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Environment Agency set to release raw point cloud LiDAR data

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Environment Agency set to release raw point cloud LiDAR data

Back in September 2015 the Environment Agency made their LIDAR digital elevation models (DTM – digital terrain models; and DSM – digital surface models) covering over three quarters of England, available as open data. This was a really big shift in making data available for free to the general public.

Now the Environment Agency are getting ready to release the raw 'point cloud' data that underpins the DTMs and DSMs already available. Point Clouds are the raw data gathered when bouncing lasers off the landsurface below and consist of millions of individual point heights, hence the name 'point cloud'.

By releasing the raw point cloud data, users will be able to access a wealth of additional information that is not present in the already available DTMs and DSMs, opening up the data for use in scientific reasearch and analysis.

Olympic Park point cloud

Date May 24, 2016

Upcoming free training seminars from ESRI

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Upcoming free training seminars from ESRI

ESRI run a number of free training seminars throughout the year. Upcoming seminars focus on using ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Earth. All the upcoming seminars run at 9am, 11am and 3pm PDT (17:00, 19:00 and 23:00 BST) and typically last around an hour.

Modeling the Unknown: Spatial Interpolation with ArcGIS Pro

  • May 26, 2016
  • Learn about the latest geostatistical tools and kriging methods used to interpolate surfaces and quantify uncertainty in the results.
  • Further details.

Dynamic Image Processing in ArcGIS Pro

  • June 02, 2016
  • Learn how to apply raster functions and function chains to quickly visualize and extract useful information from imagery.
  • Further details.

Enterprise 3D Mapping and More: Discover ArcGIS Earth

  • June 09, 2016
  • Learn how to use this free ArcGIS app to view and explore 2D and 3D data on the globe, access enterprise content and services, and add markup.
  • Futher details.

Date May 24, 2016

Two Vacancies: Senior Researcher in Land Use and Spatial Landscape Planner

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Two Vacancies: Senior Researcher in Land Use and Spatial Landscape Planner

Location: The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Salary (Spatial Landscape Planner): Circa £30,000 per annum
Salary: (Senior Researcher in Land Use): Circa £47,000 per annum

Closing date for both: Monday, 13 June 2016

SENIOR RESEARCHER IN LAND USE

The James Hutton Institute is looking for a highly motivated and innovative senior researcher to provide leadership and direction to our land use research. The ideal post-holder will be an exciting individual with innovative ideas and proven success in people and project management. This is a tenure track position for three years in the first instance, with tenure dependent on performance including income generation. Initially, the successful post holder will work on an existing portfolio of Scottish Government and European Union funded work. The successful applicant will act as line manager for the 2 early career positions below, also currently advertised; Spatial Landscape Planner (Hutton-26-16) and GIS Technical/Analyst (Hutton-27-16).

Main purpose of job

  • To provide leadership and direction in the general area of Land Use and to provide mentoring to junior staff in this area.
  • To develop an independent research portfolio in the area of Land Use by attracting external funding.

Main duties of post holder

  • Leadership and co-ordination of land use research within ICS.
  • Undertake Scottish Government and EU-funded research into integration of adaptation and resilience through the lens of land use to investigate specific future challenges such as extreme events, flooding and land capability.
  • The identification of training requirements for staff involved in land use research.
  • Income generation, both directly and through mentoring/support of more junior staff to realise income generation potential.

Attainments

Essential

  • PhD in geography, geoinformatics, or other land use-related discipline.

Desirable

  • Specific focus on climate change adaptation, resilience, or both.

Experience

Essential

  • Management of land use projects, project design and tracking.
  • Experience in data integration, database construction, application development and visualization.
  • Experience of GIS-based tools, systems and analyses.
  • Experience in translation of research for policy needs and experience of working with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable abilities in both people and project management.
  • Experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment and effective communication across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Demonstrable ability to attract external funding through competitive grant application.
  • Demonstrable ability to publish original research and reviews in high impact journals.

