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You've Got GREAT (Solar) Potential!

You’ve Got GREAT (Solar) Potential!

If you want to know about your building’s solar potential and you live in Cambridge, Massachusetts? With a click, the Cambridge Solar Tool shows residents, businesses, and property owners how much electricity can be produced on their rooftops from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, how the financial investment will pay off, and how much pollution will be...

CADtoEarth: Google Earth to Revit and Back

The new version of CADtoEarth plug-in for Autodesk Revit by AMC Bridge now is available via Autodesk Exchange Apps. CADtoEarth extending the family of innovative add-ins that establish a bi-directional connection between CAD environments and Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth. The new version supports Autodesk Revit 2013, has improved user interface and appearance of...
Solaratlas Berlin

Solaratlas Berlin

“Which roofs are suitable for photovoltaic installations? How much electricity could such facility produce? What would the investment cost be? The Solar Atlas Berlin shows the city’s solar potential down to the individual building. Property owners and investors can use the Atlas to determine whether a building’s roof is suitable for a solar installation and...

Introducing Google Building Maker

Hot on the heels of the SketchUp 7.1 launch a couple of weeks ago, we’re pleased to announce the release of the latest addition to our 3D family: Google Building Maker is a super-specialized, online tool for creating buildings specifically for Google Earth. Building Maker lets you choose a building to model by looking at...

Popular GIS: Climate Change Information Tools for COP15

Learn about climate change in this Google Earth introductory tour narrated by Al Gore, the first in a series of Google Earth tours leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December. For more climate change tours, visit http://www.google.com/cop15 In order to understand more about what the human impact of high-end climate change...

How to Analyze Slopes for LEED-ND

This video demonstrates how to use geospatial slope analysis in evaluating a proposed development site against LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria dealing with protection of steep slopes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxevzaweScw]

Google Maps: Search Urban Spaces by Form and Shape

Urban Spaces is a beta service from Holistic City Software that allows urban designers, architects, developers and planners to search for examples of public spaces of a specific size or shape. For now there seems to be only a limited number of countries and spaces in the database, it could develop to a valuable tool....

Clean Energy and Conservation

Renewable energy sources don’t have to conflict with preserving wildlife and wildlands in the Western U.S. Lovers of the American West will tell you that it’s blessed — and they’re right. It’s home to significant sources of renewable energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal power. The Western states, their residents and the nation will...

Autodesk Announces Vancouver, British Columbia as Third City of Its Digital Cities Initiative

Autodesk announced it has designated Vancouver as the third pilot city of its Digital Cities initiative. A Digital City provides a way for the public, city government, construction and business communities to combine mapping, building, civil engineering, and utility information into an accurate city model that can be used to simulate the future impact of...

Stich Panoramic Views with Microsoft Image Composite Editor

This tool from Microsoft called Image Composite Editor lately caught my attention. It is a free panorama sticher that does not need any information about the camera specs and the order of the images. Just drag your photographs taken from a single camera location to create a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at...

Communicate Urban Planning in Google Earth 5.0

Google Earth is a natural yet still underused place for urban planners to communicate the future of cities. With the addition of the timeline feature it is possible to chart development according to phases of growth. This is exactly what a company in the Netherlands has done to illustrate the proposed changes to the station...

Connected Urban Development

The following proof of concept study is intended as a future visions of the utilization of Connected Urban Development pilot programs in urban environments. This vision of connected and sustainable urban development was created by MIT Mobile Experience Lab in collaboration with Cisco Systems – Internet Business Solutions Group. The Connected Home of the future...