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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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Sanjay Kumar of Geospatial Media in a recent blog highlights a problem that has been in many sectors a festering sore for years, maintaining geographic data. Sanjay was visiting the newly-built headquarters of a large company (I assume Trimble) in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Between the Poles
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About 37% of U.S. electric power generation is from coal-fired power plants. New EPA regulations scheduled to come into effect July 1, 2015 will restrict CO2 emissions from power plants. Coal-fired power plants will have to implement some form of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Between the Poles
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An Urban Planning Domain Working Group (DWG) is being chartered to define the role for OGC standards and related activities related to urban planning. It is also intended to provide an open forum for the discussion of interoperability requirements, use... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Google has had a fleet of 10 or more driverless cars on the roads in Florida, Nevada, and California for a couple of years that by now have logged over a million driverless m iles. The latest cars from mainstream... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has published a fascinating analysis of the economics of leaving the grid. The central thesis is that solar PV and electricity storage enables consumers to leave the grid completely. Solar PV has already reached grid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon, but most of the world’s largest and fastest-growing urban areas are found in Asia. Smart city technology is becoming an essential element in the development of Asian megacities. There are several smart city initiatives already... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to the budget released this week India's GDP will grow by an estimated 5.4-5.9 % year-over-year in 2014/15. But the new government is aiming at sustained growth of 7-8 % in the next 3-4 years. One of the key... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Prime Minister Modi of India has released his government's first budget. According to one perspective the budget looks generally positive for the geospatial community in India. Smart cities The announcement by the Finance Minister with major implications for the geospatial... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva this year the GeoEnergy track included 15 presentations. The presentations covered a broad range of topics, but all represent examples of how geospatial data and technology are becoming increasingly a core technology for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
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In February 2008 the Government of British Columbia passed a bill that phased in a carbon tax on fossil fuels. Virtually all emissions from fuel combustion in B.C. captured in Environment Canada’s National Inventory Report are taxed, with no exemptions... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Improving process efficiency (also here, here, here and here) is a major challenge for the utility industry. Geospatial technology is a key technology that helps utilities improve the efficiency of their business processes (such as designing-constructing-maintaining and operating their network... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Between the Poles
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A cyberespionage attack, identified by Symantec as Dragonfly, has targeted energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers located primarily in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland. According... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2013, the world’s networked devices such as set-top boxes, modems, printers and game consoles consumed around 616 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity. Of this total most of the energy 400 TWh was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has issued a call for presentations at the inaugural OGC Academic Summit 2014 to be held 15-16 September 2014 at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Presentations should be related to research in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Between the Poles
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July 2, 2014 at 2:56 AM the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), NASA’s first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from Space. was launched on a Delta rocket. OCO-2 will be collecting space-based global measurements of atmospheric... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The European Union has set itself aggressive goals to reduce GHG emissions by 20%, increase renewables share of energy generation to 20%, and to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020. The EU seems to be on track for the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Between the Poles
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"GIS (Geographic Information Systems) has applications in urban planning and watershed development. Space imagery helps in land management, coastal management. It is an invaluable asset in disaster management." said Prime Minister Modi on the occasion of India Space Research Organization's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Between the Poles
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INSPIRE is based on the infrastructures for spatial information established and operated by the 27 Member States of the European Union. The Directive addresses 34 spatial data themes needed for environmental applications, with key components specified through technical implementing rules.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The state of U.S. public infrastructure was given a cumulative grade point average of D+ (poor) by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in its 2013 infrastructure scorecard. A grade of D is defined as “in poor to fair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Between the Poles
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I have blogged numerous times about the challenge of accurately geolocating underground utilities.For example, I blogged about the estimated ROI for investment in improving the geolocation and other information about underground utilities and the remarkable project of the City of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Between the Poles
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A report commissioned by Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) and carried out by Indecon International Economic Consultants estimates that the geospatial information industry directly contributed €69.3-million (Gross Added Value) to the Irish economy in 2012. According to the report, the industry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva this year the GeoBuild track, which was very well attended, included 15 presentations followed by a panel discussion. The presentations covered a broad range of topics, but all involved geoSmart construction, the integration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large power plants and refineries under the Clean Air Act. However, the court ruled that some smaller facilities will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) via the Energy Information Administration (EIA) at 8:48 p.m. on March 26, 2014 wind generation reached a peak output of 10,296 megawatts (MW). At that moment, wind supplied almost 29% of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva this year Leif Granhom, Senior Vice President at Tekla Finland gave an insightful presentation about the integration of building information modeling (BIM) and geospatial information. An important part of his presentation summarized the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Between the Poles