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Local IoT Technology Wins TECTERRA Funding Support

Edmonton company’s environmental decision support software garners increased support for launch

EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TECTERRA’s Board of Directors have announced Edmonton-based Campbell Scientific Canada’s new Internet of Things (IoT) technology will receive funding support as part of their Industry Investment Program. In a competitive process among Alberta start ups, small and medium sized companies, Campbell Scientific Canada’s environmental decision support software, WeatherBrain, was one of the technologies successfully selected to receive backing through TECTERRA’s investment program.

“We are in the business of investing in Alberta companies creating game changing technology,” said Jonathan Neufeld, CEO of TECTERRA, “Campbell Scientific’s use of IoT technology to better manage operations that are impacted by environmental factors is revolutionary and could change the landscape of many industries. We are happy to support such an innovative initiative in our province.”

This funding support will allow Campbell Scientific Canada to further optimize WeatherBrain to best meet client needs, following the product launch on October 10, 2017.

“After nearly 40 years of helping our clients obtain the best measurements possible, we couldn’t be more excited to launch our newest product, WeatherBrain, and further support our clients in making the most confident, reliable decisions,” said Vice President, Operations (COO), Glenn Bosch. “This support to commercialize our technology from a very reputable organization like TECTERRA endorses the investment that CSC has already made in developing our solution.  It also provides a stringent, independent evaluation that the innovation we are providing through WeatherBrain, will be highly sought after.  This support will allow us to accelerate our plans to extend the value we provide our clients and marketplace.”

WeatherBrain was designed specifically for people in any industry or field who are tasked with making critical operational decisions that are impacted by environmental factors. Studies show these end users often do not understand how weather or environmental data can be leveraged to optimize or positively impact their operations. WeatherBrain is designed to remove this uncertainty. The platform completes the data analysis for the end user, and via its unique indicators, visually shows the user what to expect, and more importantly, when to expect it, so they can make confident, reliable decisions. WeatherBrain users can leverage this IoT analytics platform to effectively put themselves ahead of impending weather events, saving them time, money and resources.

About Campbell Scientific (Canada) Corp.: Campbell Scientific Canada has been a provider of accurate environmental intelligence for nearly 40 years. The Edmonton based company is an industry leader in system design, data analytics, service, support, integration, calibration, and training. And with its newest product, WeatherBrain, Campbell Scientific Canada is furthering its mission to always provide the best measurement possible, by offering environmental decision support to its customers.

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:35:11 +0000
GIS Cloud exhibition at the Australian Utility Week
Zagreb, Croatia – Oct. 26, 2017 – GIS Cloud, a pioneer in the field of cloud-based GIS, announced their upcoming exhibition at the Australian Utility Week, taking place in Melbourne, Australia (29-30 November) at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

GIS Cloud’s participation and exhibition at the Australian Utility Week is a part of GIS Cloud’s Australia and New Zealand tour in November. GIS Cloud considers this a great chance to meet their growing community in Australia and New Zealand.

“The event is now in its 15th year and will attract 2000+ utility professionals from the electricity, gas and water sectors. The speakers are a mix of Australian and international utility leaders, Smart Grid technology innovators, and R&D professionals. It’s the largest event of its kind in Australasia region and the only event that focuses exclusively on digital and customer facing innovations.” (Source: Australian Utility Week)

This year, Australian Utility Week includes 3 distinct streams (Field Operations, Smart Grid & Meters, Digital Utility) that are free to attend. Also, there will be a co-located event – Energy Services Australia (ESA).

You can meet the GIS Cloud team at booth D02, and see a demo of newest solutions such as Crowdsourcing, as well as get a sneak peek into other new technologies yet to be presented to a wider community. Among other activities prepared for the event, GIS Cloud’s Business Development Manager, Igor Farkaš, will lead a focus group for GIS in Utilities, dedicated to getting feedback and addressing the needs of the professionals who will shape the future of the utilities industry.

Entrance to the exhibition part of the event is free for everyone. If you wish to visit the event as GIS Cloud’s guests, please register using the GIS Cloud customized e-ticket:

To arrange a B2B meeting with GIS Cloud team in Australia or New Zealand, please send an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Thu, 26 Oct 2017 02:40:22 +0000
Portland's Popular Bike Map Goes Digital
Planning a bike trip across Portland, Ore., just got easier with an online interactive map that shows where the steep hills are, “problem” intersections, and even has a rundown on the city’s dozens of bike shops.


The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been publishing and distributing its famous bike maps since the 1970s. However, the free map is now digital and accessible online, which means it can be opened on the go via a smartphone. The map is also searchable and allows for zooming in on a neighborhood or intersection.


