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 Cemal Kivilcim, Turkey

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 Roosmarijn Haring, editor in chief GIM International

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

Geomatics Education in Latvia

Developments in Geomatics Education (2)
The term ‘geomatics’ came into use in the Latvian technical education system during implementation of the international project Geomatic Education in Latvia (GEMLA). The author provides some background and discusses the new Geomatics programme to be launched in academic year 2007/2008. The GEMLA project was implemented by the Department of Geodesy at Riga Technical University in co-operation with Mikkeli Polytechnic (Finland), Karlsruhe University of Technology (Germany) and Nottingham Trent University (UK), resulting in establishment on 24th February 2003 of the Department of Geomatics. Study Programme Over a hundred students are enrolled on the degree course ‘Geodesy and Cartography’. This academic... (read more)
2007-02-23 12:00:00 Janis Strauhmanis, Department of Geomatics, Riga Technical University, Latvia

Underhill Geomatics Celebrates Centenary

This year, Underhill Geomatics Ltd. celebrates 100 years of providing engineering, geomatics and land survey services in western and northern Canada. As it passes this significant milestone, the company is looking back on its development over the past century. It has grown through early development and adoption of new geomatics technologies and services, and this remains one of the hallmarks of the business to this day. The company was founded in 1913 by brothers Clare and Jim Underhill as Underhill & Underhill, a partnership of British Columbia Land Surveyors, in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). The firm was one of the... (read more)
2013-07-23 09:41:53

PCI Geomatics Launches ProLines

PCI Geomatics has released ProLines, highly automated image processing chains used to correct, mosaic, and enhance imagery, as well as extract elevation data derived from satellite and airborne sensors. Built using the PCI Geomatics Professional Software Development Kit (ProSDK) and advanced Pluggable Functions (PPF) framework, ProLines are designed for production environments and can process large amounts of image data in an unassisted fashion. An extension of PCI GeomaticaX technology, ProLines are workflows that enable the automation of repetitive tasks used for orthorectification, mosaicking, pan-sharpening, tone balancing and other image processing jobs. These cost-effective workflows can be deployed as standalone processing... (read more)
2008-04-29 09:23:53

Geomatics at TU Delft

Developments in Geomatics Education (6)
Collecting, processing, managing and distributing information and transforming it into relevant support for decision making constitutes the nerve system of society at local, regional, national and global scale. Of increasing importance is information bound to certain locations at, above or beneath the surface of the earth. The tools, techniques and theoretical background for acquiring, processing, managing and disseminating geo-information constitute the discipline of Geomatics. TU Delft expertise in geomatics originates from a long tradition of education in Geodesy offered over fifty years at both BSc and MSc level until 2004. Since 2005 Geomatics at TU Delft has been offered as... (read more)
2007-05-15 12:00:00 Ben Gorte, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Geomatics Education in Australia

Developments in Geomatics Education (7)
Surveying/geomatics education programmes for the training of professional surveyors in Australia were introduced in each state in the second half of the twentieth century, replacing an articled pupil system that had operated for more than a century. There are currently about 1,100 equivalent full-time undergraduate geomatics students in the eight four-year geomatics programmes, with approximately two hundred graduating each year. The preferred optimum would be twice that number. Reduced government funding and declining enrolment on geomatics courses have put education institutions under increased pressure to rationalise their programmes, resulting in reduced staff numbers and, in some cases, closures. Formal programmes... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00 John Trinder, School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, University of NSW, Australia

PCI Geomatics/CEODE Memorandum

PCI Geomatics (ON, CA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Under the terms of the MoU, collaborative plans are outlined for the development of an initial project for a Wetland Environment Monitoring and Applications System in China, with additional projects under review. The MoU highlights the purpose of the first project, which is to automatically monitor and analyse wetland areas with radar imagery focusing on the use of RADARSAT-2 imagery.    Established in November 2007, CEODE offers a national service for the acquisition,... (read more)
2008-05-20 08:52:56

Giants Eye Up Geomatics

After twenty years existence, Vexcel Corporation has been taken over by giant of the information technology industry Microsoft. The acquisition, which turns Vexcel into a Microsoft subsidiary, was announced at the 2006 annual ASPRS conference, on 4th March to be precise. With this acquisition and the previous one of GeoTango, Microsoft is heading unmistakably towards making geomatics components part of its mainstream-public serving business. But what is it about geomatics firm Vexcel that attracted the gaze of Microsoft? Imagery Expertise Basically, Vexcel is a company that makes products for creating maps from aerial and satellite images. Founded in 1985 by... (read more)
2006-06-27 12:00:00 Dr Mathias Lemmens, editor, GIM International
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