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An article about LandXplorer by someone else October 14, 2009 10:01

Grand designs: digital cities Written by Martyn Day There is a widespread industry move to adopt Building Information Modelling and intelligent 3D design. But, if the advantages are so clear, why stop with just the one building? Why not model the whole city? Martyn Day looks at the bigger picture. [more]

LBXJournal: The Promise of 3D September 25, 2009 21:56

The Promise of 3D By Chris Andrews, Autodesk | Published September 18, 2009
Figure 1. Architects using information-rich BIM models are able to show customers completed projects long before lighting is installed or paint is applied. Image courtesy of Tocci Building Companies. For over two decades, 3D visualization technology has teased engineers, urban designers, architects and their customers by promising one day to put all of the asset information for vast geographic ar [more]

Digital Cities Interview April 10, 2009 19:55

They didn't even publish the part where I said I was Brazilian!
Interview: Chris Andrews Urban Design Product Manager at Autodesk
InfoGEO: How Digital Cities can help in the global warming and climate change? Chris Andrews: A digital city is a collaborative environment created around a detailed 3D model that allows stakeholders from the public, city government, construction, and business communities to work together in a way that is both engaging and meaningful to under [more]

Salzburg Digital Cities Article February 18, 2009 21:16

Salzburg Is Hands-On in 'Digital Cities' Project Autodesk tests emerging technologies and software capabilities with future users to garner feedback.

Feb 18, 2009 By: Chris Andrews When Google introduced an online 3D world into which anyone could insert models of buildings and physical stru [more]

Published Articles

Open Source Software: Opening the GIS Market From The Foundation Up July 01, 2005 21:38

Image page [Go Spatial Ltd. is experimenting with the use of UMN MapServer to advertise the company's collection of vector and raster data for sale.]

For system integration projects, open source software (OSS) is essential. Developers compile source code with tools such as Ant and Maven from the Apache Software Foundation, a pioneering organization devoted to building reliable, useful OSS development tools. Project teams on many software development efforts use a free tool called XPlanner for tracking tasks and recording time. Knowledge management, software modeling, image manipulation, and many other vertical technologies benefit from OSS d [more]

The Extensible Markup Language (XML): Hype and Reality June 01, 2005 21:36

In the years that I have been a consultant I have encountered technical managers who wish to implement the Extensible Markup Language (XML) to solve problems ranging from application integration to poor project management. Next to the term "Web," XML is probably the most overused buzzword that I have encountered inside the geospatial industry and out of it. Even experienced developers sometimes abandon reason and tout XML as the solution to problems that require thought and not hype.
XM [more]

Geospatial Portals: Broadening the Boundaries of Portal Technology May 01, 2005 21:34

Image page [Users of the UNEP GEO portal have quick access to data, charts, and maps available for more than 450 environmental variables]

Every geospatial professional believes fundamentally that one of the best features that geographic information system (GIS) software offers is the friendly, intuitive map interface that allows users to quickly visualize and access data. We also know through trial and error that there is a huge difference between adequate map interfaces and excellent map interfaces. The best interfaces allow users to access data and maps without realizing, or caring, that they are using GIS at all. The worst map [more]

Grid: Seamless Computing for Maximum Power April 01, 2005 21:30

Image page [The Hydra application]

In the last two articles, I introduced two concepts that help standardize software architecture complexity and interoperability. Web services standards allow developers to build software components that interact with other components in a predictable manner. Services-oriented architectures provide a standardized framework within which components may interact and be combined into workflows. Distributed computing is the next step in complexity and capability. Distributed computing describes netwo [more]

Editor's Notes

"Simple" Centroid Calculation March 19, 2007 13:43

1. Select any vertex and use it as a vertex for the n-2 triangles that are produced when ... [more]

No SVG support for IE 7 and beyond March 14, 2007 15:48

I've seen several homemade and open source GIS demos that rely on SVG output for vector d... [more]

deCarta AJAX API March 13, 2007 13:09

I signed up for the deCarta developer program today to try out their AJAX and Web service... [more]

Article on GIS and Accessibiliy March 08, 2007 10:24

Today, Directions published an article of mine on GIS and Accessibility for blind and vis... [more]

Graphics Tools

Art of Illusion March 14, 2007 15:55

Hmm... poked around for an open source SVG editing tool and found Art of Illusion. I'll h... [more]

On Open Mapping APIs

A Google Maps Convert November 10, 2006 22:06

As a longtime GIS person, I was, like everyone else who was stuck in the ESRI-dominated G... [more]

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