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Financial Services — Introduction to underwriting using geographic information

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This is a video by Ordnance Survey showing the benefits of using geographic information to the insurance sector for underwriting purposes.



A cute video introduction to OGC

Monday, February 13th, 2012

This is a cute video OGC (Open Geospatial Consorium) by . It sort of talks about what OGC  is and what it is trying to do through its consensus standards development process.

Geospatial Revolution Project by Penn State Public Broadcasting

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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We live in the Global Location Age. “Where am I?” is being replaced by, “Where am I in relation to everything else?”

The Geospatial Revolution Project is an integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.


The mission of the Geospatial Revolution Project is to expand public knowledge about the history, applications, related privacy and legal issues, and the potential future of location-based technologies.

Geospatial information influences nearly everything. Seamless layers of satellites, surveillance, and location-based technologies create a worldwide geographic knowledge base vital to solving myriad social and environmental problems in the interconnected global community. We count on these technologies to:

  • fight climate change
  • map populations across continents, countries, and communities
  • track disease
  • strengthen bonds between cultures
  • assist first responders in protecting safety
  • enable democracy
  • navigate our personal lives

Episode 1

The first episode covers what is involved in the geospatial revolution, the origins of mapping and geospatial technology, and a look at the use of crisis mapping in Haitian earthquake relief efforts.


The View from Space: Landsat’s Role in Tracking Forty Years of Global Changes

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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For nearly 40 years, Landsat and other Earth observing satellites have been silently orbiting the globe collecting high quality images that document the condition of our changing planet. Remote sensing images provide an unprecedented long-term, impartial view of the Earth’s cities and natural resources. Dr. Thomas Loveland discusses the profound impact Landsat has on many facets of our economy, safety, and environment.



TEDxPhilly Talk by Amy Hillier – Mapping experiences and access to opportunity in cities

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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A pressing issue for Amy Hillier: Why does the place of our birth and child rearing influence the amount of opportunities available to us as adults? Is there something we can do about this? If we could trace our experiences using modern mapping technologies – like GIS, GPS, LiDAR and others – to better understand our surroundings, our history and our future, what would be revealed? Hillier’s talk discusses how Augmented Reality technologies can be used to bridge geographic disparities and facilitate neighborhood change, allowing residents to redefine their space. Gamifying neighborhoods can engage kids with activities that lead to personal discovery, while also providing data on what Hillier calls “opportunity-shed analysis.”


Autodesk’s Carl Bass Keynote Address at the BSR Conference 2011

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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Highlights from Autodesk’s Carl Bass’ address at the BSR (Business Social Responsibility) Conference 2011.

About the BSR Conference

Ranked at the top of corporate responsibility events globally, the annual BSR Conference attracts more than 1,000 senior business executives, entrepreneurs, and distinguished leaders from the public sector and civil society.


City of Edmonton implements an open, enterprise GIS system using Intergraph technology

Monday, February 6th, 2012

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City of Edmonton implemented an open, enterprise GIS system based on Intergraph technology. Edmonton officials continue to seek ways to improve their management and sharing of geospatial data, extend their investment into new areas, and integrate with other business systems. For more information on Intergraph’s government solutions, visit

SpheronVR issues new version of its SceneWorks solution

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

January 31st 2012 – Spheron-VR AG, known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software, announce its SceneWorks division is today launching the latest version of their SceneCenter Forensic and SceneCenter Framework visual content management software.

The technology offers the production for virtual onsite scene documentation. SceneWorks have tailored solutions for areas such as Crime Scene forensic documentation, Security, Critical Infrastructure and also Industrial Industries such as Plant, Construction and other Facility Asset Management applications.

This latest Version 1.4 of the SceneCenter software offers many new enhanced features including – new SceneCenter Client support for Windows 64-bit operating systems. Also when exporting interactive SceneCase projects these are now compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit OS environments. New individual Client controls for the setup of SceneCenter graphics interface – including controls for specifying thumbnail preview layout styles. Further enhanced support for exported publications directly to the Microsoft Word format.

SceneCenter documentation allows virtual access to a scene or site from anywhere at any time. This offers a complete new workflow of visual scene documentation – from a crime scene through to court or from an onsite critical location through to the desk of analyzers or decision makers.

The technology allows clients to connect spherical imagery, take 3D photogrammetric measurement and interconnect other digital asset information. The documentation produced has a rich visual interface allowing users to exchange information instantly and to synchronize knowledge with others. SceneWorks SceneCenter is available in both Standalone mode or as a Client / Server based solution, allowing for real-time updates over a secure internet connection.

SceneCenter version 1.4 is officially released and available from today. To access this upgrade or to find out more information about our Sceneworks complete solutions, do get in touch directly at  info(at) tel +49 (0) 63 33 27 66 0 or via your local SceneWorks distributor.


SPHERON-VR AG is one of the most innovative companies in the area of visual information technologies. Core products of the German headquartered company are digital HDRi camera systems for full spherical photography as well as workflow-integrated image processing and database applications.

Designed to fit the needs and requirements of many industry sectors, the companies major markets are Photorealistic Visualization & Computer Graphics (CGI) and database driven Visual Asset Management solutions in the areas of crime scene investigation, security, fire and tactical training. Comprehensive service offerings complete the professional portfolio. SPHERON-VR AG is based in Germany, where it develops, manufactures and delivers its technologies and solutions.  Strategic partnerships and sales channels allow SPHERON-VR AG to offer their unique portfolio to a worldwide market.

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Charlie Fitzpatrick on Geospatial Skills – a TEDxYouth Talk

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

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This is a TEDxYouth talk by Charlie Fitzpatrick for K-12 students.

Charlie Fitzpatrick is Manager of K12 Education for Esri, a company based in Redlands, CA, that makes geographic information system (“GIS”) software. Charlie was trained in Minnesota as a geographer and teacher. He taught social studies in grades 7-12 for 15 years, with most time in 8th grade (by choice). He spent free time helping teachers learn how to teach with computers (especially geography), and directed multi-week teacher institutes on that for IBM and the National Geographic Society. In 1992, he shifted to Esri to help administrators, teachers, and students learn about the many layers of the world, global to local, and solve problems through geographic analysis. Geospatial technology is a fast-growing arena, and Esri’s sole business is GIS, because people with geospatial skills are needed in every single industry, in governments, businesses, and agencies all over the world.


iDelve, a web-based GIS Toolset by Amristar

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Article source: Amristar

This is an overview of iDelve by Amristar.  iDelve is implemented as a web based GIS toolset. The presentation is a walk through which covers the aspects of:

  • Layer and feature selection tools
  • Thematic styling including automatic and manual adjustment tools
  • Dynamic and real time (client side) layer opacity
  • Real time (client side) feature search tools
  • Powerful query engine with extensible composite operands, criteria, subclause and result selection.
  • Area and Distance measuring
  • Powerful (client side) markup tools with style selection on line type, colour, opacity and fill patern
  • Markup editing tools
  • Collaboration and output tools such as bookmarking, export and pdf map generation
  • Inclusion, exploration and analysis of external WMS layers.


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