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Monday, May 18th, 2009

Managing Energy Demand for a More Sustainable Future

“Business-as-usual” will no longer work if America is to continue its leadership on the world stage. The sweeping effects of the recession we’ve experienced have made this very clear. We need green innovation, state-of-the-art clean energy technologies, and a commitment to change. By pushing these priorities to the forefront we will create a stronger economy,

Monday, May 18th, 2009

GIS Versus the Volcano

More than 1,300 people living on the slopes of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi were killed when the volcano erupted in 1930. As one of Indonesia’s youngest and most active volcanoes, the aptly named “Mountain of Fire” keeps nearby villagers, government officials, and volcanologists on alert. Seventy-eight years after one of the deadliest eruptions, scientists can predict

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Planning Principles and Design Elements of Multi Modal Transport System in Delhi

Delhi, an emerging global city and capital of the largest democracy, is in processing of developing state of the art transport infrastructure. The development of new urban transport infrastructure and services to urban economy and mobility, are supported by planning process, governance and management. It needs coordinated and integrated approach amongst several agencies involved with

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Where Robotics and Agriculture Meet: Autonomous Vehicles for Precision Farming

The use of robotics can be of great benefit for many industries, and for various reasons. For example, robotics can be used for tasks when there are concerns over human safety, or when the task is repetitive and can be done more productively by a robot working much longer hours than humans. And then there

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Environmental Due Diligence: A New Perspective – Old Problem

Determining where potentially contaminated land is can be tricky as the source of contamination may no longer exist. Devoid of the advent of time-travel, gaining insight into the past can only really be achieved through the analysis of historical data or, of course, personal knowledge. It is well accepted that most contamination arises from past

Monday, April 27th, 2009

GITA’s GIS Conference Emphasizes Involvement

The Geospatial Information Technology Association’s 2009 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions (GIS) Conference took place April 19-22 in Tampa, Florida. The event aimed to involve members early and often, with a ‘design your own program’ appeal to members during the planning stages, followed by the interactive discussions, and an emphasis during the general sessions on the benefits

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Map Use – Reading and Analysis

Map Use: Reading and Analysis is about reading maps. The book is oriented toward helping people to understand how maps work and can be used to communicate. Where other cartographic books often describe techniques alone, this book provides explanations on how different map techniques are being used. That process ensures that readers begin to think

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Glasgow Urban Model

The exponential use and improvements in computer processing is determining dramatic shifts in our approach to architecture, design and planning. Riding the crest of the latest technology available a few years ago Glasgow City Council (GCC) conceived the creation of a 3D digital model for the City Centre and River Clyde Corridor; the project was

Monday, April 13th, 2009

GeoTemporal Reasoning in a Web 3.0 World

The Semantic Web envisages software agents that know how to reason over activities, events, locations, people, companies, and their inter-relationships. Learning more about customers through behavioral and Activity Recognition is here today through currently available Semantic Technologies and is a showcase for how these technologies will evolve. This article describes real world examples of Activity

Monday, April 6th, 2009

SPAR 2009 Promotes Better Measurement for Success

The SPAR 2009 Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado from March 30 to April 1, drew a diverse audience of vendors, service providers and end users of terrestrial LIDAR. The more than 600 attendees at this event speak to the strong interest in 3D data collection, and the benefits of this technology for asset

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