Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

QGIS 3D

GIS in the Workplace – How do you ensure it is right?

If you go to the doctor’s, you can guarantee you’re seeing a professional because they’re registered. You look to get an extension done on your house, and the architect is registered (in the UK)with the Royal Institute of British Architects, or the surveyor is registered with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. So how what...

Caretographic Representations

In parts of the world where both man-made and natural catastrophes frequently occur, how are geospatial technologies being used? And for those of us whose jobs are to create maps of construction sites and other built-up areas, how can we responsibly use the same technology to monitor destruction and wreckage? I pondered these tough questions...

Esri 50

The Enablers of GIS

The late Roger Tomlinson is credited with being the father of GIS, but, without the commercial success of Jack and Laura Dangermond’s company, Esri, GIS would never have touched our lives the way it has. This year Esri celebrates its 50th year, though you won’t find any huge announcements from them about it as Jack...

MOOC ado about Reskilling

Our new geospatial graduates have every reason to be happy. The good news that came out in April is that there are more vacant jobs in the U.S. than unemployed people, the highest amount in 50 years. And this jobs boom is a global pattern that extends to almost all industries, including the professional services...

The Latest in GIS Research

Newcastle University was host to the 2019 conference. Trends with UAVs, spatial data, and data use from GISRUK 2019. GISRUK is the annual GIS research conference in the UK that showcases the latest in GIS (geographical information science) and geomatics research from the UK and across Europe. I attended the four-day conference at Newcastle University,...

Esri UK Conference 2019 Recap

Every year towards the end of May, Esri UK, the UK distributer for Esri software, holds a user conference across the road from Westminster, the home of the UK parliament (when I was there I even got to see Jacob Reese Mogg). It’s held at the QE2 centre, and there are amazing views from the fifth floor which allow...