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Geoff
Ottawa, Canada
Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years experience in the geospatial software industry and 15 years experience developing enterprise geospatial solutions for the utilities, communications, and public works industries.
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There are several initiatives underway to develop multi-disciplinary interoperability standards for the convergence of BIM, 3D and geospatial. The first BIM standard based on a common conceptual model shared between the BIM and geospatial worlds has just been released for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Between the Poles
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InfraGML is the proposed Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Geographic Markup Language (GML) application schema supporting land development and civil engineering infrastructure facilities. The OGC has just released the OGC LandInfra Conceptual Model, the first draft of the InfraGML conceptual model... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Between the Poles
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For the first time in a hundred years, the electric power utility industry is undergoing a momentous change. Distributed renewable power generation, especially solar photovoltaics (PV), is introducing competition into an industry that has been managed as regulated monopolies. Consumers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Poles
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In 2012 the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) was founded to bring together the various stakeholder groups (owner/operators, architects, engineers, contractors, surveyors, brokers, and others) to promote and facilitate building documentation as a distinct industry; establishing standards, guidelines and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Between the Poles
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In general the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial purposes is illegal in the U.S. But in the last few months the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issues grants of exemption to six companies for commercial UAVs for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Between the Poles
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The second FOSS4G-Europe Conference will be held at Politecnico di Milano in Como, Italy, from July 15th to 17th, 2015. A day of workshops will precede the conference on 14th July, and a code sprint will close the event on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At the SPAR International Conference in April 2014, Kirk Knorr from Burns & McDonnell and Gregory Lawes of point3D gave a presentation about their experience using a handheld scanner from DotProduct LLC , a relatively new startup. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Between the Poles
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The social value of the Web is that it enables human communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. One of World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Between the Poles
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For the first time in a hundred years, the electric power utility industry is undergoing a momentous change. Distributed renewable power generation, especially solar photovoltaics (PV), is introducing competition into an industry that has been managed as regulated monopolies. Consumers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon. Smart city technology is becoming an essential element in the development of the world's megacities. For example, the new Indian government's just released budget includes an allocation for initiating the development of 100 smart cities.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The Research and Markets report Global GIS Market in the Utility Industry 2014-2018 identifies an important new market trend in the increasing penetration of open-source geospatial software into the utility market. According to the report many small and medium-sized organizations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Over 900 attendees were at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference in Portland this year. Last year's FOSS4G 2013 in Nottingham attracted 833 delegates. This year's attendance matches Denver's FOSS4G in 2011 record. There are also... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Michael Byrne, who was Geographic Information Officer (GIO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and led the development of the National Broadband Map (NBM), has just been awarded the Citizen Services Medal for creating a series of online maps (National... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Construction is being transformed. I've blogged about the startling (at least to traditional construction contractors) vision of the future of highway construction of the Chief of Surveys at the Oregon Department of Transportation (DoT) in which BIM for Infrastructure and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Between the Poles
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As part of the 2009 Copenhagen Accord Canada committed to a target of a 17 % reduction in emissions below 2005 levels for Canada’s economy as a whole. Without action from governments, consumers and businesses since 2005, emissions in 2020... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Orion is now more than 3,000 miles above Earth after its launch on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Florida this AM. Orion is not carrying people, but NASA wants to find out about how the spacecraft behaves in flight... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Over 50% of the cost of maintaining a building is what is called operations and maintenance which is comprised of administration, maintenance and repairs, and restoration projects. In most building construction projects, even if BIM is used for design and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Last June Airbus Defence and Space's SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite was launched successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. The first images from SPOT7 were released three days after the launch, Today SPOT 7 was commercially launched, making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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In June 2014, Sylvia Pinel, the Minister of Logement et de l’Égalité des territoires (Ministry of Housing), announced the intention to put in place a “French numerical strategy” with the possibility of making BIM mandatory in public procurement in 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Transforming Singapore's construction industry: from paper drawings to smart cities Singapore has a compelling vision of where it wants to be by 2030. Since about 2003 when it first introduced e-submissions, it has moved rapidly on two fronts; automating the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Ground-level ozone, a major contributor to smog, forms when nitrogen and volatile organic emissions from vehicles, industries, and power plants are exposed to sunlight. It affects people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and can lead to premature death. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Finland has been among the earliest adopters of Building Information Modeling (BIM). A startup software company named Tekla Oy was formed in 1966 and got heavily into BIM in the 1970s. Tekla was acquired by Trimble in 2012 for about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Very excited to see this course given at IIT Bombay. We need more courses on geospatial technology for engineers and architects. Title : GIS for Civil Engineers - A Short Term Course at IIT Bombay, India When : 01 Dec... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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I was lucky enough to attend the High Performance Geoprocessing Symposium in Ottawa. It is amazing how far some very exciting geospatial projects focused on "big spatial data" under the LocationTech umbrella have come in the last few years. If... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Today 12 November, a lander called Philae from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft made the first-ever landing on a comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This image of the comet 3 km away was taken by Philae before it landed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Between the Poles