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Hardoff D.,Open Services
Georgian medical news | Year: 2012

Sexuality and sexual function are important to persons with disabilities just as they are to their able-bodied counterparts, but knowledge about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) among persons with disabilities is frequently inadequate. Adolescents and young adults with physical disabilities are less active socially, and have difficulties in developing intimate relationships. Thus, despite greater needs for SRH education and service delivery than persons without disabilities, dedicated services regarding sexuality and physical disabilities are scantly reported. Together with a literature survey on sexuality and disability in adolescents, a unique comprehensive SRH service for young people with physical disabilities is described in this review. Despite being interdisciplinary, the utilization of the service was limited due to difficulties in transportation to the clinic and in finding escort for aid in accessibility to public transportation. Health authorities should provide the resources for the development of accessible comprehensive multidisciplinary SRH services dedicated to young people with disabilities, and thus fulfill the United Nations General Assembly declaration on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Osgi Alliance and Open Services | Date: 2004-08-24

Computer software for use in the delivery, management and execution of networked services and applications.

Trakas A.,Open Services | McKee L.,Open Geospatial Consortium OGC
2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011 | Year: 2011

Open, consensus-derived interface and encoding standards developed in the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) play an important role in the market for Earth Observation (EO) products and services. This paper describes OGC members' motivations for participation; the basic policies, procedures, programs and organization of the consortium; and the role that OGC standards play in the market. © 2011 IEEE.

Peper P.J.,U.S. Department of Agriculture | Alzate C.P.,University of Toronto | McNeil J.W.,Open Services | Hashemi J.,Open Services
Urban Forestry and Urban Greening | Year: 2014

Tree growth equations are an important and common tool used to effectively assess the yield and determine management practices in forest plantations. Increasingly, they are being developed for urban forests, providing tools to assist urban forest managers with species selection, placement, and estimation of management costs and ecosystem services. This study describes the development of allometric equations for Fraxinus americana and F. pennsylvanica growing in Oakville, Canada. With data collected from 103 ash trees, five allometric models were tested to develop equations estimating diameter-at-breast-height (dbh), tree height, crown width and crown height, using age and dbh as explanatory variables. Mean annual growth rates are presented to demonstrate species growth performance and were not significantly different over the first 40 years of growth for the two species. Of all the tested random coefficient models for both species, the cubic with weight 1/. x provided the best fit for estimating dbh from age. The best models for other parameters were the loglog for crown height from dbh, the quadratic for crown diameter from dbh, and the linear for tree height from dbh for F. americana. Model types showed more consistency for F. pennsylvanica with linear providing the best fit for crown diameter, crown height and tree height from dbh. The number of model types suggests the difficulty of fitting any single model to the vast array of conditions affecting plant growth in urban areas where management practices and environment can significantly influence tree size and growth. These models may be used to estimate the growth of ash tree populations in Oakville and communities with similar climate, soil, planting, and management environments. © 2013.

Skolnik D.A.,Open Services | Ciudad-Real M.,Open Services | Swanson D.,EVERETTWA | Goings C.,Simpson Gumpertz and Heger | And 4 more authors.
NCEE 2014 - 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering | Year: 2014

Occupants in essential facilities such as hospitals, emergency operations centers, strategic military installations, critical financial institutions, and nuclear power plants, cannot easily evacuate immediately after an earthquake and wait for a detailed safety assessment to reoccupy the facility and resume operations. Consequently, several leading technology and engineering consulting firms have teamed up to offer an Enhanced Rapid Post-Event Assessment service built upon utilizing the timely information afforded by structural instrumentation aimed to avoid unnecessary evacuation and shutdown and/or minimize expensive downtime. San Francisco, for example, and several other forward-thinking jurisdictions have established Building Occupancy Resumption Programs (BORP) that permit the building's "engineer-on-call" to be pre-deputized to perform the ATC-20 Red/Yellow/Green tagging of the building in lieu of official inspectors. Structural monitoring is a natural fit to these programs since engineers are assigned to a building in advance and thus already familiar with the building and its structural characteristics. The real-time monitoring systems provide intuitive onsite display, alerting, and remote notification on exceedance of demand/design parameters such as interstory drift, absolute acceleration, and response spectra. This information, which is continuously, immediately and remotely available to building personnel and consultants, is useful throughout all phases of the post-earthquake response, inspection, and recovery process. Presented here is an overview of the enhanced rapid post-event assessment solution along with several cases studies.

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