February 16, 2009
Autodesk 2010 Geospatial Products
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Top News of the Week

In a virtual press conference,
Autodesk, Inc. announced new Infrastructure Modeling software products, which help users in utilities, telecommunications organizations and government agencies improve the design and management of their infrastructure. Autodesk's portfolio of products -- including AutoCAD Map 3D 2010, AutoCAD Raster Design 2010, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2010, and Autodesk Topobase 2010 -- provides users with an intelligent and comprehensive solution for designing, visualizing, simulating and analyzing infrastructure assets and development plans.

Autodesk, Inc. has announced the release of AutoCAD 2010 software, one of the world's leading design and documentation platforms. Autodesk also announced the 2010 AutoCAD family of discipline-specific software and AutoCAD LT 2010 software for professional drafting and detailing. The latest release of AutoCAD introduces groundbreaking new capabilities to help users tackle their most challenging design problems, including free-form design tools, parametric drawing and enhanced PDF support, a top request from Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) members.

In a unanimous decision, the three-Justice panel of the
California Court of Appeal affirmed the
Santa Clara County Superior Court's decision requiring Santa Clara County to comply with public requests for a copy of its GIS parcel basemap, under the conditions of California's Public Records Act (PRA). The Court validated the California First Amendment Coalition's (CFAC) demand for the data at no more than the cost of duplication, and without restrictions of use.

GeoEye, Inc. announced the start of commercial operations for its new GeoEye-1 Earth-imaging satellite. The Company is also submitting imagery from the satellite to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for their certification under the terms of the NextView contract.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) CLICK (Center for LiDAR Information Coordination and Knowledge) and Airborne 1 Corporation, a leading provider of advanced LiDAR services, rentals, and software worldwide, have entered into a collaboration to share extents of the largest compilations of high-resolution LiDAR point cloud data in the world.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Synergos Technologies Inc. (STI), an innovator of population-estimating technology and data for market researchers, announced its new partnership with
Mediamark Research and Intelligence. This alliance gives companies using STI: Landscape's innovative consumer segmentation system direct access to consumer-purchasing intelligence from Mediamark's Survey of the American Consumer.

ESRI and
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE), has agreed to continue offering IRE members the ability to license ArcView software at a reduced rate. ArcView is ESRI's easy-to-use desktop geographic information system (GIS) software and is the most widely used software by journalists to more effectively communicate local, national, and international stories to readers.

ESRI has joined forces with the
Microsoft Corporation to support the longtime efforts of the Kenyan-based Green Belt Movement.


Project team members
EDS (an HP company),
LSC Group are proud to announce the final acceptance by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) of the Hydrographic Database (HDB) Project.

Through the HDB Project, EDS and CARIS have delivered workflow management technologies from EDS together with CARIS Bathy DataBASE and CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) software to manage and create paper and electronic chart products. This combined solution will represent an enterprise production environment where multiple products are created and updated from a centrally managed source.

The bid phase for the project began in November of 2004 and was awarded to EDS and CARIS in October 2006, as a result of a competitive demonstrator phase.

Ray Helmering and Thomas R. Loveland have been named the
2009 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors.

Tele Atlas continued to advance digital map making with the availability of the first map database to contain new and adjusted roads based on feedback from map users.

Tele Atlas MultiNet 2009.02 is the basis for some of the world’s most used navigation devices and wireless, LBS and enterprise applications. It now contains new roads, as well as roads with adjusted geometry, detected or verified in part using real world GPS measurements on thousands of roads from TomTom Map Share customers. Map Share technology allows consumers to make instant corrections to maps directly on TomTom devices and to share information about their changes and routes to help improve the freshness of maps for all Tele Atlas map users.

New Products

Geocoding becomes much simpler with the new release of Address Coder 9.3. Marketers, direct-mail managers, and any organization that must manage large U.S. address lists can use
ESRI's new Address Coder to segment and target addresses with latitude-longitudes, Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes, demographic data, and ESRI's Tapestry Segmentation codes.

Intermap Technologies announced that its flood modeling application used to assess address-specific flood risk throughout the Czech Republic is now commercially available to the general public. The application is available on the Czech Insurance Association’s (ČAP) web site for all consumers interested in obtaining property information for flood prone areas in the Czech Republic.

An innovative emergency alarm watch with GPS tracking and an integrated mobile phone has been launched by satellite tracking firm
Masternaut Three X. Designed as a discreet personal protection solution, the robust and waterproof LoKate wrist watch incorporates a miniature mobile phone and GPS receiver with a panic button allowing mobile workers to alert help discreetly if in danger.

AtlasCT announced the release of its new Navigation API, the most advanced navigation API for easy development of Java ME navigation and location based mobile applications. AtlasCT will present the new Navigation API at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 16-19 February.

Atlas Navigation API offers simple yet very powerful tools for adding full turn-by-turn GPS navigation capability to any mobile application on a wide range of mobile devices, in zero efforts and no GIS skills.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI) launched Location Content Cartridges (LCC) designed to address specific vertical industry business needs. Each LCC, built in collaboration with DMTI clients, is a unique, comprehensive solution providing next generation content not available as an integrated solution in the market . This new content will enable clients to conduct deeper analysis, solve pressing industry business problems, reduce costs, and increase their ROI on existing investments in location technologies.

Z Corporation unveiled two breakthrough handheld laser scanners to help organizations quickly and easily capture large swaths of 3D geometry and true color data for reverse engineering, inspection, product design, and a host of other applications.

3-GIS, an Alabama based software and services company has announced it will offer a Software as a Service (SaaS) pricing model for their thin client solutions to its consumers in the utility, telecommunications and Homeland Security industries.

With the SaaS subscription model, 3-GIS will eliminate the customer’s need to install or maintain its software. Instead of purchasing software with a one-time fee, customers will pay a monthly subscription fee. This subscription fee will alleviate the customer's burden of software maintenance, ongoing operation, and IT support.

Around the Web

Google Taking a Step Into Power Metering  February 9, 2009, by Matthew Wald and Miguel Helft, The New York Times (registration required) – Google will announce its entry Tuesday into the small but growing business of “smart grid,” digital technologies that seek to both keep the electrical system on an even keel and reduce electrical energy consumption.

Stimulus Bill Bears Imprint of Technology  February 9, 2009, by Charlie Savage and David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times (registration required) - To rally support for his administration’s economic recovery bill recently, President Obama invited about a dozen chief executives, seven of them from technology and energy companies, to the Oval Office.

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.

Review Article
  • Incorrect information October 16, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Johann Creuyff'
    The article was generally good. However, there is some incorrect information.
    The statement: "More analysis functionality has bee nadded to Map 3D in 2010..." Is partially true. All of the polygon overlay analysis has been available in AutoCAD Map for several years using drawing base polygon topologies. The "NEW" analysis tools come in the form of operating on FDO data sources.
    Network, polygon and point topologies together with powerful analysis functions have been available in AutoCAD Map for manu years. This was limited to drawing based objects. This meant that in order to work with data that comes from, say a GIS database, it was necessary to import the data rather than connect directly to it through FDO.

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