September 15, 2008
GeoEye-1 Goes into Orbit
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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More than 200 attendees listened to a wide range of speakers discuss how remotely sensed data has been used successfully at their organizations—as well as what challenges the industry faces in the future—at the inaugural Remote Sensing and GIS Summit held in conjunction with the
2008 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, this past August.

Keynote speaker Dr. Bradley Doorn, remote-sensing program manager at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), discussed the importance of focusing on end users' needs when exploiting raster imagery. Working with the USDA to monitor the world's food supply, Doorn has made the information derived from remotely sensed data a key economic indicator for global crop analysis.

A delegation of
MAPPS members were provided the rare opportunity of sit in seats in the members seats on the floor of the United States House of Representatives yesterday, occupying seats usually reserved for members of Congress. MAPPS members were the guests of House Republican Whip, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), to sit in the House chamber and hear Republican members of Congress discuss the need for national energy legislation.


GeoEye, Inc. announced the filing of its restated financial statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for 2005, 2006 and 2007 and for the quarters ending September 30, 2007 and March 31, 2008. In addition, the Company filed its financial statements for the period ending June 30, 2008 and is now current with its financial filings. See


Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announced Dave Henderson is the company’s new GIS national sales manager. Henderson is responsible for GIS sales activities for Topcon’s GIS dealer network in the United States and Canada.

New Products

DIMAC Systems, a global provider of digital aerial imagery solutions, has unveiled its latest generation IT Rack, the centralized image acquisition system of its renowned DiMAC (Digital Modular Aerial Camera). As the lightest and most compact digital aerial image acquisition system of its kind, the IT Rack has been designed to be fitted on any type of aircraft, from small single engine planes to large bi-turbo ones. Its design, size (HxWxD: 44x27x36cm /17x11x14 in) and weight (35kg/75lbs) make this tailor-made anti-vibration rack extremely easy to install on and remove from any aircraft.

deCarta, supplier of software and services for the Location-Based Services (LBS) industry, launched deCarta Mobile, a location platform supporting location-enabled application deployment on mobile devices. deCarta Mobile is a client/server architecture with an easy-to-use J2ME client application programming interface (API) that provides a framework for rapid development of mobile mapping applications. The framework provides mobile application developers with the ability to easily implement modular fluid maps, panning, zooming, routing, geocoding, reverse geocoding and pin overlays into their applications.

MapQuest announced the launch of MapQuest Local, a unique set of local features that have been integrated into the website. From one convenient location, MapQuest Local provides users with locally-relevant content, including news, events and videos for the city or destination of their choice. MapQuest Local can be accessed by clicking on the “Local” button on the website or by going directly to

Global Map Systems announced the release of their LOGIQ PDF product suite -- GeoDataEmbed and GeoDataVu, the most advanced PDF map publishing tools available on the market. With these products, map-makers can create PDF maps that allow for powerful spatial analysis features typically found in products like ESRI's ArcMap. This functionality is made available for free to Adobe Acrobat users.

Tri-Global Technologies LLC will introduce its new Tri-Global Mobile Utility Suite at the Partner Software Users Conference being held September 8-12 in Athens, Ga. The Tri-Global Mobile Utility Suite integrates the company’s popular UtiliMapper, BarcodeMapper and MobileStaker products into a single software package for use by mobile field personnel.

softelec’s new Version 3 of their VPmap Series software has become available with a number of considerable enhancements. Both products, VPmap and VPmap pro, provide a unique set of functions and features for capturing spatial data from scanned maps with cost-saving efficiency. VPmap Series V3 now also include full function sets from softelec’s latest VPHybridCAD product line release, while containing additional specialized tools for applications in the field of GIS and cartography. Both, Windows and AutoCAD 2004 to 2009 platforms are supported with one single license.

GfK GeoMarketing recently updated and expanded its digital map set for Turkey. The revised map set includes, for the first time, a map with coverage of the country’s 3,273 five-digit postcode districts as well as a map featuring 6,754 urban and rural neighborhoods.

