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Sunday, January 4th, 2009

The Use of 3D Visualization in Planning and Design—Is 3D a luxury or a necessity?

3D has gradually been making inroads into the planning and design mainstream. It’s not unusual in a public presentation or submittal to see a 3D image rather than an artist’s rendering, and occasionally one actually sees 3D movie “fly arounds”. However, in today’s reality of reduced funding for both staff and software, one has to

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Ten Predictions for 2009

Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. Vector1 Media editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2009. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and further blurring of divisions between CAD and GIS toolsets

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Top 10 of 2008

In the spirit of end-of-year reflections, Vector1 Media editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball looked back over the past 12 months to come up with the top developments of 2008 that will have strong implications for geospatial industry growth and diversity in the coming years. Making the list are software updates, bold initiatives, mapping-oriented geopolitical

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Sustainability: Designing a Better World

It is easy to cite heart-stopping statistics when discussing the urgent need for worldwide sustainability initiatives. How about 1.1 billion of the world’s 6 billion people not having adequate access to clean drinking water and 2.6 billion not having adequate sanitation services. Or 3 billion people in developing countries living on less than $2 per

Monday, November 17th, 2008

A Sustainable Building Industry Requires Service-Based BIM

Similar to how investments in areas that both benefit our planet and our economy are gaining ground, the Open Geospatial Consortium is calling for key building industry players to make a relatively small investment of time and money with the potential for a huge pay-off. Working together to create a common vision and program for

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Event: Berlin International GNSS Symposium 2008

The International Symposium on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Space-Based Navigation and Ground-Based Augmentation Systems and Applications was held last week in Berlin. Bringing together representatives from around the world, the event served to provide as a forum for learning about ongoing activity relating to GNSS. Also included were activities and information relating to additional positioning

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Life Cycle Assessment in Buildings

Traditionally, in the building sector, local materials with low energy costs and low environmental impact were used. Nowadays, global materials such as cement, aluminium,concrete and PVC are used, increasing the energy costs and environmental impact. At present, the building sector contributes largely in the global environmental load of human activities: for instance, around 40% of

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Event: ESRI Europe, Middle East and Africa User Conference 2008

Under sunny skies and with 1600 registered users in attendance, the annual ESRI EMEA User Conference was held in London, UK last week at the Queen Elizabeth Convention Centre under the theme ‘GIS for everyday life’. Richard Waite, president of ESRI (UK) opened the show welcoming guests from across the globe. He said that this

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Virtual Environmental Planning Project

New technologies are enabling environmental planners to collaborate and communicate in more effective ways. The Virtual Environmental Planning Project is a EU programme Interreg IIIB NWE and Department for Communities and Local Government (UK) effort that was completed in 2008. The project resulted in technologies that support public participation in the planning consultation process through

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Smart Grids Require Greater GIS Accuracy

Xcel Energy is undertaking an aggressive SmartGridCity project in Boulder, Colo. The plan is to install smart meters and high-speed communications throughout the city, creating the first large-scale deployment of this cutting-edge technology in the United States. This initiative is well underway now, with more than 82 miles of fiber optic cable installed, and more

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