Bringing in GIS (3)

Innovative GIS projects are exciting to the technologist who understands and clearly sees the benefits. More challenging is convincing budget-holders and broad business that the investment is worthwhile. This can be done using the simple but powerful benefits-modelling approach.<P> This article, the last in a series of three, represents the final piece in the jigsaw of a business-driven approach to justifying GIS projects. The first article demonstrated the merits of a top-down, business-led approach to effecting change, as opposed to a bottom-up, technology-driven solution. The second article  showed how to design an organisation and plan for success by establishing a... (read more)
2008-09-23 12:00:00

GIS and Humanitarian Work Come Together – Interview with Jus Mackinnon

Our editor Robin Waters interviews Jus Mackinnon, a founder of CrisisMappersUK, who is a self-taught GI enthusiast with a background in aviation and a passion for humanitarian relief work and crisis mapping. On the Juscomms.com website, Jus Mackinnon describes her company as a full-service, multi-disciplinary business consultancy providing expert services to the private, public and third sectors. Maps, mapping and GIS creep into the site in the context of airfield management and humanitarian crisis mapping. But if you talk to Jus you will be rewarded with a passionate discussion of many of the issues that have exercised the GI industry... (read more)
2016-12-16 03:28:48

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

Open for Business - AGI GeoCom 2013

Increasing public awareness, opportunities for industry change and predictions for the future! Hayley Tear, Robin Waters and Stephen Booth report on the highlights of another successful AGI GeoCommunity conference. Last year’s AGI GeoCommunity conference focussed on “sharing the power of place” with the wider world and how building our industry’s reputation was up to us – the GI professionals. In our report, we reflected that it had become an unofficial tradition to hear Chris Holcroft, who was then about to begin his new role at the Royal Meteorological Society, speak of the AGI’s mission; always passionate about the opportunities open... (read more)
2017-04-27 04:13:59

Bluesky Tree Map Helps Identify Diseases in UK Trees

Bluesky, creator of the National Tree Map, is working with researchers at the University of Leicester, UK, to investigate the use of airborne mapping systems to identify diseases in trees. The health of UK forestry has been in the news for many years with Sudden Oak Death, Dutch Elm and more recently Ash Die Back and Red Band Needle Drop all generating headlines. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and supported by Forest Research, the study will investigate the use of aerial photography, thermal imaging and airborne laser mapping systems to improve the identification of diseases, determine the... (read more)
2014-07-22 08:50:01

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

Is Cartography Dead?

Kristin Warry speculates on the relative importance of cartography as everyone has access to visualisation tools – including mapping tools – and as the amount of geographically related data proliferates exponentially. Kristin would like anyone to enter for the AGI’s new ‘Best Geospatial Visualisation Award’ – whether or not they produce a map! Once, like the illuminated writing in the book of Kells, only a few people could make a map: they drew it painstakingly by hand, and not many could read or use it. Even a decade ago many legal maps were still drawn by hand; the cartographer sat... (read more)
2017-05-31 02:50:49

Bluesky Aerial Data Helps Model Flood Risks Across England and Wales

Aerial photographs and detailed 3D elevation models purchased from Bluesky’s newly launched Map Shop are helping JBA Consulting model potential flood risks. The aerial photomaps, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data and DTM (Digital Terrain Model) are being used for testing JFlow – JBA’s award-winning hydraulic modelling software. In addition, the data are being utilised in the preparation and delivery of training courses for the software. JFlow is a two-dimensional hydraulic model which solves the St Venant Shallow Water Equations to model the movement of water over the ground. JFlow was developed by JBA to meet the needs of clients... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:57:20

New Business Development Manager for BIM Joins Topcon Europe Positioning

Topcon Europe Positioning (TEP) announces John Foster as European Business Development Manager for BIM (Building Information Modelling). Foster comes to TEP from Finnish Autodesk partner and BIM software provider, Profox Companies, where he was the director responsible for business development and sales of Autodesk based BIM software solutions. Prior to this role, he served as sales manager at NavisWorks Ltd, and plant solutions sales manager at Autodesk Ltd. Foster has more than 20 years experience in CAD and data management, ranging from software development through consulting to business development and sales. "John has a great deal of experience developing and... (read more)
2017-01-06 05:00:13

University of Leicester Partner with Bluesky to Map Air Pollution

Arguments about which UK city has the most polluted air could be put to rest once and for all thanks to a landmark new project that uses state of the art techniques to measure air pollution in city environments. A partnership between the University of Leicester and aerial mapping company Bluesky is aiming to improve the monitoring of dangerous gases in urban environments. Using a state of the art airborne mapping system, developed by scientists at the University of Leicester, integrated with ground-based sensors, a Bluesky sponsored PhD student is aiming to provide a quantitative understanding of the levels of... (read more)
2017-01-09 03:12:03
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