“You can search for locations in the map, by address or by intersection,” said Kirk McEwen, GIS technician in the Business Technology Services Group at the Bureau of Transportation. “You can quickly bike to an area of the city you want to explore. You can also use the My Location button to quickly pan the map to wherever you have to be in the city, so it can be easy to find routes.”


The Portland Bike Map goes further than say Google Maps, which includes bike routes. Portland’s map distinguishes among the various bike travel infrastructure such as multi-use paths, protected bike lanes with a buffer and even what officials refer to as “Neighborhood greenways,” those calm low-traffic neighborhood streets are often favored by cyclists for their safety and stress-free riding.


“I’m a parent and I bike with my 4-year-old daughter,” said Hannah Schafer, communications specialists with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “And I look for routes that are not on the big streets, and where we’ll feel comfortable and safe.”


The city has a licensing agreement with Esri, the Southern California-based mapping and GIS firm, which provided the technology to develop the bike map.


“It was a simple process thanks to the tools that Esri delivers,” said McEwen. “They’re a big and important partner for the city, and that’s helped us build a pretty robust GIS infrastructure.”


The map also includes indicators for steep uphill climbing, “difficult intersection” and bike shops. If the map seems too busy for some riders, there's a feature to turn off particular layers. Users can also zoom in to particular areas and link to bike shops for hours and other vital information.


“For instance, on our paper maps we have bike shops — we show where they are and we have the name — but you can’t tell exactly where it is because of the scale, so you’re left with a lot of questions about it,” said Jeff Smith, a transportation management demand specialist at the Bureau of Transportation. “This solves a lot of those problems by being able to drill down, get the information, get the link to their website and all of that.”


In 2010 Portland approved its updated “Bike Plan,” which sets the vision for cycling in the city through 2030. As part of that vision the city aims to have 25 percent of trips in the city made by travelers on bicycles. Today, roughly 6.3 percent of workers commute by bicycle, according to 2016 U.S. Census data. This is down from 7 percent in 2015 and 7.2 percent in 2014. Nationwide, only 0.6 percent of workers commuted by bike in 2016. Cities increasingly view bike infrastructure as essential components to creating the kinds of smart and sustainable communities that workers and residents increasingly want.   


Boosting bike ridership means improving the infrastructure, say officials, and a map is as much a part of infrastructure as a bike lane. Roughly 4,000 riders downloaded the map in the first month, without any communication or marketing, since the project is still in a “semi-beta phase,” said Schafer. Portland prints about 80,000 paper maps a year.


The map is “a pretty essential piece” of the city’s cycling infrastructure, said Smith. “If you’re going to spend money building bike facilities, then you better take care of directing people to them.”


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Riverside County Works to Land Amazon's New Headquarters ]]> (Esri) Esri GIS News Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:29:00 +0000 Meet GovLoop's Featured Bloggers! 98-featuredblog01

Last month, we put out a call for our Fall round of GovLoop Featured Bloggers – and you responded with amazing enthusiasm. We’re now pleased to announce our 14th Cohort of Featured Bloggers!

Read on to meet these contributors for GovLoop who will be posting once a week for the next three months. They come from all walks of life and areas of government with experience ranging from risk management to technology even to comedy and improv!

You can follow along with all Featured Blogger posts here. (You’ll know what you’re reading is a Featured Blogger post by the yellow banner at the top).

Our new cohort’s posts start going up October 23rd– so get ready!

Jeff Meisel
Jeff is a data and communications geek that brings executive experience as the first Chief Marketing

Officer for the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s authoritative source on demographic and economic data.
The bureau’s data is used as a basis for congressional apportionment, and informs $600B+ in federal spending annually.

In 2014, Jeff left the private sector after being selected as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. In 2017, he launched the Civic Digital Fellowship at Census in collaboration with Harvard.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Kansas State, and a M.S. in Technology Commercialization from UT Austin.

Nicole Napuunoa
Nicole Napuunoa has worked in the federal government for ten years, all within the same agency—Transportation Security Administration at the Honolulu International Airport. During those ten years, she has assisted in many departments and has written for the TSA Blog. She has engaged in her local federal community by participating in networking events; volunteering with the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board; and recruiting members to found the Honolulu Chapter of Young Government Leaders as well as serving as the Founding President. It is her intention to be a career fed, seeing the opportunity as a privilege and challenge, especially during these quarrelsome times.

Neil Levine
Neil A. Levine retired from federal service in 2017 after 30 years in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. He taught Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Policy.  He is now a certified executive coach with over 20 years of experience in advising individuals and groups on setting the conditions for success.  Neil has a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2008), a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University (1986) and a B.A. from Earlham College (1983). In 2017, he received his Executive Coaching certification from the College of Executive Coaching.

