Thoughts on GITA 2010

I spent most of last week in Phoenix at the GITA conference. I had never spent any time in Phoenix before other than the airport so it was interesting to get a little bit of a fell for that city. I was fortunate to be able to give a presentation on Building a Facilities Information Infrastructure to Support Public Safety. Both the presentation and the paper are available on the PenBay Solutions Web Site.
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GIS Complements BIM for Facilities Management

We are writing a white paper about GIS for Facilities Management that should be released at some point in the April time frame. Over the weekend, I was working on a section about the relationship between GIS and BIM in this context. I would really like to get your feedback on whether this perspective makes sense to you. Please let me know your thoughts.
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PenBay Solutions Launches New Web Site

Today we launched our new web site at PenBay Solutions. The new site has been re-designed from top to bottom to more clearly describe our capabilities related to Facilities Information Infrastructure and Enterprise GIS.
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3D Building Models for Energy Management

We are at a point where technology no longer is a barrier to developing intuitive and powerful systems that both monitor our buildings energy consumption patterns across campus and allow us to proactively manage those systems to drive down our energy consumption over time. Will we wait until oil prices rise again before we start to take advantage of these capabilities?

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The Need for Comprehensive 3D City Models (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about some of the more important communities of interest that have needs for comprehensive 3D city models. In this post, I will try to think through what the most common use cases are that would be helpful to users of 3D city models regardless of their specific interests. In the final post of this series, I will describe some of the tool sets that we need to author, publish, and consume these models effectively.

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The Need for Comprehensive 3D City Models (Part 1)

At PenBay, we have spent a significant amount of time over the past several years working on ways to model the insides of buildings in GIS. I have written repeatedly about the subject and it is an area that continues to fascinate me. On my recent trip to Vancouver to speak at the GeoWeb 2009 conference, however, I was inspired by Thomas Kolbe’s work on CityGML to think more about collections of buildings and how they work together in an urban environment

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Review of the GeoWeb 2009 Conference

I learned a LOT at GeoWeb and really broadened and deepened my global perspective on a number of issues. I had the opportunity to meet and have fascinating discussions with guys like Tim Case and Carsten Roensdorf, the coordinators of the OGC CityGML effort, and Dr. Thomas Kolbe the father of CityGML himself.

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Why it is Important to Have Better Information for Managing our Buildings

To paraphrase Peter Drucker, That which can be measured can be managed. That which can be managed can be improved. If this is true, then it is critically important that we start doing a better job in managing the performance of our buildings so that we can reduce their collective environmental impact. When you start to look at the statitistics, you may be startled by their implications.

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Review of SPAR 2009 Conference

I guess my best sense is that this is still a very young industry. One attendee described the state of the industry as "where aerial photogrametry was in the 1950's". While the technology to collect more and better data in the form of 3D LiDAR point clouds is becoming dramatically better every year, our ability to derive more intelligently modeled information from point clouds is not keeping pace with the technology to collect ever larger and more accurate point clouds.

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Critical Infrastructure Security Planning with GIS

I believe that one of the most effective investments that we could make today to reduce the risk of attacks on the buildings that make up our critical infrastructure is to map the insides of those buildings and provide those building maps securely to our security forces. Mapping the interiors of our buildings would deliver value in several different ways:

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