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

The Next Chapter for Ordnance Survey - Interview with Nigel Clifford

Since June last year Ordnance Survey GB has had a new CEO. GIS Professional met him in London recently at the Geovation Hub, of which more anon. Nigel Clifford comes to the job via a career covering the NHS, e-commerce, British Telecom and other mobile players. He has a degree in geography from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I met Clifford in OS’s Geovation Hub in the City, a buzzy building which also houses Catapult, a body promoting future and smart cities of which more anon. Tucked away at the end of a large open plan office... (read more)
2016-12-23 10:20:44

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

Leaving OS for a New Beginning - Interview with Vanessa Lawrence

As Vanessa Lawrence leaves Ordnance Survey, GIS Professional found her undaunted by setbacks and enthusiastic to bring the geospatial message to the rest of the world. At the end of this year Vanessa Lawrence formally leaves the Ordnance Survey of which she was director general and chief executive officer for 13 years. During that time, she has done more than anybody else in the UK to push geospatial information up the government agenda. GIS Pro caught up with Lawrence at the AGI’s 2014 GeoCom event in November. At the same event we heard testimony to her achievements from Sir Mark... (read more)
2017-03-16 04:15:05

Shedding Light on the Land Sector

How Open Data for Cadastral Records is Gaining Traction
Despite the enormous importance of good land governance for sustainable economic growth and social justice, land administration remains a sector that is lacking openness and transparency in many parts of the world. Land registry and cadastral records are often deemed too sensitive to share, unless acquired for a fee, or the records themselves may be unreliable or in formats that are not easily accessible. In geographies where the rule of law may not be strong, this presents opportunities for government abuse and corruption. A 2013 study by Transparency International found that one in five people around the world reportedly had... (read more)
2017-05-19 10:10:12

Using Digital Data Capture for Traffic Management – Interview with John Booth

Our editor Robin Waters talks to John Booth, team leader for traffic management at Mouchel, who explains why he switched his department to digital data capture, the challenges involved and why he chose Trimble’s Geo6000 series. For over ten years, the manufacturers and suppliers of digital mapping systems have preached a simple sales message - if you want to improve your efficiency and increase your field/office productivity, then digital data capture is the way forward. However, the realities of switching to a new way of working – which can sometimes obscure the end rewards – cannot be ignored. An initial... (read more)
2016-12-22 12:35:38

UAS Platforms the Future of Successful Aerial Image Capture & Modelling

UAS (Unmanned Airborne Systems) are rapidly becoming a valuable source of data for inspection, surveillance, mapping and 3D modelling projects. Investment in the commercial UAS industry - estimated to increase by US$3.5 billion by 2024 – reveals the potential for UAS to aid or replace traditional methods of data collection. The catalyst for the high rate of UAS adoption is primarily the technological developments in microprocessor architecture and the falling costs of the manufacturing process. Even consumer-grade UAS - available for less than £1,000 – now feature sophisticated Internal Measurement Units (IMUs), GPS- and GLONASS-capable GNSS receivers, stabilised gimbals, and... (read more)
2018-11-21 12:05:17

Attendance up at Busy Bustling Show - GEO Business 2015

A busy two days found your reporters struggling to cover everything at the industry’s annual show. A conference with two streams is always a challenge but we think that below we have covered the most relevant aspect for GIS professionals. We’ve published the session titles in full so you should be able to track them down. With visitors queuing in droves to get in on the first day and attendance up 25%, the second GEO Business event attracted over 2,000 people from 47 countries. With an improved layout and over 180 companies represented the organisers were clearly delighted. Event director... (read more)
2017-04-25 11:56:23

GIS is all about Communication

As an editor and publisher working in the technology sector I am often unsure of exactly what our editorial schedule is going to be for any particular issue. Whilst we don’t quite make it up as we go along and we do plan, we also adapt quickly to everchanging circumstances. Articles promised often come in late or just fail to materialise. others we feel are too much of a commercial pitch from PR companies whose clients won’t even discuss sponsorship or advertising. Others are more suited for learned peer-reviewed journals. This issue of GiSPro only germinated a week or two... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:44:45

Bentley Systems Advances Reality Modelling

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, demonstrated at SPAR 3D Expo & Conference the latest ContextCapture offerings for reality modelling that increase joint opportunities in surveying and engineering. The capabilities now include cloud processing services, a mobile app, and photo planning for Bentley’s applications. ContextShare extends Bentley’s ProjectWise connected data environment to securely manage, share, and stream reality meshes, and their input sources, across project teams and applications. Navigator Web is a new web application that delivers high-performance streaming of very large reality meshes through the browser to desktop or mobile devices.  For infrastructure project delivery, reality modelling captures the actual context of... (read more)
2017-04-07 12:52:03
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