Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) launched an update version of InaSFAE this week. This software is used to predict the social and human impact of natural disasters, and was developed by BPNA, Australia, and the World Bank.
Drone Adventures teamed up with Taichi Furuhashi, researcher at the Center for Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo, to map some of the hardest hit towns on the eastern coast of Japan that were incapacitated by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Three towns in Fukushima district were mapped, including Iidate village, Hisanohama, and Tomioka.
There's a disconcerting fact, and perhaps a boon for surveyors, in the news that 70 percent of Indian court cases are property disputes. Disagreements about property ownership exist where there is poor record keeping and a convoluted, and in some cases corrupt, system of property lines and location. The growing number of disputes are often among family members as there has been a dramatic rise in land value in India that has a large number of expatriat Indians returning to claim their inheritance. If the matter of ownership isn't clear and can not be settled civilly, then the matter is brought before a judge for a final determination.
A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of the missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects. A top Malaysian official called it “the most credible lead that we have.”
The Queensland State Parliament is considering a Regional Planning Interests Bill that will reform how land is managed between multiple uses. The bill looks to put in place a new system of broader regional planning to balance farming and natural resources industries with the environment.