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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 »

50 largest U.S. shopping malls map from Esri

 
December 5th, 2012 by Susan Smith

With 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and the nation’s largest indoor theme park, Mall of America touts itself as “one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world.”

50 largest shopping malls

“Everything is geospatial” – Report from Autodesk University 2012

 
December 3rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

It is heartening to hear that “everything is geospatial” from Autodesk this year and I for one wanted to hear how that could be.

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For your to-do list, try GeoFencing

 
November 29th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Research and Markets  announced this week the addition of the “GeoFencing: Enabling Location-Based Reminders, Ads, Promotions, Proactive Apps, Security & More”report to their offering.

What is GeoFencing? It is an application that runs automatically on your smartphone so that when you get near a relevant location, that location or vendor can target their services to you the user and to the location.

If you use your smartphone calendar and to-do list, GeoFencing will let you know you are passing a store that sells the item on your to-do list that you need. If you’re a retailer then GeoFending will run your shop’s app while a user is passing the store in that location, signaling him/her with an appropriate product suggestion. It is also good for advertisers, parents, for social networking, for interoffice communication, always letting you know of what or who nearby might be appropriate for you to talk to.

There are a number of hurdles yet to be scaled for GeoFencing, such as the fact that running the phone GPS might drain the device’s battery. Also, timing and the range of the GPS are factors.

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Pléiades 1B will be launched November 30th

 
November 27th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Remote sensing aficionados will be pleased to know that Astrium Services is launching their Pléiades 1B on Friday, 30 November 2012 at 11:02 pm Kourou local time (Saturday, 1 December 2:02 UTC). Pleiades 1B is the second satellite in the Pléiades constellation and will be orbited by a Soyuz launcher from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. Arianespace at www.arianespace.tv will be the official broadcasters of the launch.

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Bentley Be Inspired 2012 videos available

 
November 20th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Videos of keynotes from the Bentley Be Inspired 2012 Conference are available here with a login:

http://connected.bentley.com/viewSeminars.aspx?BEC_SS_ID=801

StreetMapper surveys for the California DOT

 
November 16th, 2012 by Susan Smith

The California Department of Transportation (DOT) consulting to Caltrans, is using StreetMapper to survey more than 7,000 bridges in California. StreetMapper is a mobile mapping system that in this case is being used by survey technology company Terrametrix who was contracted by Caltrans to do the survey.

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Bentley Systems Utilization Index for civil and geospatial

 
November 15th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Bentley Utilization Index - Civil and Geospatial

Bentley Geospatial and Utilities Update

 
November 13th, 2012 by Susan Smith

The primary markets for geospatial solutions for Bentley software appear to be utilities and civil. As the data that can be put into a building information model becomes more complex and analytical, the need to incorporate some level of analytics and spatial information becomes greater.

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Google Maps helpful with Hurricane Sandy relief

 
November 6th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Google released a “Superstorm Sandy” CrisisMap on Oct. 25 some days before Hurricane Sandy made landfall, complete with roadwork advisories, fuel inventory statuses, power outage information and more.

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512 paths to the White House with a binary election tree

 
November 5th, 2012 by Susan Smith

The Project: 512 Paths to the White House by Mike Bostock, The New York Times

This is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a visualization by The New York Times:

“The space of electoral college calculators is fairly well-trodden, so at first it seemed hard to do something new. The big problem here is the combinatorial explosion (2^n): even if you consider only nine states, you have 512 possible outcomes! So, you don’t offer much insight by simply enumerating outcomes or allowing undirected exploration. The challenge is to preserve minute details (micro) while providing an effective visual summary (macro).

We settled on a binary tree early on, but it wasn’t until Shan had the idea of collapsing parts of the tree into “decision” nodes that the design clicked. By pruning subtrees below the 270-vote threshold, you reduce the complexity substantially. More importantly, you get a much faster sense of what matters: who wins! And from there it was “just” a matter of implementation and refinement.

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