January 3, 2018
Le 3 janvier 2018
In the Media / Dans les médias
Presidential Order Boon for Surveyors?
President Donald Trump signed a presidential executive order on Dec. 20, 2017 which could benefit the private-sector geospatial community.
POB Point of Beginning
President Donald Trump signed a presidential executive order on Dec. 20, 2017 which could benefit the private-sector geospatial community. It all depends on how the order is implemented. Read more
VIDEO: Researchers rely on drones to survey aftermath of B.C. wildfires
UBC researchers are using aerial drones to study the historic 2017 wildfires in the province
Drones are the latest tools to be used in the study of the 2017 wildfires in B.C.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia are using the technology for various forestry applications, including fire burn assessment, said Nicholas Coops, Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing and professor in forest resources management at UBC. Read more
Young surveyors sought for FIG Congress grants
Spatial Source
Young surveyors looking to attend the 2018 Federation of International Surveyors Congress in Istanbul are eligible for a grant to cover all of their costs under a grant offered by the FIG Foundation. Read more
Court rules Toronto Real Estate Board must make detailed home prices public
Last April, the Competition Tribunal ruled the Toronto Real Estate Board prevented competition, stifled digital innovation by prohibiting its realtor members from posting sales data online. Read more
Who Owns Your Monuments?
The American Surveyor
Since the fabled rope pullers in Egypt laid out parcels of land alongside the Nile River, to modern Land Surveyors with GPS marking out boundary lines, surveyors have been placing markers in the ground for centuries.
When a private Land Surveyor creates a subdivision map and sets lot corners and the lots are sold, who owns those monuments? If in the street, perhaps the city or county but, if in the back yard, who owns those? When a Land Surveyor is hired to reestablish a boundary line and sets monuments, who owns them?....A recent case in California sheds some light on this topic, although in ways no one expected.  Read more
Real Estate
TITLE - Boundaries - Determination - By description in deed or Crown grant - Use of documents - Township surveys - Resolving ambiguous legal descriptions
The Lawyer's Daily
Appeal by the Weavers from a trial judgment establishing a property boundary line. The appellants and the respondent, Williams, owned adjacent lakeshore lots. A dispute arose regarding placement of a retaining wall. Read more
The battle against homeowners who illegally expand into public parkland
From trees being chopped down to fences being put up, Halifax regional councillors can point to many examples
CBC News | Nova Scotia
A municipal councillor wants to draw a proverbial line in the sand and is calling for tougher rules to discourage homeowners in the Halifax region from encroaching on public green space.
From trees being chopped down to fences being put up, Bill Karsten and his council colleagues can point to numerous examples of private properties being expanded into public areas, especially around lakes. Read more
Revelstoke’s gone downhill ever since …
Can we really find common ground on which to build a prosperous community?
Revelstoke Mountaineer
For the most part, the 19th century was a peaceful period in which development was slow. Provincial Surveyor AS Farwell had an approved land grant of 1,175 acres and had grand plans to build the modest settlement of Farwell into an economic hub of the west. However, when the Canadian Pacific Railway rolled into town and located their new yard just a few kilometres to the east and named it Revelstoke, businesses followed and Farwell’s plans were dashed. Despite his legal challenges and numerous rants on Ye Olde Stoke List (which was just calligraphy on a tree back then) Farwell was told to get Revelstuffed and he became the first local to gripe about CP Rail. Read more
International News / Informations internationales
Yes we can
Measuring the height of Everest is a tall order, but Nepal has the expertise to do it
The Kathmandu Post
The Survey Department has planned to measure the height of Mt Everest to settle doubts that the world’s tallest peak may have become shorter as a result of the vicious 2015 earthquake. Surveyors from many countries have calculated the altitude several times in the past and come up with different figures. In 2005, a Chinese team measured the height at 8,844 metres while in 1999, US experts computed it at 8,850 metres. The height of Everest was first calculated in 1852 by British India surveyors who declared the summit to be 8,840 metres high. The most used figure of 8,848 metres was determined by Indian surveyors in 1954. Read more
Le Népal va mesurer l’Everest, deux ans après le séisme
Le Devoir
Katmandou — Le Népal va mesurer le Mont Everest afin de vérifier si l’altitude du plus haut sommet du monde a été affectée par un puissant tremblement de terre qui a secoué le pays en 2015, a annoncé le gouvernement vendredi. Lire plus
England to be mapped with 3D LiDAR scanners to tackle flooding
Geospatial World
England: Planning to tackle flooding, and track illegal waste dumps in England, LiDAR mapping will be conducted in all of England, announced Environment Agency. Aircraft equipped with laser scanners will map all 130,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) of the country in 3D, including rivers, fields and national parks, by 2020. Read more
Of trigonometry and towers — and two centuries of history
The Hindu
Often believed by locals and passersby to be abandoned churches or lighthouses, these lofty towers built of fired bricks can be spotted in and around Kolkata.
Not many are aware that these structures, rising 20 m above the ground, were built to undertake one of the greatest surveys in the 19th century — the Great Trigonometrical Survey (GTS) — aimed at measuring the entire terrain of the Indian subcontinent and the great Himalayan mountain peaks including Mount Everest. Read more
Long March 2D sends China’s second Land Surveying Satellite to orbit
Spaceflight Insider
China launched into space its second Land Surveying Satellite (LKW-2) on Saturday, December 23, 2017, atop a Long March 2D booster. Read more
Tech News / Nouvelles techno
LiDAR surveying is making inroads into asset management
World Highways
In the coming age of the autonomous vehicle, fast and accurate LiDAR surveying will be increasingly important, explains Valdis Vanags
The game-changing introduction of autonomous vehicles relies not only on intelligent traffic systems but well maintained roads to help computer-guided systems navigate using road markings. Laser scanning technology, too, is a game changer when it comes to planning and executing many civil engineering projects, including transport network upgrades and smart city initiatives. Read more
Un système anti-drones testé à l'aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget
les affaires
Un système pour détecter les drones à plus de 5 km a été installé en test sur l'aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget, durant le salon international de l'aéronautique, qui se tient de lundi jusqu'à dimanche, a annoncé vendredi Groupe ADP.
Ce dispositif, appelé Hologarde a été conçu par le Groupe ADP, gestionnaire des aéroports parisiens, et DSNA Services, filiale fondée par la DGAC (Direction générale de l'aviation civile), selon un communiqué de Groupe ADP.
Hologarde intègre «trois technologies (radar, radiofréquence et vidéo HD) au sein d'un centre de commande unique» et «permet de détecter tous les types de drones à plus de 5 kilomètres», a précisé ADP. Lire plus
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