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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 Oracle Open World in San Francisco 2014, September 28–October 2 the Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG held a Meetup. By way of background Oracle Spatial and Graph support geospatial data and analytics for land management and GIS, mobile location... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Poles
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Demand response programs involve paying power consumers not to use power at certain times. Reducing peak load can save consumers money by avoiding the use of or even construction of "peakers", generation facilities that are very expensive to run and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Late breaking: The engine burn was successful and ISRO reports that the Mars Orbiter spacecraft is now in orbit about Mars. Wednesday Sep 24 India's Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission probe is scheduled to fire its main engine and small... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Geospatial information comes from many different sources and is managed by many different providers from mapping agencies to commercial data providers to volunteered geographic information. To optimize usage of this data there is a need to easily discover and share... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Over the past decade,distributed generation, especially solar photovoltaic (PV), consumer demand response programs, and other flexible distributed resources of electric power has grown dramatically. Until now, with a few exceptions such as Germany and Hawaii, distributed intermittent resources have represented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The objective of the remarkable four year Stonehenge project was to create a detailed archaeological map of Stonehenge and its surroundings based on a synthesis of remote sensing and subterrainean geophysical data. The result is a digital model of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that by 2035 the world's energy demand will incre ase by a third, driven primarily by emerging economies, China, India and the Middle East. According to the most likely scenario, China is the primary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Digital Globe’s WorldView-3 Earth observation satellite was launched August 13, the first commercial Atlas mission to fly out of Vandenberg. WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, one-foot-resolution commercial satellite. It is intended to operate at an altitude of 617 km... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Globally, smart grid technology has emerged to help utilities deal with challenges such as increased reliability, the need to reduce non-technical losses, distributed renewable generation, and electric vehicles, but for small to medium utilities, access to IT resources limits their... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The South Asia developing members (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have a population of 1.43 billion people. One-third of the inhabitants of the region live in poverty. In a recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to Gigaom in 2012 a Florida-based patent troll sued both Apple and Google because they included a view of street level images next to or inserted in a map in their products. The troll had filed patents on this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Between the Poles
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An Urban Planning Domain Working Group (DWG) has been chartered to define the role for Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards within the urban planning discipline. The DWG offers an open forum for the discussion and presentation of interoperability requirements, use... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Between the Poles
Several of the heavily populated countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia, are experiencing high rates of rural electrification. Meeting the increased demand for power across the region will require innovative approaches, especially for regions remote... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The total wind capacity in the U.S. at the end of 2013 was 61 GW which provided about 4.5 % of total U.S. demand. A large portion of all wind turbines installed in the United States generate power for on-site... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Between the Poles
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United Launch Alliance (ULA) conducted a Atlas V launch today at 11:30 am PDT, orbiting DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Earth observation satellite. The launch was the first commercial Atlas mission to fly out of Vandenberg. WorldView-3 is the first multi-payload, super-spectral, one-foot-resolution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) the Fukushima Daiichi accident led to a 10% decline in nuclear electricity production from 2010 to 2012. Permanent shutdown of eight reactors in Germany Temporary shutdown of 50 of Japan’s operable reactors -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services has set the launch date for DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 Earth observation satellite for Aug. 13, 2014. The spacecraft will launch on an Atlas 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. WorldView-3, is the first multi-payload, super-spectral,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The first Free and Open Solutions for Geoinformatics-Asia conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, 2-5 December 2014. FOSS4G-Asia 2014 aims to bring together FOSS4G users and developers worldwide and foster closer interactions with and amongst Asian communities in order... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
A central achievement of former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was to put together a set of regulations that required Internet providers to treat all traffic the same. But the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals while affirming the FCC’s power to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has issued a policy memorandum that prohibits launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft (UAVs) on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service. The NPS is prohibiting UAVs until it can determine "the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
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To encourage Californians to invest in renewable energy such as solar PV, California implemented a policy of net metering. Basically what this means is that customers who install solar PV panels on their roofs and sell excess power to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. ESA Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Between the Poles
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I've blogged several times about the challenge that customer installed solar PV as well as companies like Solar City present to traditional electric power utilities. Utilities across North America are evaluating alternative business models, trying different strategies for both encouraging... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Between the Poles
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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 Jul 30, 2014 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 Jul 24, 2014 at Between the Poles