The benefits of mapping the informal settlement in slums has a large number of benefits. Detailing the settlement patterns allow for municipalities to provide services, such as water, sewer service and electricity. Mapping of slumps provides the first step toward land governance, recognizing investments, allowing for land to be used as collateral to help bring the populations out of poverty. The mapping of the land also provides the means for setting up property taxes to offset new services. More on informal settlement
Pending Land Swap Between India and Bangladesh May Move Forward
There is talk that a long-awaited land swap between India and Bangladesh may take place when India’s prime minister Manmohan Singh visits Bangladesh later this year. The land along its northern border has been in dispute since the country’s independence from India in 1971, but the mixed borders of Cooch Behar have been muddled for much longer. More on the land swap
Remote Sensing for Asian Volcano Monitoring
The Korean Meteorological Association has initiated an effort to monitor volcanic activity on Mt. Baekdu on the North Korea-China border. Using the recently launched Cheollian weather satellite, the mountain will be monitored regularly through the use of satellite imagery. More on volcano monitoring
National Digital Mapping – From The Bottom Up
Such national maps are more than static representations. Similar to other kinds of digital efforts like building information modeling, 4D mapping and digital cities approaches, they can be vibrant, dynamic, interactive and serve as valuable platforms to support decision making from community to national levels. More on national digital mapping
NZ App Developers Band Together for Christchurch
Until March 5, all proceeds from Apple and Mac applications made in New Zealand will go to the Red Cross to help victims of last Tuesday’s earthquake in Christchurch. Mapping, exercise and gaming applications are just some of those joining the appeal, which has also gained the support of 13 international application developers, ranging from the US and Canada to Germany. More on app developers
DigitalGlobe Names Information Industry Leader Jeffrey R. Tarr New President and CEO
DigitalGlobe has appointed Jeffrey R. Tarr as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 5, 2011. Tarr succeeds Jill Smith, who, in September 2010, announced her intention to leave the company and was both the company’s CEO and Chairman. DigitalGlobe also named current DigitalGlobe Board Member General Howell M. Estes III as its new non-executive Chairman. More on appointment
China to Establish Global Satellite Navigation System by 2020
A senior space technology expert in China said the country’s global satellite navigation system, which is composed of more than 30 satellites, is expected to be in place by 2020. China would launch 12 to 14 satellites during the early part of the 12th Five-Year (2011-2015) Program, said Qi Faren, former chief designer for Shenzhou spaceships.
3Dconnexion announced it has shipped more than one million 3D mice, supporting today’s most popular and powerful 3D software solutions from companies including Autodesk, Dassault Systèmes, Siemens, PTC, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe across computer aided design, digital content creation, architecture and construction, and geographic information systems. More on 3D mouse
11 World Tour Appearing in Middle East
ERDAS will team with GeoSystems Group for Information Technology in Saudi Arabia to host a series of 11 World Tour events in the Middle East. The first event will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 7th in conjunction with the Saudi Arabian national science agency, the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). On March 8th, the tour moves to Muscat, Oman with an event at the Theater Hall of Waljat College of Applied Sciences. More on ERDAS tour
Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) Announces Board of Directors
Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Intergraph, has announced the members of its board who will direct the organization’s operations and future expansion. IGS, the primary provider of Intergraph and Hexagon products and solutions to the U.S. government, was established as a result of the 2010 acquisition of Intergraph by Hexagon AB, a leading global measurement technology company headquartered in Sweden. More on appointments
Microsoft UltraCamXp – UltraMap Software Technology Win Photogrammetry Award
Microsoft Corporation and its subsidiary Vexcel Imaging, GmbH were the winners of the Technology Innovation in Photogrammetry award at the Geospatial World Forum Conference for the company’s UltraCamXp Wide Angle digital aerial camera and for the monolithic stitching capability of its UltraMap workflow software. More on the award
Photo Slideshow — China’s South-North Water Transport Project
It’s no surprise that ever since construction began in 2002, the South-North Water Project has generated a strong current of public comment. China’s government authorities insist the project, now estimated to cost $US 62 billion, is essential to developing the cities and energy-rich provinces of northern and western China, the fastest growing regions in the country, which are running out of water. More on the water project
Cody Corporation, SuperGeo’s exclusive reseller in Australia and New Zealand, successfully promoted SuperPad 3 to International Geoscience Pty Ltd, a geoscience consultancy in the integration and interpretation of all geophysical data. Located in western Australia, International Geoscience offers services related to geophysical, geological and remote sensing data in local areas.
Through Portfolio Balancing, new purchasers of Bentley product licenses, along with existing Bentley SELECT subscribers, can annually exchange underutilized Bentley software for software of equal value (based on current list price) that meets existing or upcoming needs.
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea announced that it had completed the technology development of a GPS (US Global Positioning System) and Galileo (Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS) receiver, which was able to receive and process positioning signals both from GPS and Galileo.
The project has already assisted in the response to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people in Yushu, Qinghai in April 2010. It also provides valuable information as the nation contends with a severe drought in the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces that has killed crops and left many people and animals without drinking water.
An interferometric analysis of the data acquired by the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS) allows us to clarify spatial distribution of surface deformation associated with the earthquake.
The latest version of the company’s 3D modeling, animation, rendering and compositing application. Mapping to the Excalibur (XBR) initiative — a phased plan for the restructuring of 3ds Max — the new version provides fundamental improvements in workflow, user interface and performance that will give artists enhanced creative capabilities and help them to be more productive.
Experts at Iran’s Electronics Industry (SAIRAN) have manufactured and successfully tested GPS tracking device which is suitable for pinpointing in LEO. A Low Earth Orbit (LEO) is generally defined as an orbit within the locus extending from the Earth’s surface up to an altitude of 2,000 km.
As part of the Geosystems @ Hexagon 2011 track, Leica Geosystems is currently seeking speaking candidates for its Trends in Mapping & Positioning for Government & Industry sub-track. The presentations aim to provide businesses with unique opportunities to share successes on a global stage.