2007 March 8

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Editor's Introduction

This week I report on GITA's 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition, held March 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference I also accumulated many excellent story leads that I will pursue in the coming weeks.

Matteo Luccio

Professional Surveyor Magazine

GITA Conference

The 30th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), in San Antonio, Texas, this week, featured 14 in-depth seminars, during the first one-and-a-half days, followed by 99 educational sessions over two-and-a-half days. Nearly 300 speakers covered such topics as critical infrastructure protection, enterprise integration, interoperability, field and mobile technologies, homeland security, return on investment, and Web applications. The exhibit space featured about 150 industry vendors—representing a wide variety of hardware manufacturers, software developers, data and service providers, and consultants.

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MAPPS Lawsuit

A frequent subject of conversation in the hallways was the lawsuit by MAPPS et al. against the federal government regarding the application of quality-based selection (QBS) to the procurement of surveying and mapping services. GITA, the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), have lined up in opposition to the lawsuit. The ACSM has not taken a stand directly on the lawsuit; it is, however, a member of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services (COFPAES), which is one of the plaintiffs. At the conference, GITA distributed a two-page legal briefing on the subject.

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As usual, many vendors chose the conference as the venue for various announcements. Among them:

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At the opening plenary session and at a luncheon, GITA gave its annual awards.

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Interview with Mary Ann Stewart

On Wednesday afternoon I discussed the conference with Conference Chair Mary Ann Stewart, of Mary Ann Stewart Engineering LLC.

  1. So far, what's been the best part of the conference?

    The thing so far that has worked the best that the Program Committee worked on was all the seminars. Except for our traditional ROI seminar, we put out completely new seminars, created from scratch. We recruited people who had not done seminars for us—or had done something like [the seminar they conducted at this year's conference] but had not turned it into a seminar. Three people on the Program Committee, primarily, did all that work.

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News Briefs


    1. Cadcorp announces free integrated Pictometry image viewing facility for Cadcorp SIS desktop product family.

    2. WBI Holdings, Inc. Purchases MAP2PDF Energy Company Will Use GeoPDF Maps for Pipeline Data Maintenance

    3. RAMTeCH Software Solutions Acquires GIS Data Services Business of Analytical Surveys, Inc

    4. 3-GIS Wins Contract To Enhance and Commercialize EPRI-Developed Technology

    5. Timmons Group Contracts with Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to Build Spatial Indexing Portal

    6. Johnson County, Kan., Uses MultiVision 3D Plus Oblique Imagery for Agriculture Assessment


    1. Encom releases free personal data management software for MapInfo Professional datasets

    2. OpenOSX Releases GrassPro 6.2.1

    3. Mcelhanney Consulting Services Ltd (MCSL), Provider Of Digital Airphotos, Releases Free Viewer


    1. 'Mapping Pennsylvania Communities' Workshop Provides Introduction to GIS and Community Analysis

    2. Geoanalytics To Host Free GIS-Enabled Enterprise Addressing Seminars In California, Minnesota, And Texas


    1. Definiens Strengthens its American and Worldwide Management Team

    2. Pictometry Adds Four Key Subject Matter Experts

    3. Applied Geographics Hires GIS/IT Expert, Andrew Buck

  4. OTHER

    1. Networks In Motion Moves to New Headquarters in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

    2. ESRI (UK) announces new awards and GIS Tech 2007

    3. GIS On the Third Screen at Westmoreland County PA

    4. Pictometry Announces Orders for Over 1.2 Million Parcels of ChangeFindr

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