The plenary day of the Geospatial World Forum took place this morning in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with presentations from infrastructure information leaders. Present on the stage were leaders from Topcon, Bentley Systems, Autodesk, and HP, with each presenting their vision for where the infrastructure workflow is heading. In addition to new technologies, the presenters also addressed some of the challenges they face. Following are summarized comments from each of the presenters.
Dr. Li Pengde, deputy director general, National Administration of Surveying and Mapping (NASG) of China, addressed the Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam this week. The vision of the country is for dynamic mapping and open geoinformation services, with ongoing investments in their positioning and remote sensing satellites, and increasing economic benefits from Chinese geomatics companies doing business abroad.
China’s national goal for geomatics advancement ties into the emerging China Dream that has the country working together for advanced development. Ecology has become an important driver, with directives to better monitor changes on the land through dynamic surveying, with change monitoring and analysis, providing data, information and knowledge to decision makers.
Together with the U.S Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME magazine, Google released an interactive time-lapse viewer of a full 25 years of images of Earth. The viewer provides insight into our changin planet with millions of Landsat satellite images. The Timelapse project, viewable on the TIME magazine site, provides a number of interactive snapshots of areas that have seen dramatic change.
Geological mapping is a complicated and tedious professional task. Precise models are expected to be built with less time, more input and analysis of big data, a greater understanding of geological conditions, and frequent updates to be inline with current conditions.
China's Beidou satellite navigation system got a further push this week with news of a large RMB 5 billion (US$810 million) investment to build the 27-hectare Beidou Strategic Emerging Industrial Park in the city of Tianjin. The park will work to develop the use and application of the country's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), into a world-leading market. The industral park is slated for between 30 and 50 companies developing products using Beidou's technology, with the first 20 companies moving there in June, with full operation by 2015.