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The Stovepipe Question

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Welcome to GISWeekly! This week several vendors have taken the time to ponder the question of how technology addresses the problem of dealing with all the separate stovepipes of data systems that don't use a common geographic reference.

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Industry News
The Stovepipe Question

How does your technology address the problem of all the separate stovepipes of data systems that many companies are still using, that don't use a common geographic reference?

"GIS systems have traditionally been focused on the relationship of data elements to a geospatial coordinate, typically represented by a location on a map. While this has provided a wealth of information for those users who require mapping related information to execute their job function, it has been limited to a select set of individuals that possess the knowledge to design, upload and work with this information. The acquisition and implementation of a GIS system can be a costly expenditure whose use is often isolated to a select group of individuals that become the conduit for all GIS activities.

Interoperability Chart

Gaining the maximum benefit from GIS requires that the system is used by as many people in the organization as a tool to extend their ability to manage and deliver information. The missing link to this extended benefit is the integration of documents and content with the GIS system. By associating documents with a geospatial location, users of the GIS system are given a more complete picture if the information associated to a location on a map. Information management is not one dimensional, but must be multi-dimensional, bringing together the structured GIS data with the unstructured documents that then enable all users in an organization to access the information they need to do their job. Integrating documents with the GIS system brings the GIS functionality out of the back room and into the main stream functions of the front office."

-- Alan Weintraub, Sr. Director, Business Solutions, Hummingbird Ltd

"GeoMedia solves the problem of disparate data formats and makes it easy to share up-to-date spatial data across borders, industries, and disciplines. Departments within your enterprise as well as other organizations with whom you collaborate, maintain their data in various formats. For example, if your organization manages city infrastructure, you must coordinate road repair, public works maintenance, urban planning, and environmental services. Because each of these departments has established its own mode of operation and selected software that best suits its workflow, it is difficult for a project manager to access complete information and ensure that new construction will not disturb an environmentally sensitive area or conflict with planned water and sewer upgrades.

To turn a potential headache into a hassle-free process, GeoMedia technology provides an open geospatial solution that uses no proprietary languages or data formats, enabling you to integrate data from disparate databases for viewing, analysis, and presentation. No translation or conversion of data is required. Industry-standard databases provide seamless data access and security tools, which allow departments to retain control of their data. With real-time access to data, queries, and thematic maps that are automatically updated to reflect changes in your data warehouse, you always have current information."

-- David D. Holmes, Director of Worldwide Product Strategy, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions

"SAS currently supports and implements a number of open standards-based access technologies. These technologies link together organizational stovepipes and surface SAS functionality to other technologies in a variety of ways.

SAS enables organizations to deliver the entire SAS platform to virtually any client across the enterprise and provides adapters that utilize open communication protocols for both Windows clients and Java clients in a flexible Multi-Vendor Architecture. SAS application logic can also be embedded into virtually any application using an open, object-oriented API that allows both Java and Microsoft applications to call on the power of the SAS System and supports a wide variety of standards-both open and 3rd-party-- through delivery of a broad suite of adapters and call routines."

-- Fiona McNeill, Strategis -- SAS Technology Portfolio, WW Strategy

"The ArcFM Solution fits into the overall information technology architecture of modern utilities through open databases, industry-standard programming environments, and Component Object Model (COM) architecture. The ArcFM Solution integrates with other non-GIS applications, and by integrating with Microsoft's COM technology and XML (extensible Markup Language), it can interface easily with ERP, SCADA, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Work Management (WMS), Customer Information System (CIS), and distribution management systems (DMS). This addresses the issues of moving data back and forth between GIS and non-GIS applications. Depending on the type of data maintained in the different stovepipes, it may be beneficial to store the data within the GIS system as attributes of the features or do a table join from GIS to the other stovepipe data."

-- Rick Goodwin, Strategic Account Manager, Miner & Miner

"OmniReplicator allows for data replication even when the databases are not the same type or the structures are different. In addition we support bidirectional replication which means changes can be made on either side and kept in sync with each other. There are some obvious limitations and considerations when doing complex data replication, but the product allows for simple integration of the solution once defined. Its real-time, changed data replication capability transparently integrates data from key data resources such as Oracle, DB2, UDB, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server or Informix. The solution provides data movement across platforms allowing data movement using IBM's zSeries (OS/390, z/OS) and iSeries (OS/400), AIX Solaris, HP-UX, Linux and MicroSoft Windows for enterprise wide solutions. OmniReplicator can be implemented in a variety of data movement models, including one-to-one, broadcast, many-to-one or mixed topologies. It offers both bidirectional and unidirectional data movement and bidirectional functionality provides automated collision detection and resolution.

