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Geospatial analytics for the smart grid
At the Distributech 2013 conference, the largest electric power distribution conference in North America with attendance of about 9600, earler ths year in San Diego, if there was one consistent message, it was that smart grid has become mainstream - [more...
Infrastructure excellence competition
Infrastructure-excellence.com is hosting the second annual competition showcasing Excellence in Infrastructure— highlighting the best projects done in 2012/2013. The winners will be given over US$10,000 in prizes by the competition sponsors. The competition is open to anyone 21 years and [more...
Privacy and personal geographic data
At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of [more...
Providing web access to usable open geospatial data
The principle of free and open access to government geospatial data has been adopted by many governments including US Federal, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, California, and by the City of Vancouver and other cities. But being able to access [more...
Value of geospatial services to the global economy
Google released a report What is the economic impact of Geo services ? earlier this year prepared by Oxera Consulting Ltd in the UK. What are geospatial services ? Oxera incuded all interactive digital mapping and location-based data, products, and [more...
SPAR 2013: Turning the construction process on its head
At SPAR 2013 I had the opportuniy to hear a very forward looking presentation by Ron Singh, Chief of Surveys/Geometronics Manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation. It was even more impressive because Ron's background is surveying. His primary objective [more...
Contribution of geospatial to the Canadian economy
Two countries, Australia and New Zealand, have commissioned studies to estimate the contribution of geospatial data and technology to the national economy. Canada has just announced the award of a similar project to a team that includes ACIL Tasman, who [more...
Does water as a basic human right mean free water ?
Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights and Calls upon States and international organizations to provide financial resources, capacity-building [more...
Earth hour reduced demand by 448 MW in Ontario
The Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has reported that demand for electricity in Ontario was reduced by 448 megawatts (MW) or 2.7 per cent as a result of Earth Hour. According to Toronto Hydro electricity demand dropped 205 megawatts [more...
UN geospatial initiative focuses on sustainable development
At the Geospatial World Forum (GWF) in Amsterdam last year, Paul Cheung of the United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) voiced the concern about their role that many national mapping agencies and other government organizations with responsibility [more...
Estimating the unsubsidized cost of clean water production
At the Canadian Water Network conference we heard that it is estimated that 800 million people don't have access to clean drinking water and 41 percent of the world’s population, 2.3 billion people, live in water-stressed areas. Cash-stressed governments are [more...
Wastewater treatment plant or power plant ?
Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Southerly wastewater treatment plant in Cleveland, Ohio, where I learned that the plant, which serves a population of more than 601,000 in the Greater Cleveland area, is one of the [more...
Massive open on-line courses potentially transforming education
I have blogged frequently on the workforce challenges facing the utility industry resulting from accelerating retirement among engineers and skilled workers and by the technology transformation associated with the smart grid. Community colleges in partnership with utiltiies have been the [more...
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