Colorado CTO to speak at the Thought Leader Symposium in Keystone
GITA is pleased to announce that the Chief Technology Officer from the State of Colorado, Sherri Hammons, will present the technology roadmap developed for the State. This roadmap includes several components that are important technological developments to make the state more efficient, including: a mobility strategy, a master data management, integration and "information marketplace" strategy and a cloud strategy.
Ms. Hammons joined the State of Colorado CIO's office approximately eight months ago. She came to the State from the private sector after working over 18 years in various software engineering roles. She worked three years as CTO of PaySimple (a credit card payment processing company white labeled for companies such as American Express, Chase, and Western Union). Prior to that, she was a Vice President of Data and Model Performance with oversight for technology architectures at Abacus, which eventually became a division of Epsilon. Her background is big data, data analytics and effective technologies to support bringing raw data to intelligent information. More
Oil & Gas Conference call for papers now open!
GITA is now accepting abstracts for presentations for the 2012 "GIS for Oil & Gas Pipeline" conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Houston. The Conference Committee has identified the following areas for this year’s program:
GISCI volunteer representative needed
GITA is accepting expressions of interest from GITA members who would like to represent the association on the Board of Governors of the GIS certification Institute (GISCI). Every now and then, an opportunity arises to serve our association and the entire geospatial industry in a unique way. This is one such opportunity.
As an organizational member of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), GITA is responsible for providing two representatives to serve on the GISCI Board of Governors. A recent resignation by one of our representatives has created an open on the GISCI board. Our other representative is Becky Shumate, Operations Manager, PennWell MAPSearch, Houston. More
10 things to know about the Geospatial Technology Competency Model
Directions Magazine Share
The Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model is a milestone in the history of our field. Culminating a decade-long quest to define the U.S. geospatial industry and its workforce, the GTCM identifies the expertise that distinguishes, and binds together, successful geospatial professionals of all kinds. David DiBiase of Esri, the coordinator of the GTCM effort, lists the important facts about this endeavor, which was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Labor. More
Will China do to metering what it did to solar panels?
Smart Grid News Share
Will low-cost Chinese meters eventually force out equipment made in the U.S. and Europe? Earlier this year, we saw China-affiliated Glen Canyon launch an inexpensive smart meter for the North American market. But most analysts predict it will take a few years at the earliest for Chinese meters to penetrate the staid and slow-to-change market here. More
Forecast: Annual utility spending on GIS tools, services will reach $3.7 billion by 2017
Pike Research via Vector 1 Magazine Share
Spatial data underlies everything an electric utility does. An intelligent power grid requires deep situational awareness of power generation, transmission, distribution and customer assets in order to optimize performance and to meet reliability commitments. Land-based and street-level data, ownership/real estate, vegetation, network topology, GPS location data, census data and many others forms of geospatial information are critical to the successful performance of the smart grid. More
How consumer technology trends are shaping your professional future
Point of Beginning Share
Nearly one in every four Americans now owns an e-reader or tablet computer, and that number is growing rapidly. In the fourth quarter of 2011 alone, Apple saw sales of its iPad jump 111 percent from the same period a year earlier; an estimated 20 to 30 million people in the U.S. own one version or another of this market-dominating device. Meanwhile, worldwide smartphone sales grew nearly 50 percent in 2011, with 472 million such devices now in use. More
Top 10 utility smart grid deployments in North America
Greentech Media Share
The year 2011 was one of unprecedented spending for smart grid project ramp-up and deployment in North America catalyzed by federal stimulus funding, aggressive renewable and energy efficiency standards in the United States and provincial policy in Canada. In states with dedicated smart grid legislation, smart meter penetration surpassed 25 percent, with many leading utilities achieving close to full deployment. More
Agriculture Dept. eyes cloud for geospatial imagery
Information Week Share
The Department of Agriculture has used cloud services to move off of in-house systems for email and collaboration. Now it is looking to leverage the technology to support a system that Farm Service Agency personnel use to access geospatial data and imagery. The FSA is seeking ideas on how to use commercially available Web-based services to provide a base layer for its geospatial information systems, according to a request for information posted on FedBizOpps.gov. More
GPS Partnership Council invites attendees to discuss asset's future
GPS World Share
GPS as a national asset will be highlighted at the 11th GPS Partnership Council, set for May 1-2 at the Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, in El Segundo, Calif. The theme of the council is "Our National Asset At Work." Registration is now open; attendance is limited to 250. More