All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

What Is PostGIS Day?

For the last 20 years, we have celebrated GIS day along with Esri. It is a great opportunity to get people who haven’t used GIS or mapping before in your office to have a look at what you do and maybe share a map cake (Note: It is traditional for GIS professionals to make a...

First Look at a New Scanner

Above: xyHt publisher Neil Sandler checks out Trimble’s X7 at INTERGEO. With the Trimble X7, there’s no going back (for calibration).  About a month before INTERGEO 2019, I started to hear rumblings about a new device from Trimble. Some said it was a laser scanner, some a new total station, but no one was ready...

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Mandatory Drone Registration for the UK Looms

Operator ID Is Coming to the UK (Above is the mdMapper3000DµoG from Microdrones.) In the UK, starting  November 30th, it will be mandatory for all drone owners [and model aircraft owners of drones/planes weighing more than 250g (8.8oz) up to 20kg (44lbs)] to register their details with the CAA (this is called an OperatorID). Owners of...

Esri Partners with 3DR to Launch the ArcGIS Drone Collection

New Partnership Offers Users Best-in-Class Drone Data Capture and Analytics Solution on the Market   Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, today announced that it has partnered with 3DR, a leading US drone data company, to expand Esri’s current drone imagery offering, Drone2Map for ArcGIS, with an end-to-end enterprise drone data and analytics solution for Esri’s...

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Bentley’s Lutz Bettels on Infrastructure Asset Management 

xyHt’s Nick Duggan spoke with Lutz Bettels, vice president, regional executive at Bentley Systems, at Intergeo 2019, just before Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference.  Nicholas Duggan (ND): What is Bentley, and what do you do there?  Lutz Bettels (LB): Bentley is involved in everything around infrastructure. If somebody were to ask me what Bentley is doing, my short answer would be: everything, except for mechanical design.   Infrastructure Asset...

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Half-Earth Day 2019

E.O. Wilson Spearheads a Global Call to Action In 2016, Edward O. Wilson, the “Father of Biodiversity,” wrote a book called Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. In the third part of a trilogy, after The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, Wilson refutes our impending sixth extinction and argues the...