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Welcome to GISWeekly! This week's Industry News profiles another case of customer-driven interoperability, where two companies, ESRI and Graphisoft, have been introduced to each other for the sole purpose of solving CAD/GIS interoperability issues for their shared customer, the U.S. Coast Guard.

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CAD/GIS Integration at the U.S. Coast Guard
By Susan Smith

Some stories take some time to evolve. The story of Graphisoft, creators of the architectural CAD program ArchiCAD, and its collaboration with ESRI, is one of those stories. It is another case of customer-driven interoperability, where two companies, ESRI and Graphisoft, have been introduced to each other with the sole purpose of solving problems for their shared customer, the U.S. Coast Guard. The goal of the integration of ArchiCAD and ArcGIS is to be able to exchange GIS information and CAD information between the two systems.

The Coast Guard's initial requirements for CAD/GIS integration were to be able to bring terrain information into ArchiCAD to support both the high level management overview and the detailed visual and analytical design of a building or complex of buildings and at the same time. They wanted to be able to pass building shell and roof details to ArcGIS to provide a realistic representation of the building on the site/terrain.

Graphisoft originated the Intelligent Building Information Model, which provides architects and engineers with a timeline that maximizes intelligent design information from the inception of design through to the maintenance and operations process. Very few CAD customers have taken the technology to the phase of maintenance and operations. The U.S. Coast Guard is doing just that -- using object-oriented information technology.

“Regional strategic planning,” is a primary focus for the Coast Guard, which they use to assess their facilities and their mission and find out what's accessible and deficient. With an annual operating budget of over $7 billion, the Coast Guard manages shore facilities that are comparable to managing a large U.S. corporation. They patrol a maritime border of 95,000 miles of shoreline and navigable waterways as well as the nation's 3.4-million square mile exclusive maritime zone. In terms of its assets, the Coast Guard has over 43,000 full-time employees, 230 cutters, 1,400 small boats, and 240 aircraft. In addition to this the Coast Guard owns 30 million square feet of building space, leases another 3 million, and owns and operates 7,930 buildings at 656 locations, plus controls 65,000 acres of land.

The U.S. Coast Guard has created a prototype for their Civil Engineering Program's use of object oriented IT for regional strategic planning that will consider short term operational efforts with long term mission objectives. The Charleston Regional Strategic Plan is that prototype, commissioned in May 2002. The scope of the project focused on the building of 3D models organized into five steps, listed below, taken from the white paper: “U.S. Coast Guard Regional Strategic Planning” by LCDR James J. Dempsey, PE and Mr. David Hammond, RLA:

    1) As-builts - verification and compilation of existing 2D drawings and other survey information.
    2) Build Model - build 3D object models and populate with basic attribute information.
    3) Model Enhancement-populate models with detailed attribute information compiled by the facility assessment.
    4) Model Utilization - use the model as a tool to support strategic planning and capital asset management needs.
    5) Model Integration - use models as a central database to support facility management and non-facility management decision making.

To accomplish their ambitious goals, the Coast Guard is using Graphisoft's ArchiCAD to build intelligent building models for integrated decision making and regional strategic planning in Charleston. The Coast Guard needs the interoperability of data across commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products more than it needs advanced capabilities with limited scope, so it has adopted only standards that support the interoperability and the integration of data across IT systems. One reason for choosing ArchiCAD is that it is part of the Building Lifecycle Interoperable Software Project (BLIS), and it adheres to other standards dedicated to the interoperability of data. One of the most important of these standards is the International Alliance for Interoperabilty's (IAI) Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) version 2.0 and 2.x, supported by ArchiCAD for the open exchange of the building object model information.

The models will then be related with a GIS application to describe the models' geographical relationships, and the embedded objects will be enhanced with attribute information that will make them responsive to integrated decision making needs. Object oriented IT 3D models intelligently simulate decision making, providing a knowledge base from which to make decisions based on resources, risk management and lower total cost of ownership.

From this point on, schema must be developed that depicts decision making processes and that focus is on the decision points relevant to core business processes. These schema will then be portrayed in a geospatial context. Schema must be sensitive to all facets of the decision making process.

