2006 October 27

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Editor's Introduction

This week I follow up on Rosum's progress in deploying its hybrid positioning module (HPM); I preview next week's 8th Annual GIS Day Conference and College Fair at the University of New Hampshire; and I profile the Data Resource Center at Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area. Plus, my usual round-up of industry news from press releases.


Rosum Partners With Intrado

A month ago, I reported that Rosum was about to introduce a hybrid positioning module (HPM) that uses unmodified analog and digital broadcast television signals to supplement GPS in urban canyon and indoors. Since then, according to Todd Young, Rosum's Director of Product and Business Development, the company has "made a lot of progress" both in rolling out its infrastructure to support wide-area positioning in the United States and "with the HPM and evaluations and integrations with customers."

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UNH GIS Day 2006 Focuses On Ocean Mapping

In recent years, one of the most interesting and successful GIS Day events has taken place at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). This year's event—UNH's 8th Annual GIS Day Conference and College Fair — is backed by an impressive line-up of sponsors and focuses on a fascinating topic: ocean mapping.

Image courtesy of the Center for Costal and Ocean Mapping

The event will take place from noon to 5:00 pm on November 1—rather than November 15, due to a scheduling conflict with the Northeast Arc Users Group's annual conference—at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space on the University of New Hampshire campus. Captain Maureen Kenny, of the Office of Coast Survey of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will give a keynote presentation at 12:30.

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GIS Shops In the Portland Area: Metro

The Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region is nationally recognized for its advanced GIS capabilities and rich GIS data. Last week, I reported that Google Transit began in Portland because of the technological sophistication of the regional mass transit agency, Tri-Met. This week, I begin a systematic examination of the major GIS shops in the region, starting with Metro, the regional government. Its jurisdiction covers the metropolitan areas of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties, and it is principally responsible for administering the area's Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).

I discussed Metro's GIS work with Carol Hall, GIS Program Supervisor for the agency's Data Resource Center (DRC), and Mark Bosworth, who supervises the agency's "storefront," which includes a map counter. Hall's team does nearly all of the GIS work for Metro's councilors, attorneys, and executive departments. Their duties range from large, long-term projects to producing simple maps on short notice or answering such geographic queries as whether a certain tax lot is inside the UGB. Bosworth's team provides GIS services to other government agencies, private companies, and the public.

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News Briefs

Please note: I have culled the following news items from press releases and have not independently verified them.


    1. The Romanian government is implementing a Land Parcel Information System / Integrated Administration and Control System (LPIS/IACS) based on ESRI's ArcGIS Server software. Read more …

    2. The town of Brunswick, New York is utilizing MapInfo Corporation's ExponareT, to create an online resource of property information for town employees and residents. Read more …

    3. The Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, one of Canada's three leading engineering universities, has selected MWH Soft's InfoWater Suite, InfoSurge, and InfoWater SLM software, to conduct an extensive study of the risks of contaminant intrusion in drinking water distribution systems due to pressure transients and various operational and routine maintenance activities. Read more …


    1. The Demographic Data Center has released a CD for Geocoding ZIP+4 Records. Read more …

    2. WhiteStar Corp. has introduced CartoPlat, a digital database of georeferenced maps depicting the original lot and tract surveys of U.S. townships. Read more …


    1. ESRI has extended to November 7 the deadline to submit an abstract for the ESRI International User Conference (UC), the Education User Conference (EdUC), and the Survey & Engineering GIS Summit.

  4. OTHER

    1. Intermap Technologies Corp. has announced an engineering innovation and technological advancement to the IFSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar collection technology. Read more …

    2. The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP Federation) is represented at a workshop in Beijing, China to explore the interest by Chinese colleagues in establishing a comparable China-based ESIP-like Federation. Read more …

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