GIS for Managing Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Developed with TatukGIS SDK
Tsukasa Consulting Co. in Japan uses the TatukGIS Developer Kernel (VCL edition) to develop its M System 3D GIS software solution that is used to manage radioactive decontamination work being performed in the vicinity of the site of 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. The major earth quake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi plant, resulting in widespread leakage of radioactive material which forced 300,000 residents in Fukishima Prefecture to flee their homes, becoming refuges. Today the Japanese government is engaged in a massive decontamination effort with the objective of decontaminating, house by house and parcel by parcel, 105 affected cities, towns, and villages, to allow residents to return to their homes. The effort involves 10,000 to 20,000 personnel and a budget of $3 to 4 billion annually.
The work of Tsukasa-Consulting involves the mass production of detailed, structure-by-structure, 3D maps of decontamination areas by using hybrid 3D vector plotting process with stereographic viewing of aerial imagery. The result is highly accurate, +/- 10 cm, 2D and 3D vector objects representing each building structure within a mapped area. The process is cost effective relative to laser scanning methods, taking advantage of already existing data, technology, and knowledge, and resulting in smaller datasets requiring less processing and editing. Bentley Systems MicroStation software is used to generate the 2D and 3D vector models (as DGN files) that are used in the M System software developed using the TatukGIS SDK. The M System solution enables decontamination teams to optimally plan their efforts before entering radioactive zones, know the number of houses in an area, identify structures with contamination, assign personnel to individual houses, and manage the progress using a 3D GIS enabled database system.
The Tsukasa 3D plotting methodology, editing tools, and M System GIS enabled database management software were presented by Tsukasa Consulting Co. CEO, Hamamoto Takashi, at the recent SPAR Japan conference on June 3 and 4 in Kawasaki, Japan. This presentation can be viewed at the link: https://youtu.be/C91oSpFrq64
Besides the Fukushima decontamination project, the Tsukasa tools and methodology are targeted to areas including environmental maintenance, architecture, energy (solar panels), prevention and recovery planning of natural disasters, managing of building plans and records, and urban planning.
For more about Tsukasa Consulting, please refer to the company web site at: http://www.tsukasa-consulting.net/jpn/
For learn more about the TatukGIS Developer Kernel, please visit: www.tatukgis.comDate September 9, 2015
Doctoral Level Health GIS Opportunity 2015 to 2018
The University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health and the School Of Geography are pleased to announce stipend funding for Doctoral level study. This will be funded by the Alzheimer’s Society as a part of a four-year study titled Scaling the Peaks. This study is examining the everyday life of people living with dementia who live within the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire. This mixed method study will use both qualitative Geo-spatial information systems (GIS) and ethnographic enquiry to devise a map of the area and identify the closeness of residents to services, taking into account the terrain, climate, infrastructures and locations of services.
Dementia is a common cluster of symptoms often associated as loss of memory, difficulty with communication and character changes amongst older people. We know that there are fewer people living with dementia in very rural areas who seek health care. The reasons for this are complex and not well understood. This study aims to compare the lives of two groups of residents living with dementia; those who are established and those who have moved into the area as retirees. Understanding these two distinctive groups of residents will help to shape future service planning and delivery of more nuanced services which work in very rural areas.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a doctorate combining health GIS and qualitative GIS. Applications are especially welcomed from highly motivated individuals who can demonstrate a strong interest in health informatics and the use of GIS. Guidance will be provided to devise a study which will meet the needs of the funder and also the interests of the student. Ongoing support throughout the 3 years of doctoral work will be provided by members of the team.
Key applicant skills include;
• Strong academic record of geographical and/or GIS knowledge in relation to population health and place.
• To share specific GIS knowledge with Members of the team to support the outcomes of the study.
• Appreciation of the need to show compassion and understanding towards all participants and to work flexibly with them as required.
• Ability to work within a small team and to meet deadlines as required.
• Ability to liaise with families living with dementia, health and social care professionals and academics across disciplines including older people’s health and mental health.
• Ability to communicate clearly for multiple audiences and maintain accurate clear notes, contribute towards literature reviews and report summaries as required by the study Chief Investigator.
• Willingness to contribute to peer reviewed journals, attend conferences and funder updates as necessary.
• Car driver a distinct advantage as is an ability to manage journeys in rural areas.
The stipend will not include fees for study but is set at a competitive level to attract high calibre students in this emerging field of health GIS within the University of Nottingham.
Payments will be made for travel and meals during data collection.
Whilst this is a full-time position there may be some flexibility to accept part-time over 3.5 years but not beyond the lifetime of the core study.
