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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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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 5 days ago 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
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Software comes and goes, but a utility's data model persists. A shared electric power data model enables electric power utilities to move away from incompatible point solutions toward tightly integrated solutions which are essential for real-time monitoring, situational assessment and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Governors' Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC), representing 20 U.S. state governors, both Democratic and Republican, sent a letter to President Trump presenting the benefits of renewable energy, arguing for a Federal commitment to support renewable energy and grid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Yesterday Planet Labs launched 88 Dove satellites to orbit. They were launched on a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. Planet Labs now operates 144 satellites in low Earth orbit. Each of the latest satellites... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Between the Poles
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New rules for commercially operating UAVs in the U.S. have been published by the FAA as Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. These cover commercial uses of drones weighing less than 55 pounds. First and foremost the rules requires... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announced today the initiation of a three-phase project to develop interoperability standards for underground infrastructure. The project is supported by the Fund for the City of New York and its sister organization, the National Center... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Everytime I attend Distributech I come across something that simply knocks my socks off. Alan McMorran of Open Grid Systems has been working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) and Electricity North West (ENW) on a "Grid Reporter" application... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Between the Poles
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New York's influential Reforming the Vision (REV) is not only redefining the regulatory model for the State of New York but has become a model for other states. At this year's Distributech Audrey Zibelman, who was confirmed as chair of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Between the Poles
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At Distributech 2017 in San Diego, the opening keynotes used the word "transformation" to refer to what the electric power industry is going through. Teresa Hansen likened the impact of this transformation to the War of Currents about 100 years... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Earlier this year on a Sunday renewable power supplied almost all of Germany’s power demand, a major milestone in Germany's “Energiewende” policy. The transformation of the grid (called by some a revolution) is being driven by distributed energy (DER) and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Between the Poles
On December 21, 2016 China launched a 620 kg micro-satellite on a Long March-2D rocket to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions. The TanSat satellite is in a sun synchronous orbit 700 km above the earth and will monitor the concentration,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Between the Poles
A report "Smart Building Market - Global Forecast to 2021" projects that the smart building market will grow by 34 % annually from 2016 through 2021. The market size, estimated at $ 5.7 Billion in 2016, is expected to grow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Between the Poles