Here is a 90-minute recording of a panel discussion that was held at Autodesk University 2011 uploaded on Youtube by geoExpressions. The session focused on exploring BIM and GIS from a variety of perspectives including technology; data accuracy, access, integration and analysis; collaboration and efficiency; and a look to the future.
Christophe Charpentier discusses the latest updates to existing ArcGIS Online basemaps and reference layers as well as new and upcoming content.
Updated Basemap Services
Contributions to World Topographic Map, one of the three community basemaps being built and expanded with detailed data from GIS organizations around the world, continue to grow. The latest updates to World Topographic Map include data from the Dutch Kadaster, which contributed airports, buildings, and neighborhood data from its topographic database; the Spanish Instituto Nacional de Estadística and Instituto Geográfico Nacional/Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica, which contributed administrative boundaries, buildings, hydrology, landmarks, parks, and airports data; the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping, and Cadastre, which contributed administrative boundaries, landmarks, parks, roads, hydrology, building, contours, hillshade, and vegetation data; and British Ordnance Survey, which contributed data for several major cities in the United Kingdom that includes administrative boundaries, neighborhood, railroads, roads, hydrology, vegetation, and landforms data.
“The Geospatial Revolution – Past, Present and Future” by Doug Abramson, P.E., Senior Vice President, RBF Consulting, A Company of Michael Baker Corporation. Recorded live at the 13th Annual GIS in Public Agencies conference at the Cypress Community Center in the City of Cypress on September 21st, 2011 – sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)
Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it’s not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it “geo-medicine.”
I recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.
Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?
Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.
So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.
With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.
So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.
The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.
So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.
eSpatial, leading provider of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and pioneer in GIS delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), has released a new video, entitled “eSpatial OnDemand GIS™: Location intelligence transformed”.
The video aims to engage both GIS experts and newcomers to location intelligence, and promotes the benefits of the company’s SaaS-based flagship GIS software, eSpatial OnDemand GIS.
“Being innovative with cloud technology is never easy, particularly in a complex industry like GIS,” says Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Colm Mulcahy.
“However, the overwhelming volume of enquiries we’ve received about eSpatial OnDemand GIS have confirmed that not only is there a market for SaaS-based GIS – but that it’s far more substantial than we’d previously imagined.”
The video is brief, and primarily focuses on the benefits of location intelligence.
After introducing the concept of location intelligence, the video outlines its business benefits, then explains the crucial difference offered by eSpatial OnDemand GIS: full-function, enterprise-grade GIS software from industry experts, now available for both experts and newcomers, with low-cost SaaS delivery.
“We’re excited to continue to bring the benefits of enterprise-grade GIS software to both the geospatial industry, and the much broader business audience that we’ve begun to engage with,” says Mulcahy.
“SaaS will clearly play a large role in the future of the geospatial industry and the business community at large, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of this evolution.”
About eSpatial OnDemand GIS
eSpatial OnDemand GIS transforms data with a geographic component into easily-understood maps, charts and graphs that can be interpreted to provide actionable business insights.
Combining the latest innovations in software delivery and usability with the full functionality of a Geographic Information System (GIS), eSpatial OnDemand GIS makes location intelligence available to any organisation.
eSpatial OnDemand GIS is an affordable, predictable, and scalable location intelligence tool, suitable for both GIS experts and newcomers to location intelligence alike. It also provides an ideal enterprise grade hosted services delivery platform for geospatial applications.
GIS and Geospatial information is rapidly growing with the addition of social media and authoritative source information. The web, the cloud and the move towards making GIS ubiquitous so that more people can have access to information, has created more bandwidth to be able to view and interact with more different data types. But how do you get all those types of information into a usable format for the intended audience? What tools do we have at our disposal?
Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.
What process is in place with various companies to create “authoritative source information?”
How is social media used to provide an accurate picture of an event or place, and integrated into a whole geospatial fabric? Give examples.
As data is growing in volume, what kinds of challenges do new data sources like crowdsourcing create for organizations?
New technologies include virtualize computing environments, the cloud and SaaS, social networks, more quantitative science and more integrative, analytic, predictive real time efforts. As GIS becomes more able to manage larger datasets, does it also become easier to use and allow more people to use it
How are multiple services integrated and shared so users can put data in a blog, with new web maps that support visualization, popups, and intelligence? Can this type of of technology used everywhere on any device, and integrated into social media and how is this accomplished?
Community Analyst, an easy application that was announced last year, allows “anyone” to create maps. Are there comparable products on the market that allow you to map data coming from various sources?
It is important for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases. There are several possible reasons for this. Today, there is a greater need for accurate facilities management data, and for extending mapping to the indoor environment. The prevalence of BIM makes it possible to have detailed structural models of buildings, bridges and roads, which enhance the GIS database that may be used in 3D city planning. The availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device open up extraordinary possibilities for design in a geo context. And finally, the need for sustainable design.
This is a panel discussion between Sanjay Gangal of GISCafe.Com & Andreas Ulmer of Esri Procedural.
Here are some of the questions discussed in the panel.
How important is it for engineering and facilities management data to be accessible in GIS databases?
How do the availability of greater computing power, the cloud and ability to display 3D even down to a small mobile device offer greater possibilities for the marriage of design and geospatial?
How can 3D visualization and satellite imagery data from geospatial be maximized in architectural and 3D cities design?
How should geography be changed, what are consequences of change, what are the alternatives scenarios?
How do we drive better performance out of faciities at all levels?
What can be pulled out of BIM to put in GIS and vice versa? Can you describe use cases?
In this interview, Allan Place talks about the new Geomatica 2012, the latest version of PCI Geomaics’ complete and integrated desktop image processing software featuring tools for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, geospatial analysis, map production, mosaicking and more. He says that Geomatica 2012 provides leading edge automation, performance and innovation, leveraging the power of multi-core, multi-processor desktop systems to complete image processing tasks in record time.
He also talks about the usability improvements such as on-the-fly image enhancements and drag-and-drop file handling capabilities and new functionalities such as Optical and Coherent Change Detection to make Geomatica 2012 the most advanced Geomatica software release to date.