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Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Countrywide Collection Complete

Intermap Technologies set some very ambitious goals to collect orthorectified radar imagery and digital elevation models at the countrywide scale. The company recently announced the completion of the data collection portion of their NEXTMap USA project. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Kevin Thomas, Vice President of Marketing for Intermap about this impressive milestone, and

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Extending Topobase in the UK and Ireland

1Spatial has recently become the first Autodesk Topobase reseller for Ireland and the UK, a move that signals a change in the delivery of the product in those areas. The product is based on the Oracle database and 1Spatial brings considerable experience in that database and data quality together at the same time. V1 Magazine

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Soil Data Goes Global

The global soil mapping effort aims to update and catalog the world’s soil information accurately within one clearinghouse called GlobalSoilMap.net. V1 Editor Matt Ball spoke with the North American coordinator of this effort, Jon Hempel, Co-Director-National Geospatial Development Center, Soil Business Area Analysis Chair at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Tracking Ships Around the Globe

Ocean going ships are not presently required to carry tracking devices. But renewed interest in safety and security issues is generating growing interest in knowing where these vessels are located, and which is soon to be required. This poses many challenges because a system needs to be developed that integrates this information internationally, yet, remains

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

WA-Trans Provides a Vision for Road Data Integration

The state of Washington is coordinating an ambitious effort to normalize transportation data from multiple counties into a common repository called the Washington State Transportation Framework (WA-Trans). The site will have a data user portal and a data provider portal and automated QA/QC methods that will include data change detection. V1 Magazine editor Matt Ball

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Autodesk Integrates Sustainable Design

Autodesk has embraced the concept of sustainable design and is working to integrate these principals into tools to facilitate wider application. V1 Magazine editor Matt Ball spoke with Dawn Danby, sustainable design program manager at Autodesk about how these concepts are being applied, and the future promise of this approach that considers the environment and

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Greater Transparency at EPA Has Geospatial Implications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been a user of geospatial technology, and they’ve created many web-based applications to improve communication with constituents. A new agency-wide initiative for better information management and transparency in now underway, and there are implications for greater integration of sensor and geospatial systems to aid this effort. V1

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

The Concept of Ecology Returns to Prominence

Ecology and Environment, Inc. is a publicly traded company founded in 1970 that has been working on sustainability initiatives, and applying GIS technology to these problems, for decades. V1 Editor Matt Ball spoke with Tony Gale, principal consultant, about the company’s use of GIS and geospatially enabled software-as-a-service applications to tackle broad problems, and provide

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Tasked to Put the “E” Back in ESRI

ESRI, the world leading GIS software vendor, recently announced the addition of an environmental industry manager. Dr. Robin D. Smith has extensive experience conducting and managing environmental investigations, and ecological and human health risk assessments. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with Smith about the current use of GIS in these areas, and the promise for

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

GIS Data Modeling for Buildings

A great amount of spatial information has been gathered about buildings when they are designed. But very little digital information is available for existing buildings – and other information relating to inside structures. Using geographic information systems (GIS), robotics and bridging computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, Penobscot Bay Media, LLC has developed mobile robotics for data

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