Category Archives: Civil/Transportation

Boeing K65438

Tracking Aircraft in Flight

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series xyHt in print April 2015From surveillance methods using ground-based radar to space-based systems, it’s more complex to track aircraft than you might think. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board, was both tragic and stunning. The...

East Side Surprise Fense

Boundary Lines: When a Fence Appears in the Middle of your Street

In early July 2014, the residents at the end of Eastside Drive, a tranquil community of lakeside homeowners in Cobb County, Georgia, were perplexed to see workers installing a fence, ostensibly down the middle of their paved road. When the fence was completed, and where homeowners once enjoyed the ability to back up their vehicles...

Governor Geringer COGO Report Card

Infrastructure Gets a C from COGO

Former governor says U.S. spatial data leadership has slipped. The nation’s spatial data infrastructure gets a barely passing grade of “C” indicating it “requires attention,” former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY) reported on February 23. Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Geringer said the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI), a...

dinkytown_draped

Big Data, Public Data

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Outlook 2015Above: A lidar-derived elevation raster DSM (of Dinkytown, MN) draped by an aerial photo. Free Aerial Lidar, Renewable Energy, an Infectious Mentality At the intersection of renewable energy, big data analysis, geospatial technology, and public data availability stands the Minnesota Solar Suitability Analysis project. Primarily...

Traffic Data Value Pyramid

Transportation

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Outlook 2015Traffic Analysis in Real Time Until recently, geospatial experts have been unable to truly record traffic data because there hasn’t been a way to get a near-perfect record of traffic data at the lane level. Yet, it’s more evident now than ever that the...

Minecraft

Crafting The Future via Geodesign

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series xyHt in print November 2014Geodesign is on the move. While the term may be new to some, it is an old concept getting new life via modern technology: how the science of geography should inform our methods of design. In that sense, geodesign is an...