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Specifically with 5.1, we have added support for Oracle read/write views. Oracle views were supported in GM 5.0 as read-only.

The V8 World Tour is a venue for some important technology releases from Bentley Systems, Incorporated, not the least being the global, synchronized release of its V8 Generation products. This type of release has been much sought after by customers, who have had to wait for releases of applications for six months or more after receiving the flagship new product release. For AEC software vendors, this ambitious delivery schedule has been an impossibility up until now. This combination of products will include MicroStation® V8.1, its applications, and all Bentley collaboration servers, and offers up the grand plan of fully integrated functionality for the building, civil, geospatial, and plant vertical markets.

Also coming out of the V8 World Tour is the announcement of Bentley Systems, Incorporated's V8 Generation version of Bentley® PowerDraft™ and the new family of PowerDraft applications. Based on PowerDraft technology, Power products are for users who want drawing-oriented, domain-specific functionality at a very reasonable price.

This new product line natively supports both DGN and DWG and should make it easier for cartographers, mapping professionals, surveyors, operations and maintenance managers, and many others, to contribute and view far richer content than they can with other drawing tools.

Interestingly enough, available immediately is the first Power product, Bentley® PowerMap™, a full-featured mapping and geospatial application. Bentley PowerMap allows users to create highly accurate large scale maps using its 2D geometry and editing environment. It is also a robust development platform for other geospatial applications.


Telcontar, location-based services (LBS) platform provider, and telematics software company Televoke announced a merger between the two companies to create a supplier of software and related services for powering location-based services in the United States and Europe. Together Telcontar's spatial software platform and Televoke's Automated User Interface will enable customers to produce powerful mobile safety, security and convenience (MSSC) services.

A distribution agreement for the sale and service of Leica Geosystems' GPS/GIS and GPS Reference Station products in Virginia was announced by Leica Geosystems and Loyola Enterprises.

Loyola Enterprises has established a new Precision Spatial Systems Division, headed by former Leica Geosystems sales representative Brian Daniel, to serve the growing GPS/GIS market. Loyola's plans also include providing a broad range of services that will complement the Leica GPS/GIS product line including GPS to GIS data processing, aerial and satellite image processing, and will offer technical and programming services to design, install, operate and manage web-based GIS.

Laser-Scan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with leading professional services consulting firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) to develop its presence in Australia.

As a result of a partnership agreement between TeleAtlas and Wanadoo, Wanadoo users throughout Europe now have access to the most accurate and up-to-date maps on the Internet. A popular French Internet service, Wanadoo Maps' services are produced in 6 languages and are aimed chiefly at a European audience. This agreement opens access to all TeleAtlas' European databases and maps. TeleAtlas was chosen by Wanadoo for its 9 million active customers as well as its portals and the suitability of its mapping data. Complete, correct and up-to-date data enables users to generate detailed maps whose features include the direction of traffic, the rail network, rivers and lakes.

Professional Surveyor's Publishing Company (PSPCI), publisher of Professional Surveyor Magazine and GIS Monitor, announced the acquisition of Earth Observation Magazine (EOM). The acquisition of EOM broadens the platform of PSPCI's highly respected position in the North American geomatics industry.

In print since 1981, Professional Surveyor Magazine has grown several hundred percent in recent years, according to the press release. Roland Mangold, past president and publisher of EOM since its launch in 1993, has signed a multi-year employment contract with PSPCI and will remain as a full-time member of the editorial team.


Viewscape3D Graphics Ltd. announced the appointment of Brad Desaulniers as CEO. A Vancouver native, he was educated at Harvard University in Cambridge. Also a former world champion squash player, Mr. Desaulniers has received management experience from Xerox and London Life and Uniglobe Travel. He also co-founded and operated the world's largest value added reseller for Maximizer Software (Multi Active Vancouver) and was the acting Canadian Marketing Manager for an $80 million USD consolidator of Microsoft Certified Training Centers.

Chris Duncombe, Viewscape3D's new Vice President of Technology who recently joined the company in its first acquisition (ATP Engineering Inc.) commented, “Brad's considerable experience adds knowledge, strength, and diversity to our growing team of committed management professionals.”


MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS)'s technology fully supports the White House's Office for Homeland Security (OHS) call for open standards and IT interoperability, according to an announcement made this week. MapInfo's location-based technology can access data from GIS or enterprise database systems without any proprietary interfaces.

This non-proprietary approach is especially advantageous in the sharing of location-based information -- such as data on people, assets and facilities - when rapid response and accuracy is essential in critical emergency situations. Generally different agencies and departments keep a tight hold on their information in various formats. Because of this, the Department of Homeland Security has called for the development of information integration architectures that will make it easier to share homeland security information with state, local and private organizations.

In another announcement, MapInfo revealed that MapInfo miAware 2.0 is the industry's first mobile location services platform to adhere to Mobile Location Protocol specifications set by the Location Interoperability Forum (LIF), which is now part of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). MapInfo also supports the Open GIS Consortium's OpenLS-proposed specifications and has been helping to develop specifications in the Open GIS Consortium since 1997. miAware enables wireless carriers to create customized mobile location services, and is currently being used by Vodafone in several different sites.

The Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC) announces a Request for Comment (RFC) on the proposed Web Map Context Documents Implementation Specification. This proposed specification describes a standardized approach to enable the capture and maintenance of the context - or state information - of a Web Map Server (WMS) request so that this information can be reused easily in the future user session. Those interested in this RFC are invited to comment on the document, which is located at www.opengis.org/info/techno/rfc16info.htm . Comments must be submitted to OGC no later than 21 March 2003.

Analytical Surveys, Inc. announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2002. Compared to the same quarter a year ago, first quarter revenues for first fiscal quarter were $4.3 million versus $5.6 million of the same time the year before. The Company reported a first quarter net loss available to common shareholders of $817,000, or 99 cents per diluted share, versus net earnings of $4.0 million, or $5.80 per diluted share, in the first quarter last year. Last year's first quarter results included a gain from the extinguishment of debt totaling $9.6 million and a write-off of goodwill of $3.6 million.

PlanGraphics, Inc. (OTCBB: PGRA) announced a net loss of $291,257 on revenue of $1,649,639 for the quarter ended December 31, 2002, as compared with net income of $37,934 on $2,120,218 a year prior.

Revenue for the current quarter, down $470,579, or 22 percent from the prior year, continued to be constrained by several contracts for the company's geographic information systems (GIS) solutions held in abeyance by key local government customers pending receipt of federal funding and resolution of changes in clients' administrative policies and procedures. The first quarter loss was less than one cent per share, based on 98,214,418 weighted average shares outstanding versus net income of less than one cent on 64,228,797 weighted average shares outstanding a year ago.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) announced the inaugural Geospatial Achievement Awards program. Intergraph users who have developed innovative, technologically advanced mapping and geospatial solutions to better serve their communities or constituencies have an opportunity to be recognized by these awards. Organizations that help to set the standard for the industry's future will be highlighted at the event. All organizations are encouraged to submit entries by April 1, 2003.

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