Mobile GIS Systems

Technical and Business Features
Today the computer power of handheld devices is comparable to the desktop computers of a few years back. Together with rapid adoption of the internet, this progress has triggered fitting mobile GIS systems into work processes. Mobile GIS is a means of geo-data collection using GNSS positioning, GIS functionality, wireless connection and mapping, all integrated in one compact device. In tandem with this month’s product survey (page 28), the author gives a detailed outline of the technical and business features of mobile GIS systems. Many work processes start with dispatching digital geo-data from the central GIS to the plotter next... (read more)
2010-12-03 02:58:01

Good Governance, Good Geo-info

Essential Role for GI at all Levels
Where just two decades ago spatial data was mainly carried on paper maps, map and three-dimensional topographic data is now accessible via Google Earth. Where accurate positioning was once the professional pride of highly trained geodesists, we now see such services provided by GPS-based consumer products. This revolution in technological developments and demand for information implies the need for continuous upgrading of professionals: ‘lifelong learning’. Lifelong learning is relevant not only for the professionals concerned but also for their organisations. These are in a permanent state of flux in order to adjust to their continually changing envir-onment. This may flow... (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

A New Era in Land Administration Emerges

Securing Land Rights for the World is Feasible
The challenge for the global land community is clear: secure land rights for all people, in all places, at all times. The response: a new era in land administration, one underpinned by a wave of innovative thinking and coupled with quickly maturing, scalable approaches that can be applied globally. Supported by world-leading private companies, modern geospatial technologies and a new professional mindset, the provision of global land administration that supports good land governance now appears to be a feasible objective within the current generation. This article charts the new way of thinking and uncovers why there are good reasons for... (read more)
2015-04-10 10:52:39

Racurs

Founded on Four Firm Pillars
Founded in 1993 in Moscow, Racurs developed rapidly from a small, specialised software developer into a major, international photogrammetric systems supplier and service provider. About 20% of employees at this high-tech firm work in research and development. I visited the company in the darkest month, December 2007.<P> Winter lies grey and gloomy over Moscow. The snow is not the white of scenic pictures, but dingy. Just after lunchtime, the traffic moves at a crawl; only occasionally does the driver succeed in edging our speed into double digits. Most cars are covered with a thin layer of dust, sometimes concealing the... (read more)
2008-02-19 12:00:00

Keeping an Eye on the World

GIM International Interviews Adam Keith
Defence and security requirements will continue to drive the commercial Earth-observation data market for the next decade, but growing commercialisation of the industry and the data needs of emerging EO nations and private enterprise will also fuel revenue growth. That’s according to Adam Keith, director of Earth observation at international research and consulting firm Euroconsult. EO manufacturing market value is expected to reach $19.9 billion over the coming decade. At the same time, commercial EO data sales are expected to rise by 15%, reaching an annual $4 billion by 2019. There is real future demand for EO satellite manufacturing, data... (read more)
2011-02-21 04:02:01

Geo-ethics Requires Prudence with Private Data

GIM International interviews Professor Yola Georgiadou
In today’s datafying world, we continuously leave – unintentionally – digital traces of our daily lives. These traces can reveal a lot about us, our beliefs and our actions to parties who are not the intended recipients of such information. In May this year, Professor Yola Georgiadou held a compelling keynote speech during the FIG Working Week in Helsinki. She called for prudent use of data acquired during the rapid land surveying of developing countries and for action to protect citizens’ privacy. 'GIM International' talked to her about the topic that has become so dear to her: ‘geo-ethics’. What actually is... (read more)
2017-10-05 11:42:20

Mapping an Oil Pipeline

DEMs and Ortho-imagery for Colombia from Dual-band Side-looking Radar
Adverse weather and terrain conditions meant the Cano-Limon oil pipeline in Colombia had never been accurately mapped until orthorectified images and digital elevation models covering an area of 94,000km2 were created using airborne dual-band interferometric IFSAR simultaneously acquired X and P-band data. The authors report on main aspects of the project. The Cano-Limon oil pipeline extends nearly 780km from the Cano-Limon oilfield in Colombia’s Arauca region along the north-western border with Venezuela to a port in Covenas. When fully operational the pipeline can carry up to 20% of Colombian petroleum production, a major source of national revenue. In collaboration with... (read more)
2006-07-24 12:00:00

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

BIM: A New Model for Surveyors

Important Opportunities and Challenges for Surveyors
Building information modelling (BIM) is one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. This model-based approach combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information for building construction and operations. Because of its strong ties to spatial information, BIM offers a familiar landscape and rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial. The opportunities stem from the growing acceptance of BIM within the surveyor’s traditional client base of engineers, architects and property owners. By gaining an understanding of the key concepts of... (read more)
2017-02-28 12:59:59

Frankfurt: Lack of Open Data Frustrates Researchers

The words of Chancellor Angela Merkel, welcoming victims of armed conflict to her country, led to over a million refugees arriving in Germany. The city of Frankfurt (more than 700,000 inhabitants) has taken its share. The Department of Geoinformation and Public Works at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences launched a project to find housing for the thousands of migrants, but the scientists found many barriers standing in the way of them obtaining the spatial data they needed. As a lawyer and geographer, Professor Fabian Thiel is frustrated by the lack of use of spatial data for land management issues in... (read more)
2016-12-08 10:20:42
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