Career Expectations for the GIS Professional: Utilities

This is the final part of three articles pertaining to what to expect as a GIS Professional on a chosen career path. Part 1 focused on what one can expect if they choose a career in government, while, Part 2 focused on what to expect in the private sector. Utilities are a Diverse Assortment There are a wide variety of utilities. At face value there is water, gas, electric, and sewer. But, take a deeper dive, and you will find that utilities present the greatest opportunities for the GIS professional. Water Utilities, for example, include Drinking Water (Potable), Recycled Water,... (read more)
2018-06-19 05:50:45

Pointfuse Unlocks As-Built Data for BIM with Autodesk Integration

Pointfuse, a software provider that converts laser scan data - known as point clouds - into 3D models, has announced its integration with Autodesk’s BIM 360 project delivery platform, the first single project platform connecting design through construction. Pointfuse has pioneered new techniques to rapidly process vast point cloud datasets into intelligent and easy to handle mesh models. This innovation will allow important ‘as-built’ models to be easily incorporated into Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflows managed with Autodesk BIM 360. “Digital Construction is about supplementing existing work flow practices in an online collaborative environment,” said Jon Boyce, CEO of Pointfuse.... (read more)
2018-06-07 10:22:05

FARO Introduces As-Built Software Platform for 3D Digital Modelling

FARO has announced the availability of their as-built software platform that enables efficient and cost-effective transfer of 3D reality capture into Autodesk design tools to create ready to use CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) deliverables. As-built is specifically designed to minimize the effort and time required to create as-built documentation, which is the main task across AEC professionals in the building, facility and infrastructure design phases. This comprehensive and innovative platform seamlessly integrates processed 3D data coming from the FARO SCENE software platform and can support point cloud modelling for the latest 2019 Autodesk design tools. The FARO as-built... (read more)
2018-05-30 10:18:57

Bentley Systems Acquires Plaxis and SoilVision

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced the acquisition of Plaxis, the leading provider of geotechnical software, based in Delft, Netherlands, and the agreement to acquire soil engineering software provider SoilVision, based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The acquisitions, strengthens Bentley’s desire to be a complete source for geotechnical professionals “going digital”. Projects can begin with geotechnical surveys and sampling, captured with gINT for versatile documentation and reporting. Next, professionals perform engineering related to soil properties, soil behaviour, and groundwater flow using SoilVision’s SVOFFICE applications, supplemented by Plaxis’ offerings. Then soil-structure interaction is analysed... (read more)
2018-05-01 02:41:07

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

Global Mapper Available to Higher Education for Free

Blue Marble Geographics has announced the availability of an update to the Global Mapper Academic Curriculum. Comprised of a series of hands-on lessons, the full package of lab materials is available free of charge to schools and colleges using Global Mapper in the classroom. Developed by Blue Marble Application Specialists, the goal of this program is to streamline the deployment of Global Mapper within the academic community while introducing some of the fundamental principles of GIS, in a concise and understandable way. Institutes of higher education in the U.S. and Canada can install Global Mapper for instructional use at no... (read more)
2018-04-09 01:20:44

Hawaii Convention Center Launches Interactive Map from Concept3D

Concept3D, a leader in bringing physical spaces into the digital world through 3D modelling, virtual reality (VR), interactive maps and immersive virtual tour software, has announced that the Hawaii Convention Center has launched the company's interactive map and virtual tour platform. The new 3D map creates a fully interactive and richly detailed digital version of the 1.1 million square foot Hawaii Convention Center. The multi-level map profiles the convention centre's 200,000 square foot Kamehameha Exhibit hall, 35,000 square foot Kalakaua Ballroom, registration lobby, 47 meeting rooms, two-tiered seating theatres, and 2.5-acre rooftop events garden, and makes it easy to find on-site artworks,... (read more)
2018-03-21 10:44:44

Microsoft and Esri Launch Geospatial AI on Azure

Microsoft and Esri will be offering the GeoAI Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) as part of their Data Science Virtual Machine/Deep Learning Virtual Machine family of products on Azure. This is a result of a collaboration between the two companies and will bring AI, cloud technology and infrastructure, geospatial analytics and visualisation together to help create more powerful and intelligent applications. At the heart of the GeoAI Virtual Machine is ArcGIS Pro, Esri’s next-gen 64-bit desktop geographic information system (GIS) that provides professional 2D and 3D mapping in an intuitive user interface. ArcGIS Pro is installed in a DSVM image from Microsoft. The... (read more)
2018-03-14 11:52:28

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

Concept3D and Flexential Introduce VR Data Centre Tour

Concept3D, a leader in creating immersive online experiences with 3D modelling, virtual reality (VR), interactive maps and virtual tour software, has announced the launch of a powerful 3D video and VR experience of Flexential’s (formerly Peak 10 + ViaWest) data centres, including a unique immersive section to learn about data centres through a game-like interface. The system was first unveiled at Gartner’s 2017 IT Infrastructure, Operations Management & Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, where conference attendees lined up at the booth to put on the Oculus VR goggles and be transported to one of Flexential’s data centres, where they... (read more)
2018-03-01 10:33:02
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