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GISWeekly Although these seminars are included in an abbreviated form on our home page (what I wrote for the GITA Conference News), I have extended them here for your review. The seminars were chock-full of information for those professionals dealing with setting up a Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and those trying to make a Business Case for ROI. For the large number of organizations today that are under a mandate to create CIP programs and then justify these additional costs to their companies, these seminars met a vital need.
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Special GITA 27 Annual Conference Report
By Susan Smith
The two GITA seminars I attended were very interactive and engaged their audiences in real-world activities that could then be applied to the challenges they face in their day-to-day workplace. Although these seminars are included in an abbreviated form on our home page (what I wrote for the GITA Conference News), I have extended them here for your review. The seminars were chock-full of information for those professionals dealing with setting up a Critical Infrastructure Protection Program and those trying to make a Business Case for ROI. For the large number of organizations today that are under a mandate to create CIP programs and then justify these additional costs to their companies, these seminars met a vital need.
Critical Infrastructure Protection
The Critical Infrastructure Protection Pre-Conference Seminar kicked off with Richard Kuykendall, President of Kuykendall & Associates, highlighting the fact that “we at GITA have been elevated because of the importance of geospatial information and have gained a new role since 9/11. The world changed at that point, on a local and a national level.”
The event spawned the evolution of the Geospatial Leadership Coalition (GLC), formed through GITA, which addresses data sharing. “after the federal government realized that 85% of the information they need is out of their hands; it is in the hands of local and state governments, and private utilities,” explained Kuykendall, adding, “the sharing of that information is invaluable.”
Dave DiSera of EMA, Inc. made this statement about what GIS should do for critical infrastructure protection: “Protecting critical infrastructure depends on rapid discovery and access to disparate internal and external spatial information source. GIS has the innate ability to rapidly access and process spatially enabled infrastructure data to help infrastructure management organizations make informed and timely critical infrastructure protection decisions while planning for and responding to a manmade or natural event.”
“We're seeing organizations now use GIS to protect their assets,” said DiSera. “Event based scenarios are the best way to know what a situation is. Detection is accomplished using video motion detectors, infrared, vibration, closed-circuit TV, proximity sensors and modeling tools.”
Within the last year, the City of Minneapolis modeled a tanker spill and consequently, they estimated the plume killed 20,000 people, “it was only by modeling it were they able to see what the implications could be,” attested DiSera.
The ability to be able to delay an adversary from gaining access to critical infrastructure is of course, critical. GIS uses include: perimeter management and barrier management. Ground sensors, sentry placement, airport security view sheds, and moving view shed analysis are some of the detection and prevention tools that can be used to deploy equipment or technology once a spatial relationship is established between the facility in question and the equipment.
Field access to GIS data has become increasingly important in measuring response and recovery coordination.
Some of the lessons learned for GIS for Critical Infrastructure Protection include:
- Data sharing agreements are critical
- Remote sensing technology is vital to incident management, have advance contracts for data collection;
- Be prepared to share data with the media
- Have mobile mapping capabilities
- Have a mechanism to bring your data together and distribute it
- Quickly establish map production capabilities, have a list of GIS and other technical personnel and vendors
- Data integration is essential
- Must have organized data
- Coordination of map production across agencies (Federal, State, City and privately held organizations
- Coordination of multiple agencies collecting the same data (e.g. environmental monitoring, building inspections)
In comparison, utilities and state and local governments in the U.S. work with widely disparate systems and data integrity is often at issue.
In Japan, terrorism is not a major issue. Their CIP is driven by a concern about earthquakes and other natural phenomena. Although not mandated, their system could be used for CIP as it enables increased coordination, data sharing to support disaster planning and recovery. Their initial implementation, begun in the 80s, expanded to 12 major urban areas throughout the nation, and now those branches coordinate with local governments and public utilities.
The original cost of the system was Y9.5 Billion, or US$ 8.7 Billion. The National Government funded 60% of the cost, and interested local governments and utility companies funded the remaining 30%.
