Josh Lieberman

Josh Lieberman is a system architect and interoperability engineer focusing on geospatial computing and spatial data science. He is a senior researcher at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and also serves as an architect and initiative manager for the OGC Innovation Program as well as a member of the OGC Architecture Board. (read more)
2018-08-20 03:01:33

Data Sharing Vital to Future Success - GeoPlace 2018

The recent GeoPlace Annual Conference took place on Thursday 10 May at Edgbaston Cricket Club in Birmingham, UK. Although many topics were discussed throughout the day, talk often circled back to needing one central hub of data that everyone has access to if the industry is going to progress, reports Jason Poole. In typical conference fashion, the day started with registration, refreshments, and a chance to look round the various stands at the exhibition (and out the window which overlooked the cricket ground). The Welcome talk was delivered an hour later by Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director, GeoPlace who proudly announced... (read more)
2018-06-21 11:45:15

Boundless Server Enterprise Now Available as Managed Cloud Service

Boundless, a leader in open and scalable GIS, has announced that Boundless Server Enterprise is now available as a managed cloud service using the most advanced IT infrastructure available. With this release, customers are able to take full advantage of the geospatial technology of Boundless Server Enterprise to support business challenges. “Managing enterprises to meet current and future needs is challenging. Adapting to changing demands for performance means constant configuration, scaling, and maintenance of server architectures. Not every organisation can do this alone,” said Anthony Calamito, Chief Geospatial Officer at Boundless. "Leveraging Boundless Server Enterprise as a managed service means you get... (read more)
2018-06-08 02:08:26

The Power of PostgreSQL and PostGIS - Interview with Paul Ramsey

In this article, we speak to Paul Ramsey about how both PostgreSQL and PostGIS can provide a solid foundation for any small to large organisational GIS architecture. Paul, a Solutions Engineer at Carto, has been working with geospatial software for over 15 years: consulting to government and industry; building a geospatial software company; and programming on open source software. He co-founded the PostGIS spatial database project in 2001 and is currently an active developer and member of the project steering committee. In 2008, Paul received the Sol Katz Award for achievement in open source geospatial software, and he speaks and... (read more)
2017-07-10 03:34:41

A Geographer in a CAD World

It’s been three and a half years since I joined Cadline as a GIS Application Engineer, and my new job title was probably the first sign that I was now a “Geographer in a CAD World”. I have worked in GIS for nearly 20 years, and in all the roles that I have undertaken, at heart, I have always considered myself to be a GIS Consultant. Yet working for a Platinum Autodesk Partner I am now referred to as an “Application Engineer”. It’s a name I simply can’t get used to, as I see Engineers as those who plan, build and implement... (read more)
2018-04-09 10:33:58

Esri CityEngine Used for Oscar Winning Effects in Blade Runner 2049

Esri, a global leader in spatial analytics, and its distributor Esri Canada, revealed that Framestore, a visual arts studio with a presence in Montréal, Québec, has won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Designers at Framestore used the Esri CityEngine application to recreate portions of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, as seen in the movie Blade Runner 2049. “We were tasked in creating a futuristic Las Vegas for the year 2049. We had to fly over the main strip of Vegas on a long sequence shot,” said Didier Muanza, lead environment TD, Framestore. “CityEngine seemed to be the... (read more)
2018-03-12 11:32:37

Development of Spatial Grids and Structure of Spatial Data Models

A Reflection on Spatial Data in 2018
During the AGI’s Annual Conference, GeoCom2017, on 25 November 2017 at the Royal Geographic Society in London, I was asked about our journey so far toward a ‘smarter way of mapping the world’. I was also asked by the convenor, Rollo Home, about the challenges which face us in the fast changing climate and economy. The question: “Are there better ways to quantify, model and predict geospatial data, which are growing exponentially?” In the current context of Big (Geo) Data, in general, and Smart Cities, in particular, accurate positioning is increasingly important. In addition, while remote sensing and ground surveying... (read more)
2018-02-01 10:32:55

Autodesk and Esri Partner to set BIM-GIS Integration Agenda

Esri and Autodesk have announced a collaboration that signals an aim of integrating their software portfolios and working towards enabling freer and deeper flows of data between professionals using their tools. The two software producers are seemingly targeting major infrastructure development with this move — scenarios where mass-scale spatial data modelling needs may need to inform complex structure design. “The announcement is intended to build the bridge between BIM infrastructure design tools and GIS mapping technologies, to create more sustainable and resilient design through enhanced project insight, and improve end-to-end flow of materials, resource availability and scheduling during construction. Tightly... (read more)
2017-12-14 03:18:40

Geo-referencing and Visualising Retail Store Stock with Geospatial Technologies

When the Internet first became available to staff at the University of Aberdeen, we were soon approached by a small Internet provider in Aberdeen (Internet for Business (IFB)) to look into the concept of developing a more visually interactive experience for online shoppers than the standard list-type shop-front that existed then on the Web. The idea was to use early digital Ordnance Survey (OS) map data as an interface to allow shoppers to navigate street maps – as if walking along a street – to a shop-front – and then ‘walking’ into a higher resolution digital plan of the store... (read more)
2017-12-20 11:22:11

Fund for the City of New York Advances OGC’s Underground Pilot Project

The Open Geospatial Consortium announces that the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) has funded OGC to develop prototype data models for underground utility networks and for the soils that surround them. The goal is to ensure that underground utility data are collected in a manner that allows information about different utilities to be integrated and used interoperably. This will allow cities to create a coherent map of what is under the asphalt and will enable improved operations support, analysis, and modelling. The utility data models that are being developed through the OGC Innovation Program include water, sewer,... (read more)
2017-12-04 01:15:29
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