Maps and Apps to Monitor, Prepare for and Respond to COVID-19

During the last couple of weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread all over the world. While the impact in countries such as China, Italy and Spain is big, every country on the globe is currently dealing with this disease. Esri helps the community at large with location intelligence, geographic information system (GIS) and mapping software, services and materials that people are using to help monitor, prepare for and respond to the impact of the outbreak. A lot of countries are using ArcGIS dashboards to visualize and monitor the spread of the virus in local communities, provinces, states, countries and worldwide.... (read more)
2020-03-27 12:22:40

Jenny Mannix

Jenny Mannix is an NLT geospatial developer and analyst, specializing in automating GIS functions in open-source GIS platforms. Currently, she is supporting clients such as the World Bank. (read more)
2020-03-25 03:15:38

Rapid Survey Technology for Puerto Rico Earthquake Response

Geoxphere and WaldoAir Assist from the Air and on the Ground
A series of strong earthquakes recently hit populated areas in the south of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing major damage to properties and infrastructure. Geoxphere and WaldoAir were mobilized to assist in the disaster response effort. Tasked with capturing detailed photography from both the air and the ground, which was a first in this context, the team utilized their XCAM and XCAM360 rapid survey technology, with XMAP as the cloud-based data delivery tool. When a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or flood occurs, it is important to establish the extent of the damage, the risk to... (read more)
2020-02-19 10:43:24

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone usually has two to three cameras, a GNSS sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope for positioning the system in 3D space. In addition, a smartphone has a magnetometer which displays the orientation or north direction by a compass, and... (read more)
2020-02-05 03:54:54

Chris Mewse

Chris Mewse is managing director at Geoxphere, a UK-based company specializing in cloud GIS, spatial data management and cost-effective geospatial survey solutions. (read more)
2020-02-19 10:54:24

Tygron Enters Esri Partner Network

The Dutch Esri Partner Network is expanding with Tygron as a Silver Partner. The collaboration between Tygron – the company behind the Tygron Geodesign Platform – and Esri Nederland (the Dutch branch of the GIS software company) facilitates governments, engineers, planners and designers in straightforward cooperation and in providing better solutions to complex spatial tasks. The impact on space is an increasing concern. Residential construction, climate adaptation and the energy transition require space, while regulations impose great demands on the solutions. Complex tasks such as these require knowledge, the ability to experiment with solutions and to continuously outline the effects... (read more)
2020-02-19 09:59:59

City-scale Digital Twins for Flood Resilience

Extreme weather events and rising populations are straining existing (and often inadequate) drainage infrastructure in cities around the world. The result is flooding that damages property and infrastructure, impacts human safety and weakens economies. Digital twins can help cities plan for disasters and will enable them to better respond to weather events. In 2015, the United Nations reported that over the previous decade, floods accounted for 43 percent of all documented natural disasters around the world, affecting 2.3 billion people and causing US$662 billion in damages. And this number is getting worse. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports that... (read more)
2020-02-17 09:47:36

Industry Report: The Geospatial Industry is Alive and Kicking

How Digitalization and the Immense Need for 3D Data Drive the Business Forward
The advancement of new technology in the geospatial industry is opening up new horizons for surveyors. The profession has rapidly become high-tech, which has brought many benefits and also an ever-greater need to invest in advanced data acquisition, processing, analysis and visualization solutions. According to the findings from the annual 'GIM International' survey among geospatial professionals, the demand for such solutions is set to reach new heights in 2020 and beyond. It is a case of ‘full steam ahead’ for the surveying and mapping business – which is great news in particular for hardware and software companies. The mood among... (read more)
2020-02-14 11:04:00

Ana Roxin

Ana Roxin is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Burgundy, France. Her research addresses approaches that allow computers to simulate human reasoning and problem-solving. She has proven experience across semantic web, semantic interoperability, context-aware BIM, GIS and explainable AI. She is a member of several standardization bodies (e.g. AFNOR, CEN, ISO). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:03:50
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