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EO data deluge

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September 2016 was a busy month for the launch of Earth Observation satellites. Terrabella launched 4 more of its SkySats, bringing the total to 7. We’re excited to share the first light images from our four newest high-resolution imaging satellites, SkySat-4-7! https://t.co/RV5GyaZMPF pic.twitter.com/WbMOGjaG78 — Terra Bella (@terra_bella) September 27, 2016 On the same launch vehicle… Read More »EO data deluge

Have loads of bad ideas

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Have you ever been given the advice to have loads of bad ideas before? It might sound ludicrous but it stands to reason that working through any idea that comes to mind, even something that seems crazy, and getting it down on paper, could lead to something that actually makes sense. This week I gave… Read More »Have loads of bad ideas

Have GIS ‘things’ changed that much?

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I have a book that I bought during my master’s degree in 2001, entitled “Fundamentals of spatial information systems” written by Robert Laurini and Derek Thompson in 1992 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fundamentals-Spatial-Information-Systems-APIC/dp/0124383807, I have the 1999 edition. Chapter 1, Geomatics, begins with the following statement: “Today in Redlands, California, a group of people is building a digital data… Read More »Have GIS ‘things’ changed that much?

GIS to manage exploration risk

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A Geographical Information System is ideally suited to manage many of the risks associated with exploration and oilfield activities. Risks such as, but not limited to – Accidents, dangerous roads, steep inclines and slopes – In project execution, doing something you were not supposed to do and not knowing you did it – Having to… Read More »GIS to manage exploration risk

Commercialisation of space

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I previously wrote about the Geospatial 2.0 workshop held earlier this year on the Space Campus in Harwell. http://www.acgeospatial.co.uk/blog/geoworkshop/ Ever since this workshop I have started seeing more articles and I have become much more aware of the ‘commercialisation of space’. In April this year The Economist wrote a leader on Space Exploration. machine-learning can… Read More »Commercialisation of space

Reaching everyone with maps

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I watched a video this week, a presentation given by Brian Boulmay of BP: It is well worth watching, he talks about BP’s One Map Platform. He wants to reach the whole community within his organisation with a map. There is an interesting quote mid-way through (I have paraphrased slightly below) “We queried all desktops… Read More »Reaching everyone with maps

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?

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

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