December 05, 2005
From Autodesk University 2005: Infrastructure Solutions Division Update
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Civil 3D

7700 units of Civil 3D shipped last quarter, according to Bradshaw. The product is “very strong” in the transportation market, which has not been Autodesk's strength until Civil 3D came on the scene (their other product, not specifically civil, is Land Development Desktop, still going strong). Autodesk hosts weekly Civil 3D webcasts.

Popular features in the next release include the ability to create your own subassemblies, survey and site.

A new courseware book called Autodesk Official Training Courseware - Residential Grading is available on the e-store.

According to Joe Hedrick, civil solutions group manager at Avatech Solutions, a company that develops implementation, packages and offers consulting and process based training, Civil 3D has many pilot projects in the works and some hard ROI numbers to support its purchase.

Map 3D

Charlie Crocker, product manager for Map 3D, has been at Autodesk for three months but his past experience belies his focus on GIS, building large and small databases. He spoke on the most underutilized features in Map that can drive productivity:
- Connection to a variety of data

- Projection - can handle over 800 projections and feature classes

- Organization - feature classes

- Publication - getting maps out to the masses
Using Map as the front end for Oracle or ArcSDE, allows those who have a solid GIS database background to manage the data while those who don't, do not have to worry about it.

By classifying and organizing your data you ensure that your data is in the right place.
Crocker said that with Map you can take control of spatial data in a way that more people can get access to.

With data classification and modeling - you can move your data into Map and classify DWGs in Map. Map 2006 can handle large datasets. Map can theme an entire dataset based on area. You can bring in data from MapInfo, ArcSDE or Oracle.

2005 Innovation Awards were presented by Chris Bradshaw to Doug Younges, City of Reno, Nevada (geospatial); Jonathan Pickus, Las Vegas Valley Water District (geospatial); Paul Rae, R.F. Binnie & Associates, Ltd. (civil engineering); Conan Witzel, Garrett-Ihnen Civil Engineers (civil engineering).

For the full report on AU see this week's AECWeekly story entitled


MSOL (Marubeni Solutions Corporation) has signed a distribution agreement with the leading location tracking solutions supplier Ekahau, Inc., and starts reselling Ekahau's wireless LAN-based Real-Time Location System (RTLS) and site survey tools from December 2, 2005.

Ekahau's advanced products introduced to the market by MSOL are: Ekahau RTLS, including the Wi-Fi Tag T201, related application software, and Ekahau Site Survey (ESS).

Quantm Ltd., announced that it has signed a Term Contract (Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity, IDIQ) with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), providing Alaska DOT&PF regions and their project managers with fast and easy access to the Quantm route optimization system. announced that it has become a member of Forum Nokia PRO, a program that provides advanced technical, business development and marketing support to selected mobile software companies. As a member of Forum Nokia PRO, has the opportunity to further strengthen its relationship with Nokia, gain early access to Nokia technology and take advantage of specialized service and support provided by Nokia to help stand out in the marketplace.

Syntellect Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Enghouse Systems Limited announced the completion of its acquisition of Apropos Technology, Inc. for US $2.76 per common share of Apropos, in cash. As a result of the acquisition, Apropos is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Syntellect.


Hummingbird Ltd. , global provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) and network connectivity solutions, announced that the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is deploying Hummingbird Enterprise(TM) for ESRI, its integrated content management and GIS solution with ESRI's ArcIMS(TM) software. The combined Hummingbird and ESRI solution enables USACE staff to manage, query, and spatially reference all documents pertaining to RFIs required for assisting military deployments and civil-military operations deployed within the area of responsibility.

URISA and the
International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) are pleased to announce several highlights of the tenth annual Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference, taking place February 19-22, 2006 in Orlando, Florida. This milestone event is themed, “Delivering Solutions: A Decade of Integrating Dreams & Technology”. The conference, jointly sponsored by URISA and the IAAO, has successfully brought together assessment and GIS professionals for education and networking for the past ten years.

URISA is also accepting online abstract submissions for it's 44th Annual Conference, taking place September 26-29, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The program committee is soliciting presentations in four general categories: Applications, Tools, Data, and Management.


Leica Geosystems has announced the appointment of Valerie E. Richardson to the newly created position of vice president, strategic marketing and business development, Leica Geosystems, Inc., Americas Region, as part of a strategic initiative to enhance product marketing and planning in the Americas.

ESRI announced that Randy Frantz has joined ESRI as manager of Telecommunications Industry Solutions. With more than 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Frantz was most recently manager of national telecommunications accounts at Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., where he worked with major utilities implementing GIS solutions.

ESRI also announced that Brent A. Jones, PE, PLS, has joined ESRI as Survey Industry Solutions manager. Jones comes to ESRI from James W. Sewall Company, where he was vice president of Energy and Telecommunications Services.

GeoSpatial Experts has opened a new headquarters office in Thornton, Colorado, to accommodate its growing staff and the expanding market for its GPS-Photo Link software and related products. New personnel include a Sales Manager and an Office Manager.


Japan Conservation Engineers Co., Ltd. has won a 2005 BE Award for its Examples of Construction of Landslide GIS project in the Akita, Yamagata, and Kanagawa prefectures in Japan. The award category was “Geospatial: Geospatial Modeling.”

The Yukon Territorial Government's Energy, Mines and Resources Department was recently presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada's 2005 Regional User Conference in Vancouver. Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, presented the Award in recognition of their use of GIS for integrating multiple sources of geographic data and making it available to staff and the public. Ross McLachlan, Acting Director, Corporate Services, Energy, Mines and Resources, Yukon Territorial Government, was on hand to receive the award.

Awards extended Nominations are being accepted for GITA's prestigious Awards Program. visit the
awards page of GITA's Web site to read the award descriptions, then fill out the appropriate online submission form. Due to numerous requests from our members, the deadline for nomination submissions has been extended to December 19, 2005. For more information on the awards or the nomination process, contact GITA Membership Services Manager Lisa Connor at 303-337-0513 or e-mail


Sanborn CEO John Copple announced the company has been contracted to provide digital land cover change mapping for the great lakes area of Pennsylvania and New York for NOAA's Coastal Services Center (CSC). CSC primarily serves state coastal resource managers. In developing products and services for the coastal management community, CSC collaborates with its state constituents and private industry to address issues such as hazard mitigation, coastal development, habitat restoration, environmental monitoring, water quality, and more.

New Products

GfK MACON has now completed the new digital maps for the Norway edition on 2005 status. The 2004 map material has not only been completely revised, it has also been expanded to include a map of the four-digit postcode districts.
The Norway Edition comprises all postal and administrative units as well as a large selection of topographical map layers, such as roads, railway lines, populated areas and elevations. The digital maps are provided as vector data records in the standard GIS formats Shape (ESRI), mid/mif (MapInfo) and RegioGraph (GfK MACON). All map objects are fully inscribed and include the national as well as the international terminology and characters where necessary.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.


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