Today's annual operating budget is Y3.4 Billion, or US$ 3.1 Million. The National Government funds 50% of the cost, local governments are responsible for 10% and private utilities and other organizations provide 40% of the cost.
ROADIC enjoys several economic benefits, but chief among them are the utility and construction coordination and time reduction for management of permit process.
ROADIC's technology issues include: an increased use of fiber optics to enhance communications and coordination; and no use of the Internet-the members access the database directly and data is restricted to members.
A very apt question from the audience: If one utility has incorrect data, how do you then make sure everyone is getting the correct piece? “ROADIC has staff who annually take in data from utilities, we don't know how,” explained DiSera. “This is engineering level data in the system. A lot of time spent on making this information very accurate. Their information is between 10 and 20 centimeters in asbuilts. Everything has to undergo a 3 month identification process.”
The mission study group made several key observations of the ROADIC system-
- A consortium of public and private entities was successful in creating a land database that works
- The ability to build and maintain a common database predicated on a common land base is crucial in establishing data sharing partnerships
- In the U.S. there is difficulty in providing an incentive to municipalities and utilities to participate
- ROI is the driver in the U.S. whereas crisis management is the driver for Japan
- ROADIC provides an example demonstrating that utilities don't have to share data completely to accomplish some worthwhile shared benefits.
William Kiger, executive director Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc., presented a talk on Infrastructure Protection, citing the need for utility notification “one-call” centers that are “uniquely positioned for two way communications, with a role that can easily be expanded.” said Kiger.
Kiger outlined some sample utility notification patterns that are used in the Pennsylvania One Call System. Currently the process goes like this:
- Excavator notifies with the intent to excavate
- Utility Notification Center is called
- Facility Owner is called
- Facility Owner responds
- Responses are returned to the Excavator
- Expand the Facility Notification Center to:
- Accept non-excavation calls
- Provide notifications to other agencies besides the Facility Owner
- Classify geographic areas with 'critical nodes' where multiple lines can be damaged with one hit
- Also build on the private-public partnership to handle this logic and communications
- Most are map-based
- Already know the geographic location of infrastructure/utilities
- A First Responder notification is a simple addition
“You need to share information about that asset,” said one attendee. “your agency may be willing to give information over, but the utility doesn't want to give information up.”
A gas and electricity utility viewpoint: “You are always afraid that someone will take our maps and misinterpret information. We've had incidents where customers has taken one of our maps and dug in the wrong place. We share land information, but that's not the issue.”
Attendance was up this year for the popular seminar "Business Case and ROI: Justifying IT Spending Seminar," drawing over 60 attendees mostly from county and city governments utilities. At the start of the session, all were issued a calculator which, when you removed the tab from the battery, played music. The room was alive with the sound of electronic music during the first few minutes as attendees figured out how to turn off the sound.
Business Case and ROI: Justifying IT Spending
Discussed was GITA's ROI Workbook Research Project whose objective it is to “develop and document a formal methodology for preparing a business case for including ROI within water utilities, wastewater utilities, and other utilities such as gas and electric,” explained DiSera.
The rationale for the Project is as follows:
*80% utility data is spatial
*GIT is essential to utility information management
*GIT applications are expensive
*Justification for investments comes from business applications but GIT benefits are difficult to predict and come after many years of investment
*GIT applications are complex investments
*Managers have to make decisions without complete understanding
*GIT competes with scarce funds
Utilities from both the private and public sector are invited to join the project; some members to date include EPCOR Water Services, Inc., City of Phoenix, Dallas Water Commission, Broward County Commission and the City of Toronto. A research project meeting will be held in Room 504 at 5 pm on Wednesday.
“No one has ever documented well the cost benefits of GIS,” noted Susan Ancell. “so GITA decided to come up with a way to go through and figure that out yourself.”
Attendees got a taste of what that project workbook would be like as they were directed by Nancy Lerner, Managing Partner for EMA, Inc., through a process of systematically detailing a financial analysis of a sample (or real) GIT system with workbook in hand.
