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

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

Vexcel VP Mapping and Photogrammetry

Vexcel Corporation (CO, USA) has announced that Dr William B. Gail, formerly director at Ball Aerospace, has joined Vexcel as vice-president of Mapping and Photogrammetric Solutions. He will lead the marketing and support for the UltraCam digital aerial camera and the UltraMap server. Bill Gail’s remote sensing experience includes spaceborne and airborne sensor technologies, remote sensing policy, and business development for a wide range of projects. Before his career at Ball Aerospace he managed radar processing and adaptive systems projects at the Aerospace Corporation. Dr Gail received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused his research... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

VP Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping

Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping (GA, USA) has appointed Jim Farley vice-president business development. Mr Farley has spent more than twenty years in the information technology industry in both mainstream IT and GIS, working in the public and private sectors and in academia. For the past four years, he has been senior product manager at Oracle, where he led spatial product initiatives. Before joining Oracle, Jim Farley served both as professor in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas and as technical director at the university’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. He received a Smithsonian... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

GMES Responds to Darfur Crisis

The Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security initiative (GMES) is setting up a number of services. Humanitarian aid is recognised as one of the main areas where GMES can provide services using satellite technology that answer real users’ needs. One of these, an operational service called Respond, provides mapping to humanitarian aid organisations in various operational and management roles. Respond is the first step towards a sustainable set of services offered by an ‘open service partnership’ that includes some 20 international members from the UN, the European Commission, news agencies (such as Reuters), NGO aid agencies, industry and space... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

New 3D Photogrammetric Z/I Mouse

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (AL, USA) has introduced the 3D photogrammetric Z/I Mouse to simplify digitising and data capture in stereo. With a radical ergonomic design, this mouse represents an industry first. For instance, it features three independent force sticks for X, Y and Z movements and a thumb wheel for fine Z movement. Its fully programmable keys improve digitising flexibility. This USB device is part of the company's redesigned Z/I Imaging ImageStation digital photogrammetric workstation and Stereo Softcopy Kit (SSK). The redesigned ImageStation workstation features ergonomically designed furniture and tower-sized computers to give a smaller footprint. The product... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

QuickBird Imagery Used for Ecosystem Mapping

The Nature Conservancy, an international non-profit organisation, is using DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite imagery to assess biological diversity and conservation progress in several regions throughout the USA and elsewhere. Satellite imagery and GIS have proven to be essential tools in the Conservancy’s evaluation process. The organisation and its more than one million members preserve plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Conservancy, headquartered in Arlington (VA, USA), has 400 offices in 29 countries. To date, the organisation has been responsible for the protection of more... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

China's Digital Mapping Plan

China’s State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM) has embarked on Digital China, an ambitious project listed in China's 10th five-year plan that aims to map the entire country digitally. The project aims at decision support for the country's leaders in natural disaster prevention and city planning. The state media reported that the mapping project would also include registration of personal details regarding individuals in over 600 Chinese cities and more than 2,000 counties. The SBSM has already created three digital map series of the country with a level of detail comparable to map scales of 1:4 million, 1:1 million... (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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