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PG&E to Keynote 2012 Houston Conference
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PG&E 2012: The Journey of Improving Asset Knowledge and Information Management to Ensure Transmission and Distribution System Safety

This year's keynote address will be delivered by Rob Brook and Sumeet Singh of PG&E and will discuss how the 2010 San Bruno tragedy impacted the lives of many and triggered industry wide organizational and cultural changes. Read the full abstract.

Debate intensifies over police use of GPS data
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The rapid spread of cellphones with GPS technology has allowed police to track suspects with unprecedented precision — even as they commit crimes. But the legal fight is only now heating up, with prosecutors and privacy activists sparring over rules governing the use of powerful new investigative tools. More

The skies open up for large civilian drones
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Unmanned aircraft, known as drones, are the eyes and ears of the U.S. military, providing troops with an "eye in the sky" in situations where manned flight is considered too dangerous or difficult. A decade ago, less than 5 percent of U.S. military aircraft were unmanned, now 40 percent have no pilot on board — from small surveillance craft light enough to be launched by hand, to medium-sized armed drones and large spy planes. More

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How Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping us
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Over the last few years, at the kinds of conferences where the world's technological elite gathers to mainline caffeine and determine the course of history, Google has entertained the crowds with a contraption it calls Liquid Galaxy. It consists of eight large LCD screens, turned on their ends and arranged in a circle, with a joystick at the center. More

Are you a geogeek?
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Do you consider yourself a geogeek? Is that a positive or negative term in our industry? What about outside our industry? Do you have a definition for it? Directions Magazine Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg looks at the term "geogeek" and how it's used around the Web. More

Earthquake damage: Are bad maps to blame?
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Everyone makes mistakes — and sometimes, those mistakes can be deadly. Flawed hazard maps may be partly blamed for the devastation that accompanied the devastating earthquakes that have struck Japan, Haiti and China in recent years, according to a new study published in the journal Tectonophysics. More

51 percent of people think stormy weather affects 'cloud computing'
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If there's a buzzword that's more soporific/confusing than "cloud computing" we're not sure what it is. A survey from Citrix confirms that we're not the only ones who feel this way. It surveyed 1,000 people about cloud computing and found that 51 percent think bad weather affects cloud computing. More

Why smart grid is one key to world domination (seriously)
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One of our industry's long-time thought leaders believes how well countries do in smart grid could determine how well they do in global competitiveness. Massoud Amin, formerly of EPRI, is now director of the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute. "In the coming years, electricity will play a much greater role in global society," he told Government Technology Magazine. More

Geospatial data sharing: Guidelines for best practices
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The National States Geographic Information Council strongly believes that open sharing of geospatial data is in the best interest of our communities, states and nation. One of our goals is to make all non-sensitive geospatial data, produced or maintained using taxpayer funds, a part of the public record. More

NOAA funds studies of weather warnings, social media, Internet tools and public participation
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How do people sift important weather information out of the incessant buzz of 24/7 social media, text messages, smart phone app alerts, overflowing email inboxes, the blogosphere, and traditional print and broadcast media? Four new research awards funded by NOAA seek to answer this question and to improve the way potentially life-saving weather warnings reach those who need to act on them. More

US officials explore use of Galileo PRS
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The United States and the European Union are talking about how U.S. agencies might use the secure signal planned for Galileo to better fulfill their various responsibilities. Informal discussions on using the Public Regulated Service, or PRS, began after the European Commission released guidelines for accessing the service last fall. More

3-D mapping of Isaac water levels
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A new technology is being deployed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists to map urban flooding caused by Hurricane Isaac. Called "terrestrial lidar," or "T-lidar," this new capability will enable scientists to collect highly detailed information in select population areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama where the hurricane had the greatest impact. More


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