Improving Air Navigation Planning

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is making air navigation safer through more timely access to accurate data. Using ArcGIS Server, ICAO is creating a Web-based portal containing various global air navigation charts that can be viewed and accessed over the Internet. Providing access to the data is beneficial for the planning, monitoring, and analysis of newly planned facilities and services in regional air navigation plans (ANP).     The system is called the ICAO electronic Air Navigation Plan (eANP) GIS portal and provides access to the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan database. Global air navigation plans that are available... (read more)
2009-10-20 09:31:35

UAS Flight Planning Software

MAVinci Desktop is a professional software that handles all UAV-related tasks from flight planning to UAV control. MAVinci will be showing new features during Intergeo, to be held from 9 to 11 October 2012 in Hanover, Germany. These new features focus on work in mountain areas, adding that a flight plan can automatically adapt to an elevation model, automatic collision avoidance with mountains based on elevation data and automatic optimal alignment of flight lines. MAVinci Desktop also functions as an interface to several post processing software solutions. The software is developed to handle all jobs, from simple through to complex... (read more)
2012-10-01 09:57:34

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

Mobile Lidar for Urban Streetscapes

Mapping Historic Sixth Street in Austin, Texas
Surveying And Mapping, Inc. (SAM, Inc.) performed a mobile Lidar survey of the historic Sixth Street district in Austin, Texas, USA, for an urban planning project being conducting by the municipality. Sixth Street is an acclaimed music and entertainment district in the heart of downtown Austin, and city planners intend to redevelop it, broadening the pedestrian streetscape and improving both vehicular and pedestrian traffic control. Using mobile Lidar technology to survey this busy street significantly shortened data acquisition time and provided survey-grade deliverables to the city. The detailed point cloud dataset was also made available to city planners for 3D... (read more)
2012-04-26 11:28:53

Urban Governance and Climate Change

How can geo-ICT be used by municipal governments and cadastral organisations to contribute to sustainable urban governance? Based on a review of recent literature and initiatives for registering heat efficiency of houses, heat-loss mapping and the Solar Atlas Berlin, the authors argue that geo-ICT and land administration organisations are vital for sustainable urban governance to assure the integrated sustainability of the policies used to tackle global, national and local environmental issues. While efforts to avert serious climate change seem to have run out of steam, it has become visibly apparent that the effects of climate change on a global scale... (read more)
2012-11-22 11:58:33

ION Mini-Urban Challenge Winner

West High School of Torrance, California, USA has won the 2011 ION Mini-Urban Challenge held Saturday, 21st May 2011 at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History.   First place was awarded to West High School of Torrance, California led by faculty advisor Marcia Kim. The first place prize included USD2,500 for the winner's school and a gold LEGO trophy. Second place was awarded to Hagerty High School of Oviedo, Florida led by mentor Don Harper. The second place price included USD1,000 for the winner's school and a gold... (read more)
2011-06-06 11:01:29

Serious Gaming Meets City Planning

Tygron, a start-up based in Delft, The Netherlands, was once described as ‘the Johan Cruijff of Dutch water management’. This innovative 3D software company applies serious gaming techniques within city planning. The firm has now launched a new release of its software, which is already being used for many purposes worldwide: from hurricane-proofing uptown New York to simulating urban planning problems in Australia. The fully developed 3D urban planning tool encourages stakeholder engagement in projects and hence creates greater support for spatial solutions. From climate issues to urban infrastructure, the results are more realistic than ever thanks to the use... (read more)
2015-03-03 11:12:46

Hesse State Planning Portal Upgraded

Hesse, Germany's seventh largest federal state, has deployed the Intergraph spatial data infrastructure (SDI) application based on GeoMedia in its state planning Web portal. The application provides all stakeholders, including non-experts, easy access to and visualisation of spatial data through an intuitive interface.     Intergraph GeoMedia provides direct, real-time access to enterprise geospatial data, along with spatial analysis and map generation functionality, through a simple Web browser. Its support of Web Map Services (WMS) is of particular importance to administration, business and planning experts. This service can be used to integrate content from Hesse's state development and regional plans... (read more)
2009-09-15 10:36:45

Ashtech Introduces Web Mission Planning

Ashtech (France) has announced at Intergeo the immediate availability of Web Mission Planning, the first self-contained, completely automatic web-accessible GNSS survey planning tool. Anyone, anywhere can log in at and use the survey-planning tool free of charge to determine satellite visibilities. The new tool developed by Ashtech uses Google Earth mapping and is inter-active and completely self-contained. Survey planning in advance is important to ensure optimum satellite geometry, to account for mask at the site, and to avoid poor satellite tracking conditions in the field.  Surveyors working in urban canyons or under dense tree canopy and GPS-only receiver users... (read more)
2010-10-06 03:46:19

System Migration for Planning Commission

The Transportation Division of the Lancaster County Planning Commission (USA) is to perform a system migration of its legacy GIS-T application from ArcView 3.x to ArcGIS 9.3. The GIS-T legacy application, developed by GeographIT who also takes on the migration, automatically loads and classifies predefined roadway, traffic, bridge, and accident data as event themes mapped to PennDOT's linear referencing system.     The application also provides a Query Builder wizard that enables the user to define, modify, and delete custom queries of event tables. The new application will be developed with .NET 3.5 and ArcGIS 9.3.1 and will integrate PennDOT event... (read more)
2009-09-10 01:45:39
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