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The new
Leica XPro line sensor workflow software is straightforward to implement and easy to use for those familiar with traditional analog frame processing. Ground processing with Leica XPro covers the entire line sensor workflow - from data download to image generation.

This product has been developed jointly by Leica Geosystems and North West Geomatics Ltd., Calgary (Canada), to further enhance the workflow for digital line sensors, such as the Leica ADS80. The software provides the most complete and advanced ground processing workflow from data download to image generation. Existing Leica ADS40 customers will be able to easily migrate their production environment to the new workflow.

Future-proof GNSS ensures maximum productivity and reliability, today and tomorrow. Four independent Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will be operational within the near future. With the new
Leica GPS1200+ users can be certain that they are ready to get ahead of their competition. A four constellation GNSS will soon become reality delivering a new dimension in GNSS performance and efficiency.

DMTI Spatial (DMTI) has introduced the fifth of its six innovative Location Content Cartridges (LCC) designed to address specific vertical industry business needs. The Exploration & Mapping LCC is a comprehensive solution providing next generation content designed to address the unique complexities oil and gas and mining organizations face surrounding optimum site selection, regulatory compliance and risk management. This new content, including detailed geospatial culture data, will enable clients to drive workflow efficiencies, optimize survey costs and improve ROI.

OxTS’s RT3002 and
Riegl’s Q120 scanner are perfect for cost effective mobile mapping applications. Mobile mapping, where a 2D LIDAR is fitted to a vehicle, is a very efficient method of surveying. An inertial and GPS navigation system, like the RT3002, is an essential part of a mobile mapping system.

Centigon Solutions Inc., an SAP software solution partner in the SAP PartnerEdge program and leading developer of add-ons for Xcelsius software, launched GMaps Plugin for use with Xcelsius 2008, allowing developers to easily integrate Google Maps into business intelligence dashboards with point-and-click simplicity. Bridging the gap between best-of-breed mapping and enterprise dashboard solutions, GMaps Plugin empowers designers to drag and drop a Google Map directly into a dashboard to enable interactive analysis of geographical data.

NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has announced release of navigable map coverage in Chile and Venezuela, providing automotive-grade quality content to portable and mobile devices. The initial NAVTEQ map for Chile includes over 57,000 km of road network and the NAVTEQ map for Venezuela includes over 86,000 km. To deliver NAVTEQ's industry leading quality, both maps include up to 260 attributes per stretch of road. These road attributes include information such as direction of travel, road barriers, and turn restrictions; and, are critical for supporting accurate turn-by-turn guidance in high performance
navigation systems and portable devices.

IDV Solutions announced the integration of their Visual Fusion software platform with the Microsoft Virtual Earth Server offered by Vexcel, Microsoft’s geospatial subsidiary. Through this integration, IDV Solutions now offers on-premise advanced geospatial visualization solutions for enterprise and government organizations with the full power of Virtual Earth but without reliance on an internet connection.

Around the Web

Eyes in the Sky by Eric Johnson, Feb. 25, 2009, Metro Spirit

Chicago Links Street Cameras to Its 911 Network by Karen Ann Cullotta, February 20, 2009, The New York Times (registration required)

GIS technology improves decision making, Feb. 25, 2009, Australian Mining


Date: March 2 - 5, 2009
Place: Myrtle Beach


Coastal GeoTools is the conference series that focuses on the technical information needs of the nation's coastal programs. The theme for 2009 is "Building the Digital Coast", a new initiative that provides easy access to organized and relevant data, tools, and technical training.
Date: March 3, 2009
Place: USA

Dealing with new imagery that doesn't line up with your existing? Need to rapidly orthorectify data? This webinar will illustrate how to easily solve these problems, saving you time and making your workflow more efficient.
Date: March 6 - April 3, 2009
Place: Avatech Office


Come to your local Avatech office to explore the Autodesk solutions for transportation.
Date: March 9 - 13, 2009


ASPRS proudly celebrates its 75th Anniversary throughout 2009, with special events taking place at the 2009 Annual Conference in Baltimore.
Date: March 10 - 13, 2009
Place: Crocus Expo Exhibition Centre

Moscow, Russia

The 6th International industrial Forum of geodesy, cartography, navigation, geoinformation systems, engineering geology and geophysics, tunnel and utility systems construction.
Date: March 11 - 12, 2009
Place: Grand Media Congress Hotel Villach

Villach, Austria

The topic of this conference is the request for concerted activities to ensure that agriculture will be able to feed worldwide the ongoing growing population.Climate change, the reduction of natural resources, a stronger demand for bioenergy, urbanization and environmental protection, are additional mega-trends that have to be considered. Hence, globally there is a strong demand for technologies and practical instruments for improving the planning, development and management of agriculture.
Date: March 15 - 18, 2009
Place: Hotel Allegro Chicago

171 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is pleased to welcome you to the 12th Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference & Exhibition, March 15-18, 2009 in beautiful Chicago, Illinois! In addition to a wide variety of presentations, panels and open discussions with Airport GIS managers, government officials, consultants and vendors, the conference provides: an educational Introduction to Airport GIS roundtable for those new to airport GIS, an Exhibit Room, and opportunities for sharing lessons learned with airports from across the
U.S. and around the world.
Date: March 17 - 18, 2009
Place: Westin Washington, DC City Center

