The Many Formats of FME

Lutz said that Safe has been working for so many years with legacy systems such as FRAMME and MGE that as a result, their support is very attuned to those systems. FME attempts to support every system they can.

In the case of Fingal County, they have a very well modeled source system, even though it is legacy, according to Lutz. “It’s working fine for them, they don’t want to replace it, and now they’re able to leverage that stability and years of information and still publish it on the web in a very efficient way.”

In the coming months, Lutz said to watch for their new FME Server which will play a significant role in innovative ways of sharing data.


Munich University of Technology (TUM) and the University of Zurich (ETH) are working with con terra, Safe Software’s partner in Germany, who is involved with the INSPIRE specification process for metadata and network services. Used at the universities are Safe Software’s spatial ETL solution FME in their research to find a generic way for the Cadastral Agencies of Germany and Switzerland to harmonize their spatial data, while taking into account the specifications of the INSPIRE initiative.

“A key part of the INSPIRE project is to provide data in data models that are well understood by end users, and the challenges that the providers of the data may not want to have their data modeled in that way. So once the research that has been going on has been to take the data from how it’s available and then transform it as it’s being accessed into the data model that’s being requested. It’s really dynamic, or on the fly data transformation.”

“One of the big needs coming out of INSPIRE discussions is the need for metadata support,” Lutz pointed out. “The INSPIRE initiative is being mandated for these organizations to include metadata support. It is one of our core areas of focus for our next release. We’re really going to be stepping up our development efforts, and are excited about being able to offer that soon.”

Top News of the Week

Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geospatial products and services, is pleased to announce the first of a new series of GeoImaging User Group Conferences. The 2008 residential conference will run from 29th to 30th September at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. For more information or to register for this event please email the conference organizer Email Contact.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne helped scientists better understand global warming and hurricane prediction by successfully boosting the 1,100-pound Jason 2 satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base . Jason 2 is onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket powered by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-27A engine. It was the 223rd consecutive successful mission for a launch vehicle powered by the RS-27 family of engines. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. company.


1Spatial announced the acquisition of ComSine, a privately owned SME specializing in IT consultancy and development for the telecommunications, navigation and geographic information industries, including satellite Earth observation.


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Geographic Information System Market 2007-2010" report to their offering.

The market for GIS applications is witnessing demand for route planning and reducing costs related to delay in transit. Further, GIS also helps companies to plan the most efficient route for movement of goods - covering several nodes and routes. In addition, organizations have begun to use discrete event simulation in congestion management and transport incident management, driving the demand for GIS.

The report forecasts the market size of GIS applications over the period 2007-2010. Further, the total market is segmented into various geographic regions and verticals. The report also presents markets size for major countries in various regions. In addition, the report identifies major selling drivers for the GIS application for the major verticals.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions and vehicle navigation, announced yesterday during an awards ceremony at CommunicAsia 2008 that Joikusoft is the Grand Prize Winner of this year's NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge -- Asia-Pacific (APAC).

As the Grand Prize Winner, Joikusoft received a prize package valued at $275,000 USD, including $50,000 USD in cash and $225,000 USD in NAVTEQ data licenses. Joikusoft's solution, JoikuSpot, is a free location-aware mobile software solution that turns Nokia Smartphones into hotspots. When JoikuSpot software is installed on the phone, laptops and internet tablets, it can establish wireless internet connections via the phone's 3G internet connection. Virtually any wireless device can become its own hotspot. Three runners-up were also announced: First Runner-up, Road-Guard; Second Runner-up, Point-I; and Third Runner-up, Pacific DataVision. Each runner-up received $7,500 USD in cash along with data licenses valued at $150,000 USD.

1Spatial announced their participation in the European Commission’s INSPIRE Conference in Maribor, Slovenia from 23rd - 25th June 2008.

The INSPIRE Conference, formerly the EC-GIS Conference, organized by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) provides a forum for sharing information and experiences related to the implementation of INSPIRE and the development of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs) in general. INSPIRE Drafting Teams and Thematic Working Groups will be given the opportunity to report on the development of the INSPIRE Implementing Rules and attendees will be able to further their understanding of the challenges of implementation, such as costs and coordination across different levels of governance. The conference will also identify key issues and opportunities for European SDI projects.

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) has announced the full conference programme for their 2008 Annual Conference. The theme of AGI GeoCommunity ’08, ‘Shaping a Changing World’, is designed to address topical issues, such as such as climate change, globalization, neogeography, mobile technology, 3D visualizations, legislative and policy drivers, business models and ROI, all of which are grounded in or central to the use of geographic information. A packed conference programme will kick off with keynote presentations from Sean Phelan, Founder of Multimap, Vanessa Lawrence, Director General of the Ordnance Survey, Charlie Pattinson of the Environment Agency and Charles Kennelly of ESRI (UK).

ESRI's 2008/2013 demographic data updates identify new trends such as the potential retirement of the baby boomers, reduced consumer spending, changes in income, and rising unemployment rates. Updated data variables, such as population, housing, age, income, and home value, ensure that analysts can conduct their research with the most accurate information, particularly for fast-developing areas.

Additions and changes in the 2008/2013 demographic data include new tables for the 2008 Population 25+ by Educational Attainment and the 2008 Population 15+ by Marital Status variables, extension of the 2008 Household Net Worth table to $1 million, and expansion of the 2008 Household Net Worth by Age of Householder table to $500,000.

James W. Sewall Company announced the formation of Geospatial Solutions (GS), a new GIS-oriented technology group that will develop and deliver innovative products and services to Sewall clients in government and industry. To lead the GS team and bring to market new offerings, Sewall has hired technology executive David Levine as Vice President, and GIS product development professional Bill Sharp as Product Manager.


ESRI Canada is pleased to announce that retired Lieutenant-Colonel Pierre Bilodeau has recently joined ESRI Canada as the Public Safety Industry Manager. Lt. Col. Bilodeau will work with the public safety user community by providing existing and new public safety customers with unique insight into how they can leverage GIS technology to improve their operations.

Dr. Michael Phoenix, who dedicated his career at ESRI to educating people about and evangelizing for geospatial science and technology, will be presented next week with the 2008 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Educator Award.

New Products

ERDAS announced the release of an ECW and JPEG 2000 plug-in for AutoCAD 2007 / 2008 / 2009. AutoCAD users can now access massive amounts of geospatial image data (100’s of gigabytes or terabytes) through the ECWP high-performance streaming imagery protocol.


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