Exploring Geomatics

  My great interest in history led me recently to volunteer for an ongoing project to establish a Turkish National Surveying and Cadastre Museum. I have been appointed as the youngest member of the official working team, among experts, academicians, government representatives and seniors. To begin with I have been asked to search for and collate information about topic-related content of museums and collections. My first move was to go through the pages of a book on the history of surveying written by one of my professors during studies for my Bachelors degree. I then looked for my photo album... (read more)
2010-01-28 03:47:16

Geomatics Geneology

A year ago I experienced my baptism of fire at Intergeo as the newly appointed editor-in-chief of GIM International. This year I know what to expect, and look forward to meeting exhibitors and visitors at the biggest and one of the most significant annual geomatics events in the calendar, this year happening at Karlsruhe, Germany, see picture feature page 12. What first seemed to me a melting pot of different companies with all kinds of specialties has now become a well-organised grouping of obvious specialties within the world of geomatics industry and commerce. Knowing the latest on takeovers and joint... (read more)
2009-09-29 03:59:54

Geomatics 2.0

We all know about the rapid evolution in world mapping. While mapping was long the domain of skilled mapmakers, nowadays it is increasingly in the hands of the lay public, sometimes resulting in better maps. In this new epoch we see a well-educated, dedicated community of users that is taking the lead, stepping unhindered around large mapping agencies and governments and doing things themselves. Often they are young, hip, more socially aware and concerned and, crucially, unfamiliar with a world without computers. They don't think about joining social networks like Facebook or LinkedIn; they breathe it.   And, in this... (read more)
2009-12-29 11:23:13
2015-06-10 05:23:24

Offshoring Geomatics Work

GIM Interviews Huug Haasnoot, Fugro-Inpark and Marc Hoogerwerf, Wageningen UR
Enabled mainly by rapid developments in telecommunications and internet, there is growing relocation of office labour from Western countries to emerging ones such as India, Pakistan and China. The attraction of these countries is their combination of a highly skilled workforce and low wages. Offshoring is becoming regular business practice not only in programming, IT and back-office services, but also in the field of geo-information. In this double interview the interviewees share their geomatics offshoring experience in Pakistan (Haasnoot) and India (Hoogerwerf). In what type of activities are you mainly involved? Haasnoot - Within Fugro’s Aerial Acquisition division we perform... (read more)
2006-04-25 12:00:00

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 Sabolovi´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

Geomatics and Climate Change

Changes in the extent and thickness of glaciers, ice sheets and snow cover are indicators of temperature changes and thus climate change. If all the ice covering Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctica were to melt, the sea level would rise by 65 metres. But such a scenario is highly unlikely. Today’s estimates of sea level rise up until the year 2100 range from 0.25% to 2.5% of this figure. Climate change also intensifies rainfall. Therefore, not only the risk of coastal zone flooding increases but also river flooding – and the risk is amplified by asphalting, concreting and paving of... (read more)
2016-01-08 12:46:52

PCI Geomatics Beijing

PCI Geomatics (Canada) is to launch a new international office in Beijing, China. The new company, PCI Geomatics Beijing, will offer PCI Geomatics technology, services and solutions (under special license), for both the private and government sectors and will be led by Mr. Yubin Xin as Country Manager. PCI Geomatics has sustained an extensive relationship with the Chinese market, established through a team of geospatial resellers throughout the country. PCI Geomatics Beijing will concentrate on providing imaging solutions to the geospatial market in China while continuing to work with our resellers.   The PCI Geomatics Beijing office will open for... (read more)
2008-07-10 08:58:00

Geomatics and Climate Change

There is a strong consensus among scientists that accelerated sea-level rise induced by greenhouse warming is likely to become a major environmental problem over coming decades. The rise in global sea level is attributed to thermal expansion of the ocean, the melting of temporate-latitude glaciers, and net loss in mass from ice-sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic. During the coming century sea-level rise is expected to continue at an increasing rate. In addition to the obvious consequences for coastal regions, an influx of ice-sheet melt water may cause significant change in the circulation of world oceans, thus triggering large-scale climatic... (read more)
2007-11-14 12:00:00
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