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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

Friday, November 21st, 2008

If the federal government had a blank check for geospatial spending, what would you prioritize?

Jeff Thurston — "Most countries are attempting to achieve sustainability through segmented economic, environmental or social approaches but an integrated approach is needed, a holistic approach. Not only wealth in a monetary sense, but a quality of life sense, can be generated. Geospatial investment would create factors like viability, healthiness, durability, adaptability, longevity and other

Friday, November 14th, 2008

What are the considerations between buying geospatial technologies directly as compared to services?

Jeff Thurston — "We are at a point in time along the geospatial maturity curve where product development and innovation has been mastered to a high degree for many technologies. The focus for many people has changed from tightening and adjusting the nuts and bolts under the hood, to one of acting to solve problems

Friday, November 7th, 2008

What innovations would you most like to see in online mapping tools?

Jeff Thurston — “I reason that online mapping tools ought to be highly interoperable, allowing one to fuse, integrate and manipulate spatial information from numerous sources in a myriad of ways. Secondly, they should provide a higher level link to visualisation that is more seamless – I’m thinking of more than cartographic presentation alone. They

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Can we do some jobs today without GIS? What would it be like?

Jeff Thurston — “GIS is an integral tool set for conducting business and many tasks and operations in society today. It is hard to imagine running an electricity grid, performing land management over a wide area or working with environmental information without a GIS today.  Like financial systems or human relations functions, GIS are embedded

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Understanding Global Ecosystem Trends

It’s a daunting task to synthesize and analyze global knowledge regarding the health of the environment. The United Nations Environment Program’s World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, United Kingdom, has a dedicated staff of more than 60 people that work to bring together data on global biodiversity and conservation to guide policy. A primary

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

As scientists contemplate geoengineering, how do geospatial tools assist in assessing feasibility?

Jeff Thurston — "Geoengineering suggests that wide ranging change for the positive can be applied to large-scale processes, such as climate change, to reverse and improve upon the current situation. Many geospatial technologies are new technologies, less than a few decades old, and only now beginning to provide a glimpse into these processes." Matt Ball

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

A GIS Guru Explores the BIM Opportunity

James Fee is well known in the ESRI development community, on the GIS blogosphere for his own blog, and as the person behind the blog aggregation site Planet Geospatial. James recently joined an architectural and engineering firm that is focusing a good deal of effort on building information models. V1 editor Matt Ball spoke with

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

What is a spatial data model and why are they important to understand?

Jeff Thurston — “The spatial data model is the heart of a GIS and CAD system. It is more than data alone. More than format. The data model governs how well your software will perform useful functions because it represents your depth of understanding of the process(s) that you are attempting to apply spatial data

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

What role can geospatial tools play in carbon emissions trading markets?

Jeff Thurston — "To understand emissions requires an understanding of the dynamics of carbon cycling. Geospatial tools can be applied across the entire carbon cycling chain including biological processes, physical infrastructure design as well as the policy and financial interactions that support it." Matt Ball — "There are many critics of carbon trading, and most

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