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Monday, November 21st, 2011

European Council of Spatial Planners

Founded in 1985, ECTP-CEU (European Council of Spatial Planners-Conseil européen des urbanistes) brings together 25 professional town planning associations and institutes from 23 European countries as well as corresponding members. It is an umbrella association providing its members with a common framework for planning practice, planning education, continuing professional development and the definition of professional

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Using Supply Chain Management as a Tool to Manage GIS Projects

Supply chains include both upstream and downstream relationships involving goods, services and customers. The delivery of geographic information (GIS) will necessarily include each of these. The Supply-Chain Operation Reference (SCOR) Model can be used to interpret and understand geospatial supply chains. The mapping of the various processes will assist a GIS unit to understand the processes involved

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Mapping: The Dynamic Mapumental Tool

Mapumental is a start up of mySociety, the organisation that builds award-winning non-profit websites and carries out commercial work for clients such the BBC, The Guardian, Google, and national and local government. In 2007 the project started develop prototypes for real time maps that could handle huge amounts of travel data. In 2009 it won

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Educational Portal for Spatial Planning

Planning and mainly spatial planning deals with the spatial dimension of development. It is concerned not only with architecture but also with the place where people live and work. Spatial planning is one of the major challenges facing Europe. In the future it won’t be possible to solve planning problems of regional development without access to spatial knowledge. Good

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Sustainable Tourism & Environment Protection – NaturNet Plus

Sustainable tourism is an important aspect of many European countries and regions. It plays a crucial role in parks, protected areas and coastal zones. To be able to guarantee tourism activities and development in regions, public servants have to be trained about potential influence of investment in tourism on the environment. Nature protection and support

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

A World Full of Sensors

Scientists of the TU Darmstadt are working on the Smart City. Smart phones, equipped with numerous sensors, significantly simplify for their owners the organization of several aspects of their lives. But this is only the beginning; scientists of Darmstadt envision an entire smart city in which all sensor-equipped devices are interlinked in an intelligent manner.

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Developing a Targeted Water Conservation Strategy Using Geospatial Techniques

In recent years, EPCOR Water Services of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has run highly visible city-wide water conservation campaigns. EPCOR Water serves 1 million customers with 240,000 fully metered service connections, 2 water treatment plants, and 3,500 km of pipeline. Along with raising water conservation awareness, the campaigns were specifically designed to reduce summer demand. Limited

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Pipelines, Black Swans, and Data Governance

On September 9, 2010, a gas transmission pipeline rupture in San Bruno, California, killed eight people and caused extensive property damage. The subsequent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation revealed that some records in the operator’s Geographic Information System (GIS) were inaccurate. The finding is significant because federal law requires pipeline operators to perform data-driven

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Competences and the Water Sector?

Water is an invaluable resource; already in 1992 it took centre stage at the first international conference of the United Nations on environmental protection and sustainability. The United Nations have declared the years 2005 to 2015 to be the international “Water for Life” Decade.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Cadastre Information System For Rail In Portugal

The concepts of integration, complementarity and coordination are particularly important especially in the field of railway infrastructures. The requirements of the associated interventions are very technical in nature and involve multiple specialties and technologies, and the final result is only guaranteed if the various components of this interwoven puzzle are compatible and properly joined together.

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