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Esri User Conference 2019 Touts the Intelligent Nervous System

Friday, July 12th, 2019

The theme of Esri User Conference 2019 was “See What Others Can’t.” The idea is that with GIS, people have the power to see differently. This was the 39th Annual Users Meeting, and while the meeting attracts close to 12,000 attendees per year, Esri CEO and president Jack Dangermond said that the purpose remains the same as it was when they began meeting with users at a Montessori school many years ago.

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Mapping Infectious Disease with Esri Workflows

Friday, June 21st, 2019

This week, GISCafe Voice spoke with Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, GISP, Chief Medical Officer & Health Solutions Director, Esri. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability.

These maps show areas of low vaccination rates (and increased risks of measles outbreaks).  Maps of the situation in both New York and Washington show the reality of outbreaks.

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Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital Insight Expand Partnership Agreement to create Earth Monitor

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

In an interview with Arnaud de Saint Vincent, Analytics Strategy – Digital Services Intelligence Communications, Intelligence, Security of the Defence and Space intelligence branch of Airbus, he spoke about one of their digital services, Earth Monitor, under the umbrella of their OneAtlas platform. Airbus Defence and Space and Orbital Insight have expanded upon their partnership agreement to create Earth Monitor, a powerful change analysis and insights service which provides situational awareness over archived or newly tasked areas of interest.

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Bentley Webinar Focuses on Digital Twins

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Bentley Systems hosted its Spring Update Conference Call this week about the progress of the company, with a focus on Digital Twin technology. In addition were two product announcements and the acquisition of Keynetix, a UK-headquartered provider of cloud-based software for capturing, visualizing, modeling, and sharing of geotechnical data.

With OpenSite Designer, users can create intelligent 3D models for civil site projects complete with site information, terrain data, parking lots, building pads, driveways, sidewalk, parcel layout and related site features.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Viewed From Space and 3D Scans – Before and After

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Notre Dame Cathedral has been well-documented both before and after a devastating fire destroyed its spire and roof on Monday, April 15, 2019. What we have going forward is extensive documentation in the forms of satellite imagery, aerial imagery, as well as 3D laser scans to help in the reconstruction of the Gothic cathedral.

Satellite photos show Notre-Dame Cathedral before and after Monday's devastating fire. Facebook/Digital Globe

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Satellite Technology Used by UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project to Monitor Tropical African Forests and Cocoa Industry

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Supply chains in Africa have caused deforestation by illegal cocoa farming, damaging protected rainforests and creating damage to the very viable cocoa industry. Using satellite derived information from the UK Space Agency’s Forests 2020 Project, led by Ecometrica, the Ghana Forestry Commission has been supported in the development of a landscape-level map that separates cocoa from forestry, which is critical to measure how cocoa is driving deforestation. According to company materials, African Governments and the world’s cocoa companies look to UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme’s Forests 2020 to provide reliable and accurate maps that map forest cover change and differentiate cocoa farms from natural forests.

Fermented cocoa beans drying in Ghanaian sunshine (pic: Lewis Rattray)

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CoreLogic Releases 2019 Insurance Coverage Adequacy Report, in Response to Increased Natural Hazards in U.S.

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The U.S. has seen an increase in the number of natural disasters between the years 2016 and 2018. The resulting “underinsurance issues” have kept analytics and data-enabled solutions providers very busy with analyzing the new wave of areas that would be better served by increased natural hazard coverage.

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New Rugged Lightweight Tablets from DT Research

Friday, April 12th, 2019

DT Research, designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, recently announced the DT380CR and DT380Q rugged lightweight tablets, weighing two pounds and light enough for field workers to carry all day, yet with an 8-inch display that is large enough to facilitate a large number of indoor/outdoor computing assignments as well as provide high brightness with capacitive touch. These new tablets have IP65 and MIL-STD-810G ratings for military-grade durability, seamless information capture-transmission capabilities and hot-swappable batteries result in no work interruptions– increasing productivity while simultaneously offering organizations an affordable rugged solution.

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Using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) for Agriculture

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Recently Harris Geospatial Solutions has provided a series of webinars on SAR. The most recent one, conducted by solutions engineer, Megan Gallagher, is entitled “A Deeper Dive into SAR: Agriculture and Land Surface Deformation” and is available on their website

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Bluesky and Ambiental Risk Analytics Partner to Deliver Topographic Flood Risk Data

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Aerial mapping company Bluesky, working in concert with the company Ambiental Risk Analytics (ARA), has supplied photogrammetrically derived Digital Terrain Models (DTM) for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. These 3D models include river flow and rainfall data and allow ARA to deliver a range of flood risk information for any property in the UK primarily to insurance companies, government agencies, emergency response and property developers.

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