The devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines last week has seen a raft of volunteers pitch in to make sense of the damage so that aid organizations can do their work more effectively. Satellite imaging vendors DigitalGlobe and Astrium have pitched in with high-resolution satellite imagery that are then passed to volunteer mappers to rate the destruction in the worst-hit areas.
A new global map of forest change has been produced with earth observation satellite data from the Landsat 7 satellite for 30M coverage from 2002 through 2012. This large-scale and large time series geospatial data exploration provides an unprecedented description of forest loss and gain at an unprecedented scale. A number of things become apparent with this data, with Russia experiencing the largests loss, Brazil dramatically reducing their deforestation rate, and the accelerated deforestation of Riau province of Indonesia.
Shanghai is undertaking a geographic census, an ongoing data collection effort to capture the city's natural and built environment through 2015 as a means to establish their Smart City project. The Shanghai Institue of Surveying and Mapping will be collecting details on land features, vegetation, water resources, transportation and residential and commercial facilities.
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has developed a Web-based GIS and digital database to help realize ‘Vision-2021’ objectives to make all the information and data related to the country available to people from home and abroad. The move toward available and transparent map-based data is seen as an important communication milestone for the country.
Mark Bew, chairman of HM Government BIM Working Group addressed the rail and transit group at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure Conference in London. The United Kingdom is leading the world in their adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) standards, with aggressive goals for realizing gains for greater efficiency and a focus on building performance.