June 09, 2008
Intergraph 2008 Report
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Tele Atlas , a global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, announced findings of the Tele Atlas "Location-based Services (LBS) and Web 2.0 Impact Survey" conducted at the recent Web 2.0 Expo. The survey results highlight that the majority of developers see considerable business opportunity in the LBS space.

Nearly 92 percent of the 638 Web industry professionals surveyed believe location-enhanced applications present a revenue opportunity for their companies, while more than 40 percent of respondents expect to drive revenue from location-based services within the next two years. Of those surveyed, more than 48 percent indicated that they planned to offer an application with location capabilities within the next year.

Terrainscapes 2008,
Intermap Technologies' series of complimentary Webinars, continues with compelling topics in June. These 50-minute Webinars focus on how Intermap's high-resolution 3D digital elevation models (DEMs) enable GIS and geospatial solutions across a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, telecom, water and power, engineering, consumer electronics, automotive, flood control, and more.

Register today for the June 3 Webinar on 3D visual simulation. More information will be sent to you in the coming weeks regarding the July and August lineup, which will include an industry expert panel discussion about GIS and the environment.

Description: The uses of precise elevation data in the fast-growing wind power industry are wide and varied: learn why 3D datasets have so many applications when planning and developing wind energy facilities.

Presenter: Lorraine Tighe, Intermap Technologies

Subject Matter Expert: Larry Starling, Intermap Technologies

When: Tuesday, June 24, 8:00 a.m. PST; 9:00 a.m. MST; 10:00 a.m. CST; 11:00 a.m. EST

Contract Awards

CACI International Inc announced that it has been awarded a $26 million subcontract by ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, to continue its support for activities associated with a classified U.S. Army intelligence database supporting the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Engineering Systems (FIRES) program. Under the terms of the three-year award (one base year and two option years), which has a ceiling value of $33 million, CACI will help acquire information for the database, populate the database with this information, and provide end-to-end technical support. The company will perform the majority of this work in Charlottesville, Virginia, home to one of CACI's fastest-growing
offices. With the award, CACI expands the size and scope of its FIRES database support and strengthens its core competency in data, information, and knowledge management.

GeoEye, Inc., a premier provider of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced new awards totaling $22 million to supply geospatial products and related services. Under this award GeoEye will provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) a significant amount of value-added, imagery-based geospatial-intelligence products including the company's airport mapping product line. Imagery processing and production will be performed at GeoEye's advanced imagery processing centers located in St. Louis, Mo. and Thornton, Colo. These awards are in addition to the task order for imagery purchases the company received from NGA last fall.

Dotted Eyes has been chosen by the NHS in England and Wales to provide digital mapping data to the NHS in a landmark four-year agreement. The company has been awarded the contract following an OJEU competitive tendering process run by The NHS Information Centre (The IC) on behalf of both ambulance trusts and the wider NHS in England. The new arrangement provides NHS organizations with a range of digital mapping data products available through a fixed schedule of prices.


Intergraph bestowed Icon Awards, its highest customer distinction, upon eight U.S. and international industry and government leaders for their innovative use of and results with enterprise engineering and geospatially powered software.

The Icon Awards were announced in Las Vegas at Intergraph 2008, the largest ever Intergraph international user conference. The awards honor companies and organizations that have deployed and leveraged Intergraph software in a visionary manner to yield results that have significantly contributed to their business and industry.

LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, received an honorable mention in the Innovation Award category for its Express Suite Family of Products during the Geospatial Leadership Awards ceremony at the 2008 GeoTec Conference in Ottawa Ontario. The Geospatial Innovator Award category considers companies that have created new software or hardware that expands the possibilities of the geospatial industry.


In recognition of the growth that Carlson Software has been experiencing in civil engineering sales and its training division, Harry O. Ward, PE, has been named a vice president by the land development software company. As such, he will be directing the operations of Carlson College and the Civil Engineering Division.

3001 is pleased to announce Arnold Machtinger, P.Eng. has joined 3001 as Director of Canadian Operations. Mr. Machtinger is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers in the Province of Ontario. He has extensive experience in the high tech industry at major corporations in senior management, sales and marketing and managing the delivery of Canadian-focused solutions. Mr. Machtinger earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1969. Before joining 3001, he exercised his entrepreneurial spirit; running his own company as a consultant and professional photographer.

New Products

ERDAS announces an enhancement to AutoDesk’s MapGuide Enterprise 2008 Platform that provides seamless integration with ERDAS Image Web Server (IWS).

Recently released, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise offers support for consuming and publishing raster and vector data using Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS). This enhancement enables MapGuide users to quickly and easily consume WMS feeds from IWS. An updated Feature Data Object (FDO) library enables imagery to be served from IWS. MapGuide Enterprise makes the WMS request to IWS and publishes the returned image.

LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced the release of its free GeoExpress 7 SDK, a toolkit for decoding and viewing MrSID and JPEG 2000 images in third-party applications.

This latest release of the GeoExpress 7 SDK offers support for 64-bit platforms, providing developers better compatibility with GDAL and other third-party libraries along with access to more memory than before when working with MrSID and JPEG 2000 imagery. Improved documentation and sample applications for this release will make it easier for developers to integrate with third-party applications.

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce that customers who purchase the Geographic Transformer during the month of June will be offered a discount of 33%. The Geographic Transformer is a powerful raster referencing, reprojection, mosaicking and tiling tool with excellent file format translation and compression support. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

National Geographic Maps has launched TOPO! Explorer, a new Web site and related desktop application that will help outdoor enthusiasts locate accurate trail and recreation information nationwide. With the outdoor adventurer in mind, TOPO! Explorer presents users with National Geographic’s detailed topographic maps, aerial photography, hybrid maps made from the two, and an extensive, freely browsable, online database of trail descriptions, recommendations and unique points of interest. Users can customize and print their maps and connect with a GPS. The Web site,
www.topo.com, also includes an outdoor-focused community component where TOPO! Explorer users can share their photos, video and trail recommendations.

Galdos Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the KML Validator at
www.kmlvalidator.com, which was designed to help produce higher quality KML files.

Ron Lake, Chairman & CEO of Galdos Systems, Inc. says KML is rapidly emerging as the primary global mechanism for the drawing and navigation of maps and images. Galdos Systems Inc. is thus very pleased to provide an automated KML validation engine as a public service to KML developers and users. This service will make it easier to develop and test KML tools and components, and will contribute to the increasingly wide spread adoption of KML. Galdos Systems Inc. plans additional KML support in the future, including professional validation services for KML tool developers, and a registry of KML test files.

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