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GeoEye/Esri contract to license high resolution imagery

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

According to a press announcement today, GeoEye has signed a strategic contract with Esri to license a large amount of high-resolution imagery to produce a global, static cache map layer. The imagery will be available to Esri users via ArcGIS.com, a system that allows for work with GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices.

Quote for the day

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“Invisible infrastructure is the most radical change.” – Steven Spielberg

Bentley announces new line-up of Bentley Map GIS products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Richard Zambuni, Bentley’s Global Marketing Director for Geospatial and Utilities, and Bob Mankowksi, Vice President Software Development for Bentley’s Civil and Geospatial products, held a teleconference Thursday, April 7  in which they announced the new line-up of desktop GIS products, three new Bentley Map v8i offerings.

Bentley aims to solve three problems with the new line-up.

First, 3D GIS – an infrastructure GIS needs to be able to support 3D geospatial workflows with ease – and because Bentley Map is built on MicroStation technology it is a GIS that is intrinsically 3D. For 3D cities GIS needs to be 3D as well.
Second, Bentley has built a more extensive and a better-documented API for application developers – and anyone can use the API without further permissions being necessary.
And third, Bentley has simplified the product line-up so users can execute geospatial workflows in their infrastructure projects by reducing the number of products available and enhancing the functionality in those products. Those products are:
 

Bentley Map PowerView
For the visualization and editing of 2D/3D geospatial information – this product replaces Bentley PowerMap Field
Bentley Map
For editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information – replaces the Bentley Map V8i SS1 and Bentley PowerMap
Bentley Map Enterprise
An entirely new product for enterprise editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information
Look for more detailed information on this release in an upcoming edition of GISWeekly.

Improve your Boston neighborhood with Street Bump

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Check this out:

The Boston Urban Mechanic Profiler (Street Bump) is the City of Boston’s newest mobile phone app designed to help Boston residents improve their neighborhoods.  The prototype app was developed in partnership with Fabio Carrera, a local professor who has partnered with the City on a variety of projects focused on collecting and using data to improve City operations.

Street Bump

Quote for the day

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

“Part of the ambition of Pachube is we’re coming to a situation where our environments will be extremely connected, we impinge upon each other, not just physically but digitally. This has a cultural aspect to it, but by providing a mechanism where you can decide to opt in, you don’t have to share all your data. But if there is a way to share your data, you can create something more valuable for the community as awhole.”

– Usman Haque of Haque Studio and CEO and founder of Pachube, a YouTube like product that allows you to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings around the world” at sg2011.

The visualization of data helps sell statistics

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

When the Data Struts Its Stuff , The New York Times, April 2, 2011 (registration required)

Autodesk 2012 portfolio moves from products to “suites”

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In a Webex this week Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business for Autodesk talked about the 2012 portfolio which will soon be available.

Because customers are successful using multiple products, Autodesk is not offering single products in this release, but rather suites of products for all kinds of design. He called it an “integrated software approach.” A lot of discussion was spent on artists and production facilitators in the entertainment industry, a big customer of Autodesk products.

The suites cost “a few hundred dollars more than an individual software program” but offer more in terms of interoperability and the entire suite will be offered on a USB thumb drive.

Here is a list of the various suites:
Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, Showcase, Sketchbook Designer, Mudbox, 3ds Max Design and Alias Design)

Building Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Structural Detailing, Showcase, SketchBook Designer, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP, 3ds Max Design, Inventor, Navisworks Manage and Quantity Takeoff)

Infrastructure Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD Civil 3D, 3ds Max Design and Navisworks Manage)

Plant Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Navisworks Simulate and Navisworks Manage)

Factory Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Factory Design Suite Utilities, Inventor, 3ds Max, Navisworks Siimulate and Inventor Professional)

Product Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Sketchbook Designer, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Mudbox, Inventor, 3ds Max Design, Inventor Professional and Alias Design)

Entertainment Creation Suite*
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(inc. Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Softimage, Autodesk MotionBuilder and Autodesk Mudbox)

* – Software included varies according to Suite versions; Standard, Premium or Ultimate.

I will be attending the AEC Media Summit in Waltham, Mass. in two weeks and will have a full report on the suites at that time.

West Virginia University mapping study of soil’s ability to trap radiation

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

“A research center at West Virginia University is providing important information on the ability of soil to mitigate nuclear contamination.

The Morgantown school’s Geospatial Research Unit is examining the soils of Pacific Coast states to determine their ability to trap airborne radiation in the event that it drifts from Japan to the U.S. They also are determining locations of soils that can transfer trapped radioactivity into vegetation.”

WVU mapping soils’ ability to absorb radiation March 23, 2011, Charleston Daily Mail

Libya Unrest interactive maps available

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

In response to the Libyan unrest, geospatial and GIS companies as well as newspapers are providing interactive map applications and maps to show areas of occupation and battle zones with various layers available.

Libya Unrest Map

Esri is serving a Libya Unrest map application that disseminates information being sent via Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. The social media layers allow for custom keyword searches. Streetmap, OpenStreetMap, satellite imagery, and topographic maps are part of the map overlay. The public Ushadihi layer shows mapped reports. Additional map layers added as data becomes available. This map can be embedded in online articles. For more information contact Jesse Theodore, jesse_theodore@esri.com .

Interactive Map of How the Protests Unfolded in Libya March 21, 2011, Government forces maintain their hold on the strategic town of Ajdabiya. The New York Times

Libya: interactive map of the key battle zones March 21, 2011, Interactive map of the key Libyan strongholds and battle zones with yellow points to indicate rebel-held towns and cities. The Telegraph

Eyes on Japan

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

 

Because of the concern about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami catastrophe and the subsequent threat from the nuclear power plants, GISCafe will continue to collect information on organizations that are providing some form of technology to the relief or emergency response efforts in and around Japan.

Earthquake in Japan: Mapping the Diaster and Aftermath March 21, 2011, Center for Community Mapping – Several interactive maps available, including social media maps, Japan quake map, live footage of the devastation and nuclear impact map.

Everbridge, a leader in incident notification systems,  announced that the company delivered nearly 700 broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of people in the immediate aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, all while rolling out a major system upgrade. Everbridge’s globally redundant infrastructure was relied upon by a large roster of global clients throughout Asia, Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States to successfully deliver critical information.

Everbridge clients reacted quickly to the natural disaster that grew from a massive earthquake into a tsunami — and later a nuclear threat. Through the Everbridge Aware platform, numerous warnings and messages were sent using a variety of methods and communication devices. Within a matter of minutes, notifications had reached residents, employees, business continuity teams and emergency responders, empowering them to respond quickly to the unforeseen disaster.

Astrium GEO-Information Services is the sole distributor of the Formosat-2 satellite’s imagery. This high resolution satellite is the only satellite, due to its atypical orbit, capable of taking images of the same point every day. This unique ability enables the international community to follow the evolution of the Japanese earthquake disaster day by day. This is why Astrium is making its satellite imagery experts available to provide analysis reports regarding the affected areas.

 

These experts analyse the images from space on a daily basis, providing vital information to the emergency crews on the ground about the state of roads, bridges, buildings, nuclear and other plants. This interpreted data should assist the ground crews and emergency teams as they tackle the crisis, providing up to date information when undertaking rescue efforts, assessing the damage to infrastructure and coordinating potential evacuations.

A daily report will be produced and available for the next seven days after registering at  https://monitoring.spotimage.com

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