26th February 2015
A reminder to all of our members that if you haven't already done so, to have your say in the Consultation about the Public Data Group data being more accessible and easier to use. The deadline for all responses is this Saturday, 28th February 2015.
25th February 2015
The AGI NI Beginners Python workshop will be an informal introduction to Python and ESRI’s python module ArcPy. The first half of the workshop will concentrate on the fundamentals and idiosyncrasies of Python in general, whilst the second half will cater specifically for those interested in ArcPy. The workshop will be a mash of theory and live demonstration/programming. Given the informality of the workshop, audience participation will be strongly encouraged. By the end of the workshop you will have acquired the knowledge to develop your own basic Python scripts. The workshop notes will provide a solid foundation by which participants can build their own knowledge and skills with Python.
24th February 2015
True to the spirit of the AGI's mission, we are keen to encourage people to pursue careers which develop their GI skills, and so we are pleased to direct your attention to the new 'Find a job' area which sits under the 'News & Insights' menu. The first opportunities to be advertised are by 135 Squadron.
12th February 2015
Book now for the first event in the 2015 series of Geo:The Big 5 events. Smart Energy will be held in Edinburgh on 26 February 2015. Hosted by AGI Scotland, in partnership with the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, we will focus on the ability of future energy supplies to meet demand. In addition to the plenary presentations, we have a fantastic range of speakers demonstrating the latest thinking and case studies in applications of geographic information.
11th February 2015
STEVENAGE, United Kingdom, February 2015 – PD Ports is streamlining the way it shares hydrographic data by using GIS software from British software developer, Cadcorp.
Captain Jerry Drewitt, Harbour Master for Teesport and Hartlepool explains. “Teesport is a major deep-water complex and one of the largest container ports in the North of England; handling around 40m tons of cargo per annum. Our first priority is to ensure the safe movement of the considerable amount of river traffic handling this cargo. We rely a lot on hydrographic survey charts which provide an up-to-date record of the depth of the river in berths, approaches, and channels. Until recently, our survey department not only carried out hydrographic surveys, but also produced the associated charts. This is changing as we have come to recognise that having surveyors spend time on creating cartography was an unnecessary step in the sharing of hydrographic data, and was actually delaying data publication.“
Captain Drewitt expands on this point. “Hydrographic charts don’t only depict depth data. They also show topography and contextual data about features and boundaries along the river. The position of these features and their attributes, tend to be relatively stable - certainly when compared to the constantly changing topography of the riverbed. We wanted the survey department to concentrate on recording this more dynamic hydrographic data. The less dynamic data – topography, assets, boundaries, Admiralty Charts, Ordnance Survey MasterMap, and aerial photography – can be managed as separate overlays in our GIS, Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller. We now create composite hydrographic charts by displaying the hydrographic data the surveyors capture, against whatever reference layers are appropriate for a task in hand. This is done in the knowledge that all features will be represented in their true location. We now take XYZ soundings directly from the survey department; drag and drop this data into the Cadcorp GIS, and pass it through a simple filter to indicate three categories of depth zones. Red indicates where the river is too shallow, blue where it is OK, and white where it is too deep. “