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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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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
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Anne Pramaggiore, President and CEO of ComEd of Chicago, was the first at the Smart Gird Interoperability Panel 2016 Grid Modernization Summit in Washington DC to call the current business transformation that the electric power industry is experiencing a revolution.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Important new research on the reliability of the generally available technology for detecting and gelocating underground utility infrastructure and the costs of hitting utilities during excavation (known as strikes in the UK) was presented at the Year in Infrastructure 2016... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Between the Poles
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At the Year in Infrastructure 2016 conference in London the Be Inspired Awards set some new records. There were 311 submissions from 22 countries. Of these 110 were completed and operational projects and 120 were under construction. 60 projects were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Introduction Building Information Models are comprehensive digital representations of buildings which include 3D geometry and associated data. They are widely used for designing, engineering, and constructing buildings (vertical BIM) and infrastructure (horizontal BIM). Owners are beginning to see value in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Between the Poles
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2 November 14:30 - 15:30 Dr. Anne Kemp Atkins Fellow and Director, Atkins Dr. Nicole Metje Reader in Infrastructure Monitoring, University of Birmingham (UK) “Out of site and out of mind.” Many of the challenges faced by utilities in managing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Many commodity products are manufactured from organic compounds sourced originally from fossil fuels. Closing the carbon cycle by utilizing CO2 and displacing fossil fuels as a source (feedstock) for these commodities is a key intermediate step towards a carbon-free future.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Between the Poles
200 countries have agreed in Kigali to reduce the emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are greenhouse gases used as an alternative to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in foam production, refrigeration, and air conditioning. When it was realized that chlorofluorocarbons were responsible... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Between the Poles
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Methane has the second-largest global radiative forcing impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gases after carbon dioxide. In addition to anthropogenic sources, mainly fossil fuels, livestock and waste, natural methane sources i nclude the biosphere (wetlands, termites, oceans, wildfires, and wild animals),... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Between the Poles
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As the electric power industry generates increasing amounts of renewable energy from intermittent sources such as wind and solar PV, the ability to nowcast radiance and wind velocity with km resolution up to 25 minutes in advance has become essential... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Between the Poles