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The Sino-British Geospatial Information Research Centre, jointly built by the China Academy of Surveying and Mapping and U.K. University of Nottingham, opened in Beijing on Dec. 13. This research centre will develop geospatial information research to solve the key scientifi c issues of the two countries. It will utilize China and Britain’s advantages to promote services such as navigation and global positioning, photogrammetry and remote sensing, cartography and geographic information systems as well as geospatial information technologies.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff, signed 11 agreements to strengthen strategic partnership in various fi elds such as housing, banking, aviation, energy and oil, electricity, science and technology, and agriculture. A MoU between both the countries aims to facilitate exchange of expertise and training activities in the fi eld of geomatics engineering, geoscience and space science.
GIS-based census in Pakistan
The Census Commission in Pakistan geared up the process of carving fresh census blocks — which is likely to affect delimitation — on a district basis in Karachi using GPS and GIS technologies. Explaining the use of GPS and GIS technologies in the fi eld, the census commissioner said that by the GPS, a machine would identify the latitude and longitude of a location and GIS would help prepare charts and graphs on the basis of GPS markings.
Underwater mapping in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s marine researchers are considering using aerial and underwater unmanned vehicles with remote sensing technology to study the oceans around the country, according to Sri Lanka’s National Aquatic Research Agency (NARA). The NARA wants to team up with the island’s Air Force to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for marine search.
GIS to ensure health services for HIV patients
Kimberly Brouwer, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health at UC San Diego, and her team, are developing a GIS model to measure HIV/AIDS clustering and recommend better distribution of health services. With GIS model, she aims to explore social and environmental factors affecting disease transmission and risk behaviours.
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) released the report, ‘Climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayas: The state of current knowledge’, during the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa. The report is based-on a new survey of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) using satellite imagery. It established the extent of the glaciated area of the of the region and helps fi ll a crucial knowledge gap in the region, referred to as a ‘white spot’ in data in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 2007 report.
Autodesk acquires BIM solutions provider
Autodesk has recently acquired Horizontal Systems, a provider of cloud-based building information modelling (BIM) collaboration solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. By providing diverse, distributed teams with more secure, easy-to-use and fast-to-deploy solutions, Autodesk 360 for BIM makes project data available across the project lifecycle, wherever and whenever it is needed.
Google Maps accused of US national security breach
Flight Global, an aviation website, claimed that Google is compromising with US national security. According to the website, Google Maps allows aerial shots of secret military bases to be viewed by the general public in the name of better mapping technology.
Indian Army blinded by controversial equipment
The Indian Army’s imagery interpretation capabilities, critical to providing information on the locations of enemy troops and their military assets, have been compromised by fl awed contracts placed with a company that has failed to provide critical software upgrades, an investigation by The Hindu has found.
Documents obtained by The Hindu from the Ministry of Defence show that the fi rm responsible for supplying and integrating software used in critical image intelligence analysis was relieved of its responsibility to provide free upgrades in 2008 — and is now on the verge of receiving a Rs.165-crore contract for the supply of software it may no longer have licensing rights for.
Maharashtra moving towards g-governance
Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, India, launched Geoportal of Maharashtra Remote Sensing and Application Centre (MRSAC). He said, “We are moving from e-governance to g-governance using data generated by scientific institutes like MRSAC. But sadly enough we have silly policies which do not allow high resolution maps and data g