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Industry News
Revealing the Interior - Indoor Mapping
By Susan Smith

How far we have come from mapping the interior of countries to the micro level - mapping the indoors.

The urgency of tracking the the indoor environment for situational awareness purposes has alerted building owners and government and security entities alike to the need to be able to track a seen and unseen enemy, as well as have the ability to know what existed before a building was damaged or destroyed.

 

Above and below ground City models, credit to (courtesy of) PenBay Solutions for creating the model


Trimble's indoor mobile mapping solution (TIMMS) translates indoor environments directly into 2D & 3D models of structured interiors. The product is offers a way for building owners, facilities managers, engineers and construction professionals track and manage indoor assets and facilities.

Peter Canter, director Advanced Mapping and Imaging Systems for Applanix, a Trimble Company and wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble, said, “We recognize the general public is getting familiar with mapping and the opportunity that is wide open is learning to do indoors, so therefore we decided to concentrate on that.” Applanix' core competency is in inertial positioning, so it was a natural place to begin. GPS indoors is still relatively new.

The TIMMS unit has wheels, and some of Applanix's computers are inside the cart. Lidar and a spherical camera are also included on the cart, as well as positioning sensors. The unit is designed to be pushed with one hand through interior space and maneuvered in and out of cubicles and small spaces. “100,000 square feet a day is not difficult for us, it depends on the building," said Canter. "We walk at about 1 meter per second and the lidar sees 50 meters in each direction for 360 lidar, and the cameras are 360 degree as well, and everything is georeferenced.”

Applanix started out by mapping the first floor of their building in Richmond Hill, Ontario - completed in one hour. The first floor is about 15,000-20,000 square feet, completely georeferenced, so it can go right into a GIS database, and fits with the other data that is being gathered. “Getting a lot of indoor data quickly and getting it georeferenced was important,” noted Canter.

 

The Philly subway concourse in a 3D model, done in Trimble RealWorks


In a demo, Canter said that one of the requirements they set for themselves was to create a minimum level of detail so that people can make use of the data both from a visual perspective and from a data perspective. An example of the level of detail is being able to see the actual wall thickness in the building. There is a projection screen on the wall, and viewers can see pictures on the wall, and every bench, every cubicle.

All of the data TIMMS collects is also available in 3D. The mobile capability allows the user to go into spaces that would normally be difficult to get into. It's possible to use the TIMMS to go behind the desk, into all the cubicles, into closets. “It's important to be able to get into all spaces,” explained Canter. “You can do that with mobile scanning but setting up in every corner is too much work. But the other value proposition is more in how people use the data, if we can produce 2D and 3D datasets of buildings we're started to prove that you can optimize the management of building resources and all phases of the building lifecycle. If you consider the dollar value of building assets -- if you're talking about billions of dollars, if you can optimize those resources just a bit, it's potentially a big money deal. And the other thing we've seen is for security and event planning, maps are very important and indoor maps are a new capability. The value there can be unlimited and you can potentially save some lives.”

 

Philadelphia main subway station, the photo is georeferenced


Not surprisingly, a lot of interest for this product is coming from security, law enforcement and rapid response professionals.

Old Method

Existing methods of mapping indoor environments involve setting up a tripod, laser and camera to capture measurements and images at various locations. The equipment is then moved and set up multiple times until all perspectives of a room are captured. With the TIMMS, a simple walk-through of an interior space offers 360-degree indoor coverage. Geo-referenced spatial data is captured accurately and quickly as the mobile system moves through the building at walking speed. The solution integrates active and passive sensors with an intuitive user workflow to enable true indoor GIS. Maps and models that cover thousands of square feet of indoor space can be created in minutes and entire buildings can typically be completed in a day.

Plugging into Building Information Modeling (BIM)

TIMMS demonstrates some real value for BIM models, but Canter said there is a workflow involved in doing that. This involves taking the workflow at the Trimble level to georeferencing the data and then the other party vectorizes and attributes it and gets it into CAD models that work in BIM.

