GeoMonday 2017.4 – Building Materials Logistics & Geographic Optimization

geocom_Logo_RGB The distribution of concrete is one of the most complex logistics management tasks. Ready-mix concrete has a very short shelf life of approx. 90 minutes and small and large order quantities must be delivered quickly, accurately and as cost-effectively as possible to geographically widely distributed and frequently-changing unloading points. Through the use of geo information, the various operational processes of the building material logistics can be optimized.

Babak Toloue Tehrani is responsible for transport and logistics projects and products at Geocom Deutschland GmbH. His main focus is on integrating geo-functionality into applications and processes for the logistics iBabak_Toloue_Tehranindustry. The customization of street data for routing and optimization tasks within ArcGIS based on specific use cases has been the focal point of his work in the past decade.

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GeoMonday 2017.4 – Logistics 2020

When it comes to logistics, most of the people think of parcels and the shipment of them. But the topic is much more comprehensive and touches a lot of more branches than parcel delivery. In general, logistics is about processes and the handling of the low of things between two spatially distinct points. It compasses everything which can be carried like food, persons, electricity or even data. However, logistics has to deliver solutions to critical challenges which dramatically influence our lifes today and in the future. For example, how to transport large amounts of electricity from a production site to the places where it is required in a suitable time or how to handle the transport of people and goods in more and more crowded cities with overwhelmed infrastructure whilst the demand on faster and more dynamic transportation services is increasing?

These are only some of the questions we have to deal with and on which logistical solutions have a significant impact. However, our mission at the last GeoMonday this year is to give you a broader insight into the challenges, solutions and trends in the field of logistics. We hope to be able to present you some innovative products and interesting projects albeit on a smaller scale. Inline with the topic we invite you to a entirely new location. A location where logistics is a huge part of the daily business. We are happy to announce that the IVU Traffic Technologies AG is going to host the GeoMonday this time. Therefore, be part of this year’s last edition of the GeoMonday and join us on 11th December in Berlin in the premises of IVU.

Date: 11 December 2017
Time: 19 – 22 Uhr
Location: IVU Traffic Technologies AG, Bundesallee 88, 12161 Berlin

GeoMonday 2017.3 – Natural language understanding in web mapping applications

conterra-logo “Will speech soon do away with typing” – This question has recently been raised by a large German Newspaper. Lately, more and more speech assistants like Google Assistant, Amazone’s Alexa, Microsoft Cortana or Apple’s Siri are reaching the market and all owing users to control many parts of their life by voice input. This Technology is called natural language and understanding (NLU) and may also be used to control web mapping technology. Imagine that you could say “show me all schools in Berlin” instead of using a selection tool to select those features.

Matthias Stein is a software engineer at con terra GmbH. Previously he studies Bild_Mathias_SteinGeoinformatics at the Bochum University of Applied Science.

Martin Wilden studies Geoinformatics at the University of Münster and  worked as student assistant for 52° North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH. Bild_Martin_WildenAfter studying he joined con terra GmbH as software developer.

 

GeoMonday 2017.3 – From aerial images to maps with Deep Learning

TerraLoupe_logoWith the increasing amount of aerial imagery – regardless if captured from aircrafts or UAV  – available, automatic analysis of this data becomes more and more important to make use of this data. TerraLoupe uses deep neural networks to automatically detect objects of interest for various industries such as automotive, insurance or energy to help their clients getting deeper insights for their business critical applications. This includes high-definition maps for autonomous driving, risk assessment for insurances and solar potential analysis.

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Sebastian Gerke studied Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe, after which he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer HHI and pursued research in computer vision and machine learning. In 2015 he co-founded TerraLoupe, a startup that brings deep learning expertise to the field of aerial imagery.

GeoMonday 2017.3 – How neural networks make GIS-supported crop production more efficient

EsriDeutschlandHigh-tech has already arrived in agriculture. Modern agricultural machinery and geographic information systems make precision farming possible. An important aspect in crop production is the basic fertilization with nutrients and additives. The pH value can already be determined in a small scale and during the crossing of a tractor with specific sensors. For essential macronutrients like phosphorus, on-site soil sampling as well as complex and cost-intensive determination of the content in the laboratory are still necessary. Phosphorus content depends on chemical and physical soil conditions. If these conditions are known, the content of phosphorus can be estimated. This paper provides extracts from a research project on how neural networks help to estimate local phosphorous content for fertilization by learning those nonlinear multilateral relationships in the soil.

