Bluesky Ireland Releases Online Geographic Data

Bluesky Ireland, a specialist in aerial mapping, has added around 30,000 square kilometres of geographic data to its online Mapshop. Now covering more than 70% of the Republic of Ireland, www.irelandmaps.ie provides a one-stop online shop for the most up to date aerial photography, colour infrared imagery and digital height models. Offering an unrivalled resource for both professional and leisure users of geographic data, visitors can search the online archive before viewing and downloading their data of choice. “We originally launched www.irelandmaps.ie last year with data for around a third of the Republic,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky.... (read more)
2018-03-27 12:41:24

Pointfuse Powers Virtual Reality for West End and Broadway Shows

Pointfuse point cloud software is helping to boost the appeal of West End and Broadway with laser scanning and Virtual Reality (VR) specialist Preevue by dramatically reducing the time taken to process complex laser scans into usable and accessible 3D models for visualisations. These visualisations, created with Preevue’s in house VR software, are used to see how a set design fits in a new theatre, optimise line of sight modifications to maximise ticket sales and provide virtual site visits. Preevue has already used Pointfuse on Jim Steinman’s ‘Bat out of Hell - The Musical’ when it made its West End... (read more)
2018-07-16 10:45:20

Cape Coral Relies on Nutanix for Applications During Emergencies

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, has announced that the City of Cape Coral, one of the largest cities in Florida, is leveraging the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS software, including the AHV hypervisor, to help the city better prepare for and respond to disasters and ensure all emergency service applications run efficiently. By utilising the Nutanix solution, the team can seamlessly access their mission-critical applications and keep pace with other technological advancements in government, fire and police department applications. In addition, the solution frees the team’s time so they no longer only have to focus on day-to-day IT infrastructure... (read more)
2018-11-14 04:01:34

senseFly Introduces Solar 360 Thermal Drone Solution

senseFly, a leading provider of fixed-wing drone solutions, has introduced the senseFly Solar 360, the latest addition to its senseFly 360 solutions range. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, this offering is a uniquely efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level. Created by combining eBee X fixed-wing drone technology, senseFly’s Duet T thermal mapping camera, and Raptor Maps’ software, senseFly Solar 360 is a fast and fully-automated solution. It is easily integrated into solar management workflows without requiring either drone piloting skills or the manual analysis of aerial... (read more)
2019-04-30 05:22:56

Bluesky and Skyline Create Dynamic 3D Building and City Models

Aerial mapping company Bluesky is working with SkylineGlobe UK on a project to provide high-accuracy, photorealistic 3D city models that will be available as off-the-shelf datasets and via an internet streaming service. The new, dynamic 3D models will provide a visualization and analytical platform for smart city projects, transport and infrastructure planning, risk assessment and mitigation, development planning and environmental work. To create these unique 3D digital twins, Bluesky and Skyline will integrate leading-edge technologies. To capture the city imagery, Bluesky has deployed its hybrid oblique imaging and Lidar airborne sensor. Skyline is then processing and publishing the data into... (read more)
2019-05-14 10:19:10

Agile and Open when Visualising Assets

Tom Stork explains how an interactive web viewer has allowed Scottish Water to unlock the potential of its data and share geospatial information throughout the organisation. Large, data-rich organisations face inevitable problems when accessing their information (1). Ever increasing emphasis is being placed on data-driven decision-making and a closed proprietary desktop GIS can struggle to provide the speed of access and clarity of visualisation required by decision makers. Creating a data-driven organisation and altering business processes begins with progressive small steps leading, eventually, to a paradigm shift. Solutions need to develop from early ideas before becoming the foundations of better... (read more)
2017-05-31 03:22:32

Dense Image Matching for Easy 3D Modelling

New Threat and Opportunity for Professional Surveyors
Normally when something is too good to be true, it is not true. But in the case of dense image matching (DIM), professional surveyors should look twice – because their clients, and certainly those in the construction, infrastructure and 3D city mapping markets, certainly will. 'GIM International' asked John Taylor, who is responsible at Bentley Systems for reality modelling in Asia Pacific and in the global defence market, for his insights into DIM. Dense image matching (DIM) did not arrive like a bolt from the blue. It has been around in the photogrammetric world for the past two decades but, through further... (read more)
2017-06-28 08:42:21

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

Do GIS Professionals Understand their Own Industry Well Enough?

As the power of locational data starts to dawn on a wider range of industries, the GIS profession needs to ensure that it understands the fast-changing world within which it operates. This very challenge, of redefining itself for the 21st century, is explored in the following article by New Zealander, Nathan Heazlewood. Thought-provoking, to say the least. Many people employed in the GIS Industry are interested in what is happening to our field; for example, trends in changing technology, usage patterns, profitability, and employment prospects. However, getting an accurate picture is problematic in such a multi-faceted industry. Setting criteria and... (read more)
2018-02-06 12:38:14

UK Land Cover Change and CORINE

Keeping track of land cover change is essential for governments and planners in the EU. For the UK this can only be done through Earth Observation techniques. Dr Geoff Smith explains how a land cover map has been continually updated for more than three decades. Over the last 30 years, the CORINE Land Cover (CLC) map has become the de facto standard for land monitoring across Europe. CLC was born out of the Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) Programme proposed by the European Commission (EC) in the mid-1980s. CORINE overall aimed at gathering information relating to key environmental... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:54:54
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