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Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Modeling Agricultural Risk

Access to information and its timely analysis for better decision making and management is fulfilled today by information technologies in ways that were not effective or economical a decade ago. Geospatial technologies such as GIS and remote sensing provide computer-based decision tools for integrated modeling assessment. This can cover both spatial and non-spatial regional deterministic

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

GIS and Technology Adoption Cycles

Much has been written about the product adoption cycles of new technologies, such as the automobile, and more recently the cell phone, the Internet, and broadband.  The book “The Next Great Bubble Boom” by Harry S. Dent, Jr. uses standard “S-Curve” diagrams to map the status of a certain technologies.  This article extrapolates Mr. Dent’s

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Waterford Public Works Provides Answers

Waterford Township (Mich.) consists of 36 extremely well organized square miles near Detroit, Mich. The township uses a fully integrated geographic information system (GIS) as the backbone for managing its water system and virtually all public works functions. The water utility, with 24,000 connections, 360 miles of main, 11 treatment plants, and average demand of 8.5

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

HP Barcelona – ‘Behind the Scenes’

Last week media were invited to Barcelona, Spain for the HP ‘Behind the Scenes’ event – A Celebration of 20 Years of Innovation and Leadership for Large Format in Barcelona. This was a unique event because it also included a tour of the HP facilities together with stops at other interesting locations in the City

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

How Does Digital Technology Affect Communication of Geoinformation?

Some manufacturers tell us that format does not matter as much as symbology in relation to create efficient systems based on geoinformation. If it is so, is digital data symbology then any different from non-digital symbology? Other manufacturers tell us that it is the other way round, that format matters more than symbology. Whatever, does

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The ESA-FAO GEOportal Operational Gateway to GEOSS

The ESA-FAO GEOportal is a gateway to Global Earth Observation data, information and services developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as contribution to GEOSS.

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment (SWERA)

After a succession of recent reports on climate change, almost everyone agrees that cleaner forms of energy to power the global economy are a good idea. Few would disagree that renewable energy sources such as the wind and sun are desirable options to this cleaner energy path.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Sweden: Managing the Northern Link Project

The construction of the Northern link is one of the biggest road and tunnel projects in Sweden in terms of scope and budget with a cost of SEK11.6 billion. The procurement of contracts is also extensive. All in all, there will be about 40 contracts for the construction works.

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Precision Agriculture’s Success Yields Precision Conservation

The growing field of Precision Agriculture has effectively harnessed geotechnology to understand and manage the dynamic flows and cycles within a landscape perspective. In less than 15 years the application has moved from inception to an operational reality on millions of acres. Farmers adopting site-specific technologies discover ways to cut their costs, to use inputs

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Spatially Enabling the Intelligent Grid, The Next Hollywood Blockbuster?

What do the movie Beowulf and the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) have in common? They both make use of the sophisticated modeling capabilities of Autodesk software. Although LVVWD efforts may never turn into a blockbuster movie, better visualizing a network’s spatial characteristics—whether for water networks, gas pipelines or electric grids—can improve a utility’s

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