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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.
Recent Activity
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 10 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
The "levelized cost", which is the present value of the total cost of building and operating a generating plant over its financial life, aims at making the costs of different generation technologies comparable. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has just released its International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016). IEO2016 projects that world energy consumption will increase by 48% between 2012 and 2040. China and India are expected to account for more than half... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Methane is one of the more potent greenhouse gases for global warming. The concentration of methane in the atmosphere stabilized from about 1999 to 2007, but since 2007 began rising again. A recent study suggests that the more than 30%... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at Between the Poles
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released Failure to Act: Closing the Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future, which is a 2016 update to 2013 report Failure to Act: The Impact of Infrastructure Investment on America’s Economic Future.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Spar 3D Expo and Conference in Houston Greg Bentley gave a keynote in the morning in which he especially focused on reality modeling and how this technology had been applied to model in 3D the route and venues... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Don't underestimate how easily a regulated industry can be disrupted by a little technology and a better price. Referencing Uber and the regulated taxi industry, that was one of the key messages that Peter Fraser, Vice President, Industry Operations and... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Methane is one of the more potent greenhouse gases for global warming. The concentration of methane in the atmosphere stabilized from about 1999 to 2007, but since 2007 began rising again. A recent study suggests that the more than 30%... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Between the Poles
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A Falcon 9 rocket delivered a Japanese satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and successfully returned its first stage to SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. JCSAT-14 is a communications satellite owned by... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Spar 3D Expo and Conference in Houston The Woodlands, Texas, Avideh Zakhor from the University of California Berkeley was onsite with some remarkable products from her new startup Indoor Reality. I blogged previously about the technology when it... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Between the Poles
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We are seeing the convergence of engineering and architecture with 3D technology and this is enabling a full lifecycle perspective in designing and constructing infrastructure where we not only aim at better project delivery, but also better asset reliability and... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Reality modeling In the future, the deliverables at the end of a construction project will not only include the completed building itself, but also a digital "reality model" of the structure. The digital model will include digital as-builts comprised of... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has reported that India added 6,937 MW of grid-connected renewable energy capacity during FY2015–16, that's over 2% of India's total power generation capacity on 31 March 2016 of 298 GW. 43 GW... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Between the Poles
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DigitalGlobe owns and operates a constellation of commercial earth observation satellites. The latest is Worldview-3 which is capable of about 30 cm precision. Digital Globe's satellites collect 3,000,000 square kilometers of Earth imagery every day, that's about 70 terabytes of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the 16th Annual GITA Pacific Northwest Conference, John Himmel, Manager GIS, at FortisBC Energy gave an overview of a remarkable geospatial solution that FortisBC will be deploying this summer. It is a new online application service that will be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Between the Poles
GeoBuiz Summit is an innovative conference that brings together key industry innovators and leaders to discuss and share knowledge and experience about the evolving technology trends, market behavior, and business models in the geospatial community including vertical markets such as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Between the Poles
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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $4 million for projects to launch the Orange Button℠ initiative. To understand the financial risk of solar energy project development, the solar energy community relies on fragmented datasets released by state energy offices... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the 16th Annual GITA Pacific Northwest Conference at the Boeing Future of Flight Museum in Mukilteo WA, David Steiger gave a fascinating presentation about one of the major problems arising from our poor knowledge about the location of underground... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Between the Poles
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I am back from two remarkable days at the Spar 3D Expo and Conference in Houston. One thing that has stuck in my mind, because it is likely going to impact all of us, is augmented reality (AR) or virtual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Between the Poles
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I have just experienced two remarkable days at the Spar 3D Expo and Conference in The Woodlands, Texas, in itself a remarkable location near Houston. I will blog in more detail in the near future about the things and people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Between the Poles