 

For situational awareness, a floor plan which can be clicked on to bring up associated camera data, all from the TIMMS


“The time of processing to get to georeferenced Lidar data and CAMA data is about 1 hour to 1 hour processing,” said Canter. “And then to attribute it and turn it into CAD models it's probably about another factor of 1 to another 1 hour of processing per hour of acquisition to attribute it and to get it ready for CAD. For some applications the additional processing is not necessary so it remains about a 1 to 1 ratio.”

Data Acquisition Examples

There are privacy and ownership issues with indoor data so not all the examples seen in the demo are shown here.

In a demo example, Canter showed a situational awareness scenario where the client was interested in seeing a floor plan very quickly, with georeferenced camera data. Trimble went into the building with the unit and created a floor plan. The user can see the dining room and furnishings, and tennis court. The camera, called the “Ladybug,” which is actually six cameras, goes to the spot the user picks and sees 3D spherical data. This type of tool wasn't previously available to reference the floor plan to camera data. It takes 1 hour to process for an hour of acquisition, and there is no data attribution required.

The TIMMS program is capable of displaying industry standard lidar format so the data goes directly into that format. The camera is built by a manufacturer who has industry standard formats as well. The imagery is like JPEG with latitude and longitude associated with each camera image. “Some applications have to be customized for this but basically it is designed to work with the same tools people are using for terrestrial based GIS,” said Canter.

The City of Philadelphia did not have a floor plan of their subway. They used TIMMS underground mostly on their heavy rail and subway system. Trimble was able to get data for their subway and their hard rail for some of the main floor. They also did the 15th floor of their building where they have their GIS department. The floor plan of their central subway station was created by TIMMS.

“We were also able to create a 3D city model where you could see the above ground for the first time,” said Canter. “You could see a wide expanse of below ground stuff too from the TIMMS. We use a program that Trimble uses for its indoor data handling called RealWorks and we were able to build 3D models of the subway area, another perspective of the underground part. There is a lidar perspective with a 250 m spatial extent, all indoors. You can see we didn't cover everything indoors but we did a lot. It wouldn't be hard to finish this up in a day or so.”

A lot of indoor underground tunneling is very hard to cover with conventional techniques but Trimble got very accurate lidar data of a tunnel, including a birdseye view of going into the tunnel and the caverns, completed in approximately ½ hour at about 500 m a tunnel.

Accuracy

“We've done a lot of comparisons of distances measured in our lidar data sets and measured in real life and we're consistently seeing that we're getting about 1 inch relative accuracy,” said Canter. “We also consistently see that the floor plans that have been previously available are very often incorrect. So we believe this is a breakthrough in indoor GIS as it gets you a lot of indoor data quickly and accurately. It is highly mobile, thoroughly maps interior spaces and makes the cost per square foot quite a bit lower than it has been and allows you to optimize management of building resources.”

Much of the functionality used in TIMMS is existing Applanix workflow previously developed for airborne and land mapping.

From the press release: the Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution provides:

 

Trimble's Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution is available on a limited basis. General availability is expected to be in the second quarter of 2010.

Top News of the Week

The Pléiades terminal has arrived and is ready to be installed at Esrange in Sweden, where it will be connected to the antenna at the receiving station in Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle. Operated by the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), the Kiruna station provides excellent responsiveness with its ability to receive data from satellites for up to 10 orbital revolutions a day.

This terminal is identical to those to be deployed at other receiving stations around the globe. It complements the receiving infrastructure at the headquarters of Astrium affiliate Spot Image in Toulouse, France, which comprises a receiving antenna that is already up and running and the civil receiving station that recently completed acceptance testing on 19 March.

The latest releases of Autodesk software have been enhanced with powerful new features for 3D design and visualization that will help architects, engineers and other design professionals unleash their creativity and maximize productivity. A consistent and modern user experience across the flagship products will also facilitate working with and moving between multiple Autodesk products.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

INRO and ESRI Canada announced an OEM agreement to embed ESRI's ArcGIS Engine Runtime into INRO's Emme travel demand forecasting and Dynameq dynamic traffic assignment applications and distribute the bundled software worldwide. The new agreement builds on the companies' 12-year partnership and provides a solution that allows transportation planners access to geographic information system (GIS) data and maps with ArcGIS technology directly from INRO software, without separate ESRI licensing requirements.

