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Sewer Heat Recovery Provides Low-Cost Recycled Energy

October 24, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Water

In every urban area, heat that humans have generated to shower, wash clothes, cook, and so on flows underground — in the sewers, making them very warm. Today, sewers represent the largest source of heat leakage in buildings. Even toilet water, which is at…

Trimble Builds on SketchUp as Both a Platform and Solutions

October 22, 2012 - in Interview

Trimble has been on an acquisition streak in the geospatial technology market for some time, particularly in the surveying and construction arena. The…

Examining the Concept of Informed Infrastructure

October 18, 2012 - in Column

While later columns will most often look at the details, I thought this first column should be devoted to the variety of concepts that might be attributed…

Game On – Why Your Tween is Poised to be the Next Geospatial Super User

October 9, 2012 - in Column

Much has been written about converging threads in the geospatial arena over the past several years (6 articles in Safe’s blog alone!), whether it’s BIM and GIS, 3D and 2D, 2.5D and 2D, or even geospatial and music videos!  But over the past couple of…

GeoDesign Provides the Third Phase of GIS Evolution

October 9, 2012 - in Design/Engineering, Interview

The convergence of design tools with the analytics and data aggregation capabilities of GIS is an ongoing process. With Esri’s GeoDesign concept and conference, they have served to provide a springboard for accelerated innovation with dialogue that will…

Sensor Data Helps Calibrate Water Models

October 2, 2012 - in Interview, Modeling, Sensors, Wastewater, Water

Thomas M. Walski, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F. ASCE, is Bentley Systems senior product manager for Water and Sewer Products. Walski has been intimately involved with the modeling of water networks for decades, and has worked with Bentley Systems to introduce seminal…

Sensor Sensibility: Deployment Strategies and Design Tradeoffs

October 1, 2012 - in Column

Before we delve too far into the various applications of wireless sensor networks, it may be of some use to review the characteristics of such a system. While wireless sensor networks allow us to deploy and gather information in a variety of places that are…

A Tidal Shift in Water Network Management

September 24, 2012 - in Feature, Featured, Wastewater, Water

Water consumption worldwide is on the steepest of hockey stick curves—since 1950, annual consumption has tripled, and in 2006 passed 4,300 km3… that’s about 30% of the available supply of renewable water. Water consumption is expanding considerably faster…

Creating and Enabling a Smarter Enterprise with Location Intelligence

September 18, 2012 - in Column

The recent economic downturn has forced enterprises of all shapes and sizes to do more with less, yet they are still expected to return profitable results. This has led many businesses to shift their priorities and strategies for effectively managing customer…

Planning Tools Have Their Place

September 15, 2012 - in Interview

The place that we live affects our access to jobs and public services, culture, shopping, education and our feeling of personal safety, security and health. Balancing access and limiting economic segregation is a daunting task for urban planners. Throw in…