ArcGIS Field Maps Beta Supports EOS Arrow GNSS Receivers

The beta version of ArcGIS Field Maps, which is available now, combines the functionalities of five existing Esri mobile apps: ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Tracker, ArcGIS Workforce and ArcGIS Navigator. In the first beta version, users can perform markups, work with read-only maps and work with MMPKs in a single app, including the use of high-accuracy GPS locations and metadata from Arrow GNSS receivers from EOS Positioning. Customers who have been wanting to take advantage of high-accuracy GNSS data in apps such as Explorer and Tracker will now be able to do so thanks to this beta release. Furthermore,... (read more)
2020-07-01 11:04:21

3D Models Bring Virtual Reality to the Property Sector

Cityscape Digital is using Bluesky's photorealistic 3D mesh models to create live, interactive 3D environments to illustrate proposed city developments. A specialist in computer-generated imagery (CGI) solutions for the property sector, Cityscape has already created a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences using aerial mapping company Bluesky MetroVista models, for clients including Canary Wharf Group and Greycoat Real Estate. “Using the Bluesky MetroVista data, we can model proposed developments in their true context and produce a range of solutions from live, editable on-screen models to roamable walk-throughs and interactive fly-throughs. We can even create full VR experiences,” commented Damian Fennell,... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:31:31

The Benefits of Visual Intelligence Solutions in Agriculture and Forestry

Digital Twins in Farming
Visual intelligence solutions for agriculture and forestry provide easy access to digital maps of fields, forests or plantations. In turn, this opens a world of opportunities, including the ability to take measurements ranging from phenotype microplot traits to forest inventory. Additionally, users can identify early signs of stress in large plantations, generate precise, ready-to-use weed control maps, and follow the evolution of the assets over time. This article illustrates how digital twins optimize the workflows for key agriculture and forestry activities based on real-world applications. Thanks to new visual data management platforms, generating digital twins of agricultural assets has never... (read more)
2020-06-04 11:49:58

From Urban to Rural: Enabling Sustainable Urban Planning and Development Using Satellite Imagery

It is estimated that 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. This number is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Studies have shown that urbanization, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population, could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas. This growth presents a challenge to today’s urban planners – a challenge that can be partly solved by incorporating Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery into their planning. This rapid rate of change challenges urban planners to ensure efficient city infrastructure management whilst minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment. Satellite imagery provides... (read more)
2020-06-02 10:38:34

Ordnance Survey to Help Develop Geospatial Services Centre in Dubai

Ordnance Survey has entered into a contract to work with the Dubai Government in developing its geospatial capabilities. The landmark deal, a first for Ordnance Survey, will see Great Britain’s national mapping agency begin work with the Dubai Municipality to create a Geospatial Services Centre, which will support the Dubai Government across a wide range of activities. Ordnance Survey International Managing Director, Peter Hedlund said: “Great Britain is widely regarded as having one of the best, if not the best, geospatial infrastructures in the world that serves government, business and citizens, and the aim is for the Geospatial Services Centre... (read more)
2020-05-27 08:44:45

Blue Marble Releases Geographic Calculator 2020 with New Remote Desktop Licensing

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the release of the 2020 version of Geographic Calculator – a geodetic toolkit for accurate coordinate conversion and datum transformation. Geographic Calculator is a powerful geodetic software solution with particular strength in survey, seismic and energy exploration. In addition to a single point, point database, and file conversion tools, this highly accurate transformation software includes many specialized tools such as Canadian DLS (Dominion Land Survey) Land Grid tools, Seismic Survey Conversion tools, Area of Use tools for guiding users to the most appropriate transformation settings for a specific location, Horizontal Time-Dependent Positioning (HTDP), Geoid Creation... (read more)
2020-05-20 08:50:21

FIG Working Week - What’s Next?

It is Thursday 14 May 2020, and today should have been the closing day of FIG Working Week in Amsterdam. The programme of today would have been the second General Assembly session and closing ceremony. Also a comprehensive tour, 'Dutch land and water management', was scheduled to take place today. The intention of the tour was to give a unique insight into the Netherlands, with a focus on how water has shaped spatial planning and development in the Netherlands. It should have taken attendees on an exclusive journey using various modes of transport, starting at the historical Fort Vechten and... (read more)
2020-05-14 09:17:05

Highlighting Spatial Planning and Development at FIG2020

Contributions to the Working Week from FIG commission 8
Spatial planning – the focus of commission 8 – is logically much related to the subtheme ‘integrated land and water management’ of the FIG Working Week 2020. From a planners’ perspective it is key to optimize the spatial allocation of various land use types. This applies to both land-based and water-based functions and activities. As such, spatial planning aims to balance the interests of various policy domains and stakeholders in pursue of an overall sustainable development. As land and water are a limited and often scarce resource, those interests may clash, and sometimes hard decisions have to be made. Based... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:08:59

The FIG Africa Regional Network

Developing Capacity in Africa
The FIG Capacity Development Network (CDN) is playing a leading role in bringing regional member associations and academic members together using a networking approach. This is based on enhancing communication in the region and promoting the ideals of the FIG. Our Facebook site is the principal platform for communication. We share FIG events as well as MOOCs, education opportunities, FIG Foundation and other information of interest in building capacity in Africa.  Leading together The FIG ARN has a distributed leadership structure with representation from the North, West, East, Central and Southern African regions. Within each of these regions is a... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:26:16

Iris Theunisse

Iris Theunisse is GIS engineer at Esri Nederland.  (read more)
2020-05-08 02:06:26
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