Newsline Summer 2017 | Lidar/Geoforum
Aerial Digimap now includes Lidar Digimap
We are pleased to announce the addition of Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) data to the Aerial Digimap collection. The content was enabled for preview throughout June and July and was widely used across dozens of universities accessing Digimap during the period.
We have now reached the end of the Lidar Digimap preview and hope that everyone who has used the service has found it a great way to access the Lidar data available. From now on the service will continue to be available to Digimap Users whose institution subscribes to the Aerial Digimap service.
Aerial Digimap subscription prices have not been increased for the 17/18 academic year, even with the addition of Lidar Digimap. We will also be adding further datasets to Lidar Digimap over the next 12 months, these include Additional Point Cloud datasets ideal for use in CAD software for creating 3D models like the one of the Forth Rail Bridge.
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This year’s GeoForum, held in the Geological Society of London on the 22nd of June, was a very successful event for all those who attended. Academics and support staff from subscribing institutions got to meet representatives from the Digimap team and experts from our data suppliers and the wider geospatial community.
In the morning we heard from John Murray of Fusion Data Science, who explained some of the complexities involved in using Lidar data for extracting meaningful information to address real world scenarios. Following John was Clare Rowland from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) who produce the Land-Cover Map datasets. Clare was heavily involved in the production of the latest version of the Land-Cover Map (LCM 2015) which is now in Environment Digimap.Clare highlighted some interesting uses for the data including analysis of how land cover changes are affecting the numbers of bees.
EDINA’s Emma Diffley then highlighted the achievements over the past year and the plans for improvements to Digimap in the next 12 months. The major work being undertaken by the team at the moment is a rewrite of all Roam clients to bring them up to date with the latest technology available.
EDINA’s Emma Diffley then highlighted the achievements over the past year and the plans for improvements to Digimap in the next 12 months. The major work being undertaken by the team at the moment is a rewrite of all Roam clients to bring them up to date with the latest technology available. In the afternoon we held a feedback session where all the delegates had their chance to let us know how they feel Digimap is performing and what else they would like to see included in the service. The results of this exercise can be found on the Digimap Blog: http://bit.ly/Geoforum2017. This was then followed by a presentation and demonstration by EDINA’s Ian Holmes on how to use the data from Digimap in various software packages to create 3D models. He showed us Digimap data in ArcGIS Pro, QGIS with the QGIS2Threejs plugin, and AutoDESK Infraworks.
Finally, EDINA’s new director Janet Roberts closed the day with a strong message about improving the Digimap service for the academic community and the importance of feedback sessions to help guide this process. Janet also reiterated the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to the Digimap service and making further developments beyond the core offering to better meet the sector’s needs.