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Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre delivers rapid public access to terabytes of data

The Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping and Cadastre (COSMC), has implemented a web-based solution from Intergraph® for the distribution and publishing of national geospatial data. It includes high-performance image compression and delivery for handling big data on a large scale. COSMC’s original system was recently upgraded to an integrated web-based portal, leveraging multiple Intergraph technologies

British trade delegation to Libya taps Proteus for mapping expertise

Proteus, a provider of satellite-derived bathymetric mapping and seabed classification services, represented the mapping industry in a British trade delegation to Tripoli organized by the Libya-British Business Council (LBBC). Proteus presented potential solutions to coastal mapping challenges faced by Libya during meetings with the National Oil Corporation, Ports and Maritime Transport Authority, University of Tripoli, and Libyan Center for Remote Sensing.

GIS for Locating Funerary Facilities

The shortage of public facilities for funerary service and the traditional social custom in Taiwan inevitably cause the NIMBY (not in my backyard) confliction when locating funerary facilities such as funeral home, memorial pagoda, and cemeteries, which might bring sustainability issues for landscaping, air pollution by crematorium, and noise pollution of traffic. Hence, by utilizing GIS, Pingtung Senior High School planned to analyze and find out a better solution.

In this project, SuperGIS Desktop 3.1a, SuperGIS Network Analyst, and Address Locator enable the officials and the students to display, edit, manage, and query geospatial data, overlap the feature layers and satellite images of Pingtung county and city, as well as carry out buffer analysis for landscape planning. Besides, Google Earth was also used to explain the relevant topographic features, terrain, and land utilization types in the research area.

1Spatial & LSI Partner Win contract extension

1Spatial have signed a contract extension with the U.S. Census Bureau. The contract extension will focus on the provision of software licenses and services in preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census and to widen the use of the technology within the organisation. Through a long term engagement with the U.S. Census Bureau, 1Spatial and LSI have prototyped and designed an automated conflation process to carry out geospatial data conflation. This delivers a phased roll-out for 1Spatial’s Validate & Integrate software.

MRPC launches GIS system for mustard crop in India

A mustard research body has launched GIS for the commodity in the country to provide farmers all information about sowing and harvesting of the crop. “Mustard crop being the major oilseed crop of India has been first selected for this purpose among the cereal crops. This information system model will be replicated to other agricultural crops in future,” Mustard Research and Promotion Consortium (MRPC), Delhi said in a statement. MRPC added the government has roped them as an agency which will handle the assembled data through GIS and ground for scientific interpretation. http://

3-GIS Mobile with Android 2.1 released

3-GIS have released their mobile software called 3-GIS Mobile 2.1 with Android compatibility. It worked with Gas Technology Institute (GTI)-a leading research and development organization serving energy and environmental marketsand Operations Technology Development (OTD)-a partnership of natural gas distribution companies formed to develop, test, and implement new technologiesover the past 18 months to design and develop this application with specific gas industry functionality.

Mapping project to help Philippines reconstruct typhoon-hit areas

As part of the National Government’s efforts to rebuild the localities hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is sending a team of licensed geologists to Tacloban in order to identify areas unsafe to build relocation sites.

According to MGB Director Leo Jasareno, the team will identify areas that are vulnerable to geological hazards and come up with recommendations to determine relocation sites for many displaced residents.

Singapore, Esri sign agreement on 3D smart city technology

Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Esri have signed a two-year MoU that will see Singapore bring its urban planning and design processes to new Esri technology developers in the US will commit to investing in 3D GIS technology development in collaboration with the URA; and Esri Singapore specialists will provide the agency with local support, advice and expertise. This agreement will enable URA to embark on several new spatial projects, and establish a ‘3D Urban Simulation Prototype Lab’ for 3D GIS testing and modelling.

New Google Maps feature launched in Taiwan

Google Inc. released a new mapping service feature in Taiwan recently that can help users discover new nearby places to visit. It will allow users to quickly search for specific types of locations, in the categories of Eat, Drink, Shop, Play and Sleep. Taiwan is among a second group of countries, along with India, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea, in which Google is launching the Explore.

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