In this situation, the importance of a common database is critical. The database is continuously updated and “cleaned” of errors, so that it increases its value. Intelligence communities at the U.S. Coast Guard can use the database for supporting the critical infrastructure, with the assurance that it provides accurate information.

A Strategy for CAD/GIS Interoperability

According to Bill Miller of ESRI, ESRI is interested in developing interoperability with the various CAD vendors. “We've worked on doing this for both Autodesk and Bentley products and their two products are 2D drawing based programs,” Miller explained. “They both have 3D components in them, so we have interoperability strategies for both those packages and basically it's document sharing at the file level. Our relationship with Bentley has grown so we will be sharing our documents into their ProjectWise environment and then Project Wise can share documents with the various products that they have. We've been doing that by being able to read each other's files.”

“We have another product called CADClient that is included as part of ArcSDE (Spatial Database Engine) that allows both AutoCAD and Bentley users to edit simple features stored in an RDBMS.”

ESRI's strategy with Graphisoft is focusing on sharing objects between our two systems” Miller said. “We did a proof of concept project with ArchiCAD that was funded in part by the U.S. Coast Guard. Graphisoft and ESRI also put in some resources to complete the project that shows how we can take an object out of ArcGIS, such as a terrain object, and put it into ArchiCAD, and how ArchiCAD can take objects out of ArchiCAD and bring them into ArcGIS, so we can view them into our 3D data environment.”

The main advantage of ArchiCAD for the user is that data can be entered once and then used to produce working drawings, documents and a 3D model. Every time a view is created of a model, like floor plan or elevation, the same view can be used as an editing environment so that the location of windows and doors can be changed. Everything works off that model.

By using standard APIs (which, incidentally, are used in the AEC/GIS Interoperability Initiative ESRI has entered into with Bentley), ESRI and Graphisoft can establish a direct connection between the two software systems. ESRI is very interested in the fact that Graphisoft is IFC compliant on the AEC side, which is a standard developed by the IAI. The IAI is working on a project in Norway to develop IFC objects for GIS. “In the future,” projected Miller, “it may be possible to have objects in that format also, but right now we're just exploring the direct exchange between ArcGIS and ArchiCAD.”


Longer term goals may include the ability to exchange any and all parts of either the Building Information Model or GIS model between systems. At this point, no one really needs the technology, but according to Al Moulton, president of Graphisoft US, Inc. “From experience we know that someone always needs to look at information in a slightly different manner than we originally anticipated.”

Miller said that they are looking at what the exchange means to them operationally, and “how do we make it easily acceptable and usable to our customers? It's still a research project, but we have demonstrated the ability so far, to share objects between ArchiCAD and ArcGIS - going both ways.”


Over the couple of weeks, GISWeekly will feature CAD/GIS integration stories profiling the solutions offered by various vendors. Reader comments on the topic are also welcome. Write to Email Contact


Telcontar, supplier of software and related services for location-based services (LBS), today announced an agreement that enables Telcontar to resell GlobeXplorer imagery services. Under the agreement, Telcontar is now able to offer GlobeXplorer's high-quality aerial and satellite digital images to customers using either its Universal Telematics Server™ ASP or Drill Down Server™ spatial platform.

Tele Atlas a provider of digital map databases and dynamic location content aggregator, announced that it is working together with Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), to integrate Tele Atlas' North American and European datasets and dynamic location content for the United States with Autodesk's LocationLogic wireless LBS platform. By working with Tele Atlas, Autodesk Location Services will be able to offer wireless operators an expanded offering including dynamic content.

ObjectFX, provider of a Java-based software toolkit for developing and deploying location-based services, announced that it has integrated its SpatialFX(TM) tool under the name TrackingAdvisor(TM) with QUALCOMM's FleetAdvisor(R) fleet management system. ObjectFX's TrackingAdvisor was chosen by QUALCOMM (Nasdaq: QCOM), the leader in mobile communications for the transportation industry, to support the FleetAdvisor system's ability to manage fleet operations in a real-time environment.


