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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Preparing For an Exploding Technology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), already popular with hobbyists, are gaining the interest of map-making professionals. Perhaps you’ve played with a remotely controlled model plane or multi-rotor-copter. Within a year, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (also known as UAVs) – drones used by military services – will integrate into U.S. airspace for civilian, governmental, commercial, and scientific purposes.

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Esri/UC: GIS is Reaching Critical Mass and Empowering Us to Make a Difference

Jack Dangermond, founder and CEO of Esri, welcomed a crowd of GIS users at the San Diego Convention Center today for the Esri International User Conference. The more than 16,000 attendees are from more than 130 countries, coming to the annual event that highlights the broad use of GIS.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

China’s Beidou System Gets a Commercial Partner in Alibaba

Many reports in the Chinese media have indicated that Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce site that is on an investment spree, will team with State-owned China North Industries Group to promote the commercial uses of the Beidou navigation system. The investment has been reported at 1 billion yuan ($160 million) according to Dazhihui News Agency.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Hexagon Geospatial Unveils the Power Suite at #HxGNLive

Mladen Stojic, president of Hexagon Geospatial addressed the HxGN Live conference today in Las Vegas. The address focused on dynamic information, and our ability to transform how we respond to global change. Opportunity, change and transformation permeated this address with a focus on competitive advantage.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

#HxGNLive Presents the Transformative Power of Sensors and Software to Address Challenges

The HxGN Live event kicked off this evening in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, with an impressive stage, light works, and rumbling musical score. The location, the Garden Arena, is where title fights typically take place, and the energy in the room spoke to that past.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Improving Global Carbon Estimates with LiDAR

International efforts to mitigate climate change hinge on limiting global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. About 12 percent of these emissions are due to deforestation and forest degradation, mostly in developing countries. To limit forest emissions, in 2008 the United Nations launched its Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). Building

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Do We Still Need Geospatial Standards?

Since 1994, I have participated in, facilitated, and lead a variety of standards activities. I have helped develop standards in the OGC, OASIS, ISO, OMA, IETF, W3C – the list goes on. Given this commitment to the standards world, you might think that I have a strong bias toward the status-quo for standards development and

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Technology Intersection – Geospatial Strategies for Insight from Big Data

Sensing technologies are producing unprecedented amounts of data about the environment and the digital world. The current question is: how can we gain true insight from all the available measurements? Industries are orienting development towards new systems built around higher requirements of performance and scale. Effective storage is an important precondition for big data analytics,

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Saving and Using the Geodetic Control Infrastructure

GIS professionals familiar with the National Spatial Data Infrastructure’s seven Framework Data Layers know that these are just the beginning of a multitude of layers and themes compiled to build effective GIS databases.  Many states have plans for additional statewide framework layers to supplement the Federal NSDI.  California has prioritized eleven.  These map-data layers are

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Helping Automated Generalisation Come of Age

Traditionally maps were produced using a long and detailed process, which would start at the initial data collection stage and run through to the final creation and printing of a map. However, different map series would often have their own data collection processes. This would mean that small scale maps could be partly derived from

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