Is GIS Dead?

Three colleagues and I have been wrestling for two years with how we can best deliver a new version of our GIS textbook. The three previous editions have been successful, having sold 80,000 copies and being translated into five languages. The challenge we faced is that everything is changing so rapidly that it would be easy to be out of date or even irrelevant. Advancing technology is at the heart of the problem (and opportunity), but its consequences are manifested in many different ways. For example, publishers are transitioning to a different publishing model with different staff, using digital versions... (read more)
2015-04-10 11:56:11

Pythagoras GIS+CAD

ADW Software (Belgium) has released Pythagoras GIS+CAD. This product has been designed for local authorities, cadastral services, utility companies, urban planning and for scientific research. Its application is to analyse and visualise spatial information, without being limited to geographical objects only. With Pythagoras GIS+CAD users can (1) create and update geographical information, (2) consult and update spatial information, (3) analyse spatial information and (4) report and map the analysis. The software allows user defined line styles, symbols and hatchings; multiple thematic maps can be combined to ease up a visual analysis and multiple search engines combine expressions based on database... (read more)
2006-04-05 12:00:00

International GIS-Forum

Integrated Geospatial Solutions – the Future of Information Technologies
Every year GIS-Forum brings together more than 400 representatives from EO satellite operators, manufacturers, software and hardware developers, data distributors, service providers and end-users all over the world.   Agenda of GIS-Forum traditionally includes: International conference “Remote Sensing – the Synergy of High Technologies” International conference “GIS –Integration Technologies of the Future” Hi-tech Equipment and Spatial Technology Exhibition Awards for Best Geospatial Projects Round-tables, master classes, workshops and many more. Previous attendees and speakers at the event represented leading Earth observation companies such as DigitalGlobe, BlackBridge, Airbus D&S Geo, Deimos Imaging, Beijing Space Eye Information Technologies, SI Imaging Services, DMCii,... (read more)
2015-11-24 02:00:12

GIS for Brownfields Toolkit

ESRI (CA, USA) and ICMA, the premier local government leadership and management organisation, have worked together to produce a virtual library with a wealth of resources for using GIS for brownfields redevelopment. The ESRI-ICMA GIS for Brownfields Toolkit contains conference presentations, reports and articles, and an extensive list of Web resources that will spark new ideas for communities wanting to use GIS in brownfields redevelopment. Original case studies produced specifically for the toolkit share the experiences of three communities using GIS for brownfields redevelopment: Hillsborough County, Florida; Spokane, Washington; and Worcester, Massachusetts. Hillsborough County uses GIS maps to help its... (read more)
2006-11-08 12:00:00

Aerial Zoning Using GIS

Application for Kleia’at Airport Lebanon
Obstacle Clearance Limits (OCLs) are defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization to warrant safety around airports. However, as operational areas are not marked in reality but have complicated 3D geometry they are difficult to visualise and their connection to neighbouring terrain is often unclear. A GIS enables visualisation of OCL 3D-geometry, facilitating identification of areas subject to height restrictions, and assessment for future constructions. The author presents a GIS application for Kleia’at airport in northern Lebanon. Safety around airports is maintained through regulations set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Standards define Obstacle Clearance Limits (OCLs) for operational... (read more)
2007-03-21 11:47:29

Pythagoras CAD+GIS

ADW Software (Belgium) has launched Pythagoras CAD+GIS, a new version of their CAD software Pythagoras. New features and possibilities are included in the basic module and the digital terrain module. The Road Design module has been redesigned and a new GIS module is added to the CAD features. The new GIS module is completely integrated in the CAD environment, which allows user to complete the whole process: (1) creating and updating geographical information, (2) consulting and updating of spatial information, (3) analysing of spatial information and (4) reporting and mapping of the analysis. The Road Design module has been extended... (read more)
2006-07-20 12:00:00

GIS in Forest Management

Preparing a Forest Working Plan in India
A Forest Working Plan regulates wood production, silviculture and tending activities for a predefined period of time by specifying targets, actions and control arrangements. The author shows how GIS was used to prepare a Working Plan for Velhe forest subdivision in India. Systematic forest management requires division of the forest area into blocks and compartments. A block is usually bounded by natural features and divided for administrative purposes into several compartments. For silvicultural management Working Circles (WC) are defined. A WC is a forest area with particular characteristics and the same set of Working Plan prescriptions. Box Velhe Forest subdivision... (read more)
2006-07-24 12:00:00

Emerging GIS Software Provider

SuperGeo Technologies Inc.
Located in Taiwan, SuperGeo is a company based on GIS, RS and GPS technologies and dedicated to developing and marketing GIS software all over the world. This relatively young company has in a short time evolved to become a major player in the GIS software market in Asia, and is now slowly but surely expanding into international markets.<P>   SuperGeo was founded in 2001 by current CEO Super Wang and Systex Corporation, the biggest System Integrator in Taiwan. The origins of SuperGeo may, however, be traced back to 1990, when Wang built the first GIS consultant company in Taiwan to... (read more)
2009-09-23 12:00:00

Mountain GIS e-Conference

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Mountain Forum Secretariat (MFS) (Nepal) are jointly organising the Mountain GIS e-conference slated for 14-25 January 2008. This two-week e-conference is to promote geo-information science and technology for the integrated mountain development. The conference will be held on a virtual platform and, as it is with the nature of the virtual conference, the participation is open to all.   To participate in the e-conference, interested can directly register online at:   You are also welcome to showcase your case studies/applications at:   For details please see the attached leaflet or... (read more)
2007-12-21 01:39:13

Doing Business with GIS

Postcode Maps to Open up Mass Market
Postcode maps are key for the GIS industry in opening up the mass business market. Virtually all companies today need spatial data for sales, marketing and controlling departments and the postcode is a feature to which every type of information can be easily linked. The author argues that postcode maps combined with standardised GIS environments will help turn GIS into an inevitable tool for doing business. The GIS industry is in the process of developing and marketing more and more elaborate techniques for producing more and more precise data. In doing so, it is losing sight of the genuine needs... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00
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