Matt Ball — "When building anything tangible, there’s a need to put information down in a visual form. The pre-planning of our infrastructure allows for in-depth analysis and calculations on cost and materials. All infrastructure starts with a graphic, but the ability of the graphics to communicate are dependent upon the designer and the medium that they choose."
Matt Ball — "When it comes to transportation infrastructure, the key goals are to reduce congestion, improve speed and reliability, all while increasing efficiency, decreasing oil dependency and reducing emissions. The complexity and scale of these issues require an in-depth documentation of the problems with solid research—defining, quantifying, and illustrating the benefits of a well-designed national transportation and logistics system with adequate capacity."
Matt Ball — "What’s simple and intuitive for you may be harder for others. This of course begs the question, 'What is simpler?' The general idea for simplified tools is fewer options and features with the fewest progression of tasks to reach the desired outcome."
Jeff Thurston — " The connection of water to infrastructure and sustainable technologies is far reaching. Water is not only a requirement for living, but water quality must be measured and monitored. Supply and delivery of this valuable resource requires sustainable land use management practices and development of well functioning infrastructure networks."
Matt Ball — "GIS and engineering-grade design tools have long played a role in all aspects of water management. The physics of water require detail on the third dimension, with water following gravity’s pull. This requirement for knowledge and visualization of 3D space continues to spur innovations on how we collect 3D data, visualize it and analyze it."
Jeff Thurston — " At the end of the day, any decision maker will tell you that health, transport, community and all kinds of other topics compete for budget and are important. How can you expect free geodata, when health services need to be delivered, education facilities need replacing, military needs to be funded and water needs to be monitored?"
Matt Ball — "Free federal data spurred free market competition. If the data were locked up to begin with, the market would never have taken off. There wouldn’t be the level of investment in technology, and we’d be much poorer in terms of both economic benefit and our knowledge of our world."