Check out our paper in the october issue of the french GIS newsletter "Decryptageo" (formerly SIG
La Lettre) on new trends in very high resolution imagery, following the Euroconsult Earth Observation Summit held in Paris last September.
To celebrate and assess 10 years of oil exploitation in Chad, two conferences were organized in N'Djamena (Chad) around October 10th, 2013.
The Ministry of Energy and Oil of Chad held the Chad International Oil, Mining and Energy conference (CIOME 2013) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Center from Oct 8th to 11th. Géo212 gave a presentation in the "Environmental Protection and Natural Resources" session of the congress.
The local NGO's, led by GRAMP-TC, held another summit at the CEFOD conference center, dedicated to the benefits and pitfalls of O&G exploitation for local populations in south western Chad. On October 10th, Geo212 presented its work on the Chinese CNPC environmental disaster which occured in August 2013.
The paper we proposed with Astrium Geo-Information Services on the assesment of Spot 6 data for the constitution and update of African Spatial Data Infrastructure will be presented at the International Cartographic Conference in Dresden in late August.
The complete paper is available for download right here.
Check out our paper in the march issue of the french GIS newsletter "SIG La Lettre" on the geospatial legacy of the Olympic Games in London. It summarrizes a research our team did for 4 years trying to analyse the most interesting geospatial aspects of this gigantic project and to take a few lessons we could apply to our daily Defense & Intelligence and Oil & Gas activities.
On November 22nd, attention was brought to the fate of a mysterious island located on various maps and virtual globes between Australia and New Caledonia. Recent explorations by the Australian Hydrographic Office showed that in fact this Pacific Ocean Island did not exist.
As often, our team was asked by various media to provide satellite imagery "proofs". We did so, but emphasizing that it was fairly often that openly available low scale data base like WVS, DCW or VMAP1 were full of shit, because of their production process and the genealogy of the original sources.
We summarized our analysis in the following figure :
Except that if you do not know the complete impact of all the information included in the metadata, you are in deep trouble. In this particular Sandy Island exemple, if you do not know what is DLMB (a geospatial file for AWACS radar surveillance planes) and how it was produced (especially in remote pacific areas), you cannot imagine that the information included in the World Vector Shoreline that Michelin, Google Earth or Bing use, comes directly from Pepe Boyington and Captain Hook. Fortunately, we did produce DLMB for the french AWACS in the 90's and we remember how we specified the production on Mediterranean or West Indies Islands.