...As Founder, Chairman and CEO of Geospatial Holdings, Inc. (OTC BB: GSPH), I’d like to introduce myself and our company and share a few thoughts on the current status and the future of the global infrastructure management industry, especially as it pertains to our critical underground infrastructure.
For additional information on Geospatial Holdings please go to our website at http://www.geospatialholdings.com.
Geospatial utilizes proprietary and non-proprietary technologies to gather positional data on underground infrastructure like water and sewer pipes, electrical conduits, telecom and fiber conduits and gas and oil pipelines. All gathered data is transferred to a robust web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) database which we call GeoUnderground where it can be integrated with all types of additional geo-referenced data. We then make this information available to our clients in whatever format that they like. Think of it as a robust 3 dimensional (3D) map of the underground infrastructure much like Google Earth or Bing Maps, depicting the accurate positions of pipelines rather than roads and buildings. Of course, all of our information integrates seamlessly with other GIS platforms. Please view our Interactive Tour of Geospatial Holdings at:
Our Business in a Nutshell:
We utilize proprietary technologies to gather accurate 3D positional underground data………….. We organize that data………. And we provide clear and concise 3D information about underground pipes, conduits and other infrastructure to our clients.
Geospatial’s Field Services Model
Geospatial has been around for a few years, introducing our technologies and performing field service work with our own crews. Please view our Company Brochure at http://www.geospatialcorporation.com/Brochure_Binder1.pdf.
Our headquarters is in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Like any young technology company, many of the projects completed during our early years were smaller projects to introduce the technologies to new client and to prove the overall value of our pipeline mapping services. Although most initial projects were small, our client base is made up of world class companies such as Comcast, Qwest Communications, Sunoco, the US Department of Defense, the University of Mississippi, El Paso Electric along with numerous municipalities.
Geospatial’s Facilities Management Model
As more and more pipeline operators and owners discover the value of accurate 3D pipeline mapping, Geospatial believes that the demand for the Company’s technologies will continue to grow and projects will evolve to the point that we will be mapping the underground infrastructure of large facilities such as utility right of ways, military facilities and complete municipalities.
Private Public Partnerships (PPPs)
While Geospatial has not as yet successfully negotiated a Private Public Partnership arrangement to provide both financing (through a financial partner) and data acquisition services (utilizing our technologies) to map the entire underground infrastructure of a city, university or Federal facility, we feel that it is only a matter of time before this becomes a viable part of our business. More information on PPPs can be viewed at http://www.geospatialcorporation.com/publicprivatepartnerships.pdf.
As our business model focuses on data management and the continuing revenue to be generated from that data, we plan to heavily rely on global strategic alliances and channel sales partners to assist us in the actual gathering of the field data. We are working to align ourselves with strong partners in each vertical market niche to accelerate market penetration and sales.
Integration with Pipeline Condition Assessment Technologies
Our ability to geo-reference and add 3D coordinates to most types of pipeline condition technologies such as pipeline video technologies, leak detection technologies and corrosion evaluation technologies positions Geospatial as the ideal strategic partner to the companies utilizing these technologies. As we geo-reference this condition assessment data it can be easily delivered to their clients via Geospatial’s GeoUnderground web-based GIS portal.
Geospatial’s Interactive Infrastructure Initiative
There are several global manufacturers and Federal contractors that have invested substantial resources in the development of various interactive sensors to accumulate and distribute important data about the position and condition of various types of underground pipelines and conduits. In the electrical distribution industry these technologies are collectively referred to as the Smart Grid. Specialized sensors are being designed and manufactured to collect data and help manage all types of buried infrastructure. Geospatial believes that this industry presents a substantial opportunity for our pipeline mapping technologies and our GeoUnderground web-based GIS portal. We feel that the prerequisite required to install these sensors and to manage the resultant data is to develop an accurate and complete 3D map of the entire pipeline system or the complete facility or pipeline right of way.
US Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Program
While we’re not exactly sure how Geospatial’s pipeline mapping technologies and our web-based GeoUnderground GIS portal fit into the US Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Program, we can’t help but believe that we offer a unique capability to the Department and other DoD agencies and facilities. http://www.dhs.gov. As you may know, Tom Ridge, the nation’s first Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security is an active Director of Geospatial.
Enough thoughts for today………….. More to come.