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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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A major gap in the construction process is the unavailability of reliable information about the location of underground utilities during the design stage of civil engineering construction projects such as highways and pipelines. All states and provinces in North America... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Between the Poles
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The ORCGA has just released the 2020 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report. The report is the result of the efforts made by the ORCGA to collect and compile data about the occurrence of events of underground damage in Ontario.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Between the Poles
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A revolution is happening in how we map new underground infrastructure. Instead of the paper as-builts submitted after the completion of construction for a new pipeline or other infrastructure, network owners may now request a LiDAR scan of the newly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Since 2013 France has implemented a national damage prevention system that requires achieving 40 cm accuracy for the location of all critical underground network infrastructure prior to beginning construction. Annual statistics reveal a decreasing trend in the amount of underground... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Many jurisidictions are recognizing the human and economic cost of not knowing the location of underground utilities and other infrastructure and are looking at legislative, regulatory, technological, business practice and other measures to find ways to ensure the capture and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Between the Poles
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The UK Government as part of its building information modeling (BIM) initiative has said repeatedly that it expects the big payoff of a digital model will be during operations and maintenance, which typically represents 80% of the cost of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Between the Poles
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The $10 trillion global construction industry is facing a crisis. For many of the world's advanced economies productivity in the construction sector has been stagnant for years. According to a McKinsey study whereas the average industrial worker adds $37 of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for procurement and real property management for federal departments and agencies. There are about a hundred departments and agencies in the Federal government, of which 23 are custodians of real property assets.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Between the Poles
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In the UK the total number of incidents of utility strikes every year is unknown. Statistics on underground utility strikes such as those collected by the Common Ground Alliance in North America are not available. Since 2013 the Utility Strike... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Utility locates and relocation work have historically been the cause of construction delays on public construction projects, particularly in urban areas with dense population and the commensurate underground utility and telecom infrastructure. With the massive investment require to improve infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2021 at Between the Poles
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A major gap in the construction process is the unavailability of reliable information about the location of underground utilities during the design stage of civil engineering construction projects such as highways and pipelines. All states and provinces in North America... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2021 at Between the Poles
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The grandfather of most quality standards around the globe for the location of underground infrastructure is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 38 standard, which was published two decades ago. The original 2002 version of the standard was relatively... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Between the Poles
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The Geospatial Commission, an agency of the UK government tasked with extracting more value from government geospatial data, has just released its Annual Plan 2021/2022. One of its top priorities is developing to develop a new data asset for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Guest post by Wade Anderson, Vice President, SMB, IQGeo 5G is predicted to have the same economic impact on the US as commercializing the internet did 25 years ago. The technology is the motor of a new data economy built... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Several years ago I blogged previously about an application that used Sentinel-1 radar interferometry to monitor ground displacements with millimetre precision to look for subsidence which might be evidence of a leak in a municipal water system. Now access to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Utility locates and relocation work have historically been the cause of construction delays on public construction projects, particularly in urban areas with dense population and the commensurate underground utility and telecom infrastructure. In recent bills the Ontario Legislature has addressed... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Between the Poles
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) first introduced the ASCE 38-02 Standard Guidelines for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data in 2002 and it has become the model for many underground standards around the world. Yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Between the Poles
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You can see the program for April 30 and register here. Speaker lineup An early innovator in underground utility mapping is Otto Ballintijn, CEO of Reduct which has developed inertial or gyro technology for mapping underground pipe networks. In his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Between the Poles
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We are starting at 10 AM EDT. You can see the program for April 29 and register here. Today's speaker lineup One of the early innovators in applying LiDAR to mapping underground pipelines, Joseph Hlady, President at Lux Modus in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2021 at Between the Poles
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You can see the program for April 29 and 30 and register here. Speaker lineup One of the early innovators in applying LiDAR to mapping underground pipelines, Joseph Hlady, President at Lux Modus in Calgary, Alberta will explain n his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2021 at Between the Poles
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At the GeoIgnite virtual event Ryan Hamilton, Senior Manager 3D Products, at Maxar described a remarkable project Globe in 3D to create a 3D model for the earth's entire landmass using the petabytes of 50 cm imagery that Digital Globe... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Modern reality capture technology is not only providing a high accuracy alternative to paper as-builts, but is also being used to capture the location of underground utilities and other infrastructure exposed during during excavation or exploratory digging. LiDAR scanning or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2021 at Between the Poles
Canada plans to introduce in 2021 certification that would allow pilots to undertake beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) flights in isolated areas without the need for a waiver. This opens the possibility of more frequent, low cost inspection possibilities... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Without accurate maps of underground infrastructure, every construction project runs a significant risk of schedule and budget overruns and causing injuries and fatalities to workers and the public. Underground utility damage also represents a drag of billions of dollars on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2021 at Between the Poles
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Digital logistics management is standard practice in manufacturing and is best know for enabling just in time delivery (JIT). Now a company in Scandinavia has applied digital logistics management to construction. Experience in applying this approach to several hundred projects... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Between the Poles