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Prior to joining CARIS, Mark began his career as a Hydrographic Specialist with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Mark joined the RAN in 1985, and specialized as a Hydrographic Surveyor in 1990.

Bohannan Huston, Inc. (BHI) of Denver recently hired Loretta Davis as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Loretta has 19 years of business development experience in the spatial data, GIS consulting, and IT professional services industries. Loretta formerly served as Director of North America Business Development for Atos Origin, a global IT services company nationally headquartered in Houston, Texas with corporate headquarters in Paris, France. Loretta will be responsible for all marketing and business development activities and will assist in expanding Bohannan Huston’s business into new markets and regional locations.

New Products

ESRI (UK), the provider of geographically enabled software solutions, has announced the launch of Productivity Suite 1.1 and LocatorHub for UK-based Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals using ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.2.

Productivity Suite 1.1 now supports Ordnance Survey’s (OS) Integrated Transport Network dataset, enabling easy interpretation of the data for route planning with ESRI (UK)’s Network Analyst product, without the need for complex coding. For example, local authorities can plot the most efficient routes for buses or rubbish collection using this feature, quickly and simply.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated has begun shipping StormCAD V8 XM Edition, an easy-to-use storm sewer network design and modeling solution that is the first to offer multiplatform interoperability. StormCAD was identified as the No. 1 hydraulic modeling solution for stormwater networks in a recent national survey.

3D Laser Mapping has developed a mobile cityscape mapper that captures highly accurate 3D modeling data of buildings and streets. The development is an enhancement to StreetMapper, the vehicle-mounted laser mapping system that is already well proven in terrain and highway mapping.

Around the Web

The Paperless Map Is the Killer App November 26, 2007, Business Week - Forget media downloads. Cell customers really want GPS and navigation features.

Upcoming Events

Autodesk University Annual User Conference and Exhibition
Date: November 27 - 30, 2007
Place: The Venetian Resort Hotel
Las Vegas, USA
The 15th annual Autodesk University (AU) at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas is not until November, but if you’d like to teach a class, please submit your ideas by April 30th. Take a moment to submit your proposal at the AU 2007 website. After providing some personal information about your expertise on a secure server, you’ll be able to submit one or more proposals for classes.


Second Annual International Airport GIS Conference
Date: November 28 - 30, 2007
Place: Kempinski Hotel
Budapest, Hungary
By attending this unique conference, you will learn from European, U.S. and other international airports how and why GIS is being used at large and small airports, as well as the ways in which GIS has made airports safer and more efficient. The primary focus of the conference is to exchange new ideas, success stories and lessons learned on how GIS and related technologies are applied at airports. The conference will include presentations on how airports have used GIS to support security, operations, planning, design, construction, maintenance and much more. New geospatial technologies and approaches for applying these technologies will also be showcased. Additionally, strategies for managing and funding a GIS program will be discussed. The conference will also have an Exhibit Area showcasing the latest GIS-related products and services.


Geodiffusion 2007
Date: December 3 - 5, 2007
Place: Montreal, Canada
The sixth edition's program will mainly focus on products and solutions from business intelligence and gesopatial industry leaders: PB MapInfo and Oracle. Geospatial Data from global providers will also be part of the agenda.

This event offers a unique chance to acquire expertise, discover new technologies and learn more about geospatial and business intelligence.

No matter their industry segments, decision makers and C-level executives, integrators and IT managers, users and GIS experts benefit from this occasion to discuss a subject that matters to them: business intelligence and geospatial.

On the agenda: kick-off reception, conferences, breakfast and luncheon meetings, hands-on lab, exhibit hall and dinner.


4th Annual U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing: Next Generation Satellites
Date: December 3 - 4, 2007
Place: Marriott
Metro Center, WA USA
Over the past decade the commercial remote sensing industry has experienced significant technological changes and improved market penetration. This fall the industry will be one of the next wave of the most technologically advanced satellites to ever exist will be launched. Faster data distribution rates and enhanced imagery processing and packaging services will drive the growth of the commercial remote sensing market. Next Generation Satellites will give way for an unprecedented level of sensing information capabilities.


3rd International conference “Earth from Space - the Most Effective Solutions"
Date: December 4 - 6, 2007
Place: R&D Center Scanex
Moscow, Russia
The conference is attended by around 300 participants from different countries, representatives of the world leading remote sensing programs, data processing software developers and receiving stations producers, as well as members from different organizations and leading specialist that use remotely sensed data for decision making to resolve a variety of practical tasks: from management of territories and big industrial facilities to real-time monitoring.


3D GeoInfo'07
Date: December 12 - 14, 2007
Place: Aula Conference Centre of Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands
The Workshop is intended as an interactive platform for both presentations on state-of-the-art research and discussions on open problems. The workshop will consist of a mixture of single-track presentations and discussion (PD) sessions and parallel working group (WG) sessions on specific themes (Requirements, Acquisition, Modelling, Analysis, Visualisation), according to the following format: current problems to be solved, potential solutions, and recommendations by WG (discussion under coordination of a chair and final presentation of the results at the closing plenary session). The presentations will be selected based on their quality by the scientific program committee (peer review of full papers). The setting of this innovative event will be the ancient city of Delft.


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