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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Breaking the Accuracy Mold

Imagine a scenario in which street centerlines are stored in a GIS database with an accuracy of ±5 feet.  In the same database, parcel data are stored with an accuracy of ±0.10 feet.  And what if environmental data are stored at ±50 feet? Is that doable? As a matter of fact, presently this scenario is

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

Intergraph 2008: Experience the Power

The 2008 Intergraph 2008 International Users’ Conference took place in Las Vegas, Nevada from June 2-5. More than 2,600 attendees gathered from more than 60 countries, making the event one of the largest ever. The theme of the event was “Experience the Power,” with strong connections to Intergraph’s power business, but also a connection to

Monday, June 9th, 2008

BE 2008: Sustaining Infrastructure

The 2008 Bentley Empowered (BE) Conference took place from May 28-30, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event drew roughly 2,000 registrants from 50 countries from many infrastructure disciplines, including roads, bridges, buildings, communications, water, architects, engineers, contractors and owner/operators. The theme of the event was "Sustaining Infrastructure," and the green theme permeated event preparations and is

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Measuring Carbon Footprints in U.S. Forests

How do we retrace our ecological footprints? Where will the footprints lead? Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) are tracking carbon footprints across the globe starting with U.S. forests. One ongoing study, using geographic information system (GIS) technology, is measuring the carbon-rich biomass in heavily wooded areas to indicate the effect that deforestation and

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Analyzing Urban Poverty

When I picked up this book I did not know what to expect. It is not a topic that is often discussed or written about. Authors Rosario C. Giusti de Perez and Ramon A. Perez take us on a journey inside the world of urban development for developing nations. As two of the earliest users

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Climate Change and Urban Forests: A Dynamic Relationship

While we know and understand that the Earth’s climate undergoes natural cycles of glacial and inter-glacial events, there is widely accepted and mounting evidence to suggest that we are accelerating this natural phenomenon and that the changes in global climate are largely due to the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. Human activities,

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

EVENT: GI 2008 Symposium – Dresden, Germany

The GI2008 Symposium  took place recently  in Dresden, Germany.  The symposium brought together a wide range of public, private and educational people, all interested in the pursuit of geoinformation and geospatial applications for sustainability purposes. As an educational and capacity building event, GI2008 featured many unique cross-border applications. Vector1 Media editor Jeff Thurston attended the

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Sustainable Urban Environments – Challenge & Opportunity for AEC Industry Change

Our understanding of the critical nature of climate change is converging with the migration of the world’s population to urban environments. As a result, concern with sustainable urban environments, or “green cities”, has come to the forefront. Serious challenges face our world’s infrastructure and motivate new approaches and technologies to improve how we design, build,

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

WINSOC Project Advances the Promise of Wireless Sensor Networks

Wireless sensor networks are poised to expand as they become more popular. WINSOC (Wireless Sensor Networks with Self-Organization Capabilities for Critical and Emergency Applications), is a project funded by the FP6 Information Society Technologies programme of the European Union. The project goal is to improve the performance of sensor networks by using a biologically inspired

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

The Need for GIS in Urban Sustainability

Soon, if it has not already happened, the majority of the human species will live in sprawling cities. As urban density moves forward, the need to understand the dynamics of a particular urban region, the interrelationships between population, land use, transportation, economics, environment, and other factors is crucial to effectively develop policies and determine where

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