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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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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force today. It is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. It also addresses the export of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Between the Poles
The British standard PAS 128 which defines quality levels for the location of underground utilities was released in 2014. It is now up for revision. At Geo Business 2018 in London, Ian Bush of Black and Veatch, provided background to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Between the Poles
The existing documentation about the location of underground utilities is poor in many countries and the costs associated with utility strikes, hitting a utility such as a fiber-optic cable, electric power cable, or a gas or water main during construction... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Between the Poles
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than seven million deaths every year are linked to air pollution exposure from household and ambient (outdoor) air pollution. But in spite of these statistics the average city has only one or... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Between the Poles
Speaker lineup Virtual Reference Networks Canadian Geodetic Survey Tools and Services for Accurate Positioning Brian Donahue, Geodetic Survey Division, Natural Resources Canada TopNET Live – GNSS Survey Grade Corrections Where and When You Want Jonathon Ball, Infrastructure Businesses, Topcon Positioning... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Between the Poles
One of the things that is required to make the vast quantity of satellite imagery easily searchable is a common way to query satellite data. The SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog, known as STAC, is an open specification that came about when... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Between the Poles
There is a huge volume of satellite imagery that is being captured and has been captured over the past couple of decades. The challenge is to automatically find objects such as ships, trees, buildings, or containers in this vast amount... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at Between the Poles
Since the formation of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO) in 2006, there has been an annual FOSS4G event that brings together open source geospatial developers, users and supporters from around the world. The first event in Lausanne, Switzerland attracted... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Between the Poles
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a U.S. Government intelligence agency and Department of Defence combat support agency. But it also provides support for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. At FOSS4GNA today in St. Louis I found out that NGA... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Between the Poles
In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) assigned an overall grade of D+ to U.S. infrastructure. Addressing the problem of bringing national infrastructure up to a standard where it becomes an enabler of economic... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Between the Poles
Since first writing about accelerating world wide initiatives to map underground utilities in 2014 there has been increasing acceleration in the U.S. in technology innovation and development. Motivated by the escalating interest in underground infrastructure detection and mapping, the Common... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Between the Poles
Investment in research and development of technology for detecting and mapping underground infrastructure is accelerating. The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has initiated an annual Common Ground Alliance Technology Report. The report not only describes existing and new technology, but also... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Between the Poles
Automated feature extraction from satellite imagery has made major progress in the last year. Accurate building footprints extracted from high resolution satellite imagery are available from companies such as Ecopia (which has just announced a partnership with DigitalGlobe). Also NVIDIA... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2018 at Between the Poles
The Geospatial Data Act (GDA) of 2017, which was introduced in the Senate (S. 2128) and a companion bill in the House (H.R.4395), has some history. It was originally proposed in 2015 by Orrin Hatch, a Republican Senator from Utah,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Between the Poles
Locations of Cross Section surveyors' notebooks At GITA 2018 in Phoenix, Bob Basques, GIS Systems Developer at the City of St Paul, described a system called COMPASS he and his team have developed that provides a shared, easy to use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Between the Poles
I have blogged previously about a French presidential decree in 2012 that mandated that all of France's critical underground utility infrastructure must be mapped in 3D to an accuracy of 40 cm (about 16 inches). Critical infrastructure according to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Between the Poles
Several years ago Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch highway authority, initiated Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) highway projects. Private Dutch engineering and construction companies bidding on these projects found that adopting an integrated geospatial + BIM approach on DBFM projects yielded... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Between the Poles
One of the largest municipal bond-financed construction projects in the United States has mandated building information modeling (BIM), targetting not only design and construction, but as a permanent record of college assets for use during operations and maintenance. The Los... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Between the Poles
There is a general consensus that the development of BIM in Canada lags many other developed countries around the globe. This is partly due to little encouragement from government procurement at the federal and provincial levels and partly due to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Between the Poles
At the CanBIM Regional Session in Vancouver, Mark Cichy, Associate, Director of Computational Design and Research, at DIALOG, gave a fascinating talk about automating the process of designing sustainable buildings. Specifically the talk focussed on applying computational design based on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Between the Poles
New buildings in Vancouver will be zero-emissions or zero-emissions ready by 2030 or earlier. Vancouver will achieve this by a combination of energy usage reporting, incentives to the private sector, regulation including rezoning and building code changes,and increasing public awareness... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at Between the Poles
One of the challenges faced by large utilities with multiple GIS, outage management, customer information and other systems, which are often the result of mergers, is how to make spatial and associated data, in different, often incompatible systems, accessible to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Between the Poles
Vegetation is a significant source of outages for many utilities. In some regions from one quarter to one half of all outages can be ascribed to vegetation. Vegetation encroachment initiated the massive North American northeastern outage of 2003. It is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Between the Poles
Duquesne Light is typical of many of North American small to medium electric power utilities. It does not have an outage management system or an electrical data model which means it is difficult to connect customers to transformers and to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Between the Poles
Yesterday at Distributech 2018 in San Antonio I listened to a talk from a consulting company contracted by an electric power utility to clean up GIS data originally sourced from CAD drawings. This reminded me once again that is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Between the Poles