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Archive for October, 2010

Local GIS news

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

TFCC Partners with ZOS Communications to Offer Location-Based Notification Technology i-Newswire, October 22, 2010

 

New system helps students feel connected to park October 22, 2010, Winnifred Free Press

 

Clark County’s plats go online October 22, 2010, News and Tribune.com

 FTC ends Google Street View probe without fines Cnet News

 

 

 

 

Global GIS news

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Geographic info system for Tiruchi  October, 24, 2010, The Hindu

 

Laku lowers cost and raise efficiency October 23, 2010, Borneo Post Online

China’s Mapping Bureau Launches Online Map Service October 22, 2010, Marbridge Consulting 

Bentley Press Briefing, Wednesday, October 20

Monday, October 25th, 2010

CEO Greg Bentley held a press briefing on October 20 at the Be Inspired event in Amsterdam, where he made several announcements: one being the launch of the Bentley Infrastructure 500 – modeled after Fortune 500 – which would identify Bentley customers who are especially successful. Bentley said their business represents $13 trillion in revenue.

This determination is made based on reported net tangible fixed assets – the balance sheet view of the infrastructure. “

 

These are some of the facts about the companies:

- 92 of top 100 are Bentley Subscribers

- 61 of the top 100 have adopted ProjectWise

- 40 of the top 100 have adopted Navigator

Most top candidates are private companies, coming from geographically diverse locations – all over the world.

The economy is a player in this situation – during a year like this one, the exchange rate is volatile. Many public entities are valued based on cost and others may be valued for what they could sell for. Because of the economy, many infrastructure companies have been working off backlog and have been resourceful in this way. Bentley said this may coincide with employment statistics.

He went on to say that “flat” pretty much describes Bentley’s financial growth right now.

Revenues went down almost 10% in 2009. In 2010 to date, revenues have been reported to be “within sight of 2008 revenues. By the end of the year Bentley predicts their run rate will be back to what it was before 2009. “Maybe our organic growth is the new growth,” he said.

New Bentley products coming up:

- The V8i portfolio extends through various disciplines and operations.

- OpenPlant Modeler extends breadth of applications offerings.

- Navigator v8i addresses information modeling in construction – constructors want to resolve conflicts with “dynamic collaboration”. New functionality in upcoming release will deliver bidirectional schedule synchronization with Microsoft Project or Primavera and introduces new markup templates.

- Interest in 3D cities requires the ability to relate information together in a BIM model.

- Civil Engineer for Geotechnical Analysis passport subscription – geotechnical professionals will get to pick from a variety of modules from a dashboard – cantilever wall, spread footing, slope stability, etc.

- ProjectWise v8i SelectSeries 3 introduces a Navigator web part to view i-models in a browser or SharePoint 2010 web parts.

- ProjectWise Dynamic Plot v8i SelectSeries 2 enables dynamic plots to be published from PDFs as well as from DGNS and DWGs.

-ConstructSIM will be integrated with ProjectWise Navigator in the next release.

- Bentley Substation v8i is a standalone application with deeper integration with ProjectWise to increase enterprise support for i-models. It also includes embedded point cloud capability.

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- Bentley Pipe Renewal Planner

Be Inspired Tuesday morning

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

This morning in Amsterdam, the weather alternated between sun, clouds and rain. At the Hotel Okura, COO Malcom Walter welcomed attendees to Bentley’s Be Inspired Conference, an event that recognizes outstanding infrastructure projects around the world. Attendees came from all over the world to see presentations by competition finalists.

 

Walter showed a video of the first miner in the Chilean mine disaster as he was brought to the surface to emphasize the human side to infrastructure.

The Netherlands is known for its infrastructure – the very existence of the country has depended on windmills and dykes that keep land and sea separate. Walter said that without infrastructure to pump water and keep it in bay, everything would be under water.

This year there will be video recordings of the finalists’ presentations available on the Bentley website.

CEO Greg Bentley talked about resilience and helping the world be more resilient. “We define infrastructure as the way we improve our planet,” he said.

He showed some slides that highlighted the use of Bentley products through out the recession. Bentley pointed out that after the recession hit, there have been more people in front of MicroStation, and although that might be good in some ways, it also means that people are working more hours now.

