Virtual High-Level Forum Events on United Nations Global Geospatial

The upcoming weeks, the UN Statistics Division, as Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), and Ordnance Survey of Great Britain will jointly organize a series of three virtual high-level forum events on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management. Although it was unable to proceed with the UN-GGIM Sixth High-Level Forum due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN now launches the Implementation Guide of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework and the Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management: Five to Ten-year Vision third edition, both of which are presently undergoing broad global consultation and... (read more)
2020-05-25 09:48:28

Blue Marble Releases Geographic Calculator 2020 with New Remote Desktop Licensing

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the release of the 2020 version of Geographic Calculator – a geodetic toolkit for accurate coordinate conversion and datum transformation. Geographic Calculator is a powerful geodetic software solution with particular strength in survey, seismic and energy exploration. In addition to a single point, point database, and file conversion tools, this highly accurate transformation software includes many specialized tools such as Canadian DLS (Dominion Land Survey) Land Grid tools, Seismic Survey Conversion tools, Area of Use tools for guiding users to the most appropriate transformation settings for a specific location, Horizontal Time-Dependent Positioning (HTDP), Geoid Creation... (read more)
2020-05-20 08:50:21

UAS Mapping – Where Is It Heading?

The use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) – cameras and Lidar sensors mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) – to acquire geodata for mapping purposes has evolved beyond infancy and is now rapidly maturing. How will UAS mapping evolve in the foreseeable future? To envisage where exactly UAS technology is heading, it is appropriate to start with the big picture before examining the details. So what is the current big picture for unmanned aerial systems? How are they embedded in today’s society? First of all, our planet is confronted with climate change. The most threatening effects... (read more)
2020-05-13 04:05:36

How 3D Scanning Rebuilds Crime Scenes for Courtrooms

Capturing Crucial Evidence to Aid Justice
Crime scene investigators with larger US metropolitan police departments and state patrols are increasingly deploying 3D laser scanners to tell detailed, data-based stories that will withstand public and legal scrutiny while bringing justice to victims. 3D laser scanning technology is being used to accurately depict the relational aspect of each piece of evidence so investigators can rebuild and reconstruct crime scenes. This is a powerful investigation tool, especially as legal systems grow more comfortable with high-tech evidence in courtrooms.  In this digital age, the use of 3D laser scanners is expanding the role of geospatial technology in crime scene investigations.... (read more)
2020-05-13 03:35:40

Land Challenges in a Revolving World

FIG Commission 7: Cadastre and Land Management
Has your world changed in the last four weeks? It has for Commission 7 also, and we are adjusting quickly to the new needs of our world. Commission 7 is about the relationship between land and people, and how surveyors and other professions support nations to administer their land resources. During this pandemic, every day the COVID19 virus is changing how we relate to our land from border closures to restrictions to citizens to be confined into private parcels. The current pandemic has shown how important it is to have a land inventory (the cadastre), and to be able to... (read more)
2020-05-12 09:53:17

Accuracy Near, Far, Above or Under – How is FIG Working Week 2020 Contributing

The skills that engineering surveyors had to acquire in order to respond to the challenges of the construction world have made them capable, also, of fulfilling other challenges, several of which motivated by an awareness of the limitations of our planet. Engineering surveyors have learned that they need to push the equipment and techniques to its limits, while having recognized the necessity to integrate new techniques which can present more complete answers, without forgetting an important qualifier: accuracy. The instruments and methodologies have allowed for the surveying engineers to start working either very closely to the studied object, or, otherwise,... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:12:24

Spatial Information Management, a Key Discipline for Managing Spatial and Temporal Dynamics

FIG Commission 3
One of the most impressive examples of how phenomena evolve over time and space is the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Knowing in real-time where a local outbreak occurs, how outbreaks evolve over time, how many people are affected at any given location is of utmost importance to take appropriate measures. As with many other applications, well-established spatial information management, including an implemented system for digital information exchange can help to provide the required spatial information in near real time. Commission 3 at a glance Commission 3 of the International Federation of Surveyors FIG has the task of providing an... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:33:18

COVID-19 Responses and FIG2020: Lessons for Surveying Education

FIG Commission 2: Professional Education
The focus of FIG Commission 2 is on innovative and effective professional education and training for surveyors. This involves curriculum development, innovations in teaching and learning, life-long learning, attracting new students, and continuing professional development (CPD). A key aim of this term is to update the FIG Commission 2: FIG Publication No. 46. Enhancing Surveying Education through e-Learning with a focus on “Blended Learning” and better understanding how to combine face-to-face (f2f) and e-learning approaches. We seek to understand how current students best learn, good practices in e-learning, and in blending f2f and e-learning approaches for both teaching and training.... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:23:13

Need for International Ethics Standards, Peace and Gender Equality

FIG Commission 1: Professional Standards and Practise
Commission 1 focuses on establishing a set of ethical principles that fits the surveying profession for reference by professional institutions. It also focuses on promoting greater understanding and improving community perceptions about the surveying profession, which is underlined by the foundation’s vision to improve gender equality and maintaining global peace and justice, in line with Goal No. 5 and 16 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) respectively. Highlighting the sessions of FIG Commission 1 Commission 1 received a well coverage of technical papers for the topics related to Professional Practice, Boundaries and Women in Surveying. All the submissions... (read more)
2020-05-08 01:06:49

Coast-to-Coast US Coverage for Trimble’s CenterPoint RTX Fast Correction Service

Trimble has announced the completion of the breakthrough expansion of its CenterPoint RTX Fast correction service, with coverage now spanning the contiguous US and southern Canada. This expansion is central to Trimble’s vision to transform how and where users can leverage precision and accuracy. Ideal for autonomous applications in both on-road and off-road markets, the coverage and performance of the service enables industry professionals to re-think what is possible when using augmented positioning for improving safety, performance, productivity and operational efficiency. The CenterPoint RTX Fast subscription service delivers horizontal positioning accuracy of one inch (two centimetres) or less in under... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:49:47
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