Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal

DM Solutions Group (Canada) and the University of Ottawa (Canada) have released a Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal (DMapP). This interactive, internet-based infrastructure provides free access to current and historical spatial data for short-term emergency needs, as well as for post-disaster supplies distribution, rehabilitation planning and infrastructure restoration. The targeted data portal was quickly created thanks to the use of Open Source technologies. The Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGISS) at the University of Ottawa was instrumental in helping obtain and integrate space shuttle and satellite observations. Universities in Thailand and Japan have already contributed high-quality pre and post-tsunami... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Earthquake and Tsunami Support

ESRI (CA, USA) and its international distributors are supporting response to the recent Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami disaster by working with government agencies and disaster relief organisations to provide GIS resources including software, spatial data warehousing and management, Web hosting, emergency response GIS applications etc. Software, temporary keycodes, technical support and other assistance are available within 24 hours of request. ESRI support includes locating, organising and building spatial datasets and spatial data libraries, creating static maps for download, making available online mapping services from Geography Network, meeting journalistic mapping needs with new content for MapShop and providing emergency software... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

ESRI Agreement with Shell

Building upon a successful multinational enterprise contract signed four years ago, ESRI (CA, USA) and Shell International Exploration and Production (The Netherlands) have agreed to expand their relationship. The two companies have decided to implement a comprehensive agreement under which Shell and all its affiliates worldwide can access all ESRI software products. Dedicated Shell staff and a network of ESRI distributor technical support centres are to cover the multiple time zones of Shell's global business. Shell uses GIS technology to integrate and visualise complex business information from many different sources and to produce cartographic maps of its assets, operations and... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Second Galileo Validation Contract

The European Space Agency (France) and Galileo Industries have signed a € 150m contract as a first six-month stage towards signing an approximately € 950m contract covering the overall In-Orbit Validation phase. In-orbit validation involves the delivery of the first four satellites in the Galileo constellation of 30, along with a number of ground stations. This new contract following the 2003 contract for two test satellites, the Galileo project is truly taking shape. The work notably concerns the management of the programme and the choice of engineering systems and technical support required for maintaining the overall credibility of the scheduling,... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Launch Applanix POS LV 200

Applanix (Canada) has launched its POS LV 200 system (Position and Orientation System for Land Vehicles). The system is intended for upgrading survey vehicles that already incorporate GPS and DMI sensors (Distance Measurement Indicator). It is designed for easy integration with existing Trimble GPS equipment and engineered for a variety of land vehicle applications such as road profiling, pavement analysis, mobile mapping and infrastructure asset management. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Trimble International User Conference

Trimble (CA, USA) will hold its International User Conference, ‘Trimble Dimensions 2005’, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas from 23rd to 26th October 2005. The theme will be ‘Move Your Business Forward’, with an emphasis on improving productivity and lowering costs. The conference scope will include the complete suite of Trimble products for construction, survey, engineering and infrastructure. These include products from MENSI, Tripod Data Systems (TDS) and Applanix. Other Trimble partnering technology providers will also participate in the conference to extend its range of products and applications. With more than a hundred sessions planned, the conference will feature... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Helpless Caesars of Technology

Disasters are of all ages. When they strike, more often than not they strike suddenly and ruthlessly. The damage disasters cause fills us with deep awe for the unimaginable forces natural phenomena are able to release. For a short while we bow our proud heads and feel very small and diminutive: how little control we – Caesars of technology – have over natural forces! The Christmas 2004 tsunami disaster is unprecedented in terms of the amount of sudden loss of life, injured victims and demolished constructions. However, in terms of economic losses, this natural disaster, which did overwhelmingly affect nearly... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

The GSDI Needs OGC Standards

The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Association (www.gsdi.org) is an inclusive organisation of organisations, agencies and individuals from around the world. The GSDI Association promotes international co-operation and collaboration in support of local, national and international Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) developments that enable nations to better address social, economic and environmental issues of pressing importance. Data sharing is a key purpose of spatial data infrastructures, and thus compatibility between SDIs is necessary. Compatibility requires standards, and this is the basis for the GSDI Association's longstanding relationship with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC). Members of the OGC, an international geoprocessing... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Evaporating Professionalism

Some fifteen years ago I was president of The Netherlands Society for Photogrammetry. At that time there was some concern that photogrammetry was taught only at university and not at other levels of professional or vocational education. This was seen as a problem because a large part of the large-scale mapping projects were based on photogrammetry, whereas the operators doing the mapping work were not educated as photogrammetrists. There were some short training courses and in-house training facilities in some of the companies or state organisations involved in mapping, but these were generally insufficient to give the trainees a profound... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00
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