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Keilir Aviation Academy took delivery of their 10th Diamond Aircraft plane

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Icelandic flight training organization Keilir Aviation Academy has purchased a brand new jet-fuel Austro Engine AE300 powered DA40 Tundra Star - bringing the total number of training aircraft at the flight school to ten, consisting entirely of state-of-the-art Diamond Aircraft planes.

The school currently operates one of the most sophisticated fleet of Diamond training aircraft in Europe including five single-engine two-seater DA20, four single-engine four-seater DA40 and one twin-engine four-seater DA42.


The latest issue of GiS Pro (August) is available now

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This is a meaty issue for readers. Heritage, Health, Geodesy and Return on Investment in addressing are the key topics. They are all underpinned by GIS.

We also find space for an intriguing map that looks at the geography of Brexit, how BIM is going mainstream and how digital realities and cooperation is the key for AGI Northern Ireland.

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The latest issue of GW (July/August) is available now

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In some respects this edition of GW spans the extreme ends of the profession: the mathematical field of geoid modelling and the people focused subject of management.

Readers who give advice to end users of mapping and navigation systems should study carefully the article on new transformations for Great Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Although we're talking millimetres, surprisingly they can make a difference.

For those engaged in any form of land management two articles stand out. We publish in some detail the RICS response to the Government's unpopular privatisation proposals*. Meanwhile, Dr Robin McLaren offers interesting ideas using modern technology to help solve the worldwide problem of land tenure and ownership rights.

We also report in some detail the GEO Business event in London in May and the FIG Working Week in Christchurch New Zealand. More on the latter's technical papers in the next issue plus the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world of Smart and mapping on the move.

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* After we went to press and following a debate in Parliament it is looking increasingly likely that plans to privatise the Land Registry will be abandoned. MPs from both sides of the House of Commons expressed concerns and urged the Government to withdraw their proposals.

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INTERGEO: Smart City

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By taking “Smart City” as a key topic, INTERGEO 2016 is focussing on a multi-faceted issue that will shape the future. The preview of the leading international event for the geospatial community in Hamburg was attended by renowned experts from industry, science and public authorities. During their discussions, all were agreed that cities must and will become more intelligent – not because that is a natural consequence of digitalisation, but because it benefits society. Intelligent geodata is a crucial prerequisite for any such development.

In April 2016, the patron of INTERGEO, the DVW German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management, gathered together experts from the worlds of business, public authorities and science to talk about this year’s key topic – “Smart City”. The event, which was held at Hamburg’s Agency for Geoinformation and Surveying, centred on issues such as what an intelligent, digital city might look like and what role geoinformation would play as cities and metropolitan regions become “smart”.

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BIM and CDM 2015 regulations examined at HBIM workshop

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The University of Salford recently played host to the Level 2 BIM and Emerging Technologies: Heritage & Transportation Infrastructure conference. The HBIM (Heritage and Highways BIM) workshop was structured around Building Information Modelling, Visualization Technologies, Augmented Reality, GIS and Laser Scanning technologies and Big Data in Smart City Context.

The workshop examined how the use of BIM can be expanded beyond its current role, such as heritage and highways maintenance with the help of emerging technologies. One of the topics covered was how Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) and Health and Safety objectives can be incorporated within the BIM process.

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Is BIM creating scope overlap in the M&E industry?

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The successful control of BIM models between consultants and contractors in the MEP (M&E) industry continues to be a challenge, and the question of ‘who does what’ has re-emerged now that parametric 3D model-based building services design and coordination processes are becoming more prominent.

Some of the benefits of BIM include: greater relationships among stakeholders, less constructability issues on-site, enhanced design performance and cost efficiency. To apply BIM, scope definition and delivery must be managed effectively, along with the collaboration between MEP (M&E) consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and shop fabricators. Despite its benefits, BIM can create scope overlap between these consultants, contractors and others involved, meaning the project could incur costs and even delays.

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The Next AGI ECN Webinar

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We’re delighted that Steven Feldman will be our speaker for the next AGI Early Careers Network Webinar at 13:00 on 12th April, 2016. Steven is a GI industry thought leader, strategic consultant, investor, advisor and mentor to technology startups.

Always with a frank and refreshing take on things, Steven will give his views on the current and future GIS landscape and implications for Early Career Professionals. However, this webinar is primarily a Q & A session and will be a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of one the UK’s leading professionals. So please register for the event by clicking here and get your questions in quickly!

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Agenda announced for Esri UK AC 2016

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With a fantastic line up of technical presentations, customer speakers and free hands-on training workshops, the 2016 Esri UK Annual Conference should not be missed.

When: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Where: QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE


3D Laser Mapping continues to lead the way with Mobile Mapping

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It's hard to believe that Mobile Mapping Systems (MMS) have been on the market for over a decade. 3D Laser Mapping was one of the first companies to create a revolutionary approach to Mobile Mapping with their release of StreetMapper in 2004. Back then, the first StreetMapper system used three RIEGL Q120 scanners and a Q140 laser scanner.

The system was originally designed following a request from a major UK utility company to provide a solution that could measure the height of electricity wires above the road. Accuracy was their main priority.


UCL & AGI GIS Careers event 7th March 2016

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Interested in maps and mapping, and want to know more about the power of location?  How knowing where and when things happen can solve problems and change the world?

Why not sign up for the free UCL/AGI Geographical Information Science Careers Event on the 7th March from 3pm – 7pm?