Other facts:

1)New countries are now reporting usage that weren’t before this year.

2) Bentley has seen growth in Europe’s MicroStation utilization hours.

3) Asia has never had a recession.

 

4) Infrastructure and plant have had a hard time sustaining growth, geospatial and civil has had some growth.

 

5) Bentley has achieved some growth in 2010.

6) Projectwise passport adoption has grown greatly in 2010 and is used by the majority of top Design 100 firms.

7) Bentley is ranked #2 in the geospatial market according to Daratech.

 

8) Dutch municipalities – over 50% use Bentley technology for urban planning, road design, GIS and mapping workflows.

Mormon Church shares shapefiles with county

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will now provide Davis County, Utah, with information on the properties the church owns in the county. It will then be stored in the county’s GIS database to help with sheltering evacuees during disasters, processing disaster claims and applying for public assistance.

The church agreed to provide the county the shape files for its parcels. County officials may use this data to contact church-owned facilities that may be used as shelters during emergencies.

 

Davis County, Utah, Agrees to Share GIS Data With Mormon Church Government Technology

“Big Island” GIS mapping and analysis tool to pinpoint landslide hazards

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Developing digital maps highlighting potential landslide hazards on the Big Island is a high priority, to be addressed now by a $60,000 pilot project from FEMA. UH Manoa’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Peter Nicholson will partner with the County of Hawaii Office of Civil Defense and the State Hazards Mitigation Forum to develop a GIS-based mapping and analysis tool.

 

-          Project to identify landslide hazards on the Big Island, Hawaii News Now

GIS bits & bytes

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Introducing “The Power of GIS” from the IAFC in conjunction with the U.S. Fire Administration. The video offers a quick 10-minute view of understanding GIS, geared for fire chiefs and other decision makers.

 

- IAFC Offers GIS Tutorial Video, Fire Chief

 

Options available for newsrooms who want to incorporate GIS into their workflows.

 

- Four desktop GIS software suites JournalismGIS

 

Navigation device shipments expected to almost triple in next five years

Friday, October 15th, 2010

According to a report issued by ABI Research, The number of navigation shipments – encompassing all current form factors including in-dash, portable, and mobile navigation devices — is expected to grow from more than 100 million in 2010 to 283 million in 2015.

ABI Research practice director Dominique Bonte comments: “The launches of free turn-by-turn off-board navigation by Google on Android handsets in the United States in 2009 and in some European countries in 2010, and on-board navigation globally by Nokia in January 2010, are driving the popularity of handset-based navigation and putting additional pressure on the price of on-board and off-board navigation solutions offered by other vendors.”

Azavea to use Phase I SBIR funds to develop OpenTreeMap

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

OpenTreeMap is “an urban forestry tree inventory and management tool to support collaborative data collection and tree management by municipal government, non-profit organizations, students, and volunteers.”

Azavea (formerly Avencia) announced today that it was awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant totaling $90,000, by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

to develop a prototype of a new data management software (OpenTreeMap) that will assist communities with the inventory and maintenance of urban forests.

Azavea will work with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), the City of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and will use the Phase I SBIR funds to test the feasibility of the development of OpenTreeMap. The Phase I project will develop a prototype of Philadelphia to begin with. If this prototype is successful, Azavea will then be eligible for Phase II funding so that they can extend OpenTreeMap to anywhere in the world.  

By designing the OpenTreeMap web application as a wiki-style data editing software, Azavea hopes it will enable a variety of users to participate collaboratively in the tree people of many ages and experience levels to participate collaboratively in the tree inventory process.Until now that hasn’t been possible, even though urban and suburban municipal government have really wanted to manage their street trees and public lands more efficiently.

 

 

Free GIS stuff

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The United States GIS Data Repository (USGDR), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “Making Public Data Public”, has partnered with TractBuilder to provide Central Appraisal Districts and certain other county-level GIS programs free licenses of the TractBuilder Tools for ArcGIS, a set of tools counties can use to map polygons and lines according to legal descriptions.

-          Free GIS Software for County GIS Departments PRLog

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