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Pictometry and LPA Systems, a developer of spectral imaging and geospatial intelligence applications, announced that the two firms have formed a business partnership. Under terms of the partnership agreement, Pictometry will market a joint solution that integrates LPA Eco-View(tm) infrared analysis software with the company's professional GIS software (Electronic Field Study(tm)). The end result is an easy-to-use analytical tool for improved environmental monitoring and planning.

CH2M HILL Enterprise Spatial Solutions (ESS) announced it has become the first Google Earth certified partner in the Google Enterprise Professional program. As the world's largest privately held geospatial consulting organization, CH2M HILL's ESS consulting team advises clients in all market sectors regarding the use, integration and application of Google Earth Enterprise products and technologies.

The CH2M HILL ESS team of 500 geographic information system (GIS) and IT specialists design, customize and fully integrate the visualization power of Google Earth Enterprise with all location-based corporate information systems including supply chain management, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), logistics and asset management.

Smart Data Strategies, Inc. (SDS) and the Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences (IAEGS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development, marketing and distribution of online GIS courses. This strategic partnership will result in an additional service offering to users of the SDS DREAMaps product line, a suite of software tools and online services that streamline the management and distribution of GIS and land records data. This new service will allow the user to take the SDS DREAMaps™ training at their location via the internet, at their own pace, and have access to their training study program for up to 3 months.

“Smart Data Strategies is committed to maintaining World Class Service that exceeds our clients' requirements and expectations. With over 200 clients nationwide, the need for an online offering is essential for maintaining our consistent customer satisfaction rating of 90+%” Dave Barnwell SDS President.

The IAEGS at the University of Mississippi has created the Knowledge Delivery Engine and all of the tools necessary to effectively facilitate the creation and delivery of geospatial courses online. IAEGS is pleased to offer their services in assisting Smart Data Strategies to Web-enable the DREAMaps™ software suite. For more information, visit the website.


Laser-Scan is pleased to deliver another successful project to budget. This most recent project has provided a map console and product generation system as part of Fujitsu's delivery of Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland's new e-commerce web site and electronic service -

Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI) recently transformed their online presence with the inclusion of mapping services to both Government and Public Users. All users will now be able to source and buy OSNI maps and digital data online. The e-commerce website was launched this month and is accessible from anywhere in the world via a web browser:

SeaZone Solutions Ltd, UK supplier of marine data, flew the flag for the GIS industry at this year's Oceanology International Exhibition (Oi06).

The bi-annual event is the world's largest industry exhibition and played host to more than 7,000 of the leading ocean specialists including surveyors, engineers and scientists. SeaZone played a central role at Oi06, presenting at the event's marine GIS conference and showcasing its groundbreaking geographic information base, SeaZone Hydrospatial.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association, Aurora, Colo. and The Association of American Geographers (AAG), Washington, D.C., announced the completion of Phase I of the GITA/AAG Department of Labor grant, Defining and Communicating Geospatial Technology Industry Workforce Demand.

Phase I was focused on defining industry components, characteristics, and skills required to fill geospatial occupations. The major work efforts involved in this phase were two thought-leader roundtables held in Washington, D.C., in October 2005 and January 2006; development of on online feedback mechanism to gather responses to critical issues in defining the industry; and analysis of those responses.

A detailed report on the findings of Phase I of the grant can be found at the AAG website. Appendices documenting some of the more detailed analyses can also be accessed. All geospatial professionals are encouraged to read the findings and provide comments based on their unique perspective of the industry. A link is provided to submit responses to Mary Ann

The UCGIS will hold it's summer Summer Assembly, June 28 - July 1, 2006 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. The UCGIS is a non-profit organization of over 70 universities, scholarly societies, agencies, and companies dedicated to advancing our understanding of geographic processes and spatial relationships through improved theory, methods, technology, and data. Visit the website for more details.

Historically high gasoline prices are taking their toll on summer vacation plans, the new MapQuest Summer Survey of more than 1,000 people finds. According to the survey, as many as 72% of those planning to take a road trip this year said that gas prices were affecting their summer travel plans. Nearly one in 10 said they plan to cancel trips altogether to avoid the pain at the pump. But despite the prices, nearly half of Americans (49%) plan to take a road trip this summer nevertheless, according to the report.

Convergence was the key theme at the Autodesk 2006 Government Users Conference (AGUC) on Wednesday as users from defense, civilian agencies and other areas of the federal government meet to share new strategies for maximizing the capabilities of geospatial information systems (GIS) and digital design technologies.


Autodesk, Inc. announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2006. For the first quarter, Autodesk reported record net revenues of $436 million, a 23 percent increase over $355 million reported in the first quarter of the prior year. On a constant currency basis, revenues increased 28 percent. See press release

HP announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2006, with net revenue of $22.6 billion, representing growth of 5% year-over-year, or 8% when adjusted for the effects of currency. GAAP operating profit was $1.7 billion and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.51 per share, up from $0.33 in the prior-year period. See press release

Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI), a provider of utility-industry data collection, creation and management services for the geographic information systems (GIS) markets, announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended March 31, 2006. Second quarter revenue totaled $1.4 million versus $1.5 million in the comparable 2005 quarter. The Company reduced its net loss from operations to $2,000 versus a net loss from operations of $615,000 in the comparable quarter a year ago. Net loss available to common shareholders was $19,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, versus a net loss available to common shareholders of $679,000, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2005 quarter. See press release

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Autodesk, Inc. announced that Disney Mobile will use Autodesk(R) software and professional services to bring their forthcoming Family Locator™ wireless location services to market. Disney Mobile is leveraging Autodesk's award-winning LocationLogic™ platform and software applications to enable parents to locate their children's handsets using GPS technology.

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced it has been awarded approximately C$1.9 million of new mapping business in the first five months of fiscal 2006. This new business is in addition to a previously announced five-year prime contract for approximately C$3.0 million, including all options, by the Regional Basemap Consortium serving the Washoe and Douglas County areas in Nevada.

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that The Krystal Company uses MapInfo's services and technology solutions to enhance the restaurant chain's site selection and brand awareness efforts. Using MapInfo location intelligence solutions, The Krystal Company better understands its customers, identifies new potential markets, projects the potential impact of competition on new sites and rolls out new locations with a more scientific and accurate approach.


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