WeatherBug, the provider of consumer and professional weather services and operator of the largest weather observing network, announced that they have been selected as the provider of weather information for NAVTEQ Traffic.

WeatherBug data will empower NAVTEQ Traffic customers and users with accurate live, local weather and forecast information to plan departure times and travel routes. Weather conditions including rain, fog, winds, ice and snow can affect roads and driving conditions, and access to this information enables drivers to make more informed commute decisions.

ViaMichelin invest in state-of-the-art traffic data technology to set itself apart from other traffic information service providers. To this end, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Michelin has chosen PTV's transportation experts who will share their knowledge and expertise on the basis of a strategic cooperation. The aim is to provide real-time traffic information throughout France by means of floating car data, which supplement the existing permanent detectors.

Normally, the main source of data for traffic information services is provided by detector equipment installed along motorways and trunk roads. However, the detectors do not cover the entire road and information network.

In order to close this information gap, ViaMichelin uses Floating Car Data (FCD) which are transmitted from vehicles on the road, thus turning cars into mobile sensors. This technique delivers precise information about the driving speed on a specific route and converts it into detailed traffic information for the entire road network of France. Thanks to Floating Car Data, ViaMichelin can now provide its customers with additional and precise traffic information with wider and more granular coverage.

HR Wallingford is pleased to announce that, as of 23 March 2010, it acquired 100 per cent of the equity of SeaZone Solutions Limited (SeaZone) from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Combining the two companies establishes a truly world-class player in the provision of marine information to organisations involved in engineering, marine and coastal management, offshore energy and environmental protection.

The Geographical Association (GA), the geography subject association, and ESRI (UK), announce that ESRI (UK) has become the GA's first corporate member and strategic partner. This new partnership brings together ESRI (UK)'s expertise in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and the GA's understanding of the learning and teaching of geography. With GIS now a compulsory part of the national curriculum, the organisations will combine forces to help teachers respond to the curriculum changes and introduce GIS into geography lessons.

Universal Map Group, LLC, an affiliate of Kappa Media Group, Inc. announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Mapsco, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based publisher of regional and local maps sold principally in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Closing of the transaction is scheduled for March 31, 2010. Universal plans to retain the Mapsco name, several Mapsco retail stores and expand on its presence both within and outside of Texas by marketing under the Mapsco, Universal and Kappa brand names.

PCI Geomatics, a developer of geo-imaging software and systems, announced that it is partnering with Microsoft's Photogrammetry division, Vexcel Imaging GmbH. The alliance is designed to leverage the strengths of the two organizations to produce an end-to-end image processing system developed specifically for customers of Vexcel Imaging's UltraCam series of high-resolution digital aerial cameras and UltraMap photogrammetric software.

RapidEye announced that Procalculo Prosis has signed a contractual agreement with RapidEye to be its sole data distributor in Colombia, South America.

Announcements

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) Common Service Model Interface Standard Version 2.0. The SWE Service Model provides a common set of data types and defines a common set of interface mechanisms that can be used with other SWE interface standards.

The proposed OGC SWE Service Model 2.0 Standard and information on submitting comments on this document are available here. The public comment period closes on 25 April 2010.

Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI will be a keynote speaker at this year's Where 2.0 Conference in San Jose, California, on April 1, 2010.

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:

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

People

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, http://www.openaddresses.org 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

GISCafe Today Blog

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

GIS Public Eye to investigate the role of the Inland Revenue March 30, 2010, Virgin Islands News Online

deCarta and SimpleGeo Partner on Location-Based ServicesMarch 31, 2010, SymbianOne


Events

Webinar: Online Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
Date: April 6, 2010
Place: USA

Reliance on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is expanding into industries such as natural resource management, environmental planning, homeland security, defense and intelligence, marketing, telecommunications, economic development, transportation, law enforcement, and public health and other health care industries.

