Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

3D and Geospatial Infrastructure

When I look ahead to the future of geospatial infrastructure and 3D, the words that come to mind are: more, faster, and … more! Humans are poor prognosticators when confronted with exponentially increasing or improving factors, and today we see an explosion of capability and content in the geospatial world that will lead to new...

GeoIgnite 2020 Ottawa

Plan Ahead: GeoIgnite, June 2020

The inaugural GeoIgnite in 2019 was great success, and we are happy to help announce that GeoIgnite 2020 will be held at the Ottawa Conference Center, June 22-24. This new series of geospatial events is an opportunity for geomatics and geospatial professionals and practitioners to expand their horizons, showcase their geo-wares and services, hear from...

What Is Automation in GIS Mentoring?

Being asked to write about mentoring, I find myself reflecting on my years in GIS … —The multiple teams I’ve managed and the challenges along the way, plus how I approach leadership or mentoring now, and how my teams go about getting advice when no help is present. First though, what do we mean by...

Let’s Be Colleagues: New Settings for GIS Mentoring

Mentoring is a key aspect in any career; otherwise how do we learn what we need to do and how we need to work in a particular environment? Mentoring is even more important for an SME (small- to medium-sized enterprise) or freelancer. Working on your own is increasingly common in the geospatial field, with the...

Technology to Buy Into: Riding High on AI

Artificial intelligence is making huge waves in the geospatial industry, changing how location information and BIMs are created from big data. Meet three startups at the forefront. (Image above: By applying computer vision to street imagery, Mapillary detects map data at scale.) Startups in the AEC realm have skyrocketed over the last decade. The availability...

Hidden Infrastructure in 3D: Visualizing with AR

A visualization platform overlays data displays on your view of a job site by fusing data, AR software, and mobile-device sensors. From Superman’s x-ray vision, to current technologies that use radio waves to sense objects through walls. The ability, fictional or actual, to “see” through obstacles has long been a source of fascination. (Above: An...