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Award recipients will be officially announced at GeoSpatial World 2003, the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community International Training and Management Conference, May 19-21, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Winners will receive a special recognition award and one complimentary registration to GeoSpatial World 2003.

For complete program guidelines and instructions on submitting an entry, visit www.intergraph.com/gis/community/awards/achievement.asp. For more information on GeoSpatial World 2003, visit www.geospatialworld.com.

Laser-Scan's web-based flight information service for No.1 Aeronautical Information Documents Unit (No.1 AIDU) of the Royal Air Force, gained RAF accreditation.

With the NOTAM Display System (NDS) aircrew can input routing information via an ordinary web browser, and to retrieve and display all NOTAMs (Notice To AirMen) that are pertinent to that flight. This NDS provides aircrew with an effective method of identifying only those NOTAMs that are relevant to their particular journey, according to a variety of search criteria.

Although NDS has been available for military usage over the web via an Internet service since September 2002, and via a limited-access AIDU Intranet service since October 2002, with this accreditation the Internet service is switched over to the high-bandwidth RAF Local Data Communications Network.

GeoConcept SA announced the opening of its Swiss subsidiary, GeoConcept International Software SA Switzerland. The new subsidiary results from a friendly takeover of its partner, SIT Conseil in Geneva. Under the leadership of Guillaume Beauregard, the new company has six staff including four former members of SIT Conseil.

As a result of this move, GeoConcept SA becomes owner of the leading edge solution, Edilis, a tool for local government management which will become available to its international distribution network. GeoConcept International Software SA Switzerland will distribute GeoConcept¹s entire product range.

Haestad Methods announced the launch of its 2003 Tour of Europe by exhibiting at the Water & Wastewater Europe (W&WE) conference in Nice, France, March 4-6. This customized tour was launched to maximize Haestad Methods' support and services to the European market through strategic conferences, localized training, and onsite visits to top water distribution companies.

More positive quarterly reports: Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) ended its fiscal 2003 by posting best-ever quarterly product shipments, revenue and operating profit in the period ended Jan. 31.

Dell gained almost three points of global market share from one year ago -- more than three points in servers -- and nearly five share points in the United States. All customer and product categories were strong.

Fourth-quarter unit shipments were 25 percent higher; without Dell, the global industry grew less than 1 percent. Shipments in strategically important countries China, France, Germany and Japan increased a combined 39 percent. Dell server growth in those markets was 47 percent.

Quarterly revenue was $9.7 billion, up 21 percent from last year. Company earnings were 23 cents per share, an increase of 35 percent. Full-year net earnings were $2.12 billion, on record revenue of $35.4 billion. Earnings per share for fiscal 2003 reached 80 cents, up from 65 cents absent a special charge in the prior year.

Contributing to Dell's success was the company's 28-percent increase in shipments of PowerEdge servers -- more than five times larger than server volumes for the rest of the industry.

Instructors at several civil engineering schools- the University of Dayton, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and the Oregon Institute of Technology - recently selected Autodesk® Land Desktop software for their classes in surveying, design, and modeling. The choice was made because, according to school representatives, the majority of the engineering organizations in their regions use the solution, making knowledge of this tool a necessity for success in the civil engineering field.

“In a survey of our advisory board members - who are professionals in civil engineering - the vast majority told us that they are using Autodesk solutions,” said Dr. Joe Saliba, chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics department at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. “So, in order to prepare our students properly for the positions they will seek after graduation, we must ensure they are proficient with the tools adopted by the industry.”

Joining the Bentley V8 Generation World Tour as sponsors and participants are Adobe Systems Incorporated, Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation and others, according to Bentley Systems Incorporated. The tour has already visited London and Orlando, FL, and will visit more than 70 cities around the world over the next three months, culminating at the Bentley International User Conference, May 18-22 in Baltimore, MD. A full list of tour dates and venues can be found at www.v8worldtour.com.

The Smart Card Alliance announced a new white paper, “Privacy and Secure Identification Systems: The Role of Smart Cards as a Privacy-Enabling Technology” at the Mid-Winter Conference held in Salt Lake City. The white paper emphasizes how smart cards can serve as a tool to help protect the privacy of individuals, and is available free to members and non-members on the website at www.smartcardalliance.org . In two weeks, another white paper will be issued entitled, “Contactless Technologies for Payment: Applications, Technology, and Transaction Models.”

EMERGE, provider of digital imagery and cost effective digital sensor technology, received a contract with Obsidian Group to deliver color and color infrared imagery of 31 U.S. Naval training and education sites covering 360 square miles.

According to Dan Van Slyke, President of Obsidian Group, this is a huge challenge because the bases range anywhere in size from less than one square mile in area, to more that 30 square miles and from densely built-up areas to heavily forested rural ones. The sites span the South from Texas to Florida, and run as far north as Illinois. Many sites are survey and ground control “unfriendly.” EMERGE's process requires no ground control, thus was a natural fit for this rugged terrain. EMERGE was also able to provide imagery for all 31 sites at the cost of providing one or two via traditional photogrammetry.

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