Using a simple point-and-click interface, system administrators can easily determine where information is, where it needs to be, and what path it should follow. OmniReplicator then gets it there. Because OmniReplicator operates at the database level, it is application and operating system independent. There is no need to add or modify any application code to share data. This eliminates implementation and maintenance time resulting in reduced costs.

In short, we are able to take data from the various sites and replicate that on a real-time basis to other databases. We currently use this technology with ESRI so that changes can be made in one database and then propagated out to one or more other databases."

-- John Gay, Senior Services Consultant, Lakeview Technologies

I would also like to pose the question to readers, how does your organization address the problem of separate stovepipes of data, that don't use a common geographic reference?

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Z/I Imaging Corporation, an Intergraph Company, announced that Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd. (KKC) has purchased the Z/I Digital Mapping Camera (DMC™) system, which provides a complete digital workflow for data acquisition that includes mission planning, sensor management, digital imagery processing, photogrammetric software and a client/server image management, storage and distribution system. A Japanese geomatics firm, KKC provides engineering and consulting services on a wide variety of construction-related projects and geographic information systems (GIS) implementations, primarily dealing with government, municipal offices and overseas engineering projects. has partnered with Avatech Solutions to bring its entire line of scanning solutions to Avatech's government, education and commercial customers. Avatech, provider of design automation and PLM solutions for the manufacturing, building design, and engineering markets, has been granted a US-wide authorization to provide IDEAL/Contex large format scanners and complimentary software as a part of their single-source solutions offerings.

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has awarded the Governor's Office for Technology (GOT) ( in Frankfort a $3.1 million award as part of a $4.3 million project to further their work on bringing Geospatial Information to the people of Kentucky, with other funding being provided by the project partners.

Telcontar, supplier of software and related services for location-based services (LBS) and TrafficCast, a leading traffic information company and digital traffic data provider, announced a strategic partnership intended to accelerate the use of flow traffic information in navigation and other LBS applications. Under the agreement, Telcontar has used its Traffic Manager™ product to integrate TrafficCast's flow-based traffic feed with Telcontar's Drill Down Server™ (DDS) spatial software platform, and has become a TrafficCast data reseller. As a result, Telcontar customers are now able to seamlessly integrate real-time traffic conditions into their location-based services and applications.


Mapping data and geocoding solutions provider, DMTI Spatial™ from Canada, announced that its CanMap Streetfiles data set has been selected by The GeoGraphics Group (GGIS) of Golder Associates Ltd to complete a new Web-based GIS site for Calgary Technologies Inc (CTI) -- a division of Promote Calgary Inc.

The new site will enhance CTI's mandate to promote and attract high-tech investment and IT companies in Calgary. The new GIS site features an interactive mapping tool that displays IT company "clusters" and a variety of geographic/demographic profiles. Combining traditional marketing tools with mapping technology makes the site visually attractive, interactive, and informative. It works 24/7 and provides effective and customized information for the potential investor.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Nevada and Arizona were major destinations of the late '90s exodus from California.

The first report, Domestic Migration Across Regions, Divisions, and States: 1995 to 2000, documents the geographic variation in migratory patterns among census regions, divisions and states.

In 1995, Nevada led all states with the highest rate by far of net immigration, gaining 151.5 people for every 1,000 residents. Besides Nevada and Arizona (which gained 74.3 migrants per 1,000), other states with high levels of net inmigration were Georgia (48.6), North Carolina (48.4), Florida (44.0) and Colorado (43.8).

In contrast, high rates of net outmigration were found in the District of Columbia (which lost 81.7 people per 1,000 residents), Hawaii (65.4), Alaska (51.0), New York (48.8) and North Dakota (40.6).