Washington, DC USA

MAPPS will return to Washington, DC to meet with agency representatives and walk the halls of the U.S. Capitol, to visit with members of Congress, March 17 and 18 during the annual Federal Programs Conference. The meeting will focus on the partnerships MAPPS has with federal agencies engaged in geospatial work. The highlight of the conference is the time MAPPS members spend on Capitol Hill with their members of Congress advocating legislation and policies impacting the geospatial marketplace. Open to MAPPS Members Only.
Date: March 19, 2009
Place: Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center

6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202 USA

Seiler invites you to jump ahead of your competition and experience a jam packed day filled with various educational seminars where we will address your workflows and business challenges and their “Solutions” for your Industry.
Date: March 19, 2009
Place: Thames Valley Park, Microsoft Campus

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

If you are a developer and want to take working with Virtual Earth to the next level then this event is for you. The first session will comprise of a platform update to bring you up to speed on the latest version of Virtual Earth. Later, Johannes Kebeck, Tim Warr and Alexis Harakis will show how Virtual Earth interacts with other Microsoft technologies to create a powerful tool that can be used for much more than placing pins on maps.
Date: March 20 - 21, 2009
Place: JN Tata Auditorium

Bangalore , India

With almost 300 million Indians living in urban areas (in 3700 towns and cities), the country has the second largest urban population in the world and it is growing at a rapid pace of over 31 percent over the last decade due to higher employment rates in urban areas. It comprises of about 30 per cent of the total population in urban areas and contributes to over 60 per cent of the country's GDP.
Date: March 20, 2009
Place: Indianapolis, IN USA

Join us for an AutoCAD® Map 3D event specifically for Municipals and Electric Cooperatives and learn how to improve your electric utilities workflow.
Date: March 22 - 24, 2009
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center

Palm Springs, CA USA

As an ESRI business partner, you are invaluable to the advancement of GIS. The BPC Conference is designed for you, planned to give you the best opportunities to network with ESRI staff and other partners as well as learn about the most recent developments in geospatial technology and how to leverage them in your business. Stay current and competitive and attend this premier event that fuels the strength and reach of GIS.
Date: March 22 - 27, 2009
Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

Join 8,000 geographers, GIS specialists, and environmental scientists from around the world in Las Vegas for the very latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience, during the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers, to be held March 22–27, 2009. The program will feature 4,000 presentations by leading scholars and researchers from more than 60 countries, an international networking reception, and exhibitions showcasing recent scholarly publications, advanced geographic technologies, and expanding employment opportunities.
Date: March 23 - 26, 2009
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs

Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA USA

Be part of the 2009 ESRI Developer Summit—the ideal resource for professionals developing on an ESRI platform. Connect with ESRI staff and software developers from around the world to explore trends, tips, and best practices for effective GIS development. Attend the 2009 Summit to access the best in spatial developer resources.
Date: March 24 - April 8, 2009
Place: USA

See the latest features of AutoCAD with this one-hour complimentary webcast. Live Q&A will be offered at the end of the presentation.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009     10:00 AM ET

Tuesday, March 24, 2009     2:00 PM ET

Wednesday, April 08, 2009  10:00 AM ET

Wednesday, April 08, 2009  12:00 PM ET

Friday, March 27, 2009         10:00 AM ET

Monday, March 30, 2009      2:00 PM ET

Thursday, April 02, 2009      2:00 PM ET

Friday, April 03, 2009           10:00 AM ET
Date: March 28 - April 1, 2009
Place: Crowne Hotel Plaza

Manama, Bahrain

GIS is "an institutional entity, reflecting an organisational structure that integrates technology with a database, expertise and continuing financial support over time."  This five day conference offers an intensive and dynamic opportunity to refine your knowledge, catch up with key industry players and share best practice lessons with your peers on the latest technologies within GIS.
Date: March 31 - April 1, 2009
Place: Sugar Land, TX USA

The PODS Association ( announced today they are hosting a conference for the pipeline GIS industry on March 31 & April 1, 2009. This conference will be held at Fluor Enterprises in Sugar Land, Texas. Registration is free and open to anyone in the pipeline industry including energy, chemicals, water, etc.  Attendees may register for one day or both days.
Date: April 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Ricoh Arena

Coventry, United Kingdom

GEO-9 is the UK's only dedicated geospatial trade exhibition. GEO-9 will be showcasing leading players from every aspect of the geographic information industry. From measurement and data collection through to advanced geospatial analysis, GEO-9 brings them all together at the same event.
Date: April 2 - 3, 2009
Place: Telus Convention Centre

120 9 Avenue SE Calgary, Calgary, AB, T2G 0P3 Canada

ESRI Canada is pleased to invite you to join other GIS professionals for this exclusive opportunity to learn about the latest advances in GIS technology and hear first hand how others in your community are using a geographic approach in their work.

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