Luxembourg Cadastral GeoPortal

IONIC (Belgium) is to build an intranet/internet geo-portal for the Luxembourg National Department of Cadastral Information (ACT-LUX). This portal will incorporate OGC standards, including a transactional Web Feature Service. Users will be able to consult and download disparate sources of geographic data within one common environment. IONIC will be teaming with the Sword Group (France) to implement a solution based on IONIC’s RedSpider. The content of the Oracle database will be synchronised with ACT-LUX administration production databases. The product will allow multiple profiles of users to execute dynamic searches, data retrievals and downloads from the site. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

ESRI Agreement with Shell

Building upon a successful multinational enterprise contract signed four years ago, ESRI (CA, USA) and Shell International Exploration and Production (The Netherlands) have agreed to expand their relationship. The two companies have decided to implement a comprehensive agreement under which Shell and all its affiliates worldwide can access all ESRI software products. Dedicated Shell staff and a network of ESRI distributor technical support centres are to cover the multiple time zones of Shell's global business. Shell uses GIS technology to integrate and visualise complex business information from many different sources and to produce cartographic maps of its assets, operations and... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

New 3D Photogrammetric Z/I Mouse

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (AL, USA) has introduced the 3D photogrammetric Z/I Mouse to simplify digitising and data capture in stereo. With a radical ergonomic design, this mouse represents an industry first. For instance, it features three independent force sticks for X, Y and Z movements and a thumb wheel for fine Z movement. Its fully programmable keys improve digitising flexibility. This USB device is part of the company's redesigned Z/I Imaging ImageStation digital photogrammetric workstation and Stereo Softcopy Kit (SSK). The redesigned ImageStation workstation features ergonomically designed furniture and tower-sized computers to give a smaller footprint. The product... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Nigeria Inaugurates NGDI Committee

On 9th September 2004, a 27-member Committee took charge of the implementation of the Geo-Information (GI) Policy and National Geospatial Data Infrastructure (NGDI) in Nigeria. During the inauguration ceremony, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Turner T. Isoun, said that the availability of NigeriaSat-1 has been one of the driving forces to adopt policies for promoting greater awareness and public access to standard and co-ordinated geospatial data production, management and dissemination. He further reiterated that the Nigerian government "is determined to build infrastructure for geo-information to make it as important as the building of roads and telecommunication networks".... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Super-Wide Format Printer

Mutoh Europe (Belgium), manufacturer of large-format printers and sign-cutting plotters, has introduced its new 2.6 metre super-wide format solvent printer 'Osprey'. Developed by Mutoh Industries (Japan), this new printer is an addition to the company’s existing range of inkjet printers Albatros (54") and Toucan (64" and 87") and offers a maximum media width of 2,600mm (102.36") and a maximum printing width of 2,500mm (98.43"). Top engine speed is 93 m2/h at 360 x 180dpi. In production mode (360 x 360dpi), maximum speed amounts to 46.5m2/h. The machine’s high-quality print mode (360 x 720 dpi) allows speeds up to 23.3m2/h and... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

RedSpider Web v3.2

IONIC (Belgium) has released RedSpider Web version 3.2, with support for both English and French. The product offers the functionality for building an interoperable Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) within an organisation’s overall IT-landscape. The new version includes an OGC Web Terrain Service for the production and navigation of 3D scenes. For example, data may be distributed Web Map Services for imagery, Web Feature Services for building or other feature data and Web Coverage Services for Digital Elevation Models. Developers can now use PostGIS, a free enabler for the Postgres database, to deploy data with both WMS and transactional WFS interfaces.... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Geo-data, Disasters, and Beyond

Disaster risks stem from sudden energy release in one of the three basic environmental compartments: air, water and land. Today risk assessment, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery are of major concern to governments at all levels: national, state, provincial and municipal. The availability of sound geo-data is crucial for fighting disasters in all above five stages. The choice of a data type or mix depends heavily on the spatial and temporal extent of the disaster. For example, Airborne Lidar is very well suited for the generation of DEMS of river areas, urban conglomerates and coastal zones, both pre and post-disaster.... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

An IFSAR Quality Management System

Meeting DEM and Ortho-imagery Specifications
Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) is emerging as a highly cost-effective 3D mapping technology. Digital elevation models and ortho-rectified radar imagery are core commercial Intermap Technologies products using its airborne IFSAR based STAR technology, the list of applications for which is continually growing. Quality control and assurance ensure consistent data quality. Data quality has become a matter of escalating interest amongst the geospatial community. Data providers must thus ensure their data products meet specifications; quality must be built into the production process so that data consistently and predictably meets expectations. A rigorous Quality Management System (QMS) needs to be designed... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00
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