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 »
February 22nd, 2018 by Susan Smith
Aidan Mercer, Bentley Systems’ Industry Marketing Director, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, spoke with GISCafe Voice at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure event in Singapore back in October 2017. We discussed the utilities industry, namely waste and wastewater, and how GIS is a part of all the utility applications at Bentley.
“We don’t talk exclusively about geospatial technology, we talk about it being embedded in our applications,” said Mercer. “We no longer try to prove spatial awareness because it’s inherent in our software. We don’t tend to have any announcements around geospatial because it’s built into our software.”
In discussing waste and wastewater, Mercer said that industry has been predominantly digital for quite some time. The “Going Digital” theme of the conference runs through the different industries that Bentley represents.
Some of these areas such as water and wastewater, hydraulic modeling, calibrating networks, designing treatment plants – have been predominantly digital for quite a long time.
Such aspects as hydraulic modeling, calibrating networks, designing of treatment plants, in their own environment have been digital. The goal of Bentley is to have those applications connect in a connected data environment. “That’s providing the ability for a design application for a hydraulic model application or a centered network the ability to talk to one another,” said Mercer.
“It would be opening up information that would be native to a certain application and making it available to another computer system to make intelligent systems. And that’s why you have things like operation analytics platforms to predict and prescribe those sorts of outcomes. From an overall perspective, that’s continuing the theme of what we’ve been doing as an engineering company, what we would describe as a portfolio of connected applications, built off this Microsoft Azure platform. We’ve been rolling out these applications aggressively because it will take time to bring these applications into these environments. Now we have what we call a more comprehensive portfolio of these products. The Haestad products in particular are available now as a cloud service, great because it’s no longer siloed in this particular environment.”
February 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith
Recently, I began to receive maps pertaining to income, immigration, unemployment and related impacts. It made me consider putting together these maps to show a broader story of what these maps can show us in terms of current as well as historical timelines in terms of income or lack thereof. The following maps also displays communities where the highest number of non-citizen residents and DACA recipients live.
February 1st, 2018 by Susan Smith
Troy Taggart, president of Geospatial Corporation, spoke with GISCafe Voice about the company’s integration with the popular Blockchain technology, the software behind Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency, with their cloud-based GIS platform, GeoUnderground. GeoUnderground provides energy companies a secure way to manage contracts, assure provenance and track asset maintenance.
January 26th, 2018 by Susan Smith
Recently, Scottish Geographic Information Systems (GIS) company thinkWhere announced the launch of a new cloud-based platform for GIS and geographic data, theMapCloud. theMapCloud allows maps, open data and business records to be accessed anytime, and anywhere, through a web-connected computer or mobile device. Using standard web browsers, users can view, retrieve and share maps, geographic data and other open datasets and, as well as providing a platform for GIS and other web applications, theMapCloud can be used for a host of data services and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.
January 22nd, 2018 by Susan Smith
This questionnaire is aimed toward those who do research and development on traditional artificial satellites and “smallsats,” as well as those customers of satellites, and companies providing third party solutions for them. Since companies of larger satellites produce small satellites as well, larger satellites, their features and their pros and cons are included in this questionnaire.
January 18th, 2018 by Susan Smith
In a recent BBC TV broadcast, EarthSense Systems, in close collaboration with resident groups, television producers and personality Dr Xand van Tulleken, went to the Kings Heath suburb of Birmingham, UK in December 2017 to demonstrate the air pollution challenges faced by typical urban communities with busy shopping areas and congested major streets.
According to the press materials, as part of a day long campaign of action, residents were urged to leave their cars at home, instead using public transport or walking or cycling for the daily commute and school runs. Volunteers carried out people and traffic surveys and Dr Xand van Tulleken showed his support presenting for the BBC TV programme “Fighting for Air” which aired on January 10th. The experiment utilized special air pollution sensors, developed by EarthSense, which monitored changes in air pollution on the day compared to recordings elsewhere in Birmingham.
Air pollution causes 40,000 early deaths each year in the UK. It has been determined that 16 of UK cities have illegal level of toxic fumes. It is estimated in one study that air pollution costs the UK £20 billion a year in medical costs and lost labor.
In a demonstration, Dr. Xand van Tuileken donned a military grade mask with filters designed for chemical warfare. He said that, “at the moment I am breathing the cleanest air possible.” The air contains high levels of harmful pollution, from industry, construction, but in there in Birmingham, mostly from vehicles.
“To test just how dangerous the air we breathe is, I am first having to “detox” . Free my body from pollution,” said van Tuileken.