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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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Last week at a Goldschmidt conference in Paris it was reported that ice cores captured in Antarctica have been dated to 2.7 million years ago. Previously the oldest ice cores from Antarctica from the Dome C site, which have provided... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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One of the most exciting presentations at the SA Geotech conference in Johannesburg was a presentation by Jason Richards of Maptek. He talked about using geospatial technology to map in space and time the instability and ultimate collapse of a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Poles
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A highlight of the SA Geotech conference in Johannesburg was a presentation by Ryno Goosen of Suritec Geospatial. Ryno, who was awarded the Best Paper prize at SA Geotec, gave a fascinating presentation about how he developed an open source... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Between the Poles
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In South Africa there appears to be growing interest in underground utility detection. One of the highlights of the SA Geotech conference in Johannesburg where I had been invited to give a keynote was a demonstration of underground utility detection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
On April 14, 2017 Secretary of Energy Rick Perry issued a memorandum directing preparation of a study to examine whether the retirement of many baseload plants (mostly coal-fired) are premature and whether their retirement reduces grid resilience. The Secretary directed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Innovation in spatial technology is transforming some of the world’s most important economic sectors. The world will need to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure through 2030 just to keep up with global GDP growth. To meet the world's future infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Between the Poles
The world's global coal-fired power generation plants provides around 40% of the world’s electricity. This fleet is the youngest it has been for decades, with more than 500 GW added since 2010, mostly in emerging economies. To simply shut these... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Between the Poles
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I blogged recently about UtiliSocial, a cloud-based system from DataCapable that mines social media and then generates map visualizations using a GIS. UtiliSocial combs social media channels for specific terms and topics related to power utilities, such as power outages,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Immersed concrete structures, which were constructed in Roman harbours from about 55 BCE to 115 CE, have remained intact for 2000 years. In contrast modern concrete structures begin to deteriorate after several decades. Caesarea was one of the first projects... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Normally when customers experience loss of power, the utility does not know about it until customers call the utility to report the problem. With the advent of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and others, there is another way -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Between the Poles
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There has been impressive progress in developing open standards for the integration of geospatial and AEC (architecture, engineering and constcruction) views of city infrastructure which provides a standards-based basis for full-lifecycle management from design through to operations and maintenance of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At GeoBusiness 2017 in London, Simon Rawlinson of Arcadis, argued passionately for improving the efficency of the construction industry, which is 8% of the UK's GDP. Digitalization, in which BIM + geospatial play a key role, is essential to delivering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At GeoBusiness 2017 in London, Stuart Martin, CEO of Catapult Satellite Applications, made the case for importance of the integration of satellite data into geospatial technology. He cited a widely publicized figure that we capture 2.5 x 10**18 bytes (2.5... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At HxGNLive Juergen Dold, President of Hexagon Geosystems which is responsible for the Leica Geosystems brand, gave a talk about perception and reality. Perception is how we see the world, but perceptions are subjective and are not always reliable. Reality... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Between the Poles
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I have already blogged about the Leica BLK360 whose size, capabilities, one button operation and price point promise to revolutionize professional scanning for construction. Anyone who has used a Leica scanner is familiar with Cyclone software and, in particular, with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At HxGNLive in Las Vegas this week I attended a session on using Leica technology to locate underground assets presented by Brett Black, GIS Solutions, Simon Pedley, Utility Detection Solutions and Mike Baker, G/Technology Product Manager. This presentation covered the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At HxGNLive in Las Vegas this week a very interesting presentation with practical implications for anyone involved in construction, whether buildings or horizontal infrastructure was provided by Stanley Lawrence, Reid Flamm, and Michael Moore of Datum Tech Solutions, a Hexagon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Between the Poles
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I am at HxGNLive in Las Vegas this week. One of the several very interesting presentations with important implications for a number of industries is a talk by Massimo Zotti of Planetek. He described an application called Network Alert that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At GeoBusiness 2017 in London, Hugh Boyes, a Cyber Security specialist outlined some of the security risks of digital engineering and the importance of cybersecurity for engineering projects. BIM models, floorplans and 3D LiDAR scans of sensitive buildings and infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Between the Poles
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In a new study The Business Value of BIM for Infrastructure 2017 released by Dodge Data & Analytics it was found that BIM implementation for transportation infrastructure projects has grown dramatically in the last two years. Dodge surveyed engineers and... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The construction industry in the UK, as in many of the world's advanced economies, suffers from low productivity compared to other industries, a situation which hasn't improved in 25 years according to Simon Rawlinson of the Construction Leadership Council. Various... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Between the Poles
The world is rapidly developing the technology that allows energy flows to be determined by market forces. There is little doubt that transactive energy is in the future of electric power in North America, which already has continental grids, and... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Leica BLK360 has won a CES 2017 Innovation Award. The BLK360 is a miniaturized 3D imaging laser scanner that weighs about a kilogram. It captures full-color panoramic images overlaid on a millimeter accuracy point cloud. It shoots 360-degree high... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Today's 3D scanners are able to generate 3D models in which humans can easily recognize objects such as vegetation, ground, buildings, power transformers, utility poles and cables, and windows and doors. Automating this process of classifying point clouds or meshes,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At the SPAR3D 2017 conference, Burkhard Boeckem, CTO of Hexagon Geosystems, gave a vision of the future of 3D technologies developed by technology firms such as Hexagon. Among the well-known brands that form Hexagon Geosystems is Leica Geosystems, which recently... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Between the Poles