Smart Surveyors: Developments and Trends from the FIG Working Week 2020

Some of the challenges demanding innovative surveying approaches and technologies are rapid urban growth, smart energy, cleaner mobility, and ‘land rights for all’. Sensing technologies, spatial data processing methods, and related approaches are already available. However, the question is how to use and improve them to become future proof, smart surveyors? Only ten years left to achieve the SDGs for a sustainable future. How can smart surveying contribute? To answer these questions, the papers of the FIG proceedings were analysed by the author-team.In this short article, we present the main trends distilled and the papers we refer to, represent these... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:03:33

How the New EU Directive Will Change the Geospatial Data Market

Authoritative Data in the Spotlight
The European Union (EU) is adding a new dimension to the digital data-distribution policies of mapping agencies, cadastres and land registries. In two years’ time, a new EU directive will make it compulsory to provide open and free access to the most crucial, publicly funded geospatial and Earth observation data for use and re-use. EuroGeographics and EuroSDR, the two most renowned pan-European organizations in these matters, have reacted positively, assuming there will be sufficient national funding. After all, both society and the geomatics sector stand to benefit from increased use of ‘authoritative’ geospatial data. Published by the EU last summer,... (read more)
2020-04-07 03:35:25

Digital Twins Drive Geospatial Market Growth

Unveiling the Findings from the Annual Industry Survey
The ever-increasing use of digital twins in infrastructure and construction projects is creating a huge need for 3D geodata, which in turn is driving strong growth in our industry. That is just one conclusion we can draw from the most recent ‘GIM International’ annual industry survey. As the geomatics landscape continues to evolve and diversify, many providers of mapping and surveying solutions are focusing on specific vertical markets, ranging from agriculture, forestry and archaeology to construction, mining and civil engineering. Read on for our analysis of the survey results, in which we identify key growth opportunities and highlight which new... (read more)
2019-01-30 09:35:42

Statutory versus Customary II

Institutional Weaknesses in Nepal
Of the roughly thirty million people living in Nepal, a majority belongs to peasant households and lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. The peasant population has also, under former customary land tenure arrangements, been exploited and pauperised. Land related statutory acts introduced since 1951 have not brought security of rights for the actual cultivators of the land, and thus discourage investment in it. Thanks in part to institutional weaknesses, land administration services are today distrusted by the population. The author inventories these weaknesses and provides suggestions for solution. For many centuries farming has been the principle... (read more)
2011-01-04 02:37:56

Building Bridges for Change

Gim International Interviews GDSI Association President Bas Kok
Geographic information technologies and spatial-data infrastructure play a crucial role in allowing governments, local communities, non-governmental organisations, the commercial sector, academia and the public to address pressing world problems. Approaches to building spatial-data infrastructures (SDIs) converge in many respects, and this, particularly in respect of national standards, practices and process, will be explored by the GSDI World Conference on Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence. It will simultaneously explore new approaches to offering geographic data and services. The conference ?Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges? takes place in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from 15th to 19th June. We spoke to president Bas Kok... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00

Use of GIS in Smart City Projects

Managing and Visualising Geospatial Data in a User-friendly Environment
A geographic information system (GIS) has been used in the construction of a large-scale model of a smart city project in France. The smart city concept is developing very quickly around the world, because it provides a comprehensive digital environment that improves the efficiency and security of urban systems and reinforces the involvement of citizens in urban development. This concept is based on the use of geospatial data concerning the urban built environment, the natural environment and urban services. The successful implementation of a smart city project requires the development of a digital system that can manage and visualise the... (read more)
2018-10-04 08:41:01

Cartography for Everyone - You Too!

GIM International Interviews Dr David Fairbairn, Vice-President ICA Executive Committee
Since June 2004 ICA has been publishing a monthly one-page column in GIM International. Dr David Fairbairn is responsible for ensuring content for the ICA page and is himself a regular contributor. As vice-president he is further responsible for ensuring that ICA keeps an active eye on issues and paradigms affecting the practice of modern cartography. When was the International Cartographic Association (ICA) established and how is it organised in terms of structure? The International Cartographic Association was formally established in June 1959. But in fact it grew out of a series of international conferences addressing issues of common cartographic... (read more)
2005-12-29 12:00:00

Openness, Certainty and Ambition

Dorine Burmanje has chaired the board of management of the Netherlands’ Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster) since 2004. “We strive for excellent quality, low costs and a high degree of customer satisfaction,” she says. “Kadaster wants to be the supplier of property and geographic information in the Netherlands, and the leading supplier in Europe.”<P> Could you outline Kadaster mission and ambitions? Our mission is to promote legal certainty in the movement of real estate within society, including ships and aircraft, to optimise geographic infrastructure, and to effectively keep society informed in these areas for social, legal and economic... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

GSDI: Twelve Years, Ten Conferences

GIM International Interviews Past President Jarno Ratia
Jarmo Ratia, CEO, National Land Survey of Finland, left office as president of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association during the tenth conference, held from 25th to 29th February 2008 in Trinidad and Tobago. As past president he remains a member of the three-person executive board. We discussed with him the SGDI mission, its achievements and future.<P> What prompted the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) concept?   Tens of years ago the value was already understood of collecting data just once and transferring it through a network to other potential users. Considerable savings would thus be achieved. The next... (read more)
2008-04-11 12:00:00

Cartography for Everyone - You Too!

GIM International Interviews Dr David Fairbairn, Vice-President ICA Executive Committee
Since June 2004 ICA has been publishing a monthly one-page column in GIM International. Dr David Fairbairn is responsible for ensuring content for the ICA page and is himself a regular contributor. As vice-president he is further responsible for ensuring that ICA keeps an active eye on issues and paradigms affecting the practice of modern cartography. When was the International Cartographic Association (ICA) established and how is it organised in terms of structure? The International Cartographic Association was formally established in June 1959. But in fact it grew out of a series of international conferences addressing issues of common cartographic... (read more)
2005-12-29 12:00:00
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