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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

Recent GIS awards

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Frisco’s GIS team was selected for the Esri President’s Award from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide for its efforts in developing Project SAFER, or Situational Awareness For Emergency Response. The program provides information – including live video – to firefighters, police officers and other first responders about Frisco schools and other public places during an emergency.

- Frisco Blog

Boston – Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, announced Monday that the town of Kingston will receive a $1,000 grant to help upgrade its geographic information system (GIS) technology. This program is used to help research, develop, and implement urban and regional planning and will improve efficiency in the designing and mapping of neighborhoods and towns.

- $1,000 GIS grant awarded to Kingston.Wicked Local Kingston

 

Funding the acquisition of Intergraph means selling bonds for Hexagon

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Hexagon AB plans to sell bonds to refinance part of the loans used to fund the acquisition of Intergraph Corp.

According to the article below, “The company plans to raise $850 million from a share sale to help refinance some of the debt after it completes the purchase. Hexagon said on July 7 it agreed to buy Huntsville, Alabama-based Intergraph for $2.13 billion to add software that helps companies visualize complex data and design factories, ships and oil rigs.”

Hexagon Plans Bond Sale to Retire Intergraph Acquisition Loans Bloomberg Business Week, October 12, 2010

Driving to and being in the mall may be new geo experiences

Monday, October 11th, 2010

This past week two geospatial stories have been featured in the Technology section of The New York Times. Although geospatial users may be accustomed to such announcements, it is noteworthy that they made the same major national newspaper within a week of each other:

 

1) Robotic drivers are being tested by Google’s Prius — drivers who don’t fall asleep at the wheel, get DUIs or speed or get traffic tickets.

 

How it works – LiDAR provides a continuously updated 3D map of the world at centimeter accuracy that extend for more than 230 feet around the car.

Four standard automotive radars with less resolution and greater range, three in front and one in the rear, are added to the LiDAR. A high resolution video camera is situated inside the car next to the rear-view mirror to detect street lights and moving obstacles like pedestrians and bicyclists. The Prius also has a GPS receiver and an inertial motion sensor.

Google Cars Drive Themselves, in Traffic, John Markoff, October 10, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

 

2) Another interesting article featured in The New York Times in the past week highlighted indoor mapping and geolocation. We have been thinking of indoor geolocation with regard to military and Homeland Security applications, however, according to the article  – “A number of start-up companies are charting the interiors of shopping malls, convention centers and airports to keep mobile phone users from getting lost as they walk from the food court to the restroom. Some of their maps might even be able to locate cans of sardines in a sprawling grocery store.”

 

Finding Your Way Through the Mall or the Airport, With a Cellphone Map, Verne G. Kopytoff, October 11, 2010, The New York Times, (registration required)

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