Using Geospatial Acoustics to Track Bat Movements

Infrastructure plays a significant role in disrupting the flight paths of bats. Traditional methods of monitoring bat movements are rather limited and often prone to error. Using acoustics, GIS and 3D simulation engines, the Bat3Data system enables the field ecologist to differentiate between species and trace their flight paths in 3D along existing and proposed infrastructure. This helps to gauge the efficiency of gantries, bat bridges and underpasses in helping bats to cross roads and railway lines. The system can help to improve the remediation of ecological corridors affected by infrastructure. (By Vivian Raiborde, Frédéric Jehan and Hippolyte Pouchelle) With... (read more)
2015-11-10 03:43:18

Beyond Cadastre 2014

Let the Dialogue Begin
Multipurpose cadastres, Cadastre 2014, and sustainable land administration have radically altered understanding of cadastres and their potential over the last thirty years. Many of these concepts continue to be relevant. However, the world is not in stasis, so cadastral science must anticipate and facilitate emerging change. The authors present six design elements relating to the role and nature of future cadastres as a starting point for further dialogue. Globalised society will affect the design of future cadastres. Firstly, will be a need for survey-accurate cadastral data; secondly, a shift in focus from land parcels to property objects. Third will be... (read more)
2010-06-28 01:33:15

OGC Publishes Results of International Arctic Spatial Data Pilot

The Open Geospatial Consortium has published the results from the Arctic Spatial Data Pilot (Arctic SDP). The results, including reports, demonstration videos, and interviews, are available at the consortium’s website. Additionally, the OGC is now exploring options for the next phase of the Pilot. The Arctic SDP, an 18 month project, was initiated to demonstrate the diversity, richness, and value of providing geospatial data using international standards in support of seamless spatial data exchange with application to a range of Arctic topics. Eight scenarios were used to demonstrate a solution to a key aspect of environmental and resource management in... (read more)
2017-07-20 12:02:58

OGC Invites Proposals for Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Project

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and sponsors, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), in collaboration with the Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Participants, have announced a request for quotation (RFQ) and call for participation (CFP) in the OGC Interoperability Program’s Arctic Spatial Data Pilot Phase-2 (Arctic SDP) initiative. Responses to the RFQ are requested by 17 June 2016. The RFQ includes instructions on how organisations can respond to and submit questions about the RFQ. The purpose of this Request for Quotation and Call for Participation is to solicit proposals in response to a set of requirements for the... (read more)
2016-05-26 10:56:55

Outlook

What will be the influence of a possible economic recession on the future outlook for the geomatics business? Will growth stall? Will it steadily increase, and, despite all, explode? Or will the market react by sliding into a decline? With the world economy faltering and prospects uncertain, decision-makers in every industry are eagerly trying to forecast how their businesses will react and survive this hiccup, or worse, recession. It may be skating on thin ice, but I will hazard a guess. At the end of the day I am no economist, and even if I were my guess would probably... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

Deepwater Horizon

Biggest Offshore Oil-spill in History
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was built in 2001 as a semi-submersible platform specially designed for operations in ultra-deep water. The rig employs a dynamic positioning system to maintain a highly accurate position in open seas with the use only of its propellers. In September 2009 the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history, at a vertical depth of 10,683 metres.In February 2010 the rig commenced drilling an exploratory well at the Macondo project in the Gulf of Mexico, some 70 kilometres off the coast of the State of Louisiana (USA) at a depth of approximately 1,500 metres below... (read more)
2010-07-29 03:47:40

Melbourne 2012

Preparations are well underway for the next ISPRS Congress, which is being held in Melbourne, Australia, from 24th August to 3rd September 2012. The Conference Organiser is finalised, the web URL is registered, and the new Congress centre is due to open. The event will offer the delegate: government funding to aid participation by scientists and academics from developing countries an opportunity to experience the Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing industry in Australia and New Zealand abundant accommodation, from student dorms to deluxe hotels, at walking distance from the congress venue an international airport just twenty minutes from central Melbourne visa... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00

Aerial Photomaps Help Protect Norfolk’s Wildlife

High-resolution aerial photography is providing a map of hard-to-access land to help the UK’s Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) to plan, manage and report on a range of groundbreaking habitat restoration projects. Downloaded from Bluesky’s online Mapshop by NWT, the aerial photographs detail an area of West Norfolk known as Roydon Common. Due to the nature and location of the reserve, traditional mapping is not sufficiently detailed for NWT. Even with the mobile data collection system, there are areas that simply cannot be reached on foot. The Bluesky aerial photographs provide detail and add ground feature context to specialist maps layers,... (read more)
2016-03-29 03:23:54

Environmental Compliance Monitoring for Nickel Mine Project

GAF AG, Germany, has made a successful contribution to Ambatovy’s biodiversity programme by applying Earth observation technology to the monitoring of forest habitats of the Republic of Madagascar. The information derived contributes significantly to knowledge about prevailing deforestation rates along Madagascar’s eastern rainforest corridor, parts of which have World Heritage status. Ambatovy in Madagascar is one of the largest mining and processing projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a planned production of 60,000 tonnes of refined nickel and 5,600 tonnes of refined cobalt per year, Ambatovy will soon rank among the largest lateritic nickel mining entities in the world. The mine... (read more)
2012-05-25 12:00:00

SilverStripe Builds Geospatial Open Data Solution

Wellington-based (New Zealand) web development company SilverStripe has recently launched a new geospatial-based website for the New Zealand Geospatial Office (NZGO). NZGO is a controlling body within Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). The site will be the main online presence for discovering New Zealand geospatial data and enables users to explore large amounts of geographical data from several databases.   This application enables researchers, for example, to access fundamental climate and environmental information. Making this information publicly discoverable in a reusable way will enable researchers to bring datasets together and draw new conclusions.   SilverStripe developed the application to provide... (read more)
2011-09-14 09:46:37
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