Sunday, August 16, 2015

New U_Lecture on Platform 3DNL September 16

This autumn series of U_Lectures are hosted by our member UNIGIS Amsterdam in cooperation with several industry partners. Don't miss this opportunity and register now for the U_Lecture on Platform 3DNL with industry experts Jantien Stoter (TU Delft), Rob van de Velde (Geonovum) and Henk Scholten (Geodan/VU University Amsterdam).

Date: Wednesday September 16
Time: 5-6 pm (CEST)

U_Lecture 3DNL

Due to increasing complexity of spatial processes, decisions about the public space are becoming harder. Accurate and real-time 3D information is necessary to support effective and transparent decision making. Platform 3DNL is seeking to establish a national 3D Geo-Information Infrastructure in the Netherlands. The initiators, Jantien Stoter (TU Delft, academia), Rob van de Velde (Geonovum, public sector) and Henk Scholten (Geodan, private sector) will reflect on their vision and work plan and explain why so many government agencies, companies and universities have committed their participation in the Platform. What are the challenges and opportunities in successfully implementing 3DNL and how will it strengthen the international position of the Netherlands.


Jantien Stoter is full professor in Spatial Data Infrastructure, at the Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment and leading the 3D GeoInformation group at the Department of Urbanism at TU Delft. She is also researcher at the Kadaster and Geonovum, chair of the EuroSDR Commission “Data Specifications” and leader of the national 3D SIG (Special Interest Group) as well as of the EuroSDR 3D SIG.

Rob van de Velde is Director of Geonovum and Board Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium. Geonovum is responsible in The Netherlands for making public sector geo-information widely accessible and develops and maintains the required standards. For the development and maintenance of a national Geo-Information Infrastructure, Geonovum connects policy and practice.

Henk Scholten is founder and CEO of Geodan, one of the largest European companies specialised in Geo-IT. He is also Full Professor in Spatial Informatics at the Department of Spatial Economics, at the VU University Amsterdam, Director of UNIGIS Amsterdam and co-founder of UNIGIS International.

Monday, July 27, 2015

UNIGIS Sub Saharan African Student offered lucrative bursary

Ms Marthie Schoeman, UNIGIS Sub Saharan Africa student has been awarded a coveted bursary by EE Publishers South Africa to attend this year’s Geomatics Indaba in South Africa, all expenses paid. 

EE Publishers have a particular focus on the electrical, electronics, measurement, automation, control, computer, information, geo-informatics and communication technology sectors of Southern Africa. UNIGIS wishes Marthie a wonderful trip to Ekurhuleni and we hope she learns a lot!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Congratulations to UNIGIS Southern Africa Student!

Congratulations to Ms Gudani Mammba from UNIGIS Sub Saharan Africa! She has been awarded a bursary by GISSA, The GI Society for Southern Africa to attend the Geomatics Indaba 2015 from 11-13 August at the Emperor's Palace, Ekhuruleni. This is a major Geomatics industry event and is jointly organised and hosted by SAGI, IMSSA, and GISSA in collaboration with EE Publihers.

As a service to the GIS community GISSA decided to sponsor 5 deserving Geoinformatics University Students to attend the conference. The sponsorship will entail payment by GISSA of the conference fees and travel and accommodation costs.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Trimble providing software support to UNIGIS students

Trimble's Hans-J├╝rgen Gebauer and
Prof  Josef Strobl signing agreement

Today at the GI_Forum conference in Salzburg, Trimble Navigation Limited and UNIGIS International concluded an agreement offering complimentary licenses to all registered UNIGIS distance learning students worldwide. Under the terms of this agreement, students have free access to eCognition, INPHO, UAS Master, Pathfinder Office, SketchUp Pro and further software technologies for their study assignments and thesis development.

Though best known for GPS technology, Trimble integrates a wide range of positioning technologies including GPS, laser, optical and inertial technologies with application software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete commercial solutions. Its integrated solutions allow customers to collect, manage and analyze complex information faster and easier, making them more productive, efficient and profitable.

The UNIGIS International Association is the world’s premier distance education initiative offering masters and postgraduate diploma / certificate programs in Geographical Information Science and Systems. As a global network of higher education institutions UNIGIS is dedicated to enhancing the competence of GIS professionals worldwide.

Academic Excellence Prize awarded at GI_Forum

Heidi El Hosaini (UNIGIS Manchester) had been named the winner of the annual worldwide UNIGIS Master Thesis competition in October 2014 for her dissertation titled "Locating and positioning solar panels in a 3D city model – a case study of Newcastle".  This thesis was developed with sponsorship from the UK Ordnance Survey.

The prize carried an invitation to the GI_Forum Salzburg, where she published and presented her work in a well received talk in the main conference program, and received the 'trophy' and an award certificate. The winner says: "My dissertation demonstrates potential applications and techniques using Ordnance Survey’s 3D dataset. These could be further explored, expanded on a larger scale, and/or researched with respect to their potential business value. In this case, potential customers would include solar panel companies and installers, urban planners, householders and other decision-makers in the solar energy industry."

Accepting award from UNIGIS Chair Prof Josef Strobl
Mrs El Hosaini's studies were completed as part of her Geographical Information Systems MSc programme within the UNIGIS postgraduate, online distance-learning framework that is jointly run by the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Dr Mike Wood, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management and Salford Programme Leader for the UNIGIS programmes, said: “We are delighted with Heidi’s success. Her thesis was truly exceptional and for her to receive such international recognition is fantastic."