Around the Web

Google at Age 10 Miguel Helft, New York Times (registration required), September 4, 2008


Date: September 14 - 16, 2008
Place: Vancouver

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 14 - 17, 2008
Place: Grand Hotel Point Clear Resort and Spa

One Grand Boulevard, Point Clear, AL 36564 USA

The Annual Conference is designed to provide topics of current interest to Board members and staff involved in the regulation of contractors. The conference also provides a forum for participants to interact and exchange information on licensing issues.
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.
Date: September 15 - 18, 2008
Place: Raffles Convention Centre


GIS Defence Asia-Pacific has been thoroughly researched with
over 80 key military contacts in Asia, Europe and North America. Feedback shows that now is the right time for you to attend this conference and learn how geospatial mapping technologies are currently being developed worldwide in the defence geospatial/GIS arena.

Geospatial Defence Asia-Pacific will bring Asia’s Ministries of Defence and other governmental organisations together with international counterparts to focus on the increasing use of geospatial information in defence.

This is the first conference of its kind!

A strong and highly researched programme will deliver presentations and specific case studies to share strategies to help you overcome the challenges in:

1. Maximising
tactical and operational use of data in the
battle space

2. Increasing
collaboration and interoperability of your unit, battalion or armed forces

3. Developing capacity for defence’s mitigation and response to
natural disasters and security threats

Use of innovative technologies in remote sensing, analysis and propagation of data

5. Transforming the utilisation of geospatial intelligence for the
21st Century
Date: September 16 - 19, 2008
Place: Savannah International Convention Center

Savannah, GA USA

The Institute of Navigation hosts three technical meetings each year: The International Technical Meeting in January; the Annual Meeting in June; and the Satellite Division Technical Meeting, ION GNSS, in September.

Date: September 19, 2008
Place: Brighton, United Kingdom

Do you have customers that rely on location based information? Find out how they can track assets, find customers, manage mobile work forces and  make sure their customers find them before they find a competitor. Learn  how to combine your expertise and Microsoft ’s technology to integrate  mapping applications into your client’s business. For more information or  to register please follow this link.
Date: September 21 - 24, 2008
Place: Marriott Westchase Hotel

Houston, TX USA
The 16th Annual GIS for Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition is the world's largest gathering of oil and gas GIS professionals.Finding innovative solutions can be the key to unlocking today's unique technological challenges. GIS technology can provide solutions that include many operational and economic benefits to oil and gas operations. Whether you're new to geospatial technologies or a knowledgeable veteran, you'll discover how GIS can help you address regulatory compliance issues, proactively manage organizational assets, and enhance your bottom line.
Date: September 22 - 23, 2008
Place: Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs

350 S North Lake Blvd, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 USA

As Central Florida grows and expands, GIS can provide new ways to look at our available resources and help manage that growth. Our theme for this year - voyage of discovery - will showcase how our users throughout the region are using GIS technology to help manage their world. Come share your experiences, and network with your peers in the GIS industry.
Date: September 22 - 24, 2008
Place: Atlanta, GA USA

The GBA Master Series Annual Conference & Training (ACT) is a unique training ground where users from all over the country can

  • learn about enhancements we've made over the past year
  • get training on everything from basic concepts to advanced techniques
  • Date: September 24 - 25, 2008
    Place: Mecure Hotel, BRISBANE

    Queensland, Australia

    Capitalising on the Benefits of GIS Software Managing Mining & Exploration Data Gaining Company Buy-In

    Discover the potential of GIS for your mine site Maximise on the benefits and cost savings that GIS can offer

    Implement a best practice GIS system for your entire mining operation Excel yourself and your colleagues in the application of GIS Exploit the capabilities of geospatial technology and gain your company buy-in.
    Date: September 25 - 27, 2008
    Place: Hotel Captain Cook

    939 West 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 USA

    CLEAR promotes regulatory excellence through its educational programs, networking opportunities, publications, and inquiry and other services for everyone involved with the professional and occupational licensing community.

    Date: September 28 - October 1, 2008
    Place: Renaissance Washington DC

    WA USA
    Join us for the 2008 ESRI Health GIS Conference and learn firsthand how health and human services organizations are using GIS to shape global health. Hear from thought leaders knowledgeable in the value of GIS and see what geospatial solutions can do for you in your line of work. From applying GIS to a problem, issue, or clinical practice to developing an enterprise-wide approach, this
    conference is your opportunity to explore how important GIS technology is to health and human services professionals.
    Date: September 29 - October 3, 2008
    Place: Cape Town Convention Center

    Cape Town , South Africa
    The 2008 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference gathers developers and users of open source geo-spatial software from around the world to discuss new directions, exciting implementations, and growing business opportunities in the field of open source geo-spatial software.
    Date: September 29 - October 3, 2008
    Place: Darwin, Australia

    The Spatial Sciences Institute’s Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (RS & P) Commission and the 14ARSPC Organising Committee, look forward to welcoming all delegates to the 14ARSPC in Darwin, Northern Territory, held from 29 September-3 October 2008 .

