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Results of the most comprehensive survey to date of Canada's wild forests were released today in Ottawa by Global Forest Watch Canada. Using highly sophisticated satellite imagery, Canada's Large Intact Forest Landscapes reveals that 40 percent of Canada's forests have been fragmented by industrial activity, while 60 percent - almost entirely in the northern boreal region - remain intact.

The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have embarked on their transit to the Equator for the launch of the Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 satellite for PanAmSat Corporation and JSAT Corporation. Liftoff is scheduled for September 30, in a 39-minute launch window that will open at 9:03 pm PDT (4:03:00 GMT, October 1).

NASA plans to crash its $1.5 billion Galileo spacecraft into Jupiter next weekend to make sure it doesn't accidentally contaminate the planet's ice-covered moon Europa with bacteria from Earth. After Galileo's orbit carries it behind Jupiter at 3:49 p.m. EDT Sunday, the aging probe will plunge into the planet's stormy atmosphere at a speed of nearly 108,000 mph. Its suicide dive comes at the end of its 35th orbit of the planet -- far longer than the 11 orbits the spacecraft originally was planned to complete.

Java developers can take advantage of compressed and streaming digital maps by using RaveGeo from Idevio. RaveGeo Java is a software that reduces the size of vector-based geographical information with 90-95% and allows the data to be streamed fast and efficient to web browsers.

Website changes for Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions (IMGS): and Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions Support: http://imgssupport.intergraph.com.

In another announcement Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions (NASDAQ: INGR) said they are hosting Geospatial Intelligence Days for the geospatial intelligence community at the Intergraph campus in Reston, Virginia. Targeted at federal organizations, intelligence agencies, national mapping agencies and commercial industries, the conference focuses on geospatial intelligence solutions for data management; imagery exploitation; spatial analysis and intensification of data; and dissemination, collaboration and communication of data. The conference continues through Sept. 19, enabling attendees such as NIMA, AWF Fuer Militaerisches Geowesen, CIA, FEMA, USGS and others to enhance their knowledge of the geospatial intelligence industry and the latest technology. Once again in the news, IMGS announced it is sponsoring the 3rd International Digital Earth Symposium on Global Sustainability being held today through September 25 in BRNO, Czech Republic. Digital Earth 2003 brings together 250 participants representing national and local government organizations, national mapping agencies, academic and research organizations, and GIS and remote sensing suppliers from around the world to examine and advance global spatial data, information and knowledge to support solutions for global problems. Other news: IMGS announced that the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland, Australia, has launched a land information management system based on open GeoMedia(R) technology. The department is responsible for maintaining land, water and vegetation, including minimizing the impact of pest plants and animals in a state that covers an area of 1.7 million square kilometers around a quarter of the Australian continent. The system, called PestInfo, is a digital mapping tool for local councils to record, manage and analyze pest information in Queensland.

Data quality software provider Melissa Data announced the most commonly used categories of their free Internet-based search tool: Zip-City-Phone, Phone Numbers, and U.S. Addresses. These top three databases average more than 340,000 page views a day, demonstrating that value-added Internet search tools are still one of the most popular uses of the Net.

ARCBridge Consulting & Training, Inc., (Herndon, VA) announced the release and availability of ARCBridge NETSolv. a network analysis extension designed to be used with ESRI's ArcGIS Version 8.3, and ARCBridge FIRESolv Net

Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet / wireless, government, and business solutions and an active member of the OraclePartner Network, announced that its NAVTECH Map Data provides a digital roadmap database to exploit the powerful features of Oracle(R) Spatial 10g. Oracle Spatial 10g includes powerful new features that perform geocoding and routing in the database.

Kivera, location-based services technology provider, announced its release of Open Location Services (OpenLS). An initiative of the Open GIS Consortium, OpenLS is an emerging XML-based infrastructure for location-based software services that will accelerate the development and ease of deployment of location-based services by wireless carriers, directory assistance providers, Fleet companies and other organizations that utilize location technology to drive revenue and efficiencies.

