Esri Malaysia User Conference
October 20 - 21st, 2015, Putrajaya, Malaysia
QPS reseller, THS Geoscience is pleased to announce its presence at the Esri Malaysia User Conference taking place 20-21st of October 2015. Stop in and visit them in Booth 10!
Join Esri for the country’s most anticipated spatial event – the annual Esri Malaysia User Conference.
From 20 – 21 October, Esri users from across Malaysia will gather at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre to network and share best practices on how GIS is helping them solve social, economic, business and environmental challenges. Attendees will get to immerse themselves in a robust agenda filled with empowering keynotes, tech demos, workshops, and various hands-on learning opportunities from our partners and key Esri staff. As our theme this year 'GIS generations' suggests – whether you’re a seasoned GIS professional, a student or a community volunteer looking to expand the impact of your work, the Esri Malaysia UC has something for you.
So what are you waiting for? Register now for our upcoming local UC – the spatial event for every industry, need and generation.
- Learn more about Malaysia’s thriving GIS industry
- Find out about what’s new in ArcGIS technology and how it will transform the way you collaborate and make important business decisions
- Discover how organisations are leveraging the power of GIS and analytics to control, understand and maximise the value of Big Data
- Collaborate with Esri product specialists and experts
- Learn about best practice and hear lessons learned from industry practitioners and fellow Esri users
- For new and non-GIS users, find out why GIS is considered today’s most empowering technology
10th Annual Gebco Bathymetric Science Day
October 5th, 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
QPS reseller, THS Geoscience is pleased to announce its presence at the 10th Annual Gebco Bathymetric Science Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 5th of October 2015.
The IHO/IOC Committee for the General Bathymetric Charts of the Oceans (GEBCO, www.gebco.net) is an international body undertaking global bathymetric mapping and naming of undersea features. The “GEBCO Bathymetric Science Day” is the meeting day for science and technology presentations. The 2015 Science Day will be held on Monday 05 October 2015 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Oral presentations and posters on topics related to ocean mapping and its applications are welcome. Focus areas include, but are not limited to:
- Technical aspects of merging topography, bathymetry, and shoreline data in coastal zones
- Compilation and fusion of heterogeneous data, gridding, and modeling uncertainty
- Use of Google Ocean in research, education, and outreach
- Crowdsourcing and similar means to use bathymetry information available through social media and open data sources
- Data management and exchange, standards, protocols, schema, services
- Scientific and application-driven bathymetric mapping
- History and reviews of bathymetric science and regional bathymetric compilations
Science Day is an excellent venue for exchanging ideas and growing new collaborations. Please come, share your knowledge, and join an international and cross-disciplinary team engaged in exciting and fundamental work. Any contributor to Science Day may attend all meeting days of GEBCO’s Technical Sub-Committee on Ocean Mapping (TSCOM) and Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM), 06-07 October 2015 at the Royale Chulan Hotel, located at Kuala Lumpur at Conlay Rd, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
QPS Client Spotlight: Sabine Pilots
QPS’ relationship with Sabine Pilots began in 2005, when Captain Duane Bennett first contacted QPS at the start of his global search for hardware and software solutions for Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). Captain Bennett was working hard to pioneer the advantages of carry-on electronic navigation systems, starting personally with a small Bluetooth GPS receiver in January of 2006.
Captain Bennett’s initial trial with Qastor led to the purchase of two licenses, used initially with QPS' Qonnector and later with AD Navigation's ADQ1 portable wireless AIS pilot plug communication devices.
Over the next few years Sabine Pilot feedback led to improvements in the software that benefited pilots worldwide, including: significant revision of meeting point prediction computations needed for long winding river stretches with limited passing opportunities; integration of NOAA PORTS data into the QPS Connect Server, thereby providing real-time, location specific tide and current information, displayed both numerically and graphically; and marking of 'no-go' areas with encroachment alarm messages.
In 2007, Hurricane Ike hit Texas, and Captain Bennett suffered severe loss, including his home, his computers and navigation equipment.
The loss may have set him back, but did not stop Captain Bennett. Post-hurricane, the Sabine Pilots were centrally involved in opening up shipping channels with Captain Bennett utilizing a loaner combination of Qastor/Harbourpilot Lightweight (HPL), delivered by Navicom Dynamics (ND). By year end, QPS was in discussion with the Pilots and ND to provide 30 PPU systems, ND providing the hardware (HarborPilot Lightweight and AISPilot) and QPS supplying Qastor, Connect and laptop computers. In addition to each pilot's personal license Qastor was installed in both the dispatch office and on their two pilot boats.
Today, Sabine Pilots hold close to fifty licenses of Qastor, with dispatchers holding shifts to cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week shifts, using a 42” display to keep track of AIS targets, and all of their pilots using PPUs. At peak season there can be as many as 20 ships daily or over 2,500 ships yearly to safely schedule and maneuver through the waterways. The safety and environmental integrity of The Sabine Neches Waterway is the responsibility of Sabine Pilots, where more than 125 million tons of cargo is transported each year resulting in the waterway being referred to as an economic lifeline for the US. The Sabine Pilots also serve the shipping industry and public ports of Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange as well as private oil terminals and the industrial complex of Southeast Texas, USA.
Their Association must be recognized and commended for being one of only a few American pilot organizations leading the way to adoption of electronic navigation systems in the United States.
"The Qastor program not only assists the pilots with safe navigation on a daily basis, but also serves as a useful tool in providing information to all the dispatchers to make better and more accurate decisions when scheduling vessel traffic." Chief Dispatcher, Daniel Dubois.
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