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PROJECT NEWS .....

TODAY'S NEWS…

CLOSING PRESS CONFERENCE
Ljubljana, November 22 2016


The closing press conference of the project "Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods" was meant to highlight the work carried out and the improvements it brought to spatial data and spatial data infrastructure.

All these enhancements have enabled a new height calculation of Slovenia’s highest mountain – Triglav. Considering the starting point (Koper) of the new national height system Triglav now stands at 2863.65 meters. 






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CLOSING CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT
Ljubljana, October 18 2016


The CLOSING CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods”, has been a success. The presenters spoke on the results of the project, the potential these present for future activities and how it is viewed as a whole by our project partners from Norway and Iceland. 




The presentations as well as the photo gallery can be found HERE.

The attending public also received the FINAL PROJECT REPORT, which summarizes all activities carried out and goals achieved in the scope of the project. The digital version of the report can be viewed HERE.




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INVITATION TO THE CLOSING CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT
Ljubljana, October 18 2016 at 9.00 am



We invite you to the CLOSING CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods”, which will take place

on Tuesday, October 18 2016 at 9.00 am
Crystal Palace Ljubljana, BTC City Ljubljana
 
With the closing conference we wish to present to you the results of the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods”, which is co‑financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA Grants), and highlight the immense importance of the project for the different contributing professions.
 
The conference schedule can be found HERE.
 

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CLOSING MEETING WITH PROJECT PARTNERS in AKRANES
Akranes, from 6th till 9th September, 2016

 
A meeting of the project group with project partners from Norway and Iceland is taking place the next few days. Its purpose is to perform the final evaluation regarding the successful implementation of the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods” and its subprojects, assess the partner cooperation and discuss some issues concerning further activities in the project’s thematic frame in Slovenia.
 

 

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LIDAR PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
23rd Jun 2016




On the 23rd of Jun 2016 at the premises of the Slovenia Chamber of Engineers we organized the professional workshop titled LIDAR – How best to use this spatial data “gem”. It was centred around presenting the field of laser scanning and the possible uses of LIDAR data.

The conference hall was filled to the last seat and the audience was thrilled with the presentations of the distinguished lecturers.


Introduction speech of the project leader Jurij Režek, MSc

MARKING THE ZERO ORDER GEODETIC NETWORK POINTS

On Monday, Jun 7 2016, four informational banners have been placed on the zero order geodetic network points Areh, Kog, Korada and Šentvid pri Stični. These will help to inform the public regarding the meaning and importance of these points which were constructed in the scope of the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods”.





THE 27TH SEDLAR MEETING OF SLOVENIAN TOWN AND SPATIAL PLANNERS
3 JUN 2016 AT THE CITY MUSEUM OF LJUBLJANA

The theme of this year’s conference is GREEN RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE. Same as last year we will present our project to the town and spatial planners. The presentation titled THE NEW TOPOGRAPHIC DATA MODEL AS THE BASIS FOR PLANNING will be given by the TOPO subproject manager Marjana Duhovnik. More information regarding the conference can be found on the link below:
PROGRAM




ICELAND, LIECHTENSTEIN, NORWAY AND THE EU TODAY SIGNED THE AGREEMENTS ON THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) AND NORWAY GRANTS FOR THE PERIOD 2014-2021

In the new funding period, a total of €2.8 billion (€1.5 billion through the EEA Grants and €1.3 billion through the Norway Grants) will be made available to 15 EU member states to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthen bilateral relations with the three donor countries.
The motto of the new financial perspective is WORKING TOGETHER FOR A GREEN, COMPETITIVE AND INCLUSIVE EUROPE.
This signing of the new donation agreement is also important for surveyors in Slovenia as we hope we will be successful in procuring a piece of the pie to further the development of the Slovene spatial and Real Estate data infrastructure. Slovenia will recieve around €37 million in this financial perspective.

For more information folow this link - http://bit.ly/24vDSOk


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TODAY'S NEWS...

