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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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At the SPAR International conference Avideh Zakhor from the University of California Berkeley gave an enthralling presentation about her research on capturing optical and thermal point clouds of the insides of buildings using a portable backpack containing a collection of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Between the Poles
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I've blogged many times about the aging workforce challenge facing many industries. At the SPAR International conference Wayne Rodieck of Anadarko Petroleum outlined what this means to the oil and gas industry and how he is uing IT to bridge... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Between the Poles
According to Wired UK, Jane Goodall has launched a massive open online course (MOOC) based around digital mapping for communities. The course is being offered through Roots and Shoots, a community action and learning program run by the Jane Goodall... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Between the Poles
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At the SPAR International Conference today Kirk Knorr from Burns & McDonnell and Gregory Lawes of point3D gave a presentation about their experience using a handheld scanner from DotProduct LLC. This is a professional device intended for engineers and others... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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At the SPAR International Conference in Colorado Springs this morning Magnus Rönnäng, ‎Technical Expert in Virtual Manufacturing at Volvo Car Group gave a fascinating presentation on how Volvo has transformed the modeling of their automobile assembly plant using laser scanning.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has achieved incredible penetration in the vertical construction market in North America and in several Northern European and Asian countries. A recent McGraw Hill Construction report released in early 2014 analyzes survey data collected from construction... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Between the Poles
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Energy and water are valuable resources that strongly correlate with economic development. Water and energy are also highly interdependent. In the United States about half of water withdrawals are used for power generation. Water is also used in the extraction,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Between the Poles
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has reported that public transportation use in the United States in 2013 reached 10.7 billion trips/year which is the highest number in 57 years. Ridership data has been collected ridership information since 1917. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
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April 3 Europe launched the first Sentinel-1A satellite of the €8.4-billion Earth monitoring Copernicus program, which is managed by the European Commission. This was the first of a constellation of six Sentinel families which are scheduled to be launched by... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The results of an analysis of a survey of 241 public sector officials and 202 senior-level real estate executives (developers, investors, lenders and advisors) conducted by the Urban Land Institute and EY have just been released as a report Infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Between the Poles
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In New Hampshire in 2006 the Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) converted a coal-fired plant at Schiller Station to wood pellets. The Northern Wood Power at Schiller Station is capable of 50 MW and gets its wood pellets come... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Open government data is a key business resource for hundreds of U.S.-based companies. Previous studies have estimated the broad economic value of open government data, but Open Data 500 is the first to take an approach that looks at individual... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) has achieved incredible penetration in the vertical construction market in North America and in several Northern European and Asian countries. The McGraw-Hill Construction report Business Value of BIM in North America 2012 reports that overall Adoption... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Energy efficiency markets provide goods and services that reduce energy consumption. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its first Energy Efficiency Market Report which attempts to quantify investments and market outcomes from avoided energy consumption. The global energy efficiency... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Between the Poles
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According to Lawrence Livermore National Labs' annual energy report, U.S. energy consumption in 2013 increased by 2.3 quadrillion BTUs (quads) or 2.4% to 97.4 quads. 2008 99.2 quads 2009 94.6 2010 98.0 2011 97.3 2012 95.1 2013 97.4 Most energy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Between the Poles
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In 2009 there were about 1019 transistors shipped in 2009, or over 1 billion per person. It is estimated that the number of smartphones, tablets and PCs in use will reach about 7.3 billion units in 2020. It is projected... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The Australian Government has prepared reports on the economic benefits of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) including specific sectors of the Australian economy. The studies were conducted by ACIL Allen. To provide some context for this two countries, Australia and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Increasing urbanisation, pressure on existing infrastructure, push for productivity in construction sector and environmental concerns are driving the convergence of geospatial, 3D and information modeling technologies. Over the next two decades, construction of buildings and infrastructure (electric power, water/wastewater, roads... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Between the Poles
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, who has led the Ordnance Survey for almost 14 years as its Director General and Chief Executive has announced today that from 14 April she will focus for the rest of the year on the growth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced that at 8:48 pm CT on Wednesday evening, March 26, instantaneous output from wind reached a record 10,296 megawatts (10.3 GW). ERCOT also said that at 3:14 am CT Thursday March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Between the Poles
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There seems to be a new startup in the Earth observation (EO) satellite sector every couple of months. Many of them rely on very small footprint satellites, typically Cubesats or nanosatellites, to dramatically reduce costs compared to traditional large EO... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Between the Poles
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Last night in Crystal City the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) celebrated its first 20 years. To appreciate the OGC's remarkable achievements it is valuable to look back to where geospatial was before the OGC was formed. The Canada Land Inventory,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The latest Global Wind Report Annual Market Update 2012 from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that the 2012 global wind power market grew by more than 10% compared to 2011. Nearly 45 GW of new wind power capacity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Between the Poles
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EarthCube is community-led cyberinfrastructure that will enable data sharing across the geosciences. Its aim is to develop a framework to assist researchers in understanding and predicting the Earth system from the sun to the center of the Earth. The goal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Between the Poles
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The motto of the ICA-OSGeo Labs initiative is "Geo For All." By combining the potential of e-learning tools and open source geospatial software, the academic community can strengthen education in GIScience providing students with a holistic education covering open source,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Between the Poles