Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions newest Team GeoMedia Program, Registered Research Laboratory, has applications from more than 20 institutions worldwide and already has universities and laboratories participating in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Africa, and the United States. Universities and non-commercial laboratories are invited to submit proposals for the Team GeoMedia Registered Research Laboratory Program. Institutions chosen for the program will be required to submit a minimum of two research papers per year and in return receive a variety of Intergraph software.
NovaLIS Technologies will host its first annual user conference this November 13-16, 2002 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida.
EarthSat announced today that the U.S. Government awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. R. Peter Kollasch, Technical Project Manager of the GeoTools project. The award recognizes Mr. Kollasch for his exceptional effort in supporting GeoTools -- a multiyear, $1 million (US) contract to design software for regional agricultural area assessments.
Leica Geosystems announced that its results for its first quarter of Fiscal Year 2002/03 were generally in line with its guidance of slower growth and lower profitability compared to a year ago. Total Company sales were CHF 177.9 million, off 12.5% in comparison to the pre-recession results of the previous year. Adjusted for the impact of currency fluctuations, sales declined by 5.8% year-on-year. Sales in Surveying & Engineering, the Company's largest division, declined by 9.6% during the first quarter, while Leica Geosystems' GIS & Mapping Division showed sales dipping by 26.7%. 8.7% of the decline is currency related, according to the company. Still, U.S. sales are up, suggesting to the company that the economy is turning around.
Technical Committee L1 of the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced that it will begin work immediately on Geographic Information Framework Data Content Standards. The framework standards will address themes identified as needed by many applications for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). They support the Geospatial One-Stop, which is part of the Office of Management and Budget's e-government initiative to accelerate federal government improvements in effectiveness, efficiency, and customer service.
Laser-Scan is working with national mapping agencies and other interested parties to develop a new, user-friendly automatic generalization product: Clarity.
DigitalGlobe has recognized ImageLinks as the top reseller of DigitalGlobe's high-resolution QuickBird image data in the United States.
A delegation from MAPPS, a national association of private geospatial firms, met with senior staff to President George W. Bush on August 8 at the White House. Discussions focused on topics such as CIA Director George Tenet's recent memo to NIMA advocating the use of commercial satellite imagery and the need for a similar government-wide policy from OMB; Circular A-110 and the issue of public domain and private, licensed, copyrighted data; Federal agency duplication of geospatial activities; government competition with the private sector; and geospatial applications for infrastructure, resource management and Homeland Defense applications.
PCI Geomatics and Supresoft Inc., a professional provider of technology and solutions for the extraction, processing, and application of geomatics data, are pleased to announce the formation of a new promotion and distribution agreement. This agreement establishes the equal two-way distribution of their popular geospatial technology products, allowing for greater international market coverage for both companies while presenting customers with new and highly compatible solutions for both analysis and visualization.
James W. Sewall Company of Old Town, Maine, announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Harp Engineering, Inc., to deliver pipeline integrity consulting services. New federal pipeline integrity regulations and operating mandates have dramatically increased the demand on pipeline operators for current pipeline information and analysis. By combining Sewall's pipeline software expertise with Harp's consulting and engineering experience, this alliance will assist operators in addressing these mandates rapidly and effectively.
The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) kicked off the second threadset of its Web Services Initiative Phase 1 (OWS-1.2) recently with a four-ay meeting in Herndon, Virginia. OWS 1.2 will focus on developing new OGC interface specifications in the areas of image handling, sensor web enablement, service chaining, and feature handling, as well as, extending existing OGC interface specifications, and draft engineering specifications developed in OWS1.1 and other OGC Interoperability Initiatives.
ESRI is offering a free course via its ESRI Virtual Campus titled Migrating from ArcView 3.x to ArcView 8. The class teaches GIS users about the differences between the two versions of ArcView and how the new applications in ArcView 8 enhance the software. New terminology and features in ArcView 8 are explained in the course, allowing students to competently and more effectively utilize the software.
The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has chosen New York City's Mayor's Office of Emergency Management and NYC's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications for an Exemplary Systems In Government (ESIG) Award. The technology award is for the City's successful emergency management solution, the Emergency Management Online Locator System (EMOLS) application developed by PlanGraphics, Inc.
The town of Siegburg has equipped its communal Internet portal with a dynamic vector-based street map. With the aid of SICAD Internet Map Service (SICAD-IMS), the NetMap application can directly access the local government's official database. The street map queries and rapid access to the latest information has led to a massive increase in traffic on the Siegburg website.
The Board of Directors of GIS in the Rockies 2002 announces that the workshop program is expanded by four additional workshops. Significant savings are available to those who register for the conference by August 15.
The new workshops are:
1. Annotation Placement;
2. Downloading, Formatting, and Using USGS Spatial Data Sets Within ESRI GIS Products;
3. True Ortho Imagery and Digital Surface Models with GIS; and
4. Career Development
ASPRS: The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS) and the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) are jointly planning a Fall 2003 Conference titled "Digital Terrain Data and 3-D Visualization." This program will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, October 28-30, 2003.
TerraSeer has just released a geographic study of breast, lung, and colorectal cancer on Long Island, NY. Geoffrey Jacquez, Ph.D., and Dunrie Greiling, Ph.D., used TerraSeer Environmental Insight software to detect spatial patterns in these three cancers and compared these patterns to exposure to air toxics. They found no relationship between air toxics and breast and colorectal cancer, but there was a significant spatial association between exposure to air toxics that are known to cause lung cancer with the pattern of lung cancer cases. This study was commissioned by New York Newsday, a paper with a circulation of 700,000 on Long Island.
LocatioNet and dynamicsoft Inc. announced their partnership to provide wireless carriers with new revenue opportunities by bringing to market a new class of services that combine location, presence, and messaging. Some examples: Automated "instant messaging-like" alerts could be sent to users when their friends, relatives, or colleagues are within proximity of their location. Similarly, a two-way instant message could be initiated to two people in a dating service whose profiles indicate a match, once they get within range of each other. In the arena of mobile commerce, automated "low intrusion" instant messages could be sent to wireless subscribers featuring specials from nearby establishments that the subscriber has opted into, such as coffee shops, restaurants, retail outlets, movie theaters and museums.
Trimble and ESRI announced that ESRI will begin reselling Trimble's GeoExplorer CE series with its ArcPad 6.0 mobile GIS software.
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