Time: 7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. EDT

Geospatial Intelligence for Defence Middle East
Date: April 11 - 14, 2010
Place: United Arab Emirates

Geospatial Intelligence for Defence is dedicated to maximising interoperability across the civil/military divide, to support the development of Geospatial Intelligence capability across the Middle East.  Developed in collaboration with leading international geospatial experts, you’ll have access to a leading panel of speakers who will share expertise from across the civil-military divide to enhance regional geospatial capability.

GIS-T 2010
Date: April 12 - 14, 2010
Place: Charleston
WV USA

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences

GeoTec 2010
Date: April 13 - 15, 2010
Place: The Markham Hilton Suites and Conference Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

GeoTec Event 2010 is Canada's premier geospatial technology conference. Now in its 24th year, the 2010 event continues the tradition of offering an exceptional program focusing on the latest trends in technology and applications.

MapInfo-Discover for Mineral Exploration - Module 1
Date: April 13 - 14, 2010
Place: McElhanney's office
100-780 Beatty St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This course covers introductory to intermediate level MapInfo and Discover topics. The goal of this 2-day course is to familiarize new users in the geoscience field with the various functions of MapInfo and Discover, and the background geomatics/GIS concepts that all GIS users should have.

Association of American Geographers 2010 Annual Meeting
Date: April 14 - 18, 2010
Place: Washington, DC USA

The AAG invites you to begin making plans to attend the 2010 AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, home of the Association of American Geographers and the heart of the U.S. Federal Government.

IV International conference Remote Sensing - the Synergy of High Technologies
Date: April 14 - 16, 2010
Place: Altas Park-Hotel
Moscow, Russia

International Conference “Remote Sensing – the Synergy of High Technologies” annually organized by Sovzond became a traditional meeting place for experts and managers from Russian and international companies operating in the field of geoinformatics, remote sensing, mapping, cadastre, navigation, land management and urban planning, oil and gas, forestry and agriculture.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: April 15 - 16, 2010
Place: Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how other in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

MapInfo-Discover for Mineral Exploration - Module 2
Date: April 15 - 16, 2010
Place: McElhanney's office
100-780 Beatty St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This course covers intermediate to advanced level MapInfo and Discover topics. Day 1 of this course gives attendees an extensive introduction to working with Drillhole data in encom Discover. Attendees will complete a Drillhole data project, starting with the basics of database design, and finishing with plan views, cross-sections, section interpretation layers and log displays.

MAGIC 2010 Symposium
Date: April 18 - 22, 2010
Place: Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, MO USA

GIS covers such a broad range of subjects, applications and types of people that use it, that developing a conference program that meets everyone’s needs is a challenging task. Even more challenging is an attendee trying to figure out exactly which sessions or topics will be most interesting and helpful. MAGIC 2010 is intended to focus the content of the presentation options into a program specifically geared to each attendee’s needs.

16th Annual CalGIS Conference
Date: April 18 - 21, 2010
Place: Hyatt Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach, CA USA

The CalGIS committee is hard at work creating a conference program that is not to be missed!  In the current economy, we understand that budget demands are hard. We are offering a SUPER EARLY RATE to assist with keeping costs down while offering an exceptional educational program and networking opportunities to you!

BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange!
Date: April 19 - 23, 2010
Place: Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego, CA USA

Join us for the BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange.

2010 Intermountain GIS Conference
Date: April 19 - 23, 2010
Place: Bozeman, MT USA

Electronic Data Solutions and CartoPac Field Solutions has announced they will be hosting a field data collection workshop in conjunction with the 2010 Intermountain GIS Conference in Bozeman, MT. 

The Iron GIS Tech: Mobile GIS Solutions workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 20 from 8:00 to 12:00pm. This half-day workshop focuses on office to field technology to easily configure and deploy a user-friendly mobile GIS without any programming. The content is applicable to anyone involved in collecting, managing, or maintaining data from the field. Participants learn about integrating a CartoPac solution within ESRI ArcMap, ArcSDE, and ArcGIS Server and building a stand-alone web-based solution.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to see a GPS-enabled solution that will ultimately save your projects time and money. Those interested in attending this workshop must register for the Intermountain GIS Conference

2010 Washington GIS Conference
Date: April 19 - 21, 2010
Place: Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA USA

The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) exists for the purpose of recognizing, supporting and encouraging professional growth through continuing education, communication, technical development and service to its members and others in the field of geospatial and information technologies. It is a non-profit association of GIS professionals using geospatial technology to solve problems in state, regional and local government.

