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PetroVietnam University selects Intergraph® solution

PetroVietnam University (PVU) has joined the Intergraph® Education Grant Program, selecting SmartMarine® Enterprise solutions for its curriculum to support Vietnam’s offshore oil and gas industry. PVU is located in the offshore oil and gas hub of southern Vietnam, and was established to focus on the development of the country’s oil and gas industry.

New OS VectorMap District available now

A new version of OS VectorMap District is available through OS OpenData. Since its alpha release in 2010, the product has become one of the most popular downloaded datasets, with free to use terms, from Ordnance Survey’s OS OpenData portal. Over the last three years Ordnance Survey has continued to work closely with customers to improve and develop this fl agship product, resulting in the development of a signifi cantly upgraded version 1.0 of OS VectorMap District.

Intermap announces $750,000 Mapping Services Solutions Contract

Intermap has been awarded a US $750,000 task order from Dewberry Consultants LLC for the fourth phase expansion of its previously announced airborne radar mapping services project in Alaska, USA.

UN agencies promotes use of GIS in disaster preparedness

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is working together with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in helping public sector organisations in the Asia Pacific region leverage geospatial information, GIS and satellite derived imagery in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and emergencyresponse. Under the Memorandum of Agreement, both UN agencies will focus their joint collaboration efforts on the priority areas of capacity development in space applications and ensuring optimal provision and dissemination of UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) products and services.

World Bank gives $40 million for land registration

More than 90,000 Nicaraguan families in the northern departments of Jinotega and Nueva Segovia will benefi t from a $40 million World Bank project to regulate property rights and modernize government institutions charged with issuing property titles, according to a World Bank press release. The project will fund the second phase of the government’s Property Regularization Program (PRODEP II), which started in 2002. When the project began, only 8% of land in Nicaragua had been registered and titled. Phase I increased the amount of offi cially registered land to 18% by 2012, including 13,000 km2 of land in the departments of León, Chinandega, Estelí and Madriz. Phase II of the project aims to increase the amount of registered land to 25% by titling properties in Jinotega and Nueva Segovia.

N51.4 bn contracts for 13 roads, imagery map by Nigerian government

The Federal Executive Council, FEC has approved the award of N51.4 billion contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 13 roads across Nigeria. Contracts also included that of a satellite imagery map of Nigeria, which has been awarded to Infotera of the U.K. in the sum of N3.7 billion and had a completion period of 24 months.

Hong Kong launches GISbased weather portal

The Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) has launched two new online weather portals which aims to provide citizens with more personalised and location-based weather information. The new website hk has user-customisable content, while another, hk, is a regional weather webpage based on GIS, which integrates a variety of weather information on the same map.

Kerala, India to map marine biodiversity

The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) has initiated a programme to prepare a Marine Biodiversity Register (MBR) documenting the underwater ecology of the inshore areas and the traditional knowledge systems of fi shermen in the State. The pilot phase will cover a 20-km stretch of the Thiruvananthapuram coast from Valiathura to Puthukurichy. The KSBB has taken up the project in association with Protsahan, a Thiruvananthapurambased NGO.

Electronic navigations charts released for India

Dr Vishwapati Trivedi, IAS, Chairman, Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) recently released the Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) in IHO, S- 57 format and a real time navigation software namely ‘Inland Waterways Navigation (IWN) Software’ for Sagar- Farakka stretch (560 km) of National Waterway- 1 (the Ganga- Bhagirathi- Hooghly River system). These products have been developed as per International Standards by the consultant M/s IIC Technologies Limited, Hyderabad. Inland Waterways Authority of India

Lack of ‘tall buildings’ slows down Delhi govt’s 3D data project

Lack of government-owned high-rise buildings in the Indian capital has slowed down Delhi government’s ambitious 3D GIS Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure project. The cameras, which constitute an essential part of the plan, are supposed to provide real-time data. This data can be utilised for several pur-poses such as managing disasters, checking encroachment and unauthorised construction activities. The information technology department, which is in charge of the project, was asked to install 63 cameras in such buildings. So far, it has been able to install only 10 cameras due to the absence of ‘tall buildings’ and other vantage points where the cameras can be put up without being targeted by miscreants. Offi cials said the cameras have to be installed at a certain height for optimal utilisation. But the lack of tall government buildings has resulted in a search for alternatives.

New mapping database for Thailand

A mapping database using a 1:4,000 scale will be made available in the next fi ve years in a move to standardise usage as well as help prepare for long-term planning and development in the country, Deputy Premier Plodprasop Suraswadi said. The GPS system would be useful when implementing some projects under the Bt350-billion water-management scheme and the Bt2.2 trillion strategy for large-scale infrastructure, he said, in addition to other projects such as setting out farming zones or forest and land management. Aerial photographs, satellite images and modern mapping technology assisted by the GPS will be incorporated into the database to make mapping and re-designation very accurate.

YR 10 billion to build digital map of Sana’a, Yemen

An estimated $93 million, has been dedicated to developing municipal infrastructure in Sana’a, including building bridges, sanitation facilities and paving streets. Half of that will be used for building a digital map of the city.

TUB TAK develops information system for use in defense

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has developed an information system that will be used in defense as part of important steps it is taking to create a situation in which Turkey can rely more on domestic production of defense equipment than foreign sources. TUBİTAK has now developed its own GIS that will enable Turkish engineers to develop important technology for domestically produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), helicopters and airplanes.

Pakistan: Bill drafted to regulate surveying, mapping

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence has submitted a report on ‘The Surveying and Mapping, bill, 2013’ to regulate and stop unqualifi ed and unregistered fi rms to take part in surveying and mapping activities. According to report, the Survey of Pakistan, being the national mapping organisation, is responsible for meeting the surveying and mapping requirements of armed forces as well as civilian organisations and departments, which falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of any regulatory authority, it is technically and legally diffi cult to keep a check on unlawful activities.

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