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Cultivating Community Potential through Economic Gardening

August 21, 2014 - in Analysis, Column, Financial, Planning

With the global financial crisis, many local communities struggle to stay afloat. Despite the many ongoing conversations about the nation’s economy and what needs to be done to fix it. Detroit is the latest casualty of this unsustainable economic climate,…

Manufacturing a New Kind of Construction

What comes to mind when you think about modular design? Did you come up with an image of half a house on the back of a flatbed trailer, or one of a modern…

Three Things You Should Know About Managed Services

July 3, 2014 - in Column, Corporate, Maintenance

The simplicity of the user experience that we have grown accustomed to with our smartphones and tablets is in stark contrast to the growing complexity…

Advancing BIM Toward “Level 3”: Compounding Benefits

June 20, 2014 - in Column, Modeling

Among the multitude of viewpoints regarding a “new level” of BIM aspirations, I would like to offer Bentley Systems’ perspective, as a leading software provider dedicated to “sustaining infrastructure,” on how and why the advantages at each BIM advancement…

Is Green Infrastructure Diminishing Innovation?

Since the Environmental Protection Agency, and in turn state and local regulators, have gone all in on green infrastructure (GI) and low impact development (LID) concepts a seemingly regrettable consequence has emerged.  Topics specific to the broader adoption…

Improving Pipeline Information Sharing

May 8, 2014 - in Column, Energy, Maintenance, Pipelines

On September 9, 2010, a section of natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, California, exploded leading to significant property damage and the death of 9 people.  The cause of the explosion was ultimately traced to defective welds and a decision to increase the…

Do We Still Need Geospatial Standards?

April 21, 2014 - in Column, Modeling

Since 1994, I have participated in, facilitated, and lead a variety of standards activities. I have helped develop standards in the OGC, OASIS, ISO, OMA, IETF, W3C – the list goes on. Given this commitment to the standards world, you might think that I have…

Harvesting Transparency with Location Intelligence

January 12, 2014 - in Column

Today government agencies at all levels are challenged with severe resource limitation, yet they are required to foster the quality of service they offer to their respective communities. The global financial crisis made it even more difficult for state and…

How Micro-Location, Geofencing and Indoor Location Are Driving The Retail Revolution

December 18, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

Indoor Location has become the holy grail of location based-marketing, bringing consumers from their home to the closest shopping mall or retailer, greeting them with a message as they enter the mall or the store, helping them navigate indoors, send product…

Sensor Sensibility: Project Planning and Deployment Considerations

November 6, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

The wireless sensor network is fundamentally a distributed network of constrained devices. There are a host of considerations that must be taken into account when planning and implementing a wireless sensor network – considerations that are often overlooked…