There is a real hunger for the University to utilise state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to help deliver the future gold standard of academia. Aimee (Scotland's 1st fixed wing urban drone) is promoting the development of an open, transparent 3D world that can visualise and analyse location based information to create real world actions.
Using near infrared, thermal and visible light cameras, our UAS surveying is providing an up-to-date, on demand insight into the University campus. There are numerous spatial applications, such as helping to analyse green spaces (NDVI analysis, for the geogeeks among us), heat and energy efficiency (using thermal analysis) and potential incoming solar radiation, analysing the ultra high res visible light outputs (in SAGA GIS...of course).
More Than Just A Pretty 3D World
In 2015, the idea that everything should be 'smart' is widespread. At GeoGeo, our 'smart' world begins and ends with citizens. When it comes to data (of any kind), citizens don't care whether the information they are looking for is held by public, private or even academic agencies...they just want to access it, and access it on demand (preferably with a smart phone or with the Oculus Rift VR headset they got for Christmas).
Creating a ultra high resolution, mirror world representation is a key first step. Create the world; enable data providers to join (or rather 'feed') in and witness the joys of having all information together as part of 'one geography'.
The University of Glasgow is no different; with it's ambitious plans for expansion and move towards low carbon and smart energy systems, creating a 'smart atlas' provides the foundations from which information from both involved agencies and environmental sensors can be stored, analysed and visualised to a new 'smart'(er?) breed of students...we hope.