We live in a 3D world, and we design our buildings and infrastructure to fit real-world applications. Yet all too often, the data and maps that form the foundation of these designs only exist in two dimensions. Traditional topographic maps essentially strip the data of vital information--a feature’s vertical elements--leaving designers, architects and engineers to perform their design or analysis using 2D features.
When the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) received $5.5 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to spend on energy-efficiency upgrades and other improvements to properties owned by the federal government, the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in downtown Indianapolis was near the top of the list.
Not long ago, if someone said you had your head in the clouds, they likely would have been calling you a daydreamer, someone who is out of touch with reality. These days, however, the word “cloud” carries a different connotation. In fact, keeping your head in the clouds is likely to be a good thing.
I received a press release late yesterday afternoon about new bachelor’s and associate of science degrees in Geomatics at Utah Valley University (UVU). One phrase in particular caught my eye. In its description of the program, the university stated: “Geomatics, formerly known as Surveying… .”
generally not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. There’s too much hype and
not enough follow-through. Still, there’s no denying that the changeover to a
new year brings with it the anticipation of a fresh start.