Looking for Content on Spatial Sustainability?

by Matt Ball on November 8, 2012

Efforts and content related to the application of spatial technologies for issues of sustainability have been shifted and re-channeled to two websites as of Spring 2012.

Sensors & Systems provides details on new and existing frameworks of instrumented and interconnected networks and decision support tools to monitor and adapt to global change.

Informed Infrastructure promotes the combination of sensor inputs, simulation and modeling to tune infrastructure design/build/operation for the greatest efficiency.

Read more about the transition in the following columns:

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The Trust for Public Lands Launches ParkScore

by Matt Ball on May 23, 2012

Today, the Trust for Public Lands has launched a rigorous ranking of the top city park systems among the 40 largest U.S. cities. The park rating system uses GIS to create digital maps that evaluate accessibility beyond simply a measurement of distance, as well as park size, services and investment. For these measurements, the ranking takes into account the locations of park entrances (and whether they are obstructed by barriers such as highways), the size of parks as well as the percentage of the total city area dedicated to parks, and investments such as the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents.

Read more via Informed Infrastructure.


Hexagon’s Acquisition of myVR Provides Mobile 3D Model Viewing

May 23, 2012

This content first appeared in Informed Infrastructure. Hexagon AB today announced the acquisition of myVR, provider of software for photorealistic 2D, 3D, and 360-degree visualization of interactive maps over low-bandwidth connections. The Norwegian company compresses large 3D models for viewing on many platforms, including mobile phones and tablets. The 3D city model viewing and 3D […]

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Trimble Breaks Ground and Solidifies Status of the Colorado Geospatial Corridor

May 14, 2012

Today, Trimble broke ground on a new operations center in Westminster, Colo., with Gov. John Hickenlooper one of many to turn a shovel. The event was presided over by Steven Berglund, president and CEO of the company, who asserted that while the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, Calif., most of their organic growth would […]

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GeoEye Proposes to Purchase DigitalGlobe

May 4, 2012

The mergers and acquisitions within the geospatial technology space are white hot right now, with news today that GeoEye has approached DigitalGlobe in order to acquire and combine companies. The result would be the world’s largest commercial high-resolution satellite company, with streamlined operations that would ensure viability in the face of deep federal cuts. In […]

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New Report Warns About Decline in U.S. Earth Observation Capabilities

May 2, 2012

The Natural Research Council has just released a detailed report that cautions about a decline in U.S. earth observation capacity. In a time of tightened budgets, many of the long-running missions are coming to a close, with follow-on missions delayed or canceled. The report follows a similar effort five years ago, with the title, “Earth […]

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Google Looks to Add Iceland Fishing Data to Google Earth

April 30, 2012

The president of Iceland met with Google at a world oceans event in Singapore this year, and dialogue was started regarding the integration of fish monitoring data with Google Earth. The president sees information technology as a key to sustainability, and has been a proponent of the Iceland IT sector that have developed a number […]

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The Connection Between SDI and Economic Development

April 29, 2012

A recent paper [PDF] by M. Shoko and Njike, presented at the first Conference on Advances in Geomatics Research, looks at the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for economic health and recovery for Zimbabwe. SDI provides access to spatial information for decision making, and is said to play a vital role for both government […]

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Why did Trimble buy SketchUp, and why did Google sell?

April 26, 2012

It’s funny, my first reaction to the Trimble buys SketchUp news was that it was some kind of spoof, and I checked the link and site closely. It was surprising, because who knew that Google was selling anything, and while very strategic for both Trimble and Google, it’s hard to imagine how this went down. […]

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Trimble Acquires SketchUp from Google

April 26, 2012

Trimble has announced today the agreement to acquire SketchUp from Google. This is very interesting news for the advancement of 3D modeling, with potential to tie more directly to data capture tools through the many handheld and scanning technologies that the company provides. Trimble will partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse. […]

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