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More ESRI news: ESRI announced that SICAD Utilities has begun full integration of ESRI's ArcGIS technology into the SICAD UT product offerings. The two companies' development efforts will be used not only to integrate the technologies of their current product offerings but also to create a next-generation geographic information system (GIS) utility standard based on ESRI's technology.

The creation of the European Virtual Resource Pool (EVPool), and the availability of an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) was announced by the Open GIS Consortium (Europe) Limited (OGCE). Participants in EVPool will undertake critical work to increase understanding of the benefits of OpenGIS. specifications in European business and government pre-procurement settings. EVPool is intended to provide technical support for OGCE projects where strategic evaluation about future investments of interoperable geoprocessing will be made. The ITQ is available to European companies, universities and independent consultants.

Other OGC news: BAE SYSTEMS has renewed its Strategic Membership in OGC. Strategic Membership is the highest level of membership in OGC. BAE SYSTEMS joined OGC in 1995 and has been a Strategic Member of the Consortium since 2001.

Safe Software is a sponsor of the Open Data Consortium (ODC), an initiative adopted by the GeoData Alliance. The ODC's objective is to create a model data distribution policy to be used to guide local governments that make digital geographic information available to the public.

For more information on this project or to participate in this process, contact Bruce Joffe at Email Contact, or visit You may download "ODCone-pager.pdf" from FTP://, or check out the article in the January issue of GeoSpatial Solutions


From Canada comes the news that NovaLIS Technologies, provider of integrated land records management solutions has won the ESRI Canada Business Partner of the Year for 2002. NovaLIS received the award from ESRI Inc., at the ESRI Business Partner Conference in Palm Springs, California in March. The company is applauded for its successful delivery of Parcel Editor and its entire suite of ESRI-based integrated land records management solutions worldwide.


Jesse C. Jay and Scott F. Zieber, M.C.P., were recently named directors at GeoDecisions, an Information Technology (IT) consulting firm that specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Jay was named the transportation director, and Zieber was named the IT director.

Based in the firm's Austin, Texas office, Jay provides direction on GeoDecisions' transportation projects, in addition to being involved in business development. Jay currently serves as a senior project manager, project director, and GIS consultant.

Based in the firm's corporate office in Harrisburg, Pa., Zieber's job is to identify and recommend the best practices for hardware and software, to create and manage a development/test lab, monitor computer usage, and develop methodologies and best practices. His new role enhances GeoDecisions' service and communication capabilities.

New Products

A new evaluation kit from Sarantel allows OEM users of the company's DioHelix-F GPS receiver module to characterize it within their system using a simple PC interface. The DioHelix-F module, which combines Sarantel's omni-directional GPS miniature antenna with the Fastrax iTrax02/4 GPS receiver, measures only 66 x 30mm and weighs 30g. The output of the module gives a digital geographical position anywhere on the earth to an accuracy of about +/-10 metres and applications range from leisure products to vehicle navigation and logistics. SGI (NYSE: SGI) announced that the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., has installed SGI Visual Area Networking (VAN) technology, enabling individual users or teams to access the advanced visualization, high-performance computing and complex data management capabilities of a centralized visualization server. NCAR's new visualization lab is powered by an SGI Onyx 3800 graphics supercomputer running SGI OpenGL Vizserver software. The VisLab, managed by NCAR's Scientific Computing Division (SCD), combines people, computers, tools and techniques with the goal of advancing the atmospheric and related sciences by direct application of state-of-the-art collaborative visualization. The software for the project is SGI OpenGL Vizserver, which enables a single SGI Onyx 3000 series graphics supercomputer to distribute visualization sessions to virtually any kind of client. The rendering, compute and I/O power of the SGI Onyx 3000 series systems is made available on any end-user client device, including laptops, PCs, workstations, wireless tablet devices and, in the future, PDAs.

Aero Asahi Corporation, a company offering GIS intelligence solutions, has announced the release of ATOM 4.0, the latest version of the company's flagship product.

ATOM 4.0, based on COM (Component Object Model), spans the full spectrum of GIS requirements, from small applications designed for single-user desktop to sophisticated multi-user enterprise-wide systems. Developers can use ATOM 4.0 to create applications with developing tools for Windows, e.g., Microsoft Visual Basic and Microsoft Visual C++.

