Computer-aided design (CAD) and point clouds are a powerful combination. Laser scanning and lidar can provide data capture capability, producing point clouds for most kinds of infrastructure and surfaces. Meanwhile, CAD software is particularly useful for generating vector-based designs suitable for architectural, road, rail, utility and other design use. Geographic information systems (GIS) are now capable of consuming point cloud directly, and integrating that spatial data along with other geospatial data.
The Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Express Rail Link will connect over 16,000 km of high-speed rail lines. The new line would reduce the travel time from Kowloon to the Guangzhou South Railway Station in half - to 50 minutes. The project has begin and initial work has been completed with tunnel boring about to begin. Initially proposed in 2007, the project will be completed in 2015.
The UK-based satellite imagery provider DMCii, along with parent company and satellite builder Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., will build and deploy a constellation of three earth observation satellites for Beijing-based company Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company Ltd. (21AT). The satellites that will have one-metre resolution are planned for launch in 2014.
The trend toward geospatial data storage and distribution using server technology continues to expand. Several private and public organisations have updated products and services recently to enable greater geospatial data processing capabilities. Airborne and satellite imagery are also becoming more oriented toward server technologies due to achievements in efficiency.
As Japan works to rebound from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, leaders, planners and academics are working to put back the pieces and lay the groundwork for new development. Leaders are conscious of the world's attention, and the opportunity to engage citizens in the planning process while building in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way that also reduces risks from future disasters.