Spatial Roundtable Discussion Turns to Planning 2.0

Planners and other industry leaders are invited to discuss the impact that social media and the GeoWeb have on their field at the online Spatial Roundtable. ESRI Community Development industry manager Ahmed Abukhater started the conversation on 15th January and asked the question, "How should planners leverage Planning 2.0 to connect with their communities?" "Taking a closer look at paramount issues surrounding the planning practice and related technology trends, Spatial Roundtable offers thought-provoking insight into the role of social media and GeoWeb in shaping functional, collaborative, and transparent Planning 2.0 systems," says Abukhater. "It provides an in-depth exposé on a... (read more)
2010-01-21 02:13:22

Pioneering Spatial Planning in the 1930s

I was born at the bottom of the sea. Want to fact-check this? Just compare a pre-1940s map of the Netherlands to a more contemporary one. The old map shows an inlet of the North Sea, the Zuiderzee. The new one reveals large parts of the Zuiderzee having been turned into land, actually no longer part of the North Sea. In 1932, a 32km-long dam (the Afsluitdijk) was completed, separating the former Zuiderzee and the North Sea. This part of the sea was turned into a lake, the IJsselmeer (also known as Lake IJssel or Lake Yssel in English). The... (read more)
2016-08-16 04:12:21

Intergraph Provides Spatial and Integrated Approach in City Planning

The City of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, has implemented the latest generation of its decision support system for asset management. The Integrated Right-of-Way Infrastructure Support System (IRISS) provides a spatial and integrated approach to identify and coordinate capital water, sewer, and road projects. IRISS addresses the city's capital planning infrastructure and management needs. The integrated approach ensures that potential capital projects, and their included assets, are reviewed and approved by all necessary stakeholders before the projects are officially initiated. Considering the close proximity and high level of interaction between infrastructure networks, asset management best practices recommend an integrated approach in... (read more)
2013-06-06 10:47:53

Spatial Roundtable

ESRI has launched an interactive Web site, Spatial Roundtable, where geographic information system (GIS) industry thought leaders share their opinions about business and organisational challenges in the geospatial community. The site provides its visitors with insight into issues relevant to their work, an arena for community dialog, and a resource that adds breadth to their decision making.     Featured contributors will draw from their fields of expertise to give their points of view about a particular subject. ESRI will add new discussion topics to the Spatial Roundtable Web site monthly. Each one will have a different set of invited... (read more)
2009-07-27 09:57:53

Spatial Objects

With the expanding use of spatial information comes a growing need to interchange this information. Parallel runs the development of spatial databases serving multiple applications. Both have highlighted the need for consistency of representation and behaviour of spatial objects across computing platforms.<P> Until recently even such a supposedly well known technique as representing area features as polygons was fraught with pitfalls; there have been countless forms of ‘standard’ representations in use. The work of ISO TC211 attempted stringently to address this problem by developing a well-defined set of specifications and nomenclature for the representation of spatial objects. This has been... (read more)
2008-06-05 12:00:00

1Spatial Launches Spatial Data Editing Solution

1Spatial, a UK-based global specialist in spatial big data management, has launched 1Edit at the Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam, a touchscreen-compatible solution for fast and intuitive data-editing in the field or office. Trialled by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), 1Edit incorporates a touchscreen for capture and editing of real-world data, enabling data collection in the field via touchscreen, stylus and survey devices. It can also be used in an office environment with mouse and keyboard. 1Edit’s ‘in the field’  capabilities will be a particular benefit to spatial data providers and industries such as utilities, transport, environment and government. Lorraine McNerney,... (read more)
2013-05-15 09:51:59

Indian Local Planning Initiatives

ERDAS APOLLO is being used to support local planning initiatives in Karnataka, India. The Council recognised that inventory and availability of both spatial and non-spatial data would be crucial to the local planning efforts undertaken to achieve this goal, and defined the need for a comprehensive data management system for easy access to data and information. The Karnataka Natural Resources Data Management System (NRDMS) was to promote using spatial data management and analysis in local area planning. The state of Karnataka in southern India is composed of 29 districts, with each district broken down into sub-districts (known as ‘taluks'), and... (read more)
2011-01-14 12:00:00

Lidar Flight Planning

A System with Minimal User Intervention
Airborne Lidar has become a regular technology for acquiring accurate, consistent and dense point clouds. However, the constraints on specifications, available sensors and aerial platforms are still a challenge for Lidar data acquisition. Optimal flight planning is essential. Current practices rely on rules of thumb and trial and error, meaning that optimal solutions are rare. The authors have developed a Lidar flight planning system which does provide an optimal solution at a high level of automation and requiring minimal user intervention. Once acquired, Lidar data should satisfy the specifications on density, overlap, spatial distribution and accuracy. Data clusters and voids... (read more)
2014-02-17 10:39:05

Flight Planning and Orthophotos

Leaning Instead of Overlap
The full feature is online at Please subscribe for free using the Subscribe button in the left hand column. When using digital aerial cameras, quality and readability of orthophotos can no longer be specified by forward and side overlap as was the case in the era of analogue aerial surveys. By continuing to use these parameters, we condemn ourselves to inaccurate measurements and poor quality and readability of orthophotos. The author compares the flight planning parameters for nine digital cameras using building leaning, rather than overlap, as the main geometric parameter. In the era of analogue aerial surveys, which... (read more)
2012-05-30 04:52:26
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