    The first of the ARSPC biennial series was held in 1979. It is exciting that for the first time in the conference’s 29 year history, it will be held in Australia’s most northern tropical city,
    Darwin . The ARSPC is the RS&P Commission’s premier conference showcasing the best of Australasia’s technical and application driven remote sensing and photogrammetry research. The conference also plays an important role in presenting research and future directions from around the globe to RS&P Commission members and the wider Australasian spatial community.
    Date: September 30 - October 2, 2008
    Place: Bremen, Germany

    INTERGEO is the world’s largest event and communication platform for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. The trade fair and conference cover all the key trends that crop up along the entire value-added chain – from geo-based information surveys and data processing to integrated applications.
    Date: October 1 - 3, 2008
    Place: Hotel Grand Hyatt Santiago

    Chile , USA

    ESRI Chile tiene el agrado de invitarlo a participar en la XV Conferencia de Usuarios Latinoamericanos de ESRI que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de Santiago de Chile, entre el 1º y 3 de Octubre de 2008.
    Date: October 1 - 3, 2008
    Place: Mayo Civic Center

    Rochester, MN USA

    The event will feature structured workshops, technical sessions, panel discussions, technology demonstrations, project updates and national speakers. All are geared toward professionals interested in learning more about geographic information systems and land information systems technology in Minnesota and beyond.
    Date: October 2 - 3, 2008
    Place: Palm Beach County

    650 Okeechobee Bouleva, West Palm Beach, FL USA

    The South Florida GIS Expo has long been a happy place for networking with other GIS professionals and as we celebrate our 15th Anniversary, this year's Expo will be the best yet. These are new and challenging times we live in. We must find new and diverse ways to solve the problems of today and GIS is on the cutting edge.
    Date: October 5 - 7, 2008
    Place: Holiday Inn

    Liverpool, NY USA

    The conference has a long standing tradition of providing attendees with an opportunity to meet fellow New Yorkers active in the GIS field, exchange information and real experiences, and seek solutions to your geographic data management needs. Professional networking opportunities help you develop a network of fellow GIS users which will continue through the years. In the exhibit area, GIS vendors and consultants display the latest in GIS hardware, software, analytical techniques, and services.
    Date: October 7, 2008
    Place: The Queen Mary 1126 Queen's Highway


    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: October 7 - 9, 2008
    Place: Schaumburb

    IL USA

    Attend the 2008 AGI Users' Conference for "total access" to software demonstrations and innovations, user presentations, hands-on training, technical seminars, subject matter experts , and keynote speakers Brig Gen (ret) Duane Deal and NASA Astronaut Capt. Alan Bean. Download the event guide for a detailed conference agenda and secure your
    space at 
    Date: October 8 - 10, 2008
    Place: Prescott Resort and Conference Center

    Prescott, AZ USA

    This year's event will be held at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, October 8-10. Experience GIS at its best this summer in the mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona. Three days of workshops, technical demonstrations, and activities presented by national and local professionals will keep you and your staff current on the latest GIS technologies.

    Explore vendor exhibits and network with GIS professionals from across the State. Learn about developments and challenges in a rapidly changing industry and share your own insights into the world of GIS. Participate in the poster gallery to showcase your latest project, attend the workshops to fine-tune your GIS skills, or keep up to date with old friends. 
    Date: October 14 - 15, 2008
    Place: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay,

    San Francisco, CA USA

    This event will focus presentations and panels on the Americas region while learning from the experiences elsewhere. An exclusive C-level delegate list drawn from operators, navigation hardware and software, channel organizations, content and advertising companies, financial analysts and press will gain invaluable insight into the future of this sector in the region. Coupled with this will be excellent opportunities to network with existing or future business partners, including the Canalys Navigation Golf Challenge tournament to be held on the exceptional Half Moon Bay course.

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