Lerner charged attendees to think about the perspective of the other half: “Investment analysis is a fiduciary responsibility and public duty - this is not about counting beans,” she said. “Think about how the elected officials feel about it. In order to serve their constituents, they have a moral obligation to understand the financial impact of any thing going on in their organization, find the best use for the money and protect the interest of citizens and investors.”
To perform a financial analysis, attendees were asked to first do the following:
*Calculate tangible benefits
*Schedule cash flows
*Perform financial analysis
*Prepare strategic analysis
A data conversion project is particularly at risk, warned Lerner. “You don't know until you pilot the conversion what it's really going to take until it happens. Make the tightest specification plan you can. This is going to take twice as long as you think and cost more than you think. You must do your job up front in terms of piloting that conversion. Some organizations spend twice as much over time on conversion than they planned. The problem lies in the quality of data. There are issues associated with this when you're talking about looking at many pieces of data. Do a sensitivity analysis. The pilot can be part of your analysis. Find out what you can at the beginning. You must be careful as to how you address quality issues.”
Next Lerner “piloted” attendees through preparing a strategic analysis, which she said provides context for financial analysis:
- Start with Statement of Mission and Goals
- List Intangible Benefits
- Present Financial Analysis
- List Related Projects
- Conclude with Recommendation
Needless to say, those musical calculators got a workout.
By the way, the winner of the chalk painting by Ben Glenn at GITA was Dawn Hilderbrand, GIS Analyst with the City of Kansas City, Missouri.
More GITA Product Announcements
IONIC announced its release of RedSpider Enterprise 3, which is a geospatial Java toolkit and component library currently available for geospatially-enabled enterprise application integration. Natively based on ISOtc211 and OpenGIS ® standards, RedSpider Enterprise offers an Application Program Interface (API) that integrates over 230 interfaces and more than 300 public classes and business helpers to accelerate development work. This API integrates the most advanced and adaptive GML Schema Type manager available at the moment and allows developers to build customized, interoperable and spatially enabled enterprise applications on a variety of platforms.
SPATIALinfo released its latest version of SPATIALnet/Water 3.0 which is a water management solution enabling water utilities to model, design, maintain and manage their water networks.
Idea Integration, an ESRI partner, launched its GIS Connector products which are designed to facilitate the integration of ESRI products into existing business systems. The company is developing a 311 application (311 is a local-government mandate for reporting non-emergencies) with Tier 1 Innovation to provide a mapping component to Tier 1's call center applications.
Asset management solutions abounded at the conference and included MWH TAG (The|Asset|Group), a company that boasts taking a “holistic” approach to managing utility lifecycle assets. TAG made available their TAG Solutions, a suite of IT solutions designed to enable asset management. These solutions are pre-configured and pre-integrated. Their goal is to make asset management a focus of day-to-day business activities.
Another company with this in mind is Advantica, who announced the North American launch of their solution Gas Essentials.This solution suite is designed to meet the specifications of all companies who are federally mandated to comply with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 192. Gas Essentials is designed to help distribution companies improve asset integrity, reduce capital and operational costs and adhere to regulatory compliance.
Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of XcelleNet, Inc., the in frontline management software, from investment firm Francisco Partners. Sybase intends to integrate XcelleNet into its iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary, positioning the combined organization as the leader in mobile database, mobile middleware and mobile and remote device management.
Dave Ridderikhoff has joined the Geospatial Information Technology division of IT global company, Rolta International, Inc., as a Senior Project Manager. Dave's initial role at Rolta includes managing a data conversion project for a leading provider of telecommunication services.
Laser-Scan appointed Senior Account Manager, Roland Cunningham. Roland's appointment reinforces Laser-Scan's commitment to its customers and will ensure they continue to receive the highest level of attention and excellent service.
