BE Conference 2007 -- Geospatial and Applied Research

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ESRI announced that ArcGIS Explorer is available to the public. This unique lightweight application lets you not only connect directly to a variety of ready-to-use globes hosted by ESRI but also provides tasks that allow you to do more than just visualize a simple map. You can use ArcGIS Explorer to leverage data, services, and applications on the Web by easily connecting to your own ArcGIS services or those published by others. This application helps you extend the power of these Web-based services by fusing them with your local data.

TomTom announced the introduction of TomTom Map Share(TM) on the new TomTom GO 520* and TomTom GO 720. This unique new map improvement technology allows TomTom users to easily improve their maps as soon as they spot changes in the roads with a few touches on the screen of their device. Via TomTom HOME, TomTom Map Share(TM) users also receive all map improvements made by others, making their maps as dynamic as the world they live in.


Safe Software, makers of the FME® spatial ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) platform for geospatial data, today announced a joint agreement with Oregon-based TCI Software. The agreement will see TCI’s Curvefitter linear optimization technology integrated into the upcoming release of FME 2007, providing users with the capability to create smooth linework from "point to point" linework while reducing file size by up to 80 percent. File size reductions of this magnitude will result in much faster processing times for CAD and GIS data, and fewer processing problems caused by limited available memory. By intelligently inserting arcs into linework that depicts map features, Curvefitter technology also allows FME users to create more visually appealing maps.


Trimble announced today that it will hold its International User Conference November 5-7, 2007 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

In addition, Trimble worldwide users are invited to propose topics to present at the conference. Proposed titles and a short description of the presentation should be submitted to Trimble no later than July 13, 2007. For more information, please go to: Trimble events.
To find out more about Dimensions 2007 speakers, sessions and see other details about the conference agenda, visit Trimble events website.

TopoSys GmbH,
Biberach, Germany, has founded a subsidiary to strengthen its position in the North American LIDAR market. As of February 2007, TopoSys North America, Inc. has established its North American headquarters in Denver, Colo., a major hub in the world-wide geospatial industry, to serve as a sales and support center to meet the ever increasing demand for TopoSys LIDAR systems in the region.

TopoSys North America Inc. is managed by Roman Kathofer, a Geomatics engineer and photogrammetrist with several years experience in photogrammetric mapping and airborne sensing operations.

The German radar satellite TerraSAR-X is to be launched on 15. June at 04:14 (CEST) from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the satellite has been postponed a number of times due to technical problems with the Russian Dnjepr launch vehicle. However, teams of engineers from Europe’s leading space company Astrium and the German Aerospace Center DLR are now in Kazakhstan, preparing the 1.3-metric-ton satellite for lift-off.


NAVTEQ Corporation, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Judson C. Green, has adopted a new pre-arranged stock trading plan. Mr. Green's prior pre-arranged stock trading plan was adopted in 2005 and expired at the end of 2006.

Under the new pre-arranged stock trading plan, which Mr. Green adopted on May 9, 2007, Mr. Green will sell approximately 9% of his combined, remaining shares of stock, restricted stock units and stock options over an eleven month period commencing on June 12, 2007, subject to market conditions and the terms of the plan, for tax planning and diversification purposes. The stock trading plan was adopted in accordance with the guidelines specified under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


DigitalGlobe announced the promotion of three vice presidents: Dawn Sienicki, government relations; Mike McGill, U.S. sales, commercial business unit; and, Barry Clapp, international sales, commercial business unit.

James W. Sewall Company
is pleased to announce that information systems specialist David A. Hannington has joined the company as Chief Information Officer. Mr. Hannington brings 24 years’ experience in strategic planning and operations, quality control and training for the U.S. Air Force, with specific expertise in geospatial data management and aerial navigation.

Contract Awards

geographIT™ is pleased to announce that it will assist the engineering firm Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson of Sparks, Maryland as a subcontractor providing professional geospatial consulting and software development services to the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works.

Merrick & Company,
a leader in LIDAR, digital ortho imaging, photogrammetry and GIS mapping won a contract to provide LiDAR data, 2-foot contours, a DEM, and digital orthophotography in the St. Cloud, Minnesota region. Administered by St. Cloud State University, multiple agencies including Crow Wing County and the Minnesota National Guard have teamed together to share costs and personnel resources in order to procure the data. Merrick will also provide Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing (MARS®) software for processing, analyzing and managing the LiDAR terrain data.

GIS Solutions, Inc., Springfield, IL has been awarded a contract by the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM) to complete a 5.3 million dollar data conversion project.

The CDWM manages the Chicago water distribution system. To facilitate better planning and management of this system, CDWM has determined that a GIS database and set of applications is necessary. The complete City of Chicago water system consists of approximately 4,200 miles of water main, 50,000 fire hydrants, and 50,000 valves within the 231 square mile area of the City limits.

Infotech Enterprises America, Inc. (Infotech)
has started their new fiscal year (4/1/07 – 3/31/08) with a record breaking performance. Within the last two months, Infotech has been awarded five major contracts that will require over 300 resources for multiple years and will generate over $10M during the life cycle of the projects. The awards include consulting and management of a field inventory project for a northeast based utility, conversion and maintenance for a large southwest cable provider, migration and maintenance for a major west coast electric and gas utility, planimetric compilation for a major city in the northeast, and a first-ever award for application development and testing from one of the world’s largest IT companies.

New Products

Data capture and conversion specialist GeODC has launched a new service to release decades worth of public authority records held on microfiche and other types of microform. The GeODC Microform Service will help councils improve services and meet government legislation for the online delivery of information. The service converts images and text stored on microform, including microfiche and aperture cards, into a digital format. The records are then made assessable via frontline information management systems such as GIS, CRM and online community portals.

Pitney Bowes MapInfo,
global provider of location intelligence solutions, today announces the release of MapInfo Professional® 9.0, the latest version of the company’s flagship application for business mapping and analysis. The enhanced MapInfo Professional offers several new advantages including support for the Microsoft Windows Vista® platform, enhanced database support, direct access to more data formats, and the power to combine time and location-based analysis.

SAFER Systems,
the recognized global leader in integrated software for chemical emergency response solutions, recently released its new Version 9.4 for SAFER Real-Time® and SAFER STAR®.

This release contains major improvements to the administrative tools and other important fixes and enhancements to Version 9.3. Some of the new features and enhancements include an updated STAR® Site Manager; more interactive editing of maps in the GIS Admin tool; and integration of the creation, management, and organization of predefined release scenarios into the Emergency Response program itself, instead of creating cases in one area and organizing in a separate application. Also built in to Version 9.4 are color coding of gas sensor alarm states, improved plume trajectory calculations for elevated releases in complex terrain, an expanded Data Configuration Toolkit, a standard 3-parameter Antoine formula for user-defined liquid mixtures, and a new data communication interface for several data systems.

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