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Coming satellite launches among the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) promise new and stronger signals, with the greater number of satellites resulting in better accuracy, faster position acquisition, and more ubiquitous use in such problematic areas as urban canyons and under tree canopies.

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COP16 – Role of Geospatial Technologies

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico will wrap up this weekend. This round of debate and discussions follows on the events of Copenhagen last year, and so far has not brought any major agreements into place. However, awareness is at a peak and the discussions continue. It is clearly evident that monitoring of the environment will play a large role going forward as transparency and governance seem to be continued areas of interest. Geospatial related tools like GIS, CAD and GNSS, together with major roles involving earth observation will be important.

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Vietnam is to receive almost $8 billion in investment for infrastructure from outside agencies it was reported this week. This money will be used to accelerate the country’s infrastructure construction and help to connect climate change efforts toward it at the same time.

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At this year’s Autodesk University event Autodesk unveiled their next-generation 3D city modeling tool with the working name of Project Galileo. This large-scale modeling tool will be available soon as a working beta software release via Autodesk Labs. The aim is to integrate CAD, BIM and GIS data within a rich visualization and simulation environment.

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The FIG 2011 Working Week which will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from 18th to 22nd May 2011. This FIG conference will be held at the famous Palais de Congrés in Marrakech. More than 1,000 participants are expected from more than 80 countries to attend this only FIG conference in 2011. The Working Week is hosted by FIG and the National Order of Surveying Engineers and Surveyors, ONIGT as the local host. The FIG Working Week will be organised under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI of Morocco.


Established in 1967, KISR is to carry out applied scientific research to contribute to the economic and social development for Kuwait. By means of the effort of International Integrated Environmental Services Ltd. (IIES), SuperGeo’s distributor in Kuwait, the Geo-Informatics Center at KISR purchased SuperPad (full function mobile GIS), SuperGIS Desktop (professional Desktop GIS) along with several SuperGIS extensions. SuperGeo products are expected to assist in geodata collection and study for advanced geospatial research and applications in Kuwait Geo-Informatics Center.

SuperGeo Technologies

Viet Nam’s development partners have pledged US$7.9 billion in Official Development Assistance next year. Most of the money will be used for infrastructure, especially transport and the response to climate change.

Vietnam News

On the last day of his India visit, French president Nicolas Sarkozy told the country’s business leaders that he is here not for clients, nor for a few deals, but to build a long-term partnership with India. Owning up to excesses committed by the developed world a century ago, Sarkozy said: “If you do what we did a century ago then your people will pay the price for it.” He said India should open up on ecological issues, as choosing between development and environment was a ‘non-choice’

Hindustan Times

The Chinese Institute of Geological Environmental Monitoring plans to build ten state-level mine geological environment monitoring demonstration zones by the end of Twelfth Five Year plan. These zones will cover northeast, northwest, north and the Yangtze River regions, with monitoring of the mining enterprise, the impact on the environment, and emergency response.

The assistance will enable cheaper and faster transport across borders by improving border management and transit procedures, and streamlining the exchange of traffic rights between GMS countries. Improving transport and trade facilitation will hasten the development of the subregion’s key transport routes into vibrant economic corridors, specifically the East-West Economic Corridor, North-South Economic Corridor, and Southern Economic Corridor.


Phnom Penh Municipal government drafted a proposal to split Dangkor, Phnom Penh’s largest district, into two separate districts after 11 communes from Kandal province were integrated into its territory in September. “Higher leaders have prepared to split our district into two districts because it is now too wide to govern,” Chea Nyta, deputy governor of Dangkor district, said yesterday. “I don’t know when it will be divided into two districts but I’m sure it will be separated into two parts,” she added.

Phnom Penh Post

The Cambodian government unveiled a new measurement that will be used to speed up achievement of the Cambodia Millennium Development Goals (CMDGs). The CMDG Scorecards are designed to assist policy makers and development planners in identifying areas where CMDGs are lagging in progress, thereby requiring more efforts to improve towards MDG 2015 target date.


The funding allocated to replace the old Esperance office included money to purchase a remote hydrogen balloon launching facility, to improve safety for staff when they launch balloons. The new office also features a new taller radar tower, increased in height from 7m to 14m, which will enable higher resolution weather surveillance at a greater range. “The observers stationed at Esperance collect surface and upper air data – such as detailed wind and rain information – that is vitally important in helping the Bureau provide its many weather forecasts for those on the land, at sea or in the air,” Senator Farrell said.

Gov Australia

A team of Indian Space Research Organisation scientists has arrived in north Bengal to conduct ground-based surveys of tea gardens before using remote sensing satellites to map the estates. The survey is part of a project expected to help tea growers in north Bengal improve the management of their plantations and their yields.

The Telegraph

Chicago-based digital mapping company Navteq has opened a new research and development center in Mumbai, India. The Mumbai center will employ 150 people and is located near another Navteq facility in the same city. The center intends to employ a team of 150 people. The company’s other R&D centers are in the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom, Korea, Bosnia and Slovakia.

Media Nama

The worldwide market for Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is forecast to grow 65 percent over the next five years, representing a compound annual growth rate of 10.5 percent, according to a new ARC Advisory Group study. Emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil continue to invest in infrastructure for electric power distribution, water and wastewater, and telecommunications. GIS sales to these regions will increase as the local utilities adopt GIS to improve their infrastructure management processes.