The second report, State-to-State Migration Flows: 1995 to 2000, examines the origins and destinations of the 22.0 million people who moved to a different U.S. state between 1995 and 2000. The other reports are: Migration and Geographic Mobility in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan America: 1995 to 2000, and Internal Migration of the Older Population: 1995 to 2000.

Among the second report's findings: A third report said the South experienced the greatest net migration gain of older people (65 and over) from other regions: 233,000. And a fourth report found a net migration gain in nonmetropolitan areas of about half a million people; in 1990, the nonmetropolitan net migration gain for the previous five years was just 50,000 nationwide.

All four reports and supplementary tables are available on the Internet at

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that its IntelliWhere™ location-based services (LBS) technology has been selected to power delivery of event and venue information at the upcoming 2003 annual Popkomm Festival music event. Festival attendees will be able to use mobile phones and hand-held devices locally to access information, such as driving directions to venues, walking directions to accessible public transport, artist information and event schedules.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Vertical Mapping Resources (VMR) is providing digital orthophotography and mapping of an area that, in the future, will encompass Orange County's first light rail system known as The CenterLine. According to Joe Bartorelli, VMR's president, the team is mapping 30 major intersections and a terminal site for the future construction of the light rail system. The high accuracy maps are being generated at a scale of 1" = 20' so critical features and utility information are collected at the highest level of accuracy.

GISCafe announced the availability of free multi-feature email. Each account can be accesses from anywhere at anytime and features a calendar, notes, address book, and can be customized in a variety of ways to meet users' individual needs. Each account also includes 50 MB of email storage. Users can sign-up for their free account by surfing to

SiRF Technology, Inc., provider of GPS-enabled silicon and software location platforms, announced that HOLUX Technology, Inc., a professional consumer GPS products provider, has embedded its SiRFXTrac high-sensitivity GPS software to greatly extend the operating range of HOLUX's recently announced HOLUX GM-270 Ultra GPS receiver, thereby providing location-awareness information in far more locations than ever before possible. GeoWorld 2003, October 16 and 17, 2003, will be held at the Centre de Confirences Pacific (Paris-La Difense), Paris.

In a July 28th letter to the Honorable Gale Norton, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Executive Director James R. Plasker sought the Interior Secretary's assistance to ensure that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Congress would remain steadfast in their support of Landsat 7, an important land remote sensing program. "Since 1972, Landsat satellites have provided a continuous flow of moderate resolution, multispectral images of the Earth's land masses vital to land planners, resource specialists and researchers in a wide range of disciplines," noted Plasker. "As a result of recent malfunctions of the imaging sensor on-board Landsat 7, ASPRS is seriously concerned about both the future of this critical resource and the nation's Landsat Program."

Laser-Scan's Radius Academic Programme has achieved an impressive roll call since its inception less than a year ago. The latest addition to Laser-Scan's academic family is the Ohio State University where students will be conducting research on simplicial and other cell complexes. Various topological queries like adjacency and connectivity will be reviewed as combinatorial rather than geometric operations. In this instance the topology is stored independently of geometric data so that topology is preserved through various mathematical transformations meaning that the interior, boundary and exterior of each and every object can be viewed as being made up of a set of these cells. MapInfo Professional is used to view and edit the data.

GeoDecisions recently demonstrated the Geospatial Emergency Alert and Readiness System. (GEARS) at the Congressional ITS Technology Fair on Traffic Congestion. The Technology Fair, hosted by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, took place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

GITA Live Webcasts features "On the Move: What's New in Mobile Technology" August 27, 2003

Just one month after releasing its newest video mapping system, Red Hen Systems has secured the single largest order in the company's history. The systems package includes the company's cable-less video mapping system, VMS Mobile, and version 5.0 of MediaMapper ELITE, the company's flagship software.

PCI Geomatics® recently announced the signing of two separate five-year unlimited PCI Geomatics educational site licenses with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with the University of Notre Dame. This agreement entitles both the University of Notre Dame and MIT to receive unlimited licenses of the Geomatica Total Educational Suite for 5 years across multiple departments, campus-wide, and on multiple supported platforms. Support services and software upgrades are included in the arrangements, and annual license renewal is automatic and effortless.

