Understanding As-Builts

nullSince Roman times city planning has included the provisioning of Water. Moving forwards a couple of thousand years has taken us away from the obvious aqueduct to an immensely complex underground network of pipe’s servicing the 3 water system; Wastewater, Storm water and drinking Water.

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Hexagon Reporting

We often find ourselves collecting and maintaining data. For GIS applications we use this data to answer questions about the world around us. Quite often the sheer quantity of data is overwhelming and the more we collect the harder it is to give a simple answer.

This project is going to use Hexagon bins for the Motutapu Restoration project data. If it’s successful I will be able to report on disparate data sources by binning it into a hexagon grid across the island. This will allow me to report temporally for the islands data records using one feature service, a hexagon grid.

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Responding to an Emergency with Maps

In the immediate aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake a well practiced response went into effect. Within a few days information about the event increased exponentially as the various agencies began reporting. The tide of information was overwhelming. Organisation such as Environment Canterbury began requesting GIS support to help make the relevant information visible to people who could use it. I was lucky enough to be selected to go down and help out at the Environment Canterbury offices. Here is the process as I experienced it. Continue reading “Responding to an Emergency with Maps”

Buckminster Fuller and the Dymaxion projection

Richard Buckminster Fuller was an american inventor credited with, among other things, the Dymaxion Mapping Projection or sometimes known as the Fuller projection. It was designed to represent the earth as an island, and to emphasis humanitarian efforts across the globe, or as Buckminster Fuller would have said, “on Spaceship Earth”. I am ultimately writing about ‘Bucky’, as he became known, due to his contributions to the mapping community with the Fuller projection. The backstory is sad yet inspiring.  Continue reading “Buckminster Fuller and the Dymaxion projection”

Location Based To Do Lists

Location based to do lists move us towards a map centric way of getting things done. Yes, they improve efficiency but the benefits goes much deeper.

  • They give our workers freedom
  • They give our managers confidence
  • They make our work more pleasant

In short they are awesome.

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