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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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AECOM is a US$18.2 billion a year firm in the construction sector. It designs and builds infrastructure around the world for public- and private-sector clients including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. For eight... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Poles
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Since Google Earth's release in June 2005, the rise of crowdsourced OpenStreetMap, the deluge of remote-sensed imagery from private satellite companies Digital Globe, Planet Labs, UrtheCast, and others, and private geospatial data companies like HERE, national mapping agencies and related... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Poles
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Geospatial is proliferating across the world's economy. The latest estimates of the contribution of geospatial to the world economy suggest US$ trillions and that this is increasing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Between the Poles
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The challenge of increasing urbanization in a world where anthropogenic pressure on the environment has become threatening is driving the digitalization of urban planning and the design, construction and maintenance and operations of urban infrastructure. 3D maps of the above... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Between the Poles
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BIM+geospatial integration is being driven by a trend toward infrastructure construction projects that require maintenance and/or operations during an extended period post-construction. At the GEO|Design+BIM conference in Amsterdam, Sanghee Shin, CEO of Gaia3D Inc., gave a riveting presentation about a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The challenge of increasing urbanization in a world where anthropogenic pressure on the environment has become threatening is driving the digitalization of urban planning and the design, construction and maintenance and operations of urban infrastructure. Building information modeling and laser... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The challenge of increasing urbanization in a world where anthropogenic pressure on the environment has become threatening is driving the digitalization of urban planning and design, construction and maintenance and operations of urban infrastructure. Building information modeling and laser and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Increasing urbanization throughout the world challenges the sustainable development and resilience of cities. Despite this, the importance of the ground beneath cities is often overlooked. A lot of information about the underground is captured during excavation and drilling. But this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
The Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017, which was introduced earlier this year in the Senate (S.1253) and a companion bill in the House (H.R.3522), has some history. It was originally proposed in 2015 by Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at Between the Poles
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In a new report from the Brookings Institution Digitalization and the American workforce the changing requirements for digital skills for job types covering 90% of the U.S. workforce has found dramatic changes in the last 15 years. As recently as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At the Fall BIMForum/BuildCon conference in Dallas two presentations about actual prefabrication experience - for data centres and for large automotive plants - both mentioned shortage of skilled labour as an important motivation for turning to prefabrication for construction projects.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At the Fall BIMForum/BuildCon conference in Dallas, an entralling presentation about how HD BIM was used to build five buildings of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada in record time was given by Greg Luth of Gregory P. Luth & Associates... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At the Fall BIMForum/BuildCon conference in Dallas, BIMForum announced the 2017 release of the Level of Development (LOD) specification. The Level of Development (LOD) Specification is a reference that enables practitioners in the AEC Industry to specify with a high... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Images from DigitalGlobe were used to track illegal fishing and provided evidence in court to support the seizure of a Thai vessel suspected of illegal fishing and labour abuses by the Indonesian Navy. Indonesia has won a two-year court case... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Integrated BIM and geospatial modeling provide greater value to projects that involve not just design and construction but also operations and maintenance for an extended period after construction. At the Year in Infrastructure 2017 (YII2017) in Singapore the winner of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Software tools have become the standard for detailed design. Software has also made significant inroads into many aspects of construction. In contrast conceptual design still relies for the most part on "pencil and back of the envelope". It turns out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Point clouds are fine for visualization to provide context, but to be really useful they need to be classified. Feature extraction, as the process is often referred to, is currently a mostly manual process that has been used for many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Between the Poles
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One of the challenges to the full expression of collaboration on construction projects is sharing information including geometry, properties, scans in the form of reality meshes, descriptions and status of equipment, and other information. In the dark ages of design... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Throughout media day at the Year in Infrastructure 2017 (YII2017) conference I was on the edge of my chair because there were such tanatalizing hints of spatial technologies that might address major challenges of 21st Century construction. We were inundated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The EU has set three goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the catch phrase 20-20-20 by 2020 Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% from 1990 levels by 2020 Increase the share of renewable energy sources in energy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
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A new datum or geospatial reference system is being introduced in the United States to become the official datum in 2022. At GIS in the Rockies, Pam Fromhertz of the NOAA National Geodetic Survey gave an overview of the reasoning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Between the Poles
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An very interesting report on the geospatial imagery analytics market in 2017 and its growth through 2022 has been released by MarketsandMarkets. The analysis looks at different types of imagery analytics (imagery analytics, video analytics), how the imagery is collected... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Geospatial technology - spatial data management and analytics - is being used in many industries outside of the traditional GIS sector. Analysts and IT folks in these industries may be surprised to find that the spatial analytics and data management... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Between the Poles
At a GITA-sponsored webinar yesterday John Wertman, responsible for government relations at the American Association of Geographers (AAG), gave an insightful presentation about the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017 (S.1253) which has been introduced in the Senate. (Representatives Bruce... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Sydney Light Rail Project is a $2.1 billion PPP project for 12 km of light rail to be completed by 2019. Prior to awarding the contract for construction the Department of Transport for New South Wales undertook 12 months... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Between the Poles