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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A reader commented on our podcast about $100/barrel oil regarding an aging workforce in the oil patch that he called "The Big Crew" change. Workers 50+ years and older, i.e. the baby boomers are about to depart a seat by the rigs for a seat at their retirement ranches. At the same time, the reader mentioned resurgence in the use of remote sensing as onshore exploration of oil sands and shale also makes economic sense. We’ve noted in the past that we have lost a generation of geospatial professionals, remote sensing scientists and photo interpretation specialists. So now, with both demand increasing in the exploration business as well as other burgeoning sectors such as intelligence, we are facing a resource crunch. We are simply not training enough geospatial technologists and more concerning is that it appears that so much of the technology applications being developed are going toward fluff apps and mashups in social networking and other location-based services. It’s causes me to ask, "Where’s the beef?"

I would urge our educators to consider updating their listing in our Schools and Library section to support the ability of those looking for good information about educational opportunities and for those looking to hire to use our Career Center to update their job listings.

by Joe Francica on 01/08 at 05:32 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

EE Times attempts to explain the difference.

Conventional wisdom would hold that the natural migration of global positioning technology into handsets at minimal cost means the integration of RF and digital functions into the same device, with a “no chip” GPS solution as the end game. The most notable proponent of that architectural approach is Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego), which for years has been integrating GPS processors into digital baseband chips for CDMA handsets.

But there is an alternate approach: providing standalone GPS silicon and intellectual property (IP) for integration, as has been done for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi functionality.

By far the biggest supplier of standalone GPS silicon and associated software is SiRF Technology (San Jose, Calif.), which has enjoyed significant market share for standalone PNDs and is seeing its chips increasingly designed into mobile phones.

Author John Walko picks Qualcomm as the longterm winner.

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 07:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Last week brought the news that oil was trading at a record high of $100/barrel. Will this price point demand more specialists and specialized tools for exploration, specifically geospatial ones? Is geospatial work associated with the oil patch seen as a potential career for GIS students? Our editors try to connect the dots between the renewed interest in oil prices, new sources of energy and geospatial technologies.

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