Dana Skelly
Dana received her bachelor’s in History from Rutgers College, and prior to working in natural resources

was an editor and graphic designer at an art magazine in New York.  She was introduced to wildland fire through AmeriCorps*NCCC in 1996. She has worked for three federal agencies in eastern and western fire programs since then. Dana has cross-trained with the US Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force for all risk incident management. Her published fire-related works, both in her maiden name of Cohen as well as her married name Skelly, focus on promoting progressive and accountable fire management.

Tim Dendy
Timothy ‘Tim’ Dendy is married with two grown daughters. He lives with his wife in Phoenix while his daughters are finishing college on the East Coast. Tim holds an MBA and has worked for the US Postal Service for 27 years taking advantage of an early retirement opportunity several years ago. Tim has worked with several companies as a consultant for finance and management and currently works in local government as an operations manager. He enjoys writing, the outdoors, and spending time with family and is also working on a doctorate of business administration.

Jeffrey Page
Jeffrey Page has served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service since June of 2014. Before that, Jeff worked from 2005 to 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer for the Library of Congress. Jeff spent the first 12 years of his career working with the Peace Corps, beginning in 1985 as a volunteer in Congo, Central Africa, and later serving as Country Director in Guinea, West Africa. For the past eight years, Jeff has written a blog ( on topics of leadership, work relations, attitude, communications, work ethic and customer service.

Jennifer Logan-Porter
As a third-generation Floridian from Tampa, Jennifer considers herself almost as rare as the Hope
Diamond whiperedabout through the generations. Like many others in government, she decided to answer the call to serve. She is currently the Program Coordinator with Hillsborough County Risk Management and volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.


Jon Haverly
Jon Haverly helps government organizations to attract and retain top talent so that they can provide better public services. He is a Multipliers Master Practitioner with The Wiseman Group focused on conducting leadership research and developing government leaders. He has worked with numerous government agencies for the past 20 years in the areas of leadership development, project management and portfolio management. Jon has been a PMI certified Project Management Professional since 2001 and lives in Upstate New York with his amazing wife and two wonderful and energetic children.

Stacie Rivera
Stacie M. Rivera, MPH, APR, is a public affairs specialist in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She is also a storyteller, focusing on the human side of titles and technology. Accredited in Public Relations (APR) with expertise in health outreach and communication, Stacie excels in researching, planning, and deploying national communications campaigns. She is a life-long learner, working on her dissertation in Public Policy and Administration with a focus on Health Policy. She is a 2012 graduate of the competitive Excellence in Government Leadership program, a public affairs mentor, an expert guest lecturer. Follow Stacie @PierceRivera.

Richard Leadbeater
Richard Leadbeather has worked for Esri since 1997 and is currently the Global Manager; State Government Industry Solutions.  Richard leads development of the strategy that guides Esri’s approach to the State and Provincial marketing team to drive growth in existing and new areas of this level of government. Prior to Esri, he worked as the Geographic Information Project Manager at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the 7th largest public Water and Wastewater utility. At the WSSC, Richard was charged with the development and implementing GIS, CADD, and Document Imaging technologies.

Paul Leegard
Paul has over 30 years of experience in a county and four different ones in Minnesota state agencies. He spent the past 14 years as a business analyst working on various teams developing large government systems. Prior to that he was a GIS Coordinator, IT systems manager and Human Resources Assistant Director. Currently, Paul is helping develop a communications and outreach plan with a medium size group within a state agency. He is within a year of his planned retirement and just enrolled at the University of MN to add a Communications Studies major to improve his blogging skills.

Emily Arnold
Emily has worked in local and federal government for over fifteen years. Her passion for government work is deeply rooted in being a change agent for the public and to provide and connect the public to much needed resources. She has expertise in crisis communication, interpersonal communication, strategic/target messaging, graphic design, event planning, community outreach and social media content management and engagement. Emily received her Master of Science in Strategic Communication from Troy University and her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University. She is known by all her friends as the real life “Leslie Knope.”

Brian K. Schooley
Brian Schooley is a Project Manager and an Instructor/Curriculum Developer at the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School, Eaker Center of Professional Development, at Maxwell AFB, AL. He oversees nineteen contractors responsible for the delivery of nine supervisory/managerial leadership development courses, educating over ten thousand students across the Air Force annually. He is the lead instructor of the Emerging Leader Course, and instructs in the Civilian Personnel Management Course, the Military Personnel Management Course, the Supervisory Refresher Course, and oversees the USAF Supervisors Course, the Advanced USAF Supervisors Course, and managerial courses currently in development.

Matt Polega
Matt Polega is the Co-Founder and VP of Operations at Mark43, where he currently works to scale internal processes and teams alongside explosive client growth. Matt developed the earliest iteration of Mark43 RMS, and remains deeply connected to the mission and what it takes to build effective public safety technology. In 2015, Matt was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Enterprise Technology. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Computer Science from Harvard University, where he was also captain of the Division I Track and Field team. 

