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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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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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At the SPAR3D 2017 conference in Houston, one of the interesting questions posed to a panel comprised of Greg Bentley (CEO of Bentley), Burkhard Boeckem (CTO of Hexagon Geosystems), and Shabtay Negry (Senior VP at Mantis Vision) is whether point... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At the SPAR3D 2017 conference in Houston, I had the distinct feeling that we are on the cusp of an important inflection point where technology has evolved to the point that it is going to transform the world's construction sector.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The new PAS 256 standard "Buried services – Collection, recording and sharing of location information data", which complements the existing PAS 128 standard, was launched last night at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. It is available at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Between the Poles
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I have just spent an incredible three days in Houston at the SPAR3D 2017 conference. There is so much going on right now in the 3D world with several key technologies just coming to fruition and finding broad application in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Between the Poles
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I have just spent an incredible three days in Houston at the SPAR3D 2017 conference. There is so much going on right now in the 3D world with several key technologies just coming to fruition and finding broad application in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Until 2004 almost all the funding of investment projects was by governments and traditional lending institutions, primarily commercial banks. Pure financial investors were almost absent as equity investors in major infrastructure projects. Global infrastructure fundraising for private equity investments in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Emissions Associated with Electric Power Production Methane represents 9.9 % of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and is at least 20 more times more potent in warming the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. It has been asserted that natural gas power plants,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Around 250 million measurements taken by CryoSat between 2010 and 2016 were used to create the most comprehensive 3D picture of Antarctic ice currently available. The satellite’s orbit takes it to latitudes within 200 km of the north and south... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
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According to the IEA, even thought the world's economy grew in 2016, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions remained constant. This is the third year in a row of "decoupled emissions", economic growth that did not generate more emissions. The IEA ascribes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Between the Poles
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A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that specifically targets open access to geospatial information. It intends to do this by nullifying a regulation under the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that provides open access to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Between the Poles
At the CG/LA Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum Dan Slane, the director responsible for infrastructure in the Trump Transition Team, described his report which he completed and delivered January 20 this year. In his view the only way to get the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Between the Poles
The development, integration, and distribution of the information and spatial data infrastructure necessary to support the vision and goals of a digital Earth will occur in a distributed fashion, in very diverse technological, institutional, socio-cultural, and economic contexts around the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The 2017 ASCE Infrastructure Scorecard has been released this morning. Grades for seven categories of infrastructure – Hazardous Waste, Inland Waterways, Levees, Ports, Rail, Schools, and Wastewater – improved slightly. The grades for three categories – Parks, Solid Waste, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The CG/LA Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal has provided a fascinating glimpse into what is happening around the world in infrastructure from a technology, financing, and business model perspective. From 50,000 feet the big item is that the construction industry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. In 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429 000 malaria deaths. On Thursday, March 3rd 2016, a world-record humanitarian mapathon took place at Politecnico... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The CG/LA Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal has provided a fascinating glimpse into what is happening around the world in infrastructure from a technology, financing, and business model perspective. . From 50,000 feet the big item is that the construction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Big transmission lines have not been built in the U.S. for decades. Now there are multiple projects all driven by bringing renewable energy from remote locations to market. At the CG/LA Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum today two companies presented on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Between the Poles
At the CG/LA Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum today Dan Slane, the director responsible for infrastructure in the Trump Transition Team, described his report which he completed and delivered January 20 this year. In his view the only way to get... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Between the Poles
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In a previous post I alluded to the imminence of the new PAS 256 standard "Buried services – Collection, recording and sharing of location information data" which is intended to complement the existing PAS 128 standard. In the UK the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has announced the initiation of a three-phase project to develop interoperability standards for underground infrastructure. The underground infrastructure data interoperability project will take two and a half years to complete and will involve the collaboration... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Back in 2006 Autodesk was the leading sponsor supporting the formation of the Open Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) in order to open geospatial technology to a wider audience. Now Bentley Systems has joined with AGI to form the Cesium Consortium. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Between the Poles
Utilities have in general not been IT innovators. But the accelerating adoption of smart-grid technologies by utilities is resulting is driving the need for greater IT awareness and skills in the electric power industry. Large utilities have the requisite IT... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Between the Poles