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From Geographical Aspects of Business to Geoinformation Technologies in Business

In a recent article called ‘How Can We Attract Students to Geomatics?’, Ian Brown raised the question of the role of geomatics in modern education and how we can rouse interest in students to become part of the GIS expert community. In this column, Andrey Pirogov from Racurs takes the discussion a step further. While speaking at the Business Day during the conference for Russian Esri users a few weeks ago, I asked the audience who actually makes the decision about introducing GIS int... (read more)
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Photogrammetry Meets the Consumer Drone

Photogrammetry has made huge progress over the past 15 years, on both hardware and software fronts. Dedicated large-frame cameras enable increasingly high geometric and radiometric precision, capturing overlapping images to be used by software with new, tailored algorithms. Large-scale surface models with proven accuracy and high detail are produced from these images by de... (read more)

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications

A blockchain is an immutable trustless registry of entries, hosted on an open distributed network of computers (called nodes). It is potentially safer and cheaper than traditional centralised databases, is resilient to attacks, enhances transparency and accountability and puts people in control of their own data. Blockchain technology is already being used in some geospati... (read more)

Supporting Geomatics Education in Uruguay

While reading the latest Spanish edition of GIM International (June 2016) I came across an article expressing concern about the ability of education and geomatics to solve some of the main problems of our times. That article (‘La Educación es clave/Education is key’) encouraged me to write about some initiatives that are being supported in Uruguay and to... (read more)

Young People and Geomatics: Time to Act

In an earlier contribution, I wrote about the strong necessity of making the geomatics discipline more attractive to students. In terms of careers, the geospatial sector is probably one of the best kept secrets. There is a startling lack of public awareness about the geomatics surveying profession – which goes a long way to explain why many universities find it diffi... (read more)

Pioneering Spatial Planning in the 1930s

I was born at the bottom of the sea. Want to fact-check this? Just compare a pre-1940s map of the Netherlands to a more contemporary one. The old map shows an inlet of the North Sea, the Zuiderzee. The new one reveals large parts of the Zuiderzee having been turned into land, actually no longer part of the North Sea. In 1932, a 32km-long dam (the Afsluitdijk) was completed... (read more)
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