Joseph Novick
From 1995 to 2006, and 2012-15, Joey was as an elected Councilman in Flemington, NJ, and is licensed to practice law. He was trained by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, completing their Advanced Mediation Techniques course. He is a graduate of the Leadership New Jersey Fellowship Program. As a stand-up comedian and improv actor, he’s appeared on MTV, Rascal’s Comedy Hour, and Comedy Central. He’s been featured regularly at Catch A Rising Star, The Comedy Zone and Dangerfield’s and at scores of comedy venues across the country. He is an award-winning speaker, having been presented with the Leadership New Jersey Program Development Award for founding their United Nations Conference Program.

Want to be a Featured Blogger but didn’t make it this time or didn’t apply by the deadline? Don’t worry—we open up this opportunity every few months. Make sure to check back January 2018. 

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OceanWise Marine Data Management and GIS Workshop

OceanWise, supported by the Association for Geographic Information (AGI), hosts its popular annual Data Management & GIS Workshop on Wednesday 22 November 2017, at The School of Economic Science, 11 Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ.

Our keynote speaker will be Ed Parsons, Chief Technology Officer at Google.

This year’s theme is ‘Modernising Our Approach to Data Management’ so if you are;

struggling to come to terms with the volume of data you collect perplexed by the processes needed to manage that data or unsure of the value and benefit GIS can bring to your operations

Then the event should be of interest to you.

We will be discussing recent developments in marine data as well as providing advice, guidance and demonstrations of how GIS technologies and OceanWise products and services can deliver savings in time, effort and money.

As always, the workshop provides a great opportunity to informally network, share experiences with government, industry and academic practitioners and stakeholders involved in managing assets or providing decision support and situational analysis across the marine and coastal space. Lunch is provided!

This free-to-attend event is popular so do book early to reserve your place!

To reserve your place please register here or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 01420 768262

To view the draft programme click here

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:29:45 +0000
Esri Founder and President Jack Dangermond to Discuss Earth Observations in the Commercial Sector at GEO Week

Attendees Will Hear How The Science of Where Can Inform Smarter Business Decisions

Redlands, California—October 18, 2017Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, today announced that its founder and president, Jack Dangermond, will speak at GEO Week, to be held Monday, October 23, through Friday, October 27, in Washington, DC.

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a partnership of more than 100 national governments and over 100 participating organizations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive, and sustained earth observations (EO).

One of the conference highlights will be a plenary session on October 25featuring Dangermond, who will talk about how earth observations are being used to improve decision-making across all sectors of society and how GEO can best engage with business communities to deliver EO-powered insight for a changing world.

Jack Dangermond, Esri Founder and President

GEO Week 2017
A Plenary Panel Discussing Earth Observations in the Commercial Sector

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.


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Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us

Copyright © 2017 Esri. All rights reserved. Esri, the Esri globe logo, The Science of Where,, and are trademarks, service marks, or registered marks of Esri in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products or services mentioned herein may be trademarks, service marks, or registered marks of their respective mark owners.

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:17:24 +0000
The advent of I3S

The future of mapping is coming — or is it here already? With the advent of Indexed 3D Scene Layers (I3S) as a community standard, everyone stands to benefit.

Discussions around creating data-display standards have taken place for decades now, most famously including VHS vs. Beta. The first attempt at 3D standards was in the late 1980s with computer graphics, but came toward maps about 10 years later. So few sets of data were collected in 3D, and 3D was (and is) memory intensive because of the six variables necessary to place an object at a point in space at the correct angles. Everyone had vested interests in standards reflecting the work they were already doing.
That last part hasn’t changed, but approving I3S as a standard means that this form of 3D will be generally exploitable by many more users in the near term. I3S is one workable and robust protocol which has been both fleshed out and vetted by a knowledgeable user community.

A map based solely on looking down cannot present to its users the difference between a two-story building and a 100-story building — and that difference is critical. There is much more content to the world than what is represented on 2D maps! It’s an epiphany of sorts, looking up at a building from the ground instead of just down from sky. Eventually, this will be the norm: The 25-and-below age group has grown up with immersive gaming experiences, so stepping into I3S feels natural, and, in a few years, when that age group is teaching, it will be native. 

Meanwhile, who benefits the most from I3S? Certainly, those who need to understand the implications of 3D are at the top of that list. This includes first responders, soldiers, and various program operators, among others. There are members of the American intelligence community who recount their days in the military and cite logistical challenges without viewsheds. But 3D applications are not limited to militaries and emergencies: The telecommunications industry cannot rely on paper maps to determine optimal placement for power lines or antennae.

