Please note: I have culled the following news items from press releases and have not independently verified them.
CONTRACTS & COLLABORATIONS
The Pima Association of Governments (PAG)
a Tucson, Arizona-based coalition of local, state, and tribal governments that assists its members and the public with regional planning issues has selected Sanborn, a provider of GIS and photogrammetric services, to provide it with GIS topographic mapping services.
Project scope requires Sanborn to acquire and provide 6"- to 1'-resolution digital color ortho-rectified imagery and LiDAR data to generate comprehensive digital terrain models and digital elevation models for more than 1,800 square miles of the Tucson region.
With the data Sanborn provides, PAG and its associated parties will have an up-to-date topographic and raster database to support operational and business applications. The data will also provide the coalition with additional intelligence for better decision-making on regional issues such as transportation, air quality, water quality, and population growth. Sanborn is scheduled to complete the project in November 2005.
The City of San Diego has awarded its Photogrammetric Mapping Project 2005 to Merrick & Company, a provider of lidar, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry, and GIS mapping services.
Beginning with LiDAR data collection, Merrick will provide a DTM and 1"=100' 3-inch pixel resolution color digital orthophotography for the entire 370 square mile area of the city. In order to address lean issues associated with photographing tall buildings, Merrick will also provide true orthophotography of a 2.2 square mile area in the downtown central business district. Final delivery is scheduled for October 2005.
This project resulted from a strong collaboration between the City's GIS Advisory Committee representing 18 departments and the CADD Advisory Committee representing multiple departments, including engineering.
The city also included a public agency clause in the RFP that allows other public agencies to utilize the city's RFP vendor selection and enter into their own contracts with the selected vendor. As a result, an additional fifteen local agencies will have Merrick deliver similar aerial photography and lidar products.
Avencia a Philadelphia-based geospatial analysis and software development firm specializing in the creation of location-based software tools has released a new version of CityMaps, the City of Philadelphia's first public online mapping application. Users can visit citymaps.phila.gov and view zoning information, aerial photography, and city service information, such as leaf and trash collection days, health centers, police stations, and a variety of other services. CityMaps users can type in their address and return interactive maps and lists of nearest facilities, zoning overlays, and aerial photography. The Web site also links users to public information on schools, city council, public recreation, public transportation, political boundaries, and recycling. Users can also create and export customized maps of their area. The site receives between 5,000 and 6,000 hits per day.
Stafford County, Va., has awarded GeoDecisions, a company that specializes in geospatial solutions, a contract to implement a new GIS that will help county officials evaluate assets and infrastructure for future development.
In recent years, Stafford County has experienced considerable growth. Although much of the county remains rural, it has increasingly become home to commuters who work in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., approximately 40 miles to the north. To help county officials manage the growth, GeoDecisions is designing a geodatabase that incorporates ESRI ArcSDE technology.
The geodatabase will serve as a data warehouse or repository for county information, such as parcel, road, zoning, building, census, and subdivision information that is currently stored in a variety of different formats and locations.
Overall, the geodatabase will consolidate, document, and preserve relevant county information that officials can use to make decisions about land development and community planning. It will also enable multiple users in remote locations to access data at the same time and provide tax parcel data and associated features, thereby improving analysis capabilities. The long-term project goal is preparation of the data for deployment over the Internet.
The Twenty-Fifth Annual ESRI International User Conference will take place July 25-29 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. More than 13,000 new and experienced GIS users from over 80 countries will convene to learn about the latest developments in ESRI's software and to help each other solve problems and answer questions.
The conference will kick off with a keynote presentation by Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned chimpanzee expert, conservationist, and humanitarian, best known for her study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe National Park.
This year's conference will feature 300 technical workshops presented by ESRI staff; an Exhibit Pavilion with an expected 300 ESRI business partners; more than 1,000 user presentations led by analysts, developers, managers, and industry specialists; one-on-one consultations with software experts; and other events. ESRI technical and development staff will lead technical workshops and present software updates on new features in the latest release of ArcGIS 9.
A User Software Applications Fair will highlight users' projects in embedded desktop, Web-based, and server GIS applications. The Academic GIS Program Fair will host representatives from colleges and universities as they present the different educational options available in GIS.
The conference Map Gallery will highlight map products, posters, and multi-media projects that illustrate user community achievements.
The 2005 ESRI Education User Conference, July 23-26, provides a forum for members of the education community to come together and share their experiences and knowledge. The Third Annual Survey and GIS Summit, also taking place July 23-26, bridges the gap between surveying, engineering, and GIS practitioners. The Sixth Annual ESRI Telecommunications and Location-Based Services Summit, held on July 24, is an opportunity to examine best practices as well as trends in technology, applications, and business models.
TMS International a business development, market research, and communications services firm to the terrestrial, offshore oil, and gas and aerial survey markets has released the TMSI Global LiDAR Market Report. The report brings together the results of a market survey on the growing number of LiDAR technologies, survey service providers, and market demands and trends in the worldwide market place. The report is being launched at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum Conference in New Orleans, April 25 and 26.
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