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A little more than three years ago, I penned a column about geospatial technology frontiers. While acknowledging the expansion of GIS technology across more and more disciplines, the column aimed to summarize some of the main areas of research and development, where the vision has been clear for some time, but where technology limitations have […]


A special themed issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine focuses on six GIS-based studies that make the connection between geographic location and human health. The issue takes a global view, with studies from the United Kingdom and elsewhere that take a strong look at behaviors, neighborhood environments, and health. A study titled “Spatial […]

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King County, Washington (home of Seattle) has recently undertaken an in-depth look at the value that the county has received from their GIS investment. Professor Richard Zerbe from the University of Washington’s Center for Benefit-Cost Analysis conducted the study that spans from 1992 to 2010. The report totals the investment over this 18-year span at […]


The CAUSE Resiliency (West Coast) experiment, which stands for Canada and U.S. Enhanced Resilience, demonstrates the coordinated emergency management response to a west coast earthquake along the Cascadian subduction zone, a 680-mile long fault that runs from Northern California all the way to British Columbia. The effort to coordinate data sharing and planning was sponsored […]


There is a great deal in common between Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information System (GIS) approaches, particularly with the larger BIM associated with the “building of” infrastructure projects or analysis of planning options. At this week’s Autodesk University, I moderated a debate regarding BIM or GIS as the way to move forward for […]


Dennis Shelden, founder and chief technology officer of Gehry Technologies spoke during one of the Innovation Forums at Autodesk University today in Las Vegas. In addition to displaying sophisticated high-rise housing that is enabled by the BIM process, he highlighted the convergence of CAD and GIS in the planning process at the World Trade Center […]


The world is rapidly becoming more urbanized, having achieved a milestone of 50% of the population living in cities just a few years ago, this is projected to explode to 70% by 2070. The frenzy of construction that is needed to house millions more in an urban setting comes with a chance to rethink and […]


Aaron Patterson from Enspiria Solutions addressed some of the critical roles that GIS play in supporting smart grid deployments. Patterson suggests that the ultimate goal of a centralized room with a full view of the energy grid is at least 30 years away, but utilities are working now on biting off smaller parts of the […]


This morning the GIS in the Rockies event kicked off in Denver with a keynote titled, “Geospatial Now” by Dr. Jan Van Sickle, who has 40 years of experience in the geospatial industry. Van Sickle began by discussing the rapid pace of business change in the geospatial industry with a quote from Alice in Wonderland, […]


Autodesk Takes Infrastructure Modeler to the Cloud

by Matt Ball on August 12, 2011

In a short blog post, Chris Andrews the product manager of Autodesk’s Infrastruture Modeler software, outlines a new cloud-based version of this product that is now available via Autodesk Labs. The product is dubbed Project Galileo Online, and it adds the ability to take the merged data from Infrastructure Modeler to the Autodesk Cloud for […]