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GIS platform implemented in Indian electrical utility

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

According to an article in the Times of India, the city of Noida has upgraded its services to electricity consumers.  The Noida discom (distribution company) is going to use a GIS platform that can determine the exact location and coordinates of callers complaining about outages from faults and snags. It will also indicate coordinates of the snag on the distribution network, which will help in being able to attend to faults more quickly.

Customer care centers of the discom have integrated the GIS platform. A training programme by Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) is currently underway at its disaster-response centre in Sector 58 to attune employees and executives to efficiently handle the platform.

PVVNL officials said that they are using the programme to train staff to effectively use the online billing system and collect payments. “A number of applications that have been developed will be implemented in the city under this programme. The purpose behind this initiative is to make good use of information technology and provide better service to consumers,” said AP Singh, executive engineer (IT-PVVNL).


Bluesky awarded contract to map heat loss

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

As energy efficiency is of paramount importance these days, thermal survey maps can show hot spots and can identify where housing is not heated properly. This situation is called “fuel poverty” and is due to poor insulation or people simply wanting to conserve heat by not turning on the heat. The combination of thermal data with other datasets such as demographic data can help pinpoint buildings where this is the case.


GIS infrastructure at EPCOR – Enterprise GIS for Water Utility

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Cindy Shepel, senior manager at EPCOR, a private utility company in the city of Edmonton, spoke about GIS infrastructure at the company at Be Inspired, London last October.

EPCOR Water Services is a private company wholly owned by the city of Edmonton. EPCOR won the “Innovation in Geospatial Networks” category at the Be Inspired Awards in October, 2013. The company builds and operates electrical transmission and distribution networks, for water and wastewater, treatment facilities and infrastructure.

Their scope of influence includes British Columbia, Alberta, Arizona and New Mexico. They serve a population of over 1 million and have over 240,00 water services connections.“About 25% of the water we produce is delivered to regional water communities that provide water to an additional 70 communities,” said Shepel.


Conform for real time 3D visualization

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Andrew Tosh, founder of GameSim of Orlando, a 3D visualization and GIS applications used in the gaming and military simulation industries, talked about the plans to expand their product Conform into the GIS market. GameSim is looking at 30% growth (2013). Tosh started the company in 2008 and now they have 33 employess. They will do revenue at $3.7 million this year.


Intergraph Geospatial 2014 launch

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Mladen Stojic, president, Hexagon Geospatial spoke about this week’s launch of Intergraph Geospatial 2014, a comprehensive portfolio of industry-leading technologies.


Top Geospatial Predictions for 2014

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The following are GISCafe Voice’s Geospatial Predictions for 2014. Some of them were on last year’s list, but continue on as important predictions for change in 2014. There was big change in 2014, in the delivery of products, demand for certain types of products such as for disaster recovery, tracking and restoration and mobile apps, as well as the coming of age of indoor location mapping. See if our predictions line up with what your predictions are for 2014!


For Santa watchers everywhere….

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013


Esri’s interactive Santas Around the World allows you to explore 29 different cultural and geographical variations of Santa Claus and learn about holiday traditions across four continents.

GeoMetri for indoor/outdoor location analytics

Monday, December 16th, 2013
Michael Healander, Director of the GISi Indoors business unit, a part of GISi, a 22-year-old location technology company, talked about the GISi Indoors product GeoMetri released in July 2013.


Esri releases CityEngine 2013 3D urban design software

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Esri has released CityEngine 2013, the latest version of its 3D urban design software. The release includes a new software developer kit (SDK) that enables CityEngine procedural modeling technology to be used in 3D software packages such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, and SketchUp.

Esri CityEngine is among the first 3D urban design software applications to include seamless export to the web via CityEngine web scenes.


Topcon debuts BIM 3D Layout and LN-100 at Autodesk University 2013

Monday, December 9th, 2013

TopCon founded in 1932, is a global positioning company that today has divided its focus into positioning, smart infrastructure and eye care.



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