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP -
SLOVENE HEIGHT SYSTEM


In the scope of the subproject “Geodetic Reference System (GRS)” a workshop is taking place in Ljubljana from May 3 to 5, 2016 regarding the implementation of the new height system in Slovenia. It is attended by national experts and consultants of the project partners form Norway and Iceland. The main purpose of the workshop is to present the current state regarding the height system in Slovenia and to demonstrate the experiences from our Norwegian and Icelandic project partners. The participants will also partake in a field excursion to the first working zero order geodetic network point in Prilozje.

Slovene, Icelandic and Norwegian workshop participants...


...working


Presenter form the Norwegian Mapping Authority...

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WORKSHOP - HEIGHT SYSTEM IN SLOVENIA

As part of the subproject "Geodetic Reference System (GRS)" a workshop on the implementation of the new height system in Slovenia will be held from the 3rd to 5th of May 2016 in Ljubljana. The workshop will be attended by Slovenian experts as well as consultants from the Norwegian and Icelandic project partners. The main purpose of the workshop will be  to show the current state in Slovenia and to share experiences of partners from Norway and Iceland. During the working visit, the participants will also visit the location of the first operational zero order national geodetic network point in Prilozje.


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ANNUAL REPORT 2015
 
We are successfully finishing two years of implementation of the project "Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods". All but a few planned activities are concluded and the project has gotten more attention in the media and expert circles. This is due to activities transitioning from the planning stage to actual realization.

The project management has prepared this year’s annual report which provides an overview of the project and activities carried out in 2015.

The digital version of the publication is available on the link below.

 

DIGITAL VERSION:         SLO         ENG
 
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WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY CARRIED OUT THE FIRST SLOVENIAN INSPIRE DAY
 
On Monday, September 21 2015, and in the scope of the project "Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods", the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the RS organized the first Slovenian INSPIRE conference with international participation where the main theme was NETWORK SERVICES. Lecturers presented examples of best practices from various European countries and realized Slovenian projects, which showed an enviable level of implementation of this demanding INSPIRE directive.
 
More than 70 people were attending the conference, both from the public and private sector, who listened to professional contributions and also used this opportunity to form connections and exchange experiences with the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive.
 
All lectures ( PPT presentations ) are available on the project’s website along with some interesting photographs.
 
The participants parted ways with a clear message for more similar gatherings in the future and the hope for the Slovene INSPIRE day to become a traditional event.



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FIRST SLOVENIAN INSPIRE DAY
 
21st September 2015 at 9.00 am
conference hall of the hotel
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON LJUBLJANA MONS 

(Pot za Brdom 4, Ljubljana)
 
The event is organized in the scope of the the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods".
 
The purpose of the Slovenian INSPIRE day is to present experiences from abroad regarding the establishment of spatial information network services as well as present network services which are being developed within the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods" and are compliant with demands of the INSPIRE directive.

In the frame of the subproject Slovenian infrastructure for spatial information instructions for interoperability and harmonization of spatial data sets and services in accordance with the INSPIRE directive are being prepared along with instructions for creating metadata. Discovery, viewing, download and transformation network services will the established.
 
The event is intended for spatial data managers as well as users of spatial data and network services.
 
Agenda of the first Slovenian INSPIRE day
 
Attendance at the conference is free of charge
 
The National contact point has prepared a document titled ABC INSPIRE, which can be viewed at the link below:



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The zero order national geodetic network point - PRILOZJE  is operational

On Friday, the 11th of September 2015, the Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning Irena Majcen, the Director General of the SMA Anton Kupic and the Director of the Geodesy Office at SMA Jurij Režek, MSc, solemnly unveiled the first operational zero order network point in Slovenia along with an informational plaque which was erected for this occasion.
 
