December 10, 2007
Geospatial Strategic Planning in New Mexico
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Top News of the Week

Google announced the release of a new iPhone application that integrates its multiple services into a single interface, making it easy for iPhone users to find, use and switch between Google search, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, and more. To use the application, iPhone users simply point their web browser to

IntelliOne, the premier traffic information company that measures speed instantly on virtually all roadways, announced an industry and market first: mashup of the Company’s Live!Traffic information for the greater Tampa, Florida area with Google maps. Unique to IntelliOne, coverage for the traffic congestion information includes freeways, highways and major city streets throughout Tampa-St. Petersburg. A link to the site may be found at


Geospatial Mapping Systems, Inc. a privately-held infrastructure technology company specializing in the mapping and management of underground pipeline systems has entered into a Letter of Intent to be acquired by
Kayenta Kreations, Inc.

The proposed transaction is subject to certain conditions and will involve a change in stockholder control of the Company, change of management, change of corporate name, change of corporate headquarters and other significant matters. The proposed acquisition is expected to involve a 2.8 to 1 forward stock split of the currently outstanding shares of common stock of Kayenta. Subject to the conditions precedent the transaction is proposed to be completed on or about January 14th, 2008.


Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces its participation in the Middle East Spatial Technology (MEST) Conference & Exhibition, December 10–12, 2007, at the Bahrain Conference Center, Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Bahrain.

Liam McGeown, Director of Business Development, and Christian Lempereur, Manager of Business Development at Leica Geosystems are keynote speakers at the conference, presenting the latest spatial technology and enterprise solution information in stands 16, 17 and 18. For more information about MEST 2007, please visit the

Leica Geosystems also announces the opening of Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging India Private Limited, with its headquarters in Gurgaon (New Delhi), India.

ESRI will host an online seminar this month that will help Java developers learn about how to build custom GIS Web applications using ArcGIS Server.

Building Applications with ArcGIS Server Using the Java Platform will air on
ESRI’s Training and Education Web site  on December 13, 2007, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific standard time).

This seminar is designed for experienced Java developers. People unfamiliar with ArcGIS Server will benefit from watching the free training seminar,

GeoSpatial Training Services, LLC, a provider of e-learning and instructor led GIS training courses, is pleased to announce the release of its latest e-learning course entitled "Mastering KML in Google Earth".

KML is an XML based file format used to display geographic data in Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for Mobile. Data displayed in Google Earth is contained in KML files, and in our new e-learning course you will master the use of KML for creating advanced applications.

Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) and
Intergraph Corp. have extended their long-standing relationship through a new executive appointment to the association's board of directors. Volker H. Elste, business development executive in Intergraph's utilities and communications unit, has been appointed to GITA's board.

Sessions on technical trends in GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry, LIDAR, and new and potentially disruptive technologies will be among agenda topics at the MAPPS annual winter conference, to be held January 31-February 4, 2008 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), California.

Early registration and the preliminary conference schedule can be found by visiting the

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) seeks public comment on a draft OpenGIS(R) Encoding Standard (OGC KML) for KML 2.2, a XML-based encoding schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization on existing or future web-based online maps (2d) and Earth browsers (3d).

The draft OGC KML 2.2 standard formalizes the KML 2.2 model and language while remaining backwards compatible with existing KML 2.2 files. In comparison with the Google KML 2.2 Reference, the draft standard defines:

- the KML 2.2 geometry encoding and interpolation model;

- an extension model in support of application profiles;

- conformance requirements and test cases.

The draft OpenGIS KML v2.2 Encoding Standard is available here .


Adapx announced it has received $10 million in Series A funding from OVP Venture Partners and the Paladin Capital Group. The company also announced that it has appointed technology veteran, Ken Schneider, as Chief Executive Officer and President. Adapx will use the additional capital to further enhance and market its Capturx product suite, to meet the growing need for a better field data management solution in the GIS, Geospatial, CAD, and Forms markets.


Geospatial data collection and highway survey specialist
Yotta DCL has appointed Sarah Germaney as Northern UK Account Manager. Sarah joins Yotta DCL from English County Council West Sussex to support customers and promote the company's innovative surveying services throughout northern England.

Aerial mapping specialist
BlueSky has made two new appointments to its existing Commercial Sales Team. Adam Foyston and Hassan Salleh have been appointed as sales executives with responsibility for managing existing accounts and developing new opportunities and sales within specific vertical markets. Foyston and Salleh will both be based at the company’s Leicestershire headquarters.

UK GIS supplier
GGP Systems has appointed Dr. Frank Rhodes to the position of business development manager. Previously business development manager for the leading international defence and security company, QinetiQ, Rhodes has more than 25 years experience of delivering business, ICT consultancy and project management solutions to government clients.

New Products

ESRI’s ArcGIS 9.3 software, the next scheduled release of ESRI’s ArcGIS suite, will take full advantage of the new spatial technology in the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008. With the November SQL Server 2008 community technology preview (CTP), Microsoft Corporation is extending the use and value of spatial technology by integrating it directly within SQL Server at no additional cost.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.


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