Precision Flood Models and Spatial Analysis of Flood Risk

This article explains how modelling is a vital tool in understanding flood risk and in mitigating the effects of flooding in Great Britain. Paul Drury explains how recent research undertaken by flood risk specialists at Ambiental has enabled the development of precision flood models and explores how data generated through flood modelling can provide some interesting insights into the spatial pattern of flood risk. Flood modelling depends on accurate topographic data. The resulting outputs, combined in a GIS with accurate spatial representations of our built environment, enable insurance companies, public authorities and the general public to understand flood risk and... (read more)
2016-12-22 05:41:08

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

CurvSurf Unveils FindSurface for Mobile and AR Devices

South Korean company CurvSurf has introduced FindSurface SDK, an algorithm that will help us overcome one of the few remaining barriers to the use of 3D data: processing a point cloud into information we can exploit. The FindSurface SDK performs real-time, human-like recognition of 3D objects in point clouds. It works with point clouds generated by any device—from a terrestrial scanner to a consumer tablet with a 3D camera. Thinking like a human VP of business operations Sung-Ho Moon explains that The FindSurface SDK works a lot like the human brain. First, it reads the point cloud directly to pick... (read more)
2017-04-10 11:06:43

A Look at Low-code and No-code Platforms in GIS

I moderated a panel on GIS careers recently. All six of the panelists, representatives from both academia and industry, agreed that everyone in the field should be able to program and use the concepts of computational thinking. What actually constitutes programming, however, is changing. I’m seeing more and more references to “low-code” and “no-code” development options. What are these tools and platforms? How are they being integrated into GIS software and solutions? Low-code and No-code Forrester, coined the term “low-code” back in June 2014, but some suggest implementations date back to 2011. Low-code refers to "platforms that enable rapid application... (read more)
2017-06-02 01:28:12

The State of Geography and Geographic Technology Knowledge

How do you know how far you’ve travelled if you’re on a bike? Would a smartphone or satnav help? Maybe you’d check the bike’s odometer, assuming you’ve got one. Or maybe you’d have a strong feeling in your body, the “friction of distance” as Adena Schutzberg calls it. On a lovely late summer day in September, 6,000 cyclists traversed two courses, one ten miles, one forty miles, around the City of Boston, Massachusetts. It was the eleventh annual event celebrating bicycling in the city. I am pleased to report that I saw enough evidence among these nongeographers to be cautiously... (read more)
2016-12-23 04:59:27

Bentley Systems Announce Winners of 2017 Be Inspired Awards

Bentley Systems has announced the winners of the 2017 Be Inspired Awards. The annual awards program honours the work of Bentley users advancing the world’s infrastructure. At a ceremony and gala at their Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference in Singapore, Bentley acknowledged 17 Be Inspired Awards winners and six Special Recognition Awards winners. This year, 10 independent panels of jurors, comprising distinguished industry experts, selected the winners from 51 project finalists. These finalists were chosen from more than 400 submissions by organisations in over 50 countries. Projects receiving Bentley’s Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards are uniquely innovative and demonstrate visionary achievements that transcend the narrower focus of the... (read more)
2017-10-17 09:09:08

GeoCom Grabs the Headlines

The AGI’s decision to change the format of the annual GeoCom conference from residential to a one day event with invited speakers seems to have worked. Several of the presentations were outstanding. Big Data author Timandra Harkness set the scene very well, grabbing everyone’s attention with a big data example drawn from the Ice Age! Dr Catherine Mulligan also gave some headline-grabbing stats. If it’s not appeared on your horizon yet, Blockchain computing is sure to arrive soon. It’s a way of ensuring security for online transactions and is set to play a role in securing the Internet of Things.... (read more)
2017-01-25 04:32:47

All you need to know about the Record Breaking GEO Business 2018

GEO Business 2018, taking place in London from 22-23 May, is fast approaching and the 5th instalment of the largest geospatial show in the UK is getting ready to break some records. Firstly, with registrations currently tracking 27% ahead of this time last year, as many as 3,000 visitors from across the world are expected to attend this free event. Sold out Exhibition The exhibition is also breaking boundaries with stands selling out not once, or twice but three times. This expanded area helps to house over 200 exhibitors who have all chosen GEO Business as the place to do... (read more)
2018-05-16 10:21:52

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

High-quality Aerial Imagery Helps to Unlock 5G Networks

Telecommunication operators are working at full speed to bring a 5G network to life in the early 2020s. Most operators are currently at the signal propagation planning stage and are defining optimal locations for the network nodes. Although widely used for the planning of 3G/4G networks, digital surface models generated from satellite images are insufficient for 5G antenna positioning. Another source, with required high-resolution data, is now available for the USA and large parts of Europe and Canada. 5G is the next generation of wireless network technologies. For 5G to become a reality, however, significant and fundamental changes need to... (read more)
2019-03-26 10:04:57
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