May 10, 2004
Interactive Seminars Draw Crowds
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SPATIALinfo released its latest version of SPATIALnet/Water 3.0 which is a water management solution enabling water utilities to model, design, maintain and manage their water networks.

Idea Integration, an ESRI partner, launched its GIS Connector products which are designed to facilitate the integration of ESRI products into existing business systems. The company is developing a 311 application (311 is a local-government mandate for reporting non-emergencies) with Tier 1 Innovation to provide a mapping component to Tier 1's call center applications.

Asset management solutions abounded at the conference and included MWH TAG (The|Asset|Group), a company that boasts taking a “holistic” approach to managing utility lifecycle assets. TAG made available their TAG Solutions, a suite of IT solutions designed to enable asset management. These solutions are pre-configured and pre-integrated. Their goal is to make asset management a focus of day-to-day business activities.

Another company with this in mind is Advantica, who announced the North American launch of their solution Gas Essentials.This solution suite is designed to meet the specifications of all companies who are federally mandated to comply with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 192. Gas Essentials is designed to help distribution companies improve asset integrity, reduce capital and operational costs and adhere to regulatory compliance.


Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a provider of enterprise infrastructure and mobile software, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of XcelleNet, Inc., the in frontline management software, from investment firm Francisco Partners. Sybase intends to integrate XcelleNet into its iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary, positioning the combined organization as the leader in mobile database, mobile middleware and mobile and remote device management.


Dave Ridderikhoff has joined the Geospatial Information Technology division of IT global company, Rolta International, Inc., as a Senior Project Manager. Dave's initial role at Rolta includes managing a data conversion project for a leading provider of telecommunication services.

Laser-Scan appointed Senior Account Manager, Roland Cunningham. Roland's appointment reinforces Laser-Scan's commitment to its customers and will ensure they continue to receive the highest level of attention and excellent service.

Roland joins Laser-Scan from Compaq/HP having originally trained as a Chartered Land Surveyor. He has led a number of survey and mapping projects both in the UK and overseas and brings GIS experience from WS Atkins and ICL Fujitsu. Roland's focus over the past 15 years has been on Public Sector and Defence organizations.


In-Stat/MDR, digital communication market research company reports that although Bluetooth-enabled devices haven't quite entered the true mainstream yet, they are poised to take that next step. With Mobile phones, PDAs, and headsets making significant strides over the last year, the automotive market beginning to make an impact, and PMG (Personal Mobile Gateway) products expected to emerge, shipments of Bluetooth-enabled manufactured equipment will experience a 60% CAGR between 2003 and 2008.

"Most of the end-use markets for this technology seem to be making significant headway," says Joyce Putscher, director of the high-tech market research firm's Converging Markets and Technologies Group.

Also in the news, Location Based Services (LBS) may be enjoying a comeback, according to technology research firm, ABI Research. E112 or E911 legislation - named for the emergency phone numbers - requires the ability to pinpoint the location of a cell phone placing an emergency call in Europe and North America and may be responsible for breathing new life into LBS.

Former Senator Bob Kerrey will speak at the Mapping the News conference on May 14-15, 2004, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Kerrey is the president of New School University in New York City and a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission. While in Congress, Kerrey, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was instrumental in creating the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), announced that ten authorized partners are shipping near-simultaneous add-on applications to run on the Autodesk Map™ 3D 2005 foundation. GEOMAP, based in France, and C-Plan AG, headquartered in Switzerland, have coordinated the development cycle of their flagship products to coincide with the first shipment of Autodesk Map 3D 2005 so that joint customers can immediately benefit from new 3D capabilities and topology enhancements. GEOMAP provides precision design/management tools for telecommunication networks. C-Plan specializes in applications for the utilities industry.

Munsys Technologies, IME UK Ltd., GLA International, Woolpert LLP, 4DataLink, Kelar Corp., Utility Sciences Corporation, and Toyobo Engineering will introduce Autodesk Map 3D 2005-based applications within the next few weeks. These add-on applications help customers responsible for designing the efficiency and safety of the world's infrastructure -- from urban planners to civil engineers and airport security managers.

“Customers depend on a wide range of add-on applications that make Autodesk Map 3D a mission-critical application in a variety of specialized, vertical markets,” said Steven Guttman, director of product management for Autodesk's Infrastructure Solutions Division. “Autodesk Map 3D 2005 expands the range of possible markets by providing developers with the tools they need to get their applications to market faster than ever before. It's a partnership that's extremely important to Autodesk.”

Tadpole-Cartesia, Inc., the GIS data infrastructure optimizer, announces a contract from POWER Engineers to support the migration of JEA's current Intergraph FRAMME platform to ESRI's ArcGIS geodatabase. The project brings together the unique geoskills and technologies of enterprise GIS specialists . lead contractor POWER Engineers, together with Tadpole-Cartesia, VELOCITIE Integration, Miner and Miner, and C&C Solutions. POWER Engineers, Inc., announces a contract to support the migration of JEA's current Intergraph FRAMME platform to ESRI's ArcGIS geodatabase format. The multi-million dollar project brings together the unique geoskills and technologies of enterprise GIS
with lead contractor POWER Engineers teaming with Tadpole-Cartesia, VELOCITIE Integration, Inc., Miner and Miner, and C&C Solutions.

Redlands, California-National Geographic's award-winning MapMachine Internet application ( has been completely redesigned using 100 percent ArcWeb Services. Averaging more than a million page views a week, the MapMachine is one of the most popular tools online, and its redesign opens the doors to a treasure trove of geographic information. National Geographic partnered with ESRI to revamp the application, which boasts improved usability and ease of maintenance as well as new tools and content.

Unitil Corporation now has deployed ESRI's ArcGIS and Miner and Miner's ArcFM software, replacing previous computer-aided design (CAD)-based mapping methods with a new enterprise geographic information system (GIS). The scalable, database driven mapping and spatial data management environment will be used by engineering and operations staff and potentially across the organization. Implementation services were performed by Miner and Miner, and data migration was performed in-house.

GE Energy announced the release of its Smallworld Core Spatial Technology™ 4 product, which delivers the latest architectural technology for the Smallworld 4 software product suite.

ESRI will offer a series of one-day seminars in more than 50 cities across the United States focusing on the next release of the ArcGIS family of products. ArcGIS 9 will be made available in May 2004.
For more information or to register, visit

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced that envia Mitteldeutsche Energie AG (enviaM) is deploying Intergraph's G/Net and G/Electric, two modules of the company's next-generation G/Technology-based industryware for utilities, to optimize work processes and automate network operation. Formed in 2002 with the merger of two regional energy providers, the German multi-utilities company is headquartered in Chemnitz. enviaM provides electric and energy-related services to 1.6 million customers over a 26,000 square kilometer network that extends approximately 76,000 km across the eastern German federal states of Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Brandenburg and portions of Thuringen.

Safe Software Inc. announced that its flagship FME spatial data translator product now supports reading several new XML (eXtensible Markup Language)-based formats: Geodatabase XML for ArcGIS 9.0, Landonline (LandXML), GPX, and IUF.

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