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ESRI announces the Business GIS Summit will coincide with the ESRI International User Conference (ESRI UC) at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, in July. This will allow ESRI to open its resources to the wider business geographic information system (GIS) community and help the entire ESRI user base learn from and apply the business benefits and process improvement strategies common to commercial-sector GIS users. Attendees of the ESRI UC and Business GIS Summit will be able to share experiences and best practices while taking advantage of the wealth of information and technical knowledge that has made both events so popular.

For more information on the summit and to register, visit


Trimble announced revenue of $289.0 million for its first quarter ended April 3, 2009, down approximately 19 percent from revenue of $355.3 million in the first quarter of 2008. See

New Products

ArcGIS 9.3.1, which began shipping , helps you create and share modern Web maps that are relevant to your entire organization. This release of
ESRI's integrated collection of geographic information system (GIS) software products focuses on improving the performance of dynamic map publishing and increasing the visibility of geographic information.

Edgetech America, Inc. has released the second major version of MapSpeller for ArcGIS. This ArcMap extension spell checks and corrects errors in map and layout annotations, grouped graphics, legends and scale objects conventionally and spatially (patent pending).

The latest aerial photography and detailed earth surface models from
Bluesky are being used for demonstration in a state of the art software package developed to assess the risk and impact of flooding. The ISIS by Halcrow suite is one of the leading software packages for river modeling, used extensively across the world for flood forecasting, flood risk mapping and flood alleviation scheme design by government organizations, environmental regulators and engineering consultants. To support the launch of ISIS 2D Halcrow has included some GeoPerspectives aerial photography and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) from Bluesky, to enable users to evaluate the improved modeling functionality.

Juniper Systems, Inc., a provider of intuitive field computer solutions for rugged applications, announces LandMark Mobile - A GPS Utility. LandMark Mobile incorporates real-time GPS data into any custom and third party application software. This innovative GPS utility manages the GPS receiver connectivity functions and provides services such as navigation, checking satellite status, and recording the position of specific occupied points. Point averaging and offset capabilities are included. LandMark Mobile, a Windows Mobile application, runs exclusively on the Allegro MX or Archer Field PC. The Allegro MX is a rugged handheld computer featuring a full keyboard. The Archer
Field PC is a ultra-rugged PDA built to perform in extreme environments.

Juniper Systems, Inc. announces the new
Allegro MX Field PC. The ultra-rugged Allegro features Windows Mobile 6.1, IP67 rating, robust full keyboard, integrated Bluetooth® Wireless Technology and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g option, long-term battery life, and highly outdoor-visible display. The Allegro MX runs Microsoft Windows Mobile version 6.1 and is powered by an XScale core 624MHz processor. The Allegro MX is an ideal solution for mobile GIS when running ESRI ArcPad or ArcGIS Mobile. Durable in extreme environments, the Allegro is the premier choice for those in need of a rugged field computer with a full keyboard. Use
the Allegro to collect, document, navigate, communicate, search, and share information. The Allegro MX is your long-term field companion.

G-Tek Solutions, a start up GIS software provider specializing in stand alone GIS software, is pleased to announce two new GIS based products:

4MAT2KML Professional


G-Tek Solutions is optimistic in the use of KML file format and believes it will become more popular as a means of reducing production costs related to GIS. The objective of the software is to provide an alternative means at viewing data to organizations that may not have a huge budget and to help non-GIS users view data without expensive GIS software.

The upcoming release of
IVS 3D’s Fledermaus software includes FM Geocoder, available both as a standalone module and as part of the
FM Habitat and FM Pro bundles. Existing Fledermaus Professional license holders under a support and maintenance agreement will receive a no-cost upgrade to the new Version 7 FM Pro bundle that will include FM Geocoder.

Demonstrating continued commitment to delivering a digital map database with the broadest and deepest global coverage,
Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced the availability of new digital maps and related content covering Chile and Uruguay and updated maps of Argentina and Brazil. The announcement strengthens Tele Atlas’ regional lead by building on the company’s Latin American database, which now includes coverage of five countries, more than 1.7 million kilometers and more than 750,000 points of interest (POIs). Tele Atlas customers such as Digibase, Google and TomTom have already launched solutions using Tele Atlas Latin American maps.

Version 10.0 of InfoWorks, FloodWorks and InfoNet just released further underlines
Wallingford Software’s acknowledged position as the pre-eminent modeling software developers for the water industry. A major addition to InfoWorks RS, CS and SD is the new collapsing wall functionality of the 2D engine. Initially developed to model cascades of falling dams V10.0 enables any type of barrier to collapse based on either; depth, water level, velocity or unit force criteria. A whole ‘wall’ or just segments can be collapsed. This new release incorporates considerable new enhancements and features that bring benefits by way of greater productivity, efficiency and performance.