With standards comes a renaissance! OGC approval for I3S makes 3D more available and used increasingly in communities. It is important to agree on a set of high-quality standards that are open to others instead of spending additional money and manpower on this all-important but seemingly exclusive facet of product development. So where do we go from here? Get data into users’ hands to build communities, of both professionals and lay users. The Internet of Things is growing, and disasters strike with perilous force. Hunters can scope out boundaries and the best places for blinds, and major professional golf courses have been mapped down to an eyelash. The potential for aid from 3D imagery is limitless. Let’s embrace the variety of applications, and welcome the input.

Vricon, like others in the community, supports OGC’s efforts to develop 3D standards and bring acceptance and commonality to the field. How can we get this next-level imagery and data to analysts, warfighters, first responders, urban planners, and all who endeavor to make our lives  — and our planet! — better?

Original author: Simon Chester
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GEO Jobe Welcomes New Project Manager, Daniel Menikheim, to the Team

Project Manager will assist in managing various software development and ArcGIS Enterprise project

GEO Jobe Welcomes New Project Manager

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 10, 2017 – PRLog — GEO Jobe, a leading GIS software and geospatial solutions provider and developers of Admin Tools, Mapfolio, and GEOPowered Cloud, is pleased to welcome our newest hire, Daniel Menikheim, to the team in the role of Project Manager.

Menikheim, based in GEO Jobe’s Center for Research and Engineering ( C.R.E ) in Biloxi, MS, will be working closely with our remote teams as well as our teams in Nashville, TN, and Biloxi, MS to assist in managing various software development and ArcGIS Enterprise projects.  He brings a strong focus on project management best practices and industry standards that will be invaluable as part of GEO Jobe’s continued strategic growth.

” With the recent growth of GEO Jobe, I am extremely excited to announce the addition of  Danny to the team. His skills with project management will be invaluable as we continue to press forward with our goals. We are rolling out several new products and will continue with our software development services. Also, be on the look-out for a new hire in the next few weeks related to our GEOPowered Cloud GIS hosting offerings.” said David Hansen, VP GEO Jobe.

You can contact Daniel and the whole GEO Jobe team directly via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More info about the GEO Powered Cloud –

About GEO Jobe
Founded in 1999, GEO Jobe is a geospatial industry leader that currently has the top three most popular apps in the ArcGIS Marketplace including Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online. While many geospatial firms focus on a specific industry, GEO Jobe, as company, has a focus on industry independent solutions and offerings such as providing software development and data hosting expertise and services. GEO Jobe was an early adopter of the ArcGIS Online platform and always strives to extend and push the limits of what is possible using the platform. GEO Jobe has been an Esri business partner for many years and has received multiple awards from Esri including the 2015 Innovative Marketplace Provider and the 2013 Organization Use of ArcGIS Online award.

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:51:07 +0000
Orbit Logic Awarded Navy Autonomy Contract

GREENBELT, MD (October 3, 2017) – Orbit Logic has teamed with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) on a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to develop a hierarchical autonomous mission planning and execution capability for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) that will address many of the challenges associated with long duration operations. 

Orbit Logic and CU Boulder have teamed on this STTR to research solutions that could significantly advance the state-of-the-art in the composition, deployment, and real-time adaptability of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle collaborative sorties. We are leveraging prior work in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Satellite Onboard Autonomy research areas to address the challenges of this maritime-related topic.


The research will innovate approaches to the exchange of information between collaborating vehicles that enables onboard decision-making to perform effectively despite the communication limitations imposed by the underwater marine environment. This will be accomplished through the leveraging and integration of several key technologies. The first is the employment of a novel decentralized data fusion approach to maintain the collective state awareness of a group of federated collaborating assets. This capability intelligently exchanges data (or strategically withholds data exchange) to minimize communications while maximizing distributed knowledge. Secondly, we will employ “resource ferrying” strategies to optimize collaborative operations for energy consumption. This technique, applicable to homogeneous or heterogeneous systems, has promise to significantly improve the overall effectiveness of long duration missions by intelligently distributing data, processing, and stored electrical energy. Additionally, autonomous decision logic strategies leveraged from synergistic satellite autonomy research will overlay the data architecture. Research will determine the most compact representation of asset information necessary to achieve robust, real-time adaptive mission performance. We will investigate the application of these technologies to “Pods” of cooperating heterogeneous AUV assets, assessing the mission effectiveness and resilience that might be gained.


An AUS “multi-Pod” mission scenario to be used in initial verification of the collaborative architecture.


