Emergency Mapping Gets HOT

Paul Stewart explains how the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team applies the principles of open source and open data for economic development, disaster preparedness and emergency relief around the world. Non-for-profit humanitarian organization HOT is a global online community of volunteer digital humanitarians, who apply the principles of open source and open data to create and provide free, detailed and up-to-date maps for NGOs and local communities fostering economic development, enhancing disaster preparedness and engaged in emergency relief. The organization’s objectives are to provide remote data creation during humanitarian crises, to connect open mapping communities with humanitarian actors, to support deployments to... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:02:58

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

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

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

MapAction in the Philippines

As super typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippine islands of Samar and Leyte last November, a MapAction emergency team had already landed in Manila, three hundred kilometres to the north. The vital role of mapping in disaster emergency response can be a race against time to save lives and bring relief as Nigel Woof OBE, MapAction’s operation director, vividly describes. The international relief community relied initially on government reports about the areas and numbers of people being affected, together with disjointed glimpses of its impact from news streams and social media. So, in the absence of real-time information, the MapAction... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:17:52

Lighting up the Enterprise - Esri User Conference 2016

May saw Esri UK’s biggest yet user conference. Held in the QEII conference centre in Westminster, the event attracted over 3,000 preregistrations drawn by the opportunity to attend a choice of 60 individual sessions spread over seven tracks from keynote presentations, special interest groups and workshops. Launching the event under the banner “Lighting up the Enterprise”, Esri UK MD Stuart Bonthrone spoke on change driven by the technology of GIS. Robust websites, rich libraries of content are all helping to personalise information for users. We are seeing the consumerisation of IT. The challenge, said Bonthrone, is to spatially enable the... (read more)
2016-12-23 12:37:40

CurvSurf Unveils FindSurface for Mobile and AR Devices

South Korean company CurvSurf has introduced FindSurface SDK, an algorithm that will help us overcome one of the few remaining barriers to the use of 3D data: processing a point cloud into information we can exploit. The FindSurface SDK performs real-time, human-like recognition of 3D objects in point clouds. It works with point clouds generated by any device—from a terrestrial scanner to a consumer tablet with a 3D camera. Thinking like a human VP of business operations Sung-Ho Moon explains that The FindSurface SDK works a lot like the human brain. First, it reads the point cloud directly to pick... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:06:43

What’s in a Name?

Who are we? Who are you? The constant churn and arrival of new technologies and inevitable trade and professional groupings means rebranding our industry and ourselves from time to time, says Adena Schutzberg. But just how important is it? As I write this in May, two geo-related events are in full swing. There’s the Imaging & Geospatial Technology Forum and what next year will be known as Xponential. The former is also known as the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) 2015 Annual Conference. The latter is currently known as Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned... (read more)
2017-04-07 02:33:24

Cooperation is Key - AGI NI Annual Conference 2016

A good mix of attendees and some interesting topics for the speakers, AGI Northern Ireland’s annual conference was set for a successful day, reports Diane Sandeman. After two really successful GeoBig 5 conferences, we felt the time was right to broaden the theme again. We had a good mix of public and private sector attending, and we were also heartened to have representation from 7 of our 11 new local councils, signs of the renewed importance being placed on location within this area. We were also very grateful to our four Gold sponsors: IMGS, Esri Ireland, Sopra Steria and Leica... (read more)
2017-01-03 05:31:56

Lively Agenda in a Busy Day - AGI Scotland 2016

A trip north for GIS Professional's editor found him immersed in a different culture where even the units of measurement can be different. AGI Scotland’s annual conference was a reminder that they do some things differently there. This was an interesting and busy day in Edinburgh of mainly short lively presentations, debates and networking that attracted some 160 people. After a scene-setting introduction by AGI Scotland Chair Prof Bruce Gittings, we were off on the first of two keynotes. North of the border, local government is guided and informed by the Improvement Service, an organisation to help councils improve the... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:52:52
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