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Geospatial Going Forward - 2011
By Susan Smith


“The problem with data is there is more of it coming from more sources. Organizations have to do more with it to make their whole organization run more efficiently.”

So say Don Murray, president and founder, and Dale Lutz, vice president and co-founder of Safe Software, the creators of FME, their spatial ETL solution.

And perhaps that is a good fact to keep in mind as we approach the New Year, with just about every advancement geared towards managing and creating usable data in easier-to-use formats with greater processing power so that more people can access it.

The Cloud

A lot has been said about the cloud this past year, but 2011 will probably be the year in which we will begin to see implementations. For GIS, the cloud presents possibilities as a bridge between GIS for professional users and those corporate and consumer users, picking up the middle ground of users who need to embed vital geospatial information into their corporate workflows. It is not, as for some industries, just a way of saving costs on serving technology, although those costs certainly can be factored in.

eSpatial offers a full function GIS SaaS service where by users can view, create, analyze, edit and share GIS data and business information over the web. In 2010, ERDAS announced ERDAS APOLLO on the Cloud, a fully-loaded package that includes everything needed to run the APOLLO solution on the cloud, including all necessary software licensing, servers, data storage and bandwidth.

CEO of ERDAS, Joel Campbell, said that “the ERDAS Cloud model mirrors Salesforce.com in that there is a fully functioning system that is configurable to meet your unique business needs.”

Esri president Jack Dangermond said they will provide a cloud resource to everyone in a cloud-based geospatial platform. ArcGIS Online is a portal where users can discover content that is shared by the ESRI user community. Cloud hosting is something to look for in the future, where a network of distributed services can be discovered as apps or maps. ArcGIS Online is part of ArcGIS 10, as is ArcGIS.com, which is available to those outside the ESRI community.

Autodesk has adopted a new name for their version of the cloud, “infinite computing,” which, according to CTO Autodesk Jeff Kowalski is both a toolset change and a mindset change. It allows people to do things they may not have been able to contemplate before. Quoting Einstein, he said: “you can't solve a problem using the same mindset that created the problem.”

Callan Carpenter, VP, global subscription and support, said the biggest new feature of their subscription program is the new features to products offered by Software-as-a Service (SaaS). “We are augmenting the desktop with point functionality from the cloud,” said Carpenter.

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass noted in a Q&A session: “We're going to have a hybrid computing model. Because of the tablet, there is incredible computing power and you don't need to be connected. You'll continue to have local devices - and the cloud for compute intensive jobs.”

In Safe Software's FME 2009, cloud computing was introduced, but in 2010 there is more: WeoGeo works on FME Server in the Cloud. Safe is also working with FME Desktop in the Cloud. Soon, users will be able to use the FME Desktop in the Cloud in a pay-as-you-go fashion. Because it offers a “Windows instant” they will be able to use it for whatever they want.

Computing Power

Aside from the promise of the cloud, there is still the need to manage large datasets and imagery workflows by boosting processing power in servers, on the internet or multi-core computing.

The release of the ERDAS 2011 family of products, announced at GEOINT in New Orleans, included new versions of ERDAS IMAGINE, LPS, ERDAS Extensions for ArcGIS 10, ERDAS APOLLO and other leading desktop and server products. Press materials report that the ERDAS Engine is a solution that boosts processing power for ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS, leveraging existing hardware resources for increased production needs or situations requiring faster workflow throughput.

According to ERDAS president Joel Campbell, the company has spent a lot of time improving their Image Analyst workflows. Most of their customers of this type of technology are in defense and other areas of security. Campbell is hopeful that others “in some areas of just traditional image analysis where they need to ingest, manage and organize imagery and are looking for features of some kind or intelligence” will be interested in the product as well. ERDAS has attempted to build tools to streamline that process for them to make it more wizard-like, adding some features to support that workflow, such as one-button push to PowerPoint, even publishing downline as KML so it can be readily viewed in Google Earth.

“While the biggest user community of that type of technology is defense, we also find people in port security and forestry who are looking at particular forest stands, who go through a similar process,” said Campbell.

One of the major enhancements of FME 2010 is performance. Lutz said that version 2010 on a modern CPU is more than 20 percent faster than the previous version. On an older PC, it's still about 5 percent faster.