Orbit Logic Incorporated (, specializes in software for mission planning, scheduling, and space situational awareness. Orbit Logic’s operationally proven software products – Collection Planning & Analysis Workstation, STK Scheduler, Order Logic Web App, Onboard Autonomous Planning System, and SpyMeSat mobile app – create better plans faster with fewer resources, more insight, and less risk. Our highly configurable desktop, web, mobile, and onboard software supports analysis and operations for domains including aerial/satellite imaging and space/ground networking.


The Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at the University of Colorado Boulder is a university, government, and industry partnership that collaborates to design, develop, and implement new technologies that will enhance the communications, mobility, and overall performance of unmanned vehicle systems. The center addresses the technical challenges associated with unmanned vehicles by integrating the traditional aerospace disciplines of aerodynamics, structures, navigation, control, and vehicle design with telecommunications, sensors, networks, and robotics.

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]]> (Glenn Letham) GIS User News Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:51:44 +0000
How Interior, NGA, DHS provided a common picture for hurricane first responders

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With three major hurricanes wreaking havoc on the U.S., first responders and many others have a new tool to more clearly understand and visualize critical data.

At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an interagency team launched the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD), a single authoritative source of relevant data for use by local, state, federal, tribal, private-sector and community partners. The open data platform serves as a hub to aggregate and disseminate open data to support the mapping activities for hurricane response and recovery.

Tod Dabolt, the geospatial information officer in the Office of the CIO for the Department of the Interior, said this geospatial effort is making information sharing easier, better and faster than ever before.

“We stood up a site for them in a matter of hours and are continuing to support their mission through a cross-agency partnership that includes DHS, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Interior,” Dabolt said in an interview with Federal News Radio. “One of the things during an event is making sure everyone has a common operating picture. To do that, it’s really essential we all start with the same data and information because within the event, you keep getting more and more information, and you want to keep people on the same page. We were delivering information like search-and-rescue grids that could be used by the local national guard, the state and other first responders who may not have immediate access to FEMA credentials. But they could go to the open data site, pull the resources down, either directly into their mapping application where they are at, or as geo-PDFs that they can put on a handheld to help them navigate when they are in the field.”

This is not the first time the geospatial community has come to the aid of first responders. But where once they provided DVDs to first responders, this was the first time Interior helped develop an open-data platform to provide real-time multi-layered information that can be easily viewed, no matter the device.

Dabolt said Interior used technology from Esri and web services to connect the disparate databases, which pulled information together.

“The data stayed in its normal resting place, but was packaged in a way that could open it up and free it to a wider variety of audiences,” he said. “In some cases, those [web] services were set up. For instance, NOAA for years now has been publishing the predictive path a hurricane may take. FEMA and the other agencies have access to that service endpoint. In that case, all we had to do was basically point users to the right service endpoint. It was helping users navigate the volume of data coming in from different sources and becoming a curation point for it, so that they were getting the most current, authoritative information at that point in time.”

In other cases, Dabolt said agencies or contractors had to develop the web services or application programming interface (API) and the platform would point to those service endpoints.

“One exciting thing that came out of this disaster that I can’t remember in any others was a private company stood up a web service to show which stores were open and not open in the affected areas. We were able to publish that data feed out or amplify that data feed out to the rest of the community,” he said.

First responders and other stakeholders can find an assortment of data on the platform, including critical infrastructure, hospitals, transportation and other sectors in the emergency response framework.

“We spent a lot of effort on the curation step, trying to de-conflict differing information sources and highlighting those that were the best available,” he said. “We sent messages out to federal agencies and state and local partners to send the service’s endpoints and any other data that they wanted to see on the open data site and we had ‘operators standing by’ to feed the site with that information.”

Dabolt said the initial platform was for first responders and others familiar with geospatial information, but as HIFLD matures, Interior and its agency partners want to see how they can use search and other forms of technology to improve the navigation for non-GIS users.

Dabolt said within the first 24 hours of the hurricane, the number of users spiked to over 1,000 and then trailed off.

The use of HIFLD for Hurricane Harvey as of Sept. 11:

Total hits: 8,663 Total users: 6,422 Total downloads: 1,157

“What we are thinking about, and it’s a work in progress with FEMA and the rest of the partners, [is] how do we set up as a way to be more sustainable, so if it’s a flooding event, here is where users will go, and so we are not creating a separate site for each flood, or tornado or earthquake,” Dabolt said. “That is some design work we will be doing iteratively with FEMA after things slow down a little bit.”

]]> (Esri) Esri GIS News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:10:00 +0000
6 Lessons From Working Alongside a Successful Entrepreneur

It’s hard to believe it, but I am celebrating my twentieth work anniversary at Esri, the company where I work, the world’s leading mapping and spatial analytics firm. I will be joining in a celebration with 97 of my colleagues who started at the company the same year I did. The group ranges from software architects, programmers, scientists, marketing and sales professionals and fellow subject matter experts from so many different walks of life.