ERDAS Inc. announces ERDAS TITAN 2009, Version 9.3.3, providing more flexibility in the industry’s most unique and powerful online network for sharing data. ERDAS TITAN can now be run both online and offline.

ERDAS TITAN is a secure solution for rapid permission-based data publishing from the desktop. ERDAS TITAN provides access to unlimited data resources across the organization and enables consumption in a variety of desktop, Internet and 3D virtual globe applications. Empowered by a 3D virtual globe, users create data and content mash ups that can be quickly published and viewed by others.

Around the Web


Date: May 4 - 8, 2009
Place: Palazzo dei Congressi

Stresa, Lago Maggiori, Italy

You are cordially invited to the 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE) which will take place on May 4-8.2009 in Stresa, Italy. This 33rd Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognized ISRSE meetings. The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth Observation systems and airborne techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and natural resources.
Date: May 4 - 6, 2009
Place: Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dammam Eastern, Saudi Arabia

“The Fourth National GIS Symposium in Saudi Arabia”. Featuring a state-of-the-art exhibit, plenary, keynote, and technical sessions, it would bring all stakeholders in the geospatial domain - academia, researchers, students, and the industry - onto one platform for interaction, sharing and discussion on various topics such as collaboration on technologies and experiences gained.
Date: May 11 - 14, 2009
Place: Charlotte, NC USA

Save the Date! Be Conference 2009 will provide infrastructure professionals with an inclusive and engaging environment to learn about Bentley solutions from the leading provider of infrastructure software. The agenda will include technical workshops, best practices, and community and networking events designed to empower today’s globally connected infrastructure professionals.
Date: May 13 - 14, 2009
Place: Le Capitole de Québec

Quebec, Canada

The 7th edition of Géodiffusion will take place on May 13th and 14th at the Théâtre le Capitole, in Quebec City. This year’s conference theme is : Business Intelligence and Geospatial Technologies : Must-Have Allies in Tough Economic Times. The 2009 edition boasts 2 full days of sessions on this important topic which affects your organization on a daily basis.
Date: May 19 - 21, 2009
Place: Burlingame

San Jose, CA USA

Where 2.0 2009 delves into the emerging technologies surrounding the geospatial industry, particularly the way our lives are organized, from finding a restaurant to finding the source of a new millennium plague. Maps are everywhere now, from your desktop to your iPhone to your car to your oil rig, and presented as realistically or as representationally as suits your needs. Thanks to the launch of Geo-Eye and other projects, location information makes devices more useful, and is therefore becoming a given
Date: May 19 - 20, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center

Grantville, PA USA

This year’s Pennsylvania GIS Conference will explore the essential connection between geospatial technology and the development and sustainability of our critical infrastructure. Presenters from industry, academia, and government will showcase applications that support critical infrastructures in water resources, energy and the environment, public safety and health, and economic development. In addition, the latest hardware, software, and database trends will be demonstrated by the geospatial industry. This year it’s all technology and applications – no policy, no politics! Just pure GIS.
Date: May 20 - 21, 2009
Place: Victoria Conference Centre

720 Douglas Street Victoria , Victoria, BC, V8W 3M7 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.
Date: May 28, 2009
Place: USA

Presented by Ian Fitzgerald, Truckee Donner PUD

9:15am Pacific/11:15am Central/12:15pm Eastern
Date: June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

GeoTec 2009 is proud to be back in Vancouver, the founding home of the conference in 1985. The GeoTec Event offers its attendees high caliber and timely presentations from knowledgeable industry leaders, geospatial technologists and users from Canada and the world.

Sponsored by GeoTec Media, publisher of GeoWorld magazine and developer of the Web portal, the 23rd annual event GeoTec Event is a world-leading technical event, and the largest geospatial technology event n Canada.
Date: June 1 - 2, 2009
Place: Houston, TX USA

Today's competitive business environment has required organizations to become more diligent about their Information Technology (IT) investments. Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are no different.

This has meant that business units advocating or using GIS must now compete for their share of a limited, and often shrinking, capital IT budget
Date: June 1 - 4, 2009
Place: 725 Blue Harbor Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081 USA

Focus of event will be Civil 3D and the WisDOT workflows of Civil 3D, GIS, GPS, LiDar, Map, Mapguide, Virtualizations, BIM, Navisworks, Utilities. See Invitation and Class List attachments.
Date: June 2 - 3, 2009
Place: University of Northern British Columbia, Conference Centre

3333 University Way , Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9 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.
Date: June 5 - 8, 2009
Place: Westin Providence

Providence, RI USA

To provide an open and participatory forum for advancing the effective use of spatial information and geographic information system technologies across the domains of public health, healthcare and community health preparedness.

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