Augmented reality already a reality for utilities

PEL720 Augmented reality already a reality for utilities

In February 2017 the Economist magazine ran an article entitled The promise of augmented reality, saying:

“If companies ranging from giants like Microsoft and Google to newcomers like Magic Leap and Meta have their way, the next thing to leap from fiction to fact will be augmented reality (AR).”

April is National Safe Digging Month

PEL723 April is National Safe Digging Month

The US has a very vibrant community dedicated to protecting underground infrastructure from excavation damage and the highlight of its awareness raising activities in National Safe Digging Month, held each year in April, when the Call 811 organisations in each state — the equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig bodies — get together with sponsorship from infrastructure owning organisations and others to stage a wide range of community events across the country.

NULCA to stage first conference

pel712 nulca to stage first conference

The National Utility Locating Contractors Association of Australia (NULCA) is planning its inaugural Australasian damage prevention conference under the theme 'Protection of Underground Utilities'.

Joint Australia NZ research project to improve GPS accuracy

PEL710 Joint Australia NZ research project to improve GPS accuracy

Position fixing could become much more precise than the several metres accuracy provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites if a two year trial of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) being undertaken with the backing of the Australian and New Zealand Governments proves successful.

Australian body’s ambitious digital earth plans

Pel709 Australian bodys ambitious digital earth plans

In 1998 Al Gore, then US vice president, described his vision for a digital earth, a 3D virtual representation of the earth that would provide access to vast amounts of information to help people understand the earth and its natural and human phenomena.

Oroville Dam, a disaster waiting to happen?

PEL708a Oroville Dam a disaster waiting to happen

With a height of 234.7 metres California’s Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the US and the body of water it holds back, Lake Oroville is the second largest man-made lake in California. It serves three functions: water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. It’s estimated that the floods it prevented between 1987 and 1999 avoid a damage bill that would have topped $US1.3 billion.

Sydney to host global spatial conference

PEL705 Sydney to host global spatial conference

In April, Sydney will host what the organisers claim will be “one of the biggest spatial events in history” when the Locate Conference and the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) Symposium join forces for a joint event being held 3-6 April 2017at the new International Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The poetry of dangerous digging

PEL704 The poetry of dangerous digging

It’s been a while – three years in fact - since we looked at Digging Dangers – the annual video produced in the US to highlight the often spectacularly disastrous consequences of excavating without full information on all buried infrastructure.

Of swallets, cenotes and dolines

PEL651 Of swallets cenotes and dolines

Do you know what a cenote is? Or a swallet? Ever heard of a doline? I hadn’t, but I’m certainly familiar with the phenomenon to which all refer, as I’m sure you are.

Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

PEL647 Pennsylvania rejects stronger One Call law

We opened last week’s column by saying: “A rather gloomy statistic is that, on average, every minute of every day somebody, somewhere in the US digging up the ground strikes an underground pipe or cable.”

In search of digital utilities

PEL648 In search of digital utilities

If you have any involvement in the information technology industry you will know that the idea of digital transformation is hot, along with its consequence, digital disruption.

NZ Spatial Award finalists announced

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Finalists have been announced for the 2016 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards. The winning companies and individuals, along with those from parallel competitions in each Australian state and territory and one among Pacific island nations, will go forward to compete in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA).

Australian Utility Week: what’s free and what’s not

PEL641 Australian Utility Week

Australian Utility Week, a conference and exhibition spanning all aspects of the utilities industry, is coming up in Sydney at the end of November. However “Utility Week” is something of a misnomer: it’s only two days, 29-30 November and it’s being held at the Australian Technology Park in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Redfern.

Australia & New Zealand move to make government data more open

PEL639 Australia New Zealand move to make government data more open

Earlier this year we reported: “26 February was a significant day for many organisations and individuals working in a wide range of Australian industries. It was the day that the Australian Government made the Geo-coded National Address File (G-NAF) and Administrative Boundaries datasets available at no cost to end users.”