Linking Space Technology and User Needs

GIM International interviews Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA
Space technology has a big influence on the transformation of the way we live, work and play. The core mission of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) is to ensure that European Union citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. In this in-depth interview GSA’s executive director, Mr Carlo des Dorides, talks about Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, UAVs, location-based services and much more. The developments in the GNSS industry are continuing at a steady pace. Where do we stand now? As our GNSS Market Report shows, the global GNSS market remains dynamic. GNSS is used around... (read more)
2017-02-06 10:32:07

Implementing Land Administration Solutions in Ethiopia

Consultation with Stakeholders and Fit-for-purpose Thinking
The government of Ethiopia has demonstrated clear political will to advance the urban land rights agendas, but has struggled to sustain successful pilots. In a recent Technical Assistance project, a World Bank team including consultants from Land Equity International worked closely with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing to evaluate the urban cadastral context.  A recent Technical Assistance project to evaluate the urban cadastral context in Ethiopia closely mirrored the approach set out by the UN-Habitat and Global Land Tool Network publication called Fit-For-Purpose Land Administration – Guiding Principles for Country Implementation. Fundamentally, the fit-for-purpose land administration concept seeks... (read more)
2017-09-15 11:24:21

Strong Emphasis on R&D in Lidar

GIM Interviews Dr Allan Carswell, Optech Incorporated
Since its 1974 ‘spin-off’ from the Physics Department of York University in Toronto, Optech has grown to become a world leader in the development, manufacture and sale of advanced laser-based instruments and products incorporating pulsed, time-of-flight laser radar (Lidar) systems. Strong emphasis on R&D has led to these being applied in a wide range of applications. The company has received awards for business excellence, innovation, R&D and university collaboration. How big is your company in terms of number of employees and market share, who are your main clients and how is your customer-base distributed over the continents? With over two... (read more)
2006-08-23 12:00:00

Trimble European Headquarters

Role of Positioning in Improving Work Processes
Founded in 1978 in Sunnyvale, California, US, Trimble provides positioning solutions that enable professionals in many areas to improve their work processes. As well as utilising positioning technologies such as GPS, laser and optics, solutions include software content and wireless technologies to tightly couple the field and back office. The company has a worldwide presence, with more than 3,400 employees in over eighteen countries. Trimble’s European headquarters are in Raunheim, Germany. This article results from a visit to Trimble's European headquarters and kicks off a new monthly column in which one of our editors will report and reflect on a... (read more)
2007-09-19 12:00:00

Indoor Location: the Mobile Revolution Starts Now

For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning system (GPS) has been the gold standard for outdoor navigation. The satellite-based navigation system has become an indispensable tool for anyone wanting to determine their location outside a building, whether driving on roads or motorways or walking down the street. More recently, cell-phone manufacturers have added GPS capabilities to mobile devices, which in turn has created new opportunities for existing location-based services (LBS) such as mapping and navigation.   By Christian Carle, CEO and founder of Pole Star While the quick rise of smartphones, and the easy access to more... (read more)
2013-06-10 12:34:24

A Skills Crisis Unfolds

Developments in Geomatics Education (3)
The surveying profession in Australasia is on the cusp of a ‘skills crisis’, there being far too few skilled personnel to fill the many jobs available. For some professionals this has created an unprecedented opportunity, others see it as an embarrassment as they struggle to meet client expectations and demands. The author considers the reasons for the crisis, marketing issues underlying the problem, and future challenges. The activities of the surveying profession in New Zealand and in Australia are very similar. Their primary tasks include topo–graphic, engineering and mining surveys, subdivision design (engineering aspects included) and cadastral surveys. Surveyors are... (read more)
2007-03-21 12:00:00

Best Regulation Cadastral Surveys

As Little As Possible, As Much As Necessary
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is changing the form of cadastral regulation to allow the efficient operation of cadastral survey markets while ensuring the achievement of government cadastral outcomes. This, referred to as “Optimal Regulation”, is also being applied to other areas of business such as land registration, topographic mapping, hydrographic charting and valuation. The phrase 'as little as possible, as much as necessary' encapsulates this philosophy of optimising the level of intervention and enabling the marketplace to develop the best solutions to meet regulated requirements. The 'registration' (or ’approval’) of cadastral surveys is often tangled in technical compliance issues... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Land Administration in the Asian Region

Lessons Learnt, Challenges and Opportunities
The degree of success of Land Administration projects in Asia varies. It is beneficial to take activities that have worked in one project and build them into others. Likewise, activities that have not worked need to be assessed to determine what benefits might emerge should they be made to work in another project. The author presents opportunities arising from lessons learnt in Asia. Land administration is a series of processes and not an end in itself. It aims at more effective management of land resources, securing of people’s property rights, economical and fair recording of transactions, and minimisation of social... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00

The Stresses and Strains of Legal Liason

Boundary Dispute Resolution in England and Wales
Approximately 21,000,000 properties exist in England and Wales, ranging from small houses with tiny gardens to large rural estates. Boundary disputes are relatively rare and involve an average of 100mm - about the width of a fence post - yet cost each party around £25,000 to settle in court. The author describes the stressful role of the surveyor, co-operation with lawyers and a possible cadastral system of boundary records. The root of the problem in a boundary dispute often lies with the personalities of the parties involved. Many people live side by side, with indistinct and ill-defined boundaries, yet without... (read more)
2005-05-03 12:00:00

Crowdsourcing the Reconstruction of Lost Heritage

Rekrei: Recreating the Past
Cultural heritage stands as an important testament to how we perceive the past. Unfortunately its preservation cannot always be assured, due to destruction by human or natural means. In February 2015, a video was released which showed the destruction of artefacts in the Cultural Museum of Mosul, Iraq. A volunteer initiative (initially called ‘Project Mosul’) was launched about a week later with the aim of using crowdsourced images and computer vision to create 3D representations of the destroyed artefacts. Project Mosul was initiated by two PhD students from the University of Murcia in Spain and the University of Stuttgart in... (read more)
2016-11-03 10:07:05
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