ARC Advisory Group

Shell Malaysia has reinforced its commitment to sustainable development by increasing its annual grants from RM300,000 to RM500,000. Its chairman, Anuar Taib, said the grants, currently in the third year, would be used to fund 13 projects undertaken by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), with seven projects for environmental conservation, five for sustainable livelihood and one a combined category project.


At least 70,000 slums in the city will get a breather from the new capital value-based property tax system the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had planned to introduce in March 2011. The BMC has no records of these properties and will now be forced to map them manually. Municipal commissioner AK Singh has indicated that mapping slum properties could be tricky and time-consuming, and that they don’t want to take a chance to initiate the mapping of these 70,000-odd slums at this time.

Hindustan Times

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on the sidelines of the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, announced the renewal of a five-year contract with European space firm EADS Astrium to build commercial satellites to be launched from French space facilities. The ISRO chairman announced a May 2011 launch date for the Indo French joint satellite programme called Megha Tropiques, intended to study tropical atmosphere in a larger exercise to understand the effects of climate change. ISRO also announced a December 2011 launch date for a second Indo French satellite programme SARAL intended to study oceans.

Indian Express

Years of wrangling over land, compensation and environmental impact have become a regular feature of many projects aimed at developing modern India. High-profile disputes include plans for a second airport on protected wetlands to service India’s financial hub of Mumbai and a plan by Tata Motors to build a new manufacturing plant for the world’s cheapest car, the Nano.


Russia’s space agency is investigating the failed launch of three navigational satellites, the agency reported Sunday. The satellites were meant to complete the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system. But they went into a “non-targeted orbit” following their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday afternoon, the Federal Space Agency reported.


“We have come up with a better guideline on buffer zone based on soil and vegetation of the area. We are making use of other parameters to come up with a new formula to set aside buffer zone for development. “Once this guideline is implemented, we will improve in terms of trapping erosion from developed areas from entering rivers and streams,” he told reporters after the opening of the board’s Senior Officers Retreat 2010 at Damai Puri Resort and Spa here by Minister of Environment and Public Health Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh yesterday.

Borneo Post

New Products

PhotoModeler photogrammetry software provides image-based modeling, for accurate measurement and 3D models suitable for engineering, architecture, archaeology and more. The photo-based data collection provides a cost-effective means to create accurate 3D scans that allow for measurement and surveying. The new feature in PhotoModeler Scanner 2010 called SmartMatch, helps to create stunning results; photorealistic 3D models generated from photographs entirely automatically.


SuperPad 3 and SuperField 3 integrate mapping, GIS, and GPS technologies to the handheld device environment; therefore, the field workers who need professional GIS tools can apply the GIS functionalities to rapidly and effectively collect, edit, and measure the spatial data in the field. Also, the usability and timeliness of the spatial data can be greatly improved. Besides traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Turkish, SuperPad 3 and SuperField 3 now support Russian and Arabic.

SuperGeo Technologies

Geocarto International in Hong Kong provides custom-made hard copy products that display satellite and aerial photos in 3D. 3D processing is accomplished with either 2D digital images or stereo pairs using lenticular technology. These photos provide realistic 3D effects without the need for special viewing glasses.

Geocarto International

Leica Geosystems announces the exclusive distribution of RealityLINx® Model 5.4 – powered by Leica point cloud Engine (pcE) technology. RealityLINx Model 5.4 speeds and simplifies the processing of as-built laser scans into intelligent models that feed into popular 3D plant design software and into INOVx plant asset management software. Leica pcE makes RealityLINx Model more powerful and better connected Living up to claims from its October 2009 unveiling, the new Leica pcE foundation has enabled third party software developer and Leica Geosystems business partner, INOVx, to add more powerful and flexible point cloud capabilities to RealityLINx Model software

Leica Geosystems


NavCom Technology, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere and Company (NYSE:DE), announced new capabilities for the SF-3050 multi-frequency GNSS receiver and Sapphire GNSS OEM board. In addition to the integrated StarFire™/RTK GNSS capabilities, the SF-3050 and Sapphire now support single frequency, multi constellation operation, heading and moving base station RTK operation that enables coordinated vehicle applications. Several new features have also been added that significantly enhance the operation of the SF-3050 in Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) applications.


Trimble introduced today eCognition version 8.64, an advanced image analysis software suite available for geospatial applications. With the software release, Trimble sets a new standard for native 64-bit object based image analysis—an important technical milestone for the processing of very large image datasets. Taking advantage of this technological advance, eCognition 8.64 enables users to automatically segment and classify very large datasets, generating billions of image objects without being limited by operating system restrictions.


Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce a functional enhancement within the Geographic Calculator v7.5, the addition of an enhanced area calculation tool. Whether it is coordinate, vector, or raster data types, the Blue Marble Desktop allows you to address your data conversion challenges in the same application interface with powerful conversion and transformation tools. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

Blue Marble Geographics

The Trimble SiteFID solution offers a completely new and innovative method to collect surface gas samples. In the past consultants and operators had to carry notebooks, maps, plans and the gas sensor to identify and mark trouble points on site. The Trimble SiteFID eliminates the need for paper and plans because the software, handheld and gas sensor are integrated. Our goal is to offer a unique solution to reduce operating expenses, maximize the technician’s time, streamline the workflow and most importantly improve compliance reporting,” said Elmar Lenz, director of Trimble’s Environmental Solutions Business.


Online Open Street and Cycle mapping – use free open mapping, giving worldwide coverage. Unlike premium mapping, these maps are downloaded automatically as you need them. They are then cached on the iPhone or iPad, so only need to be downloaded once and can then be used away from the mobile or wifi network – preview at home, then use when out.



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