data, the station can also be equipped to collect information regarding temperature and humidity.