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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 rapid increase of sensing and mobile devices is an unstoppable information source that is transforming human lives in incredible ways. Every two days the human race is now generating as much data as was generated from the dawn of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The UK Government's goal for construction industry is to reduce the CAPEX for public construction projects. To reach its goal for the construction industry the UK Government has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is a commitment to embrace Building... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Between the Poles
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There are two advances in technology that are having almost as much impact on mapping our world and tracking the location of things in it as the introduction of the GPS. The development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in the 1980s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Currently geospatial data and technology are used tactically by electric power utilities for many purposes including outage management, vegetation management, disaster management, renewable energy facility siting, universal electrification planning, asset management, and energy density mapping, to name just a few.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Between the Poles
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One of the most exciting presentations at the annual Hexagon conference HxGN Live in Anaheim from the viewpoint of practical application of new technology was a talk given by Gilbert Roulier of Grunder Ingenieure AG, who reported on a pilot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The typical multi-spectral camera used on satellites and airborne platforms captures three or four bands - typically the Landsat bands: green, red and near-infrared. But hyperspectral cameras can capture 270 bands and are light enough to be mounted on a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Following the Geo-enabling BIM Call to Action at Geo Business 2016, this is the next step. Survey4BIM - BIG5 Geospatial Challenges Workshop Face to Face Round table event Wednesday 29th June 2016 Hear about the BIG 5 Geospatial Challenges and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Between the Poles
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According to a recent report from Transparency Research “Commercial Satellite Imaging Market” which analyzes the global commercial satellite imaging market for the period 2013–2023, the global commercial satellite imaging market was valued at $2.5 billion in 2014. The report profiles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Between the Poles
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About three years ago at the GI_Forum Symposium in Salzburg, Paolo Viskanic of R3 GIS gave a presentation about a ground breaking project to map underground infrastructure that had been underway in the Region of Lombardy in Northern Italy. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Between the Poles
Some countries including Indonesia have passed legislation regulating geospatial data. The intention appears to be to ensure a certain level of quality in geospatial data provided by private data providers to the public. For example, in Indonesa, the law provides... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Last week I had the opportunity to present at the annual Hexagon conference HxGN Live in Anaheim. Hexagon is a rapidly growing company with broad technology reach with core strengths in geospatial surveying and laser scanning technology (Leica Geosystems), UAVs,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has issued a pre-release version of the Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016). The pre-release includes the Reference case and the No Clean Power Plan case. The Reference case includes existing legislation and regulation including... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At SPAR 2013Ron Singh, Engineering Automation Manager/Chief of Surveys, Oregon Department of Transportation (DoT) made a startling proposal that would stand the traditional highway construction process on its head by making the post-construction as-built survey the critical source of reliable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Gartner's latest hype cycle identifies a new trend "citizen data science" that has important implications for the geospatial sector. At the recent Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) Ottawa Branch Workshop on Big Data: What is it? Technology and Applications, Monica... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Between the Poles
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In September 2011, the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of creating collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organizations in open source GIS software and data.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Spar 3D Expo and Conference in Houston I had the opportunity to chat with Nicolas Arnold, VP of Product Development at SKUR. SKUR is a young software company that has just released its first product, which automates comparing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Between the Poles
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An important milestone for defining testing and certification for smart grid interoperability is the publication of a new standard, the Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM). This new standard is a joint effort by the NEMA Distribution Automation Technical... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Between the Poles
MGM Resorts is planning to leave the NV Energy grid in October even if it has to pay $86.9 million in exit fees to do so. Wynn is also planning to leave the NV Energy Grid late this year, but... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Electric Choice has created a compilation of Clinton and Trump's announced positions on energy and related policies. Some of the highlights: Hillary Clinton Nuclear Power: Clinton is an advocate for advanced nuclear power and the expansion of successful initiatives such... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at Between the Poles
At this year's Geo Business 2016 event in London two sessions were held focussing on geo-enabling building information modeling (BIM). Sponsored by Survey4BIM, an initiative supported by the UK Government BIM Task Group, the meetings were intended to encourage the... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Between the Poles
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A number of return on investment (ROI) studies have identified the significant benefits of knowing where underground utilities are located. For example, a Pennsylvania State University study commissioned by the Pennsylvania DoT found a return on investment of US$21.00 saved... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Gartner has predicted that by 2020 the largest electric power company will be an Uber-like behemoth that will not own assets but will simply manage energy suppliers and energy consumers in an open market. This business model requires transactive energy,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Between the Poles
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has announced new net metering rules and rates for residential customers. The order implements a structured transition to cost based rates for net metering customers over twelve years. Customers will be required to... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The U.K. electricity industry has been through privatization and changing regulation. From privatization to consolidation to expansion the market has seen cyclical consolidation and expansion. The structure of the industry that has evolved has become a model for many others... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Between the Poles
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According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) since 2005 renewables have risen from 8% of total electricity generation in the U.S. to 13% in 2015. In 2015 non-emitting sources, renewables and nuclear, provided a record 33% of overall U.S. electricity... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Between the Poles