Hello, and welcome to this Asia-Pacific-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Trimble Geospatial Division.
Today’s Top Story is Cultural Preservation. The Beijing Urban Construction Exploration and Surveying Design Research Institute was enlisted by Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture to produce a comprehensive documentation archive for LaoSiCheng in the Hunan Province.
LaoSiCheng was the nerve center of the Tujia people during its 800-year reign, and is know for having some of the rarest relics among China’s Southwest Ethnic Minority Communities.
Engineers used laser-scanning equipment that was able to record many targets simultaneously, allowing for quick data registration. At one location, they were able to collect data for a 400-square-meter site within a day. The 3D laser scans also were used to verify 2D blueprint drawings of the ancient buildings.
According to Ms. Long Gong, survey engineer on the project, “This information was exceptionally important as a point of reference for repairs on the buildings.”
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this brief message.
Research and Markets released the “LBS Market in the APAC Region 2015-2019” report, which covers China, India and Japan as leading countries. Analysts forecast the LBS Market in APAC to grow at a CAGR of 33.2 percent from 2014-2019. According to the report, one key factor driving the market growth is increased adoption of location-enabled devices in the APAC region. The popularity of LBS and demand for GPS-enabled handsets have increased significantly in densely populated APAC-region countries such as India and China.
And here’s a video clip from an interview V1 Media recorded in London at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure Event. A group of Chinese engineers are building a 500-meter radio telescope to better understand the age of the known universe, and they won an award for their efforts:
In industry headlines, Paragon Software Systems introduced national street-level mapping for routing vehicles in Japan, which enables users to create optimized routes and schedules for their transport operations using accurate data.
SkyTraq Technology Inc. introduced a new GNSS receiver module offering continuous positioning indoors and out. A 3-D option adds a barometric pressure sensor, offering improved altitude-accuracy readings.
Supergeo Technologies released SuperGIS Desktop 3.2, which supports Lidar data and adds more analysis tools. It also increased the number of colors and enhanced print effects to help users map spatial data and export high-quality maps.
And Hamon Thermal Company was retained by Xinjiang Zhaofeng Energy Company to design the steel structure for the air-cooling island at the Hinjiang Jinhui Power Plant.
And now for today’s final thought:
Digitally preserving cultural heritage sites is an underrated use of geospatial technology.
There’s a reason ancient landmarks are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. I visited the Great Wall of China in the early 1990s, and I was awestruck at its size and the amount of effort that was required to build it. It helped me believe that anything is possible with the necessary will.
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