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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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Earlier this week Github published a graph showing the relative popularity of programming languages among GitHub development project repositories, both private and public, for 2008 to 2015. Some things don't seem too surprising. Javascript is at the top. C++ has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Between the Poles
I spent a couple of of very worthwhile days in Washington DC this week attending GeoBuiz Summit. A top highlight of the sessions was the presentation by Greg Turetzky, Principal Engineer in the GNSS and Location Strategy group at Intel.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at Between the Poles
The electricity industry is undergoing a transformation. With utilities embracing geospatial technology and turning into data driven enterprises in the Smart Grid scenario, the sector is staring at an innovative future. The National Academy of Engineering identifies the electric power... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Between the Poles
At the beginning of May Elon Musk gave a presentation is which he offered his vision of an alternative to fossil fuels as the future of humanity's energy sourcing and delivery. Musk's long term objective is global carbon free energy... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Between the Poles
According to a recent article in Science, 132 CubeSats were launched in 2014. The original 1U CubeSat, designed in 1999, was a 10 cm cube weighing less than a kilogram. They could be launched on Russian rockets for about $30,000.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Between the Poles
A new open journal Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards provides an advanced forum for the science and technology of open data, crowdsourced information, and sensor web through the publication of reviews and regular research papers. The journal publishes articles... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Between the Poles
Registration for the FOSS4G 2015 Conference in Seoul has opened. There is only one week left to submit your abstracts for presentations (closing April 24th). Some ideas for topics include Development: new development in projects. Hacks and Mashes: novel solutions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Between the Poles
Prashant Shukle, Director General of Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) at Natural Resources Canada, invited the Canadian geospatial community to a pre-release discussion of the just released Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Economic Value Study of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Between the Poles
In November, 2012 Navigant Research released a report on building optimization and commissioning services in which it estimated that the global market for these services amounted to $2.2 billion annually in 2012. Navigant predicted that the market would double to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Between the Poles
As readers of this blog might remember, I began following the Fukushima Daiichi and Daiini events as they unfolded starting on March 11, 2011. The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi occurred because of the lack of external power to the plant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Between the Poles
Conservation voltage reduction (CVR) or volt-var is an approach to demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) that can provide major benefits without significant alterations to the power distribution system, unlike other DR/EE approaches. Volt-var is used to reduce demand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Between the Poles
A blog post has been posted by Harsha Vardhan about Google's plans for retiring its enterprise geospatial products. According to Harsha the Maps Business Unit of Google, which provides mapping services consumers and businesses, is moving forward with a different... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Between the Poles
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has approved the Augmented Reality Markup Language 2.0 Interface Standard (ARML 2.0). ARML 2.0 provides a free and open, non-proprietary encoding that content providers can use to specify the location and visual appearance of real... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Between the Poles
Energy performance modeling for buildings is a new field, but one that is getting a lot of interest under the impetus of government mandates and incenti ves. It's so new that there is no set of standard best practices. Energy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Between the Poles
February 26, 2015 the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules to protect net neutrality. This is in response to a court decision in April 2010, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided that the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Between the Poles
INSPIRE-Geospatial World Forum 2015, a joint conference organized by the European Commission and Geospatial Media and Communications, has made available its full conference program. Almost 500 presentations are scheduled on topics including building information modelling (BIM), open data, big data... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Between the Poles
A very exciting project has been proposed at LocationTech (it's in the Project Proposal Phase as defined in the Eclipse Development Process). Simply put, GeoWave intends to do for "big data" databases (initially Apache Accumulo) what PostGIS does for SQL... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Between the Poles
Dr Anne Kemp, Director and Fellow, Atkins, Vice-Chair of BuildingSmart, UK, Chair of ICE BIM Action Group, and Chair of BIM4Infrastructure UK, has published very thought-provoking insights into how the convergence of BIM and geospatial can contribute to the better... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Between the Poles
In general the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial purposes is illegal in the U.S. But in the last few months the Federal Aviation Administration has issued grants of exemption to six companies for commercial UAVs for general... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Between the Poles
One of the highlights of this this year's RICS BIM Conference in London was the keynote presentation Delivery of Level 2 BIM by Terry Stocks, Deputy Head of Estates Department, Ministry of Justice and Delivery Director for Level 2 BIM,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Between the Poles
Geospatial World has just published the results of a survey of 650 of its readers conducted between November 2014 and January 2015 targeted on their geospatial technology and data usage. Geospatial softwarion One of the questions asked in the survey... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Between the Poles
Geospatial World has just published the results of a survey of 650 of its readers conducted between November 2014 and January 2015 targeted on their geospatial technology usage. Geospatial technologies The geospatial technologies respondents were asked to report on their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Between the Poles
According to the IEA's Energy Technology Perspectives 2014, global growth in electricity demand exceeds all other final energy carriers. Since the 1970s, electricity's share of total energy demand has grown from 9% to over 17%. It is expected to increase... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Between the Poles
At last year's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) BIM National Conference 2014, RICS sponsored a BIM Vendor Showcase in which a BIM model derived from s canning the RICS headquarters building in Parliament Sq in London was provided to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Between the Poles
At DistribuTECH 2015, Duke Energy held a session about their Phase 2 project (COW II) of the Coalition of the Willing initiative. Stuart Laval, Smart Grid Technology Manager at Duke, presented an overview of the COW II project. At most... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Between the Poles