MapInfo Corporation (NASDAQ: MAPS) announced that Ekornes ® USA, the American subsidiary of the leading manufacturer of sofas and chairs in Scandinavia, relies on MapInfo's TargetPro solution to enhance target marketing and advertising campaign efforts. Ekornes USA uses TargetPro analysis tools in conjunction with MapInfo's PSYTE® U.S. demographic data to better identify its target customers and their locations, and then targets dealers with the greatest market potential. In another announcement MapInfo said that Agilent Technologies Inc. will use MapInfo's MapXtreme® and StreetPro® to offer communications service providers a location-intelligent operations support system (OSS). Under the terms of the agreement, MapInfo location technology will be embedded in Agilent's NETeXPERT GIS (geographical information system) solution, enabling users to quickly and easily locate and respond to network problems and offer improved customer service.


Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) reported operating results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2003. For the quarter, Intergraph reported operating income of $2.9 million and net income of $0.8 million on revenues of $127.3 million. Net income was $.02 per share (basic and diluted).

(In millions) Q2 2003 Q1 2003 Q2 2002 6 months
6 months
Q3 2003
Revenue $127.3 $120.6 $122.6 $247.9 $245.7 $126.0
Income from Operations $2.9 $4.2 $2.9 $7.1 $8.0 $3.4
Net income
(a) includes intellectual property settlement
$0.8 $8.1(a) $280.6(a) $8.9(a) $285.0(a)  

In comparison to Q1 2003, revenues increased in all business units and was 6% higher in total. Gross margins improved slightly to just over 48% but income from operations decreased $1.4 million due to higher operating expenses.

Trimble announced results for its second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2003. The Company reported second quarter revenues of approximately $138.1 million, versus approximately $123.3 million in the second quarter of 2002. Second quarter is traditionally the Company's seasonally strongest quarter due to the buying season in the Engineering and Construction market.

GAAP EPS for the second quarter were $0.25, which were reduced by an approximate $0.11 per share non-recurring/non-cash charge recorded as Interest Expense, related to the Company's debt refinancing announced on June 25, 2003. This charge was not included in the Company's guidance of $0.25 - $0.29 given in its April 29, 2003 earnings release. GAAP EPS were also reduced by approximately $0.05 per share for amortization of purchased intangibles and approximately $0.02 per share for restructuring activities. GAAP EPS were $0.15 for the second quarter of 2002, and were reduced by approximately $0.08 per share for amortization of purchased intangibles and approximately $0.01 per for restructuring activities. Second quarter 2003 GAAP EPS were calculated on a diluted basis using approximately 33.1 million shares.


URISA is pleased to announce that Dianne Haley will become President-Elect of the association beginning in October, at the close of URISA's 41st Annual Conference in Atlanta, and will assume the presidency the following year.

New Products

From Leica Geosystems comes a new firmware release, Version 1.05, for the GS20 professional data mapper (PDM), featuring support for Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and Hypertrak GPS tracking. Introduced in May 2003, the GS20 is the first GIS/GPS product to combine the accuracy of a sub-meter GIS mapping system, the ease of a handheld GPS receiver and the convenience of Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

WilsonMiller, Inc., a Florida-based planning, design and engineering firm, and Syncline, Inc., a Boston-based e-government solutions provider announced the release of LandExplorer™, a Web-based land evaluation tool for real estate, land development, and lending professionals that allows lenders, underwriters, developers, appraisers, and insurers to search a vast database of property information with simple map-based tools. The initial roll-out involves general data for all of Florida, and parcel level data and ownership attributes for Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties. The application is scalable and can be tailored to cover other regions to meet market demands.

MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc., a provider of realtime 3D visual simulation software solutions, announces availability of SiteBuilder 3D v1.1.1 for ESRI®'s ArcGIS® platform. SiteBuilder 3D, an extension to ESRI's ArcGIS Desktop software products including ArcView®, ArcEditor™, and ArcInfo®, quickly and easily transform 2D map data into realistic and fully interactive three-dimensional scenes.

Haestad Methods announced the commercial availability of Hammer™, a revolutionary hydraulic transient modeling solution for meeting the challenges of water hammer and pressure surge projects. Based on technology acquired from the Environmental Hydraulics Group Inc. (EHG), Canada, Hammer is the easiest-to-use transient software on the market, and it will allow the vast majority of consultants and engineers to perform hydraulic transient modeling.