Funding criteria do not permit the payment of fees.
Further Informal Enquiries can be made by contacting the following people:
Dr Fiona Marshall, (Senior Research Fellow and CI) Fiona.marshall at nottingham.ac.uk
Dr Suchith Anand (GIS Researcher) Suchith.anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Catchments Specialist's post with National Trust in Wales
£27,916 per annum. 38 month Fixed Term Contract until 31st August 2018. Full-time hours, 37.5 hours a week.
This is a hugely exciting time for the National Trust in Wales. The most relevant bit here is the NT strategy for Land outdoors and nature. As part of its delivery in Wales the NT is working closely with Natural Resources Wales (NRW). This post is jointly funded by NRW. The National Trust has acquired new properties in the Vale of Glamorgan and Newport and started ground-breaking projects in the Gower and the Brecon Beacons.
Your focus will be to advise on and help develop natural resource management in key catchments to ensure that the Trust land is managed sustainably and delivers high quality conservation. You will achieve this by capturing and analysing the current condition of our natural resources and using this knowledge to improve our understanding and delivery of appropriate outcomes. We are seeking to develop future land management approaches that ensure multiple benefits and secure the conservation of important natural and cultural assets. You will be expected to represent NT internally and externally through being a convincing advocate for integrated catchment management and the ecosystem approach.
This work will focus initially on the Conwy Catchment in Snowdonia but the scope could extend to other key catchments in Wales.
Occasionally situations may arise that require the post holder to perform other duties or tasks as may be reasonably requested by the Trust.
The post holder shall:
1. Lead on catchment management advice to deliver high quality conservation outcomes across Wales (focussing initially on the Conwy Catchment Project).
2. Provide best practice technical expertise to the project team on all aspects of catchment management (specifically peat, soil, carbon, water management and land capability) through the application and dissemination of relevant research and developments.
3. Work with partner organisations as well as NT staff, to deliver a true catchment approach and operating across boundaries at a catchment scale.
4. Develop a robust baseline and create a GIS-based system of natural resources, initially for the Conwy catchment. This will involve collating all current information, identifying what is missing and be responsible for designing, organising and recording appropriate information. Using the system as a basis set up a robust recording and monitoring system.
5. Use this data to drive forward our understanding and identify, promote and support the development and application of innovative catchment management techniques.
6. Lead on land choices (an NT initiative to determine the most sustainable options for the use of land) for the Ysbyty Estate and work with key staff and external partners to influence land management in the catchment including tenancy reviews and agri-environment schemes.
7. Communicate internally and externally through being a convincing advocate for integrated catchment management and ecosystem services and how this approach supports NT core conservation aims.
8. Work with the Conwy Catchment project manager to coordinate our work with a range of partner organisations.
In addition, all employees are expected to
1. Be accountable for their personal development through the appraisal process. (Individuals with line management responsibility are also accountable for the development of their staff).
2. Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
3. Work within the terms of their contract of employment and adhere to Trust Instructions, Values and Behaviours.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• degree in an area directly relevant to catchment management (Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management or similar);
• understanding of the drivers for the working at a catchment scale and the role of environmental assessment in designing solutions which take account of cultural, heritage and landscape issues; and
• preparing GIS based mapping information.
• a specialism in either land capability or soils, carbon and peat management;
• an understanding of upland farming systems and land management practices or understanding of catchment sensitive farming approaches in such environments;
• an understanding of upland landscape character and historic and cultural heritage;
• an understanding of the significance of moorland and blanket bog in carbon and water management;
• basic analysis/modelling using GIS;
• knowledge of appropriate legislation and guidance;
• knowledge of National Trust core principles, strategy and practice; and
• ability to communicate in the Welsh language.
• excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• an ability to interpret and respond to research, intelligence, analysis and policy developments;
• ability to communicate effectively and confidently with diverse group of people of varying ages, abilities and experience internally and externally;
• networking and building effective relationships with related professionals internally and externally both nationally and internationally;
• skills in mapped based work especially GIS (use and creation of maps) and GPS;
• ability to work as part of a team sharing learning and ideas;
• self- motivated and proactive with excellent organisational skills;
• numerate, IT literate (e.g. Word, Excel); and
• good administration, data organisation and record keeping skills
• Project management skills.
• experience of working on catchment management, natural resource management or farm advice or similar projects;
• designing, implementing and/or coordinating an ecological monitoring programme;
• production and delivery of land based and/or catchment management plans; and
• working with stakeholders from a wide variety of backgrounds including partner organisations, neighbours and farmers
• presenting at workshops, seminars and conferences;
• a track record of successful working within a multi-disciplinary environment/teams; and
• working with grant bodies and success in securing funding.
