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LizardTech Publishes Industry Survey Results on Raster Imagery and LiDAR Data Challenges

SEATTLE, Wash., Oct. 9, 2015 — LizardTech®, the creator of MrSID® and provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, has published the results of a survey into the preferences and challenges of raster and LiDAR data users. Analyses of the results are available in a free survey report that can be downloaded from the LizardTech website.

Sanborn Technology Benefits Government Appraisers

Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 9, 2015 — The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) offers a complete solution for government appraisers to decidedly streamline the process of property valuation. Using this process, some counties have reported adjusting the values of thousands of properties upward by millions of dollars, adding several hundred thousand dollars to annual tax rolls.

The GeoInformation Group Supports St Helena's Multi-Million Pound Development

October 9 2015 — The UKMap team within The GeoInformation Group has been commissioned by St Helena Government to create a cartographic database for the island’s new 1:25,000 and 1:10,000 scale mapping.

NOAA Online Map Update Offers Improved Coastal Observations and Forecasts

October 9, 2015 — NOAA has upgraded nowCOAST, a GIS-based online map service providing more frequently updated ocean observations along with coastal and marine weather forecasts. The new version, which went live on September 21, also offers a visual point-and-click access to 60 NOAA data products and services. Users can reach the site at

Paragon Encourages Transport Planners to Get Smarter with Smarter Maps

Dorking, UK, October 9, 2015 — Paragon is encouraging planners to get more out of their plan with a suite of smarter mapping products designed to add greater precision to transport plans.  Paragon’s Street Level Mapping, Average Road Speed Data and Truck Attribute Data all provide planners with a highly detailed picture of the road network, allowing planners to develop more accurate and realistic plans faster, reducing mileage and fuel costs and improving the accuracy of delivery times. 


Submit Papers to the XXIII ISPRS Congress, Prague 2016

October 9, 2015 — After Peking 2008 and Melbourne 2012, the Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensingreturns to Europe to its geographical centre, the city of Prague.

Parks Canada Receives Award for Enterprise Approach to Data Management

OTTAWA, Esri Canada User Conference, October 8, 2015 — Parks Canada fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations. The Agency manages national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country. Recognizing that everything the Agency does is related to location, it began integrating disparate geographic information system (GIS) implementations into one enterprise GIS that makes data more accessible throughout the organization.

GIS Technology Plugs Water Leaks Without Spilling Cash

October 8, 2015 — A pioneering US water provider is redefining how utilities can operate thanks to a revolutionary geospatial technology platform. The White House Utility District’s (WHUD) ground-breaking use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology has already seen a total saving to date of approximately 450 megalitres of water and over a quarter million dollars.

Leica Geosystems Selects Bentley’s Acute3D Reality Modeling Software to Further Enhance Its Airborne Imaging Solutions

EXTON, Pa., Oct 8, 2015 —  Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced that Leica Geosystems will incorporate Bentley’s Acute3D reality modeling software into its advanced oblique airborne imaging solutions for both unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted aircraft. Leica Geosystems, a leader in geospatial data acquisition and mapping products, has selected Acute3D software to generate full 3D “reality mesh” representations from its airborne photogrammetric imagery. This combination of software and hardware advancements will enable users to take full advantage of integrated 3D surveying and mapping.

Hexagon Takes Top Honours in the Wichmann Innovations Award at INTERGEO 2015

October 8, 2015 — Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, recently was awarded the first- and second-place prizes in the Wichmann Innovations Award programme held during the INTERGEO conference and trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany.

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

October 7, 2015 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports.

Trees Tell Story of Regreening of West African Grasslands

October 7, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to South Dakota State University professor Niall Hanan. The Sahel is a semiarid region with grasslands and scattered trees sandwiched between the Sahara Desert to the north and tropical savannas to the south.

Geospatial Research Program Seeks Project Applications

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., October 7, 2015 — The Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC) Program, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas, is accepting applications for archaeological research projects in the spring and summer of 2016.

Assessment of the Small-Satellite Market - Reportlinker Review

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2015 — This market insight covers the small-satellite market from an Earth-imaging standpoint. It touches on the research and commercial versions of small-satellite technology.

Orbit GT to Showcase New UAS Mapping Product at UAS Expo, Las Vegas

Lokeren, Belgium, October 7, 2015 — Orbit GT will be showcasing its new UAS Mapping product at the UAS Expo in Las Vegas, this week.

R.A. Smith National Given Green Light from FAA on Commercial Use of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

October 7, 2015 — R.A. Smith National — a nationwide, multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., has been granted a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This exemption, granted on a case-by-case basis allows R.A. Smith National to use a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to operate commercially within the parameters and guidelines established by the FAA through an associated blanket COA (certificate of authorization).

Nation’s Largest Gathering of Land Conservation Leaders Addresses Wildfires, Drought, Future of Land Trusts

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 6, 2015—The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, will convene the nation’s largest gathering of land conservation leadersOct. 8 in Sacramento, Calif. Rally 2015: The National Land Conservation Conference continues through Oct. 10 at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex.

