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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Arc Marine – GIS for a Blue Planet

A few year’s ago I was reporting from the ESRI International Educational User Conference in San Diego. One of the speaker’s at the time was Dawn J. Wright, a professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University. At the time she said, “we know more about space and the moon, than we do about

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Winds of Change

Future climate inconsistencies will demand more widespread planning. Major global catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina’s rampage over New Orleans or the massive earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 demonstrate significant truths about our vulnerability and the power of nature. However, sometimes it is the slightly less dramatic – second division disasters, if that’s not too insensitive

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Mapping Water Losses – A Success Story

Few businesses can operate for long while experiencing annual inventory shrinkage of 20 percent or more. Yet, that’s the situation faced by water utilities around the world as their distribution systems regularly pour treated, potable water down the proverbial drain. Water loss represents a major fraction of non-revenue water (NRW), and it’s a problem that

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Source of Truth

Data quality is an integral part of any organisation, and yet is often a forgotten discipline. It is clear that the manual maintenance of large-scale datasets is time consuming, expensive and often unrealistic, so what can we do to combat the problem? This column will address the latest spatial data quality issues, why they matter,

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Errors and Usability

This spring I became part of the new booming map-society: the society of the personal navigation systems owners. I bought a brand new navigation-system-device for me and my car. The navigation-system-device was used for the first time when my wife and I had to navigate from a London airport to some friends’ address in a

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Review: Autodesk Map 3D 2008

AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 is the latest version of the popular engineering GIS program available from Autodesk. This product has been continually refined over the year’s with new functionality added each version. This is no exception for 2008 with several new features added to the program that bridge CAD / GIS integration possibilities. AutoCAD Map

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