Closing date: Monday, 21 September 2015.
Provisional interview date: Monday, 28 September 2015.
For more information about the post, and to submit an application for it, please visit the National Trust's website.Date September 8, 2015
Two short courses in using R offered by University of Leeds
The Consumer Data Research Centre at Leeds is pleased to offer two R courses in September, an introductory course and a more advance R for Big data. Both of these courses will be taught by Colin Gillespie (Newcastle) and Robin Lovelace (CDRC). Colin has over 15 year experience in teaching R and Robin has developed the popular tutorial Introduction to Spatial Data with R.
The courses will take place in the newly opened training suite at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, which has high-spec desktop computers and provides support for working from participants' own laptops.
The introductory 1-day course will take place on the 16th September. The more advanced course R for Big Data takes place on the 17th and 18th.
If you're a novice or intermediary user, it is recommended that you attend the introductory course in preparation for R for Big Data. Please see the links below for further information about each course and pricing.
Introductory R - 16th September 2015
R for Big Data - 17th & 18th September 2015More information
The NGA launches a public website for its unclassified Arctic data
The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made its unclassified geospatial intelligence on the Arctic available to the public via a new website to support international efforts relevant to the region.
NGA reported that its website will also provide 3-D Digital Elevation Models of the Arctic landscape based on satellite images from DigitalGlobe‘s commercial imagery sources.Date September 7, 2015 More information
The London Town map has been completed
London Town is a new map in the Fuller collection. Drawing began in 2005 and was completed this year. It is a meticulously drawn, cryptic code, mirroring the city and its unmistakable vibe. Instantly recognisable not by the obvious landmarks, but by the hedonistic, enchanting chaos, crazy beautiful, ‘Too much' metropolis that it is. The work is a mesmerising kaleidoscope to our association with youth, adolescence and progress into adulthood. Fuller lived, breathed and morphed into the capital to channel its character onto the map.
Fuller Maps is a project by British artist Fuller, aka Gareth Wood. Fuller draws intricate maps that narrate and observe the identity of places. Using intensive research, local knowledge and lived experience, he immerses himself within a place to understand its complex personality.Date September 7, 2015
GIS Intern post for ZSL's Asia Conservation Programme
ZSL is seeking an Asia Conservation Programme Intern to create and develop a GIS database that will cover all of the current and predicted ZSL operations in Asia. This will mean creating both an underlying database with: records of sites, zoned areas within and beyond sites areas of connectivity, areas of potential future interest, data layers that include edge zones and overlay key species data sets. The Intern will also assist with decision making and help managers, donors and wider ZSL staff understand and better visualise where and how the Asia Conservation Programme is working.
The successful applicant will continue to expand the media and social networking footprint of the Asia Conservation Programme. Using the collected and a series of info-graphics and stories will be generated to promote the Asia Conservation Programmes across media and social media at a level not yet attempted.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
- Collating and inputting spatial / temporal data into a GIS database, updating this as necessary
- Working with Asia science team and other units to collate and input specific data connected to site based conservation activities.
- Producing maps and info-graphics for use in reports and promotional and strategic documents.
- Generating reports on the current status of critical performance indicators in the Asia landscape.
- Collating information and images for use on the programme blog.
- Circulating Asia programme blog entri!es and other relevant information via social media channels, including ZSL Official and ZSL Conservation Twitter feeds as well as ZSL Facebook profile.
- Be educated to undergraduate degree level in a relevant subject (such as Biology, Geography, Zoology) or equivalent qualification or equivalent level of work experience in a related field.
- Have extensive knowledge and understanding of conservation issues, particularly those in Asia.
- Have a relevant GIS qualification or prior experience and/or knowledge of using databases and GIS.
- Have solid knowledge and experience of using GIS programmes to store and analyse spatial data.
- Have an understanding of strategic processes.
- Have excellent written / oral communication skills.
- Be experienced using social media, particularly blogs, Facebook and Twitter.
The post is a full-time, one-year fixed-term contract and the post-holder will be based at ZSL Main Offices in London. This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual looking for employment in an international organisation. You will have exposure to a variety of departments.
Please visit the ZSL for more information about this internship, and to complete the online application.