The Safe team also look at ways to use memory more efficiently. With comparing raster speed between the 2010 and 2009 versions, there is 5 percent greater speed using half the memory, which means you can process larger datasets more effectively using less system resources.

Multi-core computer users are getting the most speed, said Lutz. Although 64-bit capability was introduced in FME 2009, Murray and Lutz agreed that it's still only the early adopters who are using 64-bit.

Look forward to more computing power from companies such as ERDAS, Esri and Safe Software in 2011.

Broadband mapping fills a niche in reporting areas that are not well served by the internet and broadband coverage.

Geared toward the enterprise market space, Broadmap's MapConnect Enterprise arose in response to the Recovery Act need to map serviceability of broadband and high speed internet access to determine where citizens were served or underserved in coverage. The product offers displays, geocoding and high quality boundaries, postal, Census and administrative boundaries. Broadmap maps the areas in question, reports results to the states and can do so for the federal government as well. Even the carriers didn't know where their service areas were at one point.

A competing product to Broadmap's MapConnect Enterprise is Connected Nation which is accelerating broadband availability in underserved areas and increasing broadband use in all areas, rural and urban, as well. Their theory is that these areas can enjoy more economic growth and community service, health care and other advantages by having broadband mapping and service.

3D Cities

3D mapping data for cities has become a more popular product in the past year. With the need for sustainable design, and rebuilding a failing infrastructure, the market for these products can only increase.

Richard Zambuni, Global Marketing Director - Geospatial and Francois Valois, Bentley's Product Line Manager Desktop, Geospatial spoke with GISWeekly about new breakthroughs announced in 3D GIS software “to support the design and operation of intelligent cities.”

It seems that the phrase “intelligent cities” derives from the term “intelligent models,” which is what Bentley has spent its company life creating in the form of building information modeling (BIM). Intelligent cities or intelligent campuses (another step removed) take this idea even further by offering a way to incorporate intelligent data from BIM and other sources into one intelligent infrastructure model. 3D is an area that Bentley has 20 years of experience in, so the confluence of these two concepts, intelligent cities and 3D, come together here in 3D City GIS.

The V8i (SELECTseries 1) versions of Bentley Map, Bentley Descartes, Bentley Geospatial Server, and Bentley Geo Web Publisher add to the V8i portfolio 3D City GIS capabilities. Announced at the same time was the integration of Bentley Map and Safe Software's FME technology.

Known for its aerial imagery and height data, UK-based geospatial company Infoterra has been acquiring high resolution lidar data of big cities in the UK for its new 3D product Skape.

Skape is a geospatial 3D city mapping service product from Infoterra that offers advanced imagery of 3D heighted buildings of the UK's major cities. 99% of the data collected for this product is Infoterra-owned, and the company uses its own dedicated fleet of aircraft to capture fully textured imagery. Skape enables users to manipulate urban landscapes online by combining high resolution 3D textured city models with 2D mapping and terrain data.

Autodesk's Galileo (new version of LandXplorer) will be fully GIS oriented, with layering of utilities and a coordinate environment. Galileo is very focused around the idea of 3D cities, but it can used with windfarms and other projects. It will have graphics capability derived from products in the Media and Entertainment division of Autodesk, as well as from acquired technology and LandXplorer. It will have the ability to manipulate and change information, apply real design principles and associate other metadata with it.

Galileo is on Autodesk Labs.

According to Dale Lutz, the biggest feature of FME 2010 is expanded 3D support, ten times greater than in the previous version. The textures and pictures on the sides of the 3D objects in FME 2009 are now both preserved and created in 2010. For the city of Gavle, Sweden, Safe took some raw 2D data, pictures, orthophotos and building heights to offer a simulated 3D city model in an automated way “that lets them create it in a matter of minutes as opposed to days. They could take that and refine it in another tool such as ArcGIS 10 which is going to have full 3D editing and then they'll have a fast way to achieve full 3D. We think a lot of cities are going to be very interested in doing this kind of thing,” said Lutz.

