Promoting Improved Geospatial Capacity in Tanzania

Ordnance Survey International has been appointed by the World Bank to help build up geospatial data expertise in Tanzania. The mapping agency will do this through capacity building in data collection, data management and data application skills as well as transferring knowledge about geospatial principles and standards. It will run practical training workshops in both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Reliable and accessible data is one of the most effective tools to drive effective decisions, efficiency and accountability. The Government of Tanzania has made considerable progress in increasing quality, accessibility and transparency of information to aid progress in service delivery -... (read more)
2017-10-25 03:02:48

Colombian Oil Company Expands GIS Capacity

Ecopetrol, the national oil company in Colombia, has obtained an Esri enterprise license agreement (ELA) to support its extensive operations. The ELA software programme simplifies procurement of essential ArcGIS technology supporting Ecopetrol's strategy and growth objectives. Among the top oil companies in South America, Ecopetrol uses GIS to manage its extensive exploration, and production activities, and the complex processes associated with their efficient execution. Otto Manjarres, IT coordinator for GIS, Ecopetrol, commented "The ELA enables Ecopetrol to use the latest GIS technology for maintaining a complete and integrated picture of our operations." This will help the Ecopetrol staff to better... (read more)
2012-10-19 09:38:45

Ground Station Agreement Increases Downlink Capacity

DMC International Imaging (DMCii), UK, has signed an agreement with Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) that will increase the volume of imagery acquired and the speed in which it can be delivered. The new facilities in Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, have allowed DMCii to receive 30% more data from day one, with the scope for significant further expansion in the future. Under this agreement, KSAT will deliver a complete ground station service to DMCii, including the provision of hardware, and delivery of data to DMCii’s headquarters in the UK. The Svalbard ground station is uniquely placed near the... (read more)
2013-04-18 08:30:00

Quadrupling Seismic Processing Capacity In Egypt

Spectrum's Egyptian joint venture, Spectrum-Geopex has completed the first phase of a significant computer systems upgrade at its seismic data processing centre in Nasr City, Cairo that will quadruple its seismic processing capacity.     The recently completed first phase of its expansion programme built upon previous upgrades in 2007 to increase the CPU count at its networked computer centre by a further 50%. A second more significant upgrade also scheduled for the second quarter 2009 will increase the computing power at Spectrum-Geopex to a total of 500 CPUs.   Spectrum-Geopex is also the latest location to upgrade to Globe... (read more)
2009-06-15 12:36:51

Expanded Cloud Storage Capacity for MAGNET Enterprise

Topcon Positioning Group has announced expanded cloud storage capacity for all MAGNET Enterprise paid subscribers. Cloud storage is a company-wide service that provides secure data storage for organisations working in the MAGNET Enterprise environment. Each MAGNET Enterprise company account, with subscriptions of at least one license of the team module, will come with a standard 5GB of cloud storage with additional space options available. Jason Hallett, director of product management, software applications, said with ten times the data storage capacity, MAGNET Enterprise users can archive and share more projects in the cloud. More cloud storage means increased uses and productivity.... (read more)
2013-05-06 09:45:14

SSTL Expands in New Building

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL, UK) has moved its technical operations into The Kepler Building, a new GBP10 million technical facility, providing assembly, testing and integration of satellites platforms and payloads for SSTL's global customers in a single location. Co-located with SSTL's headquarters in Guildford, the new facility provides significant new capacity that will increase throughput for multi-satellite contracts.   The 3,700sqm (40,000 sqft) facility's cleanrooms, laboratories and testing facilities will be utilised from this week replacing existing facilities on the University of Surrey campus. Satellites currently being assembled and tested in the new world-class test halls include TechDemoSat-1 and... (read more)
2011-06-21 12:00:00

EUSC Building on Open Architecture

The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) mission, as defined by the EU Council, is to support EU decision-making by providing information based on analysis of satellite and aerial imagery and collateral data. This involves supporting many crucial areas of activity. There is general surveillance within the field of security, support for verification of arms-control agreements and the applica-tion of treaties, control of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, support for humanitarian and peace-keeping missions, maritime surveillance, and prevention and management of environmental crises. The original operational infrastructure for EUSC was provided by its predecessor organ-isation, the former Western European Union... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00

Building a UAV from Scratch

DŠGS asked themselves how to build a UAV and they built one: the FlyEye, it exceeded all goals and expectations. The DŠGS FlyEye is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) built from scratch as a data-capturing tool and learning exercise by members of the Slovenian Students of Geodesy Association (DŠGS) at the University of Ljubljana. Having started as just an idea over a year ago, today the FlyEye has exceeded all goals and expectations. The process of learning to build and operate a UAV, and collecting and processing the data, has opened the authors' eyes to new possibilities in the world... (read more)
2015-04-07 01:51:09

Building Radar Becomes Copernicus Master

Tuesday 20 October 2015 was certainly a day to remember for the Munich-based start-up Building Radar, which provides a global, satellite-based online database for new construction projects. The company secured two prizes in the Copernicus Masters international Earth observation competition. Building Radar first won the European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge and then went on to be named the overall winner, becoming this year's Copernicus Master. The start-up Building Radar has developed an integrated solution for VHR satellite imagery within a solid business model. It is focused on providing automated monitoring and detection services for the construction industry, whereby satellite imagery... (read more)
2015-10-26 10:29:54

Increasing Information in Building Models

New Technology Can Significantly Improve BIM
Since the advent of building information modelling (BIM) software in the early 2000s, 3D modelling has significantly improved building design. With regular updates, BIM can also ensure that, during construction, the work progresses according to the design. In practice, however, BIM usually stops once construction starts. This can mostly be attributed to the complexity and cost of gathering accurate and current data needed to update the digital models. The German firm NavVis GmbH is a Munich-based start-up that has developed technology which overcomes these barriers by reducing the cost and increasing the efficiency of capturing and comparing data of physical... (read more)
2017-04-25 03:45:12
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