ESRI, announced that ArcWeb Flood Map Reports can now be ordered and downloaded. ArcWeb Flood Map Reports are created using Federal Emergency Management Agency Q3 flood data and GDT Dynamap/2000 street data. The reports assist in screening property addresses and/or other locations in approximately 1,200 counties across the United States to determine their flood-prone status. The flood maps help identify whether or not a specific location falls in or near a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). SFHAs are areas subject to inundation by a 100-year flood.

On the subject of floods, on March 21 British Waterways launched their GeoScaN system, a system designed to offer the world's first boat mounted inland water 3D spatial survey system. Developed by the Technical Services Department of British Waterways at Leeds, the GeoScaN system will provide information on the canal and river beds, heights of banks above water level and provide information on bank protection. Research has been ongoing into the dredging of river and heights of flood banks and the effects on recent floods.

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Around the Web

Domestic Security: The Line Starts Here By Philip Shenon, NY Times, April 06, 2003 Charles E. McQueary will influence how the government will spend billions of dollars on technology to defend America from terrorist attacks.

Silicon Valley Hikes Wireless Frontier By Steve Lohr, NY Times, Monday, April 07, 2003

To view the great Building Information Modeling Debate between Phil Bernstein of Autodesk and Keith Bentley of Bentley Systems, click here:

Intergraph Corporation (Nasdaq:INGR) will provide an online, real-time Webcast of its 1st quarter 2003 operating results conference call to be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Listeners to the webcast will be asked to pre-register and should plan to visit Intergraph Corporation 5 to 10 minutes before the broadcast of the conference call. A replay of the Webcast will also be available for on-demand access an hour after the initial Webcast and continuing until May 30, 2003. Intergraph Background Information

Additional reading in print:

Wired "Oh, Nooo! What If GPS Fails?" by Andrew Zolli, 5/2003, page 040. "John Petersen doesn't like surprises, but he studies them for a living. The director of the Arlington Institute, a scenario-planning outfit in Virginia, helps the government think about the unthinkable. His latest inquiry: What if the US Global Positioning System stopped working?"

Wired "The Race Back To the Moon" by Tom McNichol. 5/2003, page 144-148, 161. After 15 years of trying to get a private lunar mission off the ground, LunaCorp cofounder David Gump is slated to take off next year. Eventually, roving "telepresence portals" will beam back the full experience to Earthside theme parks"

Going on in April

2nd SCAR International Antarctic GIS Workshop
Date: April 7 - 11, 2003
Place: Freiburg, Germany
Following the first International Antarctic GIS workshop in Wuhan, China in 2000 the Geospatial Information Group within the Geoscience Standing Scientific Group of SCAR plans on holding a second GI Technical Experts Meeting of SCAR.
Date: April 7 - 10, 2003
Place: Coeur d'Alene Resort Coeur d'Alene, ID USA
9th Annual California GIS Conference 2003
Date: April 9 - 11, 2003
Place: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA USA
"The Evolving State of GIS" hosted by So Cal URISA and BAAMA (Bay Area Mapping Association)
Avenza Systems Training
Date: April 10 - 11, 2003
Place: Toronto, Canada
MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.
GIS in Action
Date: April 21 - 23, 2003
Place: Portland, OR USA
For the past eleven years, the Oregon chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the Columbia River Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) have held a conference dealing with current issues on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from a regional perspective. A full day of workshops will lead off this year's conference followed by two days of plenary and concurrent educational sessions.
FME Training Session
Date: April 21 - 22, 2003
Place: USA
Learn from the source how to use the core components of FME through hands-on training.
Avenza Systems Training
Date: April 24 - 25, 2003
Place: Washington D.C, USA
MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.
13th Annual Nevada State GIS Conference
Date: April 28 - 30, 2003
Nevada State GIS Conference, Reno, Nevada. This thirteenth annual conference, attracting GIS professionals from throughout the state and eastern California, exhibits the latest GIS technology and features introductory and advanced education sessions. For general information contact the conference committee chair; Sally Kleiner, phone: 775-954-4629, e-mail Email Contact
BREW Developers Conference
Date: April 28 - 30, 2003
Place: San Diego, CA USA

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