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Thursday, October 25th, 2007

What’s the Promise of Intelligent 3D Models?

 Jeff Thurston—“The promise of 3D intelligent models is very high and likely to happen within the next three years in useable forms. This depends of course upon what you mean by ‘intelligent’ models.“ Matt Ball —“To get to intelligent 3D, the volumetric object-oriented models of the CAD world need to be populated by a rich

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Are Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) Moving Forward?

Jeff Thurston—“It is clear, SDI is on the Agenda and rising. Work involving the collection, management, analysis and representation of spatial information throughout the world is expanding.” Matt Ball —“SDI within the United States has evolved from a centralized operation to a distributed network of stakeholders and partners. Working together with a standard of high-quality, the

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Safe Software Fuses More Dimensions

With the continuing convergence of spatial technologies for greater intelligence, one company in particular stands out. Safe Software has long been in the business of moving data with their spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) platform FME. Vector1 Media editor Matt Ball had a conversation with Dale Lutz and Don Murray, co-presidents of Safe Software,

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Will Privacy Issues Prove the Downfall of Geoexploration Platform Creators?

Jeff Thurston—“I don’t believe that privacy issues will be the downfall of geo-exploration platform creators. Although, I don’t think the geospatial community is engaged enough and responding to public concerns about these technologies adequately at the moment.“ Matt Ball —“The geoexploration platform is not a huge privacy worry in and of itself. It’s the combination

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Topcon Focused on Positioning

Topcon in Europe has recently undergone a transformation, having reorganized to separate from their eye care business to be fully dedicated on positioning. The new focused positioning business has grown exponentially since then. Vector1 editors sat down with Ewout Korpershoek, director of marketing and sales for Topcon Europe Positioning, to discuss Topcon’s strategy and the

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

What’s the Role and Value of a National Mapping Agency?

Jeff Thurston—“I would venture that any country that wants to be on the leading edge of the future should be investing in its national mapping agency. Furthermore, any country that does not, will find itself relegated to a second or third tier economic force and vulnerable in the future.“ Matt Ball —”A central government simply

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Are We Destined to Have Parallel Digital Earths?

Jeff Thurston—“The alternative to parallel digital worlds is one digital world – no thanks. I don’t want Google, Microsoft, WorldWind, TITAN or any other single world becoming the dominate, stand alone, source for digital spatial content. In fact, I think each of these do their best work and will reach their highest potential through competition

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

What’s the ROI in the Geospatial Sustainable Environment Sector?

Jeff Thurston — “People do better with clean water, they do better with clean air, they do better with healthy fish supplies and marine environments and they do better with a sense that they feel secure that their environments will support their continued healthiness and survival. To me, these are all forms of ROI.” Matt

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Planning Tools Have Their Place

The place that we live affects our access to jobs and public services, culture, shopping, education and our feeling of personal safety, security and health. Balancing access and limiting economic segregation is a daunting task for urban planners. Throw in the need to balance economic growth with environmental impacts, and the parameters grow exponentially. V1

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

How Are Spatial Tools Integrated Into the Process of Sustainable Development?

Jeff Thurston— “Imagine a world without spatial tools. You could not measure, monitor, process and or understand all that is around you. There would be random processes, random events and random, erratic and irregular growth.” Matt Ball — “Process is manifested in projects, and rather than a focus on the role of a specific technology within

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