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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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This short interview with Steve Slusarenko, the Director of the SUMDEx initiative, is intended to give an update on the SUMDEx Team’s progress and to give readers an understanding of when the project will be ready to support the damage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2024 at Between the Poles
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A panel entitled 'The Geoff Zeiss Utilities & Infrastructure Panel' is taking place in honor of Geoff Zeiss, who passed away in 2022, at the GoGeomatics Expo in Calgary this November 6-8, 2023. Attendees at the GoGeomatics Expo, are looking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2023 at Between the Poles
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For the May 16, 2023, SUMSF 2023 livestream panel discussion, “Next Steps in the Evolution of Damage Prevention,” Steve Slusarenko, Director of CUIR, Gopher State One Call ‘s Chief of Operations Officer, Barb Cederberg, Peter Lamb, Professional Land Surveyor/Deputy Chief Surveyor at Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), and Lawrence Arcand, President at 4Sight Utility Engineers, joined their knowledge and expertise together to inspire and inform participants. Slusarenko acts as moderator for this discussion. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Steve Slusarenko, Director of CUIR (Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register) and Bob Basques, Technical Director of SharedGeo, presented the “Case for Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register” during their May 16, 2023, SUMSF 2023 livestream presentation called, “CUIR Presents the Minnesota Utilities Mapping Project.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Bringing information from around the world, Dr. Vincent Fan, Lidarist Company Limited, Chief Technical Officer, Leo Kwan, Lidarist Chief Executive Officer and Dr. Wai Yeung Yan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Assistant Professor, joined together at SUMSF 2023 to present a livestream on May 16, 2023 called, “Deep learning based underground digital twins: Scan to BIM.” Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2023 at Between the Poles
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A livestream presentation by Reduct on the Importance of 3D Gyroscopic Pipeline Mapping Technology during the visionary Geoff Zeiss SUMSF 2023, on May 16, 2023. Presenter is Otto Ballintijn, CEO of Reduct. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Peter Pulsifer, a Professor of Geomatics in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Carleton University, and Stephen Fai, a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, teamed up to present “Establishing an Urban Infrastructure Mapping Research Program: Remembering Dr. Geoff Zeiss / Introduction to the National Digital Twin Initiative,” during a livestream at SUMSF 2023. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Between the Poles is looking to create an Editorial Committee. Between the Poles is an engaging blog created by the late Geoff Zeiss to discuss everything about infrastructure and underground utilities in the construction process. Zeiss strongly advocated on issues of importance in utilities, infrastructure and other industries. The blog also addresses issues and updates. It currently continues under the care of GoGeomatics Canada. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2023 at Between the Poles
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At Geoff Zeiss's visionary SUMSF 2023, on May 16, 2023, Robert (Bob) Schultz, an Electric Utility Industry Specialist for Locusview, held a livestream presentation. The topic of his talk was “The Rapid Growth of Electric Infrastructure Impacts on Utility Processes and Systems of Record.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2023 at Between the Poles
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At Geoff Zeiss visionary SUMSF 2023, on May 16, 2023, Joshua Lieberman, OGC Director of Innovation Programs, held a livestream presentation called, "OGC Presents Integrating and Sharing Underground Information with MUDDI: SUMSF 2023." Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2023 at Between the Poles
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A presentation at Geoff Zeiss visionary SUMSF 2023, on May 16, 2023, was by Reveal’s CEO and founder, Sam Wiffen, held a livestream presentation on Tuesday, May 16, during SUMSF 2023. The topic of the presentation was, “Building Unified Utility Models for Major Civil Infrastructure Projects. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2023 at Between the Poles
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The first livestream of the Geoff Zeiss visionary SUMSF 2023, on May 16, 2023, was by the Keynote speaker, Gopher State One Call Chief of Operations Officer, Barb Cederberg. Her presentation, “In Memory of Geoff Zeiss: Minnesota Utilities Mapping Project (MN UMP). Gopher One is a notification center in Minnesota. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Geoff Zeiss devoted over 30 years of his life to the Geospatial industry and global community. Besides focusing on utility and construction sectors, and mapping underground utility infrastructure among many other projects, he promoted awareness, innovation, and the evolution of geospatial data, technology, and underground utilities. Geoff and GoGeomatics created the SUMSF event together, and SUMSF 2023 is continuing the legacy with the help of this year's Gold Sponsor, Reveal, and Silver Sponsors, lidarist, Locusview, and Reduct Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Geoff Zeiss devoted over 30 years of his life to the Geospatial industry and global community. Besides focusing on utility and construction sectors, and mapping underground utility infrastructure among many other projects, he promoted awareness, innovation, and the evolution of geospatial data, technology, and underground utilities. Geoff and GoGeomatics created the SUMSF event together, and SUMSF 2023 is continuing the legacy with the help of this year's Gold Sponsor, Reveal, and Silver Sponsors, lidarist, Locusview, and Reduct. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Geoff Zeiss devoted his life to the Geospatial Industry and beyond, for over 30 years. He focused on the construction and utility sectors, as well as mapping underground infrastructure and other projects. Before his sudden passing in September 2022, he... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2023 at Between the Poles
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Reveal is a company solving subsurface needs in communities and more, encouraging people to look deeper to protect, understand, and transform the world’s subsurface in frastructure, leading to an accessible, reliable, and connected future. Managers, engineers, contractors and visionaries can have complete oversight of their underground asset projects and operations. Reveal’s team of experts, digital products, tools, and services help all subsurface operations and projects, from paint on the ground to subsurface digital twins. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2023 at Between the Poles
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The Canadian Underground Infrastructure Register (CUIR) initiative was introduced to readers last May 2022, where the initiative's basic intent and reasoning were discussed. The initiative is to reduce the risk and cost associated with working on, or near, buried infrastructure.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2023 at Between the Poles
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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