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The inaugural
Advanced Positioning Educational Exposition (APEX) educational conference on GPS, GIS, surveying and mapping solutions, will be held April 2-5, 2007 in Albuquerque. Due to federal budget delays, early registration for the conference has been extended to March 16.

This first conference is dedicated for federal users and is co-sponsored by Topcon Positioning Systems of Livermore, California, and Holman's, Inc., a GSA contract holder.

Headquarters for the conference will be at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. There is a registration fee of $275 for early registration. After that date the fee will be $350.

MapInfo Corporation released demographic insights into potential consumer behavior to find the nation's biggest spenders. MapInfo used its PSYTE(R) U.S. Advantage neighborhood segmentation system, which profiles lifestyle and consumer habits in 72 "cluster" groups, to gain insight into who the big shoppers are and where they live. Based on MapInfo's research, here are descriptions of Americans in several key counties:

MapInfo found that folks in Marin County, California were most likely to open their wallets wide, leading the nation with the highest average household expenditure. Big shoppers in the Bay Area are well represented with San Mateo ranking fourth and Santa Clara ranking ninth. New Jersey, home to more malls per square mile than any other state, also topped the list with Morris and Somerset Counties ranking fifth and sixth. Below is the full list of the top 10 spending counties.

Contract Awards

OSI Geospatial Inc. announced that its mapping operations has been awarded new business valued at approximately US$2.8 million since September 28, 2006. This total does not include the previously announced prime contract with the U.K. Hydrographic Office valued at approximately $1.2 million.


Avineon, Inc. announced the addition of Steve Evans as a business development executive within the company's Geospatial and Engineering Services division. Evans holds more than 20 years of technical and sales experience and has a strong record of consistently growing company revenues by multi-million dollar figures.

Avineon, Inc. announced that Akhlesh Kaushiva has joined Avineon as vice president of the company's Commercial IT Services division. With more than 30 years of engineering and IT systems experience, Kaushiva will lead Avineon's business intelligence and business process management efforts among other IT systems for the company's growing commercial sector. Avineon recently formed the Commercial IT Services division to further focus on meeting the needs of its strong base of commercial clients including large electric, gas, water and telecom utilities.

New Products

Mapping for Congress: Supporting Public Policy with GIS, a new book from ESRI, illustrates how GIS is used to provide policymakers and citizens with information about public policy issues in the form of a map. The book profiles the work of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division's Congressional Cartography Program, detailing how Library of Congress GIS professionals are able to help members of Congress and congressional staff understand public policy issues in a geographic context. Also included in the book are more than thirty maps highlighting national trends and providing insight into how these patterns might influence current and future public
policy. ESRI Press, 2007, 94 pp. ISBN: 1589481453

NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced the release of the NAC Smart Tag DLL for Microsoft Office - an integration of the Natural Area Coding System with Microsoft Smart Tag technology.

Smart tags enable real-time, dynamic recognition of content and offer relevant options to people as they work to allow them to quickly access and analyze information. Microsoft has already included the smart tags for Financial Symbol, Address, Place, Date, Telephone Number, Time and Personal Name in its Office suite including Outlook email software.

Vision Media, owner of, announced the completion and availability of the entire island of Manhattan as a 3d model.

The entire 3d model was constructed by a team of Vision Media 3d architects and designers. Despite all the complexities, the Manhattan model uses only 500,000 polygons. Vision Media is widely known for its high-detail and minimum use of polygons.

The projection of the new 3d Manhattan model is UTM NAD83 ZONE18. Depending on what software and/or 3d engine an end-user requires, the model can be delivered in any 3d format.

DMTI Spatial, a provider of location intelligence solutions, has been selected by McSweeney & Associates, to power the Ontario East Economic Development Commission’s (OEEDC) new web portal. The application of neighborhood level postal geography and detailed demographic data is advancing the tools available to site selection consultants and streamlining economic development processes.

GeoSpatial Experts is pleased to announce the availability of the Ricoh 500SE GPS-digital camera in a new photo-mapping product bundle. Available through GeoSpatial Experts and its distributors, this bundle includes the GPS-Photo Link photo-mapping software, the Ricoh 500SE camera with attached GPS module, a 1 gigabyte memory card and a camera bag.

MetaCarta®, Inc., the provider of geographic intelligence solutions, announced support for KML (Keyhole Markup Language) for MetaCarta Geographic Text Search (GTS) and MetaCarta geOdrive. For the first time, companies and governments can now search unstructured text documents for geographic locations and visualize these references on a map using Google Earth, ESRI ArcGIS Explorer or NASA World Wind interfaces.

