Over the past year, there has been a great deal of work on the integration of ERDAS and Intergraph software offerings to make a more complete geospatial platform. Matt Ball recently spoke with Mladen Stojic, Vice President – Geospatial at Intergraph, about this ongoing work and the long-term vision. As you’ll read, the focus is on a future generation that demands more rapid answers, and that intuitively streamlines complex geospatial technology stacks into optimized workflows.
Recently the University of British Columbia unveiled a decision theatre, an interactive and immersive computer visualization lab for collaborative advancement of landscape planning. Special correspondent Matteo Luccio spoke with Stephen R.J. Sheppard, the project lead and professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Sheppard is also the author of Visualizing Climate Change: A Guide to Visual Communication of Climate Change and Developing Local Solutions, which was just published by Routledge at the end of March. In this interview, Luccio delves into the details about the Decision Theatre, including both the technology and the approach.
Stephen Ervin, lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University gave the closing talk at the recent GeoDesign Summit. Ervin examined both the near and far future of geodesign in that talk (viewable online here). V1 editor Matt Ball had a conversation with Ervin that covers the current practice and potential future for more responsive design and infrastructure.
Energy is a key issue around the globe to today and Geoff Zeiss of Autodesk is no stranger to utilities and infrastructure. He has been writing extensively about energy related matters on his excellent blog ‘Between the Poles’, presenting many pieces in the global energy puzzle. Through his work at Autodesk, Geoff also has global experience, knowledge and understanding about spatial design, data management, modelling and analysis tools involving energy utilities and infrastructure operations. Vector1 Media editor Jeff Thurston discussed energy with him from a wide number of perspectives in this interview.
The use of 3D in urban planning, digital cities and 3D city model development is growing rapidly. Planners are interested to connect databases with city information to these 3D visualizations. Esri has been developing the CityEngine software that provides a 3D visualization connection to these databases. 3D Visualization World editor Jeff Thurston recently interviewed Gert van Maren, 3D Product Manager at Esri R&D Center in Zürich, Switzerland to learn more about these developments and how procedural modeling is being used for 3D city planning and simulation.