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The "Social Network" of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response to emergency events. Associated with the rise of Facebook, Twitter and the other dominant social network…

Interior Location and Mapping: Prompted by Innovations that Improve Position and Navigation

December 2, 2012 - in Feature, Featured

Imagine if the mapping of the interior of buildings would have benefitted from the explosive growth of navigation that has come from ubiquitous GPS receivers.…

Smarter Driving Key to Sustainable Transportation Planning

November 26, 2012 - in Feature, Featured, Transportation

In the popular mind, smarter, greener, and more sustainable transportation is generally equated with mega-projects like high speed rail, light rail, long…

Achieving Model-Based Design for the Smart Grid

November 12, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Sensors

Smart Meters and SCADA Contribute a Big Data Perspective Smart meters and intelligent electronic devices provide granular data about the state of the utility network in near real-time. The availability of such data is in no small part what is making the smart…

Autodesk Embraces Model-First Approach Across Products

November 12, 2012 - in Interview

Autodesk has been hard at work to add more cross-product integration to their portfolio to make it easier to incorporate model-based design throughout various workflows. The aim is to make it easy to transition that design work, and their Infrastructure Modeler…

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 acquisition of SketchUp from Google caught many by surprise, with much speculation on the plan. Informed…

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 to Informed Infrastructure. Clearly it goes beyond the site’s byline of “Extending design to include…

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…