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 »
April 20th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Just released – V8i (SELECTseries 1) versions of Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Geospatial Server, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher further extend this portfolio to include new 3D City GIS capabilities.
This functionality is said to enable governments to perform urban planning, noise simulation, shadow analysis, natural disaster mitigation, public relationship management, and 3D analysis and design.
April 14th, 2011 by Susan Smith
According to a press announcement today, GeoEye has signed a strategic contract with Esri to license a large amount of high-resolution imagery to produce a global, static cache map layer. The imagery will be available to Esri users via ArcGIS.com, a system that allows for work with GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices.
April 13th, 2011 by Susan Smith
“Invisible infrastructure is the most radical change.” – Steven Spielberg
April 12th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Richard Zambuni, Bentley’s Global Marketing Director for Geospatial and Utilities, and Bob Mankowksi, Vice President Software Development for Bentley’s Civil and Geospatial products, held a teleconference Thursday, April 7 in which they announced the new line-up of desktop GIS products, three new Bentley Map v8i offerings.
Bentley aims to solve three problems with the new line-up.
First, 3D GIS – an infrastructure GIS needs to be able to support 3D geospatial workflows with ease – and because Bentley Map is built on MicroStation technology it is a GIS that is intrinsically 3D. For 3D cities GIS needs to be 3D as well.
Second, Bentley has built a more extensive and a better-documented API for application developers – and anyone can use the API without further permissions being necessary.
And third, Bentley has simplified the product line-up so users can execute geospatial workflows in their infrastructure projects by reducing the number of products available and enhancing the functionality in those products. Those products are:
Bentley Map PowerView
For the visualization and editing of 2D/3D geospatial information – this product replaces Bentley PowerMap Field
For editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information – replaces the Bentley Map V8i SS1 and Bentley PowerMap
Bentley Map Enterprise
An entirely new product for enterprise editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information
Look for more detailed information on this release in an upcoming edition of GISWeekly.
April 6th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Check this out:
The Boston Urban Mechanic Profiler (Street Bump) is the City of Boston’s newest mobile phone app designed to help Boston residents improve their neighborhoods. The prototype app was developed in partnership with Fabio Carrera, a local professor who has partnered with the City on a variety of projects focused on collecting and using data to improve City operations.
April 3rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
“Part of the ambition of Pachube is we’re coming to a situation where our environments will be extremely connected, we impinge upon each other, not just physically but digitally. This has a cultural aspect to it, but by providing a mechanism where you can decide to opt in, you don’t have to share all your data. But if there is a way to share your data, you can create something more valuable for the community as awhole.”
– Usman Haque of Haque Studio and CEO and founder of Pachube, a YouTube like product that allows you to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings around the world” at sg2011.
April 3rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
When the Data Struts Its Stuff , The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (registration required)
March 24th, 2011 by Susan Smith
In a Webex this week Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business for Autodesk talked about the 2012 portfolio which will soon be available.
Because customers are successful using multiple products, Autodesk is not offering single products in this release, but rather suites of products for all kinds of design. He called it an “integrated software approach.” A lot of discussion was spent on artists and production facilitators in the entertainment industry, a big customer of Autodesk products.
The suites cost “a few hundred dollars more than an individual software program” but offer more in terms of interoperability and the entire suite will be offered on a USB thumb drive.
Here is a list of the various suites:
Building Design Suite*
Infrastructure Design Suite*
Plant Design Suite*
Factory Design Suite*
Product Design Suite*
Entertainment Creation Suite*
* – Software included varies according to Suite versions; Standard, Premium or Ultimate.
I will be attending the AEC Media Summit in Waltham, Mass. in two weeks and will have a full report on the suites at that time.
March 23rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
“A research center at West Virginia University is providing important information on the ability of soil to mitigate nuclear contamination.
The Morgantown school’s Geospatial Research Unit is examining the soils of Pacific Coast states to determine their ability to trap airborne radiation in the event that it drifts from Japan to the U.S. They also are determining locations of soils that can transfer trapped radioactivity into vegetation.”
WVU mapping soils’ ability to absorb radiation March 23, 2011, Charleston Daily Mail
March 23rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
In response to the Libyan unrest, geospatial and GIS companies as well as newspapers are providing interactive map applications and maps to show areas of occupation and battle zones with various layers available.
Libya Unrest Map
Esri is serving a Libya Unrest map application that disseminates information being sent via Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. The social media layers allow for custom keyword searches. Streetmap, OpenStreetMap, satellite imagery, and topographic maps are part of the map overlay. The public Ushadihi layer shows mapped reports. Additional map layers added as data becomes available. This map can be embedded in online articles. For more information contact Jesse Theodore, email@example.com .
Interactive Map of How the Protests Unfolded in Libya March 21, 2011, Government forces maintain their hold on the strategic town of Ajdabiya. The New York Times
Libya: interactive map of the key battle zones March 21, 2011, Interactive map of the key Libyan strongholds and battle zones with yellow points to indicate rebel-held towns and cities. The Telegraph