May 17, 2004
Special Geospatial World 2004 Report, Part 1
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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The FME Data Server for GeoMedia shows how spatial ETL and GIS complement each other to provide a complete spatial data solution. The FME Data Server for GeoMedia features new technological advancements such as advanced database support and caching technology to improve performance and optimize workflows. GeoMedia users will be able to directly read over 110 formats and systems supported by FME including DB2, Geodatabase, SDE, PostGIS, many GML dialects, and MapInfo TAB.

I will be covering Geospatial World in a second part next week so stay tuned for more.


Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements


TRIRIGA, provider of facility and project management solutions to centrally manage and control capital assets, announced its new Technology Alliance Partnership with the knowledge-based consulting company Isosceles Information Solutions Inc. The partnership opens the door for TRIRIGA to offer its customers geographic information system (GIS) solutions with the Web-based TRIRIGA solution FacilityCenter 8i.


"TRIRIGA welcomes this partnership. The alliance relationship with Isosceles will facilitate our integration with both Autodesk and ESRI geographic information systems. GIS is a key application for many organizations that rely on demographic information, distance and radius-based analyses, transport and distribution optimization and other map-based functions. In the near future, we will be able to expand our product offerings and meet the GIS needs of our customers," said TRIRIGA's executive vice president of products and worldwide sales, Roger Rittenhouse.


Five well-known industry professionals have announced the formation of a new geospatial consulting company. David R. Coates, William D. Nantell, Gary S. Miller, Susan M. Smith-Lee, and Diana L. DeGroot have joined forces, as partners, to form Wind Lake Solutions, Inc. (WLS). Wind Lake Solutions, Inc., headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has assembled a team of recognized utility IT industry professionals. From significant participation in the telecommunications industry's AM/FM projects of the 1980s to contributing seasoned leadership to enterprise-wide IT integration efforts in today's broader utility arena, WLS' principals have earned the respect, support, and partnership of
successive generations of utility IT practitioners.


“Best known for the quality and durability of the partnerships they've established with their customers, the principals of Wind Lake Solutions have reaffirmed our long standing commitment to helping utilities unleash the capacity of information to provide business solutions”, Bill Nantell, WLS' president, reported. According to the partners, the goal of the new venture has several dimensions. “We all felt there was an opportunity to take what we had each done individually and together elevate that expertise to another level," according to CEO, David Coates.




Announcements


The GIS Certification Institute announced that a total of 235 individuals are now Certified GIS Professionals (GISPs). For more information about GISCI Certification, visit
www.gisci.org or call (847) 824-7768.


Space Imaging announced that it has signed an agreement with the Satellite Center for Regional Operations (SCOR), a commercial arm of the Polish government located in Warsaw, Poland, to establish a ground station capable of tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, and archiving of high-resolution IKONOS satellite imagery data for the Polish Ministry of Defense. The ground station will be operated by SCOR with support from the Polish Military Property Agency and Techmex, a commercial computer and technology company in Poland. SCOR is expected to begin IKONOS satellite imaging operations within the next few months.




New Products


Leica Geosystems announced the release of Version 4.5 of the GradeStar 3D automatic machine control system. A major new feature in Version 4.5 is an enhancement to GradeStar's exclusive automatic side-shift functionality. The operator can now pick any polyline from the plan view window and select it as a horizontal reference or centerline. GradeStar will automatically utilize the selected line and calculate real-time offsets to it. These offsets can be displayed on the screen or - in the case of a motorgrader - used to operate the hydraulic side-shift function.




Around the Web...


Email Contact, May 12, 2004 --Wireless sensor networks could transform how people track and manage their environments, but cost and other factors are holding the technology back.


The Low Down on Old Diamonds--Impurities trapped in diamonds can provide information about the origin of the rock in which they are found. Cartigny et al. (p. 853) have measured high concentrations of unaggregated nitrogen and the nitrogen isotopic abundances in microdiamonds from the Akluilak minette dikes of Nunavut, Canada. These findings suggest a formation process in which crustal
metamorphic rocks were subducted to great depths and subjected to high pressures and temperatures. The metamorphic rocks with the encapsulated microdiamonds were then brought back to the near surface by entrainment in the minette magma about 1.8 billion years ago. These results push back evidence for active subduction zone processes by about 1.2 billion years.
SCIENCE, Volume 304, Issue 5672, dated May 7 2004.




Upcoming Events...



Date: May 18, 2004

Place: City Place Dallas, TX USA

Whether you are a power user, developer, manager or are new to using MapInfo, MapWorld 2004 is the place to be.



Date: May 20 - 21, 2004

Place: Atlanta, GA USA

Join our two-day (1/3 lecture, 2/3 exercise and problem solving) course and learn to unlock the powerful features of FME to more effectively manage your data translation and data transformation challenges. FME Training can help open up a whole new world of possibilities for you. Questions are encouraged throughout the class and attendees are welcome to bring their own sample data files.



Date: May 23 - 27, 2004

Place: Denver, CO USA

This event affords your organization the unique opportunity to meet and work with over 1,200 geospatial data and related technology professionals. The program will include workshops, user groups, general and technical sessions, a classified session, and technical tours, plus an Exhibition Hall that is unsurpassed in the industry. This year's event will be held in the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown Denver.



Date: May 23 - 28, 2004

Place: Adams Mark Hotel Denver, CO USA

Mountains of Data...Peak Decisions is the theme for the ASPRS Annual Conference to be held at the Adams Mark Hotel, Denver, Colorado, May 23-28, 2004. The conference will include workshops, general and plenary sessions, technical programs, poster presentations, technical tours, a classified session and a super-sized exhibit hall. Check our web site asprs.org/denver2004 for complete details and registration information.



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