September 29, 2008
2008 National HAZUS Conference Update
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Next month, GIS Professionals will convene at
URISA’s 46th Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, to address the important topics of the day including inter-governmental collaboration for cost savings and efficiencies; infrastructure sustainability and asset management; enterprise solutions; disaster response and readiness; and results-oriented public participation GIS. URISA's 46th Annual Conference: October 7-10, 2008 - New Orleans

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GeoEye, Inc. announced the Company had received notice from Nasdaq that as a result of filing its restated financial reports and current quarterly report on Form 10Q on Sept. 8, all compliance issues have been resolved, and GeoEye remains in good standing on The Nasdaq Global Market exchange. Consequently, GeoEye's mid-October hearing before a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel has been cancelled since the issue is now moot.

GMES Forum 2008, entitled “Together, take better care of the Planet”, organized by the European Commission and the current French Presidency of the European Union on September 16th and 17th in Lille, will mark the launch of the first GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) geo-information services in a pre-operational mode.

The geoland2 consortium of 50 service providers, users, and research institutions will take this opportunity to officially kick-off this major undertaking. For the first time in Europe’s history, major operational resources and assets from a comprehensive range of previous GMES projects will join to build a common European service capacity. Web:

MetaCarta, Inc. announced that it will be hosting its
4th Annual Public Sector User Group Meeting on October 8th, 2008. The Meeting, which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, welcomes Keynote Speaker Jeff Vining, Research Vice President at Gartner Research, who will deliver a talk entitled "Lessons Learned from Virginia Tech: How To Communicate In A Crisis."

JiguSoft Inc. has been appointed the master distributor of
ERDAS Inc. for the Republic of Korea. This relationship allows ERDAS to participate more effectively in the Korean market, as JiguSoft will facilitate expedited processing of resellers’ orders. Additionally, resellers will avoid the additional shipping and handling charges that may increase the cost of orders shipped directly from the United States.

New Products

ERDAS announced ERDAS TITAN 2009, providing more flexibility to the industry’s most unique and powerful online network for sharing data. ERDAS TITAN 2009 provides true interoperability to leading geospatial solutions, including ERDAS IMAGINE, ERDAS Image Web Server, ERDAS APOLLO and ArcGIS.

Pitney Bowes Group 1 Software introduced EngageOne Interactive Communications, a new solution that expands the capabilities of the Company’s Customer Communications Management (CCM) Suite. EngageOne Interactive enables business users to easily create, deliver, and manage real-time personalized, interactive customer communications, such as correspondence, new business applications and negotiated documents, across the enterprise.

Idevio announced that the photos of the web community Panoramio can be viewed in Locago
Panoramio is a community photos website that enables digital photographers to geo-locate, store and organize their photographs. The uploaded
Panoramio photos can be accessed as layer in Google Earth, Google Maps and now also in Locago.

Caliper Corporation is now shipping the latest version of Maptitude for Redistricting, the leading software for congressional, state legislative, and local government redistricting. Maptitude for Redistricting has defined the redistricting software market since its introduction in 1997. Designed with the help of redistricting professionals from many of the state legislatures, Maptitude for Redistricting is reliable, feature-rich, and easy to learn.

Navevo has announced the launch of BBNav, the first dedicated Blue Badge sat-nav solution, specifically designed to support disabled drivers and those caring for the disabled, such as their families or careers.

ObjectFX, a leading geospatial solutions provider, has announced the availability of its military and homeland security symbology module, a scalable, flexible web-based solution based on the Department of Defense Standard 2525B, as well as standard Homeland Security symbology, that can be implemented with any geospatial platform, including ESRI and Google technologies

Adapx announced that GIS teams can use Capturx Forms for Excel to collect asset attribute data in the field for easy integration into ArcGIS. GIS teams have long used Capturx for ArcGIS to speed up mapping and GIS data collection in the filed using paper maps and digital pens. Capturx Forms for Excel now provides even more options for GIS teams, enabling asset attribute data to be collected and edited on paper forms for import into ArcGIS using a digital pen and Excel. Field professionals enjoy the convenience of collecting data with pen and paper while GIS analysts benefit from immediate access to data without having to transcribe data or wait for paper.

Around the Web


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

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


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 7 - 10, 2008
Place: Sheraton New Orleans

500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 USA

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is a nonprofit association of professionals using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other information technologies to solve challenges in state / provincial and local government agencies and departments. URISA is considered to be the premier organization for the use and integration of spatial information technology to improve the quality of life in urban and regional enviroments.
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.
Date: October 15 - 17, 2008
Place: Cologne, Germany






GLOBALGAP (formerly known as EUREPGAP) has established itself as a key reference for

Good Agricultural Practices
(GAP) in the global market-place, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries.


Date: October 19 - 23, 2008
Place: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort

44-600 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA USA
GIS users in the electric and gas community are encouraged to attend the 2008 ESRI EGUG Conference. This gathering is your opportunity to learn how GIS innovation is helping utilities worldwide address today’s trends and challenges. Explore best practices, discover new applications, access valuable user support, and find out how you can transform knowledge into results in your utility.
Whatever your type of business, position, or GIS experience, this event helps you connect with your colleagues and ESRI staff in an environment dedicated to your most pressing needs.
Date: October 20, 2008
Place: Tavern On the Green Central Park at West 67th Street


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 20 - 23, 2008
Place: Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale, AZ USA

The 2008 Homeland Security GIS Summit, the only geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security. Explore the geographic advantage for your agency and see firsthand how GIS technology facilitates communication among federal, state, local, and private sectors. Join us and learn more about transforming data and information into action.
Date: October 27 - 30, 2008
Place: Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale, AZ USA
Join ESRI at the only geospatial conference dedicated to homeland security. Come together with your colleagues to learn and share how GIS technology can be used for critical infrastructure protection, communication between sectors, and more. Essential personnel interested in learning about current GIS projects for homeland security, information networks, and collaborative opportunities are encouraged to attend this valuable forum. Hear from distinguished speakers, gain insight about actionable intelligence, and learn how to improve readiness, response, and situational awareness.

Date: October 27 - 30, 2008
Place: Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Nashville, TN USA
The annual GEOINT Symposium, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), is the Nation’s Premier Intelligence Event. Each year, more than 2,500 attendees visit GEOINT to discover cutting-edge geospatial intelligence technologies, converse with top leaders in the intelligence community, learn from academia, and network with government, industry, academic, and military leaders.
Date: October 28 - 30, 2008
Place: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

London, England, United Kingdom
Join us in the United Kingdom for a conference that will reflect ESRI’s vision for the future, where GIS solutions will play an increasingly vital role. Explore how GIS is impacting our everyday lives and connect with other professionals from an array of industries including conservation, education, health care, and public works. Be part of this exciting ESRI event and take away
useful ideas, tools, and approaches for your line of work.

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