Offshoring Geomatics Work

GIM Interviews Huug Haasnoot, Fugro-Inpark and Marc Hoogerwerf, Wageningen UR
Enabled mainly by rapid developments in telecommunications and internet, there is growing relocation of office labour from Western countries to emerging ones such as India, Pakistan and China. The attraction of these countries is their combination of a highly skilled workforce and low wages. Offshoring is becoming regular business practice not only in programming, IT and back-office services, but also in the field of geo-information. In this double interview the interviewees share their geomatics offshoring experience in Pakistan (Haasnoot) and India (Hoogerwerf). In what type of activities are you mainly involved? Haasnoot - Within Fugro’s Aerial Acquisition division we perform... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Increasing Climate Literacy

Climate Change and the Cadastral Surveyor
Climate change is said to have numerous impacts on land or, more generally, the environment. It consequently also affects property rights and boundaries, and climate change induced by boundary changes will increasingly pose a challenge to cadastral surveyors. Referring mainly to land administration practice in Australia, the author identifies five topics – drought, sea-level rise, natural disaster, sustainability and carbon trading – in which the cadastral surveyor is already involved or could play a future prevalent role.   Drought shrinks riverbeds, forces governments to invest in water infrastructure, and requires innovative water governance and management. River boundaries are common in... (read more)
2010-09-09 03:21:22

Object-based Image Analysis

Beyond the Squares
Looking at a satellite image one sees squares (i.e. pixels) representing landscape, although the actual shapes of roads, rivers, lakes, forest and nature reserve might more accurately be represented by lines, circles or irregularly shaped polygons. Over recent years earth observation has become an important data source, while image interpretation has been limited to squares the features of which are spectral variables: colours and invisible radiance determined by reflection-absorption behaviour of landscape objects as observed by satellite sensors. As we view an image our eyes register its spectral characteristics (colour) and shape, the location of an object and its relationship... (read more)
2010-01-28 02:27:00

Autonomously Detecting Fast Movements

GNSS Monitoring Solution onboard a Stand-alone Receiver
Diverse environmental effects, climatic changes and human alterations of the ecosystems are deeply changing Earth’s surface processes and creating environmental challenges that researchers are struggling to address. This article describes how the new Leica Geosystems’ Velocity and Displacement Autonomous Solution Engine (VADASE) technology helps scientists and engineers to receive actionable information about fast movements of man-made and natural structures as they occur. Running onboard a Leica Geosystems GNSS receiver, the autonomous solution assists professionals to take action, react, mitigate damage and protect life. The use of a highly precise time-differenced phase observation enables the calculation of the velocity of a... (read more)
2017-03-23 11:58:01

Offshoring Geomatics Work

GIM Interviews Huug Haasnoot, Fugro-Inpark and Marc Hoogerwerf, Wageningen UR
Enabled mainly by rapid developments in telecommunications and internet, there is growing relocation of office labour from Western countries to emerging ones such as India, Pakistan and China. The attraction of these countries is their combination of a highly skilled workforce and low wages. Offshoring is becoming regular business practice not only in programming, IT and back-office services, but also in the field of geo-information. In this double interview the interviewees share their geomatics offshoring experience in Pakistan (Haasnoot) and India (Hoogerwerf). In what type of activities are you mainly involved? Haasnoot - Within Fugro’s Aerial Acquisition division we perform... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Moving Mountains in Africa

Lesotho Electricity Corporation Implements SDI
There is general agreement that spatial data is key to sustainable resource management and overall economic development. A Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in turn provides the underlying foundation for accessing and using spatial data in decision-making processes. The author shows how SDI is being utilised by the Lesotho Electricity Corporation so to assist in national sustainable development programmes. The government of Lesotho, through its Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture has recognised that the interaction of environmental components and human behaviour in the biosphere are multifaceted. The resulting complex interfaces called for an interdisciplinary approach to managing both the impact... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00

Land Administration in the Asian Region

Lessons Learnt, Challenges and Opportunities
The degree of success of Land Administration projects in Asia varies. It is beneficial to take activities that have worked in one project and build them into others. Likewise, activities that have not worked need to be assessed to determine what benefits might emerge should they be made to work in another project. The author presents opportunities arising from lessons learnt in Asia. Land administration is a series of processes and not an end in itself. It aims at more effective management of land resources, securing of people’s property rights, economical and fair recording of transactions, and minimisation of social... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00

Ten Years to Go to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Unlocking Valuable Contributions of the FIG Working Week 2020
The countdown begins, only one decade to go to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and surveying professionals have a key role to play. It is therefore of crucial importance that FIG member organisations and surveyors are aware and prepared on how their work contributes to the achievement of the SDGs and vice versa.  The SDGs were appointed as one of the central themes during the FIG Working Week 2020. Many colleagues from the FIG community shared their experiences at practical and strategic level. In... (read more)
2020-05-12 11:02:05

Changed Perspectives in Land and Water Management

Situated in the delta of the rivers Meuse and Rhine, the Netherlands have a long tradition in land and water management. The fertile soils along the rivers and coast were quickly occupied for food production, the waterbodies were used for transportation of people and goods, and along this transportation network settlements emerged. However, the proximity to water bodies also meant the risk of flooding. Since the very first beginning, the main aim was to reduce the risk of flooding by embanking the rivers. Dams and locks were constructed as well to keep water levels high enough for – cross border... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:51:40

Cadastre with Couleur Locale

GIM International Interviews Hernando De Soto
A radical reappraisal of attitudes to the developing world is required of the geomatics profession. This is the view of Hernando De Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital, who in this interview offers GIM readers detailed insight into his concept of land registration for the poor. Land registration as means of escape from poverty is the major premise of De Soto, one of the foremost thinkers of our age on informal economy. Originally an economist, and president of the Peruvian Institute for Liberty and Democracy, he has shaped current thinking on land registration and its positive outcome for the... (read more)
2010-10-04 04:06:07
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