August 31, 2009
Remote Sensing and GIS
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Korea Forum of the
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a Korean organization chartered to provide government, academic, research and industry organizations in Korea with opportunities to learn about and discuss issues related to interoperability of geographic information involving OGC standards. The Forum seeks to promote interoperability and create synergy between the various producers and users of geographic information and geomatics products and services in Korea. The Forum also provides a way for Korean organizations to coordinate their efforts to ensure that Korean requirements are addressed by the international standards of the OGC.

Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) and the
Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in standards development and to enable and promote the use of Web based geospatial technologies in real estate commerce and real property management.

NAVTEQ provides Labor Day drivers with five ways to avoid traffic for their last minute summer trips. While the number of Labor Day drivers has trended slightly down over the past few years, the 12-month average for self-service regular gas* has also declined. AAA has published a fuel gauge report that shows gas prices are down an average of at least $1.00 since this time last year.

Blue Marble Geographics announces that registration for the Blue Marble Users Conference on Sept 17th, running in conjunction with the GITA Oil and Gas Conference September 14th – 16th, will close August 31st.

The Blue Marble User Conference is open to all users of Blue Marble’s suite of data conversion solutions for the desktop or developer. Attendees are asked to pre-register at
Blue Marble User Conference pageto guarantee a spot. This half-day conference is a great way to learn for free how to leverage Blue Marble software so that you may save your organization time and money while improving the quality of your survey and GIS data. Hear success stories from other Blue Marble users of how they use Blue Marble daily to streamline workflows and overcome transformation challenges. Give feedback to the Blue Marble team in person and learn about what is coming next.

Vizrt Ltd. announces that Viz Curious Maps 9.1—the latest version of its branded mapping and geographic animation software for broadcast—will be introduced during the company’s invitation-only “Amsterdam Sessions,” from September 10th-15th in the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. Version 9.1 represents a major upgrade to Curious Maps, which is considered the defacto standard for creating and animating electronic maps.


Tele Atlas announced it has appointed Aref Matin as chief technology officer. In this role, Matin is responsible for developing and managing the company’s technology and product strategy, strategic research and advanced engineering. Reporting to Tele Atlas CEO Bill Henry, Matin is also a member of Tele Atlas’ Executive Team and of TomTom’s Technology Board.

New Products

Emergency Notification provider,
Twenty First Century Communications (TFCC) delivers greater mapping functionality in a new release of its nationally renowned emergency notification solution, the Universal Communications System (UCS). New, robust features will enhance UCