News on all things surveying and mapping for Asia and the Pacific.

Vol. 10, Issue 31, August 20, 2015

Maharashtra to Map 40,000 Villages
The Maharashtra state government has launched a mapping project using satellite imagery and ground surveys to map 40,000 villages with the aim to reduce land disputes. 
India Prepares to Map the Ganga River
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) aims to map the river to detail flood plains, pollution and planning encroachments. The river travels through five states in India from its source at the Gangotri glacier to the Bay of Bengal.
Palawan, Philippines Receives Flood Hazard Maps
The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) turned over the copy of the province’s digital terrain model, digital surface model and orthophotography to the Palawan and Puerto Princesa government.
U.S. Software Integrator Fuels Australian Utility Automation
It was announced today that Woolpert with support from gViz has implemented Cityworks, an asset and work management solution, for ActewAGL Distribution (AAD). 
Real Earth Partners with Velodyne to Lower Cost of Entry for Creating High Res LiDAR Maps
In a move aimed at stimulating the growth of new mapping applications, Real Earth ( has partnered with Velodyne LiDAR to lower the cost of entry for creation of high-resolution maps.
Hexagon Geospatial Automates Property Change Assessments in ERDAS IMAGINE
Hexagon Geospatial is pleased to announce it has filed a patent for a new, fully automated Image Change Detection technique in ERDAS IMAGINE that is ideal for property change assessments. 
China’s Alibaba Teams with State-owned Arms Maker to Develop Positioning Services
E-commerce giant Alibaba is bent on developing the country’s home-grown global positioning system for corporations and developers as China continues to wean itself off its dependence on GPS.
Protection of Angkor Wat Assisted by China’s ‘Sky Eyes’
China's eyes in the sky are providing a new level of protection for the ruins of Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the magnificent temple of the Khmer Empire, which faces inundation by tourists and environmental dangers. 
Video Newscast
The V1 Video team interviewed Matt van Doorn, Product Manager in Trimble’s Geospatial Division, at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego. We spoke about the rugged requirements of a professional device vs. a smartphone for field data collection. 
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