Friday, 8 December 2017

Purgatorio de S. Patricio

A beautiful old map available here for browsing - billed as 'the largest early world map' in this post. 60 sheet maps digitised and joined into one. The mapmaker has an interesting outlook on Northern Ireland, must have been moonlighting as one of T. May's Phase 1 BREXIT negotiators.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Drones and Birdstrike

Birdstrike is a major issue for airlines, it can cause serious damage to planes and even lead to loss of life. I have heard it suggested a number of times that drones could be a tool used to scare off birds near centres of aviation traffic. Link here for a nice video and an awesome looking drone from the NYTimes demonstrating just that.

Friday, 17 November 2017

LiDAR, LasTools and Potree

Some people working with lastools and potree (I posted about potree earlier in the year) for navigating LiDAR point clouds of forestry. Nice looking stuff, i think their goal is VR - i feel like my hero, Ray Mears.

potree viewer here

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Irish Times - SCSI Property and Land supplement

I made a small contribution to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) Property and Land supplement in the Irish Times today. I was mostly fielding questions covering Copernicus data, the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service and the new Earth Explorer FLEX mission due for launch in 2022.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Calm after the storm

What a busy few days...we had a large turn-out at both events last week and a great selection of keynote speakers and presenters. There were really too many highlights for me to mention but one of the key take-aways for me is the new RUS system, a virtual machine/data storage/processing facility provided by Copernicus for the user community. They even provide free training and support! The move towards cloud processing is welcome (hardwae gets so old so quickly) and quite evident, looking at the TEPs, Google Earth Engine, now RUS.

It was announced at the close that IEOS2018 will be in Teagasc, thanks to everyone who helped this year and especially the industry sponsors who help keep the event free to attend.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Registration Closed - IEOS2017/ Copernicus InfoSession

Registration is now closed for the IEOS and Copernicus InfoSession - although if there is anyone still interested we still have some spots free so come along on the day and register at the desk. We experienced high demand for the tickets - promises to be one of the best attended events yet!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Counting the COST of Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland last week. Although no longer a hurricane in name (it can't be one over cold waters) it was of hurricane force and did severe damage to many parts of the country resulting in loss fo life, complete closure of most public services and transport, fallen trees, coastal and inland flooding and power outages. Listening to Newstalk on the drive in this morning the insurance costs are expected to be in the billions. 

Baltimore Beacon - Photograph: Youen Jacob/Provision

Another cost of Ophelia was the cancellation of one of MY flights - the 18:15 scheduled for Brussels for the kick off meeting of a new COST action HARMONIOUS - "Harmonization of UAS techniques for agricultural and natural ecosystems monitoring". This COST action really caught my eye and has cross overs with a number of NCG projects including the RPAS Precision Ag stuff, the drainage using thermal cameras and RPAS, and the coastal bathymetry mapping using RPAS. These technologies are really in their infancy and there is no standard approach to data processing, either in the early stages of preprocessing or later on in data analysis. This is of interest to me from the OSi change detection project, where classification of high resolution imagery plays a major role. The SCSI RPAS WG can also benefit from the info on standardising results, plus the SCSI Rural Division I suspect.

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