Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), are setting out to survey Australia’s 35,000-kilometre coastline to measure marine debris and its impact on sea life. The work is part of the National Marine Debris project
There are a great many large-scale city building efforts underway in Asia that are taking the smart city approach for management of infrastructure. At the core of these developments is an investment in information and communications technology (ICT) that enables the rapid connection and monitoring of systems. Large international communications companies are behind much of this investment, with a public-private partnership approach that aims to recoup some costs by offering services to citizens and companies on top of this technology backbone.
Research into making Global Positioning Systems (GPS) more reliable and accurate has turned to camera technology and mathematical algorithms that its creator says will make navigation cheaper and simpler. The research is being done by Dr. Michael Milford at Queensland University of Technology. The approach of visual navigation algorithms is being called SeqSLAM (Sequence Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping), and uses local best match and sequence recognition components to determine locations.
A study released today from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and the United Nations Environment Programme points to the potential for Asia to lead the world in green growth. The report "Green Growth, Resources and Resilience: Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific," provides new insights into resource use and low-carbon growth in Asia. The timing gives policymakers support for their preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20).
As more Asians move toward cities, there is a growing need to plan, build, manage and operate more efficient transportation systems. Railways are high on the priority list for new projects. The infrastructure investment for these projects continues to employ large numbers of surveyors and will continue to do so for some time to come. Many civil engineering professionals are being employed to perform land title surveys, setting of boundaries, design of structures, reporting to stakeholders and so on.