Eye on Earth Special Initiatives Demonstrate Critical Role of Data for Sustainable Development

Abu Dhabi, October 7, 2015 — At the second Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi today, experts highlighted the achievements of the movement’s Special Initiatives in providing data, tools and frameworks to help inform decision-making for sustainable development. The Special Initiatives are the engine and driving force behind Eye on Earth and a key component of the success of the global movement in closing the data gap to support informed decision-making.

Bluesky Completes Project to Laser Map East Anglia and the South East

Leicestershire, October 7, 2015 — Bluesky has completed a multi-million pound aerial mapping project to assess the impact of vegetation on the electricity network of East Anglia and the South East of England. Working on behalf of UK Power Networks, Bluesky undertook the largest ever combined laser mapping and aerial photography survey commissioned by an electricity distribution network operator in the UK – some 34,000 square kilometres.

Earth-i Announces Appointment of Leading Industry Figure Dr. Peter Hausknecht as its Chief Scientist

October 6, 2015 — Earth-i, (, the master distributor of imaging and data services from the DMC3/TripleSat constellation with a unique combination of very high spatial and temporal resolution, has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Hausknecht to its team of prominent and experienced individuals from the Earth Observation industry.

Esri and Trimble Offer the R1 GNSS Receiver to Enhance Field GIS Workflows

Redlands, California, October 6, 2015 — Esri announced today the availability of the Trimble R1 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiverfor collecting professional-grade GPS data with Collector for ArcGIS. The GNSS receiver is rugged certified MIL-STD-810, IP65 rated, compact, and lightweight and provides professional-grade positioning information to iOS, Android, or Windows mobile handhelds, smartphones, and tablets using Bluetooth connectivity for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities.

FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

NEW YORK, October 6, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace.

Geospatial Data in Taiwan Focus More on Opening
October 6, 2015 — Supergeo’s biggest application customer in Taiwan, Ministry of the Interior and the TGOS platform, has just announced one of the biggest projects in the GIS field from ide@ Taiwan 2020 Policy: White Paper which focuses on the integration of internal geographic information data with smart cities and smart rural areas. The current project works to initiate the creation of a nationwide common base-map and the global standardization of GIS industries.
Autodesk Showcases New UAV Features for ReCap 360 at Commercial UAV Expo 2015

October 6, 2015 — Autodesk, Inc. will showcase new ReCap 360 features specific for UAV users at Booth #300 at the 2015 Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas.  To meet the growing demand from the UAV industry to turn aerial photos into meaningful 2D and 3D data, these enhancements deliver an easy, cost-effective solution to process UAV photos. 

Commercial UAV Expo Opens in Las Vegas

October 6, 2015, Portland, Maine — Commercial UAV Expo opens today at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The expo and conference will have 120 exhibitors, more than any commercial drone show in the market.  Over  1,500 attendees are expected, including many large enterprise technology leaders from key growth sectors for UAS integration including:  Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure;  Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security and Search & Rescue (SAR). The event runs through Wednesday, October 7.

Learn to Make Decisions Using Lidar Data and Geographic Information Systems

Redlands, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015—A new book published by Esri teaches how to use geographic information system (GIS) software to analyze and visualize lidar data. Lidar is an optical remote-sensing system that uses a laser to measure topography, vegetation, objects such as buildings, and the ocean floor at some depths. Data collected from lidar can be used to create highly accurate elevation and terrain models.

Topcon Announces Rotary-wing UAS

LIVERMORE, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015—Topcon Positioning Group announces the addition of a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) to its mass data collection solutions line.  The Falcon 8 — powered by Ascending Technologies — is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications.

USGS Maps Anthropogenic Land Use Trends with Landsat, 1974–2012

Sep 15, 2015—You have likely heard phrases such as, “Welcome to the Anthropocene.” More and more we hear the term “anthropocene” used to describe the current epoch of our planet when humankind has had a profound impact on Earth. This month, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a Landsat-based report and dataset on anthropogenic land use trends in the U.S. between 1974 and 2012.

Many Atolls May be Uninhabitable Within Decades Due to Climate Change

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A new study shows that the combined effect of storm-induced wave-driven flooding and sea level rise on island atolls may be more severe and happen sooner than previous estimates of inundation predicted by passive “bathtub” modeling for low-lying atoll islands, and especially at higher sea levels forecasted for the future due to climate change. More than half a million people live on atolls throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and although the modeling was based on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the results from the study apply to almost all atolls.

Abu Dhabi to Welcome Global Environmental Leaders at Eye on Earth Summit 2015

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Oct 2015 — Sustainability thought leaders, members of the United Nations and global experts in environmental and information networking will convene in Abu Dhabi tomorrow for Eye on Earth Summit 2015.  Held under the patronage of United Arab Emirates President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the three-day Summit aims to promote dialogue and drive international action that revolutionises the way we collect, access, share and use data and information for sustainable development.