Posts made in May, 2010

Don’t collect it if you don’t need it.

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Have you ever seen a project where the design time thinking went something like this?  “I’m going to capture all fire hydrants in the CBD, because that will be useful for emergency services. Seeing as I’m going to be there anyway, I’ll also record the colour, nearest shop, the owners name and contact details of the nearest shop, the number of floors of the tallest building close by, how far away easy parking for a fire truck is, and just for good measure, the closest coffee shop. I’ll collect these extra attributes because they may be he useful at some...

Read More

Is your mobile GIS a system or a component?

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m building a house at the moment, and have a fun game I play with the kids.  We call it the cleanup game, ok, perhaps ‘fun’ wasn’t the right word.  We do regular cleanups where we collect offcuts, empty containers, silicone tubes etc, and put them all in a series of piles.  We’ll end up getting a skip when we have enough rubbish, or are finished, and get rid of it in one go. What’s this got to do with mobile GIS you ask?  Well it’s not dissimilar to a lot of data collection projects, except that I have a strategy of what...

Read More

Offering functionality without complexity

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We need to think of functionality and complexity as two separate continuum’s.  When we add a single function to a system, it’s not complex.  Somewhere between the second and thousandth, we introduce complexity.  Our goal as system architects and developers should be to move the start of the complexity scale as far down the functionality scale as possible. ArcMap is very complex, just look a the amount of training, documentation and time you’d have to wade through to become an expert.  Having said that though, it’s fair to say that it offers massive...

Read More

Aiding the banana industry through the Cyclone Larry recovery

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Blog, Case Study | 0 comments

Aiding the banana industry through the Cyclone Larry recovery

Just because the Bananas are always in Pyjamas, doesn’t equate to an industry which leaves the economics of scarcity to chance. It’s probably fair to say most of us understand the economic principle of supply and demand.  It’s an issue faced by most primary producers, where supply fluctuates between feast and famine, mirrored in returns to growers.  The Australian Banana Growers Council decided to take the bull by the horns and try and address this problem at a whole of industry scale.  The premise was simple.  What if every grower had a way of seeing the...

Read More