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Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 – Creating a Model

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here is a video from the Autodesk Infrastructure team showing how to use the CAD, GIS and design data you already own and manage as part of the planning and design process.


Hexagon 2011 Keynote by Ola Rollén: Turning the Pace of Change into the World’s Advantage

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Ola Rollén, President and CEO, commences Hexagon 2011 with a visually stunning and informative keynote address, “Turning the Pace of Change into the World’s Advantage”, which also included Hexagon Metrology President Norbert Hanke, Hexagon Geosystems President Juergen Dold, Intergraph PP&M President Gerhard Sallinger and Intergraph SG&I President John Graham.

Google’s presentation at Where 2.0 2011 Conference

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Marissa Mayer talks about Google Map Maker and Dylan Lorimer gave a demo of Google Earth builder at the Where 2.0 2011 conference in San Francisco earlier this week. Here is the video:


Fun with GIS #80: Easy Interactive Geographic Presentations (Esri Schools Program)

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Article source: Charlie Fitzpatrick, Co-Manager, Esri Schools Program

Tired of PowerPoint? Want interactive maps in a presentation? Head to ArcGIS Explorer Online, a web application that uses the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in for web browsers on either Windows or Macintosh.

Building an interactive presentation is a pretty simple process, but more easily shown in a movie than written out step-by-step. Head to the Esri EdTeam YouTube Channel and see the short movie “Fun with GIS #80.” (Note the other useful videos to explore there as well.)

These interactive presentations can engage both professionally produced data or personally generated content. ArcGIS Explorer Online also has capacity to do SQL queries, even against large data sets (see blog and movie for “Fun With GIS #78“).

With titles, notes, bookmarks, and queries, ArcGIS Explorer Online is a powerful tool for presenting information or letting viewers interact with content to understand it more deeply. Terrific for STEM content (including Social Studies), for sure, but consider also the endless opportunities in the English/ Language Arts arena.



Video: GIS to the Rescue by The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Article source: NAPSG Foundation

Want to learn what GIS can do for local and county public safety agencies? This is the latest of NAPSG’s videos to help you understand how you can leverage geospatial technology as a key asset in mitigating risk and enhancing community resilience.


The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2005 to overcome the challenges faced by Federal, tribal, state, and local public safety agencies.

Our mission is to support the public safety and homeland security communities in the advancement of data interoperability and connectivity, through Geographic Information Systems, in support of local and national preparedness goals.

Video: BIM & CAD to GIS Workflow by CDV Systems

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Check out this video by CDV Systems about their BIM Workflow.  It unifies building BIM & CAD data linking it to FM and GIS programs allowing Full BIM Lifecycle Management of a building from cradle to grave.



Video: Data Extraction Services in ArcGIS Server 10

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Esri Product Manager Ismael Chivite describes how to serve your maps in a way that your users can select and download map data for their own use. You can do this by using one of the sample data extraction models provided with ArcGIS Server 10. These models are written in Python, so you can customize them or use as-is. Ismael demonstrates how to create both a map service for the layers of your map, and a geoprocessing service which provides the select, extract, and download operations. If you add in the optional Data Interoperability Extension, you can provide your users over 100 different GIS and spatial data formats to choose from.

Learn more at

Video: Internet Editing in Desktop by Esri

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Esri Product Manager Ismael Chivite describes how ArcGIS Desktop can be used to edit map data stored over the web in feature services. He demonstrates how the standard editing tools in ArcMap can be used, also how to enable the feature service capability for editing over the web. Learn more at


Intergraph 2010 User Conference

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I attended the Intergraph 2010 conference last week in Las Vegas. It was held in the spanking new Casino resort called ‘Aria’ in the ‘City Center’. Aria is a beautiful hotel with great restaurants and the most high-tech rooms than I have ever stayed in before.

The conference was well-attended with over 2,000 attendees. Intergraph was very generous with free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening entertainment for all attendees. There were more than 50 partner booths and a number of educational sessions.

I listened to the keynotes by Halsey Wise (President & CEO) of Intergraph. He talked about how Intergraph has shown consistent financial performance with both revenue and profits growing for the last 7 years. He also mentioned that the customer satisfaction rating has gone up during the last 12 months. He also announced that he will leave Intergraph next month when merger with Hexagon is completed. He introduced Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon who will take over his role at Intergraph with the current heads of PP&M and SG&I divisions reporting to Ola. Ola then came on the stage and talked about the rationale for the merger.

Ola joined Hexagon in 2,000 and since then Hexagon has acquired more than 50 companies in last 10 years including Leica, ERDAS, and Novatel. It has 7,500 employees in 39 countries. Hexagon has traditionally been a ‘measurement’ company. With Intergraph’s acquisition it moves a little beyond that label.

