By On January 14, 2019

The Geospatial Trends of 2019

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 […]

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By On October 29, 2018

Mapping the Way to a National Enterprise GIS

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 […]

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By On September 20, 2018

A “Smart” Approach to Energy Savings

Let’s admit it—the average energy efficiency toolkit is a bit tired, ripe for innovation and “smart” technology. As they have for decades, utilities’ energy efficiency programs typically rely on rebates to catalyze action. Think of rebates as “carrots” for homeowners and businesses to weatherize or upgrade/replace equipment. The hope is that these rebate carrots will […]

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By On July 30, 2018

How Can Stormwater Be Smart?

In today’s world, it seems like everything is smart. Smart phones. Smart cars. Smart homes. Smart buildings. But what does that label “smart” really mean? And how can we apply it to our communities and environments? Gone are the days when smart referred to humans and their intellectual prowess. Currently, smart refers to a level […]

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