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GIS

GIS inside buildings

Recently I saw this comment on the CFTA mailing list:

None of the CAFM/IWMS vendors go inside the building with their GIS modules, nor do they provide the ability to do true GIS spatial analytics on your data. Typically they go down only as far as the building location level, represented by a point on the map

AERES takes GIS inside the building and lets you perform spatial analysis as well.  AERES got this ability over two years ago in what I think is a classic example of our philosophy of "listen to your customers, not your competition."  And so, here are examples of this functionality in action today:

Massing Studies at NC State University

Colorizing maps is big on our plate right now.  Easier said, than done, in a generic way.  But we're laying the foundation for it and looking to the future with 3D.  Michelle Wang produced a bang-up massing map for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill using SketchUp, colored by building type.  Cool stuff.

Spatial searches with Zend_Search_Lucene

The situation: I have a database of businesses, each with a name, product, and physical address.  The goal: Using Zend_Search_Lucene, I want to find all businesses selling a certain product within a certain distance from my current location.

In a hurry?  Skip the explanations and go right to the final code.

I need a few things to meet this goal:

AERES 8.1.0 released!

We're pleased to announce general availability for AERES 8.1.0, ideacode's comprehensive campus facilities management (FM) application!  While we've made many small improvements in this version, the major new feature is GIS feature search.

In a nutshell, an AERES user can now create and share custom reports that includes data from uploaded GIS documents, such as shape files.  These screen shots show a report on campus trees in average condition, then shows those trees plotted on a map.  Campus landscapers and arborists can collaborate with reports like this to identify and visually locate trees that may need further attention.

window.resize + OpenLayers = full-screen maps

A persistent feature request for our GIS facilities management map has been "full screen mode."  So, today, I sat down to tie together browser resize and OpenLayers map sizing.  I wasn't sure off-hand if resize was a window, document, or body event, but a quick Google pointed me to bobobobo's blog.  Bingo: window.

Now all I needed was a prototype version, so here we go:

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