Integrating the ‘Constructioneering’ Workflow Together

The How and Why of the Topcon and Bentley Partnership
Digitalisation and new technologies with the ability to revolutionise the geospatial industry are creating a new playing field for mapping and surveying professionals. This evolving landscape is also reshaping the industry, with new entrants gaining ground and established players seeking to collaborate and combine their specialist areas of expertise in order to offer a total solution. Wim van Wegen, content manager of ‘GIM International’, met with Ted Lamboo, senior vice president of strategic partners at Bentley Systems, and Ewout Korpershoek, executive vice president at Topcon Positioning Systems, at Bentley’s 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference in Singapore. They discussed the partnership between... (read more)
2018-02-07 11:36:08

Landscape Issues in Poland

Much of Poland’s rural landscape has unique cultural and aesthetic value and should be recognised as a national asset. In economic terms, however, small, scattered parcels demand thorough land consolidation, an activity that also threatens the landscape. How may land consolidation be used not only in reallocation but also to preserve the landscape? The authors propose studies to serve both aims. But, first and foremost, all parties must be made aware of the (economic) benefits of landscape preservation.<P> Polish rural landscape, the present farm structure of which has evolved over many centuries, is recognised as a valuable contribution to the... (read more)
2008-05-17 12:00:00

Uruguay Updates National Imagery to Support Sustainable Development

The last complete aerial photography collection effort in Uruguay was conducted in 1966‒1967 to produce a national dataset at 1:50,000 scale. Only parts of the country have been captured since that time. In 2015, recognizing the multiple benefits of updated cartographic information to support future development, the Uruguay government, through the IDEUy (Infraestructura de datos espaciales de Uruguay), initiated a project to map the nation. Based on a thorough evaluation of the alternatives, including aerial photography, Lidar and satellite imagery, the IDEUy chose aerial digital cameras as the best technology to update the Uruguayan geographic dataset. (this article is brought... (read more)
2019-09-02 09:30:56

NMCAs Pledge to Put Data Access at the Heart of EuroGeographics’ Activities

Facilitating access to geospatial information from official national sources is in the public interest and supports the public good say members of EuroGeographics. European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities (NMCAs) recently agreed to put data accessibility at the heart of their association’s strategy. At its 2019 General Assembly – held from 6 to 9 October – hosted by Ordnance Survey Great Britain with support from Her Majesty’s Land Registry and Registers of Scotland, European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registration Authorities (NMCAs) agreed to make data accessibility a key priority. They also pledged to continue working in partnership... (read more)
2020-01-08 08:47:17

Spatial Objects

With the expanding use of spatial information comes a growing need to interchange this information. Parallel runs the development of spatial databases serving multiple applications. Both have highlighted the need for consistency of representation and behaviour of spatial objects across computing platforms.<P> Until recently even such a supposedly well known technique as representing area features as polygons was fraught with pitfalls; there have been countless forms of ‘standard’ representations in use. The work of ISO TC211 attempted stringently to address this problem by developing a well-defined set of specifications and nomenclature for the representation of spatial objects. This has been... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

UAS in Farming

A Pilot Project in Cuba
The popularity of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is on the rise in many countries for a multitude of applications. In one such development, the UAS is rapidly becoming a tool for crop monitoring and management, which is essential for food security. GeoCuba has been successfully testing UAS technology for farming purposes. Here, the authors describe a pilot project conducted in Cuba in co-operation with the Russian firm Uniintex-Ginus. Figure 1, Preparing the Delta-Photo system for flight   Cuba covers a land area of nearly 110,000 square kilometres, of which nearly two-thirds is cultivated. With an annual sugar production of 5... (read more)
2014-04-23 08:59:07

Core Wall Control Survey in Kuwait

Using BeiDou for Tall Building Construction in Kuwait
Tall towers can bend and sway due to wind, cranes and other loads. Ideally, such movements should be around the main axis designed so that, in the absence of loads, the tower stands exactly vertical. However, raft settlement, concrete shortening and construction tolerances cause deviations. The core wall control survey method was adopted to drive the new headquarters of the National Bank of Kuwait – a 300m-tall building – in the vertical direction with millimetre accuracy. The method uses GNSS CORS technology. This is the first time that signals from the available BeiDou GNSS satellites have been used to assist... (read more)
2016-04-12 12:19:06

An Africa-led Initiative for Africa

AFREF: Towards a Unified Reference System
The internationally supported African initiative Africa Reference Framework project (AFREF) aims at using GNSS to unify the coordinate reference systems within Africa to produce a uniform and consistent coordinate system for all regional and continental geo-spatial information and planning and development projects. One of the long-term objectives of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is "to eradicate poverty in Africa and to place African countries, both individually and collectively, on a path of sustainable growth and development and thus halt the marginalisation of Africa in the globalisation process". NEPAD was developed by African leaders and is based on national... (read more)
2005-05-25 12:00:00

Cadastral System in Malaysia

RTK ion Updating Coordinate System
A virtual reference station (VRS) was introduced in Malaysia employing real-time kinematic (RTK) equipment. The project for updating the coordinate system, designated Coordinated Cadastral Infrastructure (CCI), requires that all reference points in Malaysia be surveyed to update the coordinate data and demonstrate specified accuracy. View Larger Map   Malaysia's real-time kinematic (GPS) network (MyRTKnet) is a VRS differential system covering the entire area of Malaysia. The system includes 27 GPS reference stations (Trimble 5700) and central processing software (Trimble). The differential data is broadcast via the internet; users can download it by communicating with the service centre using either Global... (read more)
2009-04-02 12:00:00

Promoting Capacity Building

Ian Dowman, Professor of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, UCL and President of ISPRS
ISPRS wants to expand its international role and to develop a presence in developing countries, says this month’s interviewee. Ian Dowman, president of ISPRS, the organisation that since April 2006 has begun contributing a monthly column to this journal, recognises the fact that geospatial information is becoming more widely used and appreciated by professionals and public alike. The public sees the media using satellite data to help it report on war and disaster, and is increasingly familiar with in-car navigation systems. Disasters, and the possibilities of such things as road charges, raise both professional and government awareness of the importance... (read more)
2006-06-27 12:00:00
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