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Introduction to 3D GIS and BIM 2017

Flux Seed by Steve Jurvetson

Flux Seed by Steve Jurvetson

Kelvin Wong of UCL is organising an Introduction to 3D GIS and BIM. This free event promises to be a great introduction to the subject and as of today (09/01/2017) there are only three places remaining so book pronto!

The day will be split into two parts. The morning session will focus on 3D GIS, starting with a short lecture introducing the topic, followed by an overview of current research trends in 3D GIS. This will be followed by a practical session where you’ll learn how to create a 3D City Model using FME software, and visualise this model in Esri’s ArcScene.

The afternoon session will commence with a short introduction to Building Information Modelling and how it is similar to, and different from, 3D GIS. This will be followed by a second lecture on approaches to integrating BIM and GIS. You’ll be given an opportunity to undertake a small BIM/GIS integration task using software including Autodesk Revit, FME and ArcScene, and at the end of the day, you’ll have integrated the 3D City Model from the morning session with the BIM data from the afternoon session.

The event is free to attend. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis (20 in total – you will be waitlisted if you are not allocated a place). You are expected to have some GIS experience (e.g. using ESRI tools) to participate and will have an interest in both GIS and BIM.

TACOS: 21st Century Geospatial #HistEnv Data Management

TACOS – the event

On 14 May 2014 the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) hosted a one day seminar on behalf of FISH and HEIRNET at the University of York to discuss common issues facing the historic environment information sector and make progress towards a shared vision and agenda for historic environment information management.

The TACOS keynotes, discussions and demonstrations will build upon a ‘show and tell’ event (the NACHOS seminar) held at the British Museum in November 2012, which identified the need for integration of information sources in support of the National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP). The seminar will investigate current historic environment information management practices and identify areas for improvement through cross-sector collaboration.


5 Taco plate by ulterior epicure


The key aims of the seminar were to:

  • Encourage discussion between different groups that produce and manage historic environment information from across the sector (professional, research and voluntary to identify common goals and issues
  • Develop information sharing networks and working partnerships across the sector to pool resources in the areas of skills development and application of information technology

There’s more info on the event (aims, topics, etc) here. Continue reading


Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

On Thursday 24th April, I gave a presentation on my PhD research project (GSTAR) to the 2014 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference, Paris, France. The presentation formed part of the session S07 Ontologies and standards for improving interoperability of archaeological data: from models towards practical experiences in various contexts organised by Anne-Violaine Szabados, Katell Briatte, Maria Emilia Masci, and Christophe Tufféry. Reinhard Foertsch and Sebastian Rahtz chaired the session.

Some notes on the session can be found here. Continue reading

Towards a Collaborative Strategy for sector information management (TACOS)

5 Taco plate by ulterior epicure


I’ll be talking about geospatial topics relating to historic environment information management at this seminar on 14th May.  Another classic title for the event, following up on the successful NACHOS seminar. Watch this space for details of the forthcoming Burritos workshop… Continue reading

When Prehistoric Farming Begins: Kingsmead Quarry, Horton

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Archaeological excavations in a quarry

Whilst working for Wessex Archaeology, I was privileged to play a minor part in a project which, over the course of numerous seasons of excavation, has proven to be rather exciting. Under the careful management of Gareth Chaffey and Alistair Barclay supported by a broad team of field archaeologists and other specialists, the site at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton (Berks) has given plenty of evidence for life over the last 12,000 years since the last ice age, particularly for Neolithic through to Bronze Age activities. Continue reading

Digital Past 2014

Laser scanning

Laser scanning a historic building

The call for papers is now out for the Digital Past 2014 conference, now in its sixth year. Time really has flown since I was privileged to speak at the first conference back in 2009 and the conference has grown in strength year on year. The main themes this time are Technical Survey and Deliverables, two excellent subject areas. Continue reading

GIS training opportunity: Lancaster Summer School in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Following on from their previous successful events (see here and here), the good folks in the Spatial Humanities team at Lancaster University are organising a GIS course as part of a broader summer school in digital methods. Continue reading

Digital Heritage Services – progress

16mm Newsarchive by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt

16mm Newsarchive by DRs Kulturarvsprojekt

Archaeogeomancy are pleased to be entering the third month of offering a range of digital heritage and geomatics services.

Focussing on consultancy and building on over a decade of experience and expertise, services now available are aimed at highly specialist digital heritage and archaeological geomatics requirements, skills which even the largest and best resourced of heritage and environmental service providers may not retain in house. Continue reading

Geosemantics; the story so far

Semantic Web Rubik's Cube by dullhunk

Semantic Web Rubik’s Cube by dullhunk

Into the second month of the PhD now and things are starting to coalesce and take shape. A framework for development, testing and deployment of proposed demonstrators is emerging and I’m making good headway demystifying the world of geosemantics (at least, it’s becoming clearer in my head!).

So, as well as continuing with the literature review, I’m knitting together a whole bunch of tools:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) – the programming language at the heart of it all
  • Maven – a project management and comprehension tool
  • Eclipse – open development platform
  • Jena – a Java framework for building Semantic Web applications
  • Oracle 11g – relational Database Management System (RDBMS) with Spatial and Semantic components
  • D2RQ – a system for accessing relational databases as virtual, read-only RDF graphs.
  • AllegroGraph – a graph database
  • Prolog – logic programming
  • Protégé – ontology editor and knowledge-base framework
  • GeoSPARQL – query language for geospatial data stored as RDF
  • ArcGIS – Geographic Information System for data preparation, processing, etc
  • GeoServer – open source GIS server written in Java that allows users to share and edit geospatial data.

I’ll be posting more along the journey. Next steps will be to complete the literature review, submit stage reports and use some real archaeological data. Exciting stuff!

GIS software for the Digital Humanities: A free two-day workshop

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Spatial Humanities at Lancaster

Following on from their previous event, the good folks at Lancaster University are running another seminar in April.

Such opportunities are few and far between and GIS training can be costly so I would thoroughly recommend taking advantage of this if at all possible. Continue reading