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Saturday, October 25th, 2008

The 3-D Global Spatial Data Model

  The development of a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure requires the integration of spatial information from a wide number of actors using different technologies through space and time. This fusion of geoinformation poses unique representation challenges because the requirements for 3-D representation are different than traditional 2-D representation. Earl F. Burkholder is the author of

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Atlas of Sustainability Indicators – State of Rio de Janeiro

The Atlas of Sustainability Indicators for Coastal Municipalities of the State of Rio de Janeiro has been developed in order to publish the results of the analysis of 40 sustainability indicators, within the six ecodevelopment dimensions proposed by Ignacy Sachs (spatial, cultural, economical, ecological, social and political), as to the 34 coastal municipalities of the

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Cadastral Surveying in China – At the Forefront

In Zhejiang province in the southern part of the Yangtze River Delta on the southeast coast of China, the Surveying and Mapping Bureau of Zhejiang contributed to the completion of digital line graphs covering the entire 101,800-square-kilometer province. All together, 17 maps in scales of 1:250000, 330 maps in scales of 1:50000, 4,107 maps in

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Transforming Sweden – Coordinate by Coordinate

In Sweden most of the 290 municipalities used to have their own local coordinate systems. The national geodata is stored and distributed in a separate national system. This difference has created problems over time when attempting to share and collaborate at both local and national levels based on each set of geoinformation. Sweden is now

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

INTERGEO 2008 – Bremen, Germany

INTERGEO 2008 opened under rainy skies in the northern city of Bremen, Germany with the theme ‘Knowledge and action for planet earth’. With 478 exhibitors from 29 countries in attendance, presentations included reference to the changing world, climatic threats and the need for authoritative data to meet these challenges – a theme V1 Magazine has

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

ASTRA – Baltic Sea Region Climate Strategies

Focusing on the Baltic Sea Region the project “ASTRA – Developing Policies and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region” assessed the regional impacts of climate change impacts and developed adequate adaptation strategies and policy recommendations together with relevant stakeholders. The ASTRA consortium consisted of research institutes, regional and local planning authorities

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

BIM Expands Beyond Buildings

Autodesk is pushing the concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into areas outside of simply buildings. The company describes BIM as an integrated process that coordinates reliable information about a project through all phases of design and construction, and they see increasing opportunity for the application of the BIM approach in the civil engineering space.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Conference: AGI UK Geocommunity 2008

The 20th AGI (Association for Geographic Information) Event and 2nd Geocommunity Conference 2008 was held this past week at Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK to an audience of 600 under the theme ‘Shaping a Changing World’. The evening prior to the event featured a pre-conference icebreaker which included the Earl of Oxford’s Men, a Shakespearean entertainment group who

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Amsterdam – Urban Islands

In the most densely populated area of the Netherlands, the city of Amsterdam undertook the monumental challenge of designing a community for 45,000 inhabitants on 495 hectares of nonexistent land. Creating a new landmass by reclaiming seven islands from dredged sand in IJmeer, a lake on Amsterdam’s east side, residents with a fondness for waterfront

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Idaho Power Company Protects the Lifeblood of the State

For much of Idaho, the Snake River is a lifeblood. The 1,040 mile tributary of the Columbia River provides water for drinking, irrigating, and generating approximately 50 percent of the state’s energy through hydropower. The Snake River flows from Yellowstone National Park through a series of mountain ranges, canyons, and plains in Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho,

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