Roland joins Laser-Scan from Compaq/HP having originally trained as a Chartered Land Surveyor. He has led a number of survey and mapping projects both in the UK and overseas and brings GIS experience from WS Atkins and ICL Fujitsu. Roland's focus over the past 15 years has been on Public Sector and Defence organizations.
In-Stat/MDR, digital communication market research company reports that although Bluetooth-enabled devices haven't quite entered the true mainstream yet, they are poised to take that next step. With Mobile phones, PDAs, and headsets making significant strides over the last year, the automotive market beginning to make an impact, and PMG (Personal Mobile Gateway) products expected to emerge, shipments of Bluetooth-enabled manufactured equipment will experience a 60% CAGR between 2003 and 2008.
"Most of the end-use markets for this technology seem to be making significant headway," says Joyce Putscher, director of the high-tech market research firm's Converging Markets and Technologies Group.
Also in the news, Location Based Services (LBS) may be enjoying a comeback, according to technology research firm, ABI Research. E112 or E911 legislation - named for the emergency phone numbers - requires the ability to pinpoint the location of a cell phone placing an emergency call in Europe and North America and may be responsible for breathing new life into LBS.
Former Senator Bob Kerrey will speak at the Mapping the News conference on May 14-15, 2004, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Kerrey is the president of New School University in New York City and a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission. While in Congress, Kerrey, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was instrumental in creating the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced that ten authorized partners are shipping near-simultaneous add-on applications to run on the Autodesk Map 3D 2005 foundation. GEOMAP, based in France, and C-Plan AG, headquartered in Switzerland, have coordinated the development cycle of their flagship products to coincide with the first shipment of Autodesk Map 3D 2005 so that joint customers can immediately benefit from new 3D capabilities and topology enhancements. GEOMAP provides precision design/management tools for telecommunication networks. C-Plan specializes in applications for the utilities industry.
Munsys Technologies, IME UK Ltd., GLA International, Woolpert LLP, 4DataLink, Kelar Corp., Utility Sciences Corporation, and Toyobo Engineering will introduce Autodesk Map 3D 2005-based applications within the next few weeks. These add-on applications help customers responsible for designing the efficiency and safety of the world's infrastructure -- from urban planners to civil engineers and airport security managers.
“Customers depend on a wide range of add-on applications that make Autodesk Map 3D a mission-critical application in a variety of specialized, vertical markets,” said Steven Guttman, director of product management for Autodesk's Infrastructure Solutions Division. “Autodesk Map 3D 2005 expands the range of possible markets by providing developers with the tools they need to get their applications to market faster than ever before. It's a partnership that's extremely important to Autodesk.”
Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc., the GIS data infrastructure optimizer, announces a contract from POWER Engineers to support the migration of JEA's current Intergraph FRAMME platform to ESRI's ArcGIS geodatabase. The project brings together the unique geoskills and technologies of enterprise GIS specialists . lead contractor POWER Engineers, together with Tadpole-Cartesia, VELOCITIE Integration, Miner and Miner, and C&C Solutions. POWER Engineers, Inc., announces a contract to support the migration of JEA's current Intergraph FRAMME platform to ESRI's ArcGIS geodatabase format. The multi-million dollar project brings together the unique geoskills and technologies of enterprise GIS specialists, with lead contractor POWER Engineers teaming with Tadpole-Cartesia, VELOCITIE Integration, Inc., Miner and Miner, and C&C Solutions.
Redlands, California-National Geographic's award-winning MapMachine Internet application ( www.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine) has been completely redesigned using 100 percent ArcWeb Services. Averaging more than a million page views a week, the MapMachine is one of the most popular tools online, and its redesign opens the doors to a treasure trove of geographic information. National Geographic partnered with ESRI to revamp the application, which boasts improved usability and ease of maintenance as well as new tools and content.
Unitil Corporation now has deployed ESRI's ArcGIS and Miner and Miner's ArcFM software, replacing previous computer-aided design (CAD)-based mapping methods with a new enterprise geographic information system (GIS). The scalable, database driven mapping and spatial data management environment will be used by engineering and operations staff and potentially across the organization. Implementation services were performed by Miner and Miner, and data migration was performed in-house.
