In my previous articles on GDA2020 I have highlighted some of the considerations that organisations need to have when migrating to the new datum and reasons why Australia is deploying a new datum. These I hope have at least prepared you for what’s about to come.
In March Geoscience Australia released an interim paper
regarding the definition of GDA2020 and its relationships to GDA94 and the International Terrestrial Reference Frame 2014 (ITRF2014) using similarity transformations. This provided the foundation for including the new datum into the Esri suite of products.
Shortly Geoscience Australia will release the full definitions for the GDA2020 datum and the NTv2.0 high resolution grid files for the accurate transformations from GDA94 to GDA2020. In preparation for this Esri Australia, Esri and Geoscience Australia have been working together to have the definitions and transformations available in the ArcGIS software suite. Esri is due to release an update for their ArcGIS 10.5.1 and ArcGIS Pro 2.0 suite of products. We anticipate this to be available mid to late June. These will be the first Esri products to include the GDA2020 definitions and transformations.
In previous blogs, I have spoken about how imagery can be utilised within the ArcGIS Platform and how it can be analysed. Through all this it has been about imagery can be viewed downstream. What about the prepossessing or specialised analysis not through web services? Well this is where ArcGIS Pro comes in.
In 2017 Esri has stated that their goal is for ArcGIS Pro to be functionally equivalent or better than the current toolsets in ArcMap. To this end in ArcGIS Pro 1.4 Esri have included a new core tab, Imagery. Core tabs are always on and accessible unlike layer specific tabs which only appear when an entry is selected in the Table of Contents.
Things have been progressing within the ICSM working group on GDA2020 and I thought I would provide an update as to where we are at:
On the 28th and 29th of November the GDA Implementation Working Group met and released some key communications about the datum. They are as follows: Continue reading
In my last discussion I introduced the topic of the new GDA2020 datum, the reasons behind it and how Esri intends to implement support for this new geodetic datum. Now that the impending initial release of the first set of parameters is due shortly and with the NTv2 grid due before the end of the year, I thought it important, that as an organisation, it is time consider how do you go about planning the move to this new datum.
So your organisation has decided it is time to purchase a drone. Drones are now at a price point where the return on investment is such that an organisation can purchase its own drone, invest in a pilot’s license and have imagery turned around at high resolution for small areas of interest in very short time frames. For many organisations a drone is an ideal supplement for the regular aerial imagery. It provides a mechanism to “see” changes almost as they happen.
At the end of September 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations around drones will be further relaxed. Where essentially, organisations will be able to fly drones under 2kg without the requirement to have an RPA Operators Certificate (ReOC). See the announcement for more details.
An example of such a drone is Esri partner – 3DR – Solo quadcopter. When teamed with a Sony high resolution camera, it provides an ideal solution for those who need to capture imagery and elevation data that supplements their regular aerial surveys.
Esri recently released Drone2Map for ArcGIS. An application designed to take advantage of this new imagery from any platform and turn around usable information products for the whole organisation within a day of capture. As a minimum requirement, Drone2Map simply needs the imagery to be georegistered for X,Y,Z and it will do the rest for you.
Recently in the Australian media there has been a lot of commentary around the impending update to Australia’s primary datum. From GDA94 to GDA2020. It has even made the British media http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36912700.
At Esri Australia this has prompted a lot of questions from clients in regards to the support of the new datum GDA2020 in ArcGIS. Will ArcGIS support GDA2020 and when will ArcGIS support GDA2020?
Before we start to answer these questions I think it is important we understand exactly what the new datum is and why Geoscience Australia is moving towards a new datum.
When the term drone is used it often conjures up images of installations being destroyed by laser guided bombs or unmanned military surveillance aircraft being used to spy on strategic targets. However, the drone of today is more than this. They have come down in price and size. To the extent that we can now purchase a drone or as CASA prefers a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), down at your local electrical store for a reasonable price.
In September CASA is introducing new regulations around the use of RPAS that make it easier for everyone to fly a RPAS. http://bit.ly/1sNxnt4 These consumer type RPAS will become more prevalent not only in the hobbyist field but also in the commercial field.
Esri is strategically placed to take advantage of this growing market. Recently released Drone2Map for ArcGIS (http://www.esri.com/products/drone2map) takes geolocated images from RPAS and creates professional imagery products for visualisation and analysis in ArcGIS.