The Geospatial Information Agency, in close partnership with Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Esri Indonesia launched the ITB-Esri Community Centre in order to facilitate the development of the geospatial industry through synergies between the government, academe and the private sector.
- Future Gov
Remember all those GIS demos with a buffer to find properties within a distance of a new development? Here's a real life version from Souix Falls, SD. Developers had planned a small development with 40 or 50 units. But, they changed their mind and the city council said ok. But the neighbors want another vote.
The city GIS department will verify the number of landowners within 250 feet of the property. Signatures from at least 40 percent are needed to prompt a second vote. In that vote, at least six of the eight councilors would need to agree to change the plans for the development.
- Argus Leader
Williams County, ND officials report more than 8,400 visits to its maps times since July, "when the county updated its Ersi [sic] software and the company began offering a free Geographical Information Systems, or GIS, viewer."
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/04 at 04:26 AM |
In rapid succession infrastructure projects were on display at Autodesk University in Las Vegas this week. One project on display was was Denver International Airport (DIA). Three independent but integrated South Terminal projects were created with building information models (BIM) [see video below]. According to Eddy Krygiel, Architect, HNTB, 260 firms collaborated on the DIA project using 36 BIM models. The airport needed BIM processes to share information with every discipline. “Laser scanning enabled the team to capture as-built conditions in three days without disrupting airport operations,” said Krygiel.
The star product was InfraWorks 360 which enabled the team to identify an ideal location for a new rail station in one day, rather than weeks. And mobile computing was a contributing factor in productivity. “Contracting trade crews are exclusively using iPads on the job site. Paper drawings are left in the trailer,” said Krygiel.“Approximately 100GB of data transferred among the project team every day. It would take an entire day just to upload without cloud-based tools from Autodesk.”
There is however a need to continue the integration of BIM with GIS. DIA is currently looking to hire a BIM manager with experience integrating BIM with ArcGIS Server.
The City of San Francisco also shared the stage with DIA. Neil Hrushowy of the San Francisco City Design Group said there was a "profound cultural & technological shift in San Francisco is bringing urban design decisions closer to individual community members.” With projects underway for high speed rail, seismic upgrades to bridges, a new Presidio Parkway and the Better Market Street project the city is investing in infrastructure. "On better Market Street, our partnership with Autodesk allows us to move seamlessly between tasks in real time. As designers, we can sit at the table with other designers with visualization rich tools. This leads to a more responsive engagement process, said Hrushowy. Increasingly, the city is turning to public-private partnerships which must include public input. “San Francisco, while world-renown for private innovation, really had no evidence of similar efforts in the public sector. Today, the City is proving that public-private partnerships can provide greater innovation solutions than government working alone,” said Hrushowy.
The need for both project teams to collaborate and for more public input to civil engineering projects, tools used in infrastructure design are establishing a new era in the democratization of urban planning.
Disclosure: Autodesk partially funded travel to Autodesk University.
by Joe Francica on 12/03 at 09:07 PM |
Autodesk University kicked off its 2013 edition in typical Las Vegas fashion with flash and pizzazz. Rather than a stuffy CEO welcoming the audience, the crowd was treated to a cameo magic act by the comedy team of Penn and Teller. The duo got things rolling for Autodesk chief technology officer Jeff Kowalski who began with a quote from futurist Alvin Toffler stating "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
And this is not just a call to action for the thousands of Autodesk users seated in the Venetian Hotel's main ballroom. This was as much about Autodesk itself as it transitions all the way from a shrink-wrapped, "let's sell more licenses" kind of company to one fully immersed in delivering software as a service and building a new mantra for the age of "rented" solutions. “Now that you can rent Autodesk software, the ownership model has finally caught up to the agility of the product itself,” said Kowalski. "With an access model, you can quickly scale up and then back down; giving all of those new people the tools they need for just as long as the project lasts."
Carl Bass, CEO (at right), then stepped on stage to drive home a consistent theme throughout the opening plenary which focused on the collaboration of teams in an environment of shared resources either inside or outside the organization. Bass repeatedly called upon the audience to rethink how their organizations function in a new world of social collaboration with tools that can facilitate closer interaction and involvement in projects. "Three years ago we started to talk to you about cloud, social and mobile computing and how it would change the way we all work … What being in the cloud really means is that it’s instantly on and it’s innately mobile."
So, what does this all mean for geospatial technologist who have used Autodesk in the past for GIS projects? Let's just say that BIM is the new GIS. In speaking with Mike DeLacey, CEO of Microdesk, a long time Autodesk partner and reseller, the terms are interchangeable in an Autodesk environment. Delacey said that much of what you would want to do in a GIS environment can now be done within InfraWorks 360. DeLacey said that InfraWorks is a robust platform for entire workflows from civil engineering and road design to mapping, image visualization and 3D modeling.
There are now a suite of products supporting many aspects of infrastructure management:
InfraWorks 360 is the tool for civil infrastructure design
ReCap can bring real world data (e.g. lidar data) into the digital world integrating reality directly into the design process
BIM 360 Field helps solve problems out on the job site in real time
BIM 360 Glue is an online BIM coordination and management service
Returning to the them of collaboration, one of Bass' final comments was about his flagship product: "Autodesk 360 is like Facebook for engineers."
Photo courtesy of Autodesk
Disclosure: Autodesk partially funded travel to Autodesk University.
by Joe Francica on 12/03 at 08:17 PM |
The research, which looked at nearly 1000 men, women, girls and boys comes from the University of Pennsylvania and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Male brains are wired front to back, with few connections bridging the two hemispheres.
In females, the connections criss-cross between left and right.
These differences might explain why men, in general, tend to be better at learning and performing a single task, like cycling or navigating, whereas women are more equipped for multitasking...
- BBC, press release, source (subscription required or fee), abstract
Image at right: Brain networks show increased connectivity from front to back and within one hemisphere in males (upper) and left to right in females (lower). Credit: Ragini Verma, PhD, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 08:17 AM |
There was a lot of "Gee whiz!" and corny jokes about Sunday night's announcement from Amazon that the retailer is considering using drone to deliver packages to its customers' doorsteps. CEO Jeff Bezos in an interview on 60 Minutes described drone delivery within 30 minutes of order could happen within the next five years. The company statement was a bit more aggressive, expecting implementation within two years. (Video after the break.) The giggles about shooting down a drone for free stuff, or the issues of drones colliding or delivering to the wrong address have already popped up, not to mention the always timely concern about privacy.
The buzz certainly helped put Amazon's name on the lips of those about to make Cyber Monday purchases. But what are the potential implications and benefits for us in geospatial industry, if in fact, Jeff Bezos vision comes to pass?
Bezos announcement may help a cynical world change its feelings of rage and fear toward UAS to something more positive. Previous "jokes" about pizza or burrito delivery were just silly; Bezos has already changed our feelings about online shopping and customer service.
The discussion since Sunday has already raised citizen knowledge about how the craft fly, the methods of piloting and the requirements of the FAA.
Delivery could help gather even more accurate address locations for Amazon to use and/or sell.
Amazon and other retailers may need to rethink the location their distribution centers for drone friendly delivery
The last mile delivery by drone could be integrated into a multi-modal system. Perhaps it will make sense to drive a truck to the designated drone launch area for a specific part of a city
Amazon will gather a lot of data on the economics, safety, efficiency, theft of this solution.
Drones might work indoors within a warehouse to pick up and directly deliver packages to nearby locations.
Drones could become part of the Integrated RFID inventory control solutions of retailers.
Joe Francica contributed to this analysis.
by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:49 AM |