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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Planning 2.0—The Next Generation of Participatory Planning

Today, cities are growing beyond their physical limits and resource capacities. This sprawling growth encroaches on prime agricultural land and creates severe socioeconomic and environmental problems.

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Show me the Money! – Australia’s Need for Spatial Data

Some time ago I wrote about the impending Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) in Australia and its potential opportunities for the spatial industries. The CPRS was the brainchild of then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who was subsequently unceremoniously dumped. With the Greens now in control, the pressure is on to have a carbon price.

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Applying Mathematical Programming to Facility Management

One of the most powerful tools in the analytics toolkit for decision making is the development of mathematical models, also known as mathematical programming (MP). Mathematical programming encompasses a wide-range of techniques including linear programming (LP), dynamic programming (DP), simulation and others. In most applications of mathematical programming models, there is an overriding objective that

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Full-Scale Analysis Improves the Art of Design

Real time, full-scale analysis immediately and positively impacts all stakeholders in slightly different ways.  Architects and engineers rush to validate their designs naturally looking for opportunities to improve their product.  Owners experience a sense of relief and tend to take immediate ownership of their prior decisions and look forward to future input and final product

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Infrastructure Planning: Complex Problems Deserve New Solutions

The phases of planning for infrastructure change have not varied much since humans began coordinating the construction of more than one building, road, or bridge simultaneously. Planners need to understand the current environment and conditions, conceive and compare alternatives, and confidently select a particular alternative to move forward into detailed design, construction, and operation. A

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Why Conservatives Are Bad on Energy: It’s All About the Costs

Conservatives,  let’s talk about energy. And why so many conservatives are so wrong — so liberal, even — on wind and solar energy. Let’s start with a recent editorial from the home of ‘free markets and free people,”the Wall Street Journal.” Photovoltaic solar energy, quoth the mavens, is a “speculative and immature technology that costs

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Re-thinking Basemaps (Do we need a paradigm shift?)

Have you ever considered why the politicians don’t pay the same attention to our maps as we do and as we think they should do? They know very well how to use complex spread-sheets, so why do they turn their backs to our wonderful maps? Are the politicians ‘stupid’? Are the politicians ignorant? Or, are our maps not

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Could Full Context Have Prevented Deepwater Horizon?

 We are witnessing what may be one of the worst man-made environmental disasters of all time. As devastating as Chernobyl and even more catastrophic than the Exxon Valdez, the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico increasingly appears to be the result of deliberate decisions to cut cost, and save time.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Implementation of a Service-oriented Enterprise GIS

Today, GIS is becoming more part of business processes, and the consequence of this change is that there are many more users with much higher requirements regarding the availability of GIS services. This column describes the path from a workgroup to an enterprise GIS.

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

3D Models and Sense of Place

Earlier in the month I was asked to present at the British Cartographic Society conference on the issues of accurately representing “place” in a 3D model. The concept of ‘place’ (as opposed to simply ‘location’) has been gaining prominence in recent years, with the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) 2009 conference focusing on place as

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