GISCafe Weekly Review April 20th, 2012

It’s a Special Forces World Now
April 20, 2012  by Marv Gordner

It’s no secret that budget cuts will be coming in the near future. For example, the U.S. Army is considering a potential 25% drawdown of its general purpose brigade combat teams. The Army will almost certainly reduce its end strength as well, most likely by tens of thousands of trained soldiers. In response to shrinking budgets and the winding down of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, there will also be a diminished need for intelligence analysts. Meanwhile, U.S. Special Operations Forces have no shortage of meaningful missions, realistic training, and resources.

At the Esri Federal User Conference 2012, Brett Rose demonstrates how to use lidar and terrain data for surveillance and situational awareness.

One of the most audacious projects ever to come out of Google was the plan to photograph and map the inhabited world, one block at a time. But a report over the weekend from federal regulators has rekindled questions over exactly what the company was doing — questions the search giant has spent years trying not to answer.

While Autodesk does not talk about GIS much these days, embedded in their Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013 is a Utilities Workflow that offers intelligent model based software for meeting the complex needs of the SmartGrid, with GIS products built in. The emphasis appears to be on helping transform planning, design and management processes by capturing conditions at the start of the design process, useful for both designers and GIS professionals.

Reflections on CalGIS 2012 & Mobile GIS
April 16, 2012  by Matt Sheehan

Just back from CalGIS in Sacramento. An interesting two day conference. Our presentation; ‘Is mobile the Future of GIS?” was one of the last sessions on the Friday. Its a shame since we gave an overview of the mobile market space; in hindsight it would have been better positioned early in the conference. Even so, we still managed a good sized audience.

Is Mobile The Future of GIS?

The conference was made up of a cross section of GIS focused organisations across the state; both public and private. We were interested to see which themes were most discussed, and gauge where mobile fits into a traditionally web/desktop GIS focused conference.

The Geospatial Sector Faces the Music
April 16, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

When thinking about the music business thirty years ago, only a handful of musical genres could be purchased as vinyl records or 8-track cassettes at the “record store.”  The platform quickly progressed from cassette tapes to compact discs and ultimately to the digital files, and the brick and mortar store has ultimately been replaced by e-commerce.  In terms of genres, we have so many variations of music that it’s virtually impossible to truly categorize all types.

Not only have music deliverables, varieties, and accessibility rapidly progressed, but also the industry itself – transitioning from a hierarchy of those recorded and promoted to a truly DIY approach, with intuitive tools for capturing music and endless vehicles for self-promotion courtesy of social media.  While many in the music industry balked at the rapid radical changes (fearing lost revenue), demand sparked innovation, enabling the masses to embrace and utilize technology as it emerged.


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