EUSC Building on Open Architecture

The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) mission, as defined by the EU Council, is to support EU decision-making by providing information based on analysis of satellite and aerial imagery and collateral data. This involves supporting many crucial areas of activity. There is general surveillance within the field of security, support for verification of arms-control agreements and the applica-tion of treaties, control of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, support for humanitarian and peace-keeping missions, maritime surveillance, and prevention and management of environmental crises. The original operational infrastructure for EUSC was provided by its predecessor organ-isation, the former Western European Union... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00 Lucio Colaiacomo (CIO), European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)

Coastal Approach to Open Architecture

The Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) at University College Cork, Ireland, carries out multidisciplinary research primarily aimed at contributing to the scientific understanding of coastal and marine environments and their management. CMRC conducts basic and applied research in local, national and international projects relating to four niche areas: Marine Geomatics, Coastal Processes and Seabed Mapping, Marine Mammal and Seabird Studies and Coastal Governance. CMRC researchers come from a range of backgrounds including geography, geology, information technology and biology. Broadening Innovative Research Knowledge and information management relating to the coastal environment has been a core activity at CMRC since it... (read more)
2007-10-16 12:00:00 Declan Dunne and Yassine Lassoued, Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College Cork, Ireland

First Service-Oriented Architecture GIS for Developers

ESRI (CA, USA) has released ArcGIS 9.2 software, a developer technology designed to support Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) systems. SOA focuses on an approach that supports heterogeneous, loosely coupled services. ArcGIS supports this environment by providing a complete set of spatial tools for the desktop, server, mobile devices, and Web that is combined with robust Application Development Frameworks (ADF) for .NET and Java. ArcGIS Server 9.2 delivers extensive capabilities for integrating mapping, spatial analysis, and modeling within the enterprise. It is designed to plug in to an SOA using Web services protocol and includes administrative tools for integrating GIS services with... (read more)
2007-02-09 02:19:01

3D Models Revolutionise Architecture Projects

Hi-tech 3D modelling software from Pointools is being employed by University College of London (UCL) to create 3D computer visualisations of environmental installations. Researchers at the acclaimed Bartlett School of Architecture are using the Pointools software to process millions of laser scanned measurements into highly detailed 3D models. These are then used to complete environmental analysis of potential sites and create a digital landscape in which installation prototypes could be formed, honed and tested. The projects making the most of this high tech surveying and modelling solution included a ‘rainbow maker' and ‘55/02', a steel structure designed to maximise key... (read more)
2010-09-10 02:02:45

RIEGL Lidar Data Showcased at Venice Architecture Biennale

RIEGL, the Austria-based laser measurement systems company, is part of the 'Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View' exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. Two schools of architecture, the Department of Architecture at the ETH Zürich and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio AAM, are presenting the project with support from Pro Helvetia. The Gotthard Landscape exhibition examines the impact of NEAT (Neue Eisenbahn Alpentransversale), the world’s longest Alpine tunnel, in the historic Gotthard Range in the Swiss Alps. This project documents both visible and invisible changes to the landscape, mapping them in an 'interactive digital sculpture' created with point cloud... (read more)
2014-09-12 09:36:07

OGC Calls for Participation in Architecture Implementation Pilot

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) (MA, USA) has issued a Call for Participation (CFP) in the "Architecture Implementation Pilot," which is a coordinated interoperability initiative of GEOSS, FedEO and Tri-Lateral initiatives. Responses are due by 11 May 2007 and the "Pilot Kickoff Meeting" will be held 5-6 June 2007 in ESRIN the European Space Agency's establishment in Italy. This CFP seeks participants in a coordinated Architecture Implementation Pilot. A Pilot is a collaborative effort that applies open standards for interoperability to achieve user objectives in an environment representative of operational use. Outcomes include best-practices and interoperability arrangements suitable for... (read more)
2007-04-27 03:11:55

OPeNDAP

New Web-GIS Architecture
As the fast growth of Web-GIS produces more and more applications requiring data stored at remote databases, data access security and data transfer speed over the internet are at issue. The authors compare traditional client/server approaches with the open-source OPeNDAP data server.<P> Traditional client/server Web-GIS applications are usually based on accessing databases stored in one server machine or within a network of servers. Data transport goes as follows: -client requests data using web interface, web service or other interface -data requests sent to HTTP server, which sends pre-defined SQL statement to database -database retrieves data and sends resulting dataset back... (read more)
2008-04-11 12:00:00 Lansen Chen, Shandong University of Science and Technology Qingdao, China, and Honglei Dai, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA

IDENA: Spatial Data Infrastructure of Navarre

Architecture, Metadata and Interoperability
Several years ago Navarre (Spain) implemented a Land Information System (SITNA) within its corporate Information System. Notwithstanding the success of this initiative there remains a lack of metadata, an issue highlighted over the past two years by INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial InfoRmation in Europe). This is the context for IDENA (Spatial Data Infrastructure of Navarre), developed by Trabajos Catastrales S.A., to give SITNA a catalogue of meta-information, distribution of metadata and interoperability with other SDIs. The 2004 Commission of the European Community publication “Proposal for a Directive of the European parliament and of the council establishing an infrastructure for spatial... (read more)
2005-08-24 12:00:00 Pablo Echamendi, Trabajos Catastrales, and Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Gobierno de Navarra, Spain

How Historians Are Now Using Computer Technology

Investigating Spatial Effects in Architecture and Painting
Historians increasingly use the computer for analysing spatial effects and perspective spaces in ways that were hitherto impossible. The authors provide examples of their extensive work on computer modelling of Roman and Renaissance architecture and painting. The computer facilitates the analysis of ‘fictive’ spaces such as painted scenes, and the modelling of ‘anamorphism’, one of the most striking forms of perspective effect (distortion) employed in Renaissance art. Perspective scenes such as those by the Renaissance architect Sebastiano Serlio rely, for example, on vanishing points in mid-air which are impossible to model in conventional ways, and theatrical scenes such as Serlio’s... (read more)
2005-09-28 12:00:00 Vaughan Hart, Alan Day and Joe Robson, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Intergraph G/Technology Selected by The Gas Company in Hawaii

Intergraph (AL, USA) has announced The Gas Company, Hawaii (USA), has selected Intergraph's G/Technology to manage its geofacilities data network, including full gas infrastructure data integration at all levels of systems, applications and views. G/Technology's gas-specific solutionware will seamlessly manage The Gas Company's planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance functions, simplifying projects and processes. The contract includes migrating existing gas network data from the company's legacy proprietary commercial GIS into a G/Technology-based geofacilities management system. G/Technology's Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) architecture mitigates implementation risk, while its open architecture will facilitate enterprise data access by facility designers, Web users and employees involved in... (read more)
2006-01-12 12:00:00
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