Historic Model Data Distribution Policy from ODC
(excerpted from press release)

The Open Data Consortium, a public-private partnership project funded by the USGS and private companies, has developed an historic model data distribution policy for guiding local government dissemination of public-record geodata.

"The data distribution policy developed by the Open Data Consortium will enable local governments to move responsively in handling public requests for spatial data, and will reduce barriers to inter-agency data sharing, thereby advancing the NSDI vision for a National Map, and a Geospatial One-Stop portal to map data," said Kathy Covert, Associate Strategist for the Federal Geographic Data Committee Secretariat.

This policy model was developed through a series of collaborative dialogues with stakeholders representing diverse interests from city and county governments, state and Federal agencies, as well as private sector data service providers, universities and professional associations. A wide variety of alternatives were analyzed and considered before arriving at the recommendations in the model policy.

The model policy addresses the major legal and commercial issues concerning public data distribution, such as, copyright, licensing, liability, security restrictions, privacy considerations, metadata maintenance, data recipients and distribution methods, as well as the controversial issue of data sales. "This has been a consensus-building success sustained by dedicated participants actively listening to each other," said Bruce Joffe, Principal of GIS Consultants and organizer of the ODC project.

The model policy is available at the ODC website,, along with documentation of the collaborative work process, additional data studies, data policy documents used by other agencies, and links to useful geodata information.

Concluding the USGS contract with the GeoData Alliance ( for the initial, policy-formulation phase, Joffe expressed his pleasure at working with, and learning from, the ODC participants. "Through cooperative communication, we were able to learn not only how current data policies came into being, but what were the underlying reasons." As those root causes are addressed, there will be fewer impediments to accessing local geodata.

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A total of 579 people attended GITA's 12th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Houston, Texas. While the total attendance fell just short of the previous year's record total of 588, user registrations for the conference increased by more than 10 percent from 2002. Total paid registrations for the 2003 conference also increased 11 percent from 2002.

Navigating at the Olympics will be easier with a new digital map that Tele Atlas (FWB: TA6) and its partner Epsilon GIS are to present in early 2004. The database can be used for a number of advanced applications, for example car and personal navigation (with a PDA or an advanced mobile phone). A series of navigation CDs and DVDs for leading hardware platforms will be published soon. The digital maps also provide the basis for applications like traffic telematics, geographical information systems (GIS), online mapping and location-based services (LBS).

Tele Atlas also presents the first digital map of Poland. Out of the new EU members, Poland represents the biggest market and plays an important role as the intermediary between Central and Eastern Europe. With the new MultiNet for Poland, Tele Atlas seamlessly integrates the complete interconnecting street network of the country into its European database.

KOREM announced the second edition of GEOdiffusion which will be held from December 2nd to December 4th, 2003 at the Ch®teau Frontenac in Québec City. Organized by KOREM, the event is the most important happening to take place in the province of Québec for IT integrators and MapInfo users. Presenting an overview of the market trends and issues, this conference is dedicated to exploring the potential of Web-mapping applications in the public and private sectors and the showcasing of MapInfo products.

Municipal Software Corporation, developer of local government business process automation software and a wholly owned subsidiary of Municipal Solutions Group, Inc. (TSX-V: MSM), announced that its latest release of CityView Enterprise version 8.2 is now in general use with new and existing clients.

At the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Conference held in London last month, the message of GIS software interoperability was a central and recurring theme. This fact was ably demonstrated in a keynote presentation by Martin Daly, technical director, Cadcorp, who gave an overview of the rise of the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC) and the importance of OGC initiatives within the geospatial community. The Plenary session, GI Technology - Enabling Business Improvement, which Daly addressed, also featured key industry personnel from ESRI, Intergraph, Microsoft and Oracle - but it was the practical yet visionary approach taken by Cadcorp in pioneering open standards and delivering this story simply, concisely and at first hand that captured the audiences' imagination.

LizardTech(r), Inc., developer of digital imaging software and viewing tools - has been named to the Technical Committee of Open GIS Consortium, Inc. (OGC), a company-government-university coalition engaged in developing common interfaces and protocols for the burgeoning geo-information processing industry.

