GISCafe Weekly Review February 28th, 2013

A GIS Laboratory, Indeed
February 28, 2013  by Don Talend

Arizona State’s GIS master’s program thrusts students onto the leading edge of the field—and geospatial technologies

A good place to get a sense of where the geographic information system (GIS) field is headed is Lattie F. Coor Hall at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. That’s the home of the 30-credit-hour Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MAS-GIS) Program within ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Here, students are exposed to not only the latest GIS concepts but also ever-evolving technologies.

ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning offers additional options for GIS studies, including an undergraduate certificate and an undergraduate degree program that is in development. Like all master’s programs, though, the MAS-GIS is designed to convey the most advanced concepts in its field.

The program was developed from 2002–2003 and launched in 2004 by Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr., who had overseen ASU’s Office of Climatology for 18 years. Balling—the associate program director—and several faculty associates—including Nik Smilovsky, MS, GISP, product specialist for Topcon Positioning Systems dealer RDO Integrated Controls in Phoenix—part of RDO Equipment Co.—teach a total of 10 courses in the program, which also includes an internship and capstone GIS project in the final semester. Typically, students start in the fall semester and complete their studies in 12 months.

Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr., associate director of the Masters of Advanced Study in GIS (MAS-GIS) Program at Arizona State University, developed the curriculum for a program that has provided advanced training for more than 250 students since 2004.

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass on Autodesk Financials
February 26, 2013  by Susan Smith

In a webcast this week, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass addressed the company’s financials. “As we near the 2-year anniversary of the launch of our design and creation suites, we couldn’t be more pleased with their progress and growth. Revenue from Suites increased 50% over that 2-year period. Suites now represent 30% of total revenue, up from 23% just 2 years ago. We’re delivering exceptional value to our customers, who get to utilize and experience more of our broad product portfolio. What’s more, we have seen a meaningful increase in our ASPs. It’s a win-win. Growth in our Suites help drive the record revenue results in both our AEC and Manufacturing business segments.”

Bass went on to say that the investments made over the past couple of years in major account direct sales continue to pay off. In the fourth quarter, Autodesk had a record 45 transactions that exceeded $1 million in value. This is up 25% year-on-year. The total value for these large deals increased 36% year-on-year. For FY ’13, large deals increased by 18%.

Autodesk’s AEC business had record quarterly results. Strong growth in AEC Suites to the growing implementation of BIM across all disciplines of the AEC industry, including infrastructure. BIM 360 wins in Q4 were concentrated in construction, reflecting Autodesk’s leadership role in providing cloud and mobile technologies to that industry.

From a geographic perspective, Q4 revenue was driven by strong results in Asia-Pacific. Strong growth in Japan and China led APAC’s results. EMEA had modest growth as reported, but was better on a constant currency basis. Results in EMEA were led by strong large deal activity in Northern Europe.

The Story Behind Intergraph’s Geospatial 2013 Offering
February 26, 2013  by Matthew Langan

Earlier this year, Intergraph launched its Intergraph Geospatial 2013 product portfolio, which is the first and only comprehensive solution that connects all geospatial genres by integrating photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS into a streamlined system, seamlessly delivering geographic information from the desktop to the server through the web and to the world.

What makes this offering unique is that Intergraph is now a complete, one-stop shop, allowing users to exploit the wealth of information contained in data from any source, share it rapidly (and securely), and deliver it on-demand as reliable and actionable information to drive smarter decisions.

Intergraph Geospatial 2013 aims to provide all the tools necessary to complete projects on time and on budget.  The united and highly comprehensive portfolio includes new releases of GeoMedia, ERDAS IMAGINE, LPS, ImageStation, ERDAS APOLLO, GeoMedia Smart Client, GeoMedia WebMap, Geospatial Portal and Geospatial SDI.

Be sure to check out this video, which showcases the story behind Intergraph’s Geospatial 2013 portfolio.

“25 February 2013 – The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) has adopted “Semantic annotations in OGC standards” as an OGC Best Practice.

OGC standards provide standard ways of locating and transporting network-resident geospatial data and ways of locating and invoking geospatial services. Without proper descriptions of these resources, however, use of the resources is limited to small user groups. To make a geospatial resource more widely discoverable, assessable and useful, resource providers must annotate the resource with descriptive metadata that can be read and understood by a broad audience. Without such metadata, people will neither be able to find the resource using search engines nor will they be able to evaluate if the discovered resource satisfies their current information need.

Geospatial Apps for a Smarter Public Works System
February 25, 2013  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Public Works departments manage and keep track of massive amounts of geospatial data. This includes a broad range of information, from digging permits, to inspecting, maintaining and updating a wide variety of assets (fire hydrants, manholes, pipes, street furniture and even buildings themselves).

To effectively manage and leverage this data for smarter decision-making, these organizations require flexible, web-based GIS solutions. Advanced geospatial functionality must be balanced with intuitive applications, enabling both subject matter experts and non-GIS-trained personnel to collaborate on work benefiting the public.   Ultimately, these solutions enable departments to configure and deploy easy-to-use, map-based, task-oriented web applications.

We’ve been building mobile ArcGIS Online apps for both online and offline editing. One important requirement has been image attachments. But one area we see as being equally as important are audio and video files. So providing richer data and attaching that in ArcGIS Online to a feature. The video below shows attaching in offline mode an mp3 audio and wmv video file to a feature and uploading the data to a hosted feature service in ArcGIS Online.

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