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May 2014 | No Comment

GIS map of pipelines to pinpoint leaks, defects

The Kerala Water Authority (KWA) is vetting a proposal to prepare 3D GISaided maps of pipelines in the city’s distribution system. The maps would help the KWA to get a correct picture of the distribution lines that crisscross the city and would also help in tracing any defect, leakage or any other disorder in water and sewage lines.

NOAA launching storm surge mapping system

A new NOAA mapping project is designed to change perceptions about the multiple risks of storm events. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will begin mapping coastal regions in varying hues to represent the danger represented by storm surge. The new maps are intended to provide residents of coastal areas a clearer understanding of the multiple risks posed by Hurricanes. Forty-eight hours prior to the landfall of a hurricane, the NOAA will begin releasing color-coded maps indicating the risk of flooding, updating them every six hours.

GIS market in South Korea

The analysts forecast that the GIS market in South Korea will grow at a CAGR of 6.90 percent over the period 2012- 2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand from the Government sector. The GIS market in South Korea has also been witnessing the increasing demand for mobile-based applications. However, the increasing threat of rivalry could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

GIS for Mekong Delta region in Vietnam

The Ho Chi Minh City National University is working together with the southwest provinces of Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Can Tho and Long An to implement the Mekong Delta Geographic Information System (MDGIS) which will integrate disparate spatial databases into a unified platform. By having the MDGIS in place, the local governments in the region can have access to updated information on the status of natural resources and that would allow them to study and measure the socioeconomic impact of climate change and natural disasters.

Revamped AGIS for Abuja residents

With the rapidity of changes in today’s technology-driven world and the emergence of more sophisticated requirements of the real estate and ICT infrastructure required to guarantee systems security and operational efficiency, the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) recently carried out an overhaul of its system.

The new systems infrastructure are necessary fundamentals for facilitating the proposed revenue generating operations of AGIS and also for ensuring sterling service delivery as well as customer/stakeholder satisfaction, in line with the vision of AGIS to “become a comprehensive, all-inclusive fool proof and state of the art computerised geospatial data infrastructure for the FCT.” Senator Bala Mohammed is pivotal to the implementation of this transformation in the Federal Capital Territory. The overhaul of AGIS infrastructure by the FCT Minister through the Executive Director AGIS, Mrs Jamila Tangaza, was with the implicit purpose of guaranteeing security, efficiencies and innovative workflows and a process to impede gaps in all areas.

WorldDEM launched

Airbus Defense and Space has commercially launched WorldDEM, a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) that provides pole-to-pole coverage of unprecedented accuracy. It allows customers to improve the quality of DEM applications in a host of industries including defense and aviation, oil, gas and mining. The new model is based on data acquired by the high-resolution radar satellites TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X and will provide 12-metre grid spacing globally.

SuperGIS 3D Earth Server 3.2 launched

Supergeo Technologies offi cially released SuperGIS 3D Earth Server 3.2, the GIS software designed to publish and overlay terrain data and 3D models with spatial data, as well as to display the spatial data in 3D view. The GIS software can help users better explore geographic space and the spatial relation among data.

Cadastral feature on OneMap app in Singapore

Singaporeans can now access comprehensive information on land parcels right in the palm of their hands using mobile app Pocket OneMap. It is the mobile version of OneMap, an integrated map system, providing a wide range of government information from more than 70 thematic layers of information and value-added services ranging from education, culture, community, to the environment free of charge. Developed by Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore Land Authority’s (SLA) Academic Institution Partner, it is an authoritative mobile app which allows users to conveniently locate buildings or roads on the go.

Dr Vanessa Lawrence mapping out new career direction

Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, who has led Britain’s national mapping authority for almost 14 years as its director general and chief executive, will focus on the growth plans of Ordnance Survey internationally as Secretary General of Ordnance Survey International for the rest of the year. In addition, she will continue her role as co-chair of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). Dr Lawrence will formally leave Ordnance Survey at the end of 2014.

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