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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

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Enterprise GIS Helped Battle California’s Zaca Fire

Santa Barbara, Calif. has a long history of fires—from the destructive blazes that were sparked by the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake to more recent wildfires in heavily populated San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties. In 2007, the state endured one of its most damaging forest fires in history: the Zaca fire.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Review: ENVI 4.4

ENVI 4.4 is the latest edition of this popular image processing software from ITT Visual Information Solutions and builds upon the previous versions of this product. It is a complete image-processing system that includes spectral tools, geometric correction, terrain analysis and radar analysis while also incorporating strong GIS functionality for working with both raster and

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The Zero Carbon House

Zero Carbon House is a project to deliver a low energy house. It is located on the Shetland Islands in northern UK. The project has been gaining much attention and much support. Plans have been developed to include solar and wind generation and a unique horticultural area as well. Vector1Media asked Michael Rea, the owner

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Is This the Year Laser Scanners Take the Lead from GPS?

In my first column, Survey/CAD/GIS Integration – It’s About Time!, posted back in November 2007, I peeked into the crystal ball and wishfully saw a future where we would have a  three-way integration of GIS, CAD and survey data for seamless “field to finish” solutions.  I’m still very keen on that topic, but these days,

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Cartographic Relief Representation

Swiss Cartographer Eduard Imhof’s classic Cartographic Relief Representation was first published in Deutsche in 1965. It was translated to English 25 years ago, but has remained difficult to find since going out of print. Teaching at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, his teachings and the contents of the book remain useful to present

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

bautec 2008 / Build IT Berlin

The International Trade Fair for Building and Construction Technology opened today in Berlin, Germany at the Messe Berlin conference grounds. With 810 exhibitors from 18 countries the conference was officially opened by German Minister for Traffic Construction and Urban Development , Wolfgang Tiefensee.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Geospatial Analysis

Lars Brodersen reviews the book Geospatial Analysis by authors Michael J de Smith, Michael F Goodchild and Paul A Longley. “What a book! Whether you are just a little bit interested in spatial analysis, or you are interested on a general level, or even very interested as specialist, this is a good book to own.

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Precision Farming Advances Agricultural Sustainability

To many, Precision Farming seems like an oxymoron. With mud up to the axles and 400 acres left to plough, precision seems worlds away. Yet site-specific management makes sense to an exponentially growing number of farmers.  And production agriculture is at the cutting edge of geotechnology applications through mapping and analyzing the inherent variability in

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