With many Asian countries experiencing large growth in their economies, the need for improved transportation systems is a high need. Airports provide the vital connections between regional and global destinations. They are also like small cities with several assets to manage. More on airport asset management
The Green India Mission Calls for a New Level of Geospatial Monitoring
The Ministry for Environment and Forests has indicated that they will soon launch a ‘Green India Mission’ to improve the quality and quantity of forest cover in the country. The effort to restore degraded forest lands is one of eight missions of the National Action Plan on Climate Change that the country has plans to undertake in response to international talks. More on Indian monitoring
Real Time GNSS Helps Yield Fast High Precision Coordinates
Geospatial professionals use real time GNSS networks (RTN) because they provide quick precision that saves on more labor-intensive processes while yielding high precision coordinates. Standard GNSS receivers compare the signal being sent from the satellite to an internally generated copy of that signal, but the time it takes the signal to get to the ground degrades the accuracy. More on GNSS
Land Use Projects – Need Plans
It has been reported that 40 land use plans in Viet Nam have been approved, yet no plan details exist. Construction for the projects has been waiting and development has been delayed, while the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the local committee for the area have not agreed. More on land use planning
Trimble Introduces Railway Track Maintenance and Modernization Solution
The Trimble GEDO CE Trolley System. The new trolley system and software provide as-built survey and documentation for railway track maintenance and modernization. The GEDO CE Trolley System and software were acquired from Sinning Vermessungsbedarf GmbH of Wiesentheid, Bavaria, Germany. More on rail maintenance technology
India’s Longest Rail Bridge in Kerala
The scenic Kerala backwaters can now boast of an engineering marvel — the longest rail bridge in the country at 4.62km. The bridge is part of a 8.6-km railway link connecting Idapalli to Vallarpadam in Kochi, where the shipping ministry has constructed the International Container Transhipment Terminal (ICTT). More on the Kerala bridge
EIAST Signs Contract for DubaiSat-2 with Russia’s ISCK
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) has signed a contract with the Moscow-based international space company Kosmotras (ISCK) for the launch of the United Arab Emirates’ second remote sensing satellite — DubaiSat-2. More on satellite development
ResourceSat 2 Satellite Prepared for Launch
The satellite has been transported to the Sriharikota rocket launch centre located about 80km from Chennai in South India, where currently tests are being conducted on it, after which it will be lifted by the agency’s polar satellite vehicle launch (PSLV) in the morning hours on any day between February 20 and 25. More on ResourceSat – 2
Speech To NZ Institute Of Surveyors Hui On Maori Land
As surveyors, it is important to recognise that we say our inherent mana as tangata whenua comes from the gods of creation, and through our whakapapa relationships with our landscapes and the natural environment. We are, quite simply, tangata – people – whenua – of the land; our association is intimate and direct. More on Maori land
GLONASS Monitors South Caucasian Railway
South Caucasian Railway is a subsidiary of Russian Railway company. Under the M2M’s pilot projects, 50 items involved in construction of the railway in Armenia were equipped with navigation and communication hardware, providing effective opportunity to monitor the construction process, utilization of the vehicles and fuel consumption in real time through special dispatcher system. More on GNSS in Armenia
Spirent – Improving Railway Navigation
The use of GNSS in navigation, timing and related systems for transportation is ever increasing. The railways are no exception. There are various programmes underway looking at the application of GNSS to the railway for safety-critical functions. Significant among these is train location and control. More on GNSS in rail
Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Exceeds 10 Years on-Orbit
The seventh Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-7/SVN-54) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, has reached 10 years of successful on-orbit operations, and continues to deliver critical position, navigation and timing (PNT) signals to nearly one billion GPS users worldwide. A Lockheed Martin-led team is building the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS spacecraft, known as GPS III. More on GPS
RapidEye Completes Second Coverage of China in Two Years
RapidEye announced today that the second coverage of China for the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) in as many years has been delivered. The imagery campaign, which ran from August 1, 2010 through January 11, 2011 was intended to cover almost 5.8 Million square kilometers; 60% of the country. The project was successfully delivered and accepted by the MLR in the first week of February.
Survey About GEOSS
The GSDI Association is an active participating organization in the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Significant progress has been made in developing GEOSS over the past several years. The GEOSS Architecture and Data management Team is currently carrying out a survey of progress made to date. The survey is of greatest interest to practitioners that either use or distribute geospatial data. More on the survey
Seminar on Spatial Strategies Using GIS
The millennium development goals can be accomplished only through adoption of (GIS) geographical information system, remote sensing and mapping methods, S. Balasubramanian, Director-Research, JSS University, Mysore, said on Monday. More on GIS strategies
New Appointment at OMNILINK to Focus on Spatial Data for Business
OMNILINK Pty Limited has appointed Margreet van de Werfhorst as its Senior Data Account Manager, based in Sydney. Margreet will work across all of OMNILINK’s lines of business to promote the value of spatial data and its integration with business applications. More on the appointment
KVH Industries Reports Fourth Quarter Growth
Driving this growth in the commercial market was the demand for our inertial navigation systems for use in precision mapping and aerial surveying, two applications that are increasingly vital to support the need for new 3-dimensional maps for commercial and consumer activities,” said Mr. Kits van Heyningen. More on KVH financials
Trimble GeoExplorer 6000 series handhelds are purpose built for high-accuracy data collection and integrate a range of new features—including a dual-frequency GPS and GLONASS receiver and antenna, 5-megapixel camera and 3.5G data modem.
Bayanat will provide end-to-end and customized geospatial data products and services such as land surveys; aerial photography; map production; nautical charts; and geographic information system (GIS) analysis that covers the whole of the United Arab Emirates.
GPS Learning CD is especially designed for GPS beginners. The CD contains abundant and complete GIS knowledge, including the history of GPS, operation principle, signal format, methods to position and measure, etc. Accompanied with Flash animation, GPS concepts, which are hard to explain in books, now can be presented dynamically in animation.
To make an impact on the construction industry, 3D modeling software provider Tekla is launching a new advanced application for building information model-based project communication and cooperation. Tekla BIMsight is ready for everyone in the industry to download and share over the Internet for free.
The process of tracking destinations and planning bus journeys has been made easy following the launch of new-look bus routes and maps at all bus stops across Dubai. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started displaying improved and easy-to-read bus routes, network maps and timetables at bus stops and the main bus stations.
This new service offers the benefits of cloud hosting and distributed computing, allowing customers to upload their data to Microsoft’s servers and perform spatial queries under the umbrella of their existing Bing Maps License.
The companies have successfully concluded a simulation of the soon-to-be-deployed European Galileo satellite positioning system. The test, carried out with the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator and its GNSS simulation options, verified the u-blox proof-of-concept and the compatibility of u-blox receiver technology with the Galileo transmission protocol.
Broadcom Corporation announced two new GPS system-on-a-chip solutions that include support for the GLONASS Russian Navigation Satellite System, which almost doubles the number of satellites that are available for navigation.