BE Conference 2006: Geospatial Report

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Top News of the Week

Merrick & Company is proceeding with the third year of a multiyear contract with Lake County, Illinois. Merrick will provide black & white digital orthophotography at a half-foot pixel resolution for 470 square miles. This follows previous projects in the same coverage area. The 2002 project included 1”= 100' 6-inch pixel resolution digital black and white orthophotography, LIDAR based two-foot contours, and planimetric features. The 2004 project included black and white digital orthophotography at a 1-foot pixel resolution and the 2005 project included black and white digital orthophotography at a half-foot pixel resolution.

Web developers can now purchase Microsoft MapPoint Web Service usage transactions in small blocks for their applications. provides access to the MapPoint web platform for transactions usage starting out as low as 1,500 transactions per month - ideal for small or start up applications requiring map look up and driving directions. provides developers direct access to the Microsoft platform under a cell phone model, utilizing monthly usage charges, and transaction rollover, all under an annual contract. These is no activation fee, and developers can select usage plan between 1,500 and 50,000 usage transactions per month. As your application grows, usage plans may be upgraded at any time.


SRC, LLC., a developer of geographic business intelligence software, announced the addition of real-time article access functionality from MetaCarta, a geographic intelligence provider, and content from Lebhar-Friedman, Inc., independent publisher and provider of information to the retail, foodservice, and healthcare communities, to

Currently, the Web site enables users to run timely and comprehensive analysis for all U.S. geographies and addresses in seconds. Unlike other demographic data that is available from the government or other Web sites, now gives its subscribers search engine functionality with the ability to research leading industry articles and news, which are geographically relevant, based on the users' geographic area of interest.

SRC also announced the addition of its Portfolio Guzzler to the business intelligence industry's premier demographic analysis Web site Portfolio Guzzler, the industry's first drive time engine to follow actual road networks, is an application that accurately analyzes any geographic information with designated drive times for a specified location, i.e. 5, 10, 15 minute drive times around an existing or potential retail location, cell phone tower, car dealership, real estate property, etc.

Tele Atlas, a global geographic content provider, announced at Telematics Update Detroit 2006 it is expanding its Latin American map coverage with the acquisition of detailed source data covering Mexico's highway and street network. The company also announced it will grow its operations in Mexico with the opening of an office focused on sourcing and data validation.


DigitalGlobe's European business partner, Italy-based Eurimage, has entered into a contract with the European Commission (EC)'s Joint Research Center to supply worldwide satellite imagery over a four-year period. The DigitalGlobe portion of the contract is valued at $7.7 million USD (6 million Euro) and will support all EC institutions, services and agencies.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated previewed its enhanced SELECT subscription program at BE 2006. The program, which will be available September 1, 2006, provides three new offerings - nine in total - exclusively to SELECT subscribers. It offers organizations comprehensive investment protection for Bentley software, team productivity, and engineering information.

The new SELECT offerings are: an annual license exchange that enables users to rebalance their technology portfolio for optimum productivity in the year ahead, OnDemand eLearning resources to improve user performance and productivity, and a ProjectWise user subscription to help extend the reach of content across a distributed enterprise.

Contract Awards

Intermap Technologies Corp. announced that its Intermap Federal Services subsidiary has been awarded a $5.6 million contract to collect and deliver geographic three-dimensional elevation and imagery data via Intermap's radar mapping technology. Under the agreement, the company will deliver Digital Surface Model (DSM) and Orthorectified Radar Imagery (ORI) data incrementally through 2006 and into early 2007.

MapInfo Corporation, a global provider of location intelligence solutions, announced that IBM has selected MapInfo(R) technology to power the new Prospecting portlet in IBM's Core Life Solution for the insurance industry. Building on the company's relationship with IBM, the MapInfo Prospecting portlet enables insurance agents to identify and locate target customers based on neighborhood demographic, lifestyle and consumption patterns, helping increase sales and market share.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the winners of the 2006 BE Awards of Excellence, which honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world's infrastructure. See press release

IBSystems, Inc. announced that Ms. Elisabeth Sardin is the winner of the iPOD Nano sweepstakes drawn on April 15, 2006. Ms. Sardin is a Design Engineer who is working for TI.

New Products

Bentley Systems, Incorporated released the commercial version of MicroStation V8 XM Edition - the most powerful and most accessible MicroStation release ever.

An intuitive new interface places powerful new features within easy reach of the user and an unchanged DGN file format and full support for existing V8 standards allow projects to proceed uninterrupted.

ESRI announced that a North America street dataset for RouteMAP IMS 3.0 is now shipping. The latest release of this data pack, Tele Atlas' Dynamap Transportation, includes updated street data, postal boundaries, landmarks, and water features for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced that its map data is now available through the Oslo based GIS specialist, Geodata AS - a company which over the last 19 years has developed solutions to help expanding companies find the right sites, assist in routing emergency vehicles and contribute to the fight against crime.

DM Solutions Group Inc., a provider of open source web mapping technologies and solutions announced the introduction of a new addition to their line of data products, Maps for MapServer - Global Edition. The Maps for MapServer product line services the map data needs of the rapidly growing MapServer user community.

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of GeoObjects 4.1, a map display tool kit for GIS developers. Blue Marble, known for their coordinate conversion technology, is also the creator of industry leading map display, image reprojection, referencing, and map file translation technology. Their libraries are used worldwide by thousands of GIS developers at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, and military organizations.

Byers SpatialAge Solutions Division announced significant enhancements to its Map Viewer application. Map Viewer Version 8.3 is now available and sets new industry standards in AM/FM/GIS viewing technology. The upgraded software provides the functionality to support installation and maintenance, engineering, planning, field capture, and spatial analysis applications at a cost of up to 50-60 percent less than other currently available, comparable products.

Upcoming Events

GeoAlberta 2006
Date: May 30 - June 1, 2006
Place: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Join us for Western Canada's #1 independent GIS and Geomatics show! This year, GeoAlberta will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta from May 30 to June 1st, 2006. It features world class keynotes including Joseph Berry from the University of Denver and Peter Batty, CTO of Intergraph. The three-day conference is also packed with hands-on workshops, insightful sessions, engaging speakers, and plenty of fun, entertainment, and networking opportunities. This event is vital to professionals who create and promote the effective application of GIS and Geomatics. Early bird registration deadline is April 30, 2006.

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