GIS Update 2018

 GIS Update 2018

I attended GIS Update at The Institute of Geography st Edinburgh University last Friday. This is a closed conference that takes place each year for students at the univeristy taking the M.Sc in GIS (and its derivatives) and former students of the class. It’s a great chance to meet up with former classmates and to meet and network with newer and older students.  My 2016 class had strong representation, with Nathan, Kathryn, Franco, Sean and of course Trevor attending.

I love visiting Edinburgh, I don’t do it nearly enough now, especially when the city is blanketed in sun. Walking back to Waverley Station I could feel how alive the city was with Friday night partygoers coming out and the international accents hanging in the air around me. The city bustled In an eclectic mix of students, locals and tourists.

The day long conference got underway with an interesting talk from Zhiqiang Feng who has been studying the effect of bicycle facilities on cycling to work in the Edinburgh area. There was an interesting correlation between areas of deprivation containing the lowest percentage of people cycling to work. This was followed by William Mackiness asking “Who the hell needs tranquility?”, using social media as a measure. 

Nathan Fenney’s presentation on capturing Britain’s Antarctic heritage in 3D captured my imagination, the British Antarctic Survey are digitising many of the old stations in Antarctica in 3D point clouds to give to architects to help reconstruct them to their former glory. All done through digital photographs, UAV’s and some very smart software.   

I also particularly enjoyed Charlie Moriarty’s presentation regarding the company that he is currently working For, Bird.i, it was particularly interesting as it is startup company from Glasgow that cleans up and provides access to satellite data. 

After the open panel we retired to The Pear Tree for a well deserved drink and further discussion over the days presentation. 

I missed last years GIS Update so it was really good to be able to go to this years.