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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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Software tools have become the standard for detailed design. Software has also made significant inroads into many aspects of construction. In contrast conceptual design still relies for the most part on "pencil and back of the envelope". It turns out... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Between the Poles
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Point clouds are fine for visualization to provide context, but to be really useful they need to be classified. Feature extraction, as the process is often referred to, is currently a mostly manual process that has been used for many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Between the Poles
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One of the challenges to the full expression of collaboration on construction projects is sharing information including geometry, properties, scans in the form of reality meshes, descriptions and status of equipment, and other information. In the dark ages of design... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Throughout media day at the Year in Infrastructure 2017 (YII2017) conference I was on the edge of my chair because there were such tanatalizing hints of spatial technologies that might address major challenges of 21st Century construction. We were inundated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The EU has set three goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the catch phrase 20-20-20 by 2020 Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20% from 1990 levels by 2020 Increase the share of renewable energy sources in energy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Between the Poles
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A new datum or geospatial reference system is being introduced in the United States to become the official datum in 2022. At GIS in the Rockies, Pam Fromhertz of the NOAA National Geodetic Survey gave an overview of the reasoning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Between the Poles
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An very interesting report on the geospatial imagery analytics market in 2017 and its growth through 2022 has been released by MarketsandMarkets. The analysis looks at different types of imagery analytics (imagery analytics, video analytics), how the imagery is collected... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Between the Poles
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Geospatial technology - spatial data management and analytics - is being used in many industries outside of the traditional GIS sector. Analysts and IT folks in these industries may be surprised to find that the spatial analytics and data management... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Between the Poles
At a GITA-sponsored webinar yesterday John Wertman, responsible for government relations at the American Association of Geographers (AAG), gave an insightful presentation about the Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017 (S.1253) which has been introduced in the Senate. (Representatives Bruce... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Between the Poles
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The Sydney Light Rail Project is a $2.1 billion PPP project for 12 km of light rail to be completed by 2019. Prior to awarding the contract for construction the Department of Transport for New South Wales undertook 12 months... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Between the Poles
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 Aug 17, 2017 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 Aug 16, 2017 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