GEOSPATIAL RESPONSES TO HURRICANE KATRINA
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items from press releases and have not independently verified
In response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the GISCorps of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association
(URISA) has provided nine additional volunteers to function as map production specialists. A few of the volunteers are now stationed at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Jackson, Mississippi, and several were deployed to five other county EOC offices (in Stone, Pearl River, Jackson, Hancock, and Harrison counties) on the Mississippi coast line. This group's average years of experience is about ten years and they come from Colorado, Arkansas (2), Texas (2), Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, and Washington, D.C.
Cragin Knox, Administrator for the Mississippi Coordinating Council for RS/GIS, recently recognized the contributions of the GISCorps volunteers: "... express my sincerest thanks for the efforts of the GISCorps volunteers tasked to the Mississippi recovery program. You can not imagine how much better things are beginning to function (from a GIS standpoint) here at the MEMA Command Center."
Most of the first group of deployed volunteers, who were in Jackson by Thursday, September 1, have returned home. For more volunteer reactions and information from the second deployment, visit http://www.urisa.org/katrina2.htm
. GISCorps volunteers from both this relief effort and the tsunami relief effort will be present at URISA's annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri next month. The conference committee has re-organized its program schedule to accommodate their important presentations.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated
will provide special assistance to architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms that have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina or are contributing to rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast region. Realizing that AEC professionals in communities hard hit by Katrina have undoubtedly lost most or all of their technology resources, Bentley will make available to them, at no charge, the design software they'll need to get back to work. In addition, the company will extend this assistance to organizations helping restore infrastructure along the Gulf Coast. The software, which includes MicroStation, and 60-day renewable licenses are available for immediate download
an SBA HubZone Certified Small Disadvantaged Business that specializes in providing bio/environmental, Information Technology, and GIS services to federal government entities is providing federal military and civilian agencies with geospatial map information of the Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
The company has focused on supporting the U.S. Geological Survey
(USGS) by providing integrated geospatial infrastructure information with post-hurricane commercial satellite imagery over inundated areas, particularly the greater New Orleans region.
Dynamix generated current condition maps and provided them to the National Guard in support of recovery efforts in St. Bernard Parish. It is also using Web technology to provide the military with on-line situational maps depicting flood inundation zones, critical infrastructure information, and other map-based information.
The USGS mapping project is the second Katrina recovery operation in which the company is involved. Last week, a Dynamix Bio-Hazard team from Dallas arrived in New Orleans to begin removal of human remains and infectious materials from hospitals and other sites in the city. Those activities are expected to continue for more than a month.
CONTRACTS & COLLABORATIONS
ORBIMAGE Holdings Inc.
has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Space Imaging LLC
. The total consideration for the transaction is approximately $58.5 million less amounts which will be paid by Space Imaging on its existing debt prior to closing as well as certain other adjustments. The transaction is subject to government regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. ORBIMAGE is optimistic that such conditions will be satisfied in time for the closing to occur on or prior to December 31.
Denver, Colorado-based Space Imaging is a supplier of visual information products and services derived from space imagery. The company launched the world's first one-meter resolution, commercial Earth imaging satellite, IKONOS
, in 1999. It is a privately held company with resellers and over a dozen international affiliates and ground stations around the world and provides satellite imagery and imagery products to a wide variety of governmental and commercial customers both in the United States and internationally.
ORBIMAGE is a provider of Earth imagery products and services, with digital remote sensing satellites and an integrated worldwide image receiving, processing, and distribution network. In addition to the high-resolution OrbView-3 satellite, which is capable of measuring, mapping, and monitoring objects smaller than automobiles and spectrally differentiating thousands of land use/land cover types, ORBIMAGE also operates the OrbView-2 ocean and land multispectral imaging satellite and the SeaStar Fisheries Information Service, which provides maps derived from essential oceanographic information to aid in commercial fishing.
has acquired a 100 percent interest in AirPhotoUSA LLC
. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will combine GlobeXplorer's Earth imagery and property information Web services with AirPhotoUSA's aerial map production and sales expertise. Both companies will remain focused on their core capabilities, while leveraging the strengths of each others' spatial data products and services. Working within the Real Estate Information division of Stewart Information Services Corp.
