Geospatial News | October 3, 2019

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This week’s geospatial news summary features GIS industry news from Epson, USGIF, NSGIC, Esri, Quantum Spatial, 1spatial, and thinkWhere.

NSGIC Releases Best Practices for Improving America’s Elections

National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) released Best Practices for Geo-Enabling Elections, aimed at decision-makers in elections management across the nation, Monday. The guidance, developed in collaboration with ten states and subject matter experts from both elections and GIS fields, is the result of a two-year project focused on reducing election errors. The best practices can be found in an eight-page executive summary, accompanied by a more detailed document that includes policy and technical considerations. Anyone involved in elections management, or otherwise interested in the subject of election technology can download the best practices on the project’s website, elections.nsgic.org.

USGIF to Host Geospatial Job Fair in St. Louis for the First Time

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) will host its GEOINT Community Job Fair in St. Louis, Mo., for the first time on Monday, Oct. 7. Geospatial talent and jobs have become widely sought in St. Louis more recently as the area evolves into a hub of geospatial innovation. With the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Next NGA West campus in development and more industry partners making their mark in the city, geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) has catapulted forward, putting St. Louis on the map for geospatial excellence. The event, to take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the America’s Convention Center Complex, is free for jobseekers to find the employers that match their skills and dedication to the geospatial community. USGIF is also still accepting applications from hiring organizations. Participating organizations include CEdge Software Consultants, Esri, Geo Owl, Guidehouse, ICES, Knowledge Link, Leidos, NGA, OGSystems (a Parsons Company), Perspecta, Quick Services, SAIC, T-Kartor, and teKnoluxion. Please view the press release and click here to learn more.

E.O. Wilson’s Half Earth Day for Biodiversity and Conservation Management

Monday, October 7 is Half-Earth Day – a global call-to-action spearheaded by renowned biologist and naturalist E. O. Wilson to conserve half of the Earth’s land and sea in order to provide sufficient habitat to safeguard the bulk of biodiversity through deep research, education and engagement in nature through the Half Earth Project. This YouTube video explains the mission of the Half Earth Project and outlines its vision to map the earth in five years.


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Esri is proud to be mapping global species distribution at an unprecedented level of detail, information which can then be used to identify conservation management priorities. We have built a visual mapping tool that decision-makers can use to help safeguard the build of biodiversity. Esri cartographer, John Nelson, explains how he built vibrant basemaps to readily identify different ecological zones.  This gorgeous, interactive map allows users to explore species populations, human pressures on those species, and current conservation protections around the globe.

Quantum Spatial to Present How California is Using Advanced Remote Sensing and Analytics to Analyze Irrigated Landscape Usage of 9 Million Homes

Quantum Spatial  has announced that it will give a presentation on how California is using advanced remote sensing and analytics to analyze irrigated landscape usage of 9 million homes. The presentation will showcase early results from a major water conservation initiative spanning 400 water districts and will enable equitable water allocation for statewide conservation planning. Quantum Spatial, Inc. today announced that it will be presenting at WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 9:40 a.m. Pacific. During a session entitled “Major Water Conservation Initiative: New Approach Developed for First California Statewide Irrigated Landscape Analysis,” Dr. Andrew Brenner, Senior Program Director of Quantum Spatial, will report on the program of the Water Use and Efficiency Branch of the California Department of Water Resources addressing residential water use in California.

Epson SureColor

Epson today announced the Epson SureColor® T3170x 24-inch wide-format wireless printer. Engineered to enhance workflow, the new model in the SureColor T-Series product line offers cartridge-free printing in a clean, space-saving design. The new, easy-to-fill, refillable ink tanks eliminate time spent purchasing and changing ink cartridges. Ideal for low-cost POP and education posters, as well as blueprints and line drawings up to 24 inches, the SureColor T3170x produces accurate, A1/D-size prints in 34 seconds.1

1 Print speeds are based on the print engine speed only. Total throughput time for any print depends on various factors including workstation configuration, file size, print resolution, ink coverage and networking. Actual print speeds will vary.

European Space Imaging continues to deliver 100% success rate of European Commission’s CwRS Program

Early last week European Space Imaging finalised the collection of close to 400,000 square kilometers of Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery for the European Commission. This marks the completion of its VHR Image acquisition for the 2019 Controls with Remote Sensing (CwRS) program with a 100% success rate for the third year in a row – demonstrating once again the company’s credibility and reliability as Europe’s leading VHR satellite image provider.

1Spatial and Northern Gas Networks recognised for development of smart software to minimise the impact of roadworks

1Spatial and Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distributor for the North of England, were proud recipients of the award for Application of Digital Technology at UKSTT’s annual awards this month. The award was won for Northern Gas Networks’ and 1Spatial’s Smart Signage, Lighting and Guarding project which involved the development of a software programme which can lessen the impact of essential roadworks through the creation of instant plans that are sensitive to local conditions. The approach could dramatically reduce the time, travel, cost and carbon emissions involved in excavating roads and minimise the impact of essential roadworks.

Six Maryland Counties Select DATAMARK for NG9-1-1 GIS Services

DATAMARK today announced Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Caroline, Calvert, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Maryland will deploy the DATAMARK VEP Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that validates, edits and provisions geographic information system (GIS) data for existing 9-1-1 systems while smoothing the transition to NG9-1-1. The DATAMARK VEP software improves public safety communication, location precision, and ensures the data meets the stringent NG9-1-1 requirements.

Streetwise Services Improve Traffic Surveys with thinkWhere’s Online Maps

Streetwise Services, a specialist in data capture for the transportation sector, is using thinkWhere’s online map shop mapTrunk to improve their parking survey services. Working with local authorities across the UK, as well as major consultancies such as Amey, AECOM and Halcrow, Streetwise uses mapTrunk to source highly detailed Ordnance Survey topographic mapping. The digital map data is then used to plan survey beats, plot parked vehicles, undertake geospatial analysis and present the results to the client.

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