Effective Use of Geospatial Big Data

Server Solutions Hold the Key
The heart of any geospatial analysis system, regardless of its location or configuration, is increasingly becoming the server. All systems face a similar challenge, whether the system is in the ‘cloud’, a secure data centre or on a single machine running in an office. This challenge is primarily the ability to deal with the ever-increasing quantities and variety of data the world now produces at an unprecedented rate. This article explains how, for mission-critical systems, purposely designed software is required that has been tested in the most demanding environments. Both commercial and government organisations recognise the enormous fiscal, operational and... (read more)
2017-11-01 11:45:06

Great Britain Nation's Geospatial Data Management System

Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's national mapping agency, has selected an Intergraph Corporation-led team, including 1Spatial and Snowflake Software, to provide its next generation geospatial database and data management system. This selection followed an extensive tender exercise under the European Union Public Procurement Regulations, Competitive Dialogue Procedure. Ordnance Survey maps are internationally renowned and its data are essential to the country's government, business and individuals. The agency's national geographic database describes more than 440 million individual features - such as every house, road and field. Each year more than a million changes to the British landscape need to be measured and... (read more)
2007-10-17 01:47:51

UK Government Invests in Geospatial Data

The British government has announced a new Geospatial Commission to maximise the value of all UK government data linked to location, and to create jobs and growth in a modern economy. Its first task will be to work with government authorities and the Ordnance Survey by May 2018 to establish how to open up freely the OS MasterMap data to UK-based companies, and small businesses in particular. The announcement is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation and an example of how advances in technology can be used to foster economic growth, deliver... (read more)
2017-11-23 12:46:57

New Romanian Geoportal Provides Quicker Access to Geospatial Data

The Romanian government’s Topographic Military Directorate (DTM) recently implemented a portal for geospatial data based on Esri technology. The DTM Geoportal is compliant with the established standards of Romania’s spatial data infrastructure (SDI) and joins the country’s other geospatial data portals including the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) Geoportal and the INIS Geoportal. The new geoportal provides quicker access to critical geospatial data and greater collaboration among the agencies the DTM serves, such as the Romanian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The DTM Geoportal represents a big step forward for DTM and for the geospatial community in Romania, said... (read more)
2015-02-04 08:30:00

FME Feature Data Source in Autodesk's Geospatial Products

Safe Software (Canada) has developed FME Feature Data Source for Autodesk Map 3D, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise, MapGuide Open Source, and Autodesk MapGuide Studio. FME Feature Data Source gives Autodesk's geospatial product users a seamless connection to dozens of FME-supported formats using open source Feature Data Objects (FDO) technology. In addition, these users can access value-added versions of their data on-the-fly, leveraging the powerful data transformation capabilities of FME Workbench workspaces saved as custom formats. "By directly accessing and transforming data with the FME Feature Data Source, Autodesk users now have a powerful new option for CAD/GIS integration that leverages proven... (read more)
2006-12-04 12:00:00

How Can Healthcare Professionals Use Geospatial Data to Their Advantage?

Case: COVID-19
The annual influenza season affects millions of people around the globe, and this is now being compounded by COVID-19. Scientists and data engineers are finding new ways of fighting these problems. Geospatial data provides important building blocks for working on better solutions to overcome the challenges of a virus outbreak. Combined with machine learning, promising applications of geoinformation are within reach for authorities and healthcare organizations around the globe. Healthcare is something that we pour huge amounts of resources into each year, yet we are still unable to tackle common problems like the spread of viral infections (i.e. COVID-19), or... (read more)
2020-03-31 09:20:59

Geospatial Data in Support of 3D Cadastre

Zooming in on Recent Technical Developments
The urbanization trend is leading to an increasing number of people living in cities, thus also placing new demands on cadastral registration. To be able to register the complex infrastructures and built-up areas properly, the cadastre will need to consider the third spatial dimension. The 3D cadastre is based on 3D parcels (spatial units) which are single volumes (or multiple volumes) of space. Although the technology offers numerous possibilities for implementation of the 3D cadastre, there are still some open issues, as this article explains. We live in a three-dimensional world. Over the past decades, there have been an increasing... (read more)
2019-05-22 08:21:03

Geospatial Data as a Core Instrument to Transform a Country

Interview with Borko Drašković, General Director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), Serbia
After several turbulent decades, the Republic of Serbia is working towards a brighter future, including by radically transforming its geospatial information infrastructure. In fact, the country has received recognition for its reforms in the process of digitalization and economic development of the state. This confirms the role of geospatial data as a fundamental 21st-century resource with considerable potential for economic and social development of state and society. In this interview with Borko Drašković, general director of the Republic Geodetic Authority (RGA), 'GIM International' takes a closer look at the achievements in Serbia, which can serve as an example for other... (read more)
2019-10-02 10:14:22

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridge, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signaling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22

Dielmo Provides Geospatial Back Office for UAV Data Acquisition

Dielmo 3D is offering its geospatial back-office services to UAV, helicopter, fixed-wing and mobile data acquisition companies. For geospatial data acquisition companies that may be new to Lidar and orthophoto mapping or may have a need for increased data production capacity, Dielmo offers complete Lidar and orthophoto production services, thus negating the need to invest in additional expert personnel, software licences and employee training before being able to produce industry-leading geospatial products. With the advent of UAV, Lidar and Imaging technologies, organisations looking to provide these services face the onerous prospect of hiring additional personnel, training, and purchase of software... (read more)
2015-04-08 09:41:03
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