Going on Around the Web

In a conversation this week with Robert Andrews of Bob Andrews Enterprises, Inc., he told me about LocationFinder, an online location database used in the entertainment industry. "Our product is basically is just a database tool for location scouts that work in the entertainment industry or commercial industry. With our tool scouts are able to upload their archive of images of their locations and then use that gallery to market or promote the business. For example, if they need a country road for a Nissan car commercial, a scout goes out and finds a windy road and he'll get GPS coordinates so when they decide they want to shoot they will have the exact location that he mapped out for them." As a location scout, their job is to work for a commercial or production client or in some cases simply go out and approach the owners of properties. The scouts make an agreement with the owners to manage it for them so if they get a production company to use it, the scout collects a fee and no one else can use the location. "Some do include GPS coordinates so the crew can find the location," said Andrews. Not exactly GIS, but an interesting use of location technology all the same.

A built in car system that is part GPS receiver and part cell phone enabled police to recently find a stolen 2002 Mercedes Benz SUV with two children inside that had been carjacked in Maryland, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. The car and children were found within a few hours, said Gary Wallace, spokesman for ATX, the Dallas company that designed the system. ATX gets several thousand phone calls a month from customers needing roadside assistance, but very few carjacking calls from the police.

In DSpace Ideas are Forever The libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are earnestly bookish (2.6 million volumes and 17,000 journals) but increasingly digital (275 databases and 3,800 electronic journals). And just as e-mail dealt a blow to snail mail, digital archives are retooling scholarly exchange. A number of universities, from the California Institute of Technology to M.I.T., are creating ''institutional repositories'' designed to harness their own intellectual output. M.I.T.'s archive, perhaps the most ambitious, is called DSpace ( NY Times, August 3, 2003, by Vivien Marx

Tracking the Trucks by One-Upping GPS by Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post Staff Writer, Washington Post, July 7, 2003

Coping with Cell Phone Calls Overseas NY Times, August 5, 2003, by Susan Stellin

Going on in August…

The Vespucci Initiative - Summer School on Geographic Information Science
Date: July 28 - August 8, 2003
Place: Pratolino (Florence), Italy
Celebrating the fifth centenary of Vespucci's discoveries, the Vespucci Initiative recaptures his spirit of multi-disciplinary intellectual enquiry to explore new frontiers of knowledge. To that end it organizes and conducts a range of research and teaching activities, bringing together senior scientists and promising young researchers from around the world. What these researchers have in common is a special interest in the locational aspects of societal challenges. These aspects are being studied and exploited in the emerging field of Geographic Information Science and are being implemented within the GIS, Location Based Systems (LBS) and other industries.

Web Mapping Technology Breakfast Seminar in Perth
Date: August 6, 2003
Place: Hotel Grand Chancellor Perth , Australia
NGIS Australia is pleased to invite you to the next of a series of breakfast seminars that give you a chance to learn the latest information about GIS and IT in your industry.

Arizona Geographic Information Council Education and Training Symposium 2003
Date: August 11 - 13, 2003
Place: Prescott, AZ USA
The Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) continues its tradition of bringing the Arizona geospatial community together. Featured events this year are workshops, paper sessions, map/poster contest, and vendor sponsored raffle.

FME Training Victoria
Date: August 11 - 12, 2003
Place: Victoria, BC, Canada
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.

GIS BRASIL 2003 at COMDEX Brasil 2003
Date: August 19 - 22, 2003
Place: Anhembi's Exhibition Pavillion S©o Paulo City, S©o Paulo State, Brazil
GIS BRASIL is Latin America's largest event geared to the geotechnology market. Every year, since 1994, the companies of this industry and potential users get together to participate in the many activities that take place simultaneously: Conference, courses, the Geotechnology Fair, and the Scientific Talent Show. Specific activities for different audiences such as agriculture, electric power, telecommunications, geomarketing, the environment, city management, and others, are programmed, activities that demonstrate, in practice, how geotechnology accounts for an important competitive advantage in each one of these industries. The activities developed for the Conference are geared mainly to meet users' needs, with a special focus on cases, with the purpose of fostering information exchange. Email Contact

FME Training Edmonton
Date: August 25 - 26, 2003
Place: Edmonton, AB, Canada
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.