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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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Michael Byrne, who was Geographic Information Officer (GIO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and led the development of the National Broadband Map (NBM), has just been awarded the Citizen Services Medal for creating a series of online maps (National... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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Construction is being transformed. I've blogged about the startling (at least to traditional construction contractors) vision of the future of highway construction of the Chief of Surveys at the Oregon Department of Transportation (DoT) in which BIM for Infrastructure and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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As part of the 2009 Copenhagen Accord Canada committed to a target of a 17 % reduction in emissions below 2005 levels for Canada’s economy as a whole. Without action from governments, consumers and businesses since 2005, emissions in 2020... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Between the Poles
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Orion is now more than 3,000 miles above Earth after its launch on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Florida this AM. Orion is not carrying people, but NASA wants to find out about how the spacecraft behaves in flight... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Over 50% of the cost of maintaining a building is what is called operations and maintenance which is comprised of administration, maintenance and repairs, and restoration projects. In most building construction projects, even if BIM is used for design and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Last June Airbus Defence and Space's SPOT 7 Earth-observation satellite was launched successfully from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India. The first images from SPOT7 were released three days after the launch, Today SPOT 7 was commercially launched, making... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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In June 2014, Sylvia Pinel, the Minister of Logement et de l’Égalité des territoires (Ministry of Housing), announced the intention to put in place a “French numerical strategy” with the possibility of making BIM mandatory in public procurement in 2017.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Transforming Singapore's construction industry: from paper drawings to smart cities Singapore has a compelling vision of where it wants to be by 2030. Since about 2003 when it first introduced e-submissions, it has moved rapidly on two fronts; automating the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Ground-level ozone, a major contributor to smog, forms when nitrogen and volatile organic emissions from vehicles, industries, and power plants are exposed to sunlight. It affects people with respiratory diseases such as asthma and can lead to premature death. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Finland has been among the earliest adopters of Building Information Modeling (BIM). A startup software company named Tekla Oy was formed in 1966 and got heavily into BIM in the 1970s. Tekla was acquired by Trimble in 2012 for about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Very excited to see this course given at IIT Bombay. We need more courses on geospatial technology for engineers and architects. Title : GIS for Civil Engineers - A Short Term Course at IIT Bombay, India When : 01 Dec... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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I was lucky enough to attend the High Performance Geoprocessing Symposium in Ottawa. It is amazing how far some very exciting geospatial projects focused on "big spatial data" under the LocationTech umbrella have come in the last few years. If... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Today 12 November, a lander called Philae from ESA's Rosetta spacecraft made the first-ever landing on a comet, Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. This image of the comet 3 km away was taken by Philae before it landed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The UK Government's goal for construction industry is to reduce the CAPEX for public construction (design and build) projects. To reach its goal for the construction industry the UK Government has undertaken several initiatives, one of which is a commitment... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At the BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada conference in Toronto, Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman of buildingSMART and CEO of HOK delivered the keynote. His message was very simple. In the U.S. buildings are too expensive, are too inefficient to operate and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Nanosatellites for Earth observation are very small, low cost satellites typically weighing kilograms and with volumes of a few liters. NASA has a program called the CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) which provides opportunities for nanosatellites to fly inexpensively as auxiliary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Between the Poles
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28 Dove Cubesat satellites each weighing about 5 kilograms of Planet Labs' Flock 1 constellation began deploying in early February of this year from the ISS. Planet Labs, San Francisco, California provides medium-resolution (3- to 5-meter) “whole Earth” imaging with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At the ISO/TC 59 Plenary Week in Toronto this week, a day long collaboration session was organized by ISO/TC 59, buildingSMART, and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). This is a major milestone for the development of standards as a foundation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The New York Public Utility Commission is moving the New York state utility industry toward a radical refinition of utilities as we have known them over the past hundred years since Tesla and Edison created the electric power industry. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Between the Poles
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At Oracle Open World in San Francisco 2014, September 28–October 2 the Oracle Spatial and Graph SIG held a Meetup. By way of background Oracle Spatial and Graph support geospatial data and analytics for land management and GIS, mobile location... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Demand response programs involve paying power consumers not to use power at certain times. Reducing peak load can save consumers money by avoiding the use of or even construction of "peakers", generation facilities that are very expensive to run and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Late breaking: The engine burn was successful and ISRO reports that the Mars Orbiter spacecraft is now in orbit about Mars. Wednesday Sep 24 India's Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission probe is scheduled to fire its main engine and small... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Geospatial information comes from many different sources and is managed by many different providers from mapping agencies to commercial data providers to volunteered geographic information. To optimize usage of this data there is a need to easily discover and share... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Over the past decade,distributed generation, especially solar photovoltaic (PV), consumer demand response programs, and other flexible distributed resources of electric power has grown dramatically. Until now, with a few exceptions such as Germany and Hawaii, distributed intermittent resources have represented... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The objective of the remarkable four year Stonehenge project was to create a detailed archaeological map of Stonehenge and its surroundings based on a synthesis of remote sensing and subterrainean geophysical data. The result is a digital model of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Between the Poles