The visual simulation universe and augmented reality is now interested in FME, according to Murray, as the technology allows them to build a simulation-ready environment very quickly with drawings, orthophotos, imagery and building heights and DEMs so that you can place things at right elevations.

Indoor Mapping

The urgency of tracking 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.

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.”

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, and into closets.

Mobile

Carl Bass said at AU that mobile devices are putting pressure on the market. The proliferation of applications and platforms for mobile devices and the popularity of the iPad in 2010 has been phenomenal, and will increase as more computing power and capability become available for such devices.

Products such as Autodesk's MapGuide is on the iPhone and iPad on a browser and can also work off the Android system.

A new mobile location analytics platform has been formed from the partnership of Appcelerator, a platform for developing native mobile, desktop and iPad applications using web technologies and FortiusOne, a location analysis software provider. The resulting Titanium+Geo platform makes it possible for enterprises, marketers and retailers to better understand where, when and how mobile applications are being used. According to press materials, business decision makers can now dynamically measure the impact of location-enabled mobile applications and social media on their company's bottom line.

Esri announced their iPhone app for ArcGIS which attracted more than just Esri users. Since then they have also added BAO and GeoMedicine apps for Windows and iOS systems.

GIS4Mobile, an application created by Ove Lindholt Hansen and Nikolaj Moller Nielsen of Denmark, focuses on the concept of connecting mobile device to office.

With this application “the very minute you have information in the field it is available in office,” said Hansen, emphasizing how important it is to have an online connection.

Volunteered Geographic Information and Authoritative Data Sources

It is difficult to know which came first with this topic - the chicken or the egg.

Michael Goodchild, PhD, professor of Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara since 1998, said at GeoWeb 2008 that, “I think it's naïve to assume that geospatial data being handled by the public sector are somehow less trustworthy or accurate than government agencies. In fact, the evidence suggests there is no simple difference in that sense.”

We have seen some interesting examples of the use of Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI) over the past years. On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas and into parts of Louisiana during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, depositing debris over a broad swath, and resulting in the death of all seven crew members, just prior to the conclusion of its 28th mission, STS-107.

Different pieces of the space shuttle were identified by private citizens in the areas they fell. While fragments of tile and metal fell into the Texas mesquite, emergency responder Jack Colley coordinated a massive hunt of high tech people as well as people on horseback to search for the debris. Fisherman and hunters carrying GPS devices proved immensely helpful as they could record exactly where the pieces landed. Colley said this effort may have saved some lives by identifying where potentially toxic pieces might have fallen.

Eleven years after this event, social media plays a part in involving citizens in contributing geographic data. A company called CitySourced connects citizens to agencies, and any citizen with a GPS device can become a sensor. This information feeds directly into the geodatabase, for routing, geospatial analysis. You can take a photo with a description which is sent to a cloud based platform, and routed to the right agency. The creators of CitySourced are from a social media background and see their application as “a huge opportunity to fill geospatial databases.”

While many public agencies might be worried about getting a lot more reports from citizens on potholes, streetlights, and other local problems, Accela, Inc. has released Accela Automation 7.0.5 and Accela Citizen Access which extend geodatabase editing capability into the hands of non-GIS, field-based professionals and frees up time in the office for data management.

This may also open the door to do better collection and management of what citizens have to offer, according to Brian Wienke, lead GIS product manager, Accela Inc. who demonstrated their update release of Accela Automation - 7.0.5 and Accela Citizen Access at Esri this year. The company also offers Accela Mobile Office solution for tablet PCs, which embodies some of the same ease-of-use functionality.

Wienke suggests that what most customers want to receive from the public is data about abandoned vehicles, graffiti, potholes and possible dangers, and where those are located.

Some GIS departments in city and county agencies say they're not ready for the influx of volunteer data coming as their network or geodatabase isn't ready. But in many ways, GIS departments are already dealing with this data. 311 systems are employed by local and state agencies to handle non-emergency calls from citizenry with regard to road closures, potholes, complaints, non-working traffic signals and other useful information.

New applications are being developed to enable users to update maps through online editing tools, such as TomTom's work on a new Map Share type edition to allow their 50 million users to update maps through online editing tools “across every TomTom platform such as smartphones, on the web and PNDs,” according to Alain De Taeye, board member and co-founder and former chief executive of digital map-maker TeleAtlas. Also TomTom is planning to open its API so that third party developers can create LBS apps to be bought from a TomTom app store much like the iOS apps to be downloaded to its devices.

