Tolerating Ambiguity in Geospatial

There is ambiguity all around, says Adena Schutzberg. The trick is recognizing it, choosing a way forward and not being frightened to fail. Jeff Selingo, who writes about education, shared a terrific article on LinkedIn titled Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity. He argues that the “killer app” in today’s workplace is the ability to tolerate ambiguity. Said another way, it’s unlikely a new employee will get a clear set of expectations from a supervisor for a specific project, nor a recipe for how to get the work done. Instead, the employee will need to figure it out. That’s... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:47:24

Interactive Campus Map Software Facilitates Exploring CU Boulder Campus from Anywhere

Colorado University Boulder is the latest major university to launch on concept3D's CampusBird platform designed for education institutions. The CampusBird experience offers 3D, detailed interactive maps of both campus grounds and building interiors as well as the ability to highlight off-campus attractions and resources. The system's map layers can be modified and customised for communications and marketing needs of university admissions, athletics, facilities, alumni relations and other departments. The CampusBird platform is designed for way finding, marketing, and to support major campus events, among many other applications. The platform helps schools make information readily available and easy to navigate on... (read more)
2017-10-03 08:31:13

3D Repo Joins Open Building Information Modelling Revolution

3D Repo, a provider of cloud software solutions for collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM), has signed up to the Open BIM Programme. Designed to provide a universal approach to the collaborative design, realisation and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows, Open BIM is an initiative of leading software vendors using the buildingSMART Data Model based on open standards such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and BIM Collaboration Format (BCF). Through the use of its award winning open source software solutions, available to try free of charge at www.3drepo.org, and its support of the Open BIM programme, 3D... (read more)
2017-03-17 11:46:09

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

Topcon Teams up to Challenge Gender Gap

In a bid to challenge the construction industry gender gap, Topcon GB & Ireland recently joined forces with Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) to inspire female students to consider a career in engineering. The event took place at the school on the 6th January and welcomed successful, female industry professionals to discuss the benefits of a job in engineering. Through a series of talks, they shared some of the highlights from their careers and what inspired them to take up a job in engineering. Speaking at the event was Sofia Maria Angelara - signalling design engineer at WSP: Parsons Brinkerhoff;... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:11:29

European Open Data to be Included in UN Boundary Information Initiative

Harmonised European open data from official national sources is to be included in the United Nations Second Administrative Level Boundaries (SALB) initiative. EuroGeographics, which represents National Mapping, Cadastral and Land Registry Authorities from the whole of geographical Europe, is providing its 1:1 million scale topographic open dataset, EuroGlobalMap to assist the project’s aim of compiling global administrative boundaries data from authoritative sources. EuroGlobalMap provides harmonised European open data covering 45 countries and territories, comprising six themes: administrative boundaries, names locations, transport networks, settlements, elevation and the water network. It is available free of charge for any use under an open... (read more)
2017-08-02 04:02:44

Cab Passenger Safety Drives Tracking Service from Magenta Technology

A new cab tracking solution is providing peace of mind to travellers and worried parents, guardians, carers and friends. Aimed at teenagers returning from a night out, females travelling alone and other vulnerable user groups, the solution, developed by Magenta Technology, allows passengers to book a cab from a respected operator with complete confidence. A simple web service then allows the passenger to share details of the booking via a secure web link and allows worried friends or relatives to track the cab in real time. Matt Borland, Sales Director of Magenta Technology, commented, “There is, and rightly so, much... (read more)
2017-01-13 03:18:32

GEO Business 2015 Launches Calls for Papers

A Call for Papers has been announced for the GEO Business 2015 Conference, taking place at the Business Design Centre in London, UK, from 27-28 May 2015. For GEO Business 2015, the committee welcomes papers which will address the key commercial and technical issues facing the industry. Abstracts should be submitted online at the event’s website before 17 December 2014. This could include reporting on recent cutting-edge geospatial projects; approaches to unlock the potential of Big Data for geospatial professionals; smart GIS; data processing, presentation and applications; survey operations and systems integration; international and local specifications and standards; a focus... (read more)
2014-09-22 11:08:49

Esri Announces 2016 Storytelling with Map Contest

Esri is inviting people to submit their top Esri Story Map projects for a chance to win prizes and peer recognition at the Esri User Conference. Contest participants can submit up to three pre-existing or new story maps between until 23 May 2016. Story maps come in many forms and have a wide range of business and educational uses. They can help explain how a countywide penny tax is spent or provide an interactive lesson about forest ecology. "Story maps are more than communication tools—they're also powerful expressions of creativity," said Allen Carroll, leader of the Esri Story Map team. "We launched this contest... (read more)
2017-01-14 05:14:35

Using Open Geodata in Minecraft

The arrival of free open geodata in Denmark and open source code has sparked a fascinating public experiment involving a popular children’s computer game. But open source with open access means some players can bring you grief! The 1 January 2013 sparked a revolution in Denmark when a vast array of public sector information was made publicly available at no cost for private companies and citizens. The objectives were to eliminate redundant databases, heighten data quality, facilitate links between datasets, improve distribution and ensure effective/coordinated development and usage. Private companies have fully embraced the initiative and are now focusing on... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:48:04
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