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Timmons Group to Provide Performance Measures for the National Association of State Foresters

Richmond, VA, July 30, 2015 — The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) recently selected Timmons Group to assist in the process of defining State Forestry Performance Measures. 

TerraSAR-X Satellite Feeding of Copernicus Data Warehouse Extended until 2020

July 30, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space, owner of the commercial distribution rights for TerraSAR-X data, and ESA have signed a contract securing the continued supply of TerraSAR-X data for the Copernicus Data Warehouse.

A3 Edge Digital Mapping System Upgrades Oblique Capabilities

Tel Aviv, Israel, July 30, 2015 — VisionMap announced today the introduction of upgraded oblique capabilities to its A3 Edge Digital Mapping System. The A3 Edge camera, well known for its high capture productivity, now utilizes a proprietary Roll Stabilization Technology that increases its efficiency even further, particularly for oblique projects.

Surfing for Science

July 29, 2015 —Thanks to a new system developed by scientists in the UK, taking to the waves for a spot of surfing can benefit research into the health of coastal waters, and could help confirm satellite measurements of sea-surface temperature.

FAA: Wildfires and Drones Don’t Mix

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2015 — Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can’t.

Two ASPRS Awards for “Pit-Free” CHM Algorithm

July 29, 2015 — The paper “Generating Pit-free Canopy Height Models from Airborne LiDAR” co-authored by rapidlasso GmbH and published in the September 2014 issue of PE&RS (the journal of the ASPRS) was awarded twice at the IGTF 2015 – ASPRS Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida last May.

TerraGo to Demonstrate Advanced GPS and GIS Solutions at InfoAg 2015

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015 — TerraGo®, a pioneer of geospatial collaboration and enterprise mobility software, will exhibit at the InfoAg Conference which takes place July 28-30 at Union Station in St. Louis.

2015 SAG Award Winners Announced by Esri Inc

Aylesbury, July 29, 2015 — Network Rail and Public Health England have both been honoured by Esri Inc in its annual Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards, presented at the Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.  

SuperGIS Desktop 3.3 Updated with 3D Analyst and Better Maptile Productivity

July 29, 2015 — SuperGIS Desktop 3.3 is now released for GIS users around the world. With the latest SuperGIS Desktop 3.3, Cache Generator is dramatically improved, supporting multiple machine workflows and providing a consummate caching mechanism.

Featured Keynote Speakers Announced for National GIS in Transit Conference

Des Plaines, IL, July 29, 2015 — URISA, the National Center for Transit Research,  and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) are pleased to announce the featured keynote speakers for the 9th National GIS in Transit Conference, on September 1-3, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Note that Labor Day is Monday, September 7).

CMC Acquires Maptek Sentry for Survey and Monitoring at Portia Gold Mine

July 29, 2015 — Consolidated Mining & Civil Pty Ltd (CMC) has acquired a Maptek Sentry monitoring system, primarily for use at Havilah Resources Limited’s Portia gold mine in South Australia.

SuperField Supports Portuguese GPS Provider with GIS Application

July 29, 2015 — Nautel, Portugal, the navigation and GPS turnkey solution provider, selects SuperField, the GIS data collection application, to provide users with a complete survey task-oriented choice.

Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Helps EU Joint Research Centre Win Microsoft Competition

MORGAN HILL, Calif., July 29, 2015 — A team of researchers from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's in-house science service, has outperformed a global mix of 27 teams from academia and industry, achieving the best overall result at a recent Microsoft-sponsored indoor localization competition in Seattle – and 3D, real-time LiDAR sensor technology from Velodyne proved to be key to the victory.

EYESMAP: New Architects and Archaeologist 3D Tablet Available Now

July 29, 2015 — 3D documentation works are an important part of architect´s job. Monuments, old buildings, indoors scenarios, stairs, ornaments, vaults, etc have to be captured faithfully every day. All this documentation needs to be generated fast and accurately. Can the architects create all this documentation with at high quality using just one instrument? Are there any device which - in situ- allows to capture and generate high quality 3D models of all the elements to be documented?

New Magnolia State Maps Adding Trails

July 28, 2015 — Several of the 772 new US Topo quadrangles for Mississippi now display parts of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail and other selected public trails. Further significant additions to the new quadrangles include map symbol redesign, enhanced railroad information and new road source data. For Gulf Coast residents, recreationalists and visitors who want to explore the featured Mississippi trails by biking, hiking, horseback or other means, the new trail features on the US Topo maps will be useful.