The USGS is looking at ways to edit the volumes of updates and changes that arrive from various sources to their maps, and are looking at OpenStreetMap and Google MapMaker to provide that service.

The announcement of Esri's Community Maps Program this year at Esri UC made another contribution to the growth of VGI . The program allows organizations to contribute their own geographic data including imagery to ArcGIS Online basemaps which can then be shared with the geospatial user community. The maps can also be accessed from ArcGIS for iOS, ArcPad 10, ArcGIS Desktop 10, and free and open web mapping APIs from Esri. ArcGIS Online is a place where users (not just GIS users, but anyone) can find resources shared by ESRI and GIS users everywhere.

Esri's Community Base Map is an interesting concept that seems to take the best of crowdsourcing or “volunteer geographic information,” so to speak, by taking the “best available data sources” from the professional GIS community - “another view of crowdsourcing.” Community Base Map will allow users to move some assets to the cloud.

OpenStreetMap (OSM) has been offering an open map program for some time now. The difference is that OpenStreetMap is not aimed specifically at the GIS community, but at the world community at large. Anyone who wants street maps and other data can get it, and anyone who wants to submit geographic data to OpenStreetMap can do so. The information is uploaded to OpenStreetMap's central database and can be edited by anyone who might know the area better, or have some additional information to impart. These maps can be used without the concern of legal restrictions. This has been especially helpful to drivers, bikers, and hikers, as well as for real estate purposes, locating homes that you might want to purchase, including all kinds of information such as purchase price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms and directions to the home.

MapQuest has just launched its first U.S. site built on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.

earthmine has the same model as ArcGIS Online: a central data repository with ecosystems of client applications that allow you to pull data and use them in menus and different ways such as from ArcPad and iPhones.

An Esri partner, earthmine is a 3D mapping company with a 3D mapping system that employs stereophotogrammetric cameras, and some core technology which was licensed from the jet propulsion labs and was used in the Mars exploration vehicle, Rover.

earthmine has had its own workflows, development tools and software stack which included SDK for flash and web development and SDK for mobile development for some time now. They realized that a lot of people have existing workflows around ArcGIS Desktop, so they created an extension for ArcMap that allows people to view earthmine imagery right inside ArcMap and link that directly to their database.

Convergence

What can we then expect to see in 2011 with regards to the management of data coming from various devices?

Perhaps a convergence of data in one central geodatabase, the ability to access that data from any device - whether in the office or on a mobile phone or PND, the ability to be able to manage large datasets and 3D imagery via either servers or the cloud, cutting time and hopefully costs of high end computing, the merging of GIS and building information modeling for the formation of 3D cities, the ability to map the indoor landscape, will inform new opportunities for GIS consumers beyond the professional.

And with that convergence perhaps the lines between authoritative data sources and volunteer geographic sources will blur as government agencies and other relied upon sources will recognize their need for the information that comes only by way of the concerned citizen.

Top News of the Week

MapQuest, a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc. announced the launch of its first U.S. site built on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, an information source encouraging consumer contributions. Located at Open.MapQuest.com, the new site empowers consumers to improve MapQuest map data by adding rich content such as tourism attractions, footpaths, new businesses or developments, and biking or hiking trails.

TomTom announced that its newest update to the TomTom App for iPhone, version 1.6, includes TomTom Map Share. With the addition of Map Share, TomTom continues to deliver the most up-to-date and accurate maps. The latest version of the TomTom App for iPhone is available on the App Store..

Navigate the highways of North America with your iPhone at no cost, with the launch of NavFree USA. From Navmii, a publisher of GPS location-based applications, NavFree is a community-based navigation product for iPhone and iPad.

More than 700,000 users across the UK & Ireland have already downloaded the free GPS/Satellite Navigation app available from iTunes. Now the USA can experience NavFree, which does everything you would expect from expensive in car GPS/satellite Navigation.

ERDAS announced the official release of ERDAS 2011 Software, including ERDAS IMAGINE, LPS, ERDAS APOLLO, ERDAS Extensions for ArcGIS 10 and other leading desktop and server products.