I interviewed Mark Doherty, V.P. and CTO of the SG&I division. I also interviewed the following executives:

  1. Scott Warner, Director of GeoSpatial Services, Avineon
  2. Peter Schlegel, Managing Director, CAXperts
  3. Adian Laud, Consultant, Noumenon Consulting
  4. Brian Beha, Director of Partner Solutions, Pictometry
  5. Dale Lutz, CoFounder, Safe Software
  6. John Leet, Director of Marketing, Skire
  7. Carl Taylor, Business Manager, Tekla

ESRI International User Conference Coverage

Friday, July 9th, 2010

We are recording video interviews at the ESRI UC in San Diego on July 13th and 14th in our studio inside the exhibition hall. Here are some of the companies that have signed up for an interview:

  1. 3-GIS (booth #2606) will demonstrate its Express Solution suite of products, an ArcGIS Server-based set of mapping tools that includes Network Express, a web-based editing, querying, plotting and reporting tool; Field Express Chameleon, a light field-based conformal application; and Express Conductor, the back office server component.
  2. Accela (booth # 1917) will unveil new GIS functionality that extends geodatabase editing to field-based government teams – allowing them to dynamically add the locations and properties of their public-works and infrastructure assets on the spot in real time. This workflow-embedded GIS capability is designed to help teams build and maintain a highly accurate geodatabase, resulting in better asset maintenance, greater team efficiency, and reduced costs.In addition, Accela will present an ESRI UC session titled “How GIS-Infused Mobile Solutions Help Local Governments Meet Tough Challenges”, illustrating how Charlotte County, Fla., Westminster, Colo., and McAllen, Texas, have leveraged GIS-infused mobile solutions to boost efficiency and accuracy for a range of services. The presentation will take place Thursday, July 15, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., Room 23-C, San Diego Convention Center.
  3. Ashtech (booth #2715) is unveiling the newest generation of handheld mapping devices which they consider to be a breakthrough in handheld accuracy
  4. Avenza Systems Inc. (booth #1615)
  5. Blue Marble Geographics (booth#816) will demonstrate its newest release of the Blue Marble Desktop version 2.2, featuring support for raster Digital Elevation Models (DEM) like Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) and USGS Spatial Data Transfer Standard (SDTS). The new Desktop version also includes enhanced batch file processing features, such as a new batch interface for point data conversions and the ability to use an unlimited number of Desktop jobs in a batch conversion.
  6. Carlson Software has introduced Surveyor+ GPS System. It’s the lowest priced, most flexible solution of its kind for accurate, RTK data collection from either cellular-based reference stations or base-to-rover systems.
  7. CarteGraph (booth #2118)
  8. Cityworks (booth #2301)
  9. Contex (booth #531) is offering a series of educational webinars:
    • Everything You Need For Large Format Scanning
    • The Contex Family of Solutions
    • Using Wiseimage With Your Contex Wide Format Scanner (w/ EDA)
  10. DigitalGlobe (booth #613)
  11. earthmine (booth #2530)
  12. ESRI
  13. Global Marketing Insights (booth #1706)
  14. IBM (booth #2517)
  15. IkeGPS / SurveyLab is offering special pricing on ikeGPS instruments at the conference.
  16. Intermap Technologies (booth #1601)
  17. ITT (booth #1515)
  18. Juniper Systems, Inc. (booth #819)
  19. LizardTech (booth #810)
  20. Navteq (booth #1501)
  21. Oce North America, Inc. (booth #2507) announces the new Océ ColorWave® 300 Top Delivery Tray. This is the world’s first stacker that stacks many types of inkjet media on top of the printer, reducing space requirements to a minimum.
  22. ORACLE (booth #3001)
  23. PCI Geomatics (booth #2437) — Peter Hazlett, Product Manager at PCI Geomatics will be speaking to attendees on July 13th about GeoImaging Tools – a new suite of tools allowing users to import accurate imagery from multiple sources in their ArcGIS™ workflows. These highly automated tools for correcting raw satellite imagery were designed specifically for GIS users in mind.In addition on July 14, Mike Hollis , President of PCI Geomatics USA will present, “Imagery for Successful Operations” highlighting an MGCP project focused on automated processing by using PCI’s GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL).
  24. Pictometry Inc (booth #2617)
  25. Placeways
  26. QCoherent Software LLC (booth #2719)
  27. RapidEye (booth #1617)
  28. Safe Software (booth #2706)
  29. Sanborn (booth #2200)
  30. SPOT Image Corporation (booth #2417)
  31. Telcordia (booth #2901)
  32. TeleAtlas (booth #2701)
  33. Telvent (booth #2201)
  34. Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) (booth #2115) will provide an educational presentation and demonstrations, including a ‘ride-and-drive’. The events are created to demonstrate technologies to increase the speed, safety and cost-savings of GIS data collection.
  35. Trimble (booth #1711)
  36. Valtus Imagery Services (booth #2526)
  37. WeoGeo (booth #2716)

Many of these companies have major announcements at the conference. Check my blog next week for an update.

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