GE Energy announced the release of its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology 4 product, which delivers the latest architectural technology for the Smallworld 4 software product suite.
ESRI will offer a series of one-day seminars in more than 50 cities across the United States focusing on the next release of the ArcGIS family of products. ArcGIS 9 will be made available in May 2004. For more information or to register, visit www.esri.com/arcgis9seminars.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM) is deploying Intergraph's G/Net and G/Electric, two modules of the company's next-generation G/Technology-based industryware for utilities, to optimize work processes and automate network operation. Formed in 2002 with the merger of two regional energy providers, the German multi-utilities company is headquartered in Chemnitz. enviaM provides electric and energy-related services to 1.6 million customers over a 26,000 square kilometer network that extends approximately 76,000 km across the eastern German federal states of Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Brandenburg and portions of Thuringen.
Safe Software Inc. announced that its flagship FME spatial data translator product now supports reading several new XML (eXtensible Markup Language)-based formats: Geodatabase XML for ArcGIS 9.0, Landonline (LandXML), GPX, and IUF.
Geodatabase XML is an open format for ESRI geodatabases that encompasses all geodatabase types and constructs. For more information, visit www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis90.html.
Topografix's GPX (GPS eXchange format) is an XML data format used for the exchange of GPS data between applications and web-mapping services. For more information, visit www.topografix.com/gpx.asp.
Landonline is based on the LandXML specification and is the Cadastre Survey Data Exchange Format used by Land Information New Zealand. For more information, visit www.landonline.govt.nz/whatisit/landxml.htm. IUF
IUF, the Incremental Update Format used by the Victorian government in Australia, is an XML-based format for spatial data that supports incremental updates and allows non-geometrical and geometrical features, point, lines, and areas to be expressed.
A new 3 day GIS for Emergency Response class is being offered June 15-17 and October 12-14, 2004 at Texas A&M University's National Spill Control School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Call 361-825-3333 to register for the classes at Texas A&M. The same class is also offered on-site by special arrangement. Call 512-264-3246 to ask about on-site training. Visit http://www.sci.tamucc.edu/nscs/2004.htm for a complete class calendar for 2004.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer its 2004 National Technology Champion Award. Geringer, now with ESRI, the in geographic information system (GIS) software, received the honor April 26 during NASCIO's 2004 Midyear conference in Chicago.
dtrt ag announces the release of dtrt.NavBarWin, a RAD control for .NET developers. It works in the Microsoft .NET Framework and is best used in the Microsoft VS.NET developing environment. This Windows Forms data navigation control is built to work with datasets, views, collections and every object that implements the IList interface.
gate5 AG announced its new smart2go service during the Nokia Application Summit in Amsterdam. smart2go is the first service for smartphones providing truly interactive metro maps. The service is based on a mobile content player which offers a comprehensive local (on-board) map solution with address search, local bookmarks, and directions. In a first stage the service offers a set of base points-of-interest and GPS support for positioning and routing. Operators can deploy the technology rapidly to offer premium subscription services to their high net-worth smartphone users.
MapText, Inc. announced the availability of Label-Contour, an extension to its flagship product Label-EZ. Label-Contour places the elevation (or depth) labels for a contour map according to precise cartographic requirements. Placement is completely automatic and performed in a matter of seconds.
LizardTech, Inc. announced the availability of the MrSID(r) Software Development Kit (SDK) 4.0 with JPEG 2000. This new SDK enables thousands of software developers to easily include JPEG 2000, as well as MrSID wavelet imagery, into their applications using a single SDK. LizardTech's MrSID wavelet image format has long been the de-facto standard in geospatial applications, and by extending the SDK to enable read and write access to JPEG 2000, LizardTech provides the broadest, most flexible access to high quality imaging tools for geospatial professionals. Industry s such as ESRI, Intergraph, Leica Geosystems and Autodesk, through existing partnerships with LizardTech, are now able to provide the most complete geospatial wavelet imaging tools to their customers.
NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for in-vehicle, Internet/wireless, government and business solutions, is enabling the Mio168 Pocket PC with NAVTEQ(TM) maps of North America. Developed by Taiwanese manufacturer MiTAC and marketed by Mio Technology in North America, the Mio 168 is a Windows Mobile PDA that integrates a GPS receiver and advanced navigation software into a compact, all-in-one device.
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN - News), announced that the company will offer its Que application with a new CompactFlash® GPS module that is optimized for popular Pocket PC handhelds. The cf Que 1620 is a module featuring Garmin's new Que software application, which delivers high-performance GPS location, mapping and turn-by-turn navigation capabilities to Pocket PC devices. "The cf Que is a comprehensive GPS module that offers ample memory and intuitive operation," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Users don't need to sacrifice internal memory or their preferred applications to get complete navigation capabilities on their Pocket PC, because all of the map data can be stored on the module."
Red Hen Systems, Inc., announces the release of its latest spatial video collection solution, VMS-X, which fully integrates global positioning system (GPS) with digital video cameras. This introduction is a breakthrough in field data collection, which offers unrivaled ease-to-use, portability, reliability.
Using any Sony video camera equipped with an intelligent accessory shoe (1), a Garmin Geko GPS receiver (2), and miniaturized VMS logic by Red Hen Systems, VMS-X (3) attaches to the top of the camera in seconds and enables the recording of video, audio, and location data to a single medium (tape or DVD). After data collection, customers can process the data for rapid playback in Red Hen's flagship multimedia mapping application, MediaMapper® version 5.1, or ESRI's ArcGIS environment.
Ekahau, provider of accurate Wi-Fi positioning solutions and site survey tools, announced the availability of 802.11 a and g support to the award winning Ekahau Positioning Engine (EPE). Enterprises now have an additional option for location aware services and real-time tracking that can be used on all current commercial modes of Wi-Fi.
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GeoSpatial World 2004
Date: May 12 - 14, 2004
Place: Miami Beach, FL USA
Sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and the Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community, GeoSpatial World is the annual international training and management conference for Intergraph customers and individuals who are interested in learning more about managing and applying geospatial information and solutions.
New England Geospatial Information Summit 2004 (NEGIS)
Date: May 12 - 13, 2004
Place: Holiday Inn Boxborough, MA USA
- Experience the latest geospatial tools - Learn from your peers: technical and management skills - Meet with colleagues and make new connections
2004 Mapping the News Conference
Date: May 14 - 15, 2004
Place: National Press Club, Washington, D.C., USA
The conference will feature dozens of presentations, including a special session on new ways of mapping elections. It will also include hands-on media mapping workshops, a luncheon at the Press Club, and an evening reception at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall.
Date: May 18, 2004
Place: City Place Dallas, TX USA
Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.
FME Training Course Outline
Date: May 20 - 21, 2004
Place: Atlanta, GA USA
Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are welcome to bring their own sample data files.
Date: May 23 - 27, 2004
Place: Denver, CO USA
This event affords your organization the unique opportunity to meet and work with over 1,200 geospatial data and related technology professionals. The program will include workshops, user groups, general and technical sessions, a classified session, and technical tours, plus an Exhibition Hall that is unsurpassed in the industry. This year's event will be held in the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown Denver.
ASPRS Annual Conference 2004
Date: May 23 - 28, 2004
Place: Adams Mark Hotel Denver, CO USA
Mountains of Data...Peak Decisions is the theme for the ASPRS Annual Conference to be held at the Adams Mark Hotel, Denver, Colorado, May 23-28, 2004. The conference will include workshops, general and plenary sessions, technical programs, poster presentations, technical tours, a classified session and a super-sized exhibit hall. Check our web site asprs.org/denver2004 for complete details and registration information.