Bentley's Water Resources Modeling Software Named No. 1

An important interoperability feature of the software is that it can be run from many different modeling platforms. The software is the same software whether you are running it in ArcGIS or MicroStation and you’re using the same modeling file. Most users prefer to run the software standalone which is the simplest way to run it. If you learn the standalone modeling tools you can run it in any platform, and can take advantage of the additional tools offered in that platform. According to the press release, to celebrate Haestad Methods solutions being selected as the No. 1 water resources modeling software, Bentley is offering, for a limited time, a 20 percent license-fee discount on all of the “No. 1 products” in its Haestad line. To learn more about this special promotion, visit Bentley Celebrating Haestad No. 1

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DigitalGlobe revealed the first images from WorldView-1, the highest resolution, most agile commercial satellite ever flown. WorldView-1 was successfully launched on September 18 from Vandenberg Air Force Base and has been undergoing a routine calibration and check-out period. DigitalGlobe expects WorldView-1 to be fully operational and delivering imagery products by the end of the year if not sooner. DigitalGlobe is the only company operating a constellation of sub-meter commercial imaging satellites and in late 2008, will complete WorldView-2 which will provide eight bands of multi-spectral data for life-like true color imagery.

Following the successful mid- September launch of DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1 remote sensing satellite, the company has released three initial images captured by the advanced onboard sensor system, developed and built by ITT Corporation's Space Systems Division.

WorldView-1's first black and white, sub-meter resolution images include shots of Houston, Texas, Yokohama, Japan, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ITT imaging sensor used on WorldView-1 to capture these photographs has twice the resolution of its predecessor and allows viewers to see things on the ground as small as a half meter (approximately 20 inches) in diameter. The pictures can be viewed on ITT's website.


Following an extensive tender exercise carried out under the European Union Public Procurement Regulations Competitive Dialogue procedure, Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, has chosen the three-company team, led by Intergraph Corporation, to drive production efficiency, improve data consistency and support the creation of new products.

Snowflake Software is pleased to announce it has been selected as part of the team to provide the next generation geospatial database and data management system. See press release.

geographIT is pleased to announce that it has been accepted by Azteca Systems, Inc. as an associate partner for Cityworks® software. Cityworks® is a GIS-based asset and computerized maintenance management system developed specifically for public works, utilities and organizations that manage capital assets and infrastructure.

NAVTEQ announced a multi-year extension of its agreement to provide real time and historic traffic information to Microsoft Corporation. NAVTEQ Traffic remains Microsoft Corp.'s preferred provider of traffic information for its web properties and the agreement extends Microsoft's right to use NAVTEQ's traffic data in online products and services, desktop and mobile applications and appliances.

HI CORPORATION and Navigation System Researchers' Association announced that they have jointly formulated the world's first integrated map format "XIP"(eXchange format for Information Provider) which enables the 2D and 3D map data to be stored into one format.


The OGC(R) Technical Committee's Spatial Data Quality Working Group (WG) has been gathering information and requirements from OGC members for the past year and has now begun primary research on spatial data quality measures. Their survey on spatial data quality went live on Monday, October 15, targeting thousands of geospatial data suppliers and users from around the world.

The group seeks to develop an interoperable framework or model for OGC Quality Assurance Web Services that will enable improved access and sharing of high quality geospatial information. To achieve this goal it is necessary to learn what organizations mean when using the term "spatial data quality". The working group hopes this survey will provide a solid foundation for developing relevant terms of measure and a powerful spatial data quality model. See press release

Autodesk, Inc. announced the Autodesk U-Vis 360 Core, a new solution platform that integrates building design, manufacturing, mapping, and infrastructure data and displays it in a single visualization environment. Specifically tailored for federal and state and local governments, solutions built on the U-Vis 360 platform provide a complete and highly accurate 360-degree inside-outside-under view of any structure or urban environment with an easy-to-use interface.

Spot Image is bringing fresh content to Google Earth with a selection of the best SPOT satellite imagery from all around the world.

One World, One Year offers a selection of 50,000 SPOT scenes with the lowest available cloud cover acquired within the last year covering some 180 million sq. km. The collection will be updated regularly as new images are acquired by the constellation of three SPOT satellites (SPOT 2, SPOT 4 and SPOT 5). Every day, an average 10,000 new images are listed in Spot Image's Sirius online catalog, which today contains more than 12 million scenes.

To access the new global imagery, go to One World, One Year in the Google Earth Practical Information panel and click the new Spot Image folder.


DMTI Spatial (DMTI), a provider of Location Intelligence for the enterprise, announced record revenues and financial results for its fiscal year ending September 30, 2007. Record revenue was achieved as a result of strong customer loyalty from clients such as MTS Allstream, Pizza Pizza, The Weather Network, and Home Depot of Canada; as well as revenue growth from new clients in the Communications and Insurance sectors. See press release


Geospatial Systems, Inc. announced the appointment of Maxime Elbaz as President and Chief Executive Officer. His educational background in engineering and business, coupled with over 20 years of leadership experience in remote sensing, geospatial, and high tech industries, makes Elbaz the ideal choice to lead Geospatial Systems.

New Products

WhiteStar Corp. officially introduced Unlimited Well Access (UWA), a digital map-based product containing well header information for oil and gas wells in the United States, including Alaska, state and federal waters, and the Gulf of Mexico. Offered as a subscription product, UWA is updated quarterly with status information for all of the 3.9 million wells drilled and recorded nationwide.

LeadDog Consulting, an international provider of GIS street and road maps announced the release of detailed city street geographic databases for the Peruvian cities: Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Iquitos, Cusco, Chimbote, Huancayo, and Pucallpa. LeadDog maps are in use in a wide range of applications from military and government emergency and defense support to commercial fleet management and location based services. LeadDog products provide accurate base level mapping and numerous vector layers and attributes such as:
- Streets at 1:10,000 scale
- Street names
- Street classifications
- Extensive Points of Interest (airports, hospitals, government offices, etc…)


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