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

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

GIS-based Cartographic Representation of Avalanche Forecasts

Annually, snow avalanches in Scotland are the cause of a significant loss of life. As a naturally occurring disaster they are unique in nature, usually being highly localised events, and often in remote areas. Their victims are often voluntarily at risk for recreation purposes and become the trigger of their own avalanche. Typically, avalanche prone areas are often those that recreationists most desire to use. Controlling access to these areas is ethically dubious and efforts to increase the safety of recreationists must therefore focus on educating and informing risk-based decision processes. Avalanche Forecasting Avalanche forecasting seeks to safeguard recreationists in... (read more)
2018-11-01 10:33:44

The Bright Era of Earth Observation Satellites

In helping overcome a wide range of global challenges, the geospatial industry is relying on satellite information to an unprecedented degree. In this article, Italian geospatial solutions developer Gianni Cristian Iannelli, provides a background to the satellite industry and discusses some of the exciting Downstream opportunities which are emerging through it. Over the past 50 years, advances in satellite technology have contributed to the emergence of the Earth Observation (EO) revolution. The following is an attempt to identify the key milestone events, which have taken the geospatial industry to this data-rich point in time. The first of these event occurred... (read more)
2018-06-20 12:14:30

Land Registry and INSPIRE Index Polygons - Interview Andrew Trigg

Robin Waters talks across the waves to Andrew Trigg to discover more about latest developments with Land Registry, particularly its download service for INSPIRE Index Polygons. For over 20 years, the Land Register for England and Wales has been available for anyone to view but before 1990 it was “closed” to the public – you needed the permission of the owner of registered land in order to look at the register entries for that land and find out who owned it! And it was only in 1990 that compulsory registration, on transfer of title, reached every part of England and... (read more)
2017-02-27 05:33:05

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

My Adventures in the Agtech Start-up Space

A GIS Perspective on Career Opportunities in the US Agtech Industry.
In the following article, which is an adaptation of an earlier blog post, Todd Barr, an experienced geospatialist who is based in Fort Collins, Colorado shares his thoughts on the emerging Agtech industry; one which is embracing modern technology and skills in order to increase both efficiencies and bottom lines. The following is what geospatialists should, according to Todd, know about Agtech before deciding to pursue a career in the industry. Agtech and AgData start-ups seem to be all the rage right now. While searching on the job market recently (having finished an earlier contract), I decided to engage with... (read more)
2018-02-05 11:24:35

Smart Cities Need a Single Source of Geo Data

Ordnance Survey’s head of smart cities, Miranda Sharp, explains why a single source of accurate location intelligence and data is crucial for Smart, and how Ordnance Survey International is helping governments around the world develop their own smart cities. For many years Ordnance Survey’s work and the accurate maps it produced, were viewed by much of the world as something of a British curiosity. Quaint and ever-so eccentric. Why would anyone go through urban areas noting down their every feature and measurement in such detail? More so, why would anyone go to the most remote and barren stretches of landscape... (read more)
2017-04-06 05:15:58

Using British Standard Address Management to Boost the Ghanese Economy

This article outlines two approaches to determining the start and end of a street. The implications of both approaches in terms of complexity, ease of implementation and resultant costs are discussed by address management experts, Aligned Assets. For many countries, the absence of formal, consistent address management is costing their governments and businesses huge sums of potential income. Without fully defined addresses, there are issues with tax collection, service provision and the efficiency of the emergency services. Considering this, it’s somewhat surprising that many cities and rural areas function as well as they do – but clearly at a great... (read more)
2018-06-08 04:06:01

Digital Transformation in New Zealand

In January 2016, staff from New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC) were supplied with tablets and smartphones equipped with Survey123 for ArcGIS, a form-centric mobile data collection application. The Hokitika township biodiversity monitoring field team used this mobile app as well as their current paper-based capture methods to evaluate the potential of digital data collection technologies in their workflows. This undertaking showed that not only can Survey123 improve efficiency and reduce field data capture operational costs, but it can also make captured data available easily and instantly for visualisation and analysis. Like many other government departments, the New Zealand DOC... (read more)
2017-06-02 02:53:00
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