Ducks Unlimited Canada Presents Teal Award To ESRI Canada
Ducks Unlimited Canada presented ESRI Canada with the prestigious Platinum Teal Award at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Winnipeg. Brian Kazmerik, Manager, Geographic Information Systems, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DU), presented Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) provider in Canada, with the Platinum Teal Award in recognition of ESRI Canada’s ongoing support of Ducks Unlimited. More than 100 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference. “ESRI Canada’s GIS contributions directly support DU’s conservation efforts by allowing a large number of our staff across the country to use these tools in the planning, targeting, delivery, and monitoring of habitat conservation,” said Brian Kazmerik. DU is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated habitats for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife and people. Generous support from individuals, foundations, governments and corporations like ESRI Canada is instrumental to DU’s conservation success.
The road to space for the next generation of Earth observation satellites starts in the shade of Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Scientists from across Europe are due to gather in the medieval town of Granada at the end of this month to judge which three out of five Earth Explorer missions ESA should take to the next assessment stage. Leading experts in their fields will be involved in this two-day peer- review process, which takes place under the umbrella of ESA’s Living Planet programme. “The idea behind ESA’s Living Planet is to model the Earth as an integrated system,” explained Einar-Arne Herland, Head of the Agency’s Earth Sciences Division. “The interactions between the atmosphere, the oceans and the land have to be studied, enabling us to understand the Earth as a system.” Satellites intended to fill such gaps in our understanding of Earth system processes are designated Earth Explorers. These are split into Core Explorers, which are ESA-led missions, dedicated to a long-term research objective, and Opportunity Explorers, smaller-scale projects not necessarily led by ESA. Both types will build on ESA’s experience in constructing Earth observation spacecraft like ERS-1 and Envisat, but they will be different from their predecessors in crucial ways.
Consider it a high-tech, souped-up version of the scavenger hunt. Geocaching is a new recreational activity that’s catching on with those who own Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Combining “geo” for geography and “cache” for surprise stash, this hunt for hidden treasure starts out with people hiding objects, usually in remote, picturesque areas. They then post the latitude and longitude co-ordinates of their hidden mementos at www.geocaching.com, the activity’s official Web site. Scavengers take down these co-ordinates, and head out to find the item. Once they’ve found the cache, players have to replace what they take with something of their own. They also have to log their find at the Web site. The activity, about 18 months old, has caught on quickly. Participants had hidden about 7,500 active caches in 72 countries by mid-October, according to Geocaching.com. Few people are playing the game around Ottawa, though caches have been hidden near Manotick and in Algonquin and Gatineau parks.
A phenomenon dubbed ‘bounce’ causes parts of Europe and America to rise and fall by as much as 10 cm every day. This has led scientists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to use satellite technology to produce the first national map of ‘bounce’ to help civil engineers make ends meet when building large structures. Britain is the first country in the world to begin such a project which, when completed, could make surveying ten times more accurate and allow big savings on large construction projects. The ‘bounce’ is caused by the tides. As the weight of water increases on the continental shelf around Britain’s coastline, the whole country sinks a little into the earth’s crust, rebounding as the tide recedes. The problem for engineers is that the land does not sink evenly, resulting in local distortions, which cause inaccuracies when satellite-surveying techniques are used in construction projects. Dr Peter Clarke, of the Department of Geomatics at the University of Newcastle, is leading a research team which is using orbiting US satellites to monitor the positions, with an accuracy of a millimetre or two, of more than 30 Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers located all over Britain. It should then be possible to estimate the ‘bounce factor’ in any part of Britain at any time of day. Although ‘bounce’ has previously been measured in certain locations by similar techniques in the USA and some other countries, none has produced an accurate and comprehensive national map.
IN celebration of the centennial of the geodetic engineering profession, Presidential Proclamation No. 27 declares this year as the Centennial Year of the Geodetic Engineering Profession. The proclamation created the Geodetic Engineer Centennial Committee (GECC) composed of members of the professional organizations of geodetic engineers who practice in the private sector or in government agencies such as the Land Management Bureau and the National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA). Aside from the traditional methodologies employed in the profession, the field of geodetic engineering has also progressed in its practice, as evidenced by the employment of geomatics, an integrated technology that allows for the rapid collection of spatial information, subsequently producing digital maps that will allow for much more rational spatial planning. To start the centennial year celebration, the GECC is holding today the First Geodetic Engineering Summit and Philippine Geomatics Congress at the Manila Hotel. The joint summit/congress is expected to gather most of the practicing geodetic engineers to discuss key issues confronting the profession and the advancements in the field of geomatics.
Maporama SA, the European leader in online cartography and geocentric information, and WebToGo GmbH, the first complete wireless Internet provider for PDAs, today announced their cooperation. Internet users may now access location-based services when they need it most: on the road. With WebToGo and Maporama, owners of PDA (personal digital assistants) are able to use maps, find places and addresses or organize their travel. In a nutshell: the new cooperation helps travellers to reach their destinations faster. Using the wireless, real-time connection of WebToGo, users may now find the fastest way around.
More than 20,000 people were left homeless after an earthquake, measuring some 6.0 on the Richter scale, shook a remote area in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province killing three people, state media said. Some newspapers, including the Beijing Youth Daily reported three killed in the quake, while other state media have said one died.
More than 20,000 people were left homeless after an earthquake, measuring some 6.0 on the Richter scale, shook a remote area in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province killing three people, state media said.
The quake struck Saturday in mountainous Yongsheng county, crushing the homes of thousands, the Xinhua news agency said.
The first tremor hit the area at 1:35 pm (0535 GMT), while a total of 101 aftershocks were measured afterwards, some of them as powerful as 4.2 on the Richter scale, Xinhua said.
MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has said that its online health portal, www.webhealthcentre.com, has now been enhanced to provide Web services developed on Microsoft’s .NET platform.
The company said that it was among the first users of this technology. The Web services had been developed on the .NET framework by TCS’ Mumbai-based Microsoft .NET Centre of Excellence, company officials told newspersons.
TCS is a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider and a managed partner with Microsoft.
The value-added Web services on the portal, which has been in existence for over 18 months now and is in association with Web Health Systems, are online appointments, laboratory reports and mobile health directories.
These may be accessed through palm devices, cell-phones and PCs.
Laboratories can put their reports online, which patients can access and e-mail to their doctors. They can also access health directories and fix appointments online.
The health portal comes under TCS’ health practice division and according to the company, has been ranked the 10th best health Web site on the Internet by www.worldnetwork.com.
Source: Business Line