Introducing GeoSite from CH2M Hill


Incorporated into GeoSite is the ability to stream web map services (WMS) directly into the viewer. There are thousands of freely available WMS that you can bring into the viewer using Google Earth Pro or Google Earth Enterprise client. “Once we begin GeoSite implementation for our clients, they may have their own WMS that are private or secure, that they want to view in Google Earth,” said Ivey. “The capability is there to do that as well. A lot environmental managers need to see the topo data in addition to the aerial data that’s standard in Google Earth and can change the opacity of it, so you can see what’s going on underneath it.”

Top News of the Week

Trimble announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire @Road, Inc. of Fremont, Calif. Under the terms of the transaction, Trimble will acquire all of the outstanding shares of @Road for $7.50 per share. @Road shareholders will receive $5.00 per share in cash and the remaining $2.50 per share in consideration will be a mixture of cash and/or Trimble stock to be determined at Trimble's sole discretion.

John Copple, CEO of Sanborn, a leader in geospatial solutions based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced a new solution to simplify access to and distribution of geographic data with the Sanborn GEOBOOK® Author software product.

The GEOBOOK Author framework provides a flexible, cost-effective solution that makes it easy to publish and distribute geospatial data. Based on Sanborn's GEOBOOK application, the Author software provides the capability to quickly build GEOBOOKs by embedding interactive maps, text documents, images, and other data visualization controls.

Alliances/Acquisitions/Agreements

BAE Systems has been named principal teammate to Science Applications International Corp. on a contract to develop an enhanced intelligence capability to provide U.S. Army troops and air crews faster access to geospatial and human intelligence information.

BAE Systems joins prime contractor SAIC on the Geospatial Research, Integration, Development and Support (GRIDS) contract recently awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers' Topographic Engineering Center.

MapInfo Corporation, global provider of location intelligence solutions, and The Rochester Group (TRG), a leading business process consulting and software application development company, announced a strategic alliance to deliver enhanced data integration, data management and custom software for location intelligence solutions across the communications industry

Announcements

The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) is pleased to announce highlights recapping the year’s accomplishments and achievements for Mississippi’s Geospatial Industry Cluster.

EIGS is a statewide cluster of over 30 private companies, 6 university research programs, 4 state agencies, and 8 complementary partner programs working together to research, develop, and market new geospatial products from Mississippi.

Intergraph Corporation announced its participation in the Vigilant Shield exercise, a U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) exercise that is one is a series of national training exercises focusing on national security and emergency response. In conjunction with key U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies, Intergraph is providing situational awareness software tools to help train responders, facilitating preparedness for emergency situations.

1Spatial (formerly known as Laser-Scan) has become a Foundation Sponsor for the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). As part of this move to greatly increase the possibilities for spatial data quality control over the Web, 1Spatial is integrating FDO (Feature Data Objects) with their flagship Radius Studio™ component-based architecture. FDO was originally authored by Autodesk but is now open source software, granted to the OSGeo as a sub-project of MapGuide Open Source.

Contracts

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has signed an Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) with ESRI that will enable the agency to deploy the full spectrum of ESRI geographic information system (GIS) software throughout its organization. The comprehensive agreement provides the department with an easy and cost-effective method to provide enterprise-wide GIS software, professional services, and training to DHS employees. It will enable DHS to expand the use of GIS to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to events as well as secure U.S. borders, enable trade and transportation, and enforce U.S. law.

Avineon, Inc., a successful provider of IT, engineering, geospatial and program management services, announced the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has awarded the company a contract to develop a prototype electronic system for the filing and release of the Notice of Federal Tax Liens (NFTL). The project is two fold as Avineon will assist in developing a logical system design for the full implementation of Electronic Lien (E-Lien) software, as well as support proof of concept software development for a subset of the full system. The new electronic system will streamline processes, reducing cost and time while increasing efficiency.

People

DigitalGlobe(R), provider of the world's highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that Steve Milton has joined the company as Vice President of Software and Systems. In his new role Milton will direct DigitalGlobe's software and systems business office, leading the worldwide development of the company's software systems supporting the operations and distribution of geospatial content. Milton will report directly to Jill Smith, Chief Executive Officer of DigitalGlobe.

New Products

gvSIG, the Open Source (GNU/GPL license) Geographic Information System developed by the Generalitat Valenciana reaches its version 1.0. With this release, gvSIG presents itself as an integrated GIS + SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) client, able to combine data from different local and remote sources (web services) and at the same time include advanced editing, geoprocessing, scripting language support and georeferencing among other features. All the details about this release, as well as the source code and the binary files, can be found in the project web site.

The project is currently funded by the European Union (FEDER funds), which guarantees its continued evolution. Among other pending tasks, a road map of future gvSIG development will be published soon.

Digital Reasoning(R) Systems Inc., the intelligence-software innovator, announced the release of GeoLocator(TM), version 1.0. GeoLocator(TM) is a precision-based tool that extracts populated places from unstructured text, while providing their respective geo-coordinates. GeoLocator(TM) finds locations in a body of unstructured documents.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces the latest Leica ArcGIS Extensions, Stereo Analyst® for ArcGIS 9.2 and Image Analysis™ for ArcGIS 9.2. The updated capabilities and enhancements were designed keeping mapping agencies in mind. From the makers of Leica Photogrammetry Suite, Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS is a stereo feature collection and update tool built on the ArcGIS platform.

CARIS is pleased to announce the release of Bathy DataBASE 2.0 for the creation and management of bathymetric surfaces.

Bathy DataBASE was developed to allow hydrographers to overcome obstacles of large bathymetric data sets and data sources. The software allows users to validate, prepare and compile bathymetric data from multiple formats and sources to create products.

SRC, LLC a developer and provider of geographic business intelligence software, announced the release for Version 6.1 for its popular desktop Portfolio™ geographic business intelligence platform. The enhancements made to the Portfolio Version 6.1 are all accessible through SRC's family of tools; including, Alteryx™, Allocate™, Solocast™, Geonetx™ and Streetware. Within the release, SRC has updated the platform's ‘Help’ system to support user search capabilities, expanded geography search and expanded rank report limits to 20,000.

Calabash Technologies LLLP has announced its launch of the Calabash World Explorer(TM), a hand-held, digital GPS travel guide that is now available for daily rental to St. Thomas USVI visitors.

The Calabash World Explorer(TM) is different from any other travel guide currently available to tourists. It combines the functionality of a hand-held GPS, audio tour guide, MP3 player, photo viewer, encyclopedia, and a user review form - providing everything a traveler needs to fully experience a destination.

GiveMePower Corporation launched two new ultra-mobile computing solutions for building surveying and inspection, construction area estimating and reporting, and facilities asset and information management - featuring hardware from mobility market leaders Dell and Tablet Kiosk.

Around the Web

Georgia Drops Nearly 500 Communities Off Its Map , by Greg Bluestein, AP. AOL News, December 9, 2006 - A total of 488 communities have been erased from the latest version of Georgia's official map, victims of too few people and too many letters of type.


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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Daniel D Betts'
    I think the information provided is great, but the contact and follow up process to getting this going for my clients is missing.
    I have clients that I could save a lot of time and money in bringing in Microstation CAD and other drawings to a GIS format for internet applicaitons and viewing within their company.

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