Discover 3D for Mineral Exploration
Date: April 19 - 20, 2010
Place: McElhanney's office
100-780 Beatty St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This two-day Discover 3D course focuses on exploration planning and targeting using integrated drilling, geophysical, geochemical and imagery data. A 3D geological modelling lab exercise is part of the course.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: April 20 - 21, 2010
Place: Hôtel Plaza Québec
3031, boul. Laurier, Ste-Foy, Québec , G1V 2M2 Canada

L'équipe de ESRI Canada est heureuse de vous inviter à sa conférence des utilisateurs qui aura lieu à Québec. La conférence aura lieu les 20 et 21 avril 2010. Joignez-vous à nous pour cette occasion exceptionnelle et assistez aux différentes présentations sur les nouvelles technologies ESRI. Échangez et réseautez avec vos collègues et d'autres professionnels en SIG.

GeoDATA 2010
Date: April 21, 2010
Place: Croke Park Stadium
Dublin, Ireland

GeoDATA is a FREE to attend, one-day seminar that will provide an insight into the many issues surrounding geographic information. Following last year's highly successful inaugural visit to Dublin we are now pleased to confirm this year's event on 21 April 2010.

2010 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference
Date: April 25 - 29, 2010
Place: Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ USA

The Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference takes place in Phoenix, AZ from April 25-29th, 2010.  Please visit the conference website at www.gita.org/gis for more information about the event.

2010 Southeast Regional User Group (SERUG) Conference
Date: April 26 - 28, 2010
Place: Westin Charlotte
Charlotte, NC USA

Your regional conference serves as an intimate forum that allows for more collaboration and a different kind of learning than most events can offer. This coming together of professionals is a way for you to see and hear firsthand about new and effective ways that geography is helping organizations and communities throughout the region better understand and improve our world.

5th National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia
Date: April 26 - 28, 2010
Place: Le Meridien Al Khobar
Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

“The Fifth National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia”.  Featuring a state-of-the-art exhibit, plenary, keynote, and technical sessions, it would bring all stakeholders in the geospatial domain - academia, researchers, students, and the industry - onto one platform for interaction, sharing and discussion on various topics such as collaboration on technologies and experiences gained.

ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference
Date: April 26 - 30, 2010
Place: Town and Country Hotel
San Diego, CA USA

ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference is scheduled for April 26-30 at the Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, California.  Over 1300 attendees are expected. The program will include General, Technical and Poster Sessions, Hot Topic discussions, an extensive Exhibit Hall, social activities and many networking and career advancement opportunities.

Field Service 2010
Date: April 26 - 28, 2010
Place: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ USA

Developed in 2003, Field Service is the definitive event for senior level service and support executives focused on service revenue enhancement and improving customer satisfaction. Spanning 3 days, Field Service 2010 features 9 workshops, 4 different tracks, 7 roundtable discussion groups and countless networking opportunities to knowledge-share with other executives facing the same challenges that you are. Manufacturers: Register now with code 10723XZ965CL and receive a $300 discount.

ESRI Regional User Conference
Date: April 27 - 28, 2010
Place: 1696 Regent Street
, Sudbury, ON , P3E 3Z8 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

MRSS 2010
Date: April 28 - 29, 2010
Place: PWTC
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

The Malaysian Remote Sensing Society (MRSS) and Universiti Putra Malaysia are jointly organising the MRSS 6th International Remote Sensing & GIS Conference and Exhibition on April 28-29, 2010 at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

2010 Oracle Spatial User Conference
Date: April 29, 2010
Place: Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, AZ USA

This is a premier event for Oracle Spatial and MapViewer developers.  Learn how project management, utilities - smart grid, BI solutions use maps and spatial.  More technical sessions from the experts cover how to incorporate network analysis, raster imagery, geocoding, routing into your applications.  Get empowered to implement solutions quickly and deliver ROI to your organization. 

View the agenda and register at http://www.gita.org/oracle.