There are 24 smart cities planned or underway in India. These efforts are being undertaken to improve efficienty through sensors, cloud technologies, mobile applications, real-time data of civic services, and mapping technologies. These citeis are being designed to meet growing demands and an expected rise in urban populations.
The New Zealand surveying firm Beasley & Burgess purchased a Hawkeye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in 2013 for mapping and aerial photography. The UAV that is designed and built in New Zealand is a fixed wing aircraft that is capable of operating below the cloud layer at 120m abov ground and at speeds of 60 km/hr in winds of 100km/h. The UAV a 2.6m wingspan, is 1.3m in length, weighs 4.2kg and is easily launched by hand by throwing it into the sky.
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.