, GlobeXplorer's integration of AirPhotoUSA will be productized inside several nationwide and international initiatives.
GlobeXplorer and AirPhotoUSA will remain based in their home offices of Walnut Creek, California, and Phoenix, Arizona, respectively.
's Geospatial Services
(formerly RADARSAT International) will extend its RADARSAT-1 oil spill monitoring and detection services to the Canadian Arctic region in response to Transport Canada's expansion
of the National Aerial Surveillance Program
(NASP) coverage to this area. The goal of NASP is to detect and prosecute polluters in the maritime environment through the use of aircraft, surface vessel, and satellite monitoring programs. The satellite monitoring component of NASP is embodied in the Integrated Satellite Tracking of Polluters (ISTOP) program led by Environment Canada
. ISTOP is supported by Canada's RADARSAT-1 satellite, which acquires synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data over NASP coverage areas on a daily basis.
Once the RADARSAT-1 data is received by MDA, image analysis experts analyze the data for potential oil pollution events. Time from data reception through image analysis to final delivery of reports to partners can be in as little as 1.5 hours. According to Jeff Hurley, Senior Project Manager of MDA's Geospatial Services International "By notifying the authorities - often the patrol aircraft directly - with up-to-date information, NASP is able to act on potential pollution incidents as they occur."
Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging
will partner with Visual Learning Systems, Inc.
(VLS) to resell VLS Feature Analyst and LIDAR Analyst as add-on programs for ERDAS IMAGINE and ESRI ArcGIS. Feature Analyst is an automated feature extraction program that works seamlessly with ERDAS IMAGINE and ArcGIS. The automation saves users time over traditional collection methods in feature extraction and in editing and attribution. The LIDAR Analyst extension provides 3D feature extraction capabilities for airborne LIDAR data with tools for DEM editing and bare earth extraction. The VLS extensions available for purchase through Leica Geosystems are Feature Analyst Pro for ArcGIS, Feature Analyst Standard for ArcGIS, Feature Analyst Pro for ERDAS IMAGINE, Feature Analyst Standard for ERDAS IMAGINE, and LIDAR Analyst for ArcGIS. LIDAR Analyst for ERDAS IMAGINE will be released shortly.
, a telecommunications company, has awarded a major GIS contract to Infotech Enterprises
, India's largest geospatial services company. Valued at several million euros and with a tight schedule of 18 months, this represents one of the largest, single-vendor GIS contracts awarded by the global telecom industry to an offshore services company in recent years. Infotech will provide a range of data management services for KPN's existing Access Network. An offshore production team of around 300 data specialists, based in India, will perform conversion services remotely, to digitize the existing plans of KPN's telecom network.
will provide integrated geospatial solutions with Oracle
to enable customers to maximize operational efficiencies based on a wealth of location and structural data. The two companies will work together to market solutions in strategic markets such as government, utilities, telecommunications, and transportation. The combined solutions, which include Autodesk geospatial software and Oracle database and spatial technology, offer customers the ability to create, manage, and share GIS and CAD data throughout the organization in a single, open, standards-based environment without additional investment or expertise in proprietary software and systems.
, the largest natural gas distribution company in Chile, has completed implementation of ArcFM
. This new solution is part of an enterprise GIS and provides the company a complete utility-specific system for modeling, editing, maintaining, and managing facility asset data.
Metrogas distributes gas to commercial, residential, and industrial sectors in the city of Santiago, and manages 4,800 kilometers of gas pipes that serve more than 320,000 consumers. Metrogas used CAD technology prior to their selection of ArcFM and ESRI ArcGIS. The GIS project began in October 2004 and rolled into production in less than a year.
