OOGIS…

We never really talk about GE Energy’s Geospatial Asset Management solution Smallworld. This mostly has to do with the fact that we have never had a chance to see it in action (other than a few still photos). One of the reasons it has always kept my interest piqued, however, is the fact that it is an object-oriented GIS. While you can create object oriented databases in Oracle, 1Spatial’s Gothic, and a couple of other database apps, we (as an industry at large) generally still use relational or object-relational databases.

I can only talk about OOGIS from a reading knowledge but it is a technology that I think may start moving more into the mainstream as a bridging technology since an object can store, and be represented by, multiple geometries. So as we move toward 2D and 3D representations and analyses with current and future geospatial technologies, OODB/OOGIS can act as a bridging technology that will allow us to store our spatial primitives while at the same time storing a 3D version of the same information.

So…if you are using Smallworld or another OOGIS solution in your work, send me an email. I would love to get a deeper understanding of how OOGIS works in a real world implementation, and if you are interested we could even do a podcast on how you are utilizing your OOGIS solution.

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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.