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The story of GIS at DHS: An alphabet soup of progress

August 14, 2019By and
The HSE GeoCONOPS is a strategic roadmap to understand and improve the coordination of geospatial activities across the entire spectrum of the Nation. Updated on July 22, 2019, (Graphic: GeoPlatform.gov)

Read the first part of this series: The story of GIS at DHS: From Manhattan to Katrina. The Geospatial Management Office (GMO) is the designated coordinator of geospatial activities throughout the core of the Department of Homeland Security headquarters and its component agencies. Part I described how and why the GMO was formed and some of the early activities when resources... read more

The story of GIS at DHS: From Manhattan to Katrina

May 8, 2019By and
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Part 1 In a rare historic moment, Congress understood geospatial technology’s important role would be key to support the new Department of Homeland Security. Written by Nate Smith; edited and co-written by William Tewelow, GISP If it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, but therein is the rub: You first have to avoid dying. Nothing sharpens the mind like... read more

Closing the horizontal/vertical BIM divide

April 9, 2019By and
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Written by William Tewelow, GISP and Co-written by Jon Gustafson, GISP Significant focus on infrastructure asset delivery and lifecycle must become a priority so that architects, engineers and construction (AEC) can leverage BIM systems for design, construction and management solutions. Innovations in BIM applied to infrastructure construction projects will enable “smart” solutions. This article explores BIM for infrastructure insights and... read more

Augmenting reality with geospatial information

January 16, 2019By
An example of an INTUS AR model. (Image: INTUS)

Geographic information systems and augmented reality are a part of our daily lives, so much so, we hardly notice them. GPS World columnist William Tewelow explores how these technologies will continue to change our lives. Geographical information systems (GIS) and augmented reality (AR) have become a part of our daily lives, so much so that we hardly notice them. Those... read more

Geospatial Data Act will bring huge changes to America, and the world

November 14, 2018By
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The just-passed Geospatial Data Act (GDA) is a unifying federal geospatial policy decades in the making, and is set to change the country, and the world. read more

An inside look at fighting crime with GIS

September 12, 2018By

June’s Geointelligence Insider article on Jack Maple was the human interest article. One of the readers of June’s article had the opportunity to meet Jack Maple. I appreciate the feedback. This month’s article is based upon the recommendation of Geospatial Solutions Managing Editor Tracy Cozzens to cover the technical side of GIS and crime fighting. Recap Fighting crime with GIS sounds... read more

In Jack Maple’s steps: Fighting crime with GIS

July 11, 2018By
Jack Maple. (Photo: Newsday Photo, 1986 / Bruce Gilbert/via Richmond Hill Historical Society)

Who better to know about connections than a GIS professional whose very job is discovering them? Weaving a thread through time from decades ago isn’t a typical geospatial connection, but this one is, and it is connected by a person. Let’s reflect on who we are as a profession and how we, the geospatial community, has made the world a... read more

How a geospatial leader combats natural disasters

May 9, 2018By

All of us aspire. It is the voice in our heart — our calling, the bud of our true self wanting to bloom. In each of us a seed is planted and when that seed begins to prosper another shoot springs forth. It is how we know we are on the right path. As we approach our true purpose goals and... read more

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Bitcoin, blockchain and GIS could change the world

March 14, 2018By
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GIS, with blockchains, could play a critical role in curtailing crime and corruption, enabling us to follow the money trail wherever it goes. read more

How GIS — and you — can aid in disaster response

January 10, 2018By

Whether you are on the helping end of a disaster aiding in rescue and recovery, or on the receiving end being aided, GIS is supercharging the rescue efforts. read more