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


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

GIS in Forest Management

Preparing a Forest Working Plan in India
A Forest Working Plan regulates wood production, silviculture and tending activities for a predefined period of time by specifying targets, actions and control arrangements. The author shows how GIS was used to prepare a Working Plan for Velhe forest subdivision in India. Systematic forest management requires division of the forest area into blocks and compartments. A block is usually bounded by natural features and divided for administrative purposes into several compartments. For silvicultural management Working Circles (WC) are defined. A WC is a forest area with particular characteristics and the same set of Working Plan prescriptions. Box Velhe Forest subdivision... (read more)
2006-07-24 12:00:00

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

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

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

Geomatics Education in Croatia

Developments in Geomatics Education (1)
During the past year the Faculty of Geodesy at the University of Zagreb has introduced fundamental reform of all its education programmes, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate doctoral studies, and established a completely new postgraduate specialisation course. The author provides detailed background information and preliminary evaluation. Croatia has a longstanding tradition of higher education in surveying and geodesy. The seminal textbook by Martin SaboloviĀ“c, Exercitationes Gaeodeticae, was printed in 1775 and the first academic diplomas certifying that one could act as surveyor date back to 1811. At the Royal Forestry Academy, founded in Zagreb in 1898, geodesy was from the start... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00
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