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Perspectives

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Are we in an era of infrastructure as the leading geospatial application?

The geospatial technology industry rests on a number of different leading application areas that ebb and flow in terms of their level of investment. Some of the market surges in the past were driven by technological breakthroughs, others were due to federal spending, the emergence of a large market need or a combination of the

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Are geospatial outcomes tied to political candidates?

It would be naive to think that there are no repercussions related to geospatial programs and research from the upcoming presidential elections. After all, the so-called “GoreSat” whole Earth-observing capacity was mothballed under George Bush’s first term and only became reality in Obama’s second term. In that same timeframe, however, we saw the rise of

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Ten Sensors & Systems Predictions for 2016

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Sensors & Systems has been doing this for the past nine years now, and we’ve taken another stab with this latest list. We did some reflecting on emerging issues, innovative approaches and technology trends to come up with the following predictions for 2016. On the

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Top Ten Geospatial Developments of 2015

In our regular end-of-the-year reflection, Sensors & Systems looks back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2015 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are technology disruptions, acquisitions, modeling frameworks, mapping efforts and global change. 1. Google’s

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Will virtual reality take over as the ultimate form of a map?

Some truly incredible and immersive virtual reality experiences are reaching the masses this year. The advent of realistic and believable environments has the near-term possibility of allowing us to experience and navigate our planet in new ways. Think of yourself wading through the shoreline or a coastal city or flying through a national park. This

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Has the app replaced the map as the means of geospatial information sharing?

This may sound like a dated question, given the great many navigation transactions that are occurring through mobile applications. However, the widespread adoption of apps as a means to disseminate enterprise geospatial information is not as well entrenched. Just this past week, Hexagon Geospatial launched Smart M.Apps and a cloud-based M.App Portfolio for the creation

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

How will you harness the incredible variety of sensing options?

The barriers to our understanding of land change and interactions with Earth systems are on the cusp of coming down, thanks to the many ways that our ability to sense are improving and becoming more accessible and affordable. There are so many new (and coming) sensing abilities that it’s a difficult time to chart the

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Is there increasing convergence between geospatial technologies and engineering applications?

Geospatial technologies have long been a critical input into built infrastructure design, construction and maintenance. While the tools to design (CAD and BIM) are still decidedly different than the software to map and manage assets (GIS), there are many inroads being made for more seamless data and workflow sharing and their functionalities complement one another

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Can you do GIS without GIS?

This question is spurred by the Denver-based meetup Geospatial Amateurs as “GIS without GIS” is the theme of their gathering this week. They have two presentations of compelling geospatial analysis use cases, with one using R in RStudio and the other Jupyter Notebooks. One of these is a statistical desktop package that includes spatial analysis,

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