Sefton Council Uses GIS to Support ‘One Council’ Policy

One of the roles of the technical services team at Sefton Council, UK, is to support the Planning & Building Control department. This ranges from managing data used by planning officers on a day-today basis to producing evidence based work to assist the policy team. This where Geographic Information System (GIS) comes into play. By overlaying planning history, local plan data and policy data into web mapping, information can be shared across council departments and directly with the public. The web mapping system at Sefton Council was no longer supported by its supplier. It was increasingly difficult to manage and... (read more)
2017-11-01 09:23:33

Research Reveals Scope of Open Geospatial Data Across Europe

Open data is available from the majority of European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities (NMCAs), a new survey has found. Research by the Open European Location Services (ELS) Project reveals that 98% of respondents provide at least some of their data free of charge. Of these, 37% make all their data available under an open licence.  Whilst open data models vary, more than 85% provide view and search services, 72% enable downloads and 67% allow its re-use in products. Users include public authorities, public services, research and education as well as commercial companies. This survey provides a snapshot... (read more)
2017-12-06 11:24:18

Queensland Mandates BIM on Large Government Projects

Queensland has announced a new policy requiring Building Information Modelling (BIM) to be used on all new government construction projects with estimated capital costs over AU$50 million. “BIM is a ‘win-win’ for designers, builders, asset managers, and all stakeholders helping us deliver the government infrastructure we all need and use,” said Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. “It’s a collaborative and productive way of working that will help us to better design, construct, manage and operate the assets that we build. This will ultimately de-risk projects by improving their on-time and on-budget delivery, as well as... (read more)
2018-12-13 10:17:56

Stewart Angus

Stewart Angus is Policy & Advice manager (Coastal Ecology) at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). (read more)
2017-07-31 03:39:55

The Global Geospatial Industry Outlook

The Indian company Geospatial Media and Communications has produced a thought-provoking report on the Global Geospatial Industry and published it online. Ian Masser reviews this report. This 128 page report is divided into four main sections. These include a short section describing the methodology that was developed for the exercise. This followed by a longer section discussing the main global geospatial industry trends and emerging business processes. The third section of the report presents the findings of the analysis in the form of a geospatial readiness index of fifty nations. The concluding section contains details of the sponsors of the... (read more)
2017-08-07 12:58:20

EuroGeographics Creates Expert Group to Strengthen Commitment to Copernicus

Members of EuroGeographics have launched an expert group to strengthen their commitment to providing harmonised pan-European geospatial data sets and services to Copernicus. The move builds on the cooperation agreement signed earlier this year between the Association for European National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The newly created Copernicus Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) will enhance coordination and communication between the two organisations, with a focus on facilitating access to authoritative geospatial in situ reference data for use in activities initiated by EEA and the European Commission’s flagship initiative for earth observation and monitoring.... (read more)
2017-05-31 03:01:46

3D Laser Mapping Launches Campaign to Release Open Source LiDAR Data

3D Laser Mapping, leading geospatial technology specialist, is launching a campaign to give free access to LiDAR data in order to showcase the capabilities of mobile mapping systems. They will be offering open access to point cloud data which can be viewed and manipulated using GIS software. This information can be extracted for use by businesses, academic research and for in-house training opportunities. The company will be releasing data collected using its flexible ROBIN mobile mapping system, which can be used on foot, in a vehicle and mounted to aircraft and UAVs. The move comes as UK Chancellor Philip Hammond... (read more)
2017-11-29 05:54:59

FIG Congress 2018

FIG Congress 2018 is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community of surveying and spatial professionals together. Scientists, experts, policy- and decision-makers, students, and stakeholders are invited to join the discussions on issues affecting the international surveying and spatial community today and in the future. FIG Congress 2018 takes place at Istanbul Congress Center, conveniently located in the city centre and with a variety of hotels nearby.FIG has been organising conferences since 1878. The first conference was held in Paris from 18-20 July 1878. This year’s Congress is the 26th. (read more)
2018-02-08 09:06:44

Speakers for AGI’s Annual Conference #GeoCom17 Lining Up

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) has published the headline speakers who’ll be providing insights at this year’s annual conference, #GeoCom17, putting the focus firmly on the role of location intelligence in today’s fast-paced world. The first speakers announced are Javier de la Torre, Dr Helen Ferrier, Mark Bew MBE, Tom Smith and Charlotte Jee. GeoCom will be held on 26th October 2017 at the RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. ‘Smart Geospatial’ is the theme for this year’s event, which will be a highlight for members (and non-members) of the AGI. It brings together thought leaders, forward-thinking individuals... (read more)
2017-08-16 03:41:12

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
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