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The British Geological Survey is to use a state of the art laser scanner to map volcanoes, glaciers and other natural phenomena. The RIEGL VZ-1000 purchased from 3D Laser Mapping will be used around the world to collect data that will be used to create photorealistic fl y-throughs, 3D height models and highly accurate area and volume calculations.
CARIS has recently completed a successful project for the provision of a bathymetrical database system for the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC). PoMC conducts regular bathymetric surveys as part of its statutory obligation to provide safe and effective transit of vessels through Port Waters. The project involved the integration of CARIS Bathy DataBASE and the Engineering Analysis Module into existing PoMC workfl ows.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved the enhanced data model extension to the OGC Network Common Data Form (netCDF) core encoding standard. The enhanced data model extension, along with the core encoding standard, the netCDF binary encoding extension standard – netCDF classic, and the 64-bit offset format are available for free download at http://www. opengeospatial.org/standards/netcdf
The Survey Department of SriLanka and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs signed an agreement for digital data dissemination, which will allow organisations to freely use Government geographic data for disaster management purposes. The initiative stemmed from the need to address challenges posed by the lack of access to essential information needed to make wellinformed decisions during critical situations.
The US Army in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and US Marine Corps is working to establish the Ground-Warfighter Geospatial Data Model as the groundwarfighter National System for Geospatial- Intelligence standard. The purpose of the effort is to reduce stovepipes, lower costs, simplify acquisition and accelerate transition of technology as part of a standard and shareable geospatial foundation.
The Lagos State GIS and digital mapping would go online before the end of 2012 to speed up land documentation. The present land documentation system is slow due to physical submission and retrieval of land information for processing land titles, particularly Certificate of Occupancy.
The Volcanology and Disaster Mitigation Agency and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry have been working together to map areas in Indonesia that are prone to earthquakes. The agency’s head, Surono, said that the map would be provincial in scale and would be completed in 2014.
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving. The prototype system is envisioned as a tool to help emergency responders coordinate disaster response.
Bentley Systems, acquired Canada-based Ivara Corporation, a leading provider of asset performance management (APM) software solutions.
OpenSignal has raised USD 1.3 million seed round from Qualcomm Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Passion Capital, which it will use to build up its database of mobile network performance metrics. OpenSignal has an Android app that allows one to track the towers their phone connects to and measure their signal strength.
The plan to integrate all services of the Kingdom of Bahrain into the Central Informatics and Telecommunication hub saved the government BHD (Bahrain Dinar) 31 million, said Dr Khalid Abdul Rahman Al Haidan, Director, GIS
A new digital map-search tool, LandEx, has been unveiled by University of CincinnatiProfessor Tomasz Stepinski. It is a GeoWeb-based tool for exploration of patterns in raster maps. Stepinskidescribes LandEx as a new, contentbased geographic map search tool. The tool is currently available online to allow researchers and educators to explore its capabilities.
Blue Marble Geographics released Blue Marble Desktop v2.5. It has new powerful geodetic tools, new time dependent transformations and file formats. Its geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas , mining, civil engineering, surveying, technology companies, governmental and university organizations.