In my interview with Tiffany Perrin, GISP, featured in this month’s Geo Positions, a part of her answer to how she views the state of geographic information systems (GIS) is, “They can be used in any discipline.”
The PIPES Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 22, 2016. The purposes of the act are to protect the U.S. infrastructure of pipelines and to enhance public safety. PIPES requires certification, data management, testing and mapping of all types of the more than 2.6 million miles of buried energy pipelines across the country.
As GIS expands from strictly mapping functions to an ability to aggregate data along GIS parameters for more informed results, users of geospatial information will be asked to produce new products for their clients.
Building information modeling (BIM) seems to be on a constant upward trend in the architecture, construction and facility maintenance spaces. For geospatial professionals, it is a promising young area for software, hardware and service solutions.