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NASA and Japan released a new digital topographic map of Earth Monday that covers more of our planet than ever before. The map was produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

The new global digital elevation model of Earth was created from nearly 1.3 million individual stereo-pair images collected by the Japanese Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer, or ASTER, instrument aboard Terra. NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, known as METI, developed the data set. It is available online to users everywhere at no cost.

For visualizations of the new ASTER topographic data, visit: NASA website Data users can download the ASTER global digital elevation model

First American Spatial Solutions (FASS), a member of The First American Corporation family of companies and a leader in spatial and natural hazard risk solutions, announced that it has digitally mapped more than 120 million of America's property parcels - something no other public or private entity has been able to accomplish previously. See last week’s GISWeekly feature story

Trimble announced that it has launched Trimble VRS-iScope service in the U.S. The add-on service offers Trimble VRS Now subscribers in Florida, Iowa, Illinois and Colorado the ability to track and manage their assets in real time, as well as view their session history and rover information.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Intermap Technologies announced a new data distribution agreement with Digital Data Services, a provider of mapping products and GIS services, to offer Intermap’s uniformly accurate 3D digital elevation models, orthorectified radar images, contour line maps, and optimized triangulated irregular network (TIN) models worldwide.

The addition of Intermap’s NEXTMap countrywide datasets to Digital Data Services’ suite of products and services give geospatial professionals immediate access to consistently reliable map data, thereby allowing them to perform wide-area spatial analysis in a more timely and cost efficient manner.

DigitalGlobe, a global content provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions, announced that it has signed a contract to extend DigitalGlobe’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) with NGA for $12.5 million per month. The SLA extension provides NGA with continued access to the WorldView-1 satellite. NGA has agreed to extend the SLA through March 31, 2010 for a total of $100 million during the extension period, with an option for NGA to extend the contract for an additional nine months on the same terms, from April 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

ESRI and First American Spatial Solutions announced the release of the Risk Analysis Solution for ArcGIS, a complete location-based risk analysis solution for the insurance industry. Risk Analysis Solution for ArcGIS can be used by insurance companies to view and analyze data at the policy and portfolio level, allowing insurers to assess concentration of risk and increase and improve underwriting decisions.

ImageTree Corporation has signed agreements with GeoEye, Inc., and MJ Harden Associates, Inc., enabling the three companies to cooperatively create, market, sell and deliver commercially viable, management inventory solutions to the forestry industry.

GeoEye and its wholly owned subsidiary MJ Harden are premier, complementary providers of timely, accurate and accessible location intelligence, products and services.

Announcements

GeoEye, Inc. announced new government awards totaling more than $25 million to supply geospatial products and services. Under awards during the first and second quarters of 2009, GeoEye will provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) a significant amount of value-added, imagery-based geospatial-intelligence products. Imagery processing and production will be performed at GeoEye's advanced imagery processing centers located in St. Louis, MO, Thornton, CO, and Dulles, VA. These awards are in addition to the Service Level Agreement (SLA) modification to the company's existing NextView contract with the NGA announced Dec. 10, 2008.

New Products

Trimble announced the release of Trimble Construction Manager version 2.4, a remote construction asset management solution. The new version offers fast and user-friendly maps provided by Google Maps API Premier and a rugged new GPS locator unit designed for the harshest construction site environments.

Trimble announced that its Trimble Outdoors family of lifestyle applications are now available for customers of T-Mobile USA, Inc. on their selection of GPS-enabled phones. With the AllSport GPS(TM), Geocache Navigator and Trimble Outdoors applications, T-Mobile USA customers have an easy-to-use and affordable way to harness the power of GPS, directly on their cell phone as they participate in outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, fishing, biking, running, walking or even geocaching.

Getmapping has released details of its new ‘AZICAM’ oblique camera system. The system is used to capture sharp full color oblique digital images of towns and cities. When combined with traditional vertical imagery and desktop software users have a rich multidimensional viewing environment, that can be explored, measured and even exported for use in presentations or as building blocks for full 3D modeling.

The Sidwell Company, the provider of integrated land records management solutions and comprehensive GIS, photogrammetric, and software development services, is pleased to announce the planned release of Parcel Builder Version 3.4 at the upcoming ESRI International User Conference, July 13-17, 2009, in San Diego. Parcel Builder was first introduced in the GIS marketplace in 2002, and is currently deployed to more than 700 users across the country.

ALK Technologies, Inc. announced the release of PC*MILER 23, the North American transportation industry's first routing and mileage solution to include carbon emissions and intermodal analysis functionality. PC*MILER's twenty-third annual edition also includes critical map data updates such as truck restrictions and truck-specific toll costs.

The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) announced the publication of the 2009 Geospatial Technology Report. This 144-page report contains detailed information on the complexity, direction, and completeness of geographic information system (GIS) projects being implemented at 515 organizations—a 9% increase in participation from the 2008 edition. Copies of the report may be ordered online at GITA's Website, or by contacting GITA headquarters at 303-337-0513 or Email Contact. For information on participating in the surveys for the 2009 report, contact Kathryn Hail at 303-337-0513 or Email Contact.

