Customising GIS

Intrinsic Programming or Object-oriented Methods
GIS software is usually customised using intrinsic programming and writing scripts in conventional programming languages. Since these scripts are run through an interpreter they are slower to execute than well-implemented, object-oriented GIS customisation (OOGC). The author uses case-studies to compare the two methods and illustrates the importance of OOGC in integration of GIS with other information systems.<P> Despite the many GIS programs on the market, none can satisfy the requirements of all users. Functions have therefore to be added to the basic GIS software. Customisation is the process of adding interfaces and functions to a GIS (or modifying existing applications)... (read more)
2007-12-08 12:00:00 G. Sajeevan, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, India

StreetMapper GIS

StreetMapper GIS, a new version of the mobile laser mapping system with an integrated panoramic camera, has been launched by 3D Laser Mapping and IGI mbH. StreetMapper GIS is easy to mount on any type of vehicle and offers a cost effective solution for collection of street level asset information for use in geographical information systems (GIS) or other desktop software solutions. Being offered as an entry-level version of the StreetMapper 360, the system has a single vehicle-mounted laser enabling high precision mapping to a range of 300 metres, a capacity of 300,000 measurements per second and exceptional recorded accuracies.... (read more)
2010-10-26 08:51:25

GIS Kiosk

Among the many displays and interactive activities at the new Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center in Highland (CA, USA), is a geographic information system kiosk. The kiosk, installed by ESRI, uses ArcReader and ArcGIS Online software to promote the use of maps for environmental purposes by those doing research or who are simply curious about a particular place.     The data necessary to create these maps comes from a variety of sources including the County of San Bernardino, ESRI,, Readers Digest, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.     (read more)
2009-05-01 11:34:07

Indispensable GIS

This month we focus on maps and GIS for Early Warning (EW) and Emergency Management (EM): good maps are proven fundamental basics for tackling chaos after tragedies, and GIS plays a major role in evolving better post-disaster management tools. As Köbben says in his feature on page 12, ‘Current technological developments in GIS and collaborative web-based mapping using interoperable geo-webservices and user-generated content could take disaster mapping an important step forward.’ Konecný, this month’s GIMasters and Disasters columnist (page 23), distinguishes four main types of EW and EM map: early-warning maps and images, reference and damage-assessment, and thematic maps. Reference... (read more)
2009-06-30 12:00:00 drs. Roosmarijn Haring

Internet GIS

(Geo-)information is an essential asset for managing protected areas. Although plenty of (geo-)information is in place today, the challenge is to bring it to widely distributed users. The authors developed an information system based on internet GIS which enables dissemination of information over the web to serve users ranging from specialists to policy-makers and the general public.<P>   The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) aims at promoting ‘the establishment and effective management of a worldwide, representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas’ ( ). Monitoring, analysing and planning action-oriented programmes for conserving ecological wealth in protected... (read more)
2008-05-17 12:00:00 Nishant, N. Priyanka and P.K. Joshi, Teri University, New Delhi, India

Orbit GIS Version 10.1

Orbit GT has launched GIS engine Orbit GIS version 10.1. The update is immediately available for download and free for Orbit GIS 10.0 users. According to Peter Bonne, VP Business Development and senior product manager at Orbit GT, there are a lot of improvements in this version. Orbit GIS is available for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. Other platforms are to follow soon. Orbit GIS is the core GIS system on which all Orbit’s specialised extensions are built. The Orbit GIS technology is platform and network independent. Orbit GT was one of the first GIS technology companies to embrace 64-bit... (read more)
2012-04-10 09:26:52

Designing Our Future GIS

We hear all the time how surveyors should engage with the GIS field, both to improve the accuracy of maps and create work opportunities. That time of year came round again recently when surveyors and GIS folks make the annual pilgrimage to beautiful sunny San Diego in California, for a week at the ESRI User Conference.<P> The Survey Summit portion of this week serves as prelude to the main gala at the San Diego Convention Center, running Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was an all-day plenary scenario, while Sunday featured breakout sessions.   Brent Jones, surveying/engineering industry manager for ESRI, welcomed... (read more)
2009-09-01 12:00:00 Tom Gibson, editor, Professional Surveyor (USA)

Imagery and GIS

Imagery will be a future integral part of GIS. Some will argue that it already is. Some will even say that pictures are the basis, the fundamentals of GIS. Well, I can at least say we're well underway in this direction, and that's perfect, because it's such a logical combination that will surely push analysis of data further towards maturity. Esri president Jack Dangermond talked about imagery and GIS during his keynote speech at the annual user conference, held this year from 12th to 16th July in San Diego, California. Imagery and GIS, Dangermond told the crowd gathered in the convention centre,... (read more)
2010-09-02 04:47:38

Recognition of GIS Critical

In January 2007 the US National Research Council released a new report entitled Successful Response Starts with a Map: Improving Geospatial Support for Disaster Management  ( It summarised eighteen months of meetings and workshops beginning shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and bringing together dozens of witnesses and an international committee that included social scientists, scientists and engineers from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organisations. Two points, both somewhat paradoxical, stand out in the findings of the committee. Plenty of Maps First, the case for GIS at all stages of disaster management is overwhelming, from preparedness through to... (read more)
2007-03-21 11:52:12 Michael F. Goodchild, University of California, USA

Daratech GIS Forecast

Daratech Inc (MA, USA) forecasts that total GIS core-business revenue will top $2.02 billion in 2004, an increase of 9.7% over 2003. According to Daratech estimates, 2003 revenues reached US$ 1.84 billion, up 5.1% compared to the preceding year. Core-business revenue includes software, services, hardware and data products. In 2003 software accounted for the lion's share of the revenue, approximately two-thirds (64%) or US$ 1.175 billion. ESRI and Intergraph led the market, accounting for nearly half of the industry's total software revenues. Other software leaders included Autodesk, the IBM GIS Business Unit, GE Energy, Leica Geosystems and MapInfo. Services were... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00
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