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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 »

Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure 2014″ announces new geospatial releases

 
November 11th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In the “Utilities and Government” breakout session on Media Day at the Bentley “Year in Infrastructure 2014” event held in London last week, a number of Bentley executives spoke on various aspects of utilities and government, with new developments for 3D cities.

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference, London

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference, London

The event showcases work being done with Bentley Systems’ software, with presentations by all the Be Inspired Award finalists for the year, topped off by a gala Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening.

Cyndi Smith, senior director of Application Advantage at Bentley, introduced speakers. Aidan Mercer, senior industry marketing manager for Government spoke on “Advancements in Government and Life cycle Management of Infrastructure.” He also spoke about “Advanced BIM for cities,” which includes the various BIM levels used in 3D cities: Level 1: 3D visualization and design; Level 2: performance improvements; Level 3: extending into the operations at the complete asset level and this contributes to a smarter city. He mentioned a really excited finalist in the BE Awards this year, the City of Eindhoven, a city that uses MicroStation, Descartes, ProjectWise, and Navigator in its development of new city infrastructure.

Know What’s Underground

Rachel Rogers, Applications Advantage for Civil, Geospatial, Hydraulics and Hydrology, announced Bentley Subsurface Utility Design and Analysis in OpenRoads will be available in early 2015, and will be a game changer in terms of knowing what’s underground.

The product automatically creates a 3D model and brings together the information needed, provides 3D modeling of all underground utilities, that you can readily update into your GIS database. This gives you a true picture of what’s underground.

One of the highlights is that you have visualization clash detection which can drive construction costs down.

Utility Industry with Cyndi Smith

An industry trend seen recently: convergence. “With the convergence of information technology and operations technology, some projects I’m seeing are bringing in engineering technology,” said Smith.

Better utilities performance catalyzed by:

  • Drivers and enablers
  • Smarter networks and technology
  • Regulations
  • Economic factors
  • Organizational evolution
  • Results better performing utilities infrastructure

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Inaugural ASPRS UAS Conference 2014 held in Reno

 
November 3rd, 2014 by Susan Smith

The inaugural ASPRS UAS Conference was held October 20-22 in Reno, Nevada, bringing together a diverse group of technologists, pilots, surveyors, vendors and consultants to talk about this emerging technology. 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors were in attendance.

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Master of Ceremonies, Lewis Graham of GeoCue, opened with his comments on the importance of miniaturization, connectivity and sensors in the UAS market.

“Miniaturization and connectivity and sensors. Sensors will communicate in intelligent ways, software in background to make that happen,” said Graham. In addition, “Sense and avoid” type of technology/ software makes decisions based on proximity of the aerial system.”

The confluence of miniaturization, guidance and control systems, motors, sensors, on the photogrammetry side, new technologies out of robotic vision, taking point clouds of photos and taking information from this all conspire to bring UAS to the forefront and make it a force to be reckoned with.

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Pix4D City Construction


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Esri’s Halloween Story Map tells a dark story of the famous and infamous

 
October 30th, 2014 by Susan Smith

If you’re feeling particularly ghoulish, Esri’s “Where Are the Bodies?” story map is offered just in time for Halloween, documenting the final resting places of some of the most famous (and infamous) actors, artists, authors, and criminals. From Al Capone to Andy Warhol, and many more, learn more about each individual and interactively explore high-resolution imagery for the cemetery or burial site where they’re interred.

You can scroll through the alphabetical list to see each entry, or you can click one of the buttons on the right side to jump to a specific person.

Special Coverage: UAS: Disruption in the Skies

 
October 23rd, 2014 by Susan Smith

Unmanned Aerial Systems is one of the disruptive technologies of this century. Whomever would have thought that small flying planes, that look very much like the hobbyist planes that people fly remotely, would someday take the role of carrier pigeons in delivering packages and also providing aerial surveillance, both on a government and citizen level.

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Trimble UX5

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Special Blog Coverage of 3D Cities Coming in November!

 
October 20th, 2014 by Susan Smith

During the week of November 17th, GISCafe Voice will run a special feature blog on the topic, “3D Cities: Envisioning Communities of the Future.”

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Check out GeoPlanner from Esri

 
October 16th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Ken Gorton of Esri talked about the GeoPlanner at Esri UC 2014 in the Plenary, mostly in relationship to the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)’ s work in Africa with the great apes’ habitat.

GeoPlanner supports every step in the design workflow for Geodesign and is an addition to the ArcGIS platform. Built on ArcGIS Online, it leverages web maps and can be used in infrastructure design, public safety, and planning of all kinds. GeoPlanner can be put on the portal so everyone involved can use it.
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HP plans to split into two different companies

 
October 14th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Hewlett-Packard Co said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, thereby eliminating another 5,000 jobs that would be part of its “turnaround plan.” The company currently has over 300,000 employees.

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GIS global market in the BFSI sector expects significant growth

 
October 10th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In a Research and Markets study report, the analysts forecast the global GIS market in the Banking, Financial Services and Institutions (BFSI) sector to grow at a CAGR of 8.43 percent over the period from 2013 – 2018.

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As GIS is used for so many different industries these days, the opportunities for growth in the BFSI sector are not surprising. GIS is used across sectors such as Natural Resources, Utilities, Federal Government, Communication and Telecom, Military/Law Enforcement, and Others. GIS is used for various purposes such as disaster management, finding location details, viewing maps, marketing, designing facilities and others.

In terms of GIS product, the market can be segmented into three: Software, Data, and Services.

The report, the “Global GIS Market in the BFSI Sector 2014-2018,” has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the APAC and EMEA regions. It also covers the landscape of the Global GIS market in the BFSI sector and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. (From company materials)

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Reaching the mobile user with Moasis

 
October 8th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Tim Garcia, vice president of Business Development and Emerging Markets for Moasis Global said in a recent article for GISCafe:

“The latest frontier is how to effectively reach the mobile user by leveraging the data based on a consumer’s geographic position. Utilizing profiles integrated within geo-location, brands, agencies and even small businesses are able to locate consumers within a specific area and target them with the marketing message that is most relevant.”

Moasis’s team combines marketing and the technologies disrupting today’s information ecosystem. They’ve developed a platform based on the fusion of location data and multi-screen delivery, with the flexibility to weather the ongoing change in digital media and local marketing.

Moasis Global created the Intelligent Location Engine marketing platform, which encompasses their GeoGrid technology. In July 2014, they announced a partnership with Esri to provide marketers with consumer segmentation data that classifies US neighborhoods into market segments based on socioeconomic and demographic factors. By integrating Esri’s Tapestry data into a location-based mobile marketing platform, marketers can optimize the performance of their mobile marketing campaigns and better pinpoint the best potential customers and prospects using Moasis.

The partnership facilitates marketers who want to measure the performance and appeal of their mobile marketing and optimize in real time, combine Moasis’ location marketing platform with Esri’s Tapestry data to help target the customers and prospects in a particular area. The platform allows marketers to create behavioral market segments by location and target lifestyle demographics as well as where such customers live, down to their local neighborhoods.

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Mosaik Solutions: from roaming guides to GIS and core analytics

 
October 3rd, 2014 by Susan Smith

Recently I spoke with Mosaik Solutions’ John Gilmer, VP, Data Integrity, Brian McNamara, product manager, Todd Cotts, director, Product Management and Matt Oak, manager GIS department regarding their business and recent announcements.

Mosaik Solutions Coverage

Mosaik Solutions Coverage

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