November 17, 2008
Managing Geospatial Infrastructure with Autodesk Map 3D 2009
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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NAVTEQ is reporting a significant and steady increase in the number of drivers updating maps for their navigation systems. NAVTEQ data shows that sales of navigation system map updates increased nearly 40 percent across both Europe and North America between 2004 and 2007.


GeoEye, Inc. reported that its revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $35.9 million as compared to $53.8 million for the third quarter of 2007. See

New Products

MetaCarta, Inc. announced a JavaScript Developers Toolkit that enables rapid development of GeoWeb applications on MetaCarta's Geographic Search and Referencing Platform (MetaCarta GSRP). GeoWeb applications are web-based, location-aware applications that help visualize trends, generate new revenue, drive premium services, and enhance intelligence analysis.

geoXMF LLC, an enterprise GIS performance company, announced the release of the latest version of its industry leading enterprise GIS performance monitoring software XMF Alerter 2.3.

geoXMF’s XMF Alerter is a complete enterprise performance monitoring and alerting solution for ESRI GIS. XMF Alerter integrates with and enhances ESRI’s industry-standard GIS architecture to deliver a comprehensive tool to improve overall IT efficiency and productivity.

GfK GeoMarketing recently released the GfK Europe Map Edition 2008/2009, which contains thousands of new additions and updates. With around 1,000 digital maps for 42 countries, the map set is an ideal instrument for precision regional planning and geomarketing activities.

GfK GeoMarketing recently researched the several thousand administrative boundary changes that have occurred over the past year across all of Europe. The result is the new GfK Europe Map Edition – a collection of over 1,000 digital maps of 42 European countries that reflects the many changes of the past year.

Tele Atlas announced the availability of Tele Atlas Urban Maps, designed to enrich the mobile users’ location-based services (LBS) experience. Urban Maps delivers premier out-of-car content such as enhanced views of sidewalks and footpaths, 2D representations of notable structures and building footprints that better orient pedestrians in city centers.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced V8i, described by the company to be the most comprehensive software portfolio for infrastructure ever assembled in a single release. Encompassing products for all of the solution communities served by Bentley, the V8i portfolio leverages and extends core capabilities of its new interoperability platform to provide the breadth and depth of technology needed for fully integrated project delivery. V8i’s interoperability platform enables Bentley applications to persist, share, and visualize infrastructure asset data in a common way, promoting collaborative workflows. The result is a project environment that combines flexibility,
scalability, and robustness, and a portfolio that offers engineers, architects, GIS professionals, constructors, and owner-operators unprecedented choices across discipline-specific integrated software and services incorporated in Bentley solutions. Developed as a collective whole, the V8i software portfolio facilitates streamlined workflows among multiple disciplines and across project teams throughout the infrastructure lifecycle.

NAVTEQ announced an expansion to its dynamic content portfolio. Already a provider of camera alert data and real-time traffic to navigation systems, NAVTEQ now has Air Travel Status and Fuel Prices available for beta testing, with plans for commercial launch in Q1/09. Both products leverage formats that can be rapidly deployed, linked to NAVTEQ Map data and supported by NAVTEQ's 24x7 technical teams.

Apisphere Inc., a provider of location-awareness services for mobile business applications and devices, announced the availability of Apisphere for Outlook, a location aware plug-in for Microsoft’s Outlook messaging and collaboration client. Apisphere for Outlook enables users to send and receive automatic messages on their mobile devices or GPS-enabled laptops based on their Outlook calendar and location.

Around the Web

The OGC(R) Announces Successful OWS-6 Testbed Kick-off Event MarketWatch, Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2008


Date: November 16 - 20, 2008
Place: Denver, CO USA

This conference extends the William T. Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium tradition of emphasizing the applications and benefits of land imaging data. In addition, given the recent release of an Office of Science and Technology Policy report recommending the United States maintain a core operational capability for land imagery through the creation of a U.S. National Land Imaging Program, a special focus of Pecora 17 will be on the challenges of migrating satellite programs from reasearch missions to operational capabilities.
Date: November 17 - 19, 2008
Place: Shaw Conference Centre

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

It’s time to inspire, innovate and collaborate at the 2008 GIS Conference, GeoAlberta will bring together over 500 GIS professionals from around Western Canada to discuss and collaborate on the latest in GIS  applications, technologies and innovation.GeoAlberta is a collaborative effort between the four associations - the Alberta Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems
Association (URISA), the Alberta Chapter of the Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), the Alberta Geomatics Group (AGG), and GeoEdmonton.
Date: November 18 - 20, 2008
Place: Huntsville, AL USA

The Rocket City Geospatial Conference will present a wide range of key topics of local and regional interest. The following list is presented as a guideline for proposed topics of discussion and for anyone interested in submitting a presentation:
  • Evolving Directions for Discovery and Access to Geospatial Information
  • Visualization and Analysis Tools for Geospatial Decision Support
  • Date: November 19 - 20, 2008
    Place: Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center

    Tallahassee, FL USA

    We invite you to join us at our seventh annual SHRUG GIS workshop "GIS Revolution". We want you to participate by being an attendee, a vendor, a speaker, and/or a poster presenter.
    Date: November 20 - 21, 2008
    Place: University of Houston Central Campus

    University Center 2nd Floor, TX USA

    This event is the largest showcase of how Geographic Information Systems are used in the City of Houston and surrounding areas. For two days, business people, educators, students, and the general public are given a free access pass to products and services that encompass GIS.
    Date: November 20 - 21, 2008
    Place: Knowledge Source

    3100 Smoketree Court, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27604 USA

    This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.
    Date: December 2 - 6, 2008
    Place: Ocean Hotel

    Guangzhou, China

    PORSEC 2008 , the Ninth Biennial Conference with the overall theme-Oceanic Manifestation of Global Changes, will be held in Guangzhou, China on December 2nd-6th, 2008, hosted by the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
    Date: December 2 - 5, 2008
    Place: The Venetian Resort Hotel

    Las Vegas, NV USA

    It’s the perfect opportunity for me to talk with customers from all over the world about their projects, their use of Autodesk tools, and the challenges they’re facing in their day-to-day work.
    Date: December 4, 2008
    Place: Charles River Public Internet Center

    154 Moody Street , Waltham, MA 02454 USA

    This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.
    Date: December 11 - 12, 2008
    Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center

    4510 West 77th Street, Suite 210 , Edina, MN 55435 USA

    This hands-on workshop focuses on teaching the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.

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