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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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AI and Multi-Sensor Underground Utility Mapping There are no silver bullets—no single sensor will detect everything. Multi-sensor is increasingly popular, yet the challenge lies in processing and analyzing these together. AI is stepping up to solve this. I love this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2022 at Between the Poles
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For over 30 years, Geoff Zeiss devoted his life to the Geospatial industry and community all over the world. It was a life focused on the utility and construction sectors, mapping underground utility infrastructure, BIM, CAD, Geospatial interoperability, machine learning,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Recently jurisdictions such as Colorado have mandated SUE surveys on all public civil engineering projects. Return on investment (ROI) studies of subsurface engineering utility engineering (SUE) surveys applied to highway construction projects conducted since the late 1990s have consistently revealed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Capturing underground utilities while the pit or trench is open has always been a best practice, but not practiced enough. This has now become so simple that reasons not to document are running out. Underground utilities in NYC – Image... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2022 at Between the Poles
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For a long time it has been a dream of underground utility locators to deploy a drone based system for mapping underground utility infrastructure. The advantages of such a system are speed of execution - drone-based system can gather field... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In most jurisdictions worldwide the low quality of underground infrastructure location data has been identified as a top cause of underground utility damage. Existing underground data, most of which is stored in network owners' utility records, is inaccurate, out of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Gyro or inertial mapping provides an effective technical solution to the challenge of accurately mapping underground utility infrastructure. Gyro mapping solutions are available for any type of underground utility including water, gas, electric power, communications, ducts, and wastewater. Using this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Presently, in 2022, what are some prime candidate technological innovations that utility operators, particularly for underground utilities, should we be looking at? Reading Geoff’s July 19, 2022 blog entry inspired me to think about other geospatial tech innovations for utilities.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at Between the Poles
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What is utility data? If utilities are the lifeblood of our modern civilization, then utility data is the lifeblood of our future planning. That might sound obvious in a world underpinned by data in all forms, from Internet communication to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Utility construction is booming globally. Almost half a trillion annual investment in capital across all the main verticals, electric, natural gas and telecom has resulted in capital investment with construction with as high as 4% growth. On top of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In jurisdictions worldwide the low quality of underground location data has been identified as a top cause of underground utility damage. Existing underground utility data, most of which is stored in network owners' records, is often inaccurate, out of date... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Between the Poles
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For organizations managing a campus such as educational facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial real estate, utilities, and municipalities managing public works, storm sewer systems, and parks which are characterized by having many different utilities and and other infrastructure, an infrastructure digital... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In this blog last month, Geoff introduced the Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register (CUIR) initiative to his readers and outlined the basic intent and reasoning for the CUIR (rhymes with “cure”) initiative and other similar initiatives underway or already in service... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2022 at Between the Poles
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The as-built update backlog is the time it takes for as-builts submitted from the field after completion of construction for newly installed network equipment to get entered into your utility GIS. It is generally measured in months which is appalling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at Between the Poles
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What the engineer does during planning and design has a multitude of impacts: traffic disruptions to the public, safety for workers on construction sites, avoiding delays and budget overruns on projects, decreasing risk to contractors, and reducing cost to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2022 at Between the Poles
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When we look at some of the major projects that have gone sideways, it often can be attributed to the lack of planning for underground infrastructure. This is a global issue and we know that the best way to manage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In New Jersey there was a $320 million project to replace a bridge connecting Stafford Township to Long Beach Island. There are many utilities involved including telecom, Comcast, water and sewer, and electric and conduits. They have carried out a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Singapore has severely limited land, but unlimited space and has started to build many types of activities underground to save the land above ground for the better living of citizens. Many of the traditional utilities such as electric power, water,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Two initiatives of importance to the global geospatial community will begin this June. Expanding Responsibility for the BetweenThePoles blog First of all we are expanding the BetweenThePoles blog from a single content provider (Geoff Zeiss) to an industry collective that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Between the Poles
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Improving disaster resilience requires accurate data about subsurface utility and other infrastructure. New York has has experienced several disasters over recent decades, foremost among them 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. The experience of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy showed that communities interested... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In many jurisdictions worldwide the low quality of underground infrastructure location data has been identified as a top cause of underground utility damage. Existing underground data, most of which is stored in network owners' utility records, is inaccurate, out of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Between the Poles
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According to the Common Ground Alliance, excavation practices have been the root cause of between 30 - 50 % of annual damage incidents between 2015 and 2020. Now an innovative technology Live Dig Radar (LDR) has been developed by RodRadar... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Between the Poles
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The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register initiative Underground infrastructure provides the essential services that fuel our economy. During construction excavators often damage elements of this infrastructure because the location of underground cables, pipes and ducts is not well known. Underground utilities... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at Between the Poles
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The National Underground Asset Register (NUAR) is intended to be a comprehensive digital map of all underground pipes and cables owned and operated by 650 asset owners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. When deployed it will provide immediate access... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at Between the Poles
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In 2016 in the first of several far reaching regulations the California legislature passed SB 661 that created the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board. The primary activities of the board were to develop standards and prescribe rules and regulations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Between the Poles