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Saturday, September 26th, 2009

How Can Digital Cities and Spatial Data Infrastructure Connect?

Digital cities are a topic of high interest today. While they have been discussed for a number of years, technological developments, particularly in the area of 3D and remote sensing have propelled them forward. While geographic information systems (GIS) are natural integrator’s of spatial information, their role in spatial data infrastructure (SDI) is well known.

Friday, September 18th, 2009

What has caused the rise of the geospatial engineering firm?

It’s interesting to witness the number of large engineering firms that have adopted geospatial technology into their project planning and implementation workflows, making great inroads and profits in the past five to ten years. A growing number of engineering firms are applying GIS to large architecture/engineering and construction projects that include infrastructure design, environmental planning,

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Is Photogrammetry Important to the Geospatial Industry?

Absolutely. Pho­togram­me­try is more impor­tant today than it has been at any other time. Many of the cur­rent images peo­ple see in 3D city mod­els, land use plan­ning, envi­ron­men­tal and appli­ca­tions involv­ing the deter­mi­na­tion of land­scape change are directly depen­dent upon pho­togram­met­ric prod­ucts and ser­vices. Pho­togram­mety sits at the fore­front of many 3D appli­ca­tions because

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Will the global economic recovery spur 3D laser scanning?

3D laser scanning is one of the brightest spots in the geospatial technology arena, because it’s a relatively new technology without a great deal of installed base, it  introduces some impressive efficiencies in the surveying process, and it addresses sectors that stand to rebound as things look up.

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

How Does Remote Sensing and Airborne Digital Data Relate to GIS /CAD?

Satellite imagery and digital airborne derived geodata relate to geographic information systems (GIS) in many ways. Can you imagine collecting satellite imagery without having a GIS linked to it? It would be a rather pointless venture due to the fact that only pictures could be shown. Alternatively, a GIS would be considerably less effective and

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Is it possible to quantify the value of the entire geospatial industry any more?

A common question in the geospatial industry involves the valuation of the current market as a whole, taking into account hardware, data, software and services. But the size of the industry is tough to quantify given its continued evolution, the many different tools, different business models, and the expansion into different market segments with often

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Can the Geospatial Industry Advance Much Further Without Addressing Quality Seriously?

The concept of spatial data quality is not only about the data. It is also about the impressions people make when using spatial information. And, it is about supporting all of the underlying practice and use of spatial information – including geospatial technologies. If we’re not willing to address quality more substantially, and pay attention

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

How do new safety systems in automobiles relate to sustainability?

While relating automobiles to sustainability, the focus here is on this marvel of engineering, and steers clear of the fact that this is a high-priced and gas guzzling personal vehicle. It’s not a stretch to compare individual personal safety in the high-speed and potentially chaotic environment of highway driving to the dangers that our planet

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Which Geospatial Technologies Will 3D GIS Impact?

Many geospatial technologies will be impacted by three and four dimensional geographic information systems (3D GIS). Some technologies like global positioning systems (GNSS), remote sensing and laser based technologies will enjoy a thrust forward as new forms of data capture, management, analysis and representation are supported through thinking about applications in 3D. Visualisation will be

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

What are some of the geographic lessons from a summer road trip?

The classic American summer road trip entails long hours of roadside observation, with stops at cultural landmarks, parks and the occasional kitschy roadside attraction. The family-oriented tour offers some enduring geographic lessons, with the chance to create memories and connections to an expansive land.

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