Portfolio-wide changes for the ERDAS 2011 Software Release include the ability to localize ERDAS products for a global audience, integrated support for Bing™ Maps base imagery and map data, distributed processing throughout the desktop offerings, and a new product, ERDAS Engine. ERDAS Engine is a simple, cost-effective solution that boosts processing power for ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS, leveraging existing hardware resources for increased production needs or situations requiring faster production output.

Acquisitions,Agreements,Alliances

GeoEye, Inc. announced that it has completed the purchase of 100 percent of the stock of SPADAC, Inc., a geospatial predictive analytics company, for $46 million in cash and stock. With the completion of the acquisition, SPADAC has become a wholly owned subsidiary named GeoEye Analytics. GeoEye Analytics currently provides geospatial predictive analytic solutions to over 40 customers in key markets of defense, intelligence and homeland security, enabling their customers to gain the insight they need to support mission-critical operations around the world.

GeoEye, Inc. filed a shelf registration to register the common stock that is issuable upon the conversion of the Series A convertible preferred stock that was issued by GeoEye in the previously announced private placement on Sept. 22, 2010, to Cerberus Satellite LLC, a limited liability corporation controlled by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. ("Cerberus"). These shares are being registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to a registration rights agreement with Cerberus. This does not represent the current sale or disposition of these shares by Cerberus Capital.

ITT Corporation has completed the previously announced acquisition of the business operations of EchoStorm Worldwide. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. EchoStorm, founded in 2003, provides a suite of secure, net-centric commercial products that enables users to capture, manage, and disseminate full-motion video in near real time as well as address the common issues involved with system interoperability and bandwidth.

Optech Incorporated announced that it has acquired the operations and assets of Geospatial Systems, Inc. (GSI), a United States camera and imaging company.

NAVTEQ has extended its relationship with advanced planning and fleet optimization specialist, ORTEC. The contract between the two companies will run until 2013 and now includes additional content.

TomTom and ROUTE 66 announce a new global multi-year agreement. Under the agreement, TomTom is delivering highly accurate maps and enhanced content for ROUTE 66's products and services. ROUTE 66 is a provider of software development kits and applications to several of the world's top 5 mobile device manufacturers including Samsung.

ROUTE 66 is using TomTom maps, covering over 100 countries, and enhanced content such as 2D and 3D City Maps and Landmarks, Advanced City Models, Voice Maps and Urban Maps. This delivers a better turn- by- turn navigation experience for customers.

RapidEye announced that VIASAT GeoTechnologies has signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye to join its distributors team in Canada.

IDV Solutions announced a new partnership with Knowledge Cube, an IT consultancy based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Knowledge Cube provides Microsoft.Net solutions, web services, architecture and design of Web and system integration and project management solutions.

Announcements

CoreLogic released its October Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the U.S. declined for the third month in a row. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 3.93 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009 and declined by 2.43 percent* in September 2010 compared to September 2009. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 1.5 percent in October 2010 compared to October 2009.

The State of Hawaii recently launched an interactive broadband mapping Web site based on Esri technology. Visitors to the site will be able to view broadband coverage throughout the state. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is continuing to collect and verify data related to availability, speed, and location of broadband services in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Broadband Map Web site will be an important resource for consumers in Hawaii, enabling them to identify and choose from the growing number of broadband services that are becoming available in the state.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape.

The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) works by propagating a single laser pulse through a Diffractive Optical Element that splits it into five beams. These beams then strike and are backscattered from the lunar surface. From the return pulse, the LOLA electronics determines the time of flight which, accounting for the speed of light, provides a precise measurement of the range from the spacecraft to the lunar surface. Range measurements, combined with accurate tracking of the spacecraft's location, are used to build a map revealing the contours of the lunar landscape. The five beams create a two-dimensional spot pattern that unambiguously reveals slopes. LOLA will also measure the spreading of the return pulse to get the surface roughness and the change in the transmitted compared to the return energy of the pulse to determine surface reflectance.