Lowrance, a brand by Navico, a leading global manufacturer of leisure navigation electronics, has announced the launch of the Endura series - its all-new range of next generation handheld GPS devices.

The new units bring a whole new navigation experience to the outdoor enthusiast, combining touch-screen functionality and quick access buttons for unprecedented ease of use, while also offering unrivalled flexibility and access to the widest possible range of third party and community content.

Around the Web

Dashboard for Visualization in Geospatial Intelligence Magazine (blog), June 30, 2009

http://gisdk.blogspot.com/2009/06/geo-spatial-solutions-in-challenging.html,GIScovery Channel (blog), June 29, 2009

Google Makes a Case That It Isn’t So Big , June 28, 2008, by Miguel Helft, The New York Times (registration required) -- “Competition is a click away,” says Dana Wagner of Google, who has been on a public relations mission for the company.

Events

 

The Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg 2009
Date: July 7 - 10, 2009
Place: Salzburg, Austria

The Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg 2009 focuses on an international GIScience audience, communicating in English and sharing an interest in translating new methods and techniques into a broad range of application domains in geoinformatics.

BIM, GIS, and Carlson Software Webinar
Date: July 9, 2009
Place: USA

We're all hearing about BIM, the architectural term for Building Information Management. In this webinar, guest presenter Felicia Provencal of Hawaii Design Modeling will explain how BIM applies to civil engineering, is related to GIS, and how Carlson Software tackles both.

Time: Thursday, July 9, 12 noon-1 p.m. (EST-US).

2009 ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit
Date: July 11 - 14, 2009
Place: San Diego , CA USA

Discover how to enhance your business practices and expand your capabilities with the technology that is shaping the future of geospatial data management and analysis.

2009 ESRI Homeland Security GIS Summit
Date: July 11 - 14, 2009
Place: San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA USA

Attend the only geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security, now a convenient concurrent event with the 2009 ESRI International User Conference.

2009 ESRI Education User Conference
Date: July 11 - 14, 2009
Place: San Diego, CA USA

The EdUC is your best opportunity to e xplore how GIS promotes critical thinking, computer literacy , and time- and money-saving best practices for institutions.

2009 ESRI Business GIS Summit
Date: July 12 - 15, 2009
Place: San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA USA

Explore the value of GIS for your organization. Whether you’re new to geographic information system (GIS) technology or looking for innovative ways to develop your current projects, be part of this collaborative forum that brings business professionals and industry leaders together. See how business GIS solutions provide a more competitive edge, drive business innovation, and increase ROI; learn more about the critical advantages of GIS at this premier event.

2009 ESRI International User Conference
Date: July 13 - 17, 2009
Place: San Diego, CA USA

This conference is your ultimate GIS resource, a place to extend your GIS skills, connect with your GIS community, and reenergize yourself and your work.

Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE)
Date: July 13 - 18, 2009
Place: Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences
Schellingstraße 24, Stuttgart, Germany

We would like to draw your attention to our “Summer School and Conference for Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment” which will take place from 13- 17 July at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

IGARSS 2009
Date: July 13 - 17, 2009
Place: Cape Town, South Africa

The venue for IGARSS 09 has been chosen as the University of Cape Town on the slopes of Table Mountain. The choice of Cape Town, the first time that IGARSS will be held on the African continent, represents a milestone in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s strategic objective to broaden international participation, particularly in the developing countries.

GEOBrasil Summit 2009
Date: July 14 - 16, 2009
Place: Imigrantes (Convenções)
São Paulo , Brazil

GEOBrasil Summit presents new trends, products and services earmarked for integrated solutions connected with mapping, localisation, navigation, geographic localisation and analysis for management of public and private companies. Integrated events: GEOBrasil, GNSS Navis, GEO Oil & Gas and GEOCities.

2009 Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS)
Date: July 18 - 21, 2009
Place: Northwoods Resort and Conference Center
Big Bear Lake, CA USA

ESRI encourages you to be part of this compelling conference and take this opportunity to address the challenges of connecting across boundaries for conservation.

GeoWeb 2009
Date: July 27 - 31, 2009
Place: Downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada

GeoWeb conferences focus exclusively on geographic information systems, the Internet, and the economic potential associated with their convergence. GeoWeb 2009 will continue the tradition of focusing on the reciprocal impact of the Web and Geographic Information as well as the ever-increasing need for collaboration in light of global economic and environmental concerns. GeoWeb 2009 is for everyone!

2009 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference
Date: August 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Providence, RI USA

This conference has evolved from URISA's Street Smart and Address Savvy Conference (held from 1999 to 2005). In 2006 (Nashville), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) joined URISA as a full partner in this educational program and the conference was re-named to the Geospatial Integration for Public Safety Conference.

SEASC 2009
Date: August 4 - 7, 2009
Place: Bali International Convention Center
Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

SEASC is a biennale event of ASEAN FLAG (ASEAN Federation of Land Surveying and Geomatics), supported by FIG (International Federation of Surveyors), and as well by some other international affiliated organizations



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