Cleaning up the Streets Using Geographical Data

Caught in the Gully!
KaarbonTech won the 2014 Association of Geographic Information (AGI) award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit with their Gulley SMART highways asset management software package. Their managing director, Mark Entwistle, explains how proactive drain cleaning can improve highways departments’ performance while saving time and money. Managing drainage and water flow into roadside gullies may seem one of the more traditional and perhaps low tech roles carried out by local government. In fact, the reverse is true: twenty-first-century highways asset management is high tech, digital and mobile. The award recognised the results achieved by a project KaarbonTech undertook with... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:42:53

GeoSpock Launches Spatial Big Data Platform

GeoSpock, the spatial big data company that provides analytics, visualization, builds insight, and enables predictions across space and time, has announced the launch of a Spatial Big Data Platform, which enables stakeholders to reveal hidden data insights and drive game-changing business decisions. The platform unifies GeoSpock’s product suite, offering the same capabilities – extreme geospatial scale and hyper-efficient retrieval – to clients in an accessible and user-friendly way. With a rise in data stemming from the machine-to machine-economy, as well as the Internet of Things endpoint market, the platform offers the analysis, management, and exploration of this data to empower... (read more)
2019-03-06 10:07:03

Data Visualization Helps Manage Australian Drought

CSIRO has combined a broad range of data sources to build an interactive data visualization resource to facilitate better management of Australia’s ongoing drought crisis. With this in mind, the CSIRO team has been working with the Joint Agency Drought Taskforce to collate data for the National Drought Map, built on their Terria platform. The tool combines over 70 data layers in 14 categories, including weather condition data, government drought support, satellite imagery, health services and facilities, demographic data and agricultural industries. Rainfall patterns, soil moisture, government assistance availability, estimated resident population, number of farm businesses, agricultural types and employment... (read more)
2019-02-18 10:53:52

Vricon Launches 3D Data Product CitySuite

Vricon has announced the launch of CitySuite, a 3D data product to meet the ever-changing demands of the geospatial market. CitySuite is derived from Vricon’s Globe in 3D, which offers users the entire world in highly accurate, immersive 3D. The software package is designed to meet the many and variable demands of 3D geospatial users who require accuracy at a city scale, but need reasonably priced options. Vricon 3D geodata is being used by emergency responders who want to reduce response times for urban residents. It also can be used by city planners who want to leapfrog aging infrastructures. Insurance companies... (read more)
2019-07-18 02:33:21

OGC Announces Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Project

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces a new OGC Interoperability Program project called the "Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure Standards and Communication Pilot" (Arctic SDI Pilot). The Arctic SDI Pilot is sponsored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Natural Resources Canada. The goal is to demonstrate to Arctic stakeholders the diversity, richness and value of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on Web services and standardized exchange formats in helping address critical issues impacting the Arctic. Stakeholders include national and pan-Arctic science and monitoring organizations and decision-makers engaged in Arctic research, social and economic policy, and environmental management. The... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:08:29

Topcon Announce Integrated Mass Data Processing Software

Topcon Positioning Group has announced its MAGNET system of software solutions has expanded to offer a package designed to consolidate and facilitate the working environment for point cloud data processing and visualization — MAGNET Collage. The system offers an “all-in-one” solution for professionals using laser scanners, mobile mapping devices, modern paving scanners, and traditional surveying instruments. “With MAGNET Collage, mass data users with multiple sensors, such as mobile and static instruments, can stay in one software environment to process point cloud data and imagery,” said Jason Hallett, vice president of Topcon global product management. “Traditionally, each mass data sensor would... (read more)
2017-03-14 10:37:12

Android Application for Field Data Collection

Trimble introduced today Trimble Penmap for Android, a cloud-connected application for field surveying and high-accuracy Geographic Information System (GIS) data collection that works on mobile handhelds, smartphones and tablets. The app focuses on core survey and mapping tasks such as cadastral and boundary surveys, establishing local control, stake-outs, quality checks and asset management for utilities. It provides both professional surveyors and field workers with an intuitive, map-based interface to manage features and attributes for high-accuracy GIS and complete survey documentation. For example, the application can be used in the energy distribution industry for locating infrastructure and recording critical information on... (read more)
2017-07-31 02:14:14

Maptek Launches Spatial Data Application PointStudio

Maptek has launched a new point cloud processing and modelling software called PointStudio 8 – a new name, platform and ribbon interface evolving from I-Site Studio. The next generation 3D platform for modelling, analysis and reporting is delivered on the Maptek Workbench, which unlocks data sharing with other Maptek applications. One of the benefits of moving to the Workbench is access to the Workflow Editor for building interactive command sequences. PointStudio users can link workflow components to data and easily run automations in context. “A good example is site-configured registration workflows. This incorporates data import and filtering, as well as... (read more)
2018-11-14 10:33:08

The Age of Geospatial Data Ethics

Today, we are seeing a sudden awakening around the topic of data ethics, writes Abigail Page. Although ethics have always existed, the recent scandals around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have changed the tone of the discussion – especially as we learn that our personal data is actually a monetizable resource. These recent developments, which have received the full glare of the media spotlight, should be considered as a ringing alarm clock that is impossible to stop. On the positive side, these scandals have forced citizens to ask some important questions: what happens to my data, how much do I want... (read more)
2018-04-12 10:42:35

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
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