Some impressions of the event:






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SOLEMN UNVEILING OF THE FIRST ZERO ORDER NATIONAL GEODETIC NETWORK POINT - PRILOZJE

φ = 45 ° 35'27" N,     λ = 15 ° 15'38" E

On Friday, the 11th of September 2015, the first national geodetic point located at Prilozje will be solemnly unveiled along with an informational plaque. The Minister of the Environment and Spatial Planning Irena Majcen will attend the unveiling and honor this milestone for the Slovenian land surveying.

The first in a series of six planned zero order network points in Slovenia, is a result of the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods” which paves the way for the Slovenian geodesy to connect into and complie with the European Coordinate System.

                         

                     
 
You can read the invitation HERE

Kindly invited!


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26th SEDLAR MEETING
SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT VISIONS - WATER SPACE PLANNING
Ljubljana, June 12 2015


On the 12th of June at the Ljubljana City Museum the traditional Sedlar meeting of urban planners took place, which was dedicated to prof. Maks Fabiani and the professional issues of water management. Since this thematic is closely related to our project "Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods" the project manager Jurij Režek, MSc, contributed with a presentation on the professional integration of geodetic and topographic data and the project as a whole.


 
The meeting was opened by the Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Jankovič and prof. Janez Koželj, who is currently the main town planner, and Barbara Radovan, Director General of the Spatial Planning, Construction and Housing Directorate at MESP Barbara Radovan. The President of the Town and Spatial Planning Association of Slovenia Liljana Jankovič Grobelšek, PhD, outlined the importance and the work of prof. Sedlar and prof. Fabiani and wished for a successful symposium.

The first part of the symposium was dedicated to the character and work of Maks Fabiani, PhD, while the second, professional, part was used for the presentation of current projects and contributions on the theme of water management. Since accurate analysis and forecasting of flood risks are not possible without geodetic and topographic data the co-workers in the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods” prepared a presentation on the importance of knowing the specificities of geodetic and topographic data for their correct application and in achieving valid results. Jurij Režek, MSc, presented this contribution titled “Can bad spatial data change the course of water?”. Co-authors of the presentation were Sandi Berk and Matjaž Grilc. Even though it was more technical in nature compared to other presentations, the reactions of the audience was proof that it still achieved the intended effect – many a user of our data that received crucial information and a warning, that not everything that glitters is gold in spatial data.


Jurij Režek, MSc, during his presentation

The article is available  HERE
 
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NATIONAL REPORT REGARDING THE REALIZATION OF THE GEODETIC REFERENCE SYSTEM IN SLOVENIA FOR THE PERIOD
2014-2015

From the 3rd till 5th of June 2015, the 25th EUREF Symposium will be held in Leipzig, Germany, at which co-workers on the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods” will present the National report regarding the realization of the geodetic reference system in Slovenia.
 
The full report can be viewed by clicking on the picture below.


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ANNUAL REPORT 2014

This year is coming to an end which means we are almost halfway through implementing the project “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods”. 

So the time has come to do an inventory of our work thus far and to determine whether the outlined objectives have been achieved. The project management made an analysis and put down their conclusions in a neat publication, the digital version of which is available below. Our finding is that we can be pleased with the done work and the achieved goals present a strong foundation and positive prospect for the successful completion of the project in the beginning of 2016. 


DIGITAL VERSION:          SLO            ENG

 
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WORKING VISIT OF PROJECT PARTICIPANTS
OSLO, November 5 and 6 2014

From the 5th till 6th November 2014 project participants attended a working meeting in Oslo regarding “Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods” (carried out with financial donations out of the Financial Mechanism EEA 2009-2014 by the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the RS, Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning and the partner surveying authorities from Norway and Iceland).


