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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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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 4 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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At the GeoBIM Building and Infrastructure Conference in Amsterdam, Ingeborg Ligtenberg, Senior Project manager for Mega Projects, described how the Dutch highway authority Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is piloting a very different approach to highway construction. Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Between the Poles
The Canadian government has announced a a pan-Canadian policy on climate change including a floor price on carbon beginning in 2018. The Paris agreement commits Canada to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases from 2005 levels by 2030.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the GeoBIM Building and Infrastructure Conference in Amsterdam Rob van de Velde and Friso Penninga of Geonovum presented an overview of what has been achieved to date with respect to 3D data and technology at the national level in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Energy efficiency The IEA has projected that a cumulative $44 trillion in investment will be needed in the global energy supply over the next 15 years. Another $23 trillion will be required for energy efficiency improvements. Worldwide 40% of energy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The European construction market amounts to € 1.2 trillion annually or 9.9% of total EU GDP. There are 3.1 million organizations in the European construction industry of which more than 95% are SMEs. As in many jurisdictions over a third... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Year in Infrastructure 2016 conference in London, the Be Inspired Awards attracted over 300 submissions. Many of these were impressive in how they applied digital technology to designing, constructing and maintaining buildings and infrastructure. The winner of this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Year in Infrastructure 2016 conference in London, the Be Inspired Awards attracted over 300 submissions. Many of these were impressive in how they applied digital technology to designing, constructing and maintaining buildings and infrastructure. The winner of this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Between the Poles
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In a recent report, Imagining construction’s digital future, McKinsey & Company suggests that the construction industry is ripe for disruption and two of the technologies that it believes will be key in that anticipated transformation are goespatial and BIM. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Leica Geosystems has announced the “BLK360,” a miniaturized 3D imaging laser scanner. The BLK360 captures full-color panoramic images overlaid on a high accuracy point cloud. The one-button Leica BLK360 and included Autodesk software is intended to be easy to operate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Between the Poles
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After a long delay Worldview-4 has been launched. This means that now the DigitalGlobe constellation of satellites can photograph any spot on Earth more than 4 times per day at a resolution of 30 cm (panchromatic) or 120 cm (multi-spectral... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Smart Gird Interoperability Panel 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington DC the elephant in the room was whether utilities should be excluded from owning renewable power generation. It seemed the topic was so controversial that it was avoided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued its annual World Energy Outlook 2016. The IEA has examined several scenarios. All the Paris COP21 climate pledges from 190 countries have been incorporated into its main scenario. (It does not include any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Between the Poles
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A Report by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has recommended that since more than 60% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are sourced from the world's existing stock of infrastructure, ensuring infrastructure is built to deliver... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Between the Poles