The European Association of Aerial Surveying Industries (EAASI) participated in the 141st EuroSDR Board of Delegates meeting in Naters/Brig, Switzerland. EuroSDR is a not-for-profit organization linking National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies with Research Institutes, Universities, and Companies in Europe for applied research in spatial data provision, management and delivery.
Marcos Martínez-Fernández, Secretary General of EAASI, gave a keynote presentation on the 3rd of November introducing the role of the Association and identifying common areas of interest. Aerial Survey Standards and Certifications were one of the key points discussed. Martínez-Fernández explained that EAASI aims to work in coordination with hardware manufacturers, service providers, academia, and clients on the definition of Aerial Survey standards that serve as a basic guideline in Europe. These definitions will help to harmonize specifications, guarantee data continuity and facilitate seamless data generation.
Furthermore, Martínez-Fernández mentioned that another of EAASI´s objectives was to boost the collaboration between private companies and universities. Currently, there is a need for experts in the industry and the development of a geomatic students’ network could facilitate access to job opportunities.
This first meeting has laid the foundation for future collaboration. EAASI will share its progress in these areas with this Organization from now on, incorporating EuroSDR´s views when appropriate.