The full project team at the Statens kartverk (Norwegian Surveying Authority)

The purpose of the meeting was to familiarize project partners in-detail with the achieved results of the subprojects, realized in the first year of project implementation, as well as to review, analyze and harmonize the cooperation program between the partner institutions of Iceland and Norway in the project in 2015. In the first part of the meeting we gave a detailed presentation of work done so far to representatives from our partner organizations. Representatives of the subprojects (subproject managers or deputy managers) 'Geodetic Reference System', 'INSPIRE', 'Topographic Database' and 'Hydrography' reported on their performed tasks and at the same time exposed work areas, where cooperation form the Norwegian and Icelandic experts is expected in the future implementation of the subprojects. The presentations were followed by a discussion on open issues after which colleagues from the SMA and representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in collaboration with project partners examined and confirmed the project plan for the year 2015, when referring to content where the project partners will participate. The project plan envisions several working meetings and study visits, including on the issue of preparing and approving a capacity building program. Additionally, Slovenian outside contractors will be able to engage experts from Iceland and Norway for individual tasks inside a predetermined number of consulting days, via the Internet and video conferences. We also presented the issues with organizing work in the subproject Hydrography along with a detailed report of the project’s financial situation and a description of problems regarding the dynamic of utilization of funds.


The project manager Jurij Režek, MSc, presenting the project

The presentation of the subproject Geodetic reference system showed the measured levelling lines of high accuracy, which run almost exactly as expected. The measurements made by the Surveying and Mapping Authority as well as measurement done by outside contractors are showing good results. The report by the Icelandic expert, which took a look at the building sites of two points of the zero order national geodetic network (Prilozje in Kog), has given a positive feedback regarding the subproject’s activities so far. For the remaining three points of the zero order network the necessary permits and technical documentation is being prepared. Besides the zero order network, absolute gravimetric measurements were also carried out on six absolute gravimetric points by the Austrian surveying authority, because Slovenia does not possess the necessary equipment. But we did procure equipment in order to carry out GNSS measurements on the points of the zero order network. Because the obtaining of necessary permits and the issuing of public tenders for the adjustments to the levelling lines of high accuracy and the concentration of gravimetric measurements (relative gravimetric measurements) still have to be carried out all the necessary data for calculating the new geoid of Slovenia will not be available at the end of 2015.
 

In the subproject INSPIRE the planned activities regarding the establishment of network services and the capacity building program have been done. The information infrastructure which serves as the basis for establishing and functioning of the INSPIRE adherent network services is prepared and is the same as the one used in the existing distribution environment of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia (open source infrastructure Geoserver and GeoNetwork). Some network services are already available for specific data of the Surveying and Mapping Authority for testing purposes. The capacity building program is meant to inform stakeholders which produce and manage spatial information and end users of the importance to consider standards and the necessity of collaboration and cooperation for more efficient business processes. At the meeting the partners agreed to participate on a subproject conference in June 2015 on the theme of ensuring awareness of stakeholders in the data exchange system.
 

The subproject Topography presented work relating to the preparation of the new data model for topographic data set of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia. A logical model of the new data set has been prepared as well as an estimate of the financial repercussions of implementation. A quality data model has also been prepared. The next phase consisted of preparing a physical model of the topographic database and the development of software solutions for managing data in accordance with the new topographical database data model which will be realized in the distribution environment of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia till the end of 2014. Following these steps the migration of existing topographic data will be carried out and the new rules for data accusation will be prepared.
 

The representatives of the subproject Hydrography met with the foreign partners for the first time in the new composition. Even though changes to some of the project goals were made they reiterated that they will be met. They structural compliance of hydrographic data is ensured and a draft method for the acquisition and maintenance of data regarding water objects was presented. They also reported on the public tenders and contracts that were executed so far and shown interest in the exchange of experiences with the foreign partners regarding modeling hydrographic data and the use of LIDAR data. For this purpose a study visit will be carried out where subproject representatives will go to Norway in 2015.
 

The issue of the implementation of the project as a whole was also presented at the working visit. Because of the late commencement of the project in comparison with the project’s implementation plan it is running behind 5 months and consequently some of the funds in the years 2013 and 2014 were not used, in part also due to the closing of integral budgetary rates of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia. The Slovenian delegation along with the project partners agreed that to ensure the realization of all set goals of the project the unrealized funds and with them the corresponding unrealized tasks need to be transferred into the year 2016, and along with that the project needs to be extended until November 2016. The partners form Norway and Iceland agreed and supported the proposition.

