ArcGIS 9 Business Analyst

ESRI (CA, USA) has made available its ArcGIS Business Analyst desktop software for the ArcGIS 9 platform. The functionality includes a processing framework for modelling and scripting, spatial statistics tools, annotation and labelling, and raster and GPS support. The product comprises various datasets about the USA, such as business data, street networks and demographic data. (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Global Standards for Hazard Detection

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and strategic partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the private sector, are designing and developing SensorNet, a comprehensive nation-wide system for real-time detection, identification and assessment of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards. SensorNet will deploy a variety of sensors at strategic locations such as cellular communication towers and truck weighing stations, connected by secure and redundant communication channels to local, regional and national operations centres. Automated predictive plume modelling will provide rapid assessment of the direction and impact of toxic airborne releases. The objective,... (read more)
2005-03-16 12:00:00

Geospatial Co-operation in Vulnerable Sahel

AGRHYMET: Serving the Sahel Region with Geo-information and Training
To monitor the environmental changes and find solutions in the vulnerable Sahel region, the AGRHYMET institute (AGRiculture, HYdrology and METorology) was established thirty years ago. AGRHYMET aims at collecting, processing and managing biophysical and socio-economic data. Furthermore, the organisation services the Sahelian countries with information and training to cope with challenges in food security, natural resource management and desertification control. The Sahel region is a zone stretching across the African continent from the Cape Verde Islands and Mauritania to Sudan. The region is synonymous with desertification, drought and harsh living conditions. Man-induced changes to vegetation from overgrazing and intensive use... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

GPS Spider v2.0 for Networks

Leica Geosystems (Switzerland) has launched GPS Spider v2.0, a modular software suite for controlling and operating single or multiple reference stations from a central location. This latest version includes the new SpiderNET module for long-range, high-accuracy RTK network analysis and error modelling. It provides consistent high accuracy and improved RTK performance over an entire network region, even with large distances between reference stations. The module offers improved RTK performance, homogenous solutions and better availability of network corrections. Transmission of network RTK corrections uses the upcoming RTCM V3.0 standard that removes the need to rely on currently used proprietary methods to... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Building Information System

A System Based on Terrestrial Laser Scanning
In Lombardy (Italy) one has started a project on risk-assessment of buildings of historical-architectural importance. For this purpose a Building Information System (BIS) has been created, based on archived and surveyed data. Essentially a multi-sensor approach has been applied to archive the inside and the outside of the monument. The primary technology is terrestrial laser scanning. The authors treat the activities done for creating the BIS of the Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo, build in 1137. The Santa Maria Maggiore monument includes the Colleoni Chapel and holds the graves of the well-known composer Gaetano Donizetti and of the famous commander... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Major Updates to Autodesk's Portfolio

Autodesk Inc. (CA, USA) has announced new versions of its software portfolio, including more than 25 products that help its customers create, manage and share digital assets most effectively, to compete and win. Autodesk's major new product releases include: Autodesk Inventor 10, a 3D design software. Inventor 10 introduces comprehensive functional design features that effectively prevent 'over-engineering' and save time and money on projects. Autodesk Civil 3D 2006, a 3D civil engineering design program that features a dynamic engineering model to complete projects faster and more accurately. Autodesk Map 3D 2006, which connects CAD and GIS data with geospatial tools.... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00

GRASS GIS 6.0.0 Released

After more than two years of development the first official release of the next generation implementation of GRASS has been published. The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is a Geographical Information System used for data management, image processing, graphics production, spatial modelling, and visualization of raster, vector and sites data. It is open source Free Software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). What's new in GRASS 6.0.0:   Vector geometry management: GRASS 6.0.0 comes with a completely overhauled vector engine which is extended to manage 2D and 3D topological vector data. The... (read more)
2005-03-21 12:00:00

VrOne Chosen by BAE Systems for Integration with SOCET SET

Cardinal Systems (FL, USA) has announced that BAE Systems has selected its core product, VrOne, to be their platform of choice to complement SOCET SET. VrOne was designed specifically for the mapping environment, and combines disciplines such as data collection and editing, Digital Terrain Modelling, image display, and data translation into a single rogram. (read more)
2005-04-01 12:00:00

Airborne 1 Announces QT Modeler v4.0

Airborne 1 Corporation (CA, USA) has announced the release of QT Modeler 4.0, an enhanced 3-D Lidar Visualisation Package. The new version offers users an efficient tool for importing, viewing and analysing LiDAR and Synthetic Aperature Radar (SAR) data. The QT Modeler 4.0 builds upon the success of previous versions providing an enhanced modelling and analysis package that can build surface models from raw data (e.g. ASCII XYZ or LAS) in minutes, visualise 3-D models in real time, perform critical analysis in seconds, overlay aerial photography, and export to a variety of other software packages for further analysis. The package... (read more)
2005-04-14 12:00:00

A Spatial Turn in History

Using the Combined Space/Time Component
Geography and history are sister disciplines. In fact, geography as a field of scientific research evolved from the study of history. Whereas geographers have the perspective of space, historians consider change over time. This article features a fascinating and mutually beneficial emergent overlap between the two disciplines. Geospatial scientists tend to neglect the historical roots of the processes they study. Nevertheless, some (spatial) databases are now beginning to include time aspects. On the other hand, many historians overlook the importance of spatial elements in the evolution of events that interest them. Fortunately now, if rather late, there is rising awareness... (read more)
2005-05-03 12:00:00
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