OGC announces Common DataBase Best Practice

July 28, 2015 — The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) membership announces OGC’s approval of the OGC Common DataBase specification as an OGC Best Practice.

First Applications from Sentinel-2A

July 28, 2015 — From agricultural monitoring to charting changing lands, early images from Europe’s new Sentinel-2A satellite show how the ‘colour vision’ mission’s critical observations can be used to keep us and our planet safe.

eBumper4 Flies into the Consumer Drone Market

Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 28, 2015 — Commercial drones are no longer just a product for the enterprise or government, but are quickly emerging as a mainstream venture for the everyday consumer. With dozens of options already on the market, finding an affordable drone has become fairly simple, but the cost of replacing one or repairing damaged property from a collision can easily double your investment.

Hexagon Geospatial Visualizes Stories with the Hexagon Smart M.App

Norcross, GA, July 27, 2015 — Hexagon Geospatial is pleased to introduce the Hexagon Smart M.App®, providing a new way to understand and share your geospatial experience. These new light-weight applications cohesively combine data, workflows, and analytics. Hexagon Smart M.Apps are creatively designed maps to solve distinct business problems.

Molly Zuccaro Former NAVTEQ and NOKIA (HERE Maps) Operations Director Joins Geospatial Corporation as Executive Vice President Operations & Strategy

PITTSBURGH, July 27, 2015 — Geospatial Corporation (OTC Pink: “GSPH”) announced today that Molly Zuccaro has agreed to join the Company to lead in the design of operational strategy and ensure that strategic business plans are successfully executed. 

Searching for Underground Energy Sources from Space

July 27, 2015 — Data from ESA’s GOCE gravity satellite are being used to improve models of Earth’s geology, indicating the potential locations of subsurface energy sources.

Pix4Dmapper and DJI Phantom Used in Debris Search of Airplane Collision

July 27, 2015 — Late Tuesday morning on July 7th, a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a small single-engine Cessna 150 collided mid-air over South Carolina - forcing the jet pilot to eject and sending the two Cessna pilots to their deaths.

Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., July 27, 2015 — Coral reefs, under pressure from climate change and direct human activity, may have a reduced ability to protect tropical islands against wave attack, erosion and salinization of drinking water resources, which help to sustain life on those islands. A new paper by researchers from the Dutch independent institute for applied research Deltares and the U.S. Geological Survey gives guidance to coastal managers to assess how climate change will affect a coral reef’s ability to mitigate coastal hazards.  

Esri Honors Geographic Innovation

Redlands, California, July 24, 2015 — Esri presented 187 organizations worldwide with Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards at the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. The SAG Awards highlight users that have shown vision, leadership, hard work, and innovation in their use of Esri's geographic information system (GIS) technology.

MAPPS Applauds Introduction of FLAIR Act, A Bill To Create A Federal Land Inventory

Reston, VA, July 24, 2015 — A bi-partisan bill  to create a current, accurate federal inventory or "cadastre" of all federal land, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, has earned praise from MAPPS (www.mapps.org), the national association of private sector geospatial firms.  

Mount McKinley Elevation Survey Results Coming Soon

July 23, 2015 — A team of four climbers has recently returned from the highest point in North America with new survey data to determine a more precise summit height of Mount McKinley. It is anticipated the new elevation finding will be announced in late August.

EuroGeographics Signs Contract to Provide Geospatial Information to Eurostat

July 23, 2015 — EuroGeographics has signed a contract to provide pan-European geographic information and related services to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

UN-GGIM: Europe Urges Creation of Geocoded Reference System to Meet Demand for Integrated Data

July 23, 2015 — Growing demand for data analysis across user-defined geographical areas is driving the need for a geocoded point-based reference system says UN-GGIM: Europe.

SAP Accelerates Geo-Enabled Access to Enterprise Data

SAN DIEGO , July 23, 2015 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced it is offering new capabilities to turbocharge spatial intelligence by simplifying, accelerating and geo-enabling access to enterprise data.

Esri Joins Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Redlands, California, July 23, 2015 — Esri is joining the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, which the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) organizes. Esri announced this commitment at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the first of several conferences focused on financing Sustainable Development Goals.