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Simulation 101: a primer for decision-makers

Posted by Davina Jackson on 15 Feb 2014

Australian professionals are being offered one-day courses on the basics of simulating scenarios and situations. Introduction to Simulation in Australasia (Simulation 101) will clarify the escalating needs, uses and potentials of computer models and simulations across a whide range of industries. It will explain basic concepts that are critical for simulation practitioners and analysts – including fidelity and resolution of images and models, standards and specifications, simulations of Read More

Origins of Virtual ANZ: a flashback

Posted by Davina Jackson on 15 Feb 2014

How did the Virtual Australia vision begin? The earliest published document using the term 'Virtual Australia' (VA) appears to have been an April 2005 presentation by University of Melbourne geomatics academics Abbas Rajabifard, Andrew Binns and Ian Williamson to the Cairo conference of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association. It was titled Development of a Virtual Australia Utilising an SDI Enabled Platform. From June to December 2005, a small group of Victorian public servants Read More

NSW Govt launches NSW Globe

Posted by Davina Jackson on 4 Feb 2014

During the Second World War, a camera-equipped plane flew over greater Sydney to create a montage of aerial photographs of the metropolitan area. Commissioned by the then NSW Department of Main Roads, these 1943 images are now being published, with contemporary aerial photos of exactly the same areas, as part of the NSW Government's new system for public access to land information, visualised via the satellite imagery of Google Earth. NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Andrew Read More

Socially useful geotech on the slate for GeoNext

Posted by Davina Jackson on 23 Jan 2014

Twittering from disasters, wearable geotechnologies and real-time publishing of public transport information: these are key topics at this year's GeoNext event in Sydney 26 February 2014. After three successful previous seminars at the Australian Technology Park (ATP), the GeoNext event seems to be solidifying as the first regular gathering on the annual calendar of Australia's geospatial industry (see footnote). Organisers Interpoint Events (with media partners Position and Spatial Source) Read More

Gravity gone awry: New AU-DE maps show free-fall skews

Posted by Davina Jackson on 22 Dec 2013

Perth and Munich satellite science researchers have produced the world's first high-resolution global maps of discrepancies in the Earth's gravity field. The new maps highlight unexpectedly large variations of free-fall gravity in different parts of the world – with the smallest discrepancies seen on a summit in the South American Andes and the largest near the North Pole. Strongly positive anomalies (eg. Papua New Guinea) are shown on the maps in red and strongly negative anomalies (eg. Read More

3D datasets on the NSW ePlanning horizon

Posted by Davina Jackson on 18 Dec 2013

New South Wales' Department of Planning and Infrastructure is developing new technical systems to support public online access to more 3D modelling of urban information. Its Director of ePlanning, John Hudson, aims to host workshops with local government IT leaders early in 2014. The department has commissioned research from Brisbane-based geospatial urbanist, Richard Simpson, who is CEO of the Spatial Industries Business Association and chair of an international working party on digital cities.     Read More