I must admit I sometimes feel like a bit of an anomaly in the tech industry. I hear so many stories about a millennial generation that is more interested in moving from one company to another every few years to stay relevant. But the excitement and energy of the technology and the people I work with at Esri is so motivating and stimulating, I never realized how fast twenty years had flown by.

When I first arrived, the company was going through a major revolution, migrating our software from mainframes and Unix operating systems to the PC. And there was an explosion of new users in government as Bill Gates’s vision of a world “with a PC on every desk and in every home” was rapidly becoming a reality. There was fierce competition, rapidly evolving technological advances, the thrill of friendly rivalry to keep outpacing your colleagues and the excitement of seeing what amazing things our customers did with GIS technology.

Reflecting back, it’s easy to recognize that it was our founder, Jack Dangermond, from which all the energy emanated from. I imagine our company has a similar vibe to what it felt like for employees who worked in the early days with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg or even Walt Disney.

Each of these entrepreneurs captivated their teams and left such a lasting impression on their employees and customers, and ultimately the world. Even when they had passed on or simply moved to other ventures, their names are mentioned as if they are still walking the hallways. They are individuals who left an indelible mark on their industry, their peers, their colleagues and their customers. This is the type of impression Esri founder Jack Dangermond has had on his employees and the GIS community.

For decades, my fellow employees and I lived by a bit of a secret code, “WWJD.” What Would Jack Do? This question was easy to live by. Jack regularly made clear his personal and business philosophies to which he always wanted his teams to adhere. And we were all on board with the vision he set. He stood for one simple ideology we follow: we should all aim to do work that makes the world a better place.

It really did not matter what job you had; we all believed that was the mission we were carrying out. And the message translated to the people and organizations that purchased our technology. What was always intriguing is that no matter what hurdles were thrown our way: recessions, slipping product release dates, shifts in trends, changes in political administrations, or even competition, you could feel the whole company move towards the threat together. And all because we were living this vision and we wanted nothing to stand in our way.

There are so many lessons I have learned over these last two decades. In fact, I started compiling a list. I have realized the education I have received working alongside a successful entrepreneur is priceless. The following are six lessons that I will never lose sight of and that I will always pass on to my teams:

Set the Pace. For the longest time I thought I worked in a company of dedicated workaholics. The reality is, Jack set a pace we all sought to mimic. Still to this day ,his car is often the first one in and the last one out of the parking lot. And no job is too menial: if something needs to be done he rolls up his sleeves and gets it done. Give Employees Ownership. Jack has never seen people as titles. He’s always viewed people as assets. When an important project comes along, he will always ask the question of who is going to own this? And to this day, ownership of a project is still viewed as the most prized responsibility one could have. Competition Keeps Us Humble. For most, competition is viewed as the enemy. However, this entrepreneur always reminds us that competition keeps us focused, challenges us to build bigger and better technology, pushes us to hire the best people and helps us to never lose sight of our true mission. Be More Interested Than Interesting. This is a philosophy I have come to better appreciate. When you sit across from colleagues and customers, it’s always more productive to focus on the person across from you than to focus on yourself. It creates a different connection between two individuals that you might have otherwise missed out on. Keep Your Promises. This phrase speaks for itself. Deliver on what you committed to, even if it results in taking a loss, and you will see returns in spades. Create a Community. Don’t focus on creating customers. Instead, look to build an ecosystem of communities that extend to academic institutions, NGOs, governments, commerce, business partners, strategic alliances, trade groups, standards boards, employees and of course, people who love your products.

When some look at Jack Dangermond they see a man who through hard work landed on the Forbes list. For those who have had the opportunity to experience the way in which this man works, we have found a life teacher. I hope to be like him one day. Or at least to keep trying to emulate the practices of good business I have come to know.



Christopher Thomas is part of the GovLoop Featured Blogger program, where we feature blog posts by government voices from all across the country (and world!). To see more Featured Blogger posts, click here

]]> (Esri) Esri GIS News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:10:00 +0000
Gulf Publishing Company Launches LNG Intelligence Service for Energy Industry

HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gulf Publishing Company, a leading media company and provider of market data for the international energy industry, launches today the Energy Web Atlas to provide the downstream energy sector with easy access to information about the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.

A real-time project information platform, the ESRI-based Energy Web Atlas (EWA) is a compilation of geospatial datasets covering the energy industry with maps and data dedicated to the LNG industry. It delivers actionable market intelligence within one easy-to-use, web-based resource.

"Data is always changing and searching for statistics and analysis related to LNG—such as project details and status, shipping routes and vessel data—can be time consuming and cumbersome," said Scott Allgood, Director of Data for Gulf Publishing Company. "The Energy Web Atlas provides professionals in the industry with a much needed, quick and easy way to access real-time data that is required for daily decision-making."

