Matt Ball — "When it comes to renewable energy, the contribution of geospatial technologies is essential. Renewable energies derive power from earth systems, and GIS coupled with GPS is uniquely positioned to analyze and monitor these processes to make certain that renewable power generation sites are optimally sited, and that the power that is generated is delivered efficiently."
Matt Ball — "There’s much investment in large global modeling environments, such as Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth, ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer and NASA’s World Wind. The prevailing wisdom in the marketplace seems to favor multiple competing globes for different purposes. But what if the concept of a digital globe were to be sold on the basis of universal access and interface to all data types?"
Jeff Thurston — "The world inside your organisation is a comfort zone and how it is structured impacts how users and customers interact with it. The world outside your organisation is your future. Marketing and communications bridge the two in an interactive and dynamic way."
Matt Ball — " There have been several structural changes at companies, where divisions and product lines have been realigned, that have greatly altered how they approach the market. I’ll stick to generalities here that relate to many companies as it’s not important to get specific. Changes in approach speak to how geospatial perceptions have evolved, and of course to the competition in the marketplace."
Jeff Thurston — "Multi-disciplinary projects and modeling will be critically important in the future. The need for increased transparency, more legislation, distributed workflows and processes as well as a desire to embrace and include professional experience and knowledge to deal with complex problems are all key factors involved. A large hurdle will be in learning to work together in new ways and applying spatial tools in convergent - integrated ways. We are moving swiftly toward a model-based future."
Matt Ball — "There’s such great promise for the model-based future for projects that incorporate multiple disciplines and have sustainability as their goal. When the interdisciplinary approach meets a collaborative model-based interface, where all inputs become a shared model, expertise and insight into complex systems will be greatly enhanced."
Matt Ball — "I think the answer to this question is different all over the world, and at varying levels of government. It’s also important to define the meanings of policy and governance when addressing this question. A policy sets a vision and course of action, while governance deals with government management and controls"