Your Canadian Geospatial Briefing for September 16th: Announcement: GeoIgnite 2020; firefighters using satellite imagery; The Future of BIM; UrtheCast Corp. Closes $6.6 Million Financing; MDA to Design, Manufacture Navigation Antennas for Airbus
Announcement: GeoIgnite 2020
June 2019 in Ottawa, ON marked the beginning of a very successful conference, GeoIgnite 2019. Due to the amazing sponsors, exhibitors and delegates, GoGeomatics is coming back with GeoIgnite 2020.
Mark your calendars for June 22-24, 2020 in Ottawa, ON. Make sure to visit the website and sign up for the newsletter to stay up to date on the upcoming event.
By 2024, firefighters will be using satellite imagery to detect forest fires
Climate change is resulting in an increase in forest fires, therefor scientists are obligated to come up with new and innovative ways to fight forest fires.
At the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, a researcher and analyst “is developing a new type of satellite that will monitor and relay information about fires to crews on the ground in real time”.
This new tool will provide accurate data in real time, in comparison to the current tool, which is to gather experts who fly in planes over the regions.
It is estimated that this satellite will be up and running in the next four to five years.
The Future of BIM
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is up and coming and believed that it will impact the way architects think about buildings and design. To some, such as Scott Chatterton, former HDR international BIM integration lead and digital design leader from BIM planning and quality, “Drawing packages will go away eventually. Traditional contract paper delivery doesn’t contain a tenth of the data contained within the Building Information Model.”
Architectural drawings impacted and changed the world, the way the profession is done, and the way we build and design. By utilizing the Internet of Things and the data it generates, we can share, manipulate, use and reuse the date in ways we can’t even imagine!
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UrtheCast Corp. Closes $6.6 Million Financing and Provides a Corporate Update
UrtheCast is a a provider of information-rich products and services. They recently announced that they are closing a $6.6 million deal with Vine Rose Limited. “This will consist of a senior unsecured convertible debenture of $2,979,538… and a senior unsecured non-convertible debenture of $3,620,462. [UrtheCast] will also provide an update on its term loan with its Spanish lender”.
MDA Selected to Design, Manufacture Advanced Navigation Antennas for Airbus Defence and Space
On September 10th 2019, MDA announced that they will “design and manufacture advanced space-based L-band navigation antennas as part of a hosted payload on the MEASAT-3d satellite”. Maxar is a parent company to MDA, and they are scheduled for launch in 2021.
For more information on Maxar, click here.