Singapore’s World’s Best Practice 3D Map Underway

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May 28, 2014 — Singapore Land Authority’s (SLA) vision to create a World’s Best Practice 3D Map is underway. SLA has long held detailed geospatial layers of Singapore, but these are soon to be extended into the third dimension.
The project will provide Singapore authorities with the capability to extend their analysis and visualisation to include height. The new layers include accurate terrain, detailed surface models and high resolution imagery. SLA also wants to create high quality photorealistic building models
of Singapore’s urban areas. The 3D buildings will be both spatially correct and highly photorealistic to meet the diverse range of uses which the various authorities have.
The companies delivering this project, AAM Pty Limited and JTRS Registered Surveyor are pleased to announce that the data acquisition phase of this project is now complete.
AAM had two of its survey aircraft in Singapore to capture the required base data. One aircraft was fitted with a LiDAR sensor using laser technology to measure the ground at 40cm intervals. AAM will utilise this dense and accurate LiDAR data to produce a detailed terrain model of Singapore. The LiDAR also measured every building, tree and structure across the country.
AAM’s second aircraft in-country was fitted with a new Oblique survey camera. This five camera system captured nadir photographs over Singapore to produce a high resolution photomosaic. It also photographed the façades of every building. AAM will utilise this imagery to add photorealism to 3D building wireframes created from LiDAR and photography. Aerial data collection proceeded
smoothly, adhering to the security restrictions existing within Singapore, thanks to the extraordinary cooperation extended by SLA, CAAS and other authorities involved.
Now that the raw image capture is complete, the next task is for AAM to produce the terrain, surface model and generalised Building models. This will allow SLA to share these layers to support Singapore’s multitude of development and management projects. The project then moves into the third stage, which involves AAM constructing the detailed photorealistic buildings for the whole of Singapore.
All of the data for this project will be integrated into SLA’s systems and workflow using AAM’s K2Vi software. This 3D visualisation and analysis package provides workstation and web-based functionality to the buildings, terrain, vector and imagery products.
Singapore has a large archive of quality geospatial layers. This project will extend the capability, efficiency and reliability of government decision making by providing a world’s-best-practice 3D map of the Republic of Singapore.

US Intelligence Foundation promotes value of OGC standards at international conference

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May 28, 2014 — The Virginia-based United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) recognized industry innovation and employment of OGC standards to nearly 4,000 international attendees at the 2014 GEOINT Symposium in Tampa, Florida.

Pixia Corp, a US commercial software company in Reston, Virginia was the sole USGIF industry award recipient at this year’s conference. They were recognized for developing what has now become the widely accepted international best practice specification for Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI), which provides unprecedented universal data access and dissemination.  Pixia invented, developed, and donated its WAMI specification to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), who in turn adopted the specification as the OGC international WAMI Best Practice. This effort paves the way for a future user environment that leverages standard open architectures across all geospatial data types.

According to Rudi Ernst, Pixia Corp CEO, “OGC standards are crucial to making data relevant and useful. Users and data collectors must look to architectures that leverage open standards to enable them to collect, combine, analyze and share knowledge to make critical decisions when time matters.”

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 475 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. OGC’s open standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled.

Visit the OGC website at http://www.opengeospatial.org/contact.

Esri Teams with the GISCI to Strengthen ConnectED Initiative

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GIS Professionals Sought to Help Schools Enrich Learning with ArcGIS Online

Redlands, California  May 28, 2014—One of the priorities identified in President Obama’s  ConnectED Initiative is the support of teachers to advance digital learning. With Esri’s recently announced commitment to donate ArcGIS Online accounts to every public and private K–12 school in the United States, GIS professionals are needed to help local teachers learn the foundational science.

Esri has joined forces with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) to recruit Certified GIS Professionals (GISPs) to serve as  GeoMentors, who will work with local schools to help them set up and learn to use their ArcGIS Online accounts.

GISCI is the leading certification body for the GIS profession. Over 5,500 GISPs have demonstrated the requisite education, experience, contributions to the profession, and commitment to competent and ethical practice since the certification institute was founded in 2004.

GISCI is urging current and aspiring GISPs to volunteer as ConnectED GeoMentors. Through this volunteer project, they  will earn points toward initial GISP certification or renewal. GISP GeoMentors will be required to help set up ArcGIS Online accounts at local schools and tutor teachers on ArcGIS Online use and administration. Esri will provide training and other educational resources to prepare GeoMentors for their work with local schools.

Esri established the GeoMentor program in collaboration with the National Geographic Society in 2009. For more information, visit  www.geomentor.org.

Why DigitalGlobe Wants Approval for Higher Resolution Imagery; Pressure Mounts Internationally

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According to a report by Reuters, DigitalGlobe finance chief Yancey Spruill sees a large untapped market for higher spatial resolution imagery. Nearly a year ago, DigitalGlobe appealed to NOAA to lift the 50cm spatial resolution restriction on its imagery so that it can produce images with a 25cm resolution. Currently, DigitalGlobe collects imagery with greater spatial resolution than 50cm but must resample the raw pixels to the allowable limit.

“There is a market opportunity with a roughly $400 million addressable market that we cannot participate in today because of the regulatory regime of our government,” Spruill said.

The pressure is on government regulators to let DigitalGlobe compete in a growing market of satellite imagery from both domestic startups to international providers, some supported with heavy government funding. Yesterday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-2A series earth observation system. According to The Asahi Shibum:

Using advanced radar technology, the Daichi-2 is expected to contribute significantly to Earth observation sciences, monitor disasters and explore for natural resources.

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Esri Pledges $1B in Cloud-Based STEM Software to White House ConnectED Initiative

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With Support from Amazon Web Services, Esri to Make Free ArcGIS Online Accounts Available to all Elementary and Secondary Schools in the U.S.

Redlands, California—May 27, 2014—Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to help strengthen STEM education through the ConnectED Initiative,Esri president Jack Dangermond announced today that Esri will provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software running on cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) available for free to the more than 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States.

ConnectED is a government education program developed to prepare K-12 students throughout the United States for digital learning opportunities and future employment. The Initiative sets four goals to establish digital learning in all K-12 schools in the United States during the next few years. These goals include: high-speed connectivity to the internet, access to affordable mobile devices to facilitate digital learning anytime, anywhere, high-quality software that provides multiple learning opportunities for students, and relevant teacher training to support this effort.  Click here to read more.