Desirable

  • Expertise and experience in working with top fruit, apples, pears and plums.Ability to integrate across both adaptation and resilience aspects of climate change though the lens of land use.

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent and up-to-date skills in processing and quantitative analysis of geographical and earth observation data and other high-throughput datasets, including integration with data available from public sources.
  • Experience of building and maintaining automated data and process management systems for geographical data.
  • Up-to-date familiarity with commercial and open-source GIS and related software.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills.
  • Appropriate scripting and/or programming abilities.

SPATIAL LANDSCAPE PLANNER

The James Hutton Institute is looking for a highly motivated researcher in spatial landscape planning. You will have a PhD in applied geography, spatial research or spatial planning and up to three years post-PhD experience. Your research has strong quantitative/ computational elements. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research portfolio, provide mentoring to other staff in use/application of spatial methods, bring in new projects and publish outputs in high impact journals.

The post is for one year in the first instance.

Main purpose of job

  • To undertake research and consultancy/commercial work in spatial planning.
  • To develop tools and approaches to spatial planning and provide support and guidance to other team members using these and existing tools.
  • To begin to develop an independent research portfolio in the area of spatial planning by attracting external funding.

Main duties of post holder

  • Undertake existing Scottish Government and EU-funded research that require spatial planning theories, tools and analyses.
  • Provide support and mentoring to existing team members in application of spatial planning tools.
  • Income generation through both research and commercial routes.

Attainments

Essential

  • PhD in geography, geoinformatics, or other land use-related discipline.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of undertaking independent research in applied geography, spatial research or spatial planning.
  • Experience in data integration, database construction, application development and visualization.
  • Experience of GIS-based tools, systems and analyses.
  • Experience in translation of research for policy needs and experience of working with stakeholders.
  • Experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment and effective communication across disciplinary boundaries.
  • Experience of contributing to income generation as part of a larger team.
  • Experience of presenting and publishing work to a range of audience types.

Desirable

  • Demonstrable ability to attract external funding through competitive grant application.
  • Demonstrable ability to publish original research and reviews in high impact journals.
  • Experience of communicating work to Government stakeholders.

Skills

Essential

  • Excellent and up-to-date skills in processing and quantitative analysis of geographical,  earth observation and other high-throughput datasets, including integration with data available from public sources.
  • Up-to-date familiarity with commercial and open-source GIS and related software.
  • Evidence of flexible and adaptable working style.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Proficiency in scripting and/or programming.
  • Ability to use criticism to make positive changes.
  • High level of self-awareness.

Applications

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Rupert Hough.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer) by email to vacancies at hutton.ac.uk quoting the above reference number, or by post to

HR Office Aberdeen,
James Hutton Institute,
Craigiebuckler,
Aberdeen AB15 8QH

Please quote reference number Hutton-25-16 in all correspondence for the Senior Researcher in Land Use post and Hutton-26-16 in all correspondence for the Spatial Landscape Planner post.

Date May 19, 2016

GIS courses at Canterbury Christ Church University

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GIS courses at Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is now offering a range of short courses in GIS from general introductions to more specific applications within industry. Suggestions are welcome for additional or alternative topics and bespoke courses and GIS training can be offered, which can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation.

Upcoming Courses

Getting Started with GIS - 3 days (no prior knowledge of GIS required)

Dates

7, 8 and 9 June 2016
13, 14 and 15 June 2016
20, 21 and 22 June 2016

The three-day course will introduce the basic concepts and principles of GIS and explains how this growing technology can bring real value to the work place. The course involves the practical use of GIS software, showing how key techniques can be applied to a range of situations.

The course assumes no prior experience of GIS and will be particularly beneficial if you

  • would like to integrate GIS techniques within your current job;
  • are looking for employment that requires hands-on experience of GIS;
  • are a research student or academic who would like to apply GIS techniques for data analysis; or
  • have a general interest in GIS and would like to learn some new skills.

