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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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At the last GoGeomatics Social in Ottawa Jonathan Murphy gave an insightful presentation on Geospatial Tech in use for Oil & Gas production in Alberta. Jonathan related his experiences in Northern Alberta preparing terrain for seismic surveys. The is almost... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The contribution of geospatial data and technology to the Canadian GDP through productivity improvement is estimated to be $20.7 billion or 1.1% of the Canadian GDP in 2013. Many sectors have benefited from the application of geotechnology and data including... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris on Saturday approved a global agreement on climate change. They agreed to Hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Between the Poles
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The Australian government has released a Public Data Policy Statement that commits Australia to an open data policy. (Thanks to Zac Spitzer ‏@zackster for pointing me to this.) All non-sensitive public data will be discoverable and available by default. Public... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At the COP 21 meeting in Paris Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said that her government wants the Paris agreement to restrict planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. She also said that the agreement should include a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Red Hat has joined the LocationTech open source geospatial initiative. Red Hat joins Google, IBM, Oracle, and Boundless as a strategic member. Other relatively new members are SensorUp and Planet Labs, who join Azavea, MapGears, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Vivid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 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. although this is changing. In Canada regulation of UAVs is different. You can fly a UAV that weighs less than 25 kg for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Between the Poles
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I just attended a fascinating presentation with the unprepossessing title of "CCRS/NRC/McGill Scientists - TOPICS OF PEATLANDS AND THE MER BLEUE BOG." This was about a new project called MBASSS initiated by scientists from the Canada Centre for Remote Processing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon. According to the World Bank, 54 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas today. By 2045, the number of people living in cities will increase by 1.5 times to 6 billion, adding 2... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Energy performance modeling for buildings is a new field, but one that is getting a lot of interest under the impetus of government mandates and incentives. It's so new that there is no set of standard best practices. Energy modelers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Worldwide there is increasing demand from building and infrastructure owners for service provision throughout the entire life cycle of a building or infrastructure. This represents a distinct break with the design/build tradition which has dominated construction for years. At the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Between the Poles
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The location of existing underground utility infrastructure is more often than not poorly known which creates significant risk for infrastructure and highway construction projects. In a gas line construction project which Utility Mapping Services (UMS) submitted for a Be Inspired... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Smart substations are an essential component of the next generation of the electric power grid. But for many utilities they have become a severe bottleneck because of limited substation design resources. Enabling external contractors to participate efficiently in substation design... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Over the past couple of years I have followed the regulation of the commercial use of UAVs in the U.S. In the back of my mind, I have always thought that the application where there would be a tremendous cost... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At the the Year in Infrastructure conference in London the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) won the annual Be Inspired Award for Innovation in Government. Comprising only 700 square kilometers for the entire nation, land is a valuable and critical national... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At the Year in Infrastructure conference in London in the Utilities breakout session I was invited to participate in an industry panel discussion on "Repair, Rehab, and Replacement of Aging Infrastructure". The two panelists I joined were Dr Nicole Metje,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At the Year in Infrastructure conference in London SA Water is one of the finalists for the annual Be Inspired Innovation in Roads Awards. Today Rowan Steele presented an overview of how SA Water, based in Adelaide, South Australia, has... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 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 full lifecycle data management,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Between the Poles
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Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Malaysia are on the leading edge of creating and maintaining 3D cadastres for their respective countries. A 3D cadastre is in the cards for Singapore for several reasions; Land developers are being very creative... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Between the Poles
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A highlight of the Year in Infrastructure conference in London are the Be Inspired Awards. The annual Be Inspired Awards competition brings together infrastructure professionals and members of the media to share innovative practices in infrastructure project design, engineering, construction,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Between the Poles
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This is the first time I have been able to attend the Year in Infrastructure conference in London. I fully intended to go last year but events conspired against me. A highlight of the conference are the Be Inspired Awards.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Between the Poles
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At GeoAlberta 2015 Susan Ancel of EPCOR, a diversified water and electric power utility headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta described a unique solution to the problem of knowledge transfer from older, experienced to new, younger employees. EPCOR builds, owns and operates... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Between the Poles
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According to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Germany is #1 out of the 16 nations studied in the World for energy efficiency. In Germany buildings currently account for 40 percent of power... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Between the Poles
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A major challenge for infrastructure companies is mapping infrastructure which is obscured by walls, soil or other materials. For example, detecting underground infrastructure is a remote-sensing challenge that is seeing rapid technological progress. Researchers at MIT have developed a prototype... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Between the Poles
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The Delhi Metrorail Corporation (DMRC) has signed an agreement with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) that will make it possible to incorporate the unique needs of metro installations and mass rapid transit systems... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2015 at Between the Poles