Is Cartography Dead?

Kristin Warry speculates on the relative importance of cartography as everyone has access to visualisation tools – including mapping tools – and as the amount of geographically related data proliferates exponentially. Kristin would like anyone to enter for the AGI’s new ‘Best Geospatial Visualisation Award’ – whether or not they produce a map! Once, like the illuminated writing in the book of Kells, only a few people could make a map: they drew it painstakingly by hand, and not many could read or use it. Even a decade ago many legal maps were still drawn by hand; the cartographer sat... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:50:49

United We Stand - GEO Business 2014

Over 1600 attended the UK’s first GEO Business show and conference in London in May. With a definite buzz, in the view of one observer, ‘it marked the dawn of a new era for the geospatial community’. GeoBusiness 2014 was generally hailed as a great success – for the organisers; for the 118 exhibitors; for the 1600 punters; and, we would argue, for the whole geospatial industry in the UK. Some of us remember the AGI conference and show held at the same venue – Islington’s Business Design Centre – a few years ago and will agree that this was... (read more)
2017-04-26 05:57:53

GIS is in the Game-changing Business

This year we are seeing some big changes in our industry that will affect us all. These come from our own maturing technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles, integrated LiDAR and video processing systems; from developing government policy on long-established institutions such as Ordnance Survey and the Land Registry; from regional and global co-operation under the auspices of the EU and the UN; and from other industries such as computer games and construction. We cover many of these in this edition with reports from GeoBusiness 2014 in London, the INSPIRE conference in Aarlborg, and the Esri UK conference. We also... (read more)
2017-04-07 11:17:55

Bluesky Funds use of Electric Vehicles to Measure Pollution

Bluesky is helping develop a mobile mapping system to measure pollution at street level. Working with the University of Leicester, the Leicestershire based aerial mapping company is helping to fund further research into air quality in one of the UK’s largest cities. Scientists armed with specially developed air quality sensors are taking to the streets in electric vehicles in order to measure the true extent of air pollution. Information captured by these sensors will be used to inform research into the pollution caused by city centre traffic and investigations into alternative travel solutions. Bluesky is already collaborating with the University... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:25:38

GIS Front-end for USDA Forest Service i-Tree Developed with TatukGIS SDK

The TatukGIS Developer Kernel has been used to develop the new TreeGIS desktop 3D GIS front-end to the popular i-Tree urban forestry inventory and analysis tool. i-Tree is developed by the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Forest Service to help communities strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and environmental services the trees provide. i-Tree is used by thousands in communities located around the world to plan and manage urban forests. Beyond i-Tree, TreeGIS can be easily modified to incorporate any urban forestry inventory. While i-Tree provides wonderful tools for gathering and... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:32:43

Cadcorp Announces Software Release with Free-to-use Desktop GIS

Cadcorp, the UK based developer and supplier of GIS and web mapping software, has unveiled its latest release – Cadcorp SIS 8.0. The new release includes a new free-to-use desktop GIS product - Map Express, multiple performance improvements and both new and enhanced core functionality. Map Express provides support for the same comprehensive set of data formats as the rest of the SIS product family including all Ordnance Survey formats. It allows the user to perform various types of spatial analysis, to carry out both spatial and attribute queries, and to visualise data in 3D. In addition, data can be... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:59:00

GEO Business 2015 Launches Calls for Papers

A Call for Papers has been announced for the GEO Business 2015 Conference, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London, UK, from 27-28 May 2015. For GEO Business 2015, the committee welcomes papers which will address the key commercial and technical issues facing the industry. Abstracts should be submitted online at the event’s website before 17 December 2014. This could include reporting on recent cutting-edge geospatial projects; approaches to unlock the potential of Big Data for geospatial professionals; smart GIS; data processing, presentation and applications; survey operations and systems integration; international and local specifications and standards; a focus... (read more)
2014-09-22 11:08:49

Every GIS Student’s Nightmare - Finding a Research Topic

At conferences students ask me to suggest projects for course or capstone projects*, even after they have completed two or more courses (or years!) studying geospatial technology, science and use. Posts on a variety of GIS forums and discussion areas seek the same kind of help. How can educators and those of us in the field mentor students in this important part of their education? Why is Selection so Hard? Most of the queries I get are from undergraduates and masters students. In most cases, they can explore anything of interest that ties into GIS, geography and spatial analysis, in... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:59:57

Experimenting with Low-cost UAVs

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as serious remote sensing platforms is a growing trend. They are already used in fields such as archaeology, construction, disaster relief, and the oil and gas industry. Sandy Avery and Bruce Gittins argue their ability to be deployed and produce results quickly, requiring only a small team to operate, enables their use in hardtoreach places. Though the financial and technical cost of using UAVs is constantly dropping, there are still high entrance barriers to their use. Many purposebuilt survey drones cost in excess of tens of thousands of pounds and require a significant... (read more)
2016-12-22 03:14:59

Optimising Pipeline Surveying Technology

Specialist engineering input, combined with customised software development, has resulted in a pipeline surveying solution that emphasises why partnerships can be so effective. The starting point for this application-specific solution from Capita’s property and infrastructure business was a Bluetooth link between an RD8000 cable and pipe locator and KOREC’s data collection software. Capita’s property and infrastructure business is one of the UK's leading multidisciplinary consultancies providing a range of design, project delivery, infrastructure, real-estate and business transformation services. Its utilities and industrial division specialises in engineering, design and project management services for a wide range of clients including major UK... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:44:08
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