Digital Map Products (DMP) recently partnered with iFactor Consulting to offer the utility industry seamless access to nationwide parcel data through its Web Maps Connector product. As an authorized reseller of DMP's ParcelStream web service, iFactor makes it easy for GE Smallworld users to leverage parcel boundaries for improved efficiency and decisions in areas such as right of way management and transmission corridor planning.

Awards

The Sidwell Company has been selected for the MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Award in the GIS/IT category at the MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition for its work in Charlotte County, Florida. MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States.

SuperGeo Technologies, the leading global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, is honored to announce that it has won Geospatial Excellence Award by means of the application “Taipei City Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) Web”, structured on SuperWebGIS.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced its corporate web portal was honored with two 2010 Silver W³ Awards for outstanding creativity. Developed in partnership with A Brand New Way, the USGIF web portal was recognized in the charitable organizations/non-profit category and the association category.

People

Autotask Corporation announced that Mark Cattini has joined the company as chief executive officer to lead the expansion of the company's leading hosted global IT Business Management solutions. In addition, Bob Godgart has been named chairman and chief visionary officer of the company.

BAE Systems has named Jordan Becker to lead its geospatial-intelligence and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (GEOINT-ISR) business, based in San Diego. GEOINT-ISR develops and supports software systems for geospatial analysis, mission planning, precision targeting and command and control for the defense and intelligence community.

New Products

LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc., announced the release of the 8.0 version of the MrSID Decode SDK (DSDK) to complement the recent release of LizardTech GeoExpress 8. This SDK gives developers tools to support viewing files in the MrSID Generation 4 (MG4) format, unveiled with the recent launch of GeoExpress 8, which adds support for multispectral data, alpha channels and improved mosaicking.

Software Technologies and SpatialTEQ released a new version of Map Business Online service. This release is focused on improving user interface and user experience, better performance.

Sales and marketing professionals are using Map Business Online to create customers, sales, dealers, and other business maps. Maps add new spatial dimension to market and business analysis.

ClearStay.com, a subsidiary of HomeAway, announced the release of the first vacation rental search application on Microsoft's Bing Maps.
Topcon Positioning Systems' (TPS) TopSURV 8, the newest version of the TopSURV field controller software series, has enhancements to increase productivity on a variety of survey jobs.



Topcon's TopSURV 8, the newest version of the popular TopSURV field controller software series, has enhancements to increase productivity on a variety of survey jobs. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new software provides significant new functionality on cross-section staking on roads, import and export of road strings, graphical user interface, multiple new map views, file import/export, in-field status reporting and much more.

Around the Web

GISCafe Today Blog

Someday, Store Coupons May Tap You on the Shoulder December 27, 2010, The New York Times

Technology can help improve economy, Clark Davis, December 16, 2010, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Eric Patten Takes Helm of Esri Defense and Intelligence Marketing December 15, 2010, PRNewswire

Web Migration is the Top Concern for Geospatial Experts December 15, 2010, SFGate, San Francisco Chronicle

State launches website with locations for business expansion December 14, 2010, Rochester Business Journal

Weed warnings can be forecast before invasion occurs December 14, 2010, Western Farm Press

CSDC's AMANDA Citizen Service Platform Enhances GIS Support December 14, 2010, Space Daily

Satellite tells on floodsDecember 14, 2010, University of New South Wales, Science Alert

Events

 

GeoDesign Summit
Date: January 6 - 7, 2011
Place: Esri
Redlands, CA USA

The GeoDesign Summit is an important event for GIS and design professionals across all industries. The Summit is a working event for urban planners, architects, civil engineers, landscape architects, academics, and researchers to learn about and participate in the development of emerging ideas. Attendees will take part in the development of GeoDesign concepts, technologies, and tools that will advance how our global society approaches design. Registration deadline is Friday, December 3, 2010.

Geospatial World Forum
Date: January 18 - 21, 2011
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre
Novotel & HICC Complex, Cyberabad Post Office , Hyderabad, India

Geospatial World Forum shall be driven by an objective to provide an appropriate representation of geospatial industry and its relevance in tomorrow’s world and it will embrace in itself, the directions and dimensions for geospatial industry.

