Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

Where the Data Comes From

Members of Esri’s Living Atlas unit detail the company’s wide variety of data sources. For nearly 50 years, Esri has been developing and supporting GIS software. What is less known is that for more than 20 years it has also been collecting and curating data and making it available to its users. “It has become...

Charles Kennelly

An Interview with Charles Kennelly – CTO Esri UK

Charles Kennelly became CTO of Esri UK in 2008, and, unlike many people in similar positions, he takes time to listen to “the little man.” I fondly remember giving a talk at FOSS4G UK a few years back and seeing Charles there front and center in the audience. After I finished he immediately told me...

Laser Scanning for GIS and FM

On the surface, rich laser- scan data seems like a natural, valuable addition to GIS and facility management (FM) solutions—and to related operations and maintenance and asset-management capabilities. Much as the emergence of GPS in the 1990s helped drive GIS adoption and growth, the emergence of laser scanning also feels ready to aid GIS, FM,...

GEO Business 2018: “Geocoolness” in the London Heat

Trends in geomatics tech and spatial IT at the UK’s premier annual geo conference and exhibition Editor’s Note: GEO Business is an annual conference held annually in London. xyHt’s Europe editor, Nick Duggan has been attending each year, chronicling trends in the geo industry. The event is growing into one of the premier geo events...

Easy 3D

A surveyor tests software solutions from an innovative Canadian firm for managing, processing, navigating in, and visualizing large 3D data sets.  When do you have enough software? Is it when you’ve finally reached the ability to perform a software program’s base use that drove you to purchase it in the first place? Or is it...

Freeing the Data

A Canadian software company is making it easy for the geospatial community (and beyond) to work with, exchange, and extract value from data. Many GIS professionals—and others in the geospatial community and beyond—use Safe Software’s FME daily to convert, extract, and analyze data. Yet, few of them know much, if anything, about the Canadian company that...