Building Bridges between People

At the GSDI conference next week, as part of the social activities, the Sponsored Projects Committee of GSDI Association will host a silent auction to raise money for the GSDI Developing Nation Fund. This fund is used to support human capacity building in developing nations such as by covering travel expenses of representatives of national organisations from developing countries to attend important conferences and workshops.     Please consider bringing an item identifiable with your nation or region of the world to donate to the auction. Items might include books, rugs, handicrafts, shawls, jewelry, carvings, baskets, hats, pottery, pillows, artwork,... (read more)
2009-06-09 10:42:45

Building upon Traditional Skills

The Need to Grasp Chance from Change
Land surveyors are experts in designing, building and managing the spatial component of land administration systems. In these times of fast changing and complex commodities markets, economic growth is driven in part by land changing hands. The author discusses this dynamic humankind to land relationship. Surveyors can keep pace by capitalising on traditional skills. Land surveyors are experts in designing, building and managing the spatial component of our land administration systems. They are experienced in creating, describing and defining land parcels and associated rights and restrictions. One of the primary reasons that society requires these skills is to support an... (read more)
2005-10-27 12:00:00

Building Information System

A System Based on Terrestrial Laser Scanning
In Lombardy (Italy) one has started a project on risk-assessment of buildings of historical-architectural importance. For this purpose a Building Information System (BIS) has been created, based on archived and surveyed data. Essentially a multi-sensor approach has been applied to archive the inside and the outside of the monument. The primary technology is terrestrial laser scanning. The authors treat the activities done for creating the BIS of the Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, build in 1137. The Santa Maria Maggiore monument includes the Colleoni Chapel and holds the graves of the well-known composer Gaetano Donizetti and of the famous commander... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Building Bridges for Change

Gim International Interviews GDSI Association President Bas Kok
Geographic information technologies and spatial-data infrastructure play a crucial role in allowing governments, local communities, non-governmental organisations, the commercial sector, academia and the public to address pressing world problems. Approaches to building spatial-data infrastructures (SDIs) converge in many respects, and this, particularly in respect of national standards, practices and process, will be explored by the GSDI World Conference on Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence. It will simultaneously explore new approaches to offering geographic data and services. The conference ?Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges? takes place in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from 15th to 19th June. We spoke to president Bas Kok... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00

Sustainable Geospatial Building Opens

A new GBP4.5 million Geospatial Building has been completed by a trio of Nottinghamshire firms. Located in the University's Innovation Park, close to the Jubilee Campus, the project is a regional beacon in terms of research and training facilities.  The three storey building will be the new home for the University's Centre for Geospatial Science, the Galileo Research and Applications Centre of Excellence (GRACE) and the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG). The new three-storey centre has been designed by a team of three Nottingham-based firms: maber architects, mechanical and electrical consultants d3-Shipway and structural engineers Price &... (read more)
2010-01-27 04:42:18

Wales' Highest Building Mapped

Ordnance Survey's team of surveyors have mapped the detail of Wales' highest building. The recently opened GBP8.4 million visitor centre on the summit of Snowdon has been mapped by the national map maker, making it the highest structure to be captured. At 1,065m (3,560ft) above sea level, the building includes a cafe, shop area and interpretation space.     The building was officially opened at the beginning of June 2009 and a team of surveyors from Ordnance Survey had already been there to capture the detail.   Steve Roddick, Surveyor responsible for collecting the building details, said that with traditional... (read more)
2009-07-16 12:33:29

BIM: Building Information Model

Standards and Interoperability for the AEC market
A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a building. Construction and management of buildings involves many stakeĀ­holders, so that proper sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of a building is very important. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is developing BIM standards that promote efficient web-based information sharing in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and building Ownership and Operation (AECOO) markets.     BIM standards are crucial for increasing productivity, more and more important in a world struggling to recover from problems related to real-estate financing. Standards reduce costs in design, construction and... (read more)
2009-01-12 01:50:24

London's Building Height Map

FIND launched an exclusive London Building Heights map. This online map shows buildings with height points superimposed; just like spot heights traditionally shown on walking maps for hills and mountains. FIND have developed this viewable and printable layer of indicative building heights in-house. Sophisticated modeling techniques were used to create the building height layer using the Ordnance Survey's MasterMapTopographic building area footprints combined with Blom Aerofilms high quality 50cm interval LiDAR data.FIND reviewed the LiDAR survey points for the DSM (Digital Surface Model) to get an average value (X). FIND then reviewed the LiDAR points for the DTM (Digital Terrain... (read more)
2010-07-05 02:19:06

The Quest for Capacity in Land Administration

The capacity to establish, maintain and sustain land administration systems varies from one country to another. In some developed countries the capacity is well established and enables maintenance and further innovation of advanced interactive land information systems. In most developing countries, however, the capacity is very sporadic in terms of both institutions and personnel. When building land administration systems in developing countries, the quest for capacity development is fundamental. “Don´t start what you can´t sustain,” – this simple phrase indicates that measures for capacity development must be established up front when starting a project to build sustainable land administration systems.... (read more)
2014-04-23 09:16:58
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