GeoWrap: Esri and Autodesk collaborating to advance infrastructure planning; FARO acquires Dustin...

GeoWrap: Esri and Autodesk collaborating to advance infrastructure planning; FARO acquires Dustin Forensics and more

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Esri and Autodesk collaborating to advance infrastructure planning and design

EsriUS: Esri and Autodesk have announced the start of a new relationship to build a bridge between GIS mapping and BIM technologies. Together Autodesk and Esri plan to enable a broad range of industries to gain better context by visualizing data of the man-made world, the environment, citizens and the networks that weave it all together. “It is important to consider the needs of future generations during the design and building of projects today,” said Jack Dangermond, President, Esri… (Read More)

FARO acquires Dustin Forensics and expands its global footprint

FAROUS: FARO has announced the acquisition of Dustin Forensics, a digital forensic animation firm based in Georgia. The acquisition of a world-renowned forensics services firm represents the logical next step in the actualization of FARO®vertical business growth strategy. Dustin Forensics has been led by David Dustin, an innovator in 3D crime and accident scene reconstruction and a pioneer in the legitimatization and admissibility of 3D data as an accepted courtroom tool. David will be assuming responsibility… (Read More)

Raytheon’s Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System is now operational

RaytheonUS: Newest version of Raytheon’s Joint Polar Satellite System’s (JPSS) Common Ground System 2.0 (CGS) is now operational and will support 11 polar-orbiting satellites and delivering observations to NOAA’s National Weather Service almost 50 percent faster than before. Svalbard, Norway, is the location of the northernmost Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System station. JPSS CGS 2.0 was designed to support the upcoming NASA launch of NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite on Nov. 14… (Read More)

New tool by USGS allows users to explore mountains worldwide

USGSUSU.S Geological Survey (USGS) has launched a new tool that provides the users a detailed view of world’s mountains. The Global Mountain Explorer would help a gamut of users ranging from hikers to scientists, and policymakers to seek information on prominent landscapes. Mountains cover around 12 to 31 percent of the land surface of the Earth, but despite their importance, only a few attempts have been made to scientifically define and map these regions worldwide with detail, the USGS said… (Read More)

ESA’s FORUM and SKIM projects to understand our rapidly changing world

France: ESA has chosen two concepts, FORUM and SKIM, to be developed further and compete to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission. Thanks to new technical developments, the Far-infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM) candidate would measure radiation emitted from Earth across the entire far-infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Significantly, it measures in the 15–100 micron range, which has never been done from space before. These observations are important… (Read More)

The EO UrtheCast Smallsats to be built by Surrey Satellite Technology

US: The UrtheDaily Constellation, which is slated for launch in 2020, will be capable of providing scientific-grade quality, multi-spectral imagery and high-resolution, which is specifically targeted at geoanalytics applications. The UrtheDaily spacecraft is based on the SSTL-250 platform and will be built by SSTL at the firm’s facilities in Guildford, UK.  The spacecraft will deliver high-resolution imagery using spectral bands that have been selected to match Landsat-8, Sentinel-2, RapidEye and Deimos-1 bands… (Read More)

IIC Technologies gets CMMI Level 3 appraisal

IICIndia: IIC Technologies has further strengthened its position as one of the reliable and efficient geospatial software solutions and service provider, by being appraised at CMMI maturity level 3. The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) is the global standard for measuring the process maturity of the organization on a scale of 1 to 5.A rating of CMMI level 3 indicates:Work and processes have received the highest form of third-party validation;A proactive approach to managing projects and processes… (Read More)