Allgood says EWA is a one-stop source for comprehensive industry intelligence. Tracking close to 500 LNG facilities and projects, EWA allows users to interrogate and export real-time project data, including details such as owner/operator, project status, storage and capacity.

The system, which can visualize the datasets against a variety of base maps including satellite imagery, allows users to search by company/project status, access up-to-date project contact details, search global pipeline data, view gas/gas-condensate fields, statistics, LNG shipping routes, and vessel data.

Another benefit to users is the ability to assess projects on a regional or national scale and to zoom in for a more detailed analysis of a particular area. The LNG datasets are updated in real time by a dedicated support team of researchers and cartographers, and subscribers can use the platform to create customized, export-ready production-quality charts, graphs and maps.

In addition, a geospatial map tracking U.S. gas processing plants is also available on the Energy Web Atlas. This platform gives users access to detailed data and direct contacts for more than 500 gas processing plants in the U.S. The dataset also includes information on more than 400 natural gas underground storage locations and 58 natural gas storage hubs.

In addition to the direct contact information, the gas processing geospatial dataset includes plant details (plant type/flow, BTU content, infrastructure), owner/operator information, plant status and more.

In 2018, additional geospatial maps and datasets covering diverse businesses such as renewable energy, downstream construction projects, petrochemicals, and oil and gas pipeline infrastructure will be added to the Energy Web Atlas.

For more information about EWA visit

About Gulf Publishing Company
For more than 100 years, Gulf Publishing Company has been the leading provider of business and technical knowledge for the global oil and gas industry. Since its formation in 1916, the company has evolved from a single publication—The Oil Weekly, which was dedicated to upstream activity in the Gulf Coast area of the United States—to a diversified information company, with coverage spanning the upstream, midstream and downstream. Headquartered in Houston, Gulf Publishing Company produces seven trade journals for the oil and gas industry: World Oil, Hydrocarbon Processing, Gas Processing, Petroleum Economist, Pipeline & Gas Journal, Pipeline News and Underground Construction.

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]]> (Esri) Esri GIS News Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:10:00 +0000
Our newest OGC staff member: Gobe Hobona

Gobe Hobona

It is an exciting time to be joining OGC as Director of Knowledge Management (DKM). One of the reasons why I am very excited about this is that geospatial interoperability standards are increasingly seen as the key ingredient for allowing much in society to be better understood. Whether it is understanding how shoppers decide where to buy their groceries, where best to deploy resources in response to a hurricane, or even to predict which routes home from work are likely to be the least congested at a particular time, providing and implementing knowledge management strategies that facilitate geospatial standardisation will enable these and other more complex questions in society to be answered with greater confidence.

Knowledge Management is about creating an environment and strategies that enable an organization to identify, create, represent, distribute, and adopt insights and experiences. It is about getting the right knowledge, to the right place at the right time. The insights and experience of the OGC membership are typically reflected in the standards and other documents we produce in the consortium. So as the DKM I will be responsible for planning and managing the workflow of candidate standards through their standardisation lifecycle. This means creating a knowledge sharing environment that allows insights and experiences from the OGC membership to feed into each candidate standard. As we roll out the new OGC Knowledge Management strategy, members will see greater use of automation and autonomous analytics to enable the right knowledge to reach the right place at the right time.

I have previously been employed as the Consultancy Team Leader and Head of Applied Research at Envitia Ltd, an OGC member. During my time at Envitia I worked on a number of consultancy and applied research projects for government and commercial customers. Prior to joining Envitia, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Newcastle University and the University of Nottingham. During these previous roles, I actively took part in multiple OGC working groups. I have also worked as a consultant to OGC on the GEOSS, INSPIRE, GMES Action in Support (GIGAS) project initiated by the European Commission during my time as a postdoctoral researcher.

I hold a PhD in Geomatics from Newcastle University, achieved with a doctoral thesis on Web-based Discovery and Dissemination of Multidimensional Geographic Information. I also hold a 1st Class Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Geographic Information Science from Newcastle University. After a number of years working in both academic research and the geospatial software industry, I was accepted as a professional member of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Most of my previous involvement within the OGC has been as a participant of the OGC testbed series. I have had the privilege of working collaboratively with many OGC members involved in the testbeds, trying out new technologies, developing new ones and feeding lessons learnt into the working groups of the consortium. These testbeds provide a valuable knowledge resource for each Standard Working Group (SWG) and Domain Working Group (DWG) within the consortium. So, I am looking forward to working with colleagues and members to enable the knowledge generated from these testbeds and other OGC initiatives to reach the wider geospatial community in the form of consistent and high quality standards.

Original author: Gobe Hobona
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