Intermap Technologies Corporation, (TSX Venture - IMP.a) announced the launch of NEXTMap USA, a program to remap the entire continental United States. NEXTMap USA includes the creation of terrain elevation and imagery data accurate to 1- meter or better covering nearly 7.9 million km2 (4.9m miles2) of the United States. The announcement was made at the ASPRS/MAPPS Terrain Data Conference being held in North Charleston, S.C.

Garmin Ltd. announced record revenue for its third fiscal quarter ended September 27, 2003. Revenue for the quarter increased 26 percent to $135.6 million from $107.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Net income was $35.3 million, or $0.32 diluted earnings per share, compared to $38.4 million or $0.36 diluted earnings per share in the year-ago quarter. Third quarter net income included a $9.0 million foreign currency loss as a result of a weaker U.S. dollar compared to the Taiwan dollar. Excluding the effects of foreign currency, diluted EPS for the quarter was $0.39 compared to $0.29 in the year-ago quarter, exceeding management's guidance of $0.33 to $0.36.

Trimble announced results for its third fiscal quarter ended October 3, 2003. The Company reported third quarter revenues of approximately $139.6 million, versus approximately $114.7 million in the third quarter of 2002.

MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS) reported earnings per share of $0.07 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003 on revenue of $30.0 million, which represented a 27 percent gain over the $23.6 million reported for the fourth quarter last year.

Financial highlights for the quarter include:

-- Cash from operations grew by $2.8 million during the quarter, bringing cash and investments to $34.8 million as of the end of the quarter.

-- Deferred revenue was $13.3 million at the end of the quarter, an increase of 30 percent over the prior fiscal year.

-- The retail and telecommunications verticals each accounted for 20 percent of total revenues, and the public sector accounted for 16 percent.


Fastrax Ltd., a developer of OEM GPS receivers with industry-leading performance and feature set, announced a new distribution and sales representation agreement with Headline Information & Communication Ltd., an original design manufacturer (ODM) of radio communication systems and a distributor of electronic components based in South Korea.

DigitalGlobe® announced Stephen Jennings has been named vice president of Marketing. In this role, Jennings will primarily be responsible for the development and on-going management of marketing strategy, product marketing, communications, vertical market management and business development initiatives.

New Products

The Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) released the 2003 "MAPPS Non-Cash Benefits and Salary Survey". This survey provides a comprehensive overview of the major salary data and benefit programs for eight pay levels for technical positions from entry level through middle management.

Blue Marble Geographics announced a new round of feature/function upgrades to BeyondGeo. BeyondGeo is a simple and complete Internet map server solution that enables businesses and organizations to easily and cost-effectively publish interactive maps on their web site.

It is now possible to explore changes in U.S. demographics from your desktop with the Census 2000 Long Form Release of the Neighborhood Change Database (NCDB) from GeoLytics®, Inc. With the NCDB, researchers can examine population transformations in urban communities from 1970 to 2000 from a single CD database. GeoLytics and the Urban Institute developed the Neighborhood Change Database, with partial funding by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Epson is launching a new scan-print-copy device optimized for a wide array of photographic applications and maximum ease of use with the EPSON Stylus Photo RX500. This photography-focused all-in-one offers an advanced six-color printing engine and high performance 48-bit scanner that enables users to quickly and easily scan, copy and print high resolution photographs with or without the use of a personal computer.

Denver based company Ubisense, providers of real-time indoor tracking systems, has launched a demonstration of its world-leading Local Positioning System (LPS) technology. Ubisense is one of the world's first companies to demonstrate the practical application of ultrawideband technology to provide accurate in-building location tracking of people and assets.

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Letters from Our Readers:

GISConnect Connection
Susan Smith:

We have great interest in the article "Making that CAD/GIS Connection with GISConnect-----do you know if this works with MapInfo????

David J. Butler
Geographic Data Link, LLC
Rensselaer Technology Park
120 DeFreest Drive
Troy, NY 12180

Dear David,

Thanks for your interest in GISConnect.

