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The following article in this week’s Huntsville Times settled a matter that many thought had been settled long ago.
Intergraph Settles $200M suit with Bentley Systems
HUNTSVILLE, AL — An eight-year lawsuit between the former Intergraph Corp. and Pennsylvania-based software maker Bentley Systems has been settled for nearly $200 million, according to court documents.
The settlement is among the largest in Madison County history, court watchers said.
As part of a settlement agreed upon last month, Cobalt BSI Holding, which bought Intergraph in 2006, will sell back to Bentley its 15.6 million shares of Bentley stock, at a purchase price of just over $12 per share, totaling about $198 million, according to court documents. In July 2010, Sweden-based Hexagon AB bought Intergraph from Cobalt for $2.1 billion.
The settlement total includes $9.9 million in fees and expenses awarded to Cobalt’s attorneys, including Bartley Loftin III of Huntsville and his firm, Maynard Cooper & Gale.
Intergraph sold its civil engineering products to Bentley in 2000 and the deal included proceeds from maintenance contracts.
In 2002 the companies began their long courtroom skirmish, with Intergraph challenging how much Bentley owed it from a promissory note and Bentley countersuing in connection with Intergraph’s handling of the maintenance contracts.
As part of the settlement, both sides agreed not to issue press releases about the agreement or otherwise publicly discuss the case, except to note the agreement was “consensually resolved.”
A settlement hearing before Circuit Judge Tom King, from Jefferson County, who gave preliminary approval to the deal in December, will be Feb. 10 at the Madison County Courthouse.
In July 2010, Sweden-based Hexagon AB bought Intergraph from Cobalt BSI Holding for $2.1 billion.
One question that arose among those of us who have followed Intergraph since the days when Bentley Systems was owned by Intergraph, is: does Intergraph still own 30 percent of Bentley Systems, and if so, how is Bentley affected by the recent news of this acquisition?
In an AECCafe Today blog, on July 13, 2010, Chris Barron, vice president of corporate marketing for Bentley, responded: ”As a privately held company, Bentley does not routinely report on the identity of its minority stockholders or the stockholders or the size of their holdings. However, in response to your question, we can advise you that the Bentley shares previously held by Intergraph were transferred to an affiliate of its private equity owners following its going private transaction in 2006 and we have no indications that those shares are part of the sale to Hexagon.”
Clearly much of what has gone on with Intergraph and Bentley has occurred under wraps and the two companies have agreed not to issue press releases or publicly discuss the case.
A just released Daratech study reported that sales of GIS/Geospatial software, services and data grew 10.3% to US$4.4 billion in 201o.
The forecast for the coming year is that GIS/Geospatial sales will grow more than 8.3% to almost US$5 billion, according to Daratech’s CEO Charles Foundyller. He attributes the growth to the popularity of Google Earth and consumer navigation systems such as TomTom, linking business and consumer data with geo-enabled apps. This will become the norm, he says.
A new American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau is said to make online access to 2010 Census data — and many more statistics — easier than ever.
According to press materials, “The new American FactFinder offers a fresh look, new tools and easier access to a wide range of Census Bureau statistics. Online today, you will find population estimates for 2008 and earlier years and findings from the 2000 Census. When fully implemented, the new FactFinder is projected to have about 250 billion data cells in more than 40,000 tables. “
ABI Research forecasts that the number of global users of telematics smartphone applications will increase from 3.2 million in 2011 to 129 million in 2016, with North America as the dominant region.
Radar of worst flooding areas in Queensland, The Weather Channel
The Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) Yellow Pages (YP) links consumers to the best foreign and local enterprises (through the print directory and its online version at www.eyp.ph), according to press materials.
A free call center service, the YP Assist, is offered to advertisers with every minimum advertising placement. Other value-added services that DPC Yellow Pages are offering its advertisers for free include DPC Geographical Information System (GIS).
The DPC GIS is a mapping software that combines business and market information with the Philippine map and the latest data from the National Statistics Office.
One of the main enhancements of Safe Software’s FME 2011 release (released today) is new functionality for manipulating point cloud data. Many people must deal with lidar point cloud data as part of their daily work, and they don’t know how to manage it. It’s awkward to deal with because it’s in huge data volumes.
Other features of the new release: during the authoring phase users can inspect the data. Historically you had to wait for the authoring to be over and then you could look at all the data at various stages. Now the whole authoring stage is interactive so now rather than make it batch as it was before, when authoring workbench scripts you can stop the transformation process to examine the current state of the data.
There is also new database support, and the ability to inspect point clouds.
“No matter what the data interoperability challenge, FME 2011 delivers extraordinary new data transformation powers to help users unleash their inner Spatial Superhero.”
Not exactly new, but notable is Esri’s ZIP Code Lookup tool that allows anyone to enter a ZIP Code in the U.S. and learn about those who live in that area.
Demographic and market information such as income, employment, vehicle preferences, and leisure activities are among the data the tool will display.
To use the tool, the user enters a ZIP Code, then the browser-based Silverlight application instantly generates three of what is known as Tapestry segments for the area in question. Esri’s Tapestry Segmentation system classifies U.S. residential neighborhoods into unique market segments that are based on socioeconomic and demographic data.
The excitement this past week at CES about all the different phones and apps that would be available, with 4G and other functionality, extends to GIS with the announcement of the free ArcGIS for Windows Phone app.
According to a press release issued recently, Microsoft Windows Phone users can access sophisticated mapping capabilities on their phone with the ArcGIS for Windows Phone app. “ArcGIS for Windows Phone lets you find, use, and share maps as well as deploy GIS data and functionality on Windows Phone devices. The free app is now available and can be downloaded directly from the Windows Marketplace.
ArcGIS for Windows Phone serves as a mobile gateway into the ArcGIS system to:
- Explore and navigate maps.
- Find places and addresses.
- Query map layers and data.
- Collect, edit, and update features and attribute information while performing field data collection and inspection projects. “