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

Resilient Futures - AGI GeoCom 2015

Former AGI chief exec Chris Holcroft introduces this year’s event and talks to GeoCom chair Rollo Home. There are five major constants in the AGI’s flagship annual conference formula. First, the vast majority of attendees get a lot out of the event both professionally and socially. This is confirmed by delegate surveys, anecdotally in discussion and by fact that the series is now over 25 years old. Secondly, since its inception over 25 years ago, it has evolved with the trends and expectations of the time. Thirdly, it is shaped by individuals within the GI community who volunteer their time... (read more)
2017-01-04 01:39:32

New Technologies and Historic Environment Data

Former CEO of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) Diana Murray reviews the impact of new technology on archaeology since she joined the heritage sector 35 years ago. Nearly 20 years ago I organised a seminar that looked at new techniques and new knowledge in archaeology. ‘The purpose of the session’, I wrote, ‘was to take a glimpse of the future, exploring new technologies which could help the effective management and sharing of data which would lead to a better understanding of the past.’ In this vision, I imagined a time when, from the... (read more)
2017-03-16 02:22:47

SCIRA - Guides for Smarter Cities

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), with support from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is currently leading a process to create a Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture (SCIRA). SCIRA will provide free deployment guides and reusable patterns that municipalities can use to plan, acquire, and implement standards-based, cost-effective, vendor-agnostic, and future-proof smart city IT systems and networks using technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Sensor Webs, and Geospatial Information. SCIRA defines interoperability requirements based on a system-of-systems approach, meaning that municipalities are able to build up smart cities one project at a time, safe in the knowledge that... (read more)
2018-08-20 03:09:23

The Bright Era of Earth Observation Satellites

In helping overcome a wide range of global challenges, the geospatial industry is relying on satellite information to an unprecedented degree. In this article, Italian geospatial solutions developer Gianni Cristian Iannelli, provides a background to the satellite industry and discusses some of the exciting Downstream opportunities which are emerging through it. Over the past 50 years, advances in satellite technology have contributed to the emergence of the Earth Observation (EO) revolution. The following is an attempt to identify the key milestone events, which have taken the geospatial industry to this data-rich point in time. The first of these event occurred... (read more)
2018-06-20 12:14:30

Buzz and Balance - GEO Business 2018

This year’s GEO Business conference, held on 22-23 May in London’s Islington, was, according to Geomatics World editors Ian Dowman and Richard Groom, the biggest and best yet. The following is a summary of their report on the event which hosted 203 exhibitors from 25 countries, 100 exhibitor workshops, as well as many high profile speakers and seminars. It should provide a taste of the type of topics which were discussed during this excellent annual event. Digital Transformation Mark Enzer, Chief Technical Officer of Mott MacDonald, presented on the topic of digital transformation in economic infrastructure, with a particular focus... (read more)
2018-08-20 11:44:13

Interacting with Big Geospatial Data

Methods for Virtual Exploration and Visual Analysis
Advances in capturing techniques such as laser scanning and photogrammetry have significantly increased the volume of geospatial datasets. Big geodata has become an important asset for analysis and decision-making, but also poses a challenge for state-of-the-art visualisation techniques. This article presents research results addressing this problem for the infrastructure and planetary science application domains. The methods discussed here enable users to fluently explore and efficiently analyse the growing wealth of geospatial data.  The data volume of 3D reconstructions is steadily growing for two reasons. Firstly, there is a demand to increase the accuracy of data acquisition, now reaching even sub-millimetre... (read more)
2017-04-20 09:29:33

How your Neighbourhood is Classified for Targeted Marketing

The main users of geodemographic segmentation systems have traditionally been commercial direct marketing companies, academics, and large retailers. Latterly they have been accepted by public sector organisations as being very relevant to planning and implementing more efficient services. Peter Sleight explains how eight systems were produced and how they differ. Every census is now followed – two to three years later – by the launch of a new wave of geodemographic segmentation systems. In 2013/14 there are eight systems aimed at various parts of the market including much more emphasis on the internet as well as conventional direct marketing. The... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:38:31

My First Experience - SatSummit 2017

Open, engaging, informative and diverse was how Steven Ramage found his first SatSummit in Washington D.C. The event, to examine the satellite business in support of global development, was bullshit free! My first SatSummit in Washington, D.C. was only the second ever such event. It was fabulous. Open. Engaging. Informative. Diverse. I had the privilege of sitting on a panel with ESA, NASA and the CEO of Radiant, an organisation being set up by Omidyar and the Gates Foundation to talk about open data and government, but more on that later. The event was made possible by a number of... (read more)
2017-04-04 04:03:07

Emergency Mapping Gets HOT

Paul Stewart explains how the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team applies the principles of open source and open data for economic development, disaster preparedness and emergency relief around the world. Non-for-profit humanitarian organization HOT is a global online community of volunteer digital humanitarians, who apply the principles of open source and open data to create and provide free, detailed and up-to-date maps for NGOs and local communities fostering economic development, enhancing disaster preparedness and engaged in emergency relief. The organization’s objectives are to provide remote data creation during humanitarian crises, to connect open mapping communities with humanitarian actors, to support deployments to... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:02:58
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