GISConnect currently only supports ESRI GIS systems, however, we are looking into expanding to other platforms including MapInfo. It is still on our list and we are determining from client surveys on where it stands. It is refreshing to hear that there is great enthusiasm to go in this direction. I have relayed your message to the lead architect of GISConnect who may contact you to pick your brain on some of your GIS projects. Thanks again for your feedback.



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Haestad Methods
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Going on Around the Web...

The Discovery of Global Warming by Spencer R. Weart, Harvard University Press, September 2003, 224 pages, $17.47, ISBN 0674011570 -- It took a century for scientists to agree that gases produced by human activity were causing the world to warm up. Now, in an engaging book that reads like a detective story, physicist Weart (Scientists in Power; Nuclear Fear) reports the history of global warming theory.

Solar Ejection Hurtles to Earth Wired News (from Reuters) October 29, 2003 - A massive bubble of gas that could cause havoc with power grids and satellite systems hit the Earth's magnetic field Wednesday morning and is likely to have the biggest impact in Alaska and the Far East.

Going on in October...

12th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference
Date: September 29 - October 1, 2003
Place: Houston, TX USA
“A Toolbox for System Integrity,” The event will focus on how geospatial information technologies can investigate integrity, improve business processes, manage risk, and increase efficiency. The conference is devoted exclusively to the applications of GIS technology for the upstream and downstream aspects of the industry, including exploration and production, land/lease, pipeline, gathering, retail, refining, and marketing.

GIS in the Rockies
Date: October 1 - 3, 2003
Place: Denver, CO USA
"Geospatial Integration Today for Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's conference. The conference will include a luncheon address by industry leader and technical visionary Peter Batty on topics ranging from OpenGIS to EAI, location tracking systems and wireless communications.

GIS -- Essential for the Modern World
Date: October 1 - 2, 2003
Place: Holiday Inn- Turf Albany, NY USA
GIS can help agencies, companies, and NGO's meet the challenges facing society in a time of increased demands but diminished resources. Starting eighteen years ago with a small gathering of early GIS users, the New York State GIS Conference has become a major GIS professional development opportunity for hundreds of GIS users in the state. Technical presentations feature working professionals who share their GIS experiences and solutions in dealing with real world problems like yours.. Meet fellow New Yorkers active in the GIS field, exchange information and experiences, and seek solutions to your geographic data management needs. Professional networking opportunities help you develop a network of fellow GIS users which can continue through the years. In the exhibit area, GIS vendors and consultants display the latest in GIS hardware, software, analytical techniques, and services.

FME Training Chicago
Date: October 6 - 7, 2003
Place: Chicago, IL USA
Learn from the source how to use the core components of the Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) through hands-on training. During our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) training course, attendees learn to unlock the powerful features and functionalities of FME to more effectively manage their data translation and data transformation problems. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are encouraged to bring their own sample data files.

Partnerships and Geographic Data Sharing In Local e-Government
Date: October 7, 2003
Place: Barbican Centre London, United Kingdom
- A free event for Local Authorities and their partners to gain valuable insight into how data sharing is already working and delivering real benefits in e-government projects - The seminar features speakers from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Oracle, GDC and Snowflake Software PLUS real-life case studies from The London Central Partnership and Derbyshire County Council - Lunch and refreshments will be provided

18th European ESRI Conference
Date: October 8 - 10, 2003
Place: Innsbruck, Austria
Combining the ESRI 2003 with the 10th German User Conference will give a boost to both events. After Essen 2002 the German User Conference is now in the South again and - following the spirit of a united Europe of Regions - for the first time in Austria!

GEA'2003 IX International Fair
Date: October 9 - 11, 2003
Place: Pradzynskiego Street 12/14 Warsaw, Poland
The International Geodesy and Geoinformatics Fairs (GEA) taking place in Warsaw cover a wide range of diverse branches such as geodesy, forestry, building trade and architecture as well as companies dealing with energy, water and heat supply, telecommunication, road, rail, air, and water transport or professionals from such fields as ecology, geography, and spatial engineering. Geoinformatics, a rapidly developing branch of science, functions as the entity joining all those areas of interest.

