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HP announces e-print and share service for AutoCAD WS

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I interviewed Emre Ozguc, the worldwide Designjet Marketing Director at HP at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas last month. Here is a summary of the interview.

Sanjay: What are you showing here at your booth?

Emre: We are featuring the web connected e-printer line up. We think this is one of our biggest innovations that we have brought to the market in a long time. The real news this week is that we are sharing two things. One is that we have a new mobile app that allows architects, engineers, and designers to access their drawings from the cloud and print directly anything they have stored in the cloud.


GeoEYE Keynote Presentation at the Google Geospatial Awareness Day

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Derek Young and Alan Poole gave this presentation at the Google Geospatial Awareness Day in December, 2011. Alan Poole is the application architect and Derek Young leads a product management team. In these roles they have an opportunity to work in a number of amazing emerging technologies made available by the Google Cloud and Google App Engine.

The theme of the presentation is ‘Bringing Imagery to Life’.


Peter Batty – The Geospatial Revolution

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Peter Batty’s keynote speech at The Google Geospatial Awareness Day event.

Peter Batty is VP of geospatial technology at Ubisense.  He has worked in the geospatial industry for 20 years and has served as CTO for two leading companies in the industry (and two of the world’s top 200 software companies), Intergraph and Smallworld (now part of GE Energy), as well as a being a founder and CTO of Ten Sails, who provided early stage funding to and later merged with Ubisense. He serves on the Advisory Board of FortiusOne.  See  here for a more detailed bio. You can email Peter at, and can see videos of some of his conference presentations here.


Keynote Speech by Ed Parsons at the 2011 APAC Google Geo Users Summit

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

This is the opening talk given by Ed Parsons, Google Geo Evangelist. Slides for this presentation are available at The title of the talk was “The annotated world, Building a 21st century world map.., with your help !”.


Google Enterprise Geo Summit – India – Keynote Presentation

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Keynote presentation + demo’s from the first ever Google Enterprise Geospatial Summit in India held in December, 2011.

Over 250 CXOs joined Google Enterprise customers and partners in Mumbai and Delhi to discover how Google Maps and Earth are helping organizations innovate.


Geo Designing Legislation & Regulation – keynote speech by Sean McGrath at the 2011 URISA – GIS-PRO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Article source: Sean McGrath

Approximately 70% of all policy making by legislatures and executive branches can be related to place and yet a mere fraction of one per cent of all legal materials produced and consumed on the planet are based on maps.

GIS has advanced to the point where this can – and perhaps must – change in the interests of keeping the democratic law-making process vibrant into the 21st century.

In this talk, Sean McGrath, build director for the KLISS e-democracy system in Kansas, will outline how GIS is being integrated into the very heart of law-making in Kansas, opening up exciting new vistas for legislators and citizens alike.

Sean is co-founder and CTO of Propylon. He heads up the CTO Office out of Propylon’s Lawrence, Kansas facility. He has almost 30 years of experience in the IT industry, most of it in the legal and regulatory publishing space. He holds a first class honors degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He served as an invited expert to the W3C special interest group that created the XML standard in 1996. He is the author of three books on markup languages published by Prentice Hall.

The presentation is broken up into 4 parts due to Youtube’s video length restriction.

Part I


“What’s Next for Esri ” by Jack Dangermond

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Jack Dangermond shares information on various Esri initiatives including software development, training, Esri Press, the Esri Technical Certification Program, the Esri Partner Network, and the Esri Nonprofit Organization Program. He also talks about Esri’s goals and status. This presentation was given on August 12, 2011.


BIM versus GIS – a Panel Discussion at the Autodesk University 2011

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Here is a 90-minute recording of a panel discussion that was held at Autodesk University 2011 uploaded on Youtube by geoExpressions. The session focused on exploring BIM and GIS from a variety of perspectives including technology; data accuracy, access, integration and analysis; collaboration and efficiency; and a look to the future.

BIM versus GIS: The Session Intro.


BIM versus GIS: Introduction to BIM


BIM versus GIS: Introduction to GIS



What’s New in ArcGIS Online Content

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Article source: ArcNews, Fall 2011

Christophe Charpentier discusses the latest updates to existing ArcGIS Online basemaps and reference layers as well as new and upcoming content.

Updated Basemap Services
Contributions to World Topographic Map, one of the three community basemaps being built and expanded with detailed data from GIS organizations around the world, continue to grow. The latest updates to World Topographic Map include data from the Dutch Kadaster, which contributed airports, buildings, and neighborhood data from its topographic database; the Spanish Instituto Nacional de Estadística and Instituto Geográfico Nacional/Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica, which contributed administrative boundaries, buildings, hydrology, landmarks, parks, and airports data; the Czech Office for Surveying, Mapping, and Cadastre, which contributed administrative boundaries, landmarks, parks, roads, hydrology, building, contours, hillshade, and vegetation data; and British Ordnance Survey, which contributed data for several major cities in the United Kingdom that includes administrative boundaries, neighborhood, railroads, roads, hydrology, vegetation, and landforms data.



NVIDIA Demos Multi-tasking Graphics Card Options

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Andrew Cresci, General Manager for NVIDIA talked with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal about NVIDIA’s news at Autodesk University 2011.

Sanjay: What brings you to this conference?

Andrew: AEC, Media and Entertainment and Manufacturing are the meat and potatoes of our business. We offer visualization and computation which makes this the perfect show for us.


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