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Thursday, April 20, 2006

I got an e-mail today from Bentley. I was addressed thus:

“Dear EPC,”

I felt silly as I had no idea I was an EPC. And, not suprisingly, I didn’t know what an EPC was…

After some searching, first via Google, then on the company’s website, I learned it means “engineering, procurement and construction (EPC).”

Suggestion: Maybe, just maybe, it’s worth defining an acronym before addressing someone with it?

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 11:53 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I’ve been asking the same question since the launch of Autodesk’s Design Web Format, DWF: what’s in it for those of us in GIS? I got few answers and so far as I recall no demonstrations that even used GIS data in DWF. That said, Autodesk staff maintained it was widely used by customers in the Infrastructure Solutions Division, ISD.

So, I was gratified to find, on a mechanical CAD website a press release about an actual presentation by Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk Global Collaboration Strategist, at ACSM, next week, talking about how DWF is helping a mapping focussed client, Lincoln Electric Systems. “Lincoln Electric Systems is leveraging DWF to provide its field maintenance crews with immediate access to nearly 40,000 construction maps, drawings and schematics from any location.”

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:36 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noticed that ESRI has starting putting out press releases on at least some new hires. I believe that’s something new. See for example, this one about the new Commercial Business Industry Solutions Manager. (Is it me or is that one looooong title?) Other Industry Managers hired in recent months (survey, telcom) also had releases about their new jobs.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:16 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Search Engine Watch pointed me to a new Google data API, GData:

The Google data APIs (“GData” for short) provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web. GData combines common XML-based syndication formats (Atom and RSS) with a feed-publishing system based on the Atom publishing protocol, plus some extensions for handling queries.

The big enhancement to its format, says Google is that it allows clients to query and get responses from a server. You can even add to, delete or update Web resources via GData. (I think those are called transactions, based on my limited understanding of Web services.)

My first thoughts are that this is a good idea. My second is that I want to be able to query about location. I’ve been reading up on GeoRSS and I hope there’s a way to incorporate its ideas into GData.

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/20 at 07:05 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I think we better start thinking of Google as an enterprise information player and if you haven’t considered that already, take a look at CH2M HILL’s partnership with Google. Google is now a platform…no longer just a search engine and with the annoucement of Google OneBox you have transactional information along with other Google tools like calendars and email and books online, etc. ... oh, yeah, maps too. So, put it all together and what do you have…the biggest threat yet to Microsoft Office…and maybe Oracle…because really what you want is just information from some data repository on the net…it may just happen to be in an Oracle database somewhere. Maybe the end game is just an RSS feed from an Oracle database, filtered through a predictive analytics program from SAS and all of a sudden something shows up on a Google Map. I remember that Microsoft was accused once of wanting to own your desktop. In reality, that’s what Google is after except no one has called them on it yet.


by Joe Francica on 04/19 at 01:17 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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