August 25, 2008
GeoWeb 2008 Conference Report
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Onuma has put his finger on what has been a primary challenge for the building industry and what has caused that industry to lose $16 billion in revenue annually: the lack of interoperability and the need for collaboration.

This is not news, however, what is news is that BIMStorm has demonstrated in several cities such as Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Boston the potential of collaboration using open standards, for anyone who is willing to participate.

Top News of the Week

ESRI Canada has announced the availability of ArcGIS 9.3. ArcGIS 9.3 offers a complete suite of software that improves organizational workflows. With ArcGIS, users will also realize the benefits of an established and active user community, instructor-led and online training and new online resource centers. The resource centers offer a unified location from which to access online help, documentation, support pages, user forums, blogs, maps and more.


1Spatial is pleased to announce their partnership with Geomatic Technologies in Australia to deliver their Radius Studio and Radius Topology products.

The partnership will allow Geomatic Technologies to combine their own, specialist geospatial data integration expertise with 1Spatial’s data quality knowledge and experience. The products covered by the agreement are Radius Studio, a data integration and quality control platform, and Radius Topology, both a data cleaner and a ‘gatekeeper’ that cleans existing data and only allows clean data to enter the database in use.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, announced that it has joined Autodesk's Data Initiative, which provides Autodesk's geospatial customers with online access to NAVTEQ's accurate, high quality map data via a uniquely designed


GeoEye, Inc. announced the Air Force 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base has approved the September 4 launch date for GeoEye-1 clearing the way to complete final preparations for launch.

Wuhan University-Oracle Spatial Innovation Center (WOSIC) has been established in Wuhan University, leveraging global best practices to enhance knowledge transfer of China's spatial technology.

WOSIC aims to accelerate the advancement of research and development of spatial technology among Chinese academia through cooperation in joint research projects, software donation, curriculum development, training, and internship program. Oracle Asia Research and Development Center is pioneering the market in developing innovative solutions based on Oracle's world-class technologies.

ESRI will show you how to accomplish running online maps faster during a complimentary demonstration-driven Web seminar this month that will focus on caching strategies with ArcGIS Server 9.3 software.

The live training seminar Implementing and Optimizing ArcGIS Server Map Caches will air on ESRI's Training and Education Web site at
ESRI's Training and Education Web site  on August 28, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (Pacific daylight time).

New Products

Xplore Technologies reveals a new addition to its iX104 family of rugged mobile computing systems. The new iX104C4 features the new Intel Dual Core processor and 2X more memory than previous models.

The rugged iX104C4 offers a best in class platform for organizations to retrieve critical information faster, access GIS data remotely, manage and map field assets more effectively, improve accuracy of data collected and decrease reliance on paper forms and binders. This durable, rugged tablet is easy to use, offers best in class sunlight readable display technology, and a serial port for legacy devices. The current accessory offering including docking equipment accommodates the iX104C4.

Caliper Corporation, a worldwide provider in GIS, transportation and mapping software, is pleased to announce a detailed data product for New Zealand. These data allow the creation of maps down to local level areas for anywhere in New Zealand. This product is free with software orders shipped to New Zealand, or costs US$195 internationally.

Blue Marble Geographics announced that their new all-in-one Geospatial Data Definition and Transformation Desktop is now available. With this release, Blue Marble combines the power of a new version of their raster tool, Geographic Transformer 6.0, with a new version of the Geographic Calculator 7.1, which allows users to work seamlessly with all of the features of both applications in a single interface, on a combined license.

Aerodata International Surveys (Antwerp, Belgium) received their first Vexcel UltraCam- X prime (UCXp) full frame digital sensor system.

This unit, which is Vexcel's first UCXp to the market, also happens to be the 100th UltraCam ever made by Vexcel and this milestone is highlighted by a special commemoration plate on the camera.


Date:       August 25 - 29, 2008

Place:      Ritz Carlton,

                Seven Mile Beach,, Grand Cayman, USA

URISA is now accepting abstract submissions for its 2008 Caribbean GIS Conference. Share your expertise, gain visibility, and enhance your professional growth. You are invited to share your knowledge with others who strive to improve our world through the use of information technology.

Date:      August 25 - 26, 2008

Place:     Room No 211, Van Der Sterr Building

              Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray 7705 Private Bag x10, Cape Town, South Africa

Map Africa 2008 is the 3rd Annual African Conference & Exhibition on Geospatial Information, Technology & Applications. The conference promises to provide a platform to all stakeholders - Researchers, Users, Technology Developers, and Policy Makers to discuss, deliberate, exchange knowledge, experiences and collaborate for benefit of all in the Geospatial domain. The conference aims to strengthen the African Community in the adaption and usage of geospatial technologies for planning and development activities.

Date:      September 7 - 11, 2008

Place:     Keystone Conference Center

               Keystone, CO USA

The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT).

Date:     September 9, 2008

Place:    Radisson Hotel Boston 200 Stuart Street

              Boston, USA

If you are an existing MapInfo Professional customer or a GIS specialist, you will not want to miss the overview session on MapInfo Professional version 9.5. Take a detailed view of the new capabilities and functions now available to you. See live demos of the new features such as CAD-like tools, .NET programmability, support for SQL Server 2008, a sneak peak at vector translucency and much more. Then join the Pitney Bowes MapInfo

Product Management team for a session where you will have the opportunity to provide personal and direct input on future product enhancements.

Date:      September 11 - 12, 2008

Place:     Radisson SAS Hotel

               Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008 Incident Management Summit was instigated by the
Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat who have dedicated their time and energy into making this event the most prestigious and forward thinking geo-spatial platform for European transport management. It brings together many of the world's foremost geo-infrastructure experts, high ranking public sector delegates representing governmental agencies from across the whole of Europe and globally trusted solution providers who will be on-site and available to offer cutting edge technology designed specifically for this arena.

Date:       September 14 - 16, 2008

Place:      Vancouver, Canada

Join IMTA for its first global conference in North America. Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, it is a year-round destination that lures travelers from all parts of the globe.

Date:       September 15 - 17, 2008

Place:      University of Exeter

                Cornwall Campus, Falmouth, United Kingdom

The conference will include technical sessions on a range of scientific, commercial and technical themes.

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