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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 »

Esri releases CityEngine 2013 3D urban design software

 
December 13th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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.

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

 
December 9th, 2013 by Susan Smith

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

LN-100

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What’s new in geo at Autodesk University 2013

 
December 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Robots for the future jobsite, flying drones for delivering packages and reality capture were all part of the show at Tuesday morning’s Mainstage presentation at Autodesk University 2013. Clearly, these technology directions are dependent upon location and geospatial technology.

Iris the robot

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Safe Software announces FME Cloud Public Beta

 
November 27th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Don Murray, Co-CEO of Canadian-based Safe Software, a leader in spatial data transformation, spoke with GISWeekly yesterday regarding their announcement of FME Cloud service public beta offering. FME Cloud expands its proven data integration technology into the iPaaS (integration platform as a service) market with its new cloud-based service.

Barrett Higman, GIS Officer of Alpine Shire Council shares his experience after designing his award-winning project BAL Plan using FME Cloud during the private beta program.

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Public beta of Geotrigger Service launched

 
November 22nd, 2013 by Susan Smith

Yesterday,  Esri launched the public beta version of its cloud-based Geotrigger Service for developers to  create location-aware apps for iPhone and Android without using up their battery life. The beta Geotrigger Service is free and the official release will rely on feedback from developers.

Apps built on the Esri location platform will be able to gather business intelligence of the location of people and when the app is being used, adding location awareness and alerts to other services developers can take advantage of on the Esri location development platform. Developers will be able to design apps that send messages to users to signify when they arrive or leave an area defined by a geofence. Read the rest of Public beta of Geotrigger Service launched

Smartphones will have location-based sensor fusion as standard

 
November 20th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Location-based sensor fusion will become a standard feature in as smartphones embrace constant, ubiquitous location, according to ABI Research’s report, “Location-based Sensor Fusion: Companies, Technologies, and Revenue Opportunities”. The report outlines how sensor fusion will evolve to support indoor location and the companies best placed to succeed in this space. Location-based sensor fusion will pave the way for the use of the “quantified self, ambient intelligence,” as well as provide huge potential around advertising and retail.

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USGS commemorates its involvement with GIS on GIS Day

 
November 15th, 2013 by Susan Smith

On November 20th, GIS Day, the USGS will commemorate their commitment to GIS. In spite of all the new technologies for mapping currently, the USGS would like to remind people that for the past 130 years, it has been the primary producer of topographic data for the U.S. and is producing its own new and emerging geospatial technologies and products.

Geologic map of the Holy Cross quadrangle, Colorado

Geologic map of the Holy Cross quadrangle, Colorado.

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Interactive Esri Map Tracks Super-Typhoon Haiyan

 
November 12th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Esri’s interactive Hurricane and Cyclone Public Information Map provides ongoing storm coverage for Super-Typhoon Haiyan. Explore Haiyan’s projected track across Southeast Asia and view geotagged social media from Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube about the storm.

Research and Markets “GIS Market in U.S. 2012-2016” Report reveals integration as a top topic

 
November 7th, 2013 by Susan Smith

In a recent Research and Markets Report, “GIS Market in US 2012-2016” the analysts discovered that many GIS vendors in the U.S. are adding integrated GIS solutions to their portfolios to avoid interoperability problems. These solutions are often seen as fully-integrated application in enterprise applications. End-users can integrate GIS solutions with design, analysis, and simulation software. It has become customary for manufacturing companies to integrate GIS solutions into analytical and simulation applications as part of the product life cycle, thereby extending the reach of GIS. Enterprise applications provide companies with asset management, planning, analysis, remote access, distribution of information, and controlling existing IT systems. Those vendors who have a history in providing design, analysis and simulation software from other industry perspectives such as asset management, planning, etc. can take advantage of this trend by integrating GIS directly into their existing product portfolios. (I have just returned from the Bentley Year in Infrastructure Conference in London where integrated GIS solutions was demonstrated).

“The analysts forecast the GIS market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 10.96 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand from the Government sector. The GIS market in the US has also been witnessing the development of integrated systems. However, the increasing government regulations and guidelines could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2013 Geospatial Directions

 
November 4th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2013 kicked off Monday, October 28th in London with a series of keynotes by Bentley executives as well as local luminaries. Antony Oliver, editor of New Civil Engineer in the UK, who is moving into the role of ACE consultant, remarked that “London is the home of infrastructure right now,” and there is a lot going on above and below ground, with Crossrail and Network Rail and other large transportation projects that the UK views as an exemplar of how public transportation will develop in the future. I learned in another conversation that the teams who worked on one were moving over to Crossrail after their stint was finished, bringing their incredible knowledge base with them.

Winner: Geospatial Networks Category
EPCOR Water Services Inc.
WALRUS – Water and Land Related Utility System
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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