The assignment of novel educational and research tasks brings the certainty that Europeans will be part of a new era of the utilization of “Culture”: an era with broader exploration ambitions in “research and education” for the CITHM (Culture, Innovation & Technologies for Heritage Management) in Mediterranean Regions. “The Risk of Education explores what is at our origins as human beings.
There are many people who don't consider themselves geospatial professionals, but instead are casual GIS users. They probably don't go to GIS conferences, or keep up with everything that’s happening in the field, and yet I’ll bet they perform a sizeable proportion of all of the mapping and spatial analysis tasks that are done on a given day.
A recent Perspectives column in V1 Magazine noted the potential for using intelligent 3D city models for airports. At Galdos, we believe this is definitely true, and not only for airports, but for many other types of transportation infrastructure including rail stations, and seaport facilities. Furthermore, suitable city models can be used to provide effective functional semantics that could support various types of simulations for traffic management, noise abatement and other applications.
Recently, I was asked if I would teach a Google SketchUp course to a group of planners. I’d put together similar courses in the past, with the objective of giving a basic understanding of 3D concepts and workflows. Always on the ready to exploit any opportunity that spreads knowledge about the power of 3D, I agreed without hesitation. SketchUp is a good, and easy to learn, tool for planners to explore massing options, test shadow impacts, and other simple design related issues. This course turned out to be unexpectedly different. While what they were learning would still be applicable to a range of urban design related projects, the focus of the course wasn’t about using SketchUp as a design development or analysis tool. Why they wanted to use SketchUp caught me completely by surprise.
Today, cities are growing beyond their physical limits and resource capacities. This sprawling growth encroaches on prime agricultural land and creates severe socioeconomic and environmental problems.