1Spatial Addresses Hot Topic of Spatial Data Management

Optech Incorporated introduced DASHMap, the latest data processing software development for Optech's Airborne Laser Terrain Mapper (ALTM) product line.

DASHMap is Optech's next generation data processing software for airborne LiDAR data. With a vastly accelerated data acquisition-to-processing ratio, a simplified user interface with embedded 3D visualization, fully incorporated geodetic transformation and the total elimination of intermediate processing files, DASHMap is the world's most advanced LiDAR point processing tool.

HP introduced what they say is the industry's first blade workstation solution which combines the benefits and security of a centralized data center with workstation-class performance.

Based on HP BladeSystem infrastructure, the HP ProLiant Blade Workstation Solution gives users the ability to quickly and seamlessly access workstation compute power from anywhere in the world using thin client devices or Microsoft Windows(R)-based workstations, PCs and notebooks. This type of solution is ideal for customers in the financial trading, public sector, and manufacturing industries.

Intergraph Corporation, global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software,  announced the completion of the acquisition of Intergraph by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group.

Intergraph announced on August 31, 2006 a definitive agreement with the investor group regarding the acquisition of the Company in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Intergraph stockholders will receive $44.00 in cash, without interest, for each share of Intergraph common stock held.

USGS and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formally announced their request for proposals to support the 2007 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). With a total of $1.2 million spread across five categories, the 2007 NSDI CAP will fund an estimated 26 innovative projects in the geospatial data community. Each project aims to build new and improve existing and infrastructure necessary to effectively discover, access, share, manage and use digital geographic data.

2007 NSDI CAP project grant awards are scheduled to be announced by USGS/FGDC contracts officer in March 2007 with obligated work to begin on each project by September 30, 2007. The full 2007 announcement and further information is available at the website.


ESRI announced that it has entered a strategic alliance with CG/LA Infrastructure LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based company dedicated to promoting and supporting infrastructure development in Latin America aimed at quadrupling the current level of investment for infrastructure development projects in the region.

Garmin Ltd. announced that it has  acquired Dynastream Innovations Inc. ("Dynastream") for approximately $36 million in cash. Dynastream will continue operations as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. The acquisition is expected to be neutral to Garmin Ltd. earnings in 2007.


A free ESRI online seminar will demonstrate the power of ArcGIS Server 9.2 technology to quickly build Web-based mapping applications and publish geographic data as maps and globes for use on the Internet.

What's New in ArcGIS Server at 9.2 will air on the Training and Education Web site at the ESRI training website on December 14, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific standard time).

PCI Geomatics, a developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce that it will support the upcoming German radar satellite TerraSAR-X for image processing, correction, and analysis.

The satellite is set to be operational in mid 2007, and PCI Geomatics software will support the sensor's data as it becomes available.

The inaugural Advanced Positioning Educational Exposition (APEX) educational conference on GPS, GIS, surveying and mapping solutions, will be held April 2-5, 2007 in Albuquerque.

This first conference is dedicated for federal users and is co-sponsored by Topcon Positioning Systems of Livermore, California, and Holman's, Inc., a GSA contract holder.

Headquarters for the conference will be at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. There is a registration fee of $275 for early registration (before Feb. 28, 2007).  After that date the fee will be $350.

Online registration will be available after January 1, 2007 at the website.


NIIT-GIS Ltd. (ESRI India) will host the Second Annual ESRI Asia-Pacific User Conference in New Delhi, India, January 18-19, 2007. The conference will offer participants insight into the latest developments and technology trends in geographic information system (GIS) technology. More than 1,000 ESRI software users are expected to attend.

For more information and to register, visit ESRI Asia-Pacific UC website.

GeoTec Media announced  that its 21st annual GeoTec Event will be held May 14-17, 2007, at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. GeoTec Media is the publisher of GeoWorld magazine and developer of the Web portal GeoPlace.com

AEgis Technologies Group, provider of expert modeling and simulation services and products, and DigitalGlobe, provider of the high resolution commercial satellite imagery, will demonstrate a new collaborative 3-D mapping application at the 2006 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla., December 5-7.  The combination of current 60-cm resolution satellite imagery with a highly detailed 3D modeling and terrain database dramatically merges geospatial intelligence with virtual simulation.  The I/TSEC demo of this new capability will showcase the Arak nuclear-associated facility in Iran and can be seen at the AEgis Technologies Booth, No. 1321.

ESRI demonstrated the full suite of its geographic information system (GIS) technology and solutions available to law enforcement and homeland security professionals at the 2006 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference. As part of the IACP Exhibitor Pavilion, ESRI and its partner organizations provided the more than 14,000 attendees with an opportunity to see how GIS is used in all aspects of law enforcement.


Analytical Surveys, Inc. (ASI) announced it has secured a $1.65 million financing for its recently formed division, ASI Energy.

The Company issued three one-year senior secured convertible notes totaling $1.65 million. The notes, together with interest that accrues at the rate of 13% per annum, are convertible into shares of the Company's Common Stock at a conversion price of $0.695 per share, which is a 23.6% premium above fair market value of the Common Stock on the trading date preceding the closing date of November 24, 2006. Upon maturity, any unconverted outstanding principal and interest is due and payable in cash. The lenders received warrants to purchase 2,374,101 shares of the Company's Common Stock at $0.57 per share, which was slightly above the fair market value of the common stock on the trading date preceding the closing date. Palladium Capital Advisors LLC acted as the sole placement agent and was paid 8% of the note's principal in cash and in warrants.


GeoEye announced the promotion of Angela Galyean to the position of vice president of Human Resources.

Mrs. Galyean joined GeoEye in 2002 as director of Human Resources. She has over 20 years of industry experience and is responsible for managing the company's employee relations, recruitment and retention; health and welfare programs and organizational effectiveness.


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