Spain's ESRI User Conference
Date: October 9 - 10, 2003
Place: Madrid, Spain

URISA's 41st Annual Conference
Date: October 11 - 15, 2003
Place: Atlanta, GA USA
Go beyond basic technology and applications and contemplate issues related to designing, managing and applying information technology - at its highest and best use - to improve our urban and regional environments. Join your colleagues, peers, thinkers and doers from around the world at URISA's Annual Conference.

Map Asia 2003
Date: October 13 - 15, 2003
Place: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Map Asia 2003is the 2nd Annual Asian Conference and Exhibition on the field of geographic information technologies like GIS, GPS, Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing. With the increasing penetration of information technology in Asia, usage of geographic information is finding more attention from multiple user segments. A need is being felt for dissemination of information about the latest geographic information technology developments, possible applications, and its integration with allied technologies. Regional cooperation and a congenial platform wherefrom every country in this region can work and grow together in the field of geoinformatics is the need of the hour. Map Asia 2003 is a platform for all stakeholders like researchers, users, technology developers, and policy makers to discuss, deliberate and share their knowledge and experiences for benefit of all in the field. Map Asia is scheduled to be held from 17- 19 July 2003 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"Putting IT All Together" GITA Webcast
Date: October 14, 2003
Place: USA
Standards Update and Case Studies for Enterprise Application Integration

Geomatics for Industry - Micro to Macro96th Annual CIG Geomatics ConferenceHosted by: the Canadian Institute of Geomatics
Date: October 16 - 18, 2003
Place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
The 2003 Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) 96th Annual Geomatics Conference and Exhibition on Geomatics for Industry - Micro to Macro is being held in Calgary, Canada October 16-18, 2003 at the Fairmont Palliser located in the heart of downtown Calgary. Unprecedented growth in Canadian industry has resulted in numerous advances in the technology and skill sets associated with geomatics. The conference will demonstrate some of these achievements at an open forum and exhibit where professionals from the geomatics community, as well as professionals from industries which employ geomatics, can observe the latest developments in the state-of-the-art geomatics services available in Canada. This event has been planned to provide delegates with practical knowledge and tools that can be operationally implemented immediately after the conference.

Date: October 20 - 21, 2003
Place: Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort Glenede Beach, USA
The GITA Pacific Northwest conference will be held this year at The Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort, Gleneden Beach (south of Lincoln City), OR, on October 20 - 21, 2003. We expect to have 100 attendees with 12 vendors exhibiting. This is a super location and there is an opportunity for you to spend time pre and post conference, for as little as $65.00 per night.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Geospatial Conference
Date: October 22 - 24, 2003
Place: Palace Casino Resort Biloxi, MO USA
The Gulf Coast Geospatial Center in conjunction with The University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi Association for Spatial Technologies, The Nature Conservancy, and NASA is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Geospatial Conference.

ESRI Southwest User Group Conference Date: October 27 - 30, 2003
Place: Snow King Resort, Jackson, WY USA
ESRI users from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are invited to attend the 2003 SWUG conference. Conference themes will focus on natural resource management, planning and legal issues, imagery, and government. To present a paper at the conference, submit an abstract (50-100 words) by August 15, 2003, to Email Contact. Presenters will be notified by September 8, 2003.

Product Lifecycle Management Road Map 2003
Date: October 28 - 29, 2003
Place: The Dearborn Inn Dearborn, MI USA
Attendees at Product Lifecycle Management Road Map 2003 will have the opportunity to hear and interact with speakers who are industry leaders, experienced in confronting the changing PLM landscape. Find out how the best in class are using the new generation of PLM processes and technologies to enhance product development, improve quality, and enhance the role of PLM across the whole enterprise. Topics covered include multiple representations across the full lifecycle, knowledge capture and reuse, design collaboration, PLM interoperability, systems engineering, collaborative CAE, the business benefits of PLM integration and more. Lily Ballantyneemail Email Contact

SmartCard Teleconference Events
Date: September 4, 2003
Place: USA
"Ask the Experts" Roundtable teleconference

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