Baker Energy announced that it will serve as a title sponsor and exhibitor at the first-ever Deepwater Operations Forum being held at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2003. Baker Energy, a unit of Michael Baker Corporation , provides engineering and operations services supporting deepwater operations in the Gulf of Mexico and other deepwater basins around the world.

UAI (Utility Automation Integrators, Incorporated), a provider of geospatial information technology solutions, announced that it has joined forces with six other world-renown corporations to form the GridWise® Alliance for transforming the nation's electric utility infrastructure into a more robust, flexible and reliable system.

CMP Media announced its Best of Show Awards for the TECHXNY, taking place September 16-18, 2003 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Six companies received awards for best wireless, storage, business/applications, server/peripheral, security and infrastructure and HP won overall Best of Show for its HP Compaq d530 desktop series.

Inforetech Wireless Technology Inc.® (BULLETIN BOARD: WYRE, WYRE.BE Berlin: IIW) , a leading supplier of GPS-based intelligence systems for golf, today announced that it has been selected by Greg Norman Golf Course Design Inc. and Great White Shark Enterprises Inc. to be the preferred supplier of GPS-based technology for all existing and future Norman courses worldwide.



Awards

Avineon, Inc., a provider of environmental mapping services, today announced that it has been awarded a two year contract for mapping Land Cover and Land Use (LCLU) for the boundaries covered by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).



New Products

Trimble introduced the NetRS(TM) reference station GPS receiver. Marking the ten-year anniversary of RTK GPS for surveying applications, the NetRS is latest in a long line of innovative GPS reference station and infrastructure solutions from Trimble. The NetRS features Trimble's new R-track technology, which includes the capability of tracking the new Civil Signal (L2C), scheduled to be available on certain GPS satellites in 2004. It is designed for use with Trimble's scalable infrastructure solutions and as a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) for geodetic, survey, high accuracy GIS and monitoring applications. Trimble also introduced new features for its two GPS reference station software packages, Trimble GPSBase and GPSNet version 2.2. Enhancements to the two software packages make it even easier for users to set up and maintain GPS surveying and positioning systems. GPSBase and GPSNet are part of the Trimble offering of scalable GPS infrastructure solutions.

The GIS/Scheduling software department of the Anything3D Corporation ( http://gis.anything3D.com ) announced that the new version of "A3D Scheduler System" with interactive tools for creation of the customized business solutions will be released at the end of November, 2003.

Haestad Press announced the publication of its comprehensive, practical guide to floodplain management, Floodplain Modeling Using HEC-RAS. Authored by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran Gary Dyhouse, this new textbook is an invaluable tool for students of floodplain management and practicing modelers and managers. This 700-page textbook provides expert instruction and sound advice on completing a floodplain study, including planning the study; determining the floodway; modeling bridges, culverts, and other special features; and modeling unsteady flow. In addition, it contains one-of-a-kind, hands-on instruction for using HEC-RAS, the worldwide standard simulation tool from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Haestad Methods at 1-800-727-6555 (USA or Canada) or +1-203-755-1666 (worldwide), e-mail info@haestad.com , or visit www.haestad.com, www.watersecurity.org, or www.civilquiz.com

MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS) announced the availability of MapInfo(R) PSYTE(R) U.S. Advantage, the company's industry-leading neighborhood profiling solution completely re-engineered with new, location-enhanced lifestyle and consumer demographics. Through its scientific and systematic cluster development, PSYTE U.S. Advantage enables companies to make more precise consumer buying and lifestyle behavior predictions, as well as make more insightful decisions regarding store placement, customer acquisition and target marketing. MapInfo also announced the availability of RiskDataInfo(TM), a comprehensive data set of weather and natural hazards for its Insurance Decision Solution Suite (IDSS), the company's industry-leading insurance visualization solution. Now, insurance companies and reinsurers can visually analyze and consider the potential impact of weather and other natural hazards in relation to a specific location. RiskDataInfo allows insurance carriers and reinsurers to consider comprehensive historical data on hail storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and wind storms, to make more informed decisions on risk exposure, allowing reduced costs and enhanced profitability. MapInfo will be demonstrating RiskDataInfo at the ACORD and Insurance & Technology Insurance Standards Leadership Forum (ISLF) which is being held today in Chicago.

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