Lynx Mobile Mapper Rapid Mobilisation Platform

Optech, Canada, has developed a lightweight mounting platform for its Lynx Mobile Mapper. The rack features rigid mounting points and latching that virtually eliminate any slippage or vibration, ensuring consistent survey results and increased repeatability.   The lightweight but durable enclosure with sealed thermal windows protects the sensors from inclement weather, temperature extremes, high humidity and dust, thus contributing to long-term performance reliability. The platform is backwards compatible with earlier models.     (read more)
2011-09-28 09:45:56

Cooperation for Geopdf State Coverage DVDs

The US Army Geospatial Center (AGC) and US Geological Survey (USGS) collaborated to create and disseminate a GeoPDF State Coverage DVD dataset recently. The GeoPDF State Coverage DVD dataset is a collection of all available USGS-produced GeoPDF map sheets presented via an easy-to-use index map created by the AGC.   GeoPDF products use the PDF format as the "container" for the maps, imagery and other geospatial data delivered to the end user via Adobe Reader.  These datasets, which encompass all fifty states, three US Territories (Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia, are available from the... (read more)
2011-08-26 11:38:17

National Street Database to Prevent SatNav Mishaps

A new national street database providing details of low bridges, narrow roads and other restrictions could help to reduce satellite navigation errors. The National Street Gazetteer (NSG) lists over one million UK streets and is already widely used to help co-ordinate roads works across England and Wales. It has been updated to a new format that enables Highways Authorities to record heights, weights and width restrictions, and directions (one way or two way) against individual roads and streets.   The new DTF 7.1 format, which is compliant with BS7666:2006, also enables closer alignment with the National Land and Property Gazetteer,... (read more)
2009-05-15 10:42:19

Disasters Drive Interoperability

Many disaster mitigation and management activities involve sharing of geospatial information, and such sharing depends on standards that enable multiple systems to behave as one system. ‘Behaving as one system’ wasn't the norm in the past, of course, but today it is becoming so, as new deployments use open architectures based on open, international standards. Web Mapping Because government agencies have long understood the need for an open disaster-information network, OGC has focused on disaster-information requirements. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), the agency carrying primary responsibility for flood control in the US, provided OGC with its first funding.... (read more)
2006-01-25 12:00:00

Mobile Lidar for Urban Streetscapes

Mapping Historic Sixth Street in Austin, Texas
Surveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) performed a mobile Lidar survey of the historic Sixth Street district in Austin, Texas, USA, for an urban planning project being conducting by the municipality. Sixth Street is an acclaimed music and entertainment district in the heart of downtown Austin, and city planners intend to redevelop it, broadening the pedestrian streetscape and improving both vehicular and pedestrian traffic control. Using mobile Lidar technology to survey this busy street significantly shortened data acquisition time and provided survey-grade deliverables to the city. The detailed point cloud dataset was also made available to city planners for 3D... (read more)
2012-04-26 11:28:53

Bringing in GIS (1)

GIS is often considered a solution in search of a problem, and GIS solutions are promoted as the cure for all business challenges. The authors advocate a ­top-down, rather than a technology-driven, solution and describe a meth-­­odology for identifying strategic objectives and representing how GIS can support them. As advocates of GIS often discover, many barriers exist to finding funding for a technology-led project that gives priority to functionality over business value. A budget-holder will often lack knowledge regarding GIS and how it can positively impact business; occasionally, they even display cynicism as to its capacity for delivering value. Discovery... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

England's Fire and Rescue Emergency Response to Use Intergraph

FiReControl, England's national fire and rescue emergency response infrastructure, will use incident response management solutions from Intergraph to enhance public and firefighter safety and provide rapid response for more than 50 million citizens. FiReControl is to create a network of nine regional control centres to manage all fire and rescue resources across England for fast response times to save lives and property through a unified system providing advanced cross-regional interoperability and improved resource management. The system will enable a higher level of public service by providing the ability to spread localised peaks in demand across the regional centers, and it... (read more)
2010-04-21 12:41:48

Success for Regional NSDI Seminar with African Decision-makers

The seminar entitled 'National Spatial Data Infrastructures: Which benefits for emerging countries?', held on 3 and 4 April 2012 in Ouagadougou in the West-African republic of Burkina Faso, has been hailed as a success. This regional event was organised by IGN France International and the French IGN, in close collaboration with the Geographic Institute of Burkina (IGB), the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Africa (CEA) and Esri. More than 150 participants coming from upwards of twenty different African countries attended this seminar. Many high-level figures were present, including Burkina Faso’s Minister for Animal Resources as well as the Minister for... (read more)
2012-04-06 12:00:00

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and FIG noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of smaller and more affordable UAS technology, combined with recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques, offers a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data. In turn, this can benefit land administration agencies and help to secure property rights for... (read more)
2014-11-10 08:00:00

UAVs Revolutionise Land Administration

Fit-for-purpose Mapping
In 2014, a joint publication by the World Bank and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) entitled 'Fit-for-Purpose Land Administration' noted that 75 percent of the world’s population do not have access to formal systems to register and safeguard their land rights and, therefore, there is an urgent need to build affordable and sustainable systems to identify the way land is occupied and used. The emergence of small, affordable unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology and recent advances in highly automated mapping techniques offer a new tool and methodology for producing faster and cheaper spatial data that can benefit land administration... (read more)
2014-11-03 10:50:18
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