Cadasta Foundation Welcomes New Director of GIS and Technology

Cadasta Foundation is welcoming Chuck Conley as its new director of GIS and technology. In this role, Conley will serve as Cadasta’s technology solution lead and will work alongside senior leadership to lead, analyse, develop and implement innovative technical strategies to document the land and resource rights of vulnerable communities.  Founded in 2015, Cadasta Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that develops and promotes the use of simple digital tools and technology to help partners efficiently document, analyse, store and share critical land and resource rights information. By creating an accessible digital record of land, property and resource rights, it... (read more)
2020-01-09 09:51:26

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridge, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signaling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22

Putting Drone Mapping into Practice in Malawi

Drone technology has improved to the point where take-offs are easier than ever. Flight planning apps such as Pix4Dcapture help aspiring pilots take to the skies. But what happens next? In 2017, the government of Malawi and UNICEF launched an air corridor to test the use of drones for humanitarian purposes – the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use. In this context, UNICEF Malawi hosted Pix4D for a 3-day workshop in the capital city Lilongwe, aimed at local participants from a range of different sectors. The workshop’s objective was... (read more)
2019-12-02 09:02:04

Mapping Fast-growing Informal Settlements in Africa

The Million Neighborhoods Map is a groundbreaking visual tool that provides the first comprehensive look at informal settlements across Africa. This helps to identify communities most in need of roads, power, water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Updates for Central and South America, India and parts of Europe and Asia will come online in early 2020. The network builds a common framework, tools and data for mapping, planning and coordinating solutions towards fulfilling the UN’s Agenda 2030 for Global Sustainable Development. The Million Neighborhoods Map, a collaborative network of diverse organizations, including the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, is the first such map... (read more)
2019-11-26 02:28:33

The Rotterdam 3D City Model

3D Digital Twin: Urban IT Crossover of Interconnections
If 3D is becoming the new normal in spatial data infrastructures, how can it be used in an urban environment? The Dutch city of Rotterdam, known as home to the largest port in Europe, is preparing for that next step by developing a digital twin of the physical city. The primary aim of ‘Digital City Rotterdam’ is to improve the efficiency of urban planning and management. But at the same time the city council is on the lookout for applications that will help people integrate the digital world into their real one – or will it be the other way around... (read more)
2019-11-21 11:39:31

Mobile Collection App Enables New Era for GIS Data Capture

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has announced that the Leica Zeno Mobile data collection app now integrates HxGN SmartNet's post-processing service and Esri’s Geospatial Cloud. The new functionalities allow workforces with limited surveying knowledge to optimize data accuracy and precision in the field and office and enable a seamless data flow to Esri’s GIS products. Thanks to HxGN SmartNet, Zeno delivers high-accuracy RTK positioning. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile’s new automatic post-processing service means that users do not have to worry whether they have a mobile internet connection. In areas without an internet connection, Zeno Mobile records... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:46:04

New Tasmanian Digital Elevation Model

A beta version Digital Elevation Model (DEM) has been constructed for Tasmania (Australia) by MRT geoscientists Dr Claire Kain and Colin Mazengarb, including the most recent Lidar imagery captured during the 2018-19 flying season. With nearly 60% of the state now covered by Lidar, the new dataset provides an increasingly clear view of the landscape that has many applications. The dataset was compiled initially to support two major projects being undertaken by MRT (Mineral Resources Tasmania) and other government agencies. However, as with the previous elevation model (created by the former Forestry Tasmania and shown as a hillshade image on the LIST website),... (read more)
2019-11-14 10:26:44

senseFly Announces Enterprise Partnerships with Trimble and Microsoft Drive

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing drones company, has entered new strategic partnerships. The organisations include Trimble and Microsoft and is focused on the capability and suitability of senseFly’s fixed-wing drones and drone sensors for precision agriculture. “Trimble and Microsoft are major players in the agriculture sector, and these relationships are a testament to senseFly’s drones operating at the high standards required by large organisations to deliver the results they need”, explained Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “This includes being able to offer a range of cameras to meet project-specific requirements, absolute accuracy down to 3cm and unparalleled flight times that enable... (read more)
2019-11-14 09:08:19

Esri Joins Forces with 3DR to Launch ArcGIS Drone Collection

Esri has announced that it has partnered with 3DR, a leading US drone data company, to expand Esri's current drone imagery offering, Drone2Map for ArcGIS, with an end-to-end enterprise drone data and analytics solution for the ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Drone Collection offers scalable solutions for users ranging from small operators to enterprise-wide drone programmes. Esri customers can now achieve operational efficiency by leveraging the elastic processing capabilities of the cloud. By adding 3DR's powerful Site Scan unmanned aerial systems flight planning and processing software to ArcGIS, users benefit by having extensive and powerful drone flight planning and image processing,... (read more)
2019-11-13 11:35:59

Smart Parking in Megacities

App Based on Mobile Mapping Point Clouds and Imagery
Did you know that you can waste a week or more per year hunting for a parking space in busy cities? Nowadays, smart parking apps offer a much-needed answer to the problem – and mobile mapping point clouds and imagery are core ingredients of the solution. Besides saving time by guiding you straight to an available spot close to your destination, smart parking apps also reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. One such app is AppyParking by London-based AppyWay. The AppyParking app allows users to see all on-street and off-street parking areas, restrictions and operating hours.... (read more)
2019-11-08 09:45:00
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