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
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.
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:
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.
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.
Ashtech (booth #2715) is unveiling the newest generation of handheld mapping devices which they consider to be a breakthrough in handheld accuracy
Avenza Systems Inc. (booth #1615)
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.
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.
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.
ORACLE (booth #3001)
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).
Pictometry Inc (booth #2617)
QCoherent Software LLC (booth #2719)
RapidEye (booth #1617)
Safe Software (booth #2706)
Sanborn (booth #2200)
SPOT Image Corporation (booth #2417)
Telcordia (booth #2901)
TeleAtlas (booth #2701)
Telvent (booth #2201)
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.
Trimble (booth #1711)
Valtus Imagery Services (booth #2526)
WeoGeo (booth #2716)
Many of these companies have major announcements at the conference. Check my blog next week for an update.
It was very hectic but I managed to travel to Phoenix to attend GITA last Monday and Tuesday and then hopped on a short flight to San Diego to cover the ASPRS show. The attendance was down in both of the shows but quality of attendees was up. In other words, important people from government and industry still managed to attend these shows. Check out the GITA interviews at:
While all of the interviews are excellent, some stand out more than others because of the sheer enthusiasm and genuine excitement of the interviewees. I was really impressed with Al Wargo of Zebra Imaging and the holographic technologies they are bringing out to maps and CAD drawings. The color holograms were truly astonishing (at about 3:50 time marker in the interview).
I was also struck by the enthusiasm of Jeff Peters of ESRI when he was talking about an upcoming release of ARCGIS 9.4. Jeff is extremely knowledgeable and it seems he is pretty involved and truly excited about this release.
Cherie Darnel of ITT was another standout. She just has a great personality. Her enthusiasm about their ENVI product is infectious.
Everyone at the DigitalGlobe was really pumped up about their new satellite which went up in the orbit a couple of weeks ago and sent some great images beginning of last week. They also have a great stand-out booth. It was a real privilege to meet Dr. Walter Scott who founded Digital Globe literally in his garage in 1992.
It is really fun to interview someone who is passionate about something. Mark Brender of GeoEYE perfectly fits this category. He is really passionate about the GeoEYE Foundation and his face lights up when he talks about it.
We do record the video interviews in front of a green screen and then replace the green screen with pictures of the corresponding booths. The interviewees are asked ahead of time not to wear green. But some of the ‘booth uniforms’ are green and the interviewees forget about the green screen at the interview time. This happened with Dylan Lorimer of Google and Jerry Skaw of Microsoft. See if you can notice the video editing artifacts in these interviews.
I got back from Germany last week after attending a great Intergeo 2009 conference. The halls were buzzing with activity all the time. There were about 500 booths at the show and 15,000 attendees. Most booths were extremely busy.
We recorded twenty interviews at Intergeo 2009. You can see them on GISCafe.Com homepage.
We are now getting ready to go to the GEOINT 2009 conference in San Antonio, Texas. We have already booked the following interviews:
Here is what you can expect to see at some of the booths:
BAE Systems will demonstrate automated geospatial-intelligence analysis and reporting with its SOCET GXP® v3.1 software, which offers high-definition video analysis, terrain profiling, hyperspectral and multispectral image processing, and real-time visualization. (Booth #503)
We have signed up the following 19 companies for video interviews at Intergeo:
Aerodata International Surveys
Altus Positioning Systems Inc.
Carlson Software, Inc.
DigiTerra Information Services
Intermap Technologies GmbH
Latitude Geographics / Geocostex GIS Software
Pitney Bowes Software GmbH
SuperGeo Technologies Inc.
Here is what some of these companies are presenting at Intergeo:
Pitney Bowes @ Booth#4.632
Presenting MapInfo Professional v10 .0 which delivers costs savings and improved operational efficiencies. Leading location intelligence solution features enhanced data access, new user interface and open source support.
SpacEyes @ Booth#1.209
Presenting the new release 3.3.1 of SpacEyes3D Builder, the real time fly through and 3D model making software.
Cadcorp @ Booth#4.115
Demonstrating the capabilities of the latest release of Cadcorp SIS 7; the new Cadcorp ALKIS Loader to translate and load GML files into an Oracle or PostGIS database and the latest web GIS products based upon Cadcorp SIS GeognoSIS.
The Cadcorp ALKIS Loader is provided FREE with a copy of Cadcorp SIS MapModeller desktop GIS.
Cadcorp partner, Nurtech, from Cagliari in Sardinia will be presenting a paper at the conference titled ‘INSPIRE – Practical examples from Sardinia’. The paper is based upon the implementation of the INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/ED) and highlights the principles of geographic data sharing and accessibility within the Sardinian Government.
Cadcorp will be joined by Hartwick Treckmann of GisME® who will be showing applications dealing with Graveyard Management, Fire Services and data translation techniques for converting Smallworld™ data to Cadcorp SIS.
Finally, Cadcorp continues to grow its business partner network in Europe and welcomes such organisations to its stand.
Project Phoenix Gives Rise to ERDAS IMAGINE Viewer of the Future
Project Phoenix, ERDAS’ latest mission to provide peak software performance to the geospatial industry, is well under way and promises to significantly advance ERDAS IMAGINE’s viewer technology. Leveraging multi-core CPUs and GPUs, the Phoenix viewer enables smooth continuous zooming and roaming, real-time processing, and orthorectification on-the-fly. Additionally, the new viewer technology enables ERDAS IMAGINE users to view thousands of images simultaneously and toggle from
a flat, projected image display to a 3D Globe with a single button-click.
To read more or watch the Phoenix viewer in action, visit ERDAS Labs.
Enhanced compression wavelet (ECW) is a high-performance compressed file format designed specifically for geospatial imagery. When compared to other image compression formats, ERDAS’ patented ECW technology provides the industry’s fastest decompression and compression rates possible. Remarkably, this is done without placing a heavy load on computer memory and processors, while also maintaining high compression ratios and visually lossless image quality.
ERDAS provides a range of products enabling full use of this unique technology, from creating, reading, and serving ECW files, to enabling their use within browsers, other commercial applications, or applications you create.
To learn more about ECW and find the right product for your needs, visit the new ECW page on www.erdas.com/ECW.
CUSTOMER SUCCESS STORY
ERDAS APOLLO Improves City Services in Melbourne, Australia
The City of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia is using ERDAS APOLLO Essentials – Image Web Server as a foundation for CoMPASS, an intranet mapping application designed to
improve city services for citizens. CoMPASS unites disparate geospatial datasets and rapidly serves them to city employees and contractors within a comprehensive, easy-to-use interface that
enables them to improve community services while minimizing labor, time and costs for the City. Read More
Mapping Urban Permeability
Among land-use planners, there is a growing awareness of the role that earth surface permeability plays in maintaining the health of the environment and its human inhabitants. Maintenance of the water cycle within urban and suburban areas requires a certain balance between permeable surfaces such as vegetation or soil and impermeable surfaces such as buildings and pavement. Successful monitoring of this balance involves a constantly evolving database requiring frequent
Recently, ERDAS technology played a key role in updating the built-up and impervious layers of Europe, covering 5.8 million square kilometers and spanning 38 countries. A largely automated process, the update was implemented with ERDAS IMAGINE’s Model Maker, a graphical tool that enables users to easily develop models as flow charts. Read more
Quick Tip: ERDAS IMAGINE
Are you still perplexed by how to find functions in IMAGINE’s ribbon interface? The Help tab has a Search function which will search the interface and return all instances of your search term in either the name or description of the function. You can launch the function straight from Search Results or hover the cursor over the function to see where to find it in the future. To learn more visit www.erdas.com/training.