Closing Date: Sunday, 13 September 2015.Date September 7, 2015
The J.B. Harley Research Fellowships in the History of Cartography
The Harley Fellowships, the only one of their kind in Europe, provide support of up to four weeks (normally at GBP 400 per week) for those, from any discipline, doing the equivalent of post-graduate level work in the historical map collections of the United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.maphistory.info/harley.html
For the period 2013 to 2016, in addition to the normal J. B. Harley Fellowship awards open to anyone pursuing advanced research in the history of cartography, there are also Harley-Delmas Fellowships for research in the history of cartography during the European Renaissance to the Enlightenment c.1400-c.1800, kindly funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. All applicants should apply for a J. B. Harley Fellowship; eligibility for a Harley-Delmas award will be decided by the Selection Committee of the Trustees.
The closing date for applications is Sunday, 1 November 2015.
The Fellowship website has an Application page that should provide all the necessary information as well as answering many frequently asked questions.
Please email applications to: rose.mitchell at nationalarchives.gov.gsi.uk
Honorary Secretary, J.B. Harley Fellowships
GIS Officer's post at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Reference no: BAS 85/15
Salary: Salary will be in the range of £22,224 to £24,112 per annum.
BAS offer a generous benefits package including a defined salary pension scheme, free car parking, flexible working hours and 30 days annual leave.
Department: Mapping and Geographic Information Centre
Contract type: 3-year Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: Sunday, 13 September, 2015 11:59 pm
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
To contribute to a range of GIS and mapping projects supporting BAS Operations and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Polar Regions Department.
Working with the Mapping and Geographic and Geographic Information Centre team to:
- Prepare content for GIS services including for BAS polar operations, the South Georgia GIS, an FCO environmental GIS and other related systems.
- Maintain the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee gazetteer and web-map apc.bas.ac.uk.
- Develop the underlying geospatial information for Antarctic place names through defining spatial extents for gazetteer features from satellite imagery and other sources.
- Prepare maps for BAS polar operations and FCO Polar Regions Department.
To provide GIS support to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Polar Regions Department and to BAS Operations.
- Developing and maintaining the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee gazetteer and web-map and a FCO environmental web-GIS.
- Improving the underlying geographic information for UK Antarctic place-names by defining gazetteer features with polygons and splines.
- Preparing maps for other FCO requirements.
- Preparing content for the BAS Operations GIS, South Georgia GIS and other related resources.
- Preparing maps for operational use.
Please visit the BAS website for more information and to apply for post online.Date September 3, 2015
Conservation Data Manager's post with the National Trust
The National Trust looks after over 250,000 hectares of land and 775 miles of coastline and all the data behind this land needs managing.
Working as part of the Wales internal National Trust Consultancy team, this role is a hugely exciting and full of opportunities. As Conversation Data Manager, it will be your role to manage and maintain local data, and ensure our properties across Wales have access to this management information which will aid them in their local decision making.
The successful applicant will provide a consultancy service in GIS, GPS, digital mapping and data management, manipulation and interpretation, which will include responding to requests for information, advice and hands on support to meet the needs and demands of our property teams.
The National Trust has a requirement to maintain core spatial data to provide tenancy boundaries, acquisition, disposal and ownership, inalienability and grant application boundaries.
There is a high level of skills required for this legally binding work it requires understanding, training and experience in using GIS and also use of in house and external data systems. A careful meticulous attention to detail is a fundamental requirement for this part of the role having responsibility for part of key national datasets. Boundaries from these datasets can be directly used to produce maps requiring good cartographic and presentation skills, and ability to manipulate the datasets and generate clear informative layouts.
This post supports and trains other spatial data systems users, the intranet GIS map Browser and ArcMap and surveying using professional grade GPS systems.
You will be a conservation data management professional with sound conservation systems knowledge. You will have practical experience in a range of GIS Mapping and Data projects along with experience of working in a GIS Mapping and Data consultant role. You will hold a relevant professional accreditation qualification with post qualification practical application or experience of an equivalent level.
Analytical and methodical, you’re confident interpreting data and using your findings to influence colleagues and support them in the decision making process. You will have a firm understanding of external issues, policies, practice instructions and guidance relating to GIS Mapping and Data management, manipulation and interpretation.
You will enjoy working as part of a team and have the confidence to rise to the challenge of thinking on your feet and responding to requests for information, advice and hands on support to meet the needs and demands of clients.
You will have the flexibility to work across a range of issues and tasks simultaneously with a number of different clients. You will be able to coach and train in order to enhance skills and transfer knowledge.
Employment type: Part time, 3.5 days per week (26.25 hrs/week). Fixed term contract, 12 months secondment cover.
Salary: £27,916 per annum FTE (Actual salary: £19,541.20 per annum).
Closing date: Sunday, 20 September 2015.
Provisional interview date: Thursday, 15 October 2015.
To find out more, and to apply, please visit the Job Search page on the Natural Trust's website and enter reference number IRC27702.Date September 1, 2015