Revealing the Interior – Indoor Mapping

At the 2010 ESRI Worldwide Business Partner Conference (BPC), ESRI president Jack Dangermond acknowledged organizations that have been ESRI business partners for more than 20 years. In a special session for longtime partners, he recognized these companies and their dedication to ESRI and its geographic information system (GIS) technology.

The partners honored were:

  • Strategic Information Systems Group (a business partner since 1987)
  • BAE Systems National Security Solutions (since 1988)
  • Global Systems Modeling, Ltd. (since 1988)
  • Green Mountain GeoGraphics, Ltd. (since 1988)
  • Telvent Miner & Miner (since 1988)
  • Camp, Dresser, & McKee, Inc. (since 1989)
  • Landmark Technologies (since 1989)
  • MJ Harden Associates, Inc. (since 1989)
  • Photo Science (since 1989)
  • POWER Engineers, Inc. (since 1989)
  • VESTRA Resources Inc. (since 1989)
  • Pro-West & Associates, Inc. (since 1990)

Industry representatives who are working with the National Institute of Building Sciences to develop a toolkit for Haiti will be able to coordinate efforts much more easily with the help of a portal donated by the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC)

In the wake of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 13, the National Institute of Building Sciences asked the United States codes and standards community to provide guidance in the reconstruction of the island nation.

The OGC agreed to host a web portal so committees who are working on the project can share information and documents quickly and efficiently. The portal will be based on the portal developed by the OGC for its own use. The OGC is already hosting a web page that provides links to Earth images, maps and other geospatial data that are being used in Haiti earthquake disaster relief.

CTIA-The Wireless Association announced the release of the industry's updated voluntary “Best Practices and Guidelines for Location-Based Services” which promote and protect the privacy of wireless customers' location information. Initially released in June 2008, the Guidelines were revised due to the dynamic and constantly innovative nature of the wireless ecosystem and the latest developments in Location-Based Services (LBS).

By-laws amendments opening regular membership in MAPPS to foreign owned firms with offices in the United States and independent consultants who service the geospatial market were unanimously approved by the membership during a special meeting at the MAPPS Winter Conference. The amendments redefine the requirements for membership in MAPPS, encompassing firms that have offices in the United States but are foreign owned and sole proprietor independent consultants without payroll or other employees who provide services in or to the geospatial community.

Early registration has opened for COM.Geo 2010, which takes place on June 21-23 in Washington DC. The three-day event provides attendees critical information on computing technologies for geospatial such as cloud computing, business intelligence, spatial database server, visualization, and high-performance computing, etc.

COM.Geo 2010 is the international conference and exhibition on computing for geospatial research and application with a focus on the latest computing technologies for multidisciplinary research and development that enables the exploration in geospatial areas. COM.Geo Conference is an exclusive event that connects researchers, developers, scientists, and application users from academia, government, and industry in both computing and geospatial fields. Innovative research and application technologies are the brightest spotlights at COM.Geo conference.

For more information on the conference, please visit: COM.Geo website


The geodeveloper community's strong response to the ESRI 2010 Mashup Challenge created a quandary for the jury. The guidelines for the challenge were simple: build a mashup using ESRI's ArcGIS Online content and Web APIs, publish the related URL, and post a video describing the application on YouTube.

Dave Bouwman, CTO and lead software architect at DTSAgile of Fort Collins, Colorado, took the top prize of $10,000 with Executive Compensation Mashup, which compares top U.S. executive salaries with the total income for selected counties in the United States.

Daniel Bradshaw, owner of DB MediaStudio, Springville, Utah, won second prize and $5,000 with Fluttr: The Human Story in Realtime, a mashup that automatically populates an international map with live feeds from Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube.

Mark Laudon, of LaudonTech in Surrey, Canada, took third prize and $2,500 for Floor Plan Mapping, an interactive building floor plan with employee search capabilities including a brief employee biography.

Ernesto Giron, GIS senior analyst for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Cali, Colombia, won fourth prize and $2,500 for Drought Timing for Agronomic Screening. This interactive international soil map indicates soil type and quality in a specified area and its agricultural potential with respect to changes in climate.

Links to the winning mashups and related videos can be found here.

GeoDecisions, an information technology (IT) company specializing in geospatial solutions, is pleased to announce the promotions of two key staff members. Mike Wiley was promoted to director, and Keith Mullins, P.E., was promoted to director of intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

Intergraph has named Jeff Robertson as vice president and general manager of its U.S. public safety business unit.

MAPPS has asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to create a Geospatial Management Office (GMO) to oversee the implementation of the 800+ location-based provisions within the recently enacted Health Care Reform legislation.

Infotech is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dan Beasley as a Senior Account Manager for Infotech's North American Utilities, Telecom, and Government (UTG) Division. Mr. Beasley has over 25 years of experience within the Utility market involving the planning, development, and implementation of utility distribution operations systems. His customer engagements include consulting, project management, and business strategy development. Mr. Beasley specializes in establishing sound business programs that deliver business objectives and operation improvements.

ElanTech announced that it has been awarded a new contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for a public health extension to its proven Incident Management Decision Support System (IMDSS). The new software tool, IMDSS-H, will bring together all information pertinent to the management of a public health emergency in a single, intuitive, geospatially organized digital dashboard. IMDSS-H will provide public health incident response teams with a current operational picture and decision support tools to support public health emergencies.

New Products

Geosoft announced the availability of its 2010 Software Release for geoscientists and exploration professionals. The release includes a number of important advancements that improve access to data and information, make mapping and reporting tasks more efficient, and expand 3D subsurface capabilities.

On March 16, 2010, the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office issued the United States Patent No. 7,681,126 to Edgetech America, Inc. for its unique Method for spell-checking location-bound words within a document. The cutting-edge technology enables the ArcGIS MapSpeller extension to consider the real-world location of words in maps and geodatabases when spell-checking and correcting them.

As a typical web 2.0 application, aims to collect free and open geolocated addresses. This community web site allows everyone to store, manage and use address points.

With location-based services clearly on the rise, SimpleGeo formally introduced the SimpleGeo location services infrastructure to provide the foundation for a whole new level of intelligent, location-aware applications. The ready-to-use location infrastructure makes it easy and cost-effective to add geo-aware features to applications.

Around the Web

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MAPPS Seeks Geospatial Management Office in HHS to Implement Health Care ReformMarch 30, 2010, American Surveyor

Minnesota Geospatial Commons Being Planned Minnesota Geospatial Information Office

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