Explosion in Beirut Seen from Space

On 4 August 2020, there was a huge explosion in the port of Beirut. The scale of the accident was so large that the damage could be seen from the satellite orbit around Earth. The European Sentinel satellites, operating under the Copernicus programme, took pictures illustrating the enormity of the damage. Just after the explosion in the port warehouse, pictures began to circulate showing the moment of the explosion. The scale of damage in zone was so big that it could even be seen from several hundred kilometres above sea level, for example on images taken by the European Sentinel-2 satellite.... (read more)
2020-08-27 08:55:40

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

SuperSurv 10 Selected for Coastal Protection in Thailand

Supergeo’s mobile GIS-app SuperSurv 10 has been selected by the government agency that is in charge of protecting marine and coastal resources in Thailand for spatial data collection. The core mission of this department is to conserve and restore the precious flora and fauna resided in the marine and coastal ecosystem. Because Thailand is a country located in tropical climate zone and has a thriving tourism industry, it is a critical work to conserve the valuable coral reef and mangrove forests along its 3,200 kilometres long coastline. Now, this agency has seven branch offices evenly distributed across Thailand and divisions... (read more)
2017-07-14 11:15:48

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

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

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

FIG Working Week 2016: Recovery from Disaster

FIG is inviting surveying professionals to participate in the upcoming FIG Work Week, to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 2-6 May 2016. The FIG Working Week is an exciting week-long conference that brings together the international community of surveying professionals. The overall theme is 'Recovery from Disaster'. New Zealand is a geologically active country with a history of seismic events and post-earthquake Christchurch is an ideal location from which to consider this theme. Many inhabitants throughout the world face various kinds of disasters, apart from earthquakes as in Christchurch, such as flooding, storm events, tsunamis, drought, the after... (read more)
2015-09-25 09:43:02

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

Complimentary Datasets for Wales

Getmapping has launched four complimentary datasets for the whole of Wales, all derived from its 2009-2010 aerial survey. The datasets include full-colour high-resolution aerial photography, colour infrared, and two height layers or elevation models. The elevation data includes a first surface, DSM, which includes everything above ground including trees, vegetation and the built environment and a bare earth, DTM, which records the rise and fall of the landscape. The 2009-2010 survey was captured using a Vexcel UltracamX digital camera mounted in a Rockwell Aerocommander. The Vexcel camera also has a built-in ‘near' or colour infrared (CIR) capability. Colour Infrared imagery... (read more)
2010-11-30 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
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