The Economic Benefits of Geodata in Urban Planning in Sweden

Spatineo and its partner GIS-kvalitet i Norden recently supported Lantmäteriet, the National Land Survey of  Sweden, in answering an essential and important question: 'What is the economic benefit of national  harmonization and standardization of geodata and the national platform for access of geodata?'. The companies conducted a project for Lantmäteriet in which they assessed the potential economic benefit of the use of geodata in the digital urban planning and building process in Sweden. The estimated annual economic value is between SEK22.6 and 42.2 billion. The urban planning and building sector is the biggest sector that affects the built environment in... (read more)
2019-08-15 09:03:54

HRIS and a Trillion Trees

Need for High-resolution Geospatial Information for Forest Resource Planning
Precision forestry technology is moving forward at an amazing pace, with advancements in global positioning systems, remote sensing platforms and data sources, cloud geospatial engines, mobile GIS data collectors and advanced selective logging machinery. Without accurate and reliable vegetation inventory information, however, this new arsenal of precision forestry tools falls short for operational forestry. Not knowing exactly where and how a specific tree stock is growing in the landscape makes it very difficult to selectively log or plant that resource for inventory supply management or, as more and more groups are exploring, to plant more of it to enhance our... (read more)
2019-08-13 11:26:47

Tenders Open for Lidar 3D Mapping across New Zealand

Flying companies specializing in 3D mapping now have until 4 September to apply to provide services that will help transform how regional councils in New Zealand plan investments and prepare for climate change. LINZ (Land Information New Zealand) has issued a Request for Tender (RFT) on the Government’s Electronic Tender Service for Lidar services over approximately 100,000 square kilometres of the country. The RFT begins procurement for the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) Lidar elevation data capture project which is providing up to NZ$19 million in co-funding over five years to support regional councils to develop a national elevation dataset. Infrastructure investment... (read more)
2019-07-30 08:35:42

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap Project

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap has been developed collaboratively by the Korea Railroad Research Institute, Yonsei University and the Korea Rail Network Authority. It explains the five phases of building information modelling (BIM) adoption and diffusion strategies from 2018 to 2030 for the advancement of the South Korean railway industry in the 4th Industrial Age (‘Industry 4.0’). We asked Professor Ghang Lee, director of the Building Informatics Group (BIG) at the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, five questions in order to find out more about this project. Can you please briefly explain... (read more)
2019-07-25 10:25:37

Monitoring Earth's Skin to Advance Farming and Climate Knowledge

A bright-red twin-engined aircraft, equipped with ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology, has been scouring the agricultural heartlands of Europe this summer. It was no search and rescue exercise, but an initial step towards building a proposed new satellite system capable of recording the temperature of Earth’s skin in intricate detail. The objective is to work towards increasing the resilience of agriculture to future water scarcity and variability, but it will also deepen our understanding of Earth’s climate system. The instrument on board, called HyTES, is an advanced thermal imager built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It has been surveying agricultural and... (read more)
2019-07-24 10:41:55

Finland Becomes Chair of Permanent Committee on Cadastre in the EU

On 1 July, the chair for the Permanent Committee on Cadastre (PCC) in the European Union (EU) was transferred to Finland for the rest of the year. The committee brings together the national cadastral institutions in the EU, and influences the EU organs by emphasizing the significance of cadastral data.The EU’s INSPIRE directive pursues the sharing of spatial data materials. The National Land Survey of Finland coordinates the implementation of the INSPIRE directive in Finland. “I credit the PCC for influencing the EU Commission in connection with defining the spatial data material for the INSPIRE directive”, said Arvo Kokkonen, the director-general of the National Land Survey Finland.... (read more)
2019-07-23 02:34:13

New Space Economy Era Presented at WGDC2019

‘New Space Economy Era’ was the theme of this year’s World Geospatial Developers Conference (WGDC2019), organized by Taibo and held from 9-10 July at the International Convention Center in Beijing, China. WGDC2019 brought together top geospatial information industry experts, leaders from application departments, and representatives of institutions, enterprises, investors and the media. The programme included 50-plus reports and over ten panel discussions, covering commercial aerospace, 3D scanning technology, G-TECH, high-precision maps and autonomous driving, land and space planning, smart city and digital government among other topics. The event highlighted the new space economy era against the backdrop of the integration... (read more)
2019-07-18 11:20:11

User-friendly Remote Sensing Data Infrastructure in France

New Services Will Stimulate Market Growth
Over the past decade, Geosud has contributed to successfully mitigating the various obstacles to the operational use of satellite imagery for environmental management and territorial development. Geosud’s role in the project will soon come to an end but the services will continue, embedded in an even better infrastructure: Dinamis. As of next year, Dinamis will provide satellite images of land, sea, air or underground, and even online image processing, for organizations related to the public sector in France. As you approach the Maison de la Télédétection in Montpellier, France, the first sight that greets you is a 5.5m-tall receiving station... (read more)
2019-07-11 10:41:00

Weaver Consulting Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Seiler Instrument, has announced that Weaver Consultants Group has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in large-scale volumetric surveying and topographic mapping. The US national firm provides a full range of engineering services and has particular expertise in solid waste and landfill projects. The firm’s initial use of the new Delair platform has been in developing digital twins of its clients’ sites – mainly large disposal and landfill operations – and performing regular volume calculations to assist... (read more)
2019-07-04 09:30:26

Taking the Stage at Intergeo

GIM International has been serving a worldwide audience of mapping and surveying professionals for more than 30 years. In addition to our print, online and social media channels, we are always on the lookout for other ways of highlighting all the innovation going on in the geospatial industry. Therefore, we are delighted to be taking the stage again during the conference programme at the Forum on the third day of this year’s Intergeo (Thursday 19 September). Over the decades, we have published countless features about state-of-the-art technical developments in our industry, shared challenging case studies employing the latest survey methods,... (read more)
2019-07-03 02:32:26
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