Collisions with ships are one of the most common causes of death or injury for cetaceans.  The likelihood of collisions occurring will increase as the world’s reliance on ship-based transportation of goods and people increases.  Over 180,000 vessels are on the water at any given point in time (the ones that are complying with reporting regulations) according to the marine traffic web site.

I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural UN World Geospatial Information Congress earlier in November, along with new SV staff member, Zaffar Mohamed-Ghouse. I was there as a representative of both Spatial Vision and in my capacity of a Director of SIBA|GITA.  Zaffar likewise was representing SV’s new Strategic Consulting area, and in his capacity as a President of SSSI.

At Spatial Vision, we adopted an agile approach to the design and delivery of client projects many years ago. The sprint cycle provides regular opportunities to assess the direction of a project throughout the development lifecycle. We find this approach increases customer satisfaction as they see rapid, continuous delivery of demonstrable outputs. Furthermore, customers, developers and testers constantly interact enabling better collaboration and continuous attention to technical excellence and good design. 

As a certified GIS professional I am often asked what the letters “GISP” refer to at the end of my title.  My explanation is usually along the lines of “It means I am a certified professional, in my case a Geospatial Information System Professional” and “It also means I am accredited by an independent third-party certification body based in the US but recognised globally.”  But the response I receive back can be varied, as they seem somewhat confused as they enquire; but what does that mean and why is it important? 

SV Maps is a mapping company owned by Spatial Vision. We design, create and publish a range of award-winning and innovative digital and hard copy maps to assist people plan their adventures or next holiday. Darren Edwards, founder of Trail Hiking Australia, gave us some of his top overnight hikes which are easily accessible from Melbourne

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Geocart’2018 conference held in Wellington, New Zealand. Geocart is a bi-annual conference jointly organized by the New Zealand Cartographic Society and the Australian & New Zealand Map Society (ANZmaps).

The proposed development of the Suburban Rail Loop (or rather horseshoe) promises to provide much-needed rail connections between Melbourne’s radial rail network. One of the proposed nodes Box Hill is already pointing the way with respect to major residential development as a leading metropolitan activity centre.

Kepler allows users to easily present their data in a few simple clicks and can produce more advanced looking representations for those willing to use other software. During my time with Kepler I became aware of the stark difference between a data visualisation tool and a fully fledged GIS software platform.

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