Addressing Solution, Meet your Problem

I love to listen to tech podcasts that cover new gadgets or services. I’m not a big gadget person, but I love to think through the problem that a new product or service solves. I heard about some new offerings announced at CES, the big consumer tech show held each January in Las Vegas, NV. Razer announced Project Linda, a hardware dock for its phone. When plugged into the dock, which is basically a brainless laptop, the phone serves as both brain and touchpad. What problem does that solve? One that very few people have. I’d describe Project Linda as... (read more)
2018-01-23 11:28:31

The UK on a World Stage

Whether or not you’re a fan of the boat race, Cambridge becomes the centre of the universe at least once every four years – even when it morphs into Oxford. I’ll explain. The Cambridge Conference is an event that invites geospatial leaders from around the world to meet, share ideas and developments, and renew their enthusiasm for the innovative use of geography in person. This year, the conference was held in Oxford at Keeble College, and hosted by the Conference’s originators, Ordnance Survey. I was honoured to be invited along, to take part as a guest at the Cambridge Conference... (read more)
2017-08-07 11:44:47

Future Directions for the Space Industry

Space is no longer the sole province of the military and telecoms. The market is growing for earth observation, cybersecurity, navigation and positioning products, while tourism and mining loom, explains Niall Conway. During a recent IoT event, I heard an observation which seems to reflect the changing status of the space industry in today’s world. In the 1960s, the speaker said, some of the greatest minds on the planet worked towards putting a man into space. Today, he added, some of the world’s greatest minds are now focused on increasing the number of views on a YouTube video. Although this... (read more)
2017-08-03 04:33:34

Cooperation is Key - AGI NI Annual Conference 2016

A good mix of attendees and some interesting topics for the speakers, AGI Northern Ireland’s annual conference was set for a successful day, reports Diane Sandeman. After two really successful GeoBig 5 conferences, we felt the time was right to broaden the theme again. We had a good mix of public and private sector attending, and we were also heartened to have representation from 7 of our 11 new local councils, signs of the renewed importance being placed on location within this area. We were also very grateful to our four Gold sponsors: IMGS, Esri Ireland, Sopra Steria and Leica... (read more)
2017-01-03 05:31:56

Who Should Own a Drone Company?

The big boys are buying new toys. Why they’re doing this is perceptively explained by our regular columnist Adena Schutzberg. Have you been keeping up with which of the big non-defence focused geospatial companies are acquiring drone makers? Here’s a short list: In April 2012, Trimble acquired Gatewing, based in Belgium. In February 2014, Hexagon, owner of Intergraph and Leica Geosystems, acquired Aibotix, based in Germany. In April 2014, Google announced plans to acquire Titan Aerospace, based in the US. What do these companies have in common? They are involved in spatial data acquisition. They are also well-known as acquirers.... (read more)
2017-04-07 04:50:39

Advances in Geospatial and Space

As we head towards Brexit in 2019, satellites may be in the headlines for less than positive reasons at the moment. However, what’s clear is the universal acceptance of the value, and critical need for this infrastructure to both our society and economy. Away from the headlines, a number of interesting events over the past month have allowed me to reflect on the relationship between space and traditional geospatial. For many years, the earth observation community has been on the fringes of mainstream geospatial, and in some cases, unfortunately, even viewed as a distinct entity. Thankfully, space technology has now... (read more)
2018-06-21 12:40:31

Bringing BIM Alive - Autodesk User Conference 2016

Cadline’s Autodesk user conference took place in the heart of the City of London in June. Richard Groom reports that BIM was the hot topic this year. With the deadline passed for central government contracts worth over £50 million to be using BIM level 2, this year’s conference concentrated on helping delegates to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of BIM. BIM for Newbies For early birds, there was a pre-conference session on ‘BIM leadership’, which was aimed at anyone ‘new to BIM or confused about what they should be doing next’. There were a lot of us!... (read more)
2017-03-16 03:17:20

The State of Geography and Geographic Technology Knowledge

How do you know how far you’ve travelled if you’re on a bike? Would a smartphone or satnav help? Maybe you’d check the bike’s odometer, assuming you’ve got one. Or maybe you’d have a strong feeling in your body, the “friction of distance” as Adena Schutzberg calls it. On a lovely late summer day in September, 6,000 cyclists traversed two courses, one ten miles, one forty miles, around the City of Boston, Massachusetts. It was the eleventh annual event celebrating bicycling in the city. I am pleased to report that I saw enough evidence among these nongeographers to be cautiously... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:59:27

Brexit and Geospatial - Could it Spur Better Services?

The uncertainties created by the Brexit vote seem to have receded for the moment. The dire economic warnings that preceded the referendum have not happened (yet) and the UK seems to be enjoying not only unseasonably good weather but an economic Indian Summer too. But this is not to say that there are not many in our sector who face a worrying future, either because their job depends on EU projects or funding, or are themselves citizens from continental Europe working in the UK. As David Hannay, our former ambassador to the EU points out, “Why not assume that it... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:54:05

Mapping What No One Else Wants to Map

In July and August of this year the world was pre-occupied with the Ashley Madison data breech. Hackers broke into the adult-focused site and threatened to leak details of the membership if the parent company did not shut down both Ashley Madison and a companion site. The demand was not met and the hacking team made the data available in August, reports Adena Schutzberg. Since the data included location details a few teams started mapping. After a good deal of searching, I found just a few maps. Clearly, the nature of the site and the challenges of accessing the database... (read more)
2017-04-07 02:26:03
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