The Philippines Updates Topographic and Geohazard Maps Instead of the typical approach where different federal agencies have done their own mapping, this effort will pool funds for the acquisition of aerial photography and satellite imagery to update the country’s 1:50,000 topographic map series for the entire country, and to implement a more detailed 1:10,000 map series for 50 percent of the country’s land mass. More on Philippines mapping
Indonesia Embraces LiDAR for Forestry Mapping
The laser technology known as LiDAR is likely to make a significant impact in overcoming the challenges faced by government agencies, commercial forest managers, and non-governmental organizations as they move to support reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, or REDD+ initiatives. Indonesia has been experimenting with this approach of using international funds to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), but it requires new approaches to accurately measure and monitor the makeup of the forest over time. More on Indonesian forest mapping
Geospatial Efficiency – Where Does it Begin?
Efficiency is expected where sustainable development takes place. How efficiency is measured may vary though, particularly where non-tangible benefits arise. Ms Yvonne O. Sowah, President of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors (GhIS) said this past week, that a need exists for governments to recognize the role of surveyors in the development of every nation. But are surveyors alone the only geospatial actors at the table? More on geospatial efficiency
Japan’s Space Contributions Helping the World
In a recent interview Keiji Tachikawa – President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) spoke about the many contributions that Japan is making in terms of space exploration and satellite imaging and sensing. These include an asteroid explorer that has recently returned to earth, the expected launch of a water mission satellite soon and recently launched QZSS satellite for the country’s GNSS augmentation. More on Japan in space
New Zealand – Canterbury Incident Map
At 12:51 p.m. on February 22, 2011 a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the South Island of New Zealand near the city of Christchurch. The Esri distributor in New Zealand, Eagle Technology Group in collaboration with Environment Canterbury has published an incident map to assist the emergency effort. More on Christchurch mapping
Safe Software – Worldwide Events for Advancements in Spatial Data Transformation
The FME 2011 World Tour, a customer event series that will be held in 25+ cities worldwide starting this March. Co-hosted with Safe Software’s partners, these one-day free events will offer the opportunity to experience the latest capabilities in FME 2011 and to discover how FME technology is being used today to access, use and share spatial data. More on the tour
Sand Dredging Companies in Bahrain to be Monitored Via GPS
Companies extracting sand from Bahrain’s seas will now be monitored through a Global Positioning System (GPS) to avoid theft and other violations, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs Minister Dr Juma Al Ka’abi said. He said all dredging companies would be obliged to have GPS on their boats as they extracted sand to ensure they did not stray out of the approved zone – destroying marine life in the process. More on dredging
The Battle to Save Indonesia’s Disappearing Forests
But what is clear is that deforestation began as early as the 1960s, when the export of timber was seen as a quick way of bringing in revenue. With few regulations, illegal logging soon grew out of hand, said Dr Maria Monica Wihardja, an associate research fellow at Indonesia’s Center for International and Strategic Studies. More on Indonesia’s forests
Australian Space Research Program – New Funding Round
Funding is available in two streams: education grants of between $200,000 and $1 million for university-led consortiums designed to encourage student participation in space-related study; and innovation grants of between $1 million and $5 million for consortia of Australian industry and researchers. More on funding awards
Leica DISTO D8 Receives Award for Product Innovation at BAU 2011
This regular award is made with the aim of promoting the development of forward-looking product ideas and designs especially for applications associated with building within existing buildings. The focus is on exemplary products and system solutions that ease the task of modernization in terms of construction, architecture, economy and efficiency. More on tech award
Autodesk Launches Clean Tech Partner Program in Japan
The Japan program marks the first step in a planned expansion into Asia Pacific. The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program provides Digital Prototyping software to clean technology companies, with the goal of accelerating innovation and addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. More on clean tech
WALGA Joins A-Spec Consortium in West Australia
The A-Spec Group welcomes WALGA – the Western Australian Local Government Association to our consortium. WALGA and the A-Spec consortium have been working closely to address the benefits that the consortium members in Western Australia may derive from ensuring that R-Spec complies with WALGA’s key needs for contributing information into ROMAN II. More on WALGA
C-Nav Chosen for Osiris Projects Vessel
C-Nav has been chosen to provide the vessel’s primary GNSS positioning system and to integrate it with a survey and navigation suite. The vessel will be fitted with a C-Nav 3050 RTK GNSS receiver and C-NaviGator II remote control and display unit. More on GNSS vessel
SuperGeo Partners with GeoViet Consulting in Vietnam
GeoViet Consulting will distribute SuperGIS series software in Vietnam. GeoViet Consulting is located in Hanoi, the capital as well as the political and economic hub of Vietnam. Being founded in 1996, GeoViet Consulting has been dedicated to the applications of geospatial technologies. More on GeoViet
3SuperNetObjects 3 is a component library based on network objects, enabling developers to design various network analysis functions. SuperNetObjects 3 supports developers to apply program languages, like Visual Basic, Delphi, Visual C++, C#, etc to define, store, and analyze diverse geographic network situations in the real world.
The latest enhancements also include extended Bluetooth facilities and Ethernet virtual comports, additional Moving Base RTCM Code, Moving Base RTK capability and RTK heading applications; additional internal data logging capacity; improved L1/G1/L-Band modes and auto-select for maximum Net-1/Net-2 C-Nav coverage.
Asiatype now introduces Vector, its very own portable navigation device that employs electronic maps, route plotting and rerouting, and turn-by-turn voice directions designed to help motorists easily find their way in and around the city.
The Prolec Digmaster Pro 3D machine guidance system and the Javad GNSS (or GPS) guidance hardware GPS uses GNSS-based technology to guide construction plant on site and can be used to lead excavators through the digging process.
JPS2RIN software is a converter from the company native JPS format files to RINEX 2.xx, RINEX 3.0 and RINEX 3.01 formats. The software installation package setups all required parts of this program on Windows platform, sets the environmental path variable and creates association with JPS files.
SIS has received invaluable feedback from many of its supportive customers and has used that advice to add more features that will allow users to complete projects faster and more efficiently than in the past.
Russia will launch two extra navigation satellites, after three crashed, to provide extra insurance for the success of its bid to create a rival to the U.S. system, a news agency reported on Wednesday. The GLONASS satellites that plunged into the Pacific Ocean in December were the final three of 24 Russia had needed to fully deploy its system, which Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been trumpeting as a pet project.
This year’s theme ‘Forests: Nature at Your Service’ underscores the intrinsic link between quality of life and the health of forests and forest ecosystems. While the socio-economic pressures on the country’s forests are tremendous, India has instituted a tree-planting system to combat land-degradation and desertification, including windbreaks and shelterbelts to protect agricultural land.