Stephen Ervin, assistant dean of information technology was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California in July. Ervin was recognized as a “visionary of geospatial sciences” for his active involvement in the development of the theoretical foundations of geodesign.
The discipline of geodesign incorporates simulations, impact analyses, and collaboration tools, facilitated by digital technology. Ervin believes this fusion of design and technology is urgently needed to address the pressing issues of our time, such as transportation, housing, healthcare and energy. Listen to his remarks at the Esri Conference in the video below (Ervin's geodesign talk starts at about minute 43):
ESRI User's Conference Video July 2012 San Diego