Survey and GIS in San Diego

Everyone forms their own impressions of San Diego, but for surveyors and GIS folks in the Summer, it means the largest geospatial event in the world, the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit combined with the ESRI International User Conference. The 28th annual User Conference (UC) came in early August with the theme ‘Building New Opportunities’, the bulk of the Survey Summit running as prelude the previous weekend. The summit drew over four hundred attendees, a roughly 8% increase over last year. Both conferences featured a trade show. The summit also includes the Survey and Leadership Forum, actually, a Special... (read more)
2008-11-11 12:00:00

GIS and Renewable Energy Sources

Mappable Indicators
Solar parks, wind farms and biomass are examples of renewable energy sources. Use of such not only improves air, water and soil quality, but also brings economic and social benefits to a region. GIS is conventionally used for mapping the potential of renewable energy sources and restrictions on their exploitation. The author identifies indicators for quantifying the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy sources, their nice property being that they can be represented on maps using GIS tools. Mapping examples from northern America are provided. GIS can save time and money when determining where and how renewable energy... (read more)
2010-11-04 02:33:27

Exploring the Evolution of Geo Intelligence - Esri User Conference 2013

Content is king! That was the main message from the Esri UK annual conference in London – a buzzy event with four breakout streams and 17 partners exhibiting. Robin Waters reports. The Esri UK conference was held at the Novotel in Hammersmith on 21 May. Around a thousand Esri customers attended as well as nearly all of the 250 or so Esri UK staff. That is a big conference for GIS in the UK. And the customers came for free – perhaps that is the secret to a successful conference in austere times? It is the first time I have... (read more)
2016-12-22 01:13:09

Africa Rising - Geospatial Must Underpin Economic Development

In November last year, Andrew Coote of ConsultingWhere visited Addis Ababa for the joint Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) and AfricaGIS conferences. GiSPro originally commissioned him to write a GSDI-focused report. But with colleague Phil Knight they realised that a wider focus on the rising use and importance of geospatial technology on the world’s most misunderstood continent would perhaps be a more valuable contribution. The quality and diversity of the projects described by African geospatial scientists in Addis Ababa was humbling. For too long, western eyes have often viewed Africa with a mixture of pity and despair, perhaps conditioned by... (read more)
2017-05-31 03:28:35

Buzzes and Fizzes - Esri User Conference 2014

A brilliant sunny day in London was a chance to recharge enthusiasm for GIS and learn about some startling new applications of the technology. On the wall of one of the reception rooms of the QEII conference centre is an immense wooden sculpture. Entitled ‘On the Island’, it is the work of Sir Edualdo Paolozzi, born in Scotland of Italian parents. Created in 1986, the work is a mass of geometrical shapes that, for our community, serve as an easy metaphor for what today’s 3D city GIS can achieve. Alas, the full benefit of this remarkable work to delegates at... (read more)
2017-04-26 05:55:26

Using Open Geodata in Minecraft

The arrival of free open geodata in Denmark and open source code has sparked a fascinating public experiment involving a popular children’s computer game. But open source with open access means some players can bring you grief! The 1 January 2013 sparked a revolution in Denmark when a vast array of public sector information was made publicly available at no cost for private companies and citizens. The objectives were to eliminate redundant databases, heighten data quality, facilitate links between datasets, improve distribution and ensure effective/coordinated development and usage. Private companies have fully embraced the initiative and are now focusing on... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:48:04

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

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
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