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Chemical Spill in West Virginia Makes Water Toxic for 300,000 West Virginians

January 13, 2014 - in Feature, Featured, Water

A chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia contaminated the Elk River and the state's largest water treatment plant that supplies a nine-county area. The chemical that was spilled is 4-methylcycloheane methanol (MCHM), used in cleaning coal dust. The toxicity…

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…

How Broadband Mapping Drives Economic Development and Planning Initiatives

January 8, 2014 - in Analysis, Feature, Featured, Roads, Transit

While an internet connection has become a daily fixture in the life of most Americans, lack of access to high-speed internet service, also known as broadband,…

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…

Developing a GIS Web Presence: The Audience-Focused Approach

December 16, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Maintenance

In the old days, when you wanted to find a restaurant or other business, you had to flip through the yellow or white pages, read each entry, maybe call a few to check their hours, then use an atlas or printed map book to find out how to drive there. The process…

Driving Discipline and Rigor for Utility Asset Management

December 12, 2013 - in Energy, Interview

Spatial Business Systems (SBS) has been consulting with utility customers on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for more than ten years, with an eye toward systems engineering, business analysis and advanced integration solutions. The company…

Asset Management: What does it mean to you?

December 6, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Maintenance

The need for an asset management program is beginning to resonate with municipalities throughout the country. Many municipal employees are finding themselves responsible for researching and developing a solution that will meet the unique infrastructure needs…

Denver’s Airport Expansion Primes a Push Toward BIM for Facility Management

November 18, 2013 - in Facility Management, Feature, Featured

Denver’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is an ambitious project that combines a commuter rail transit center and a 519-room Westin hotel to create a new gateway to the main terminal that incorporates sustainability goals. [print_gllr id=6779]   The…

Shanghai Undergoes Geographic Census as Smart City Baseline

November 7, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Modeling, Smart Cities

Shanghai is undertaking a geographic census, an ongoing data collection effort to capture the city's natural and built environment through 2015 as a means to establish their Smart City project. The Shanghai Institue of Surveying and Mapping will be collecting…

Designing with Data: Shaping Our Future Cities

November 6, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Planning

With the dawn of a ‘smart’ era the world is undergoing a transformation not seen since the industrial revolution. As more and more of us take to twitter, use the internet to influence governance or map our daily activities, policy makers and business are…