Optimistic Outlook for Galileo

This month we bring you an extended interview with engineer Pedro Pedreira, executive director of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Supervisory Authority (GSA)since July 2005, the body charged with managing the development phase of the much-troubled European Satellite navigation system Galileo. Our wide-ranging discussion with Pedreira appears on these pages accompanied by detailed background information (boxed text). Despite the spiralling costs of Galileo, its anticipated economic benefits, in terms of revenue, employment and expanding markets, are many. Galileo is being funded by the EU taxpayer, so it is important that these benefits be realised. Please introduce yourself and tell... (read more)
2009-05-20 12:00:00

7 Questions about Hydrography and Its Relevance for Geomatics

The Perfect Combination of Science and Technology Applied to the Sea
According to NOAA (The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of the navigable portion of the Earth's surface and adjoining coastal areas. It can be seen as an application area within the geospatial engineering discipline. We asked 7 questions to Laurent Kerléguer, the new director general of the French Hydrographic Office (Shom), to learn more about the world of hydrography. Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, GIM International asks him about the latest developments regarding the... (read more)
2019-11-26 03:24:07

The Power of Geography

At the end of the tumultuous eighteenth century the British government ordered its Board of Ordnance, the defence ministry of its day, to survey the country’s south coast. Today Ordnance Survey (OS) is a self-financing £100-million-a-year civilian organisation, still part of UK government but since 1999 having ‘Trading Fund’ status. Its workforce of around 1,500 people includes three hundred surveyors. How is OS coping with today’s technological challenges and social needs? What are the product trends, and what opportunities are offered by INSPIRE? Vanessa Lawrence, at the OS helm since September 2000, kindly answered these and other questions.<P> What are... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

High-level Political Support Needed

GSDI and Land Administration within Europe
Administrative reform within Europe has had a tremendous impact on land administration all over the continent. Geo-Spatial Data Infrastructures (GSDI) may bring further improvements. The authors review land policy, land administration and the role of land information within society, and call for high-level political moves towards information sharing. Examples of administrative reforms within Europe are restoration of the primacy of politics, reduction in ministerial tasking to core business, and improving the output of public institutions by distance steering, decentralisation and de-concentration of institutions. Other methods of improving output include quality assurance programmes, special service projects, restoring democracy and reestablishment of... (read more)
2005-07-14 12:00:00

Let’s Embrace It… INSPIRE is Here to Stay

Big Challenges to Overcome towards a Common Framework for all European Environmental Reference Data
The idea behind INSPIRE is quite simple: a common framework for all European environmental reference data. The implementation of such a system, however, is less simple. Technology is one thing – but when 38 European countries have to deliver their data, preferably in such a way that they are interoperable, anyone can see that there are big challenges to overcome. Stefan Jensen is head of data governance at the European Environmental Agency (EEA), one of the European institutions that would profit from a harmonised environmental data system and fulfils a coordinating role in the implementation. With the next INSPIRE conference... (read more)
2018-08-08 01:39:23

Crowdsourcing: a Wake-up Call for Surveyors

GIM International Interviews Wafula Nabutola
Land forms the basis of food and shelter, and is one of the four production factors in the economy. Surveyors play a key role in designing and implementing spatial plans. In many cities in Africa, improper spatial planning results in situations of informality and completely uncontrolled development. As preparations are well underway for the FIG Working Week in Abuja, Nigeria, GIM International interviews Wafula Nabutola from Kenya, chair of the FIG Commission on Spatial Planning and Development. He provides an overview of the role of land administration in relation to spatial planning, and insights into the potential contribution the surveying... (read more)
2013-01-29 06:30:07

Geomares: Quality is Our Motto

GIM International Interviews Durk Haarsma
Geomares Publishing is the new media company behind GIM International, having in October taken over ownership from previous GIM publisher of almost ten years Reed Business-Geo. Geomares publishing director Durk Haarsma has in house strong brands, dynamic publishing concepts for the future and a dedicated team that will keep working to deliver quality in every possible way. Could you outline your reasons for buying GIM International and establishing Geomares Publishing? I have been in post as publisher of GIM International now for five years and have a strong belief in GIM International as flagship brand. Together with our other publication,... (read more)
2009-12-29 11:32:43

COVID-19, the Land Administration Sector and Spatial Information

By now, most readers are likely to have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – perhaps directly through their own health or the health of those they know, or more indirectly through loss of work or income… and almost certainly through the changes in social norms and freedoms brought about by various lockdowns. This article explores the relevance of the land administration sector, disaster risk management and spatial information in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. It has been a busy few weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. But, in the quieter moments (if we’re privileged enough to get them),... (read more)
2020-04-16 11:15:34

'Location' Forms Ubiquitous Part of Big Data Analytics

IBM Shows a Mainstream Direction for Spatial IT
Now that some of the core infrastructure challenges have been solved, the application layer of big data is rapidly building up. Therefore, the major GIS players have recently been focusing their attention on their added 'intelligence' value. The geomatics and GIS sector will benefit greatly from the innovation brought by big data companies like IBM, so how does IBM see its future in this regard? The combination of Big Data with artificial intelligence, hybrid cloud, security, Internet of Things, etc., has already brought IBM USD33 billion in revenue, and next year it will probably be USD40 billion. 'Spatial intelligence' in the context of Big Data... (read more)
2017-08-10 10:45:13

High-end UAVs: A Key Link in the Value Chain

Interview with Michael de Lagarde, CEO, Delair-Tech
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) have become an essential tool for land surveyors. The geospatial industry is turning to drones to map the environment, which is also impacting the commercial UAV business. Delair-Tech is a prominent company in the industry and attracted particular attention when it acquired Gatewing from Trimble in 2016. In this interview, 'GIM International' asks Michael de Lagarde, CEO of the France-based company, about the company’s strategy, outlook on the UAV market, cameras, fields of application and much more. You recently announced that 2016 was a record year for Delair-Tech. Does that mean that the professional UAV... (read more)
2017-04-05 08:45:40
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