Metrogas completed their implementation using the services of INCOM S.A.
and Miner & Miner
's distributor, headquartered in Santiago, Chile. The project included integration of GIS and SAP, which will assist in streamlining asset and customer information and support future gas design workflows. As a project team member to INCOM, Miner & Miner provided additional service support for ArcFM gap analysis, gas geodatabase modeling, and SAP integration.
Hansa Luftbild Sensorik und Photogrammetrie GmbH
(Hansa Luftbild), Germany's largest and oldest photoflight company, has selected Z/I Imaging's DMC digital mapping camera to establish a fully digital photogrammetric workflow. Z/I Imaging is a division of Intergraph Corporation
. One of the largest private European aerial survey companies, Hansa Luftbild provides a wide range of photogrammetric services to commercial and government customers. With the DMC, the company will be able to provide digital acquisition, speed delivery of high-quality imagery, and offer enhanced aerial image options black and white, color and infrared imagery. Hansa Luftbild chose the DMC to be used alternatively with its existing film-based RMK TOP camera systems.
the company formed by the recent merger of Sprint and Nextel
will offer Garmin Mobile, a new suite of applications delivering maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation, on select handsets. Garmin Mobile is produced by Garmin International [www.garmin.com], a unit of Garmin
, a provider of location intelligence solutions, will begin shipping at the end of the month version 2.4 of Exponare, a suite of pre-built, configurable, map-enabled applications. This latest version of Exponare helps organizations deploy maps and control access to data over the Internet or over an internal network.
The Fayetteville Association of Realtors, in North Carolina, relies on a website based on Exponare that Cumberland County developed to provide access to information about real estate and transportation projects. Its more than 1,200 agents use the Exponare-based site to view information about taxes, flood zones, and rural water districting related to specific properties and parcels of land. Previously, to find this sort of information, real estate agents and buyers had to travel to the Department of Transportation and look at paper maps as well as visit a plethora of websites.
has released an updated and expanded series of asset data models for Cityworks. The geodatabase data models are used to define assets and store spatial information related to assets for public works, utilities, and other industries.
These new data models replace previous versions and add to the existing library of industry standard models. The collection now includes geodatabase models for Facilities, Parks and Trees; Water, Wastewater, and Storm water; and Streets, Signs, and Traffic. The new series now also includes data models for Treatment Plants.
Cityworks supports these models from Azteca Systems as well as data models from ESRI
, Miner & Miner
and other vendors. Miner & Miner offers data models for Electric Distribution, Electric Transmission, and Gas while ESRI hosts models for a wide variety of uses. Azteca's data models are all fully compliant with ESRI's ArcGIS 9.x platform.
Cityworks is the only asset maintenance management solution built on top of ESRI's ArcGIS suite of products. It can be deployed to manage any type of asset feature, including public works, water & wastewater, oil & gas, transportation, public utilities and telecommunications. With Cityworks, agencies that own and maintain capitol assets and infrastructure can effectively manage and optimize their assets within a GIS-centric architecture. Cityworks Asset Geodatabase models are available from Azteca Systems.
, a UK digital mapping and GIS software developer, has launched the latest version Version 6.2 of the Cadcorp SIS Spatial Information System software suite, which is scheduled to begin shipping early October.
The ability to directly read almost 150 native GIS, CAD, graphic and database formats without translation enables organizations to integrate disparate data types, including data from legacy systems. Wider support for Open Geospatial Consortium
(OGC) Web services extends interoperability and information exchange across the enterprise via certified OGC-compliant interfaces. The ability to integrate Cadcorp SIS into the enterprise has been enhanced with direct support for the latest spatial database technology without the need to purchase additional middleware, together with improved database transaction and query support.
