March 21, 2005
Profile of Autodesk's ISD 2006 Software Products
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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has just completed a three-year project updating the Soil Landscapes of Canada to meet new demands for information about the environmental performance of agricultural regions in Canada. Version 3.0 of the SLC is now available from AAFC's web site of the Canadian Soil Information System, or CanSIS.

EarthMap Solutions, LLC has launched its Longmont, Colo.-based company to develop, sell and deliver cost-effective, innovative and accurate information products that bring new applications to customers using remote sensing imagery to make critical land management decisions.

DataCore Technology, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in implementing Electronic Data Management (EDM) solutions for organizations in the energy, government, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries, is pleased to announce the official launch of its new and improved web site at

Conference Updates

MapInfo Corporation, a global provider of location intelligence solutions, has announced that Rick Celio, vice president, Franchise and Development at International House of Pancakes (IHOP), has been added as a keynote speaker at this year's MapWorld global user conference. The conference is being held April 6-8 at the Sonesta Beach Resort, Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida. For more information about MapWorld 2005, please visit

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced a series of seminars that describe how ENR Top 500 Design Firms ensure that complex engineering information is available to the right people at the right time, enabling project teams to work together as one.

The half-day “Work as One” seminars include technology presentations, guest speakers, demonstrations, and peer-to-peer discussions aimed at improving project quality, meeting aggressive project deadlines, and improving project communication and collaboration.

To register for any of the “Work as One” seminars, go to


Vari Ghai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Dispatch Systems Inc., is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Watson as Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective immediately.

New Products

Announcements of third party support for Autodesk Map 3D 2006 and AutoCAD 2006 abounded this week, as those products were released on Tuesday and will be shipping in the next couple of months. Rather than listing all those third party products here, please visit

Autodesk, Inc. announced the latest version of its solution platform for location-enhanced services, Autodesk LocationLogic 6. Built from the ground up to meet the needs of wireless network operators, LocationLogic 6 is an example of how Autodesk's technology continues to evolve to anticipate and meet the real-world demands of carriers, enterprises, and consumers in the developing location market.

Nextel Communications, Inc. and, Inc., introduced the use of MapQuest's digital maps and directions to provide location-based services exclusively on Nextel's GPS-enabled phones. "MapQuest(R) Find Me" helps users pinpoint their locations on their phones, find nearby locations (e.g. restaurants, hotels, airports, hospitals), and get maps and directions.

Siemens Communications, Inc., and Wherify Wireless, Inc. announced that the Wherifone G550 Locator Phone, powered by Siemens technology, is expected to be available through Wal-Mart stores and beginning in Q2, 2005.

Arc Second, Inc., the developer of high precision Indoor GPS(TM) products, announced the release of its next generation Indoor GPS hardware and software. The new line of Indoor GPS equipment promises higher levels of accuracy and overall system performance.

Leica Geosystems announced a revolutionary breakthrough in surveying technology with the unveiling of SmartStation, a total station with fully integrated GPS. The new Leica SmartStation integrates GPS and total station functionality into a single compact package with common software, database, storage medium and user interface.

ESRI announced that an updated North American data set for RouteMAP IMS 2.5 is now shipping. Users of RouteMAP IMS are now able to choose Tele Atlas' Dynamap Transportation, which provides street data, postal boundaries, landmarks, and water features for the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

ESRI announced that
PLTS for ArcGIS 9 Defense Solution is now shipping. Defense Solution provides tools to reduce cost and improve the efficiency of creating and maintaining high-quality topographic databases for publishing professional map products and data analysis.
PLTS for ArcGIS leverages the object-relational
ArcGIS technology to streamline production in a consistent process, enabling users to do more with fewer resources.

After more than two years of development the first official release of the next generation implementation of GRASS has been published. (see the GRASS Development Roadmap).

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System, commonly referred to as GRASS GIS, is a Geographical Information System (GIS) used for data management, image processing, graphics production, spatial modeling, and visualization of raster, vector and sites data. It is open source Free Software released under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

DeLorme has announced the release of XMap OpenSpace Database Integration Kit, which allows users to substantially boost efficiency by automatically updating the geographic data they are managing within DeLorme's OpenSpace database.

The Carbon Project announced that a new version of the Gaia geospatial web browser is now available for download. Gaia 2.0 is a free, standalone application that runs on any Windows desktop. It installs in seconds and handles maps and Geography Markup Language (GML) features from any Web Map Server (WMS) or Web Feature Server (WFS) that properly implements Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards.

IONIC's RedSpider LOBOS (LOcation Based OGC Solution) now supports the routing, geocoding and reverse geocoding functions within Oracle 10g Spatial and Application Server, enabling a complete OpenLS Location Based Services platform for mobile devices, web applications, and enterprise processes. Oracle 10g's support for NAVTEQ's premium product, and IONIC's native support for Oracle 10g, now allow enterprises to deploy OpenLS routing, geocoding, reverse geocoding, and directory services off a single instance of the data.


Last week I incorrectly referred to Bentley Systems' new 3E-Government Initiative, as 3D-Government. 3E-Government is an initiative with related software that gives governments the ability to operate more efficiently.

Around the Web

Treasure hunters feel pull of magnetic gear, by Michael Kanellos, March 11, 2005, CNET -- Magnets may be a staple of New Age mysticism, but a magnetometer might just lead a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to a centuries-old treasure. A magnetometer essentially reads the magnetic properties of the ground--like a supersensitive compass. The measurements are then compiled into a magnetic map in conjunction with

Sheldon Breiner, an explorer, geophysicist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, wields a magnetometer in search of artifacts hidden in the earth. Photo credit: Sheldon Breiner
New Technique to Free Seismologists from Tyranny of Earthquakes', University of Colorado at Boulder, Newswise, March 9, 2005 - Seismologists have long relied on earthquakes or expensive tools like explosives to help create images of Earth's interior, but a new method created by University of Colorado at Boulder researchers will produce quicker, cheaper and clearer images.

Radio Tags Can Find Stray Bags, But Can Airlines Afford Them? By Barnaby J. Feder, NY Times, (registration required) March 7, 2005 - Financial plight of most major airlines is making it hard for them to adopt new radio frequency identification tagging that could greatly ease problem of lost luggage; some experts say airlines could quickly recoup costs because of high costs associated with failure of existing bar code scanning systems to identify as many as 15 to 20 percent of bags; note RFID systems tested at airports have accurately identified bags 95
percent of time.

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