April 11, 2005
A Look at GIS Markets, Opportunities, Extending GIS to Enterprise Applications
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Higher education students and faculty who use ModelBuilder, a geoprocessing tool that is part of ESRI's ArcGIS 9 software, are invited to participate in the
ESRI Best Practices in Science Modeling Challenge competition. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $10,000 and

be invited to participate in a special presentation at the 2005 ESRI International User Conference, July 25-29, 2005, in San Diego, California.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic magazine will launch The Canadian Atlas Online from National Film Board (NFB) Mediatheque in downtown Toronto. The Canadian Atlas Online, the first interactive, web-based, fully bilingual geographical resource of its kind, will now be available free of charge over the Internet.

Grade 9 students from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax will meet online via a live web cam audiovisual link-up, and engage in an "atlas challenge" to launch The Online Atlas. When: Tuesday, April 5, 2005, 1:00 p.m. EDT Start Time; Where: NFB Mediatheque, 150 John Street (John and Richmond), Toronto 416-973-3012

For further information: RSVP: Tamara Kaftalovich, (416) 640-5525 ext. 234,

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced WPS Resources Corporation has selected Intergraph's Outage Management System (OMS), based on InService technology, to replace its existing, in-house-developed Service Restoration System. As part of the system enhancement, interfaces will be developed with WPS Resources' customer information system (CIS) and geographic information system (GIS), as well as vehicle asset record, automated meter reading, corporate labor records and response time systems. Future interfaces will be developed to the supervisory control and data acquisition, distribution work management and interactive voice response systems.

Autodesk, Inc. announced it is raising its financial guidance for the first quarter, second quarter and full year of fiscal 2006.

ESRI announced that the fastest growing county in the United States is Loudoun County, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. This fact is based on findings from the ESRI 2005/2010 demographic data updates.

At the third Emerging Technology Summit (ETS III), to be held April 14-15, 2005 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., a distinguished group of speakers will present their views on "Advancing the Sensor Web." This unique two-day event has been organized by the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA), the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC), and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) SensorNET Program.


MapFrame Corporation announced the addition of Ken Whitaker as Director, Software Development. Whitaker is responsible for the management of the Development & Quality Assurance Teams at MapFrame. He will be based out of the Corporate Headquarters in Dallas.


Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions recognized three state/provisional transportation agencies as recipients of the 2005 GeoSpatial Innovations for Transportation Award. The awards were presented during a reception at the 18th annual GIS for Transportation Symposium (GIS-T), held in Lincoln, Neb. Each year, Intergraph honors transportation organizations that have recently implemented innovative solutions that promote the benefits of geospatial technology to advance services for the public. This year's award recipients/projects include:

-- Nevada Department Of Transportation (DOT)/ Safety Management System

--Manitoba Transportation and Government Services/Manitoba Roads Information Site

--South Carolina DOT/Emergency Evacuation Web Portal

Business Objects, provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, presented ESRI with its OEM Partner of the Year Award for 2005. The award is one of Business Objects' Americas Partner Excellence Awards that acknowledge partners for their significant contributions in delivering solutions based on Business Objects technology.

QUALCOMM Incorporated congratulated the winners of the second annual NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge and announced that applications developed for QUALCOMM's BREW solution received top honors in four of the prestigious contest's six categories, including the overall grand prize winner, BiM Active from Bones in Motion. This achievement underscores the capabilities of the BREW solution in providing publishers and developers an opportunity to create and distribute location-based services (LBS) applications.

Dr. Ghassem Asrar, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Science Deputy Associate Administrator, and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director, Dr. Charles "Chip" Groat, representing the Department of the Interior (DOI) made the 31st annual presentation of the William T. Pecora Award to the USGS National Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 9, 2005.


Mountain West Telecom, the region's premier telecommunications solutions provider,
announced it has opened a new office in St. George, Utah.

New Products

MapInfo Corporation announced the UK launch of MapInfo® Location Reporting Service, a reporting and analysis service to provide retailers, planning professionals and marketing executives at all levels with accurate information for area profiles and the ability to better understand customer behavior.

The Centre for Sustainable Watersheds (CSW), a non-profit environmental organization in Portland and DM Solutions, an Ottawa based company specializing in Open Source solutions, announced the launch of the Watersheds InfoXchange (WIX). WIX, which has been in development for more than a year, is an interactive online tool for managing water quality monitoring data and accessing provincial and national datasets.

Wallace Wireless, developer of wireless crisis communication software, announced the release of the Wallace Emergency Locator (WEL). WEL combines mapping technology from ESRI Technologies with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) location-based services.

With the General Election campaign now under way, Great Britain's mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, has updated its website showing every constituency and administrative area in the UK.

www.election-maps.co.uk" s an interactive tool showing all general as well as local election boundaries displayed against a mapping background. Each of the 646 Westminster constituencies can be viewed, including all of the recent changes to those for Scotland. The site also allows the boundaries of all local authorities, wards, electoral divisions and parishes to be switched on and off at the click of a mouse.

Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of Geographic Transformer 5.1 Extension for MapInfo Professional. Live demonstrations at MapWorld 2005 will be available. Blue Marble exhibitors will be on hand at MapWorld on Thursday April 7th to answer questions and present the Transformer Extension for MapInfo. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one private demonstration contact Blue Marble directly!

Blue Marble Geographics also announced that Atlanta, GA has been added to the 2005 Geographic Calculator and Geographic Transformer training schedule. Contact Blue Marble to reserve your seat. If you are interested in reserving a spot for one of these sessions, please register by phone or email at (800) 616-2725 x13 or
Email Contact. All major credit cards and government and academic purchase orders are accepted.

Around the Web

Link Between Human Action and Landscape Change , Newswise, University of Vermont, April 1, 2005 -UVM geologists explore the link between human actions and landscape. Their findings have significant environmental implications for Vermont and New England, especially concerning erosion and riparian zones.

Pentagon Redirects Its Research Dollars, New York Times, by John Markoff, April 2, 2005--The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon - which has long underwritten open-ended "blue sky" research by the nation's best computer scientists - is sharply cutting such spending at universities, researchers say, in favor of financing more classified work and narrowly defined projects that promise a more immediate payoff.

U.S. Drones Crowd Iraq's Skies to Fight Insurgents, by John Markoff, New York Times, April 2, 2005 - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency at the Pentagon - which has long underwritten open-ended "blue sky" research by the nation's best computer scientists - is sharply cutting such spending at universities, researchers say, in favor of financing more classified work and narrowly defined projects that promise a more immediate payoff.

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