May 07, 2007
Google My Maps for the Non-Technical User
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Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a provider of software for the lifecycle of the world's infrastructure, released its April 2007 Annual Report. The report, which is titled "Helping to Improve the World's Infrastructure," is available online

MAPPS member firms are great places to work, according to a salary survey conducted by MAPPS, the national association of geospatial, mapping and photogrammetry companies. The triennial survey revealed the average salary for non-executive personnel was $54,000 in 2006. And perhaps more importantly, 100 percent of those workers were covered by employer-provided health insurance.

Order the Survey Report

Garmin Ltd. announced that it has received a decision from the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin as to the remaining claims in its Wisconsin patent litigation against TomTom. While the Court's ruling reiterated Garmin's complete victory in its defense of TomTom's claims of infringement of three patents, it terminated Garmin's remaining claims in the case.


Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial imaging tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce that effective immediately it will provide a free seat in any scheduled MAPublisher training class for any academic institution purchasing a multi-seat lab license of MAPublisher. Visit the
website for more details.


ESRI announces that Robert Brook has joined ESRI as pipeline industry solutions manager. Brook comes to ESRI from New Century Software in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he was the manager of Marketing and Business Development.

WindSpring, Inc., an advanced compression technology and software provider, announced the appointment of Tom Hunt as president and CEO. Hunt replaces Robert F. Mitro, former Chairman and CEO, who is retiring.

New Products

ESRI announces that its Production Line Tool Set (PLTS) for ArcGIS—Nautical Solution 9.2 is now available. This new release offers users a database-centric approach to produce and maintain high quality data for analysis and chart production making it easier to meet nautical specifications.

Nautical Solution can be used to produce and maintain standard Digital Nautical Chart (DNC) and Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) products as well as standards-compliant hard-copy nautical charts. The solution modernizes the management, editing, quality control, and generation of products from hydrographic information allowing for efficient production.

3D Laser Mapping has developed a laser-scanning robot to provide an electronic eye in dangerous and in-hospitable environments. Using state of the art laser scanning units combined with wireless communications and advanced robotic technology the 3D-R1 allows a 3D map of the surrounding area to be created. 3D-RI can be deployed in any environment where a risk to personnel may be present including earthquake zones, fire damaged buildings or hostage situations.

Get the latest U.S. population demographics with the 2007 Estimates and 2012 Projections from
GeoLytics. The 2007 Estimates and 2012 Projections include the Census Bureau’s post-hurricane county level estimates that adjust for population displacements in the Gulf States. This invaluable demographic data is an essential tool for business and marketing, as well as for current social research.

Expesite, the recognized leader of end-to-end program and project management software, has launched Version 7.3, the newest edition of Expesite. This newest version of Expesite includes more than eleven enhancements, and also integrates client access to marketing information leader Claritas Inc. maps and reports.

SANZ announced the release of EarthWhere 4.2 for Windows, a major upgrade to the company's leading geospatial data provisioning software. The product has been enhanced to take advantage of a scalable and easily configurable service oriented architecture which can support a wide variety of enterprise environments. EarthWhere 4.2 sets a new standard for management and automated delivery of geospatial data -- elevation models, scanned maps, and satellite and aerial photography. With 4.2, organizations accelerate their access to mission-critical imagery datasets.

Around the Web

GPS Traffic reports for impatient drivers, April 27, 2007, -- Technology that helps you avoid gridlock is improving rapidly.

Social Networking Leaves Confines of the Computer  by Brad Stone and Matt Richtel, April 30, 2007, The New York Times

Googling state government documents, April 29, 2007, CNET - Search giant helps four states get online data indexed and helps create custom search engines for government Web sites.

Upcoming Events

Date:  May 7 - 11, 2007 
Place:  Marriott Waterside Hotel

Tampa , FL USA 
The theme of “Identifying Geospatial Solutions,” this Conference will have an outstanding set of technical presentations on all aspects of imaging and geospatial information. We will feature sessions on how to collect geospatial data, how to process and analyze data, and how to derive information from data that is useful in making local, national and global decisions, for resource management, business or other
Date:  May 7 - 9, 2007 
Place: Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA  
Take part in Michigan's premier GIS Conference! Share your expertise, gain visibility, and enhance your professional growth. IMAGIN's Annual Conference provides administrative, professional, and technical information to GIS.    
Date:   May 8 - 10, 2007
Place:   Westin Seattle

Seattle, WA USA  
MapWorld 07 will make you a rockstar. Plug into the hottest Location Intelligence tools. Learn cutting edge strategies to help you work smarter. And take the lead with a serious competitive edge.    
Date:   May 12 - 14, 2007  
Place:   AlMurjan Hall, Crown Plaza Hotel

A key feature of the MEOSC – 2007 is the focus that it provides for the exchange of knowledge and expertise. This unique 3-day event will bring together practitioners, scientists and vendors to discuss the current uses and future aspirations of the oil industry, environment and related activities community in the Region.
Date:   May 14 - 17, 2007  
Place:   Calgary Telus Convention Centre

Calgary, Alberta, Canada  
The GeoTec Event provides a unique gathering place for geospatial technology professionals from all disciplines to interact and learn from each other's experience and knowledge. The program is designed to help you discover cutting-edge geospatial technology solutions from diverse application areas.  
Date:   May 15 - 29, 2007
Place:   Allen Instruments, 7114 E Earll, Dr, Scottsdale

AZ 85215 USA  
Allen Instruments is pleased to offer a series of in-house training seminars. The training seminars are designed to provide geospatial professionals focused training on GIS and GPS topics. Whether you are new to the technology or just want to refresh your skills, our short seminars will introduce you to what’s new and shed new light on familiar topics. 
Date:   May 16, 2007  
Place:   Sheraton Premier Hotel at Tysons Corner

Vienna, VA USA  
Come see how NGA’s products and services are uniting the intelligence, defense, and homeland security communities through an integrated GIS architecture for web-based dissemination, analysis, and visualization  
Date:   May 16 - 17, 2007  
Place:   Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Conference Center

Camp Hill, PA USA  
The 2007 Pennsylvania GIS Conference will bring the Pennsylvania geospatial community together for the fifteenth year to present, discuss, and debate critical topics affecting the development and use of geospatial information technology in the Commonwealth. The conference will be held on May 16 and 17 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center in Camp Hill and
will focus on the broad diversity of Pennsylvania geospatial data, applications, and people.  
Date: May 17, 2007  
Place:   1520 Queen Street East

Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario, P6A 2G4 Canada  
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, in partnership with ESRI Canada, INVITES YOU to attend the 2nd Annual GIS in Healthcare Day to learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and new applications that are being applied to healthcare and medicine. Participants will experience how GIS is supporting and improving work in health and human services.
Date:   May 20 - 23, 2007  
Place:   Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

New Orleans, USA  
The abstract submission deadline has passed. More than 100 abstract submissions were received and the conference committee will review and organize the program, from the submissions, by the end of this year. Expect the conference program and registration information to be available by January 2007. Exhibit information will also soon be available.   
Date: May 21 - 24, 2007  
Place: Nashville

Date:   May 28 - 31, 2007  
Place:   Mobile Mapping Summer School

PADUA, Italy  
We are glad to announce that the 5th International Symposium on Mobile Mapping Technology will be held in Padua, Italy. The core objective of the conference will be to discuss most recent technologies, exchange experiences and promote future research, development and production in fields related to mobile mapping. We look forward to see you in Padua!  

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