Coronation Street Mapped by Ordnance Survey

With over 280 years of history between Coronation Street and Ordnance Survey (OS), the much-loved British institutions have produced a detailed map of the iconic television street. This latest mapping development follows the recent move of the Coronation Street lot from ITV's Quay Street studios to its new purpose-built state-of-the-art home in Trafford. Fans of the Weatherfield soap can now see the famous street in a new light, thanks to the recently produced large-scale map. The new detailed map of Coronation Street has been produced using OS MasterMap and accurately shows building outlines, street layout and footpaths. The map has... (read more)
2017-01-06 04:55:06

GIS Leads to More Efficient Workforce Territory Planning

McCarthy & Stone Management Services are responsible for over 280 developments, providing peace of mind that it will look after its customers and their properties over the long term. For the HR department, providing continuity of cover and improving efficiencies was both time consuming and increasingly complex. A more automated process using a GIS for Workforce Planning was required. The HR department selected the Cadcorp desktop product Map Modeller and uses it as their territory management software. Each development has a dedicated House Manager onsite five days a week during work hours to manage the day-to-day running of the development,... (read more)
2017-08-29 03:13:13

senseFly and Trimble Optimise Workflow for Geospatial Drone Operators

senseFly, a leading producer of professional drone solutions, has announced a new software integration with Trimble, which optimises the drone mapping workflow for geospatial professionals. The new integration between the companies' software ensures the smoothest possible end-to-end mapping drone (UAS) workflow. senseFly operators can now, within the recently launched eMotion 3.5 drone software, transform a senseFly S.O.D.A. camera’s georeferenced imagery into an automatically collated project (.jxl format). This enables the simple, one-click import of drone imagery into the Trimble Business Center Aerial Photogrammetry module without the need for manual project creation and organisation of images. The senseFly-to-Trimble mapping workflow becomes... (read more)
2018-04-05 10:11:20

senseFly to Host Free Webinar on Mapping Drone Accuracy

senseFly, the world’s leading producer of professional mapping drones, is hosting a free webinar on how to achieve high accuracy with mapping drones at 10:00 EST/16:00 CET on Wednesday 31 May. Jesper Falk from COWI A/S and Christopher Rice from SolSpec LLC will join Francois Gervaix from senseFly during the one-hour webinar. In addition to sharing their experiences of using fixed wing drones in the surveying industry, the experienced operators will discuss how absolute accuracy is attainable, what is required to allow this, and details of how it works. “Innovation in drone technology has opened up new opportunities for surveyors... (read more)
2017-05-30 03:06:45

Ben Nevis Gains a Metre Thanks to GPS Height Measurement

The Ordnance Survey (OS) has re-measured the Scottish peak of Ben Nevis to find it’s a metre taller than previously thought and now stands at 1,345m. The actual difference from the last official measurement in 1949 is much less - but enough for the height to be rounded up rather than down. The change comes from the precision that can now be achieved with modern technologies such as GPS. OS, Britain's official mapping agency, has already begun issuing maps with the new height. The significance of the amendment has not been lost on the agency's geodetic consultant, Mark Greaves, who... (read more)
2017-01-14 05:02:59

New FIG Publication on 3D Cadastres

Two recent publications on ‘Best Practices 3D Cadastres’ give a comprehensive overview of research, developments and implementations relating to 3D cadastres. Professor Peter van Oosterom, an authority and expert in this field, has been working in this domain for two decades. The first International Workshop on 3D was organized under his chairmanship in 2001, and the sixth edition of that workshop was held last year. Prof Van Oosterom has also chaired the FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) Working Group on 3D Cadastres – a joint Working Group of FIG Commissions 3 ‘Spatial Information Management’ and 7 ‘Cadastre and Land Management’... (read more)
2019-05-15 10:09:46

3D GIS in China

Chongqing Survey Institute Realised What Many Still Dream Of
Since 1998, the Chongqing Survey Institute (CSI) has been managing the 3D geoinformation database, including terrain, buildings, underground pipelines, geology and underground buildings, of the Chinese megapolis of 30 million people. For the commercial market, CSI’s 3D Mobile group focuses on combining the indoor and outdoor environment with e-commerce systems. Meanwhile, its BIM and GIS Integration group concentrates on three fields: geological survey, construction sector and municipal administration. Chongqing is a city of unique topographical and landscape features. It is built on mountains and partially surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, making mapping the city a big challenge for... (read more)
2017-03-06 01:35:28

Much ado about Quite a lot Actually

I must apologise to readers for the lateness of this issue. April and May were busy months with several standout GI events to cover and a week’s holiday in Lyon and Nice could not be missed. In addition, as you can read on page 6 (News), there were changes afoot that had to be carefully considered for this magazine and its publishers. In addition to reporting events, I have been talking to key members of the AGI’s Council following the departure of two full-time staff and far-reaching changes to the management and administration of the organisation. Council members stress very... (read more)
2016-12-23 01:10:15

Ordnance Survey Add Electricity Pylons to Map

At Ordnance Survey we often talk about the 10,000 changes a day being captured in our database containing all of the features of Great Britain. It can be hard to grasp how that much change is taking place – until you think about all of the new roads and buildings under construction and then burrow down into the level of detail we capture – right down to phone boxes and even electricity pylons. When National Grid announced that the first new electricity pylon design in 90 years was going to be erected in Nottinghamshire, we knew our surveying team would... (read more)
2017-01-11 04:35:20

Blue Marble Adds Ability to Write Petrel CTL to Geographic Calculator

Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Geographic Calculator 2016 Service Pack 2 (SP2). This release includes numerous improvements to the usability of the software; updates to the geodetic datasource, which forms the core of the application; access to the new GeoCalc Geodetic Registry; and a new tool for reading and writing coordinate system definitions to a Petrel CTL database. Blue Marble's GIS software is used by hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the world who need affordable, user-friendly, yet powerful GIS solutions. Users come from a wide range of industries including software, oil and... (read more)
2017-01-19 10:57:54
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