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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

GISCafe Special Feature Blog: Emergency Response and Recovery

 
March 20th, 2015 by Susan Smith

In recent years, Emergency Response and Recovery has been tasked with addressing the growing number of natural disasters and manmade disasters worldwide. When a disaster happens, the role of GIS and geospatial is front and center in the identification of location and the location of individuals impacted in the event, as well as the clarification of the physical damage to vital structures. It is also fundamental to the provision of medical care and utilities during a time when those things may be scarce or non-existent.

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Uber acquires deCarta

 
March 11th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Last week, Uber announced that it acquired deCarta, a small location based services (LBS) company. As Uber has made its name as the “ridesharing giant,” a company spokesman said that they hoped to improve Uber’s ETA times as well as carpooling service with the acquisition. It also will reduce the company’s reliance on Google and Apple.

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What happens now: Google Enterprise products no longer supported by Google

 
March 5th, 2015 by Susan Smith

What has been an un-announcement in the geospatial industry is the fact that Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Enterprise are to be discontinued by Google. It’s possible that Google didn’t send out a press release about this because their customers, who are mainly consumers, may mistake the message to mean that Google Maps and Google Earth will be discontinued by Google, which is absolutely not the case.

The Esri/Google architecture in the post Google Earth Enterprise World

The Esri/Google architecture in the post Google Earth Enterprise World

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Intergraph and ETAP form Strategic Alliance to Benefit Utilities Customers

 
February 27th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Michel Gilles, vice president for Utilities and Communications for Intergraph, talked with GISCafe Voice this week about the recent strategic alliance between Intergraph and ETAP, to collaborate on their products’ integration and address the market for utilities and telecommunications. This fast-growing market is now beginning to support new sources of generation and production of energy. The announcement was made at DistribuTECH.

The ETAP Microgrid

The ETAP Microgrid

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Announcement for Vendors: Special Coverage of “Emergency Response Solutions”!

 
February 24th, 2015 by Susan Smith

During the week of March 17th , GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “Emergency Response and Management Solutions.

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Bentley acquires Acute3D to advance reality modeling

 
February 19th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Bentley Systems announced that it has acquired the French company Acute3D, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling.

Acute3D Smart3DCapture has five different editions, two of which are what the company refers to as “prosumer” editions; consumer customers and professionals working on small non-georeferenced projects can use these two editions to simply generate 3D models from photos.

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Thoughts on the new proposed FAA rules for UAS

 
February 17th, 2015 by Susan Smith

New proposed rules covering small “unmanned aerial systems” (UAS) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this Sunday, could be game changing for those who are looking to use unmanned drones for business purposes.

A Reaper UAV drone

A Reaper UAV drone

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Esri’s new ArcGIS Open Data Site Available for Open Data Sharing

 
February 11th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Esri announced the launch of a new site aimed to help citizens locate organizations sharing open data around the world and provide direct access to thousands of open government datasets. Citizens can search, download, filter, and visualize this data through their web browser or mobile device.

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Trimble’s Rapid Positioning System Simplifies Layout for Contractors

 
February 5th, 2015 by Susan Smith

David Burczyk, Segment Manager Field Solutions at Trimble, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the the company’s Rapid Positioning System, that includes Trimble RPT600 Layout Station, for layout of points and to capture them as-built measurements, and Trimble Field Link 2D software that runs on a performance tablet to control the layout station.

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Drone lands on White House grounds

 
January 29th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Monday’s crash of  a two-foot-long drone on the White House grounds set off the country’s alarm bells on the entire safety surrounding drones and what they represent in terms of national security.

The drone that crashed at the White House

The drone that crashed at the White House

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