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Application of Smart Grid Technology Requires Skilled GIS Professionals to Manage an Energy-Efficient Future

AURORA, Colo. – October 21, 2013 – Geographic information systems (GIS) play an important role to help the utilities industry manage the smart grid for an energy-smart future. And that means there is a growing need for professionals with a solid foundation in GIS technology to monitor electrical distribution systems, analyze power usage and plan [...]

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Rip Up Those Old Paper Maps

by Bill Meehan Pop quiz! What’s the difference between a GIS plot and a GIS display? I bet the most common answer is, “You can fold the plot, but you can’t fold the display.” See, that’s the problem. Many people still think of the GIS display as simply a less convenient way to see the [...]

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Multidimensional maps to improve energy efficiency

(Nanowerk News) Researchers are developing a multidimensional mapping tool to identify areas of similar climate, building practices, technologies and economics. This will aid efforts to improve the energy and resource efficiency of the built environment. Geo-clustering creates virtual, geo-referenced maps of similarity. This is a complex task and challenges include collating scattered knowledge and data, [...]

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EPA screens 66,000 sites for renewable energy potential

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tool, which will now provide preliminary screening results for renewable energy potential at 66,000, up from 24,000, contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites across the country. The RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative, started by EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable energy on potentially [...]

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Canada Pushes Support for Geo-Mapping Project

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced yesterday the government’s decision to renew its support for the Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals program (GEM) which aims to facilitate resource exploration activities in Canada’s North. Photos View photos “Our investment in resource exploration will continue to unlock the full economic, mineral and energy potential of the region, while [...]

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Hart Energy’s Counterclaim Could be the Death-Nail for all GIS Industry Vendor’s Profits, According to American Energy Mapping

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The California Supreme Court ruled recently that GIS Data is public and not subject to the protections enjoyed by Software. (Sierra Club v Orange County Case No. S194708) Hart Energy was recently sued for Fraud, among other things, in a case brought by American Energy Mapping (Montgomery [...]

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Australian Telecom Builds Entire Cable System Around GIS

Ben Somerville, Spatial Systems Manager for Thiess, Pty, Ltd. In Queensland, Australia, talked about the work they are doing with the Australian Telecom at the Esri UC 2013 Survey Summit. He began by saying that Australia is 70% the size of the U.S. and has a population of 2 million. Less than 1 % of [...]

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Online Tool Boosts Ash Cloud Forecasts

A new online tool for predicting the amount of ash pumped into the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption has been made openly available to scientists around the world. PlumeRise, created by researchers at the University of Bristol, will allow forecasters to more accurately predict the spread of volcanic ash clouds, paving the way for better [...]

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Crowd-Sourcing the Nation: Now a National Effort

The USGS continues to expand its crowd-sourcing of geographic data and is seeking volunteers nation-wide to contribute structures information. The mapping crowd-sourcing program, known as The National Map Corps (TNMCorps), encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database. Structures being mapped [...]

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Global Information Systems Stand as Backbone to Electric Utility Business

NORWOOD, MA — Artech House today announced the publication of GIS for Enhanced Electric Utility Performance by Bill Meehan. This book describes how geospatial technology in the form of a modern enterprise global information system (GIS) can help strengthen and improve all aspects of the electric utility business from Smart Grid, to generation, to transmission, [...]

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