November 2023 Archives

Building Information Modeling

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series November 2023

How cloud integration can unleash its full potential In the building and construction industry, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has revolutionized the way professionals conceive, construct, and manage our built environment. Since its introduction in the 1970s, BIM has evolved from rudimentary 2D digital representations to becoming the backbone of modern construction projects. Today, its significance […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series November 2023

To improve urban air quality monitoring and help keep their citizens healthy, cities around the world are now combining traditional data capture techniques with geospatial technologies. If you happen to be driving or walking around Washington. D.C., this past summer, then there is a good chance that you crossed paths with one of the blue […]

What AI Can Do for GIS

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series November 2023

Part 2 By Juan B. Plaza and Giulio Maffini Before we can even attempt to describe what AI can do for GIS, we need to understand what a GIS is and how it is used. What do these three letters mean? A pretty good definition is: A geographic information system consists of integrated computer hardware […]

What’s Inside Your GNSS Rover? Part 3

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series November 2023

The third and final installment of a look at the inner workings of high-precision surveying rovers. In parts one and two, which appeared in the two previous issues, we focused on antennas, amplification, housing, channels, boards, and gates. This installment continues with signal matching, positioning engines, and additional components.  Matching Signals To distill the observed […]

BIM: Into the Future 

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series November 2023

Looking Forward  The concept of building information modeling has existed since the 1970s, although we certainly didn’t recognize it then. That’s when the first software tools developed for modeling buildings started to emerge. Those early applications and the computers needed to run them were expensive, so adoption wasn’t widespread.  BIM gradually evolved, though still far […]