GIS Responds to the Asian Tsunami


On the opening day of the U.S. Forest Service's Centennial Congress, Greenpeace, in cooperation with the Big Sky Conservation Institute, has identified the nation's last remaining intact forests and faulted the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for failing to protect them. America's Keystone Forests: Mapping the Next 100 Years of Forest Protection names 11 "Keystone Forests," the biggest forest areas left in the United States that provide the best habitat for the most diverse species. Most of these forests are found on public land managed by the Forest Service or the BLM.

The following areas were identified as keystone forests: the Maine Woods, the Blue Ridge-Appalachia, the Florida Panhandle, the Upper Great Lakes, the Mogollon, the Sierra, the Klamath-Siskiyou, the Pacific Northwest Volcanic, the North Cascades, the Northwest Rockies and the Alaska Coastal Temperate Rainforest. Unique maps show the condition and ownership of the land within each forest.

"These maps draw together for the first time the latest scientific studies of forest fragmentation, road density, biological diversity and health of plant and animal communities," said Bill Haskins, GIS manager of the Big Sky Conservation Institute and creator of the forest maps. "They provide a penetrating look at the damage already done, and a prescription for saving and restoring what's left of our most diverse native forests."

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced Telefonica de Espana S.A.U. has chosen Intergraph's G/Comms, the company's next-generation technology for communications utility geofacilities management based on G/Technology, as the enabling core for its Geospatial Resource Management (GRM) System. Telefonica, a top 10 communications provider worldwide and one of Europe's leading telecommunications operators, serves 100 million customers worldwide.

PCI Geomatics announces the integration of GeoTango's SmartDigitizer technology for semi-automated feature extraction. This revolutionary technology quickly extracts feature lines and polygons from a wide variety of remotely sensed images.

Intermap Technologies announced a contour dataset derived from and designed to complement its family of NEXTMap Britain digital elevation models. The contour dataset will be of particular interest to engineers and planners who need to be able to present projects in hard copy format and visualize the shape of the terrain over large areas without obscuring underlying mapping.

MapInfo Corporation, a global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that its next generation E9-1-1 solution is the first submission to successfully complete Future Path Plan Compliance Review by the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). This Internet Protocol (IP)-based E9-1-1 solution was developed by MapInfo in conjunction with SIPquest, GeoComm and others, and has been awarded a "Conditionally Compliant" rating by NENA. According to NENA, the system will be eligible to receive a fully "Compliant" rating upon the successful production of operations and maintenance documentation through a pilot program.

The World Resources Institute unveiled an expanded and more robust set of tools which provides decision-makers with a comprehensive, easy-to-use platform for obtaining information and conducting analyses on climate change.

The Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT version 2.0) gives climate negotiators, researchers, journalists and policy-makers easy access to national, regional and global data on greenhouse gas emissions and other climate-relevant datasets. CAIT ( ) draws its information from a wide range of national and international sources.

Trimble announced that it will hold its International User Conference Oct. 23 - 26, 2005 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. With more than 100 sessions planned, Trimble Dimensions 2005 will focus on applying technology to the needs faced daily by surveying, construction, and civil engineering professionals.

DigitalGlobe announced that the company's QuickBird satellite imagery was used by the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) in order to successfully prepare for the Clinton Presidential Library opening recently. The AGIO coordinated with numerous city, county, state and federal agencies to plan for the library opening.

The library's grand opening ceremony on November 18 was attended by President Bush, as well as former Presidents Clinton, Carter and George H.W. Bush. Musical artists U2 and Aretha Franklin were also in attendance.

The total number of tornadoes reported in the United States reached a record high during the year 2004, surpassing the previous record by almost 300, according to officials at NOAA's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. The findings are based on a preliminary review of reports filed by NOAA's National Weather Service forecast offices, and compared to historical records dating back to 1950. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


Timmons Group is pleased to announce the professional promotions of several talented individuals throughout the firm: Stephen Raugh, PE has been named Group Leader within the Timmons Group's site development sector with a focus on education. Scott Collins, PE has been promoted to Group Leader in the firm's Charlottesville office. Collins' expertise includes residential development. He is active with development communities and government agencies to establish zoning and subdivision ordinances that implement smart growth and conservation design concepts. Lowell Ballard has been promoted to Group Leader within the Timmons Group's technology sector. Ballard has considerable experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) consulting. William Vest, PE has been named Project Manager in the firm's Loudoun County office. Vest has been with the firm since 2003 and is responsible for coordination with clients, public sector review agencies, the general public, architects and various sub consultants. Kevin Pennock, PE has been promoted to Project Manager with Timmons Group's site development sector. Pennock was the first within the firm to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation and works rigorously with the education group to improve its sustainable design standards. Frank Slinsky, III, PE has been named Project Manager with the firm's site development sector. Slinsky has experience with all aspects of project management of civil engineering site development projects from conceptual design through construction.

NASA and the U.S. Department of Interior presented The William T. Pecora Award for excellence in remote sensing to William Krabill of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Va. Krabill, a 35-year NASA veteran, is an investigator for airborne LIDAR topographic mapping and Global Positioning System (GPS) applications. His vision of combining airborne laser ranging measurements and GPS has revolutionized glaciology, coastal zone mapping and measurement of land surface change.

BAE Systems has named Mark E. Sarojak, sales director for the Americas, representing the company's Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) line of business, which consists of the VITec(r), SOCET SET(r) and SOCET GXP(tm) products.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced that its board of directors elected Thomas Roddy as chairman and appointed Lori Jones as chief executive officer. It also announced the resignations of Mr. Livingston Kosberg and Mr. Wayne Fuquay from the board. Mr. Fuquay also resigned as chief executive officer of the Company.

Digital mapping/geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced the appointment of Richard Rollins as marketing manager. Reporting to board member and sales and marketing director, Martin McGarry, he takes on responsibility for overseeing Cadcorp's worldwide marketing strategy.

New Products

Freeance Direct allows linking of industry standard databases that contain street addresses or coordinate locations and map these records directly to an ArcIMS service. By removing the requirement for large, static GIS layers, the Web mapping application maintain faster response times and its data does not become outdated.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), unveiled the GPS 60 and GPSMAP® 60 - two feature-packed handheld GPS navigators with large, high-resolution monochrome displays with a price point that makes it affordable to a larger number of customers.

DCSE Inc, a California developer of enterprise-wide GIS and collaborative web-based solutions, announced the release of Mapplet.NET V2.1.

MWH Soft, Inc., a global provider of water resources applications software, announced the worldwide availability of InfoSWMM for ArcGIS (ESRI, Redlands, CA). Designed specifically for the ArcGIS platform, InfoSWMM is a product that integrates the needs of both GIS and wastewater engineering professionals in one affordable package.

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