Posts by Qassim.Abdullah:

A Proposal for National DOT Geospatial Data Standards

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 By Qassim Abdullah cool things, fresh ideas

As a leading advocate of intelligent transportation system (ITS) and transportation technologies, the United States must take a hard look at the current state of the geospatial data standards and methodologies that support the nation’s land transportation network. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA), in 2017 the U.S. reported a total of 4,146,000 miles […]

The Geospatial Trends of 2019

Monday, January 14th, 2019 By Qassim Abdullah cool things, fresh ideas

Let’s talk trends—geospatial trends, that is. I’d like to revisit some of my trend predictions for 2018 and discuss the changes that I believe we will witness during 2019 and the years to come. Big Data Needs Big Tools Location-based applications such as smart buildings, infrastructure and utilities; self-driving automobiles; and crowd sourcing collect valuable […]

Mapping the Way to a National Enterprise GIS

Monday, October 29th, 2018 By Qassim Abdullah cool things, fresh ideas

Like so many in the geospatial industry, I believe that the present time and environment are perfect for thinking outside the box about GIS and geospatial databases. With the advancement, affordability and accessibility of cloud data hosting, the possibility of creating a national GIS database is closer than ever before. This GIS database, which I […]

Saying Goodbye: The Vanishing Reality of NAD83 and NAVD88

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 By Qassim Abdullah fresh ideas, in the works

I recently attended the National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) workshop on the future of the horizontal and vertical datums. Industry leaders and software companies gathered with NGS representatives to discuss the logistics and implications of migrating to new datums. Since the 1980s, the United States and some North American neighbors have used the North American Datum […]