Innovative Geospatial Technology in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has a population of 17.5 million and is one of the poorest countries in the world. During the colonial period and after independence, land was vested in the state and hence there was no legal recognition of customary land rights. Several years ago, the country recognised the adverse impact of the lack of land tenure security on promoting investment and consequently increasing production in the agricultural sector. New approaches in registration have since been developed with the support of modern technology. (By William Marbell, United States, and Alain Bagre, Burkina Faso) In 2008, the government of Burkina Faso... (read more)
2014-06-16 09:13:25

Land Administration in the Asian Region

Lessons Learnt, Challenges and Opportunities
The degree of success of Land Administration projects in Asia varies. It is beneficial to take activities that have worked in one project and build them into others. Likewise, activities that have not worked need to be assessed to determine what benefits might emerge should they be made to work in another project. The author presents opportunities arising from lessons learnt in Asia. Land administration is a series of processes and not an end in itself. It aims at more effective management of land resources, securing of people’s property rights, economical and fair recording of transactions, and minimisation of social... (read more)
2006-03-27 12:00:00

Cadastre with Couleur Locale

GIM International Interviews Hernando De Soto
A radical reappraisal of attitudes to the developing world is required of the geomatics profession. This is the view of Hernando De Soto, author of The Mystery of Capital, who in this interview offers GIM readers detailed insight into his concept of land registration for the poor. Land registration as means of escape from poverty is the major premise of De Soto, one of the foremost thinkers of our age on informal economy. Originally an economist, and president of the Peruvian Institute for Liberty and Democracy, he has shaped current thinking on land registration and its positive outcome for the... (read more)
2010-10-04 04:06:07

Geoprofessionals Should Look Ouside Their Own Box

Jantien Stoter Bridges The Gaps
Having specialised in 3D GIS, Jantien Stoter has already taken her next leap and is now studying the concept of 5D GIS. Meanwhile, she realises that there are still some gaps to bridge between technical sciences and practice. A highly technical person herself, she shares her views on which directions geoinformation professionals should be looking in to keep the field alive. She recently finished the first phase of a pilot on a 3D standard for The Netherlands' spatial data infrastructure involving nearly 70 stakeholders. The second phase is currently examining how to put the results of the first phase into... (read more)
2011-12-19 02:19:00

2D and 3D Enrichment of Panoramas

Visualisation of Topographical Features Improves Functionality
The use of panoramic images has become widespread in many governmental agencies and companies, especially in the last couple of years. It is possible to integrate 2D spatial features (e.g. building outlines, parcels, utilities etc.) with panoramic images to enable the proper visualisation of topographical features in a 3D environment. Verbree et al. (2004) have shown the advantages of augmenting underground conduit pipes and cables into panoramic images, thus allowing better visualisation of otherwise invisible features. The geometric augmentation of 2D features into panoramic images enables users to identify, query or analyse any geographically related information in a 3D environment.... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:37:18

Combining Hydrography and UAV Photogrammetry for Lake Volume Calculation

Creating a 3D Model for Volume Calculation with Boat and UAV
What is the best way to generate a high-precision 3D model to estimate the storage capacity of a lake that is surrounded by mountains? Rapid weather changes, low clouds and steep mountainsides demand a sensible approach with the right equipment. This article provides insights into the surveying process of a lake mapping project including the methods used to create a 3D model for the generation of a precise map with elevation lines. (By Benjamin Federmann, Benjamin Busse and Kim Schlüter, Germany) Situated at 848 metres above sea level in the Swiss Alps, created by an ancient rockslide and flanked by... (read more)
2017-03-29 09:05:41

Building Bridges for Change

Gim International Interviews GDSI Association President Bas Kok
Geographic information technologies and spatial-data infrastructure play a crucial role in allowing governments, local communities, non-governmental organisations, the commercial sector, academia and the public to address pressing world problems. Approaches to building spatial-data infrastructures (SDIs) converge in many respects, and this, particularly in respect of national standards, practices and process, will be explored by the GSDI World Conference on Spatial Data Infrastructure Convergence. It will simultaneously explore new approaches to offering geographic data and services. The conference ?Building SDI Bridges to Address Global Challenges? takes place in Rotterdam (Netherlands) from 15th to 19th June. We spoke to president Bas Kok... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00

Best Regulation Cadastral Surveys

As Little As Possible, As Much As Necessary
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is changing the form of cadastral regulation to allow the efficient operation of cadastral survey markets while ensuring the achievement of government cadastral outcomes. This, referred to as “Optimal Regulation”, is also being applied to other areas of business such as land registration, topographic mapping, hydrographic charting and valuation. The phrase 'as little as possible, as much as necessary' encapsulates this philosophy of optimising the level of intervention and enabling the marketplace to develop the best solutions to meet regulated requirements. The 'registration' (or ’approval’) of cadastral surveys is often tangled in technical compliance issues... (read more)
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Geomatics Provides Truth about the Physical World

Interview with Tom Cheesewright
New digital technologies are changing our industry. Or is it the other way round? Is the future of geomatics a virtual one? Will surveying soon be done in digital realities? Read this interview with renowned futurist Tom Cheesewright to find out what he foresees for the digital era and how disruptive those changes will be. (By Wim van Wegen, GIM International) You often talk about the synchronisation of the two worlds we currently inhabit: the physical world and the digital one. Can you explain this to us? The boundary between the digital and physical dimensions has been getting thinner for decades... (read more)
2016-09-15 11:19:27

Geo-Service Provision in Hamburg

Meeting Urban Geospatial Customer Requirements
The Metropolitan Region of Hamburg (Hamburg and its surrounding fourteen districts) is a strong, dynamic and prospering urban centre in Northern Germany where developments are advanced by the political programme ‘Hamburg – the growing city’. A state enterprise, Geoinformation and Surveying Hamburg (LGV), provides up-to date geodata and services for this. To cope with the dynamics of an expanding area and a competitive private sector LGV has initiated many innovations, including creation of a geo-portal: an overview. The aims of Hamburg’s development project (see text-box) are ambitious: expansion of the city’s role as a metropolis, reinforcement of its international appeal,... (read more)
2007-05-15 12:00:00
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