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

Airports GIS Package

An Esri Aeronautical Solution: Airports GIS Package has been specifically developed to help US airports comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airports GIS data management and submission requirements.     In 2009, the FAA published Advisory Circular 150/5300-18B, detailing a regulation that establishes a comprehensive digital data standard for US airports. As part of the standard, US airports are required to submit accurate, high-quality GIS data that will be subjected to quality checks. Esri Aeronautical Solution: Airports GIS Package provides airports and the consultant community with an integrated toolkit of automated GIS functionality. The solution includes preconfigured workflows, data... (read more)
2011-08-09 08:59:07

GIS for Schools

ESRI (UK) has started ‘GIS for Schools', offering improved access to GIS technology to help teachers meet curriculum requirements and make lessons more engaging. Designed to help students learn more effectively, the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative has been designed to overcome the barriers to teachers using GIS in schools. So far 35 schools have signed up to the new scheme.     Already used in a number of schools around the UK, GIS became part of the national curriculum for Geography at GCSE and A-level in 2008 and its uptake in schools is expected to rise. Most teachers do... (read more)
2009-07-27 10:49:02

Cloud Opens GIS World

GIS touches everybody. During the 32nd Esri Users conference, held from 23 to 27 July 2012 in San Diego, USA, users were able to experience the full integration of cloud capabilities developed by Esri over the last several years. A wide variety of new technology was highlighted at the conference, and there was a strong sense that fundamental changes are afoot - the future for GIS is looking very exciting. Thanks to the latest developments in cloud computing within Esri software products, GIS is becoming relevant for an ever-wider community within organisations. Maps, area imagery, crowdsourced data, social media and... (read more)
2012-08-07 09:47:46

Mobile GIS Systems

Technical and Business Features
Today the computer power of handheld devices is comparable to the desktop computers of a few years back. Together with rapid adoption of the internet, this progress has triggered fitting mobile GIS systems into work processes. Mobile GIS is a means of geo-data collection using GNSS positioning, GIS functionality, wireless connection and mapping, all integrated in one compact device. In tandem with this month’s product survey (page 28), the author gives a detailed outline of the technical and business features of mobile GIS systems. Many work processes start with dispatching digital geo-data from the central GIS to the plotter next... (read more)
2010-12-03 02:58:01

Historical Demography in GIS

SuperGeo Technologies is developing a WebGIS system that allows users to view the population structure at a specific time in a specific area. The platform assists scholars in population comparison between different areas or different times via the Internet. As the historical demographic data is a crucial base for understanding the population structure in the past time, the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, started to establish the Taiwan Colonial Household Registration Census Database in 2005, aiming to provide users with the service to view the household registration census of each administration area in the Colonial Period... (read more)
2010-11-05 12:00:00

GIS and Disasters

The last eighteen months have seen a series of disasters leading to substantial loss of life. Examples include Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan earthquake, and bombings in cities such as London and Bali. All disasters happen somewhere. Where they happen influences the impact and our ability to respond. Scientists seeking to identify natural hazards and what can be done to mitigate them must also deal with the geography of risk. Geography is therefore central to both planning for and countering disasters. GI and GIS are increasingly at the forefront of government efforts to carry out their first duty in protecting their... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

Statement on GIS Profession

The Board of Directors of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) has issued the GISCI position on the GIS profession in relation to other geospatial professions. It was also reviewed and approved by all five of the GISCI member organisations: the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).   The position states in part: The GIS Certification Institute contends that state regulation of the many and varied tasks performed by GIS professionals... (read more)
2011-11-25 12:00:00

Mobile GIS Developer Community

Trimble has launched the Trimble Mobile GIS Developer Community. The new site provides a rich and growing selection of developer tools and services, hosted within the Trimble Connected Community (TCC) portal. The online community provides members with access to software tools and services as well as documentation, a developer forum, knowledge base and support resources. The software development kits (SDKs) available to members of the Mobile GIS Developer Community include the GPS Pathfinder Field Toolkit, designed for rapid development of standalone GPS-enabled applications for Win32 and Windows Mobile platforms and the MobileGNSS Field and Office Tools allowing developers to create... (read more)
2011-01-13 01:24:05
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