Maps for visually challenged
In a pioneering effort, an Atlas of Madhya Pradesh (MP), India has been prepared for the visually challenged in Hindi Braille. It contains eight theme maps on 1) Districts of MP, 2) National Highways passing through State, 3) Important district roads, 4) Railway Lines passing through state and their Junctions, 5) Rivers, 6) Hills, 7) Principle crops, and 8) Minerals. The Atlas has been distributed free to all the blind schools in the State. A Guide Map of Indore City has also been prepared on similar lines.
Google releases satellite images of China quake damage
Google released satellite imagery on Google Earth of the recent 6.9-magnitude quake in Qinghai province of China. It had worked with satellite company GeoEye to obtain the high resolution post-earthquake pictures.
Bentley’s i-model solves Dynamic Collaboration problem
With Bentley’s i-model format when users aggregate project information into a single immutable file, there is a transformation process to create the file that removes redundant information and compresses the source file at roughly a 10:1 ratio. Unlike other formats, the geometry is retained rather than faceted, so that true measurements are maintained. It also has the ability to see who changed what when, and to capture and record comments and workflows.
AAM launches Pictometry Online
AAM introduced hosted imagery and spatial tools for major urban areas of Australia and New Zealand. Pictometry® Online is ‘software and data’ as a service, which can be used to view a project site from any angle, providing new capabilities for confirmation of property value and site assessment that includes accurate measurements, all from the desktop.
Azerbaijan creating E-map base
The State Committee for Property Affairs (SCPA) of Azerbaijan is using GIS to improve the quality of services to its people regarding real estate registration and cadastre management. Electronic base of maps within administrative borders of the country’s regions is being prepared with help of WGS- 84 in projection UTM. The maps also take into account cadastre information gathered in executive power organs.
Map for FIFA World Cup
MapIT, South Africa and Tele Atlas is starting to supply a special map dataset for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The dataset will contain the logistical detail needed to navigate the event, such as road closures around major matches, stadium entrance gates, ‘Fan Park’ points, drop-off areas.
Bahrain to open maps for public
Bahrain’s Survey and Land Registration Bureau (SLRB) and Bahrain-based International Consortium (ICON) in an MOU have agreed to make official Bahrain maps available to the public. Any interested public or private sector party and individuals may also commission ICON to develop specialised maps based on the official SLRB data.
Nigeria’s land management
In 2009, Ogun State in Nigeria generated more than NGN 4 billion in revenue to revolutionise land management and administration in Ogun State, according to Director General of the Ogun State Bureau of Lands & Survey. He said that we have noticed influx of companies into Ogun state. It could be possible because we have liberalised land allocation and land acquisition procedures and processes. He added that GIS-based Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) in the state is still on. The usual bureaucracy and all the problems associated with procurement/processing of C-of-O in the past have been eliminated with the help of GIS.