News & Events
General Information: Some of the following information is only available in German.
3D GIS for planning electric power systems
The article "3D GIS for planning electric power systems” by Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal and Joram Schito from our group has been published on the weekly spotlight on Energy Research. Article
New tool from ETH Zurich assists in transmission line planning
The new tool provides a bird's-eye view of high-voltage transmission lines, as well as from the pedestrian's perspective.
Planning high voltage transmission lines is a great challenge. Where will the new line run? Not an easy question. Especially if it runs close to residential areas or through nature and landscape protection zones. Decision support systems not only simplify the planning of new high voltage transmission lines, but also help to illustrate possible solutions faster.
ETH Zurich is developing such a system in collaboration with Swissgrid and other partners. Apart from statutory planning conditions, the system also employs geographic data for its calculations. Users of the tool first define how suitable certain landscape types are for the construction of a transmissoin line, in terms of planning, technical and environmental issues. The software then selects the optimum corridor between the start and end points in each case.
The new tool provides a bird's-eye view of high-voltage transmission lines, as well as from the pedestrian's perspective. The tool enables the illustration of various solutions which reflect the interests of the parties involved. Swissgrid will use the tool on completion (expected in the autumn of 2017) to assist in the planning of transmission lines. The new instrument has great potential to make the planning of transmissoin lines more transparent and efficient.
LBS Conference 2018 in Zurich: Call for Papers
We are organizing the 14th International Conference on Location Based Services, 15-17 January 2018 in Zurich. The LBS conference is targeted at researchers and practitioners whose work is either focused on or relevant to location based services (LBS). The conference will enable exchange and interaction between colleagues from different disciplines, stimulating discussions on current developments and visions regarding LBS and their influence on science and society.
Our group is involved with Martin Raubal as General Chair, Peter Kiefer as Co-Program Committee Chair, and Ruth Klay, Dominik Bucher, and Fabian Göbel as part of the local organizing committee.
The first Call for Papers is now available. The deadline for the submission of full and work-in-progress papers is 12 July 2017.