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Thursday, May 1st, 2008

What do you think the future role of remote sensing will be?

Jeff Thurston — “The role of remote sensing growing rapidly. The combination of more satellites being launched, higher resolutions of imagery and continuous improvements in image analysis software are enabling wider adoption of satellite imagery as a primary raw data source. As a result, the pursuit of remotely sensed data sources for near real-time applications

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Are geotechnologies adequately addressing the need for the better management of our planet?

Jeff Thurston — "Geotechnologies are key global management tools and they are currently under utilised for managing global resources. Their effectiveness and benefits for managing the resources of our planet can be more fully realised through understanding planetary issues, processes and their dynamics, massive increases in entrepreneurial support and the level to which governments realize

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

How would you approach the purchase of new geotechnology for your organisation?

Jeff Thurston — "I would approach this question differently than I might have only a few years ago. Geotechnology advances rapidly in terms of new developments and new innovations. Not long ago we may have focused on the technology itself, as the means for purchasing it. Now, I would be considering a geotechnology purchase not

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

How has the geospatial platform evolved, and what is the future for expert tools?

Jeff Thurston — "A geospatial platform includes hardware architecture or software framework (including application frameworks), that allows software to run for spatial and geographical data and information related purposes. Typical geospatial platforms include architecture, operating systems, programming languages and related runtime libraries and graphical user interface to support spatial applications and decision-making." Matt Ball —

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

If you were thinking of a career in the geo-industry, which area would you be considering and why?

Jeff Thurston — "I would also choose to become a ‘new surveyor’ – the kind that would want to push surveying into the direction of land measurement and monitoring for land quality or landscape quality factors, and quantifying this whole green thing in a tangible way." Matt Ball — "It’s a great time to become

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

How can geospatial technology be applied to prioritize infrastructure repairs?

Jeff Thurston — “Geospatial technology’s role is aimed at reducing risk, uncertainty and safety concerns related to infrastructure through more closely monitoring infrastructure and enabling scheduled repairs and preventative maintenance over failure and catastrophic loss and the costs of same. A constellation of geospatial technologies can be applied including GIS, CAD, GPS, imagery, sensors, lidar and 3D visualisation

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

How important are graphics to infrastructure processes?

Jeff Thurston — " Graphics play a pivotal role in infrastructure processes. They are used for communication purposes, provide an easy-to-understand method for interpretion and also enable 3D visualisation." Matt Ball — "When building anything tangible, there’s a need to put information down in a visual form. The pre-planning of our infrastructure allows for in-depth

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Should Software be Simplified?

Jeff Thurston — " The bottom line is to have the best software in the world with the most functionality that will enable real solutions to be achieved, real problems to be solved and for the businesses and people that create them to have financially stable futures – whatever level of simplicity achieves this, is

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

What is the connection of water to infrastructure and sustainable technologies?

Jeff Thurston — ” The connection of water to infrastructure and sustainable technologies is far reaching. Water is not only a requirement for living, but water quality must be measured and monitored. Supply and delivery of this valuable resource requires sustainable land use management practices and development of well functioning infrastructure networks.” Matt Ball —

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

What’s best for the geospatial economy, free or fee geospatial data?

Jeff Thurston — ” At the end of the day, any decision maker will tell you that health, transport, community and all kinds of other topics compete for budget and are important. How can you expect free geodata, when health services need to be delivered, education facilities need replacing, military needs to be funded and

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