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OrbitGT Acquired by Bentley Systems

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Belgian company Orbit Geospatial Technologies (Orbit GT), specialists in 3D and mobile mapping, was recently acquired by Bentley Systems at the Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2019 thought leadership conference in Singapore.

Singapore Smart Nation

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Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2019 Offers GIS Refresh

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Each year at the Bentley Year In Infrastructure thought leadership conference brings a new dimension to digital workflows. Digital Twins were definitely the order of the day this year, and mobile mapping and some other technologies taking front and center stage in the form of acquisitions.

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2019 Wildfire Risk Report from CoreLogic Analyzes Western U.S. Damage and Risk

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

In September, CoreLogic released their 2019 Wildfire Risk Report that analyzes the top regions, states and metro areas at risk for wildfire damage, including number of at-risk homes and their estimated reconstruction costs. The report also includes a breakdown of 2017 and 2018’s major wildfires, which were quite extensive through the western United States. The report focuses on homes in the western states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Some important facts from the report include (from company materials):

  • The report found nearly 776,000 homes with an associated reconstruction cost value of more than $221 billion are at extreme risk of wildfire damage.
  • The Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego metro areas ranked as the top three high-risk areas, respectively with more than 42% of residences at high-to-extreme wildfire risk.
    • These regions make up more than 51% of the total RCV of the top 15 metro areas analyzed.
  • In 2018, the highest number of acreage burn occurred in California (1,823,153 acres burned), Nevada (1,001,966 acres burned) and Oregon (897,262 acres burned).
  • 2018 was a record-breaking wildfire year with 8,767,492 acres burned—roughly equivalent to 74 of the 75 largest cities in the United States combined.
    • This marked the 6th highest total since modern historical records began in the mid-1900s.

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Claremont Graduate University GIS and Four Directions Spearhead Safeguarding North Dakota Voting Rights

Friday, October 4th, 2019

What do you do if you don’t have an actual physical street address and you want to vote? You are definitely eligible to vote, except for that one small detail that has become critical in North Dakota under a new statewide voter identification law.

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Compact Trimble X7 3D Laser Scanner Provides Integrated Solution for GIS and Survey Applications

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Among numerous announcements made this week at Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany, by Trimble, the new Trimble X7 3D Laser Scanning System was introduced, a scanning system that enables professionals with little or no scanning expertise to capture precise 3D scanning data to produce high-quality deliverables.

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GICHD: Using GIS for Clearing Landmines and Restoring Land to Use

Friday, September 13th, 2019

With all the uses that have been discovered for GIS, humanitarian demining is one that has not gotten a lot of attention. Land mines and unexploded remnants of war are embedded in the soil and structures of one-third of the world’s developing countries. These abandoned time bombs affect innocent people long after the war has ended, making so many areas uninhabitable.

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Authentic8: A Safer Browser Solution than VPN

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Thom Kaye, federal program manager, Authentic8, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the company Authentic8.

Authentic8 was funded by the owner, Scott Petry, the CEO and cofounder of Authentic8 and Founder of Postini, based on the sale of Postini that was the largest acquisition made after YouTube – and ultimately became gmail. Authentic8 was designed to create a secure browsing experience for the user.

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Pitney Bowes Announces PBLocator Geocoding for ArcGIS

Friday, July 19th, 2019

This week Joe Francica, Managing Director, Intelligence Solutions, Pitney Bowes talked about Pitney Bowes announcements over the past year, the primary announcement being the PBLocator premium geocoding to ArcGIS, announced at the Esri User Conference in San Diego.

PBLocator

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Mapping Infectious Disease with Esri Workflows

Friday, June 21st, 2019

This week, GISCafe Voice spoke with Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, GISP, Chief Medical Officer & Health Solutions Director, Esri. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics with the California Department of Public Health, Dr. Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, open data and interoperability.

These maps show areas of low vaccination rates (and increased risks of measles outbreaks).  Maps of the situation in both New York and Washington show the reality of outbreaks.

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GEOINT Symposium 2019 Keynote from NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

At the GEOINT Symposium 2019 held in San Antonio, Texas, NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp gave a keynote in which he brought to the audience’s attention new leadership roles including his own as the seventh NGA director.

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