Enhancements to the user interface and to map navigation include the ability to quickly find and retrieve OGC services via a Google OGC Web service search Wizard. The release also provides advanced GIS functionality such as viewshed and terrain analysis, integrated GPS support, and advanced GIS data buffering. Finally, a new version of Cadcorp SIS OS MasterMap Manager minimizes the investment required in database server technology and resources to manage OS MasterMap and is delivered with Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller at no extra cost (Great Britain only).
has begun shipping ArcIMS 9.1 Route Server, the latest version of its routing extension to ArcIMS. This new version is compatible with ArcIMS 9.1, which was released in May 2005. A key enhancement to ArcIMS Route Server is the ability to handle complex turn restrictions (for example, conditional maneuvers such as when a left turn is allowed but a left turn followed by a right turn is not allowed).
ArcIMS Route Server offers the ability to incorporate point-to-point driving directions and routing into Web sites built with ArcIMS. It calculates optimal routes based on time and distance and accommodates multiple stops along a route. ArcIMS Route Server also allows users to geocode and reverse geocode against the same highly compressed, optimized national dataset.
For the second consecutive year, the exhibit floor at the Geospatial Information & Technology Association
's GIS for Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition has sold out and will be expanded. The event is set for September 19-21, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas. The only event of its kind, the conference includes a series of 20 paper presentations organized into two concurrent tracks, panel discussions, the exhibition hall, four in-depth pre-conference seminars, and numerous networking opportunities for professionals in the oil and gas industry.
The USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center will be holding its 11th Biennial Conference
(RS2006), 2006 April 24 - 28, at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Abstracts for papers will be accepted beginning 2005 November 1. The purpose of these conferences, which the Center has hosted since 1986, is to provide a forum for resource managers and specialists to share information and experiences regarding the practical application of remote sensing (primarily airborne and satellite imagery) and related technologies for efficient problem solving in natural resource management. This conference welcomes attendees from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as private and academic institutions engaged in natural resource management.
The objectives of the conference are to:
- Provide a forum for people interested in remote sensing and natural resource applications to share
- experiences and ideas and learn more about the latest remote sensing technologies.
- Review the latest remote sensing, image processing, and geospatial technologies and their application for
- natural resource management.
- Publish conference proceedings that document technical presentations and poster displays.
For more information, contact Michael Morrison, Conference Chair, USDA Forest Service Remote Sensing Applications Center (RSAC), 2222 West 2300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84119; 801-975-3755; [email protected]
EDUCATION & TRAINING
GeoSpatial Training & Consulting, LLC
, a provider of virtual and instructor-led GIS training courses, is now offering subscription accounts to organizations and individuals pursuing GIS training. Implementing a GIS increasingly requires advanced skills that blend geospatial theories and concepts with advanced computer science skills. GeoSpatial Training & Consulting aims to integrate these sometimes disparate concepts into training materials that can be used to become a more effective GIS professional. The company's self-paced virtual training courses use audio lectures, visual software demonstrations, exercises, Flash-based lectures, and one-on-one interactions between the student and instructor.
has reorganized and has appointed two new senior vice presidents Garth Lawrence
, as senior vice president of business operations, and Eric DesRoche
, as senior vice president of strategic business development.
Lawrence will take responsibility for the management of sales, operations, information technology, engineering, and customer care. He has worked for Intermap and its predecessor companies since 1981, serving in several managerial and executive positions, including operations, marketing, sales and most recently customer care. He holds a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Waterloo and has valuable experience in remote sensing and geomatics, including satellite and airborne sensors and services.
DesRoche will focus the innovative talent of a group of engineers and scientists on the development of new products using Intermap's suite of countrywide mapping datasets for select key vertical markets such as insurance, tourism, and transportation. He will also have responsibility for establishing the business partner relationships to bring the new products to market. DesRoche has over 15 years' experience in the mapping and GIS industry. He holds a bachelor of science degree in surveying engineering from the University of Calgary. His experience includes successfully co-founding and managing a U.S. geodetic surveying company and serving as a senior manager and executive for major mapping, engineering and GIS services firms. Most recently Mr. DesRoche managed Intermap's NEXTMap division, including the expansion of the Intermap online data store and the development of new products and market strategies.
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