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New study to estimate concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water

Friday, June 24th, 2011

In response to media headlines about the presence of
pharmaceuticals in drinking water, professors from the University of
Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a
website, “<>V-PharmaCalc,”
that allows Virginians to view estimated concentrations of various
prescription and generic drugs present in their local wastewater –
before it is treated and released to the environment. – from press release

According to Ph.D., P.E., LEED Green Associate, for each wastewater treatment plant, the address was obtained from a listing of treatment plants provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).  From that list, the latitude/longitude of each treatment plant was then determined.

When a user enters their zipcode, there is a default latitude/longitude for
that zipcode (as evidenced if you go to Google Maps and just enter a zip
code, it defaults to a certain point).  From that specific zip code
latitude/longitude coordinate, the website then links to the wastewater
treatment plant that is closest.

Esri interactive wildfire map

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Esri interactive wildland fire map


NGA noted as instrumental in finding Osama bin Laden

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gets written up in the mainstream press for its role in the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden.


The Little Known Agency that Helped Kill bin Laden May 5, 2011, The Atlantic

Filters for the social web

Monday, April 25th, 2011

These days, very often citizen reporting of dramatic events is being relied upon from sources such as Twitter, blogs, and cell phone photos and reports. The amount of information can be daunting to those needing to report on events or assemble a big picture.

Storify, based in San Francisco, is one of several Web start-ups — including Storyful, Tumblr and Color — that are developing ways to help journalists and others sift through the explosion of online content and publish the most relevant information.

Filtering the Social Web to Present News Items April 25, 2011, The New York Times

3D City GIS capabilities in Bentley V8i

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Just released – V8i (SELECTseries 1) versions of Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Geospatial Server, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher further extend this portfolio to include new 3D City GIS capabilities.

This functionality is said to enable governments to perform urban planning, noise simulation, shadow analysis, natural disaster mitigation, public relationship management, and 3D analysis and design.

GeoEye/Esri contract to license high resolution imagery

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

According to a press announcement today, GeoEye has signed a strategic contract with Esri to license a large amount of high-resolution imagery to produce a global, static cache map layer. The imagery will be available to Esri users via, a system that allows for work with GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices.

Quote for the day

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Invisible infrastructure is the most radical change.” – Steven Spielberg

Bentley announces new line-up of Bentley Map GIS products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Richard Zambuni, Bentley’s Global Marketing Director for Geospatial and Utilities, and Bob Mankowksi, Vice President Software Development for Bentley’s Civil and Geospatial products, held a teleconference Thursday, April 7  in which they announced the new line-up of desktop GIS products, three new Bentley Map v8i offerings.

Bentley aims to solve three problems with the new line-up.

First, 3D GIS – an infrastructure GIS needs to be able to support 3D geospatial workflows with ease – and because Bentley Map is built on MicroStation technology it is a GIS that is intrinsically 3D. For 3D cities GIS needs to be 3D as well.
Second, Bentley has built a more extensive and a better-documented API for application developers – and anyone can use the API without further permissions being necessary.
And third, Bentley has simplified the product line-up so users can execute geospatial workflows in their infrastructure projects by reducing the number of products available and enhancing the functionality in those products. Those products are:

Bentley Map PowerView
For the visualization and editing of 2D/3D geospatial information – this product replaces Bentley PowerMap Field
Bentley Map
For editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information – replaces the Bentley Map V8i SS1 and Bentley PowerMap
Bentley Map Enterprise
An entirely new product for enterprise editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information
Look for more detailed information on this release in an upcoming edition of GISWeekly.

Improve your Boston neighborhood with Street Bump

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Check this out:

The Boston Urban Mechanic Profiler (Street Bump) is the City of Boston’s newest mobile phone app designed to help Boston residents improve their neighborhoods.  The prototype app was developed in partnership with Fabio Carrera, a local professor who has partnered with the City on a variety of projects focused on collecting and using data to improve City operations.

Street Bump

Quote for the day

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

“Part of the ambition of Pachube is we’re coming to a situation where our environments will be extremely connected, we impinge upon each other, not just physically but digitally. This has a cultural aspect to it, but by providing a mechanism where you can decide to opt in, you don’t have to share all your data. But if there is a way to share your data, you can create something more valuable for the community as awhole.”

– Usman Haque of Haque Studio and CEO and founder of Pachube, a YouTube like product that allows you to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings around the world” at sg2011.

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