2_19 Infrastructure Broadcast (NSDI, Sustainable Cities and More)

Hello, and welcome to this Infrastructure-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Esri’s Geodesign Summit.

Today’s Top Story is the NSDI. The Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) released its Report Card on the condition and performance of the U.S. National Spatial Data Infrastructure, which includes surveyed, mapped and remotely sensed information.

Yes, I realize this isn’t traditional infrastructure, but the data covered in this report are extremely relevant to a wide range of geospatial industries, certainly including infrastructure and the built environment.

According to Michael Vanhook, COGO Chairman, “Member organizations believe that the national datasets and delivery systems generally need improvement. It is time for the federal government to more effectively engage the entire stakeholder community to ensure that America has the highest-quality geospatial infrastructure. Doing so will allow us to more efficiently and effectively deal with society’s needs.”

Visit this Web site for more information as well as the complete report card and its lengthy report. And let’s hear it for Geodetic Control! With a solid B+, that’s probably the highest rating I’ve seen on these typically depressing reports.


That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip from Esri’s Geodesign Summit.

The Center for Environmental Health released a map showing neighborhoods around 23 California airports, where aviation fuel creates lead air-pollution dangers. The agency won a legal agreement with 30 companies that sell and/or distribute lead-containing aviation gas at the airports. The companies must eventually provide safer alternative fuels, but currently only need to warn neighbors of the lead-pollution risks.

In industry headlines, Hexagon combined technologies from MineSight, Devex Mining, Leica Geosystems Mining and SAFEmine to launch Hexagon Mining, which looks to solve critical surface and underground challenges by integrating design, planning and operations technologies for safer, more-productive mines.

Trimble launched an Android-based operating environment with a suite of mobile applications on its TMX-2050 display—allowing growers greater flexibility to customize the display for farming operations.

Viametris introduced its Building 3D Survey System, shown here in a real office-building survey, using 3-D scans in classical CAD applications.

Apple committed $848 million for clean energy from First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County, Calif., the largest agreement in the industry to provide clean energy to a commercial end user.

And Bentley Systems acquired France-based Acute3D, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modeling.

For today’s Final Thought, here are some video clips concerning the 2015 ARCADIS Sustainable Cities Index. It’s an interesting format, so check out this Web site for the full details or to see how your favorite cities are ranked:


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I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.