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Pitney Bowes Refocuses on the Operational Intelligence of Location

June 10, 2013 - in Analysis, Interview

Pitney Bowes teamed with Autodesk in January of 2012 to bring their GIS and BIM/CAD products more closely together. The partnership has been focused on technology integration, and has rolled out several  solutions, including one focused on state and local…

Indoor Location: The Mobile Revolution Starts Now

June 6, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

The future of mobile location-based services lies in its rapid adoption of indoor technologies. For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning…

Hitting the Point: A Simple Guideline for Contracting 3D Mapping Professionals

May 24, 2013 - in Column, Modeling

Recently, a few technologically specific themes have surfaced in the contemporary business world that all of us can relate to. Whether you are a surveyor,…

DataAppeal Makes Data Visualization Accessible

May 15, 2013 - in Analysis, Interview

There’s a great deal of change regarding how we monitor, analyze and understand our urban environments, and the volume of data that we can now access is central to this trend. However, not everyone that has data has the skill to unlock insight, and this…

Model-based Design Powers China Dam Construction

April 30, 2013 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Modeling

Harnessing power from moving water has the benefit of slowing and controlling flow in order to prevent natural disasters, providing water for human consumption and crop irrigation, slowing soil erosion, and supplying clean power. Hydropower is a low-cost source…

Sensor Sensibility: Communications Design Considerations for Energy Efficiency

April 17, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

One of the key design constraints in the deployment of a sensor network is the optimization of power consumption and energy efficiency. A problem familiar to those working with embedded devices is the need to eke out every possible capability while working…

Oklahoma Rides the Road to Automation with Restriction Routing

March 19, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Transportation

The movement of oversize and overweight truck loads require permitting by each state in order to ensure safety, to make certain that the loads fit under or can be supported by bridges, and to help defray the maintenance costs that these larger loads place…

Laser Scanning Improves Petrochemical Plant Design

March 6, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Modeling

Laser scanning as a method of storage of spatial information is used in various economic sectors, and is increasingly being used to capture the complexity of industrial plants. The use of laser scanning for industrial design, or more precisely on the execution…

Open Data Means Registries

March 4, 2013 - in Column

The municipal world has been buzzing with the concepts of Open Data. Many regions and municipalities have declared their support for the idea, and a Global Open Data Day was declared on February 22, 2013. Organizations have formed and principles declared (see…

Smart Cities, Network Effects, and the Next Generation of Planning

March 4, 2013 - in Interview, Smart Cities

Michael Batty, a professor of planning at the University College London, Fellow of the British Academy, and founder and chairman of the board of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), has had a distinguished career as a professor of geography and…