Intergraph Corporation announced an agreement with ACE Enterprise Slovakia Ltd. to provide its SAP-certified integration software, Geospatial Enterprise Integrator, to Intergraph customers.

Officially introduced at Intergraph 2006, Geospatial Enterprise Integrator allows organizations to seamlessly integrate enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like SAP with geospatial solutions from Intergraph. The ACE solution simplifies the creation and maintenance of interfaces between enterprise systems, and it offers an easy-to-use drag and drop interface. As a result, users become self-sufficient in exploiting and reusing all of the data resources available across a company's heterogeneous data environment.

Applied Imagery has upgraded its QT Modeler software and changed the product name to Quick Terrain Modeler. Applied Imagery’s diverse user base provides valuable suggestions and has shaped the current release.

Quick Terrain Modeler Version 6 adds the following functionality:

  • More comprehensive Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) tools
  • Georegistration
  • ASCII Vector Import
  • Increased Analytical Capability
  • Increased user-friendliness
  • Scan alignment enhancements
  • Quick Terrain Reader Upgrades
  • Upcoming Events

    Date: February 23 - March 2, 2007
    Place: Houston, TX USA
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2007
    Place: Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC USA
    The North Carolina GIS Conference is celebrating 20 Years of Spatial Vision, 1987-2007. Sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NC CGIA) and the Carolina Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (Carolina URISA) the 10th Anniversary program promises to be our best.
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2007
    Place: I nter Expo Center Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
    After three successful events in Belgrade (2004, 2006) and Zagreb (2005) we warmly invite you to INTERGEO EAST 2007. In 2007, we will open another (new) market place for you in South-Eastern Europe. Sofia, Bulgaria will host INTERGEO EAST for the first time. The most important forum for product and knowledge transfer in the land management, geoinformation,
    building industry and environmental sectors will open from 1 – 2 March 2007 at the Inter Expo Center Sofia. The Conference starts on 28 February. With its proximity to the borders with Greece and Turkey, Sofia is the ideal location for INTERGEO EAST 2007.
    Date: March 4 - 7, 2007
    Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX USA
    GITA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition is the most highly regarded educational event for geospatial professionals. Annual Conference 30 will provide you with better ways to plan, design, manage, and maintain your geospatial systems and operations.
    Date: March 5 - 8, 2007
    Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    11th Annual CARIS User Group Conference and Educational Sessions
    Date: March 8, 2007
    Place: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX USA
    GITA invites you to attend the Oracle Spatial Users Conference. If you are currently a user, solutions provider, or systems integrator who depends upon Oracle’s spatial technologies, or if you want to learn why thousands of organizations use Oracle’s spatial database and application server capabilities, this is one event you won’t want to miss.
    Date: March 9 - 12, 2007
    Place: Millennium Hotel St. Louis

    200 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 USA
    The American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), together with the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor Association (IPLSA) and the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) invite YOU to attend their 2007 Annual Conference and Technology Exhibition.
    Date: March 13 - 14, 2007
    Place: Crown Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

    301 S. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN USA
    Date: March 17 - 19, 2007
    Place: Palm Springs, CA USA
    ESRI's community of business partners is on the forefront of the GIS solutions and enterprise revolution. These innovative companies are helping drive the future of the GIS industry. Join ESRI and your colleagues in this exclusive opportunity to network and share ideas.
    D ate: March 19 - 22, 2007
    Place: Wyndham Hotel and Convention Center

    Palm Springs, CA USA
    Date: March 21 - 23, 2007
    Place: Washington, DC US
    The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is pleased to announce that the association is partnering with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Wayland, MA, to organize the next in a series of Emerging Technology Summits (ETS IV) .
    Date: March 26 - 28, 2007
    Place: Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville , TN USA
    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, along with URISA, USDOT, and HEEP, sponsor the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn
    more about this field. It annually attracts about 400 registrants and additional exhibitors.
    Date: March 27 - 28, 2007
    Place: Swissotel Sydney, 68 Market Street, Sydney , Australia
    From environmental impact assessment and emergency response, to Australia’s biggest road construction project and the introduction of Google Earth, ‘GIS Evolutions’ 2007 reflects the gradual expansion of GIS use from fringe to enterprise-wide applications, and promises to be as fascinating and invaluable as ever.
    Date: March 28 - 31, 2007
    Place: Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA USA
    The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis techniques have become prominent tools for analyzing criminal behavior and the impacts of the criminal justice system on society. Classical and spatial statistics have been merged to form more comprehensive approaches in understanding social problems from research and practical standpoints.

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