New Standard to Revolutionise Spatial Information Referencing

The membership of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) as OGC Abstract Specification - Topic 21 [OGC 15-104r5]. The goal of DGGS is to enable rapid assembly of spatial data without the difficulties of working with projected coordinate reference systems. The OGC DGGS Abstract Specification standard defines the conceptual model and a set of rules for building highly efficient architectures for spatial data storage, integration and analytics. DGGS will provide the capability to properly integrate global geospatial, social, and economic information. It also allows communities with data attributed to fundamentally different geographies to... (read more)
2017-10-26 10:00:06

GGOS and the IAG

The Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS) is a vital component of the IAG, at the same level as the Commissions and Services (see IAG’s contributions in the February and March 2012 editions of GIM International). GGOS was officially launched in mid-2007. The role of GGOS, however, is unique, with a vision to advancing understanding of the dynamic ‘Earth System’ by measuring and interpreting the planet’s geometric and gravity changes in space and time. The mission of GGOS is: (1) to provide the observations needed to monitor, map and understand changes in the Earth’s shape, rotation and mass distribution; (2) to... (read more)
2012-06-29 04:32:14

New Commission Structures for 2011-2015

  At its most recent Executive Committee meeting on 5th December 2011 in San Francisco, USA, the IAG's new commission structure was finalised. The Commissions and their Sub-Commissions are long-lived components of the IAG. Each Commission, at the beginning of the four-year term, establishes a number of Working Groups and Study Groups. Details of all components, together with their terms of reference and work programmes are provided in the Geodesist's Handbook. The following is a summary of the Commission and SC structures:   Commission 1 ‘Reference Frames' SC1.1 Coordination of Space Techniques SC1.2 Global Reference Frames SC1.3 Regional Reference Frames:... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:57:08

Australia Secures Access to Sentinel Data

ESA and Australia's national geological survey, Geoscience Australia, have agreed to cooperate to ensure data from the EU’s Sentinel satellites are accessible in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. The agreement supports the partnership between the Australian government and the European Commission to ensure that the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation programme benefits their citizens and the broader international community. A key component of the cooperation will be the establishment of a regional data access and analysis hub managed by Geoscience Australia (GA). This hub will greatly improve access to Copernicus data in a region which is densely populated and experiencing high... (read more)
2016-04-05 12:52:30

Review of the 2nd Virtual Geology Conference

Where Geomatics Meets Geosciences
At the 2nd Virtual Geology Conference (VGC 2016) from 22-23 September 2016, geomatics met the geosciences in the beautiful fjord town of Bergen in western Norway. This follow-up to the VGC 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland, which at that time was named the ‘Vertical’ Geology Conference, established the beginnings of a biannual VGC conference series. The conference is intended as a multidisciplinary forum for researchers in geosciences, geomatics and related disciplines to share their latest developments and applications in the growing field of close-range data collection techniques. (By Tobias Kurz, VOG Group, Uni Research AS, Norway) VGC 2016 was hosted by... (read more)
2016-11-03 10:35:23

New Tasmanian Digital Elevation Model

A beta version Digital Elevation Model (DEM) has been constructed for Tasmania (Australia) by MRT geoscientists Dr Claire Kain and Colin Mazengarb, including the most recent Lidar imagery captured during the 2018-19 flying season. With nearly 60% of the state now covered by Lidar, the new dataset provides an increasingly clear view of the landscape that has many applications. The dataset was compiled initially to support two major projects being undertaken by MRT (Mineral Resources Tasmania) and other government agencies. However, as with the previous elevation model (created by the former Forestry Tasmania and shown as a hillshade image on the LIST website),... (read more)
2019-11-14 10:26:44

CGG Launches MineScope for Insight Throughout the Mining Lifecycle

NPA Satellite Mapping, part of CGG’s Geoscience Division, has launched MineScope, a suite of satellite-derived services that enable mining companies and third-party consultants to make smarter geological, geotechnical and safety-related decisions throughout the mining lifecycle. Mining can involve difficult decisions, operational challenges and risks. Recent tailings dam incidents in Australia and Brazil highlight the need for reliable geospatial intelligence that can strengthen awareness of site activities, geotechnical processes and evolving hazards. MineScope is a comprehensive suite of remotely-captured, geospatial services that can improve exploration efficiency and situational awareness by reducing risk during the planning, auditing and monitoring of mine operations:... (read more)
2019-04-30 05:35:19

GIS-based Oil & Gas Training Course Partnership

Exprodat Consulting has signed a partnership agreement with ESRI UK to provide GIS training courses aimed specifically at the Exploration & Production (E&P) departments of oil and gas companies. Exprodat Consulting blends an offering of oil and gas sector knowledge, geoscience experience and GIS expertise. The company's staff are able to convey key information in a clear, concise and interesting manner that makes their courses fun to attend, as well as informative. Starting in June 2010, ESRI (UK) will host a schedule of courses designed to teach E&P staff how to use ESRI ArcGIS software to meet the specific challenges... (read more)
2010-06-04 11:01:58

ISPRS Symposium China

Late last summer, ISPRS WG VII/6 (Remote-sensing Data Fusion) held an international symposium on “Mapping without the Sun: Techniques and Applications of Optical and SAR Imagery Fusion” with the Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping (CASM) and Sichuan Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. The meeting took place in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, from 25th to 27th September 2007. Professor Zhang Jixian, CASM president and chair of WG VII/6 hosted the opening ceremony. Mr Li Weisen, deputy director-general of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) of China, and ISPRS TC VII president Prof. J. L. Van Genderen delivered speeches... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

GIGS Gold Compliant Version of GeoCalc

Blue Marble Geographics has released a GIGS Gold Compliant version of the GeoCalc software developer toolkit, version 6.6, based on the guidelines recently released by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers Geomatics Committee requirements. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation, visualisation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and academic institutions. Blue Marble is known for their data processing software and solutions. As a major contributor to the Geospatial Integrity of Geoscience Software (GIGS) evaluation process since 2006, Blue Marble’s Geographic... (read more)
2012-11-06 09:49:22
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