August 23, 2004
New Ways to Save Lives
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Autodesk Pre-Plan Command runs on Autodesk Map 2004 software and is sold separately. Built on the AutoCAD 2004 OEM platform, Autodesk Pre-Plan is a low-cost, stand-alone product. Both products are fully DWG compatible.

The department has a district map on the computer with all relational information such as schools, hydrants and maps on it. Any responding company can see the map at the same time if they go to the website. Occupants can also get data on hazardous material here. “We can allow access to outside agencies where needed,” said Lynch. Since most commercial development is done in CAD, Lynch added, “we can use these documents and can add them to our database.” They have two AutoCAD users onsite who can enter the documents and data. “We can get orthophotos, load them into the mapping system, see the fire travel and know how to respond.”

The fire department is standardizing their mapping format so that they have better coordination with the police, water district, and PG&E and is working towards getting everyone to use the same database. One person maintains all the maps at the fire department. “We can't get along without the technology now,” claimed Lynch.

The technology is also being used as a training tool, and shifts can come in and walk through a training session using models of different incident responses, structure fires, wildland fires and insurance information.

Currently, half of the force are trained to use the system. “Five years ago we had to field verify information,” Lynch said. “Now almost every new person coming in is twice as tech savvy.”

The Marin County area is notably very tech rich, and according to Lynch, “There is no reason not to have the best - we live in an affluent area. Autodesk is right here; we're competitive.” Tiberon Fire Department is also the recipient of a Homeland Security technology grant.

Acquisitions /Alliances/Agreements

Mannion Geosystems, experts in ArcSDE system integration and performance management, announced that it has joined the ESRI Business Partner Program. Adding to its existing credentials as a member of the ESRI Authorized Training Program, its new status as a Consultant member of the Business Partner Program marks a milestone in the young company's growth.

Arc Second, Inc., the developer of INDOOR GPS(R) products, announced a major new technology/product partnership with ROMER CimCore. These recent marketing and development efforts from ROMER CimCore and other metrology industry leaders signal the rapidly growing acceptance of INDOOR GPS as the measurement technology of the future.


ORBIMAGE Inc. (“ORBIMAGE”) announced that its OrbView-2 satellite recently passed its seventh successful year of operations with an unprecedented availability rate of over 98%.

Earth Resource Mapping Ltd. announced that their Master Reseller Umweltdata Ges.m.b.H., responsible for much of Central and Eastern Europe, has recently appointed two new resellers to expand the sales and support centres for their core products ER Mapper, ECW image format and Image Web Server.

URISA is pleased to announce the dates for the 9th Annual Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference, the specialty conference jointly sponsored with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). The 2005 conference will take place February 15-18 in Savannah, Georgia.

Ecobuild America premieres June 20-23, 2005 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Focused on the needs of the expanding green building market, the unique event combines sustainable building techniques with the technology that supports the entire process from concept, through design, construction and long-term operation.

For information about exhibiting, presenting at, or attending Ecobuild America, call 1-800-996-3863, fax 1-508-790-4750 or visit

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced it has awarded the University of Calgary, Department of Computer Science, Visualization and Interactive Computing Laboratory, an Intergraph Education Grant with a commercial value of more than $2.6 million (U.S.). The software grant includes multiple licenses of GeoMedia(R) Professional, GeoMedia WebMap Professional, GeoMedia Transaction Manager, Dynamo and DynaGEN. The University of Calgary's Department of Computer Science has initiated innovative academic courses and research projects in various areas of computer science. The Computer Science Department, the largest department within the University of Calgary's Faculty of
Science, currently has approximately 1200 students.

Adoption of the “ASPRS Lidar Guidelines - Vertical Accuracy Reporting for Lidar Data V1.0” was approved by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Board of Directors in May 2004. This is the first in a series of guidelines to be published by ASPRS covering the emerging technology of lidar and its use in the mapping sciences. Created by the ASPRS Lidar Committee's Working Group on lidar guidelines and standards, the guidelines have undergone a public review process and represent the best practices and reporting methods endorsed by ASPRS when working with lidar-derived elevation data.

Director Chip Groat announced the creation of a National Geospatial Programs Office. The move to transfer The National Map from the Geography Discipline to the Geospatial Information Office (GIO) will allow existing expertise in the field of geography at the USGS to focus attention on geographic research and enhance USGS leadership in both geospatial programs and geographic research.

Photon Research Associates in cooperation with Skyline Software Systems, i-cubed and LeadDog Consulting have created a web-based interactive 3D 'fly-through' of Athens Greece. Go to and navigate to specific venues or follow one of the predefined routes through the city.

The visual terrain data set includes DigitalGlobe 60 centimeter imagery processed by i-cubed, a 25 meter digital elevation model based on ASTER imagery from i-cubed, and vectors extracted by LeadDog. Skyline created the 3D model from this data using its TerraSuite product line.

Image courtesy of DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe® announced it has before and after satellite imagery of the Florida Gulf Coast (including Punta Gorda) area that was devastated by Hurricane Charley over the weekend. The 2-foot resolution imagery was collected on August 14, 2004 by QuickBird, the industry's highest resolution imaging satellite owned and operated by DigitalGlobe. New imagery covering disaster areas will be provided upon request. DigitalGlobe is making high-resolution before and after satellite imagery of the Florida Coast, specifically Punta Gorda, available free to the media. The “before” imagery was collected by DigitalGlobe's technologically superior satellite, QuickBird, on March 23,
2004. The “after” imagery was collected on August 14, 2004.

ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ITT) announced it has completed its purchase of the Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) business from Eastman Kodak Company for $725 million in cash. The acquisition significantly broadens ITT Industries' well-established space payload and service product offering for U.S. military as well as other government, commercial and scientific customers. The RSS business is a leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imaging systems and information services. The combination of the two businesses will create a full-spectrum satellite payload provider with the latest visible and infrared satellite imaging technology to serve the $6 billion remote sensing market.

The Spatial Technologies Industry Association (STIA) announced that the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has agreed to be a Cooperating Sponsor of STIA's SPATIAL-TECH 20004 national policy symposium and exhibition. SPATIAL-TECH 2004, which is STIA's annual event to identify, articulate, and champion the interests of the evolving integrated spatial technologies industry, will be held at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida from September 26 to 29, 2004.


PCI Geomatics announced that Dr. Robert Moses, president and CEO of PCI Geomatics has been appointed Vice Chair of the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE). Dr. Moses brings a wealth of experience to this new position and a dedication to promoting the geospatial industry as an important technology base in Ontario.

VARGIS, LLC announced that Mr. Ben Davenport has joined the company as a GIS Solutions Architect. This addition expands VARGIS' capabilities in the development, design, and support of GIS database and software solutions. Mr. Davenport, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, brings both government and corporate solutions experience to the VARGIS team. According to Mr. Greg Tilley, President of VARGIS, “We are making strategic additions to our staff to respond to expanding requirements from our clients. We are very pleased to find someone of Ben's caliber to fill this role.”

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