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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

What is the Role of the Digital Terrain Model (DTM) Today?

Jeff Thurston — “Traditionally DTM have been used to build elevation models of the Earth’s surface. They are 3D in nature and thus lend themselves to several important uses. Today, the idea is to build valuable products upon DTM, extending their usefulness, but also addressing real issues that incorporate other spatial information. The link of

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

What Does a Sensor Web Add to a Decision Support System?

Jeff Thurston— “A GIS takes simple readings from monitored or connected places and integrates them into a framework for decision making. For this reason, the most adaptable, useful and valuable sensor webs will find a GIS connected to the processing streams and monitoring workflows. “ Matt Ball —“Sensor webs add real-time data into decision support

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

How Does GPS Relate to Infrastructure?

 Jeff Thurston— “I would suggest that GPS has allowed us to see the world as a series of connected systems and processes, collectively measured and integrated at higher and higher levels. For this reason, GPS enables dynamic and exciting infrastructure projects to be designed, built, visualised, operated and maintained around the world. “  Matt Ball —“GPS receivers

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

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

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

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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