Overview of world events in the field of geodesy and cartography

  • Great Britain

The State Topographic Service gathers developers to investigate the problem of charging electric vehicles

Developers, data scientists, GIS specialists, engineers, surveyors, entrepreneurs and business leaders will collaborate and share ideas for sustainable innovation. The State Topographic Service of Great Britain has already registered more than 80 participants for its virtual hackathon, which will take place on October 6-7. Teams are encouraged to use geospatial data to drive sustainable innovation, as well as to overcome the obstacles associated with infrastructure planning and the use of electric vehicles across the country.

The participants include representatives of public sector organizations, including government departments and local authorities, as well as private enterprises in the field of telecommunications, insurance and engineering. Several startups, as well as students and teachers will also participate with teams, creating and sharing ideas for innovation.

The State Topographic Service has received a certificate of environmental management system

The State Topographic Service of Great Britain has received a certificate from the British Institute of Standards on the quality of its environmental management system. This accreditation attests to the organization's activities in the field of environmental protection and harm reduction, pollution or emergency situations. Compliance with standards helps to prevent adverse effects of materials and resources used in daily activities, improves environmental performance and reduces environmental impact.

The accreditation confirms that the actions that the GTS has already taken are a key component in decision-making.

  • Australia

"Ginan" will show the way to positioning Australia

A new location software developed by Geosciences Australia will be named after the star who helped the first Australians travel across the continent. Ginan is the first open source software developed in Australia that provides real-time adjustments of the positioning signals of all constellations of the Global Navigation Satellite System. This initiative is part of the Positioning Australia program, which improves the accuracy of geolocation data across the country, bringing them from meters to centimeters. After commissioning, Ginan will increase the accuracy of location data from 10 meters to 3-5 centimeters for users with Internet access and mobile connection. This will provide all users and customers with reliable positioning.

  • Brazil

The Institute of Geography and Statistics releases a database that improves the hydrographic representation of Brazil

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics produces two products in partnership with the National Water Resources Agency: the Brazilian River Basin database and the database of the National Hydrographic Department, which are compatible with a scale of 1:250,000.

The database of the National Hydrographic Department unites 12 hydrographic regions of the country, 54 mesoregions and 302 microdistricts, taking into account not only the natural boundaries of river basins, but also water resources management, water use and occupation of the territory. The Brazilian River Basin Database covers 5,353 river basins in Brazil, representing the natural terrain boundaries that determine the flow of rainwater into the ocean. The methodological recommendations used for the preparation of these databases are contained in a series of methodological reports entitled "River basins and hydrographic areas of Brazil".

  • Germany

Updated data for German air traffic control airspace

The data set for the airspace of the German Air Traffic Control Service contains areas of airspace over Germany and some neighboring areas. The airspace over Germany is completely fixed. For France and Switzerland, only border areas are shown. The data source is the German Air Traffic Control. The data was updated on 03.2021.

Gravimetric data of aerogravimetry are published

The gravimetric data of aerogravimetry were recorded using aerogravimetric measurements in 2006-2008 over the Northern and Baltic Seas of Germany and Denmark. The data set contains the results of flights that were carried out jointly by the Danish National Space Center and the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy of Germany to measure the gravitational field of the Earth in the north of Germany, Denmark and the Baltic Sea. The data is available for each profile and contains absolute values of gravity at points determined using differential GPS by geographical longitude, latitude and altitude. In addition, heights are provided "above sea level" (implemented using the geoid model), which, within the accuracy of measurement, correspond to normal heights in the European altitude reference system or the official German spatial reference.

  • Argentina

New digital terrain model of Argentina

As part of the mission of the National Geographic Institute of Argentina to disseminate accurate and timely geographical information necessary for the comprehensive development of the country, a new digital terrain model called "MDE-Ar v2.1" is available to all users, which covers the entire continental territory of the country with a spatial resolution of 30 meters and has a vertical accuracy of approximately 2 meters. During the development of the new model, the process of creating a National Vertical Reference System (SRVN16) as an altimetric reference point and filtering for reassigning pixel height values beyond the threshold value was carried out. The final verification process was carried out using more than 20,000 points evenly distributed throughout the country.

The publication "MDE-Ar v2.1" is a great contribution to the creation of national cartography, support for construction and hydraulic works, planning and land use, hydrocarbon exploration and applied research in the field of Earth sciences.

  • Japan

8 new maps of active faults have been released

The Geospatial Information Office of Japan has prepared information on the detailed location of active faults and the distribution of the corresponding topography of the main active fault zones throughout the country and published it on a scale of 1:25,000. Active fault maps are created by interpretation using stereoscopic images created from aerial photographs and detailed altitude data, and display detailed positions of active faults and the direction of their displacement. Such maps are used as the main material for a long-term assessment by the Government Headquarters for the Promotion of Earthquake Research, also as material for measures to prevent natural disasters and mitigate their consequences, as well as for the proper development of the region, drawing up regional disaster prevention plans and creating a map of hazardous areas implemented by local governments.

According to the materials: Roscartography

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