Geo-referencing and Visualising Retail Store Stock with Geospatial Technologies

When the Internet first became available to staff at the University of Aberdeen, we were soon approached by a small Internet provider in Aberdeen (Internet for Business (IFB)) to look into the concept of developing a more visually interactive experience for online shoppers than the standard list-type shop-front that existed then on the Web. The idea was to use early digital Ordnance Survey (OS) map data as an interface to allow shoppers to navigate street maps – as if walking along a street – to a shop-front – and then ‘walking’ into a higher resolution digital plan of the store... (read more)
2017-12-20 11:22:11

A Focus on Underground Utilities - NWG Innovation Festival 2018

When the Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) held their second Innovation Festival in July 2018, it was an event like no other. The festival’s aim was to turn the concept of a typical business conference on its head. By staging the festival in an open field, complete with marquees, teepees and casually dressed attendees, NWG were going back to the roots of why people generally attend a festival: to release themselves from the predictability and routine of everyday business life. In doing so, the festival aimed to encourage a diverse group of people to think differently about innovation, and to share... (read more)
2018-10-05 11:57:52

The Importance of REST APIs for 5G Network Technology

The use of technology to communicate fulfils an innate human need to connect with loved ones across geographies. Since the first telephone was invented in 1877, the demand for communication has been ever-growing. 141 years on from this achievement, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a very dynamic and fast-moving field and one which is becoming more and more intertwined with the geospatial industry, with geospatial, telecommunications, and Big Data industries beginning to converge in a significant way. End users and businesses are constantly seeking more from the telecommunications industry and, interestingly enough, vice-versa. On the one hand, end users... (read more)
2018-10-08 01:31:18

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47

Development of Spatial Grids and Structure of Spatial Data Models

A Reflection on Spatial Data in 2018
During the AGI’s Annual Conference, GeoCom2017, on 25 November 2017 at the Royal Geographic Society in London, I was asked about our journey so far toward a ‘smarter way of mapping the world’. I was also asked by the convenor, Rollo Home, about the challenges which face us in the fast changing climate and economy. The question: “Are there better ways to quantify, model and predict geospatial data, which are growing exponentially?” In the current context of Big (Geo) Data, in general, and Smart Cities, in particular, accurate positioning is increasingly important. In addition, while remote sensing and ground surveying... (read more)
2018-02-01 10:32:55

Bringing BIM Alive - Autodesk User Conference 2016

Cadline’s Autodesk user conference took place in the heart of the City of London in June. Richard Groom reports that BIM was the hot topic this year. With the deadline passed for central government contracts worth over £50 million to be using BIM level 2, this year’s conference concentrated on helping delegates to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of BIM. BIM for Newbies For early birds, there was a pre-conference session on ‘BIM leadership’, which was aimed at anyone ‘new to BIM or confused about what they should be doing next’. There were a lot of us!... (read more)
2017-03-16 03:17:20

Bentley Announces Finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards Programme

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards programme. The annual awards honour the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts selected the 51 finalists from more than 400 nominations submitted by organisations in more than 50 countries. The finalists will present their innovative projects to their peers, the jurors, industry thought leaders, and more than 120 members of the media as part of related infrastructure forums at The Year... (read more)
2017-08-11 08:53:44

GIS Challenges and Trends

Recently, GIS Professional conducted a market and applications survey. With over 200 responses received we have gained an interesting insight into the current GIS landscape, its trends, challenges and applications. This article presents the results of the survey and shows that a large majority of the respondents is very positive about the future of GIS, which will be driven by technological advancements that will influence their organisation in the future. Of the respondents of the GIS Survey, 21% work at the government, followed by academia, education and research (20%), and civil engineering, construction and architecture (11%). Several domains such as... (read more)
2017-06-02 03:09:21

A Geographer in a CAD World

It’s been three and a half years since I joined Cadline as a GIS Application Engineer, and my new job title was probably the first sign that I was now a “Geographer in a CAD World”. I have worked in GIS for nearly 20 years, and in all the roles that I have undertaken, at heart, I have always considered myself to be a GIS Consultant. Yet working for a Platinum Autodesk Partner I am now referred to as an “Application Engineer”. It’s a name I simply can’t get used to, as I see Engineers as those who plan, build and implement... (read more)
2018-04-09 10:33:58

The Future of Location Intelligence – Interview with James Brayshaw

After more than ten years as a director of Ordnance Survey, James Brayshaw recently left to join Pitney Bowes Software based in Henley. Robin Waters caught up with James, who is now nearly two months into his new position as director and general manager for location intelligence, EMEA (MapInfo), to find out more about his reasons for moving and how he perceives the future of the location business and the MapInfo brand. GIS Professional: With your background and high profile role at Ordnance Survey, why have you moved? James Brayshaw: To be honest I was not looking to leave Ordnance... (read more)
2016-12-22 01:19:17
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