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PROJECT WAS SUCCESSFULY OPENED

Tuesday, 4 February 2014, we successfully launching conference of the project "Modernization of spatial data infrastructure to reduce risks and impacts of floods". Attendance at the conference was despite the bad weather conditions - attended by over 100 participants from Slovenia and abroad.

The welcoming speech the successful implementation of the project wished the Minister for Agriculture and the Environment, MSc. Dejan Židan and Bojan Babič, State Secretary at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Spatial planning.


Minister Židan during the welcome address.

The conference was also attended by our project partners from Norway and Iceland, who are in their contributions have been paid on how you can own - successful experiences help to maximize the implementation of our project. There were also our colleagues from neighboring Croatia.


Guests from Norway and Iceland
 
After the introductory speeches and greetings followed by a substantive part of the conference, at which the top experts presented their views on the project and sub-projects, which will take place over the next three years. We have heard the following presentations:
  • ABOUT THE WHOLE PROJECT - Jurij Režek, MSc, Project Manager
  • PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE DONOR - Olaf Magnus Ostenson, Norway
  • WHY IS HEIGHT MM IN EVENT OF FLOODS SO IMPORTANT? - Bojan Stopar, PhD
  • WHY IS THE ONLY DEFENCE FROM FLOODING THE APPROPRIATE HYDROGRAPHIC MODEL - Olaf Magnus Ostenson, Norway
  • WHY IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAN THE CORRECT PREVENTIVE MEASURES FROM FLOODING - Matjaž Mikoš, PhD
  • WITHOUT UP TO DATE AND ACCURATE TOPOGRAPHIC INFORMATION? - Dušan Petrovič, PhD
  • WHY THE WATER TAKES INTO ACCOUNT TOPOGRAPHY AND DOES NOT CARE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE BOUNDARIES? - Irena Ažman, MSc
 
Jurij Režek, MSc, project manager presents the entire project

After completion of the conference participants were held in a relaxed conversation.
The next day, the project management has organized two workshops on the topic of TOPOGRAPHIC DATABASE and the INSPIRE directive. Workshop was attended by foreign guests, which we will keep us on the way of cooperation and transfer of knowledge and experience from their backgrounds in
Slovenian practice.

Exchange of professional experiences of the participants of the conference

Some are due to weather conditions or impediment are not be able to attend the conference. Therefore we fully recorded the conference, clips can be viewed on the portal of e-learning Slovenian Chamber of Engineers, at:

FINANCIAL MECHANISM OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA Grants)

EU Member States and three members of the European Economic Area (EEA), which are not EU Member States, namely Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, participate in the internal market, which is characterized by the so called “four freedoms”: freedom of movement of goods, persons, services and capital. Simultaneously, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway established the EEA Financial Mechanism to support social and economic cohesion within the expanded EEA, while the Kingdom of Norway additionally earmarked funds to support social and economic cohesion in the frame of the Norwegian financial mechanism – Norway grants.

For the period 2009 – 2014 Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway devoted 988.5 million Euros for the EEA Financial Mechanism grants to the following countries: Bulgaria, Czeck Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

Funding supports programs and projects in priority areas that are agreed upon with each country. Environmental protection, climate change and renewable energy, civil society, health and children, cultural heritage and research and scholarships are key areas of assistance.

For Slovenia the EEA Financial Mechanism - in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009 – 2014, singed on the 21st of May 2011 by Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Slovenia – defines three program areas:
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services with the goal “Halt the loss of biodiversity”
  • Preserving and revitalizing cultural and natural heritage with the goal “Cultural and natural heritage for future generations – protected, preserved and accessible to the public”
  • Environmental monitoring and comprehensive planning and control with the goal “Improved compliance with Environmental legislation”