Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

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This summer I have been reading “The first 20 hours – how to learn anything fast” by Josh Kaufman https://first20hours.com/. Kaufman references Dr. K. Anders Ericsson of Florida State university – his rule of 10,000 hours to achieve expert-level performance. This has been famously discussed in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”, but he has qualified it.… Read More »Rapid Geospatial Skill Acquisition

How low can EO go?

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The IKONOS satellite, launched in 1999 was the first satellite to offer 1m spatial resolution imagery to the public. It was soon followed by QuickBird; launched in 2001 it provided 60cm imagery. These satellites were, at the time, the workhorses for anyone requiring high resolution imagery. What goes up must come down. #retrospective on #Quickbird… Read More »How low can EO go?

Geospatial 2.0 Workshop

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“What is the crossing point of machine learning and Earth Observation?” was the question asked this week at the Satellite Applications Catapult Geospatial 2.0 event at the Harwell campus near Oxford. https://sa.catapult.org.uk/news-events-gallery/events/geospatial-2-0-workshop/ Welcome to everyone attending our Geospatial Workshop today. Perfect clear sky's for Earth Observation! 🌍 pic.twitter.com/LR6lYFfQYb — Satellite Applications Catapult (@SatAppsCatapult) July 13,… Read More »Geospatial 2.0 Workshop

Geofencing and Exploration

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The aim of a seismic survey is to map the subsurface in the most detailed and efficient way, mapping the reservoir so that critical decisions, such as choosing a drilling location, can be made with increased confidence. Definition of the target and an understanding of the quality of data that can be achieved in the… Read More »Geofencing and Exploration

Improving oilfield safety – what3words

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Remote locations need accurate mapping. When an accident happens in the oilfield, knowing where that accident has occurred is critical. It is standard practice to carry a piece of GPS enabled equipment. These coordinates can be read back to a base location and support/help can be dispatched. There are a variety of projections, coordinate systems… Read More »Improving oilfield safety – what3words

Data Management Zoo

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In a zoo, animals, for the most part, are kept in separate enclosures. Some are big, some are small, some are aggressive carnivores, some are gentle (or at least appear to be). Different diets, sleep habits, space and health vulnerabilities mean separation is key. Most zoo animals have their own zoo keeper, someone to look… Read More »Data Management Zoo

Free and open satellite data

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Two tweets have recently caught my eye. Firstly, the ESA tweeted that Sentinel-2 has now captured enough cloud-free images to create a mosaic of Africa. Five months of #Sentinel2 images create cloud-free mosaic of #Africa https://t.co/B7AvjSRVG6 pic.twitter.com/ENIpZ07aVM — ESA (@esa) May 18, 2016   This is an impressive mosaic, especially when you consider the range… Read More »Free and open satellite data

GIS and me

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Put a pen between your teeth leave it there for 20-30 seconds http://goo.gl/ajgWz. Do you feel happier? Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a tool to solve problems. If you work with GIS that makes you a problem solver. For me solving problems is a key component of my happiness. Providing a solution to someone that… Read More »GIS and me