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First international GECCo event held in Vietnam
The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), in partnership with the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), conducted its first international Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration (GECCo) event in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Hanoi Club from 10-13 November.
The GITA team, comprised of Talbot Brooks (Delta State University), Dave DiSera (EMA Inc.), and Dick Kotapish (Lake County, OH GIS Dept.), worked with Dr. Shirish Ravan (UN-SPIDER) to coordinate the meeting with Vietnam partners Dr. Hoang Van Thang (Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development) and Mr. Dang Quang Minh (Director of the Disaster Management Center).
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Call for EnerGIS papers and scholarship applications now open
The EnerGIS 2015 organizing committee is actively seeking abstracts on the following topic areas for presentation May 18-19 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania:
- Oil and Gas Prospecting and Development
- Coal Mining
- Solar / Wind Power
- Software Applications / Training
- GIS / GPS / Surveying
- Utility and Distribution Systems for Natural Gas or Electric
Gathering, Mid-Stream, and Transmission for the Petroleum
- Aerial Photography / Remote Sensing
- Land Management Issues
- Environmental Evaluations / Risk Mitigation
- Health and Safety / Emergency Management
- Any geospatial subject related to the energy industry!
FAA grants UAS exemption to Trimble Navigation
The FAA granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology, including Trimble Navigation Ltd. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.
MAPPS urges states to enable unmanned aerial systems
Point of Beginning
MAPPS executive director John Palatiello has called on state legislatures to exempt aerial surveying and mapping from any legislation limiting unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial systems. In remarks before the National Conference of State Legislatures, Palatiello said photogrammetry and remote sensing provide enormous "societal benefit," and emphasized state legislation that limits the use of emerging unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned aerial systems technologies will have unintended consequences.
8th GPS IIF satellite launches successfully
The eighth GPS Block IIF navigation satellite launched on Oct. 29 has completed its operational checkout and was set to healthy and usable on Friday, Dec. 12. This brings the number of satellites transmitting the L2C signal to 15 and those transmitting the L5 signal to eight. The next GPS-IIF satellite, IIF-9/SVN-70 is tentatively scheduled for launch in March of 2015.
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NASA challenges developers with the climate resilience data challenge
Some cool stuff from NASA, an opportunity for developers who really want to help with a great cause! NASA in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey is offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change.
Big data analysis critical to future of energy suppliers
Smart Grid News
Energy suppliers will need to get the data collection and analysis right if they are to make sense of the vast amounts of information generated by smart grids, in order to provide the benefits demanded by increasingly connected and empowered consumers, according to attendees at the recent Smart Grid World Summit in London.
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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency begins public input sessions on St. Louis area relocation
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency began public input sessions on four potential regional sites to replace its current western headquarters near the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis.
The top-secret agency, which is seeking to replace its aging facility at the site of the old St. Louis Arsenal, handles mapping support for defense agencies and played a pivotal role in the hunt for terrorist Osama bin Laden.
This nonprofit group is trying to make the world more equal — through mapping
Dale Kunce, a senior geospatial engineer at the American Red Cross, is the U.S. lead for the Missing Maps project, aims to plot complete data on streets, rivers and other geographical features around the world, with the help of a global network of volunteers. They ultimately hope to help improve the response of humanitarian groups.
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