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 The challenge we faced is that everything is changing so rapidly that it would be easy to be out of date or even irrelevant.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

Leica Zeno GIS Handhelds

Leica Geosystems' Leica Zeno GIS products within the Leica Viva family targeting the data collection market is available. These new handhelds provides a one-click automated workflow between the field and office to manage and maintain assets, inspect infrastructure, respond to emergencies, ensure public safety, explore natural resources and conduct as-built and incident mapping with ease.  The Leica Zeno 10 provides a colour graphic display in portrait format and a numeric keypad. Alternatively users have the choice to purchase the larger Leica Zeno 15 with a full QWERTY keyboard and a display in landscape format.Both GNSS/GIS devices support:•fully rugged GNSS/GIS handheld... (read more)
2010-02-23 10:17:34

Hazard Mapping and GIS

Simulating Avalanche, Debris Flow and Rock-fall
The extreme avalanche winters of 1951 and 1999 in Switzerland clearly demonstrated the need for hazard mapping in mountainous areas. Hazard mapping helps in devising mitigation measures such as the construction of natural and artificial protection against avalanches, debris flow and rock-fall. The authors developed a new system called RAMMS (Rapid Mass Movements) comprising avalanche, debris-flow and rock-fall, protect and visualisation modules linked to a GIS.<P> Nets provide one example of an artificial protection against rock-fall. Natural protection is afforded by stands of forest on mountain slopes. Knowing how trees dissipate energy, by for example either the trunk or root... (read more)
2007-10-16 12:00:00

Enterprise GIS Improves Efficiency

Since becoming the first customer to take advantage of Esri's Small Government Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) programme in 2008, Wayne County (US) Pennsylvania's GIS has increased efficiency and public services in a variety of areas. The county is renewing its ELA for another three years, ensuring continued access toArcGIS software to further develop the county's enterprise-wide GIS.     Through its original ELA, Wayne County centralised six departments' geodatabases and deployed a variety of resources built on ArcGIS technology, including internal applications that allow non-GIS users, such as elections department staff, to access information and verify records; the online Wayne... (read more)
2011-05-13 12:00:00

Dubai Enhances GIS Operations

Dubai Municipality signed an enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri’s United Arab Emirates distributor GISTEC, making ArcGIS software available throughout the organisation to help meet the planning and operational demands of Dubai’s rapid growth.      “This is a landmark decision because it not only helps the municipality become more effective but also benefits all the citizens in the emirate of Dubai,” says Abdul Hakim Abdul Kareem Malik, director of the Dubai Municipality GIS department.   With broader access to the latest ArcGIS software, the municipality intends to leverage GIS technology and share geospatial data between departments.  The enterprise-wide GIS... (read more)
2011-05-02 09:42:47

GIS Training Course

Southern Mapping Company (SMC, South Africa) recently concluded a five-day GIS training course for the Northern Cape Department of Social Development. SMC were tasked with the geocoding of existing social services in the province, which included Centres for Crime Support, Disability, Early Childhood Development (ECD), HIV and youth development as well as food gardens, soup kitchens and all social service grant pay points. GAP analysis was conducted in terms of their effective penetration into communities who are most reliant on these services by incorporating census and other demographic data. The results were presented during a 5 day training course hosted... (read more)
2010-06-23 01:59:00

Cartography and GIS

Confirming an International Reputation
The Second International Conference on Cartography and GIS took place in the Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets from 21st to 24th January 2008. The 130 participants from Europe, Africa and Asia confirmed the international reputation of this conference.<P> Exactly two years since the first conference in this series, experts met again for four days in the beautiful Rila Mountains, enhanced by plenty of snow. Ms Marta Nagy-Rothengass (EC) presented the Seventh Framework Programme. Geographic Information (GI) was essential amongst information, she remarked. However, no special research and funding were devoted to GI, which was seen rather as enabling information and... (read more)
2008-03-06 12:00:00

Fifth Caribbean GIS Conference

URISA announces the Fifth Caribbean GIS Conference, taking place from 6th to 10th December 2010 in Trinidad. The conference programme is developed through a Call for Presentations which will be issued shortly. CARILEC, the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation, an association of electric utilities, suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders operating in the electricity industry in the Caribbean, will be a partner in the 2010 conference. The objectives of URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference are:To inform broad cross-section of Caribbean users about GIS technology and applicationsTo share experiences regarding GIS implementation and management issuesTo establish new relationships with the vendor/consultant communityTo provide... (read more)
2010-06-17 03:09:54

First Forestry GIS Conference

Foresters and land managers will meet at the Esri Forestry GIS Solutions Conference from 24th to 26th May 2011, at Esri’s headquarters in Redlands, California (US). This group of like-minded forestry professionals will share their practical knowledge about and experiences in using geographic information systems (GIS) technology for their forest operations.     This is the first conference of its kind in America.  It is recognised by the Society of American Foresters and approved for continuing forestry education (CFE) credit hours. Esri has organised a programme consisting of speakers, paper sessions, technology workshops, idea discussions, an EXPO, and a field... (read more)
2011-04-01 12:00:00
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