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Michael Marz is a sales engineer at Esri Deutschland GmbH. Previously, he was a scientific staff member at the University of Halle and conducted research in the thematic field of efficient crop production with focus on fertilization and self-learning algorithms.

GeoMonday 2017.3 – Artificial Intelligence

Nowadays „Artificial Intelligence“ celebrates its comeback to the top-IT-buzzword-lists. Neverthless, the topic is around for decades. But in the recent years, significant progresses has been made. We see a wide range of new business models and applications also in the geo area, which are made possible by ever-improving pattern recognition algorithms and machine learning technologies. Transforming geodata into loaction meaning also powers next generatio decision-making systems that are now being available for all kind of users. More and more systems are becoming at least semi-autonomous and proposing smart suggestions, which will change the way we interact with and perceive geo-spatial applications.

Date: 18th of September 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Office Club Berlin, Pappelallee 77/78, 10437 Berlin

Get your tickets for the 3th GeoMonday 2017 now at https://geomonday2017-3.eventbrite.de

 

GeoMonday 2017.2 – Actionbound – interactive, mobile guided tours

Actionbound is an app for playing digitally interactive scavenger hunts to lead the learner on a path of discovery. The program quite literally augments our reality by enhancing peoples’ real-life interaction whilst using their smartphones and tablets. Take full advantage of the huge potential of gamification with the Bound-Creator’s extensive game elements and tools like GPS locations, directions, maps, compass, pictures, quizzes, QR codes and much more to create fun and exciting mobile app-based adventures.

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Benedikt Heiß studied Geography at the university of Augsburg. While studying he worked as a Specialist at the Apple Store in Augsburg. With an internship for Actionbound in 2013 he got to know the company and has been close ever since. Nowadays he is responsible for sales and training at Actionbound.

GeoMonday 2017.2 – A global map of roadless areas

“Roads fragment landscapes and trigger human colonization and degradation of ecosystems, to the detriment of biodiversity and ecosystem functions. The planet’s remaining large and ecologically important tracts of roadless areas sustain key refugia for biodiversity and provide globally relevant ecosystem services. Applying a 1-kilometer buffer to all roads, we present a global map of roadless areas and an assessment of their status, quality, and extent of coverage by protected areas. About 80% of Earth’s terrestrial surface remains roadless, but this area is fragmented into ~600,000 patches, more than half of which are <1 km² and only 7% of which are larger than 100 km². Global protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas is inadequate. International recognition and protection of roadless areas is urgently needed to halt their continued loss”. Science  (December 2016).

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Monika Hoffmann studied at the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development and works at the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management as GIS expert on different projects related to nature conservation.

GeoMonday 2017.2 – Offstreet

It’s summer time and we leave the roads for our topic of the 2nd GeoMonday in 2017, Offstreet. Topics like Routing, Navigation or Traffic Managment are always present and are based on streets, respectively road networks. On the 26th June we address businesses which need to solve spatial problems off-road. Roadless areas occupy a major part of the world and are versatilely used by private people and companies. Typical examples are outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing or hiking. To support them, services have to provide detailed information like terrain and weather as well as results of spatial analyses, e.g. avalanche risk. But also businesses like forestry or agriculture have to deal with spatial issues in roadless areas. Inventories have to be mapped and actions have to be defined based on spatial analyses. These are only a few examples of fascinating geospatial issues off-road. Join us on 26th June in Potsdam to enter the world of road-free areas and to get an idea of what happens outside the highway.

Datum:    26. Juni 2017
Zeit:         19 – 22 Uhr
Ort:          Arcona HOTEL AM HAVELUFER, Zeppelinstraße 136, 14471 Potsdam

GeoMonday 2017.1 – Smarter School Zoning in Public Administration

One of the main reasons why governments collect geodata is because they love zoning! The division and classification of public space is very old governmental business. It can also benefit hugely from new digital tools. The development of „smarter“ zoning software is actually a nice way to show people in administration how they can make better use of their own datasets.

About a year ago, we were approached by a Berlin district with an interesting challenge: Could we build a tool that helps them to put all the kids in their district into the right elementary school, while at the same time maxing out school capacity and guarantee the shortest possible pedestrian path for each kid? Well, this sure sounds like an interesting math problem? Of course things tend to get a bit more complicated once politics is thrown in the mix…

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Dr. Benjamin Seibel is a project lead at Technology Foundation Berlin, where he mostly deals with civic tech & open data projects.

 

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Daniel Kirsch is a data scientist at Idalab and an open data activist at Data Science for Social Good.