GIS for Ecologists - 2 days (no prior knowledge of GIS required)

Dates

16 and 17 June 2016

The two-day course for ecologists follows on from the three-day introductory course and focuses on GIS techniques that are especially relevant to specialists in this field, such as

  • habitat analysis;
  • spatial chemical analysis;
  • mobile data entry and analysis;
  • environmental impact analysis; and
  • botanical (vegetation) analysis.

The course will also demonstrate how associated technologies, such as remote sensing (e.g. aerial photography, satellite imagery, and LIDAR) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) can be successfully integrated with GIS to provide powerful tools. Depending on course participants, we can offer courses using different GIS software.

Costs and Staff

The cost will be £500 for the three-day course and £250 for two-day ecology course per participant (if attending both courses the total fee will be discounted to £700). The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Dr Alex Kent (Reader in Cartography and Geographic Information Science), Dr Katie Wooldridge (Lecturer in Geography), Dr Graham Earl (Researcher of Coastal Eco-hydrology) and Mr John Hills (Research Fellow) will run the courses.

Consultancy is also offered. Whether this is to undertake the technical side of a new or existing project, to introduce GIS into the everyday activities of your organisation, to provide tailored ongoing training or to develop strategies to improve the efficiency of GIS within your organisation.

Please visit the website for more information and to book a place for one of the courses.

Date May 19, 2016

Vacancy: GIS Officer

Job GIS

Vacancy: GIS Officer

Location: Lake District National Park Authority, Murley Moss, Kendal
Salary: Grade G:  £25,549 - £30,463
Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full Time (37 hours per week)

Closing date: Friday, 6 June 2016.
Interviews will be held Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

The Lake District National Park Authority is seeking a passionate, committed and motivated person for the role of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Officer. You will be joining a small dynamic team where you will lead the development and deployment of our GIS strategy and deliver new levels of performance and customer service. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of GIS within the Lake District National Park.

Job Purpose

To act as the professional lead on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for the Authority, and as responsible officer to the Ordnance Survey on data copyright and usage. To set standards for the management and use of spatial data, and the quality and integrity of GIS applications. To provide staff with support, guidance and training on cartography, survey and data analysis.

To be successful in this role, you will need to have a proactive, driven, flexible and can-do attitude. This is the perfect position for someone who is hands on and isn't afraid to get stuck in and make their own mark.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Frank Blackburn, ICT Services Manager on 01539 792669.  

For further details and an application form, please visit the website.

Date May 18, 2016

2 to 3 Vacancies: 3D Modeller/Photogrammetrist

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2 to 3 Vacancies: 3D Modeller/Photogrammetrist

Location: Vertex Modelling,  Belvedere Road, SE1 8GA, London
Salary: Competitive, depending on experience
Contract Type: 12 month initial contract with the possibility of becoming permanent

Vertex Modelling is currently looking for Photogrammetrists. The role is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic individuals to work within a cutting edge environment, creating a highly detailed and accurate 3D model of London. Candidates will need to have perfect stereo vision and demonstrate high levels of attention to detail. Ideally you will have experience within a remote sensing role or have undertaken a related GIS/Geographic subject at degree level or have previous 3D modelling experience; the right individual should have experience of (or an interest in) the following software packages; BAE systems SOCET SET, SOCET GXP, AutoCAD 2014, ESRI ArcGIS, 3D Studio MAX, Adobe Photoshop.

This role is suited to recent graduates who are willing to learn and are looking to start a career within a young, dynamic company who are involved in many exciting projects across London but also for experienced professionals looking for new challenges and to add to the Vertex Modelling team.

The role is to help create a Wide Area 3D Model of London captured to a high level of detail utilising the highest resolution aerial imagery available. The models are available for resale to third party users such as Architects, CGI companies, BIM consultancies or local authorities. Your main duty will be maintaining and editing 3D data using BAE Systems SOCET SET software. Experience of using Photogrammetric software and the ability to accurately view and measure images on a digital photogrammetric workstation is advantageous, but we will give full training and previous experience is not a requirement for the right candidate. Other work will include using CAD software to convert models for use within internal CAD department and for external clients. The ideal candidates will also have experience using ArcGIS for content creation, database organisation and geoprocessing tool creation. Also experience using Microsoft Access would be an advantage.   

