The National Hydrology Project (NHP) was taken up by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, RD & GR, Govt. of India to improve the extent and accessibility of water resources information and strengthen institutional capacity to enable improved water resources planning and management across India. The focus was on establishing a sound hydrological database and information system and scientific tools for effective planning and management of water resources within each implementing agency.
Last week 14 people in Mumbai died from an apparent heatstroke while attending an open-air event. This is possibly the biggest ever death toll related to heatwaves in a single instance. It brings back the spotlight on the potential risk of heatwaves whose frequency and intensity are expected to increase because of climate change.
NUVIEW, an Earth observation company focused on geospatial technology, announced investor support from actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio who joined the consortium of investors, led by MaC Venture Capital, along with Broom Ventures, Cortado, Florida Funders, Industrious, Liquid2, and Veto Capital to help build the world’s first commercial LiDAR, light detection and ranging, satellite constellation. NUVIEW seeks to map the Earth’s entire land surface in real 3D for the first time and then repeating it annually.
In a Geospatial World column a year ago, Ingrid Vanden Berghe exposed her ideas on the geo-information brokerage role that she believes mapping agencies are well placed to take on and is being adopted by the National Geographic Institute (NGI), Belgium. This brokering works in two ways – outwards to provide government information publicly and inwards to ensure that government has the data it needs. This year she explained to John Kedar, Contributing Editor, GW, how this transformation is progressing, and in particular how partnerships and solutions are central to being an effective broker.
A new Land Use Analysis Taskforce should be established to support decisions about how land in the UK is used, according to a new report from the Geospatial Commission.
Garuda Aerospace, India’s drone manufacturing company, has secured a substantial order of 400 Agri Kisan Drones from Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO). This achievement takes Garuda Aerospace’s order book tally to 10,000 drones for this year.
Exodigo, a non-intrusive subsurface imaging platform, announced the results of its first project in France and its official entry into the market. Exodigo successfully provided more accurate underground utility maps to reduce utility strike risks for VINCI Construction, a global company in construction, infrastructure, and urban development, and GRDF, the largest gas distributor in France that distributes natural gas to over 11 million customers daily.
Mitsubishi Electric is expanding its production of factory automation (FA) control systems with a second factory in Japan. The company will invest ¥42.5bn (€275m) in the construction of a second production building of 6,000m2 in Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture part of its Nagoya Works campus.
Companies from Singapore are collaborating with United Arab Emirates (UAE) firms to develop smart city pilot projects in Abu Dhabi.
A total of six companies from the Asia-Pacific country, including Mdesign Solutions, Daily Life Renewable Energy, Biodsg and Graymatics, among others, will work on foetus smart city projects while improving security, citizen productivity and municipal operational efficiency.
Rourkela is among India’s oldest planned cities and the third largest urban agglomeration in the eastern state of Odisha after Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack. The city is known for India’s first integrated public sector steel plant, set up in the 1960s with German collaboration and technical expertise.