January 30, 2006
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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"By providing modules, our user base becomes more creative and from them, we get new ideas," noted Hameister.


MWH, a global provider of environmental, engineering and construction services, announced the acquisition of Liquid Earth, a consultancy firm based in Perth, Australia that provides hydrogeologic services to mining and industrial clients. The move enhances MWH's strategy to build a stronger presence in South Asia Pacific and increase the types of services offered to natural resource industry clients in that region.

Intrado Inc. a global provider of integrated data and telecommunications solutions, and Networks In Motion, Inc., the award-winning Wireless Navigation and LBS Company, announced that they have agreed to cooperatively market location-based services (LBS) solutions for wireless carriers and enterprise customers. Together, the companies will provide wireless carriers and enterprise customers with the enhanced functionality needed to successfully launch and manage location-based applications.

Earthstar Geographics LLC and Spatial Mapping Ltd. (Prince George/Nanaimo, BC, Canada) announced a strategic partnership whereby Spatial Mapping will resell Earthstar's TerraColor simulated true color 15-meter digital earth imagery product via their ResMap.com website. The full resolution TerraColor imagery can be accessed free for on-line use or offline purchase on a per-tile basis.


Intergraph Corporation will showcase its Geospatial Intelligence Exploitation Solutions at DGI 2006, the second annual European defense geospatial intelligence conference, Jan. 23-26 in London. As an event sponsor, Intergraph will play a key role in demonstrating the importance of open, interoperable geospatial intelligence solutions.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo., announced the implementation of a new 24/7 operation center and seismic event processing system, HYDRA. When combined, the round-the-clock on-site personnel and new technology are expected to cut in half the amount of time required to report information about earthquakes around the globe.

The USGS will also debut a new

MDA's Geospatial Services announced their participation in the on-going development of the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) for the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Tajikistan (MoES). Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with additional assistance from the United Nations (UN), MDA will aid in the development of GIS and remote sensing techniques that will help Tajikistan authorities organize and conduct rehabilitation efforts to minimize the impact of natural disasters.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a provider of information solutions, announced that it has signed a contract with Defence Research and Development Canada-Ottawa (DRDC-Ottawa) to deliver an information solution that extracts information about moving objects on the ground from radar satellite imagery

The number of women-owned businesses grew 20 percent between 1997 and 2002, twice the national average for all businesses, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The nearly 6.5 million businesses generated more than $940 billion in revenue, up 15 percent from 1997.


Trimble announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2005, ended Dec. 30, 2005. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $186.8 million, up approximately 15 percent from revenue of $162.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. Revenue for fiscal 2005 was $774.9 million, up approximately 16 percent from revenue of $668.8 million in fiscal 2004. Refer to the
press release for further information.

Garmin Ltd. invites shareholders and investors to listen to its fiscal year 2005 earnings conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. ET, with executives of Garmin. Read this
article for additional information.

NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, will host a conference call on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 5:00 PM ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2005 financial results. A news release containing these results will be distributed before the call. Read the
press release for further information.


GeoWeb 2006 is a larger outgrowth of GML Days and GML and Geo-Spatial Web Services Conference, and will include keynote speakers, panel sessions, product demonstrations, workshops, and educational sessions.

2006 Pennsylvania GIS Conference entitled "The Mass Commercialization of Geospatial Technology: Where Can IT Take Us?" Located at Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA - May 16-17, 2006. On-line conference registration begins February 1, 2006. Exhibitor registration opens December 1, 2005.


Smart Data Strategies, Inc. announced that Jason Kesler has joined the company as the Network Administrator within its newly created Technology Services Department. "Jay" will play a critical role in managing the operations for the Smart Data Strategies' data center which houses eMapsPlus.com, its application service and data publishing tool, as well as supporting the client base with its networking/hardware/software diagnostics and installations.

New Products

m-spatial, the market leader in mobile local search, announced that its MapWay Local Search, Maps and Directions services are now live on O2 i-mode in the UK.

Specifically optimized for mobile handsets and featuring a unique 'assisted browsing' capability that eliminates unnecessary keypad strokes, the MapWay services enable i-mode users to rapidly access information about almost 2.2 million businesses and amenities in the UK.

Carmenta is pleased to announce the availability of version 4.4 of the GIS engine, SpatialAce. The new version brings even more power and performance to developers of real-time 2D/3D geographic information systems. SpatialAce 4.4 comes with a plenitude of new features, making it easier than ever to include high-class interactive map displays in almost any application.

The more important features of the new version include:
  • Powerful vector operators which can be used for complex GIS analysis as well as for sophisticated visualization
  • Improved moving map functionality, making it easy to implement dynamic, rotating map displays, which are equally suited for desktop and vehicle-mounted systems
  • Extended support for military overlays and symbology as defined by the military standard MIL-STD-2525B
  • Enhanced interoperability through the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGCa) Web Map Service (WMS) layer. The new layer provides easy access to the increasing amount of web services implementing the OGC WMS interface.
  • Laser-Scan has launched its newest product called Radius Studio(TM). Radius Studio acts as a spatial processing, analysis and compliance engine offering domain experts the possibility to create, review and refine business rules for spatial data across the web without them requiring developer skills. It is a tool that can quantitatively measure spatial data quality by analyzing the compliance of business rules with existing data sets.

    EarthMap Solutions now offers fruit and nut growers a cutting-edge solution for analyzing the health of individual trees or small clusters of vines within an orchard or vineyard. The Tree and Vine Grading product is now available through EarthMap Solutions' network of resellers.

    ESRI's newest versions of its software package for mobile geographic information system (GIS) and field-mapping applications, ArcPad 7 and ArcPad Application Builder 7, are now shipping. This release expands the capabilities of mobile GIS applications with new features that dramatically improve the productivity of working with spatial data in the field.

    RMTrack Issue Tracking Solutions, a developer of a fully web-based issue tracking application, announces the launch of an ASP model of its widely used application. This full feature version of RMTrack offers the same base program to users who prefer the advantages of a hosted service. Everything is included in one monthly fee; licensing, support, data storage, server time and backups. RMTrack will assist with configuration and setup, and legacy data can be imported at no additional cost.

    Miner & Miner, a Telvent company, is collaborating with Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, in developing tools within ArcFM Redliner Extension to assist utilities with damage assessment and restoration planning after major storms.

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    -- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.


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