If you feel that you are suitable for this position please send a short response to ( michal.konicek at vertexmodelling.co.uk ) and your name will be added to the list of candidates. If successful, you will be invited for an interview in due course.

Date May 18, 2016

GISRUK 2017 Call for Papers

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GISRUK 2017 Call for Papers

Submissions open July 2016.

Scope

All aspects of methodological, applied or theoretical research that is related to any aspect of Geographical Information Science are welcome. Submissions may come from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to the following:

  • Geographical Information Science
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics

If you are unsure about the relevance of your paper, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers.

Submission

Submission of extended abstracts up to 1500 words in length are welcome. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Successful submissions will be invited to present either orally or as a poster. Posters will be displayed during the conference and there will be a special poster session for authors to present their poster.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, 4 December 2016
Notification of Acceptance: Sunday, 5 February 2017
Final Version: Sunday, 5 March 2017
Conference Opens: Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Conference Closes: Friday, 21 April 2017

Date May 18, 2016

Global Mapper v.17.2 now available

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Global Mapper v.17.2 now available

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Global Mapper version 17.2 . This upgrade to the version 17 release includes functional enhancements throughout all aspects of the software and it introduces an array of new tools, countless upgrades to existing components, and performance improvements to increase efficiency and productivity. Significant enhancements offered in this release include a new Map Layout tool for designing a map book or atlas; support for pan sharpening color imagery; a new terrain cutaway view for integrating a linear Path Profile into the 3D View, several new image cropping options; and performance improvements throughout the application. Click here to download the latest build.

Blue Marble Applications Specialists will be conducting a live, interactive webinar entitled What’s New in Global Mapper 17.2 on Thursday, 26 May at 2:00pm (EDT, UTC-4:00). Registration is required for this free, hour-long event and space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

The new Map Layout function in Global Mapper was introduced in version 17.0 and has undergone significant upgrades in the intervening releases. New in version 17.2 is a powerful tool for designing a tiled map book in which all of the pages share a consistent layout structure. This map tile array can be exported to a single PDF file or printed directly. Also added in this version is support for macros in text elements and the option to save multiple map layouts in a single workspace.

To improve the quality of loaded imagery, the latest release includes a tool for pan sharpening color imagery using higher resolution panchromatic (grayscale) imagery. The 3D View in Global Mapper now offers the option to display a cutaway view of the terrain. This new display function renders the Path Profile derived from a simple line feature into the terrain and offers a unique perspective of variations in topography.

When downloading imagery or any other raster data from Global Mapper’s expansive online data services, users can now accurately determine the extent to display by limiting the downloaded data to a selected polygon, A further raster processing enhancement is the option to invert the cropping procedure, in which the imagery outside a defined cropping boundary is retained leaving a hole in the center.

Version 17.2 paves the way for the upcoming release of Global Mapper Mobile. Several new tools have been added to Global Mapper to facilitate the exchange of maps and data between the desktop application and the iOS app. More details will be forthcoming at the time of release.

For a complete list of new features and enhancements, please click link below, or to try the software for yourself, download Global Mapper v.17.2 today.

Date May 18, 2016
More information

Vacancy: GIS Technician/Analyst

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Vacancy: GIS Technician/Analyst

Location: The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
Salary: circa £25,000 per annum

Closing date: Monday, 13 June 2016

This exciting opportunity suits an individual with a strong technical background in the use, manipulation and visualization of spatial data. You will provide support and input into a range of geoinformatics projects. Initially, work will be focused on ecosystem services mapping. The ideal applicant will possess a BSc in a relevant subject; or have equivalent experience as well as a working knowledge of manipulation and preparation of spatial data and associated workflows. The post is for one year in the first instance.

