Survey and GIS in San Diego

Everyone forms their own impressions of San Diego, but for surveyors and GIS folks in the Summer, it means the largest geospatial event in the world, the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit combined with the ESRI International User Conference. The 28th annual User Conference (UC) came in early August with the theme ‘Building New Opportunities’, the bulk of the Survey Summit running as prelude the previous weekend. The summit drew over four hundred attendees, a roughly 8% increase over last year. Both conferences featured a trade show. The summit also includes the Survey and Leadership Forum, actually, a Special... (read more)
2008-11-11 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

Maintaining, Developing and Testing GIS Software - Interview with Melvin Lindsay

Carl Hancock talks to Aligned Assets’ new testing and support manager, Melvin Lindsay, who explains what goes on behind the scenes in software maintenance, development, testing and debugging. Carl Hancock: Firstly, congratulations on your new role. How are you finding it so far? Melvin Lindsay: It’s been an “enjoyable challenge” I’d say. Just prior to me taking up the role, Aligned Assets had one of their support technicians move on to pastures new so, although I’d not expected to be hands-on straight away, my background as a first line support engineer proved very useful. What was great about doing this... (read more)
2017-01-25 01:25:21

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

MapAction in the Philippines

As super typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippine islands of Samar and Leyte last November, a MapAction emergency team had already landed in Manila, three hundred kilometres to the north. The vital role of mapping in disaster emergency response can be a race against time to save lives and bring relief as Nigel Woof OBE, MapAction’s operation director, vividly describes. The international relief community relied initially on government reports about the areas and numbers of people being affected, together with disjointed glimpses of its impact from news streams and social media. So, in the absence of real-time information, the MapAction... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:17:52

Big Data and Location – A Real or Imagined New Frontier?

Andy Coote reports on some of the insights gained from speaking and listening to some of the foremost experts in the field at the Strata 14 conference on Big Data in San Francisco and ponders the place of location in Big Data. So, Big Data and Location, why should you care? In their recent report on Big Data, McKinsey (1) suggest it is becoming a key battlefield of competitive advantage, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer behaviour. One of the key application areas they highlight is geocentric personal navigation data. They assess the application of such data... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:40:42

Buzzes and Fizzes - Esri User Conference 2014

A brilliant sunny day in London was a chance to recharge enthusiasm for GIS and learn about some startling new applications of the technology. On the wall of one of the reception rooms of the QEII conference centre is an immense wooden sculpture. Entitled ‘On the Island’, it is the work of Sir Edualdo Paolozzi, born in Scotland of Italian parents. Created in 1986, the work is a mass of geometrical shapes that, for our community, serve as an easy metaphor for what today’s 3D city GIS can achieve. Alas, the full benefit of this remarkable work to delegates at... (read more)
2017-04-26 05:55:26

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

Every GIS Student’s Nightmare - Finding a Research Topic

At conferences students ask me to suggest projects for course or capstone projects*, even after they have completed two or more courses (or years!) studying geospatial technology, science and use. Posts on a variety of GIS forums and discussion areas seek the same kind of help. How can educators and those of us in the field mentor students in this important part of their education? Why is Selection so Hard? Most of the queries I get are from undergraduates and masters students. In most cases, they can explore anything of interest that ties into GIS, geography and spatial analysis, in... (read more)
2016-12-22 02:59:57

The Changing Face of Geo - AGI GeoCom 2014

AGI marked its 25th anniversary with the annual conference in Chesford Grange Hotel near Kenilworth which attracted over 300 delegates for two days of intensive conference sessions and mild celebrations! We will cover Day 2 in our next edition. Professor Tim Broyd kick-started the conference with some horrifying statistics about the state of the world’s built infrastructure and the amount of money that will be needed to fix it. As if that was not bad enough he quoted a government report that claims that the construction industry has had no = zero = zilch increase in productivity compared to other... (read more)
2017-04-12 02:50:22
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