Category Archives: Spatial IT/GIS

Vibrant Africa

Half-Earth Day 2019

E.O. Wilson Spearheads a Global Call to Action In 2016, Edward O. Wilson, the “Father of Biodiversity,” wrote a book called Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. In the third part of a trilogy, after The Social Conquest of Earth and The Meaning of Human Existence, Wilson refutes our impending sixth extinction and argues the...

R Map

The Program R

What is it, and what can it do for AEC? R is a free, open source program that is becoming increasingly popular in the geospatial industry. R used to be the preserve of statisticians, but its open and flexible nature has allowed it to grow to cover a wide range of disciplines and user bases....

Mapbox

Mapbox cARTography

Over the last few months I’ve just had to get my hands dirty again with Mapbox. For those who don’t know what Mapbox is, let me introduce it. Mapbox is a platform for location-based data. It allows you to host your data with them so that you can stream it into your web maps, and...

My 2019 Interview with Jack Dangermond

Above: Dangermond and Duggan at the Esri UC 2019. What’s changed in a year?  Editor’s Note: At last year’s Esri User Conference, writer Nick Duggan interviewed Jack Dangermond, co-founder (with Laura Dangermond) of Esri. At this year’s UC Nick spent time with Jack again to delve deeper. Nicholas Duggan: First, I need to thank you....

The Science of Where to Build Anything

Above: Both Esri and Autodesk have shown this graphic at their individual presentations. Will the Esri/Autodesk partnership take BIM head-on? In August 2018, xyHt editor Gavin Schrock sat down with Jack Dangermond and Andrew Anagnost, of Esri and Autodesk respectively. They spoke of the natural industry links between the two companies and how they were...

CAD+GIS for AEC – Finally “Going Steady”

The new release of Autodesk Civil 3D includes the Connector for ArcGIS. An Esri-Autodesk partnership, launched in 2017, takes yet another big step, and one that should make a lot of civil design professionals very happy. The sidelong glances, the flirting, the occasional dating … such has been the on-again/off-again relationship between these two giants...