Bringing in GIS (1)

GIS is often considered a solution in search of a problem, and GIS solutions are promoted as the cure for all business challenges. The authors advocate a ­top-down, rather than a technology-driven, solution and describe a meth-­­odology for identifying strategic objectives and representing how GIS can support them. As advocates of GIS often discover, many barriers exist to finding funding for a technology-led project that gives priority to functionality over business value. A budget-holder will often lack knowledge regarding GIS and how it can positively impact business; occasionally, they even display cynicism as to its capacity for delivering value. Discovery... (read more)
2008-07-09 12:00:00

Bringing in GIS (2)

A Robust and Quantative Business Case
Senior management with sufficient buying power and influence will only support IT programmes that directly and demonstrably add value to the organisation; a share in the budget must be aggressively competed for. The department with the most robust, articulate and proven business case or ‘game plan’ will get the largest share. The authors provide insight into building such a business case. This is the second in a series of three articles. The first promoted a top-down approach to effecting change within an organisation, rather than pushing from the bottom up with a technology-driven solution. A three-step approach was outlined: (1)... (read more)
2008-08-27 12:00:00

Bringing in GIS (3)

Innovative GIS projects are exciting to the technologist who understands and clearly sees the benefits. More challenging is convincing budget-holders and broad business that the investment is worthwhile. This can be done using the simple but powerful benefits-modelling approach.<P> This article, the last in a series of three, represents the final piece in the jigsaw of a business-driven approach to justifying GIS projects. The first article demonstrated the merits of a top-down, business-led approach to effecting change, as opposed to a bottom-up, technology-driven solution. The second article  showed how to design an organisation and plan for success by establishing a... (read more)
2008-09-23 12:00:00

Survey and GIS in San Diego

Everyone forms their own impressions of San Diego, but for surveyors and GIS folks in the Summer, it means the largest geospatial event in the world, the ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit combined with the ESRI International User Conference. The 28th annual User Conference (UC) came in early August with the theme ‘Building New Opportunities’, the bulk of the Survey Summit running as prelude the previous weekend. The summit drew over four hundred attendees, a roughly 8% increase over last year. Both conferences featured a trade show. The summit also includes the Survey and Leadership Forum, actually, a Special... (read more)
2008-11-11 12:00:00

GIS and Renewable Energy Sources

Mappable Indicators
Solar parks, wind farms and biomass are examples of renewable energy sources. Use of such not only improves air, water and soil quality, but also brings economic and social benefits to a region. GIS is conventionally used for mapping the potential of renewable energy sources and restrictions on their exploitation. The author identifies indicators for quantifying the economic, social and environmental benefits of renewable energy sources, their nice property being that they can be represented on maps using GIS tools. Mapping examples from northern America are provided. GIS can save time and money when determining where and how renewable energy... (read more)
2010-11-04 02:33:27

Turnkey GIS Solutions in the Cloud

African GIS to 3D GIS in the Cloud
For the past fifteen years Sivan Design, a privately held GIS solutions provider from Israel, has concentrated on developing an approach which combines GIS, CAD and 3D technologies to produce software and services. The company quickly realised that this approach, combined with the knowhow it has accumulated in the process, allowed it to offer turnkey GIS solutions encompassing the entire range of GIS needs required by any country on a national scale. Sivan Design is now releasing its newest version of a coming trend in 3D GIS software: 3D-GIS in the Cloud. In 1999 the company released its first professional... (read more)
2011-05-25 05:03:13

WebGIS Performance Tests

Distributed and Centralised Work Models
A WebGIS is usually constructed as a multi-tier architecture basically consisting of the client side, the server side and the database component. From the client side, users send queries or requests to the server via (wireless) internet. Next, the server communicates with the database, where the requested information is compiled by the database server. Finally, the result is sent to the client. With the rapid growth of WebGIS, a number of work models have been developed to increase efficiency and performance. While developing the Boston Water and Sewer WebGIS application in 2010, the authors tested the performance of two models:... (read more)
2012-01-31 02:40:32

2D and 3D Enrichment of Panoramas

Visualisation of Topographical Features Improves Functionality
The use of panoramic images has become widespread in many governmental agencies and companies, especially in the last couple of years. It is possible to integrate 2D spatial features (e.g. building outlines, parcels, utilities etc.) with panoramic images to enable the proper visualisation of topographical features in a 3D environment. Verbree et al. (2004) have shown the advantages of augmenting underground conduit pipes and cables into panoramic images, thus allowing better visualisation of otherwise invisible features. The geometric augmentation of 2D features into panoramic images enables users to identify, query or analyse any geographically related information in a 3D environment.... (read more)
2012-02-27 04:37:18

GIS and Humanitarian Work Come Together – Interview with Jus Mackinnon

Our editor Robin Waters interviews Jus Mackinnon, a founder of CrisisMappersUK, who is a self-taught GI enthusiast with a background in aviation and a passion for humanitarian relief work and crisis mapping. On the Juscomms.com website, Jus Mackinnon describes her company as a full-service, multi-disciplinary business consultancy providing expert services to the private, public and third sectors. Maps, mapping and GIS creep into the site in the context of airfield management and humanitarian crisis mapping. But if you talk to Jus you will be rewarded with a passionate discussion of many of the issues that have exercised the GI industry... (read more)
2016-12-16 03:28:48

Using Digital Data Capture for Traffic Management – Interview with John Booth

Our editor Robin Waters talks to John Booth, team leader for traffic management at Mouchel, who explains why he switched his department to digital data capture, the challenges involved and why he chose Trimble’s Geo6000 series. For over ten years, the manufacturers and suppliers of digital mapping systems have preached a simple sales message - if you want to improve your efficiency and increase your field/office productivity, then digital data capture is the way forward. However, the realities of switching to a new way of working – which can sometimes obscure the end rewards – cannot be ignored. An initial... (read more)
2016-12-22 12:35:38
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