ESRI Federal User Conference (FedUC)
Date: January 19 - 21, 2011
Place: Walter E.
Washington Convention Center , Washington, DC USA

Whether you are new to the GIS user community or want to advance your current geospatial projects, the FedUC is the best place to get educated and stay updated. Leaders, decision makers, GIS professionals, and those evaluating GIS are encouraged to attend.

DGI Europe 2011
Date: January 24 - 27, 2011
Place: QEII Conference Centre
London, United Kingdom

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) is Europe's largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. DGI brings together heads of Geospatial Intelligence, GIS, Remote Sensing, Operations, Mapping, Imagery and Analysis within the Military, Governmental and National Security sectors, and provides a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe.

GIS Ostrava 2011
Date: January 24 - 26, 2011
Place: VSB – Technical University of Ostrava campus
New Hall building, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The symposium GIS Ostrava 2011 follows three main topics – Advances in Remote Sensing, Advances in Spatial Modelling and Geoinformation Technology Challenges.

MAPPS 2011 Winter Conference
Date: January 24 - 28, 2011
Place: Radisson Our Lucaya Resort
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, USA

MAPPS sponsors a number of informative conferences and meetings on business practices, markets, legislation, and technology affecting private mapping firms.

Speakers have included a number of Congressman such as Jack Brooks (author of the "Brooks Act"), senior officials in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, NASA and Bureau of Reclamation. MAPPS has hosted former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, a candidate for President of the United States in the 1996 election campaign and former Interior Secretary James Watt, as well as management, organizational, and motivational speakers.

Accela Partner Summit 2011
Date: January 24 - 25, 2011
Place: Resort at Squaw Creek
Lake Tahoe, CA USA

Join Accela to kick-off the new year at our 6th Annual Partner Summit, taking place on January 24 - 25, 2011. This event will be held at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California.

Whether you are looking to enter the lucrative government market or enhance your presence there, the Accela Partner Summit is your best opportunity to find out how to achieve profitable collaboration that will build your business all year long.

Esri Asia Pacific User Conference
Date: January 26 - 27, 2011
Place: Manila, Philippines

Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc., the sole Esri distributor in the Philippines, is proud to be hosting the 2011 APUC January 26–27 at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, Philippines. For two days, in one place, you'll have Esri at your fingertips. The APUC will be an excellent event and tremendous resource for anyone working with GIS technology in the Asia Pacific region.

Municipalika' 2011 Internatioanal Conference & Exhibition
Date: January 27 - 29, 2011
Place: Palace Grounds
Bengaluru, India

Municipalika provides a platform to take stock of the progress, to assess the possibilities and problems, and to map future strategies and solutions.

Many initiatives are being undertaken by the Central, State and Local/City Governments for addressing the urban challenge, including the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the Government of India, which aims at creating economically productive, efficient, equitable, inclusive, sustainable and responsive cities. The massive funding from the Central and State Governments amounting to Rs 1000 billion (US$20 Billion) over the period of 2005-2012 is contributing substantially to create improved urban infrastructure and housing. Other programmes like the BSUP, IHSDP, and UIDSSMT are also bringing in reforms, investments and technologies.

DistribuTECH 2011 Conference & Exhibition
Date: February 1 - 3, 2011
Place: 6 AB, Third Level
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA USA

Join us in San Diego for the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition. DistribuTECH is the utility industry's leading smart grid conference and exposition, covering automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.

MAPublisher Training
Date: February 3 - 4, 2011
Place: Phoenix
AZ USA

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the 2011 schedule for its comprehensive 2-day MAPublisher training course. This 2-day class offers in-depth MAPublisher training that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power.

9th Annual GCC Occupational Health & Safety Conference
Date: February 5 - 10, 2011
Place: Movenpick Hotel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This four-part certified course will ensure you get the most from your time out of the office and address your educational needs. Building on the resounding success of last year's events, this year will continue to raise health and safety awareness for the region, promote best practice and clarify legislation in the Middle East. During the week, occupational health, safety, medical and risk professionals will gather to discuss the latest and business critical challenges that affect the productivity of their employees. With a stronger focus on health, this year's unique program is further enhanced to include a fully certified post-graduate diploma qualification, addressing the educational needs of OH&S professionals and also open to graduates in OH&S management.