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February 2012

Geodesign Gathers Momentum

By Carla Wheeler
Esri Writer

The term geodesign, once hard to define, is becoming part of the vernacular in the design field. That astute observation opened this year's GeoDesign Summit, a gathering of professionals interested in using geospatial technologies to arrive at the best and most sustainable design solutions.

"[An online] search for the term geodesign peaked at 85,000 [mentions] on the web in 2011," said Shannon McElvaney, project manager for GeoDesign Services at Esri and the master of ceremonies for this year's GeoDesign Summit, held January 5-6, in Redlands, California. "That's a meteoric rise in the last three years. For this and a number of other reasons.I firmly believe that geodesign as a concept is here to stay."

The two-day summit covered a lot of territory, focusing on a geodesign framework and concepts, geospatial technology that supports geodesign, and case studies. Read the article. Learn who was named as the summit's Best Lightning Talk winners.

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