GIS-based Cartographic Representation of Avalanche Forecasts

Annually, snow avalanches in Scotland are the cause of a significant loss of life. As a naturally occurring disaster they are unique in nature, usually being highly localised events, and often in remote areas. Their victims are often voluntarily at risk for recreation purposes and become the trigger of their own avalanche. Typically, avalanche prone areas are often those that recreationists most desire to use. Controlling access to these areas is ethically dubious and efforts to increase the safety of recreationists must therefore focus on educating and informing risk-based decision processes. Avalanche Forecasting Avalanche forecasting seeks to safeguard recreationists in... (read more)
2018-11-01 10:33:44

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

Geospatial in the Video Game World - Interview with James Coote

Just how much crossover is there between the worlds of geospatial and video games? GIS Professional turned to Andy and James Coote, father and son working in different parts of the computer industry. Andy has been involved in geospatial for many years and will be familiar to many readers, whilst James is the director of an independent video game studio, Crystalline Green Ltd. Andy asked James to give us his take on where the worlds of geospatial and video games intersect. Andy Coote: The geospatial industry can now provide 3D data at a very detailed level for any part of... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:05:51

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

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

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The LMAP Initiative
The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines a new initiative called LMAP that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into GIS. Developed in a partnership between RIEGL of... (read more)
2019-05-21 10:01:13

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

GIS Investigation of Mass Dolphin Death

Crime Scene Investigation Using Advanced GIS Analysis
In the summer of 2015, more than 300 dead dolphin calves were found along the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. As no governmental institution investigated this strange case, an international team of scientists was brought together to collect and analyse various types of data. Using the MOTHY model and the available data, more than 50,000 points were reconstructed in reverse time from 252 different representative trajectories of dead dolphin bodies floating in the sea. To determine the exact place of death of the dolphins, advanced geographic information system (GIS) analysis was performed on the available time-aware data. This unique interdisciplinary approach... (read more)
2016-06-22 03:55:49

Smart Cities Need a Single Source of Geo Data

Ordnance Survey’s head of smart cities, Miranda Sharp, explains why a single source of accurate location intelligence and data is crucial for Smart, and how Ordnance Survey International is helping governments around the world develop their own smart cities. For many years Ordnance Survey’s work and the accurate maps it produced, were viewed by much of the world as something of a British curiosity. Quaint and ever-so eccentric. Why would anyone go through urban areas noting down their every feature and measurement in such detail? More so, why would anyone go to the most remote and barren stretches of landscape... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:15:58

Next Great Innovation for Ireland All Mapped Out

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) is in the midst of a cartographic automation project that's transforming its product offerings and service capabilities. In partnership with Esri Ireland, OSi has developed the multiresolution data store (MRDS), an advanced cartographic solution based on the ArcGIS platform that enables OSi to automatically generate and update map products and services quickly, with minimal human intervention. This is an ambitious process-transformation project, and it's improving OSi's ability to respond to customer needs, save on operational costs, and provide the authoritative location framework that is essential to meeting Ireland's social, economic, legislative, security, business, and administrative requirements.... (read more)
2017-05-11 03:02:18
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