Main purpose of job

  • To provide technical and analytical support to a range of work areas within the Geoinfomatics Sub-Group of ICS involving the manipulation, modelling and visualization of spatial data.
  • Initially, this post will be primarily involved with Scottish Government-funded work on ecosystem services mapping.

Main duties of post holder

  • Work with the Geoinformatics team to ensure high quality of research outputs.
  • Create GIS models and workflows to manipulate and prepare datasets.
  • Write scripts for automated runs and help develop meta-models for analysis of run outputs.
  • Prepare presentation-standard maps.

Attainments

Essential

  • BSc or equivalent industrial experience in geoinformatics, computational geography, or similar with large spatial data/GIS component.

Desirable

  • MSc in geoinformatics, computational geography or similar.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of GIS-based tools, systems and analyses.
  • Working knowledge of manipulation and visualization of spatial data.
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as R or Python.
  • Demonstrable ability to prepare presentation-quality maps.
  • Working knowledge of data requirements for spatial statistics.
  • Experience of working with a number of teams and contributing to a range of projects.

Desirable

  • Demonstrable ability to develop and run complex workflows.
  • Experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment and effective communication across disciplinary boundaries.

Skills

Essential

  • Up-to-date familiarity with commercial and open-source GIS and related software.
  • Sound technical skills in data manipulation and visualization/cartography.
  • Evidence of flexible and adaptable working style.
  • Good interpersonal skills.

Desirable

  • Ability to use skills in a flexible manner and apply them to a range of project areas.
  • Ability to use criticism to make positive changes.
  • High level of self-awareness.

Applications

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Rupert Hough.

To apply please submit a covering letter and CV (including the names and addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer) by email to vacancies at hutton.ac.uk quoting the reference number, or by post to

HR Office Aberdeen,
James Hutton Institute,
Craigiebuckler,
Aberdeen AB15 8QH

Please quote reference number Hutton-27-16 in all correspondence.

Date May 18, 2016

Junior Java Engineer vacancy at SeeByte, Edinburgh

Job GIS

Junior Java Engineer vacancy at SeeByte, Edinburgh

SeeByte, global market leader in the development of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, are looking to recruit Software Engineers with varied levels of experience for our Edinburgh office. This exciting position would suit a recent graduate with at least 2 years’ experience.

You can expect to be working with state-of-the-art subsea robots on exciting and varied projects, global travel and at-sea experiments. There will also be opportunities to visit clients internationally to take part in in-water tests and trials, giving you the chance to see the real-world applications of the software you have created. This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an innovative and forward thinking company with an international client base.

Main Purpose of the Role

Engineers will get the opportunity to work on projects providing robotic solutions for domains such as oil pipeline surveying and offshore oil infrastructure inspection for clients in the oil and gas industry, and military mine countermeasure operations for various navies worldwide. Support and training will be given to allow you to develop within the role and become a specialist in software engineering for underwater systems.

The successful applicant would become part of the team of experienced engineers working on SeeTrack, SeeByte’s flagship product. SeeTrack is the leading technology used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Clearance Divers around the world, to achieve success in managing their off-board assets during dangerous and demanding missions.

Applicants MUST be proficient in Java and have had experience in User Interface Development. The ideal applicant will also have experience on:

  • Netbeans platform
  • C#
  • GIS system

Experience in at least one of the following areas is desirable but not essential:

  • Database Management
  • Formal Software Testing
  • Commercial Software Development
  • Embedded Real-time systems
  • Image Processing

Successful candidates usually have a degree in Electronic/Computer Science/Software Engineering, or similar numerate discipline with a software engineering emphasis, or international equivalent.

To apply please send a recent copy of your CV and a cover letter to hr at seebyte.com.

Because of the nature of the work associated with this post it is subject to special nationality rules and is open only to British, US or European Citizens. All offers of employment will be conditional to a satisfactory background check.

Date May 17, 2016
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