Embracing Geospatial Intelligence -- GIS Emphasizes How the World Works

Antarctica Systems Inc. of Vancouver, a pioneer in the development of visualization technology, announced it has signed a partnership with MANDEX, Inc., a 29 year provider of Information Technology (IT), engineering and integration services and products to federal agencies and commercial clients, to promote Antarctica's Visual Net software to the federal government.


Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), announced that revenue for its fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2003 increased eight percent sequentially to $211 million compared to $196 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. Net revenues were $229 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. First quarter net income was $7.5 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared to net income of $6.4 million or $0.06 per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003. Net income for the same quarter a year ago was $17.6 million or $0.15 per diluted share.

Autodesk's sequential quarter growth was fueled by three factors: strong product releases, 28 percent revenue growth in the Discreet division, reflecting an improved media and entertainment market, and continued momentum of the subscription program. During the quarter, Autodesk unveiled the strongest product lineup in its 21 year history.

For the quarter, Baker posted a net loss of ($97,000) or ($0.01) per diluted share, on total contract revenues of $99 million. This compares with net income of $1.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, on total contract revenues of $96 million in first-quarter 2002. The decline in year-over-year earnings is attributable primarily to the overall mix of project work in the Energy segment, which is yielding lower than expected margins; lower than anticipated volume and labor utilization rates in the Engineering segment; higher occupancy costs and related relocation expenses for the company's largest office facility, which also includes its headquarters, near Pittsburgh; and the costs associated with the infrastructure and amortization of the company's new information systems, which were implemented on January 1, 2003.

GE Network Solutions, entered into an agreement with Zheijiang Provincial Electric Power Company (ZPEPC) in China to optimize its energy distribution and transmission infrastructure. Known for its ability to help large companies leverage the power of their existing network infrastructure, GE Network Solutions will implement its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology™ application that will allow ZPEPC to create and analyze maps and schematics, extract circuit data to predict demand, analyze network load, and to scrutinize demographic information.

GE Network Solutions also signed an agreement with Energie Baden-Würtemberg AG (EnBW) of Germany, to standardize its disparate geo-spatial information systems. With more than 4.2 million customers, EnBW is Germany's third largest energy business.

To commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the first ascent to the summit of Mt. Everest, Space Imaging is releasing this high-resolution IKONOS satellite image and 3D fly-over of Mt. Everest. On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of the world's tallest mountain. Since then approximately 1,200 men and women have made the daring journey to the top of the 29,035 foot mountain.

DigitalGlobe announced that Bowles Farming, an agriculture customer in Los Banos, Calif., is using 30 foot resolution SPOT satellite imagery for precision farming applications, land acquisition assessment, and improved crop quality, asset and nutrition management. In addition to providing the imagery, DigitalGlobe worked closely with Bowles Farming to train company representatives on the use and interpretation of digital satellite imagery.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced its participation in a contract awarded by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, (NIMA), for Phase II of its Softcopy Search project. The contract team led by Eastman Kodak Company also includes Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Paragon Imaging and Idelix Software. NIMA's Softcopy Search research and development program is designed to demonstrate the capability of commercially available off the shelf Win/Intel-based hardware and software to provide a more efficient and effective way to conduct broad area search over large geographic areas.

Holonics Data Management Group Ltd. was awarded a contract from Environment Canada. Valued at $336,450, the contract requires Holonics to design and develop Environment Canada's Electronic Data Reporting and Management System (EDRMS), which will provide the framework for a single window of pollutant information, and a secure channel for stakeholders and partners to collect, monitor, analyze and disseminate pollutant data across Canada.

PCI Geomatics(r) is providing multiple licenses of PCI Geomatica and eCognition software to the Canadian Space Agency, Ducks Unlimited, Environment Canada and several other organizations participating in the development of a wetland inventory and classification system for Canada. These members, organized under the National Wetland Inventory umbrella, are cooperating to provide a wetland inventory that will eventually contribute to ecosystem monitoring throughout North America.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a leading edge Geospatial Information and Services (GIS) Support task order for the U.S. Air Force bases in the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). GSA's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), a program of the Federal Technology Service (FTS), competitively selected Titan Corporation through FTS's Millennia Lite contract on behalf of its USAF client. With all options exercised the seven year eight month task order will have a minimum value of over $69 million.

UCLID Software will offer more parcel mapping webinars (online seminars) in June. Attendees will learn how to work faster on parcel mapping projects in ESRI ArcGIS. Anyone who works with parcel maps in ArcGIS or plans to in the future is encouraged to attend. The webinars will be especially helpful to organizations that work with scanned documents or property legal descriptions in ASCII text format. The live 20-minute session is free of charge. Online registration is available at http://webinar.uclid.com.

Cell-Loc Inc. (TSX: CLQ) announced that it has completed a private placement for gross subscription proceeds of $150,000.06 (Cdn) in relation to the issuance of 357,143 units. Each unit is priced at $0.42 and is comprised of one common share and one common share purchase warrant which entitles the holder to purchase one common share priced at $0.45 upon exercise within 24 months.

GeoConcept SA announced that it will provide a GIS client/server intranet solution for the command post of France's gendarmerie. The solution will give security forces immediate and complete views of the theatre of operations and enable them to obtain, analyze and distribute in real-time the ground information recorded by police.


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Brenda Pierce as the new program coordinator for the Energy Resources Program. DigitalGlobe(tm) announced Henry Dubois has been promoted to serve as president, in addition to his role as COO and CFO, for DigitalGlobe. Herb Satterlee remains as CEO and chairman of the board.

New Products

DMTI Spatial™ announced the release of CanMap® Streetfiles v7.1, CanMap Parks v1.1, and CanMap Water v1.1.

Tactician Corporation announced the availability of affordable Major Mall data through MapScape.com, an Internet-based product that provides demographic mapping, reporting, market area and location analysis solutions for retail analysts, marketers and real estate agents.

OPTIMUS Corporation announced the Michaels Computer Aided Air and Ground Dispatch module - which enables dispatchers to make highly intuitive emergency transport decisions for ground and air vehicles, based on the most up-to-date information available.

MuskokaTech announced the release of the highly anticipated PathAway version 3.0, GPS Navigation and Mapping Software. This latest update offers new features designed to enhance the Palm® handheld + GPS experience for it's current user-base, and extend it's market reach into the professional GIS sector.

MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS) announced that MapInfo(R) AnySite(R), has been significantly enhanced with new capabilities and advanced data to provide analysts and marketers in the retail, restaurant, real estate and financial industries with a more powerful decision support tool.

The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announced the availability of the Web Map Service (WMS) Cookbook version 1.0, the first in a planned series of books detailing the implementation and use of OpenGIS(R) Specifications. WMS defines interfaces for Web-based software to learn about, retrieve, merge and query maps. The Cookbook provides the basic understanding and steps needed for implementing and exploiting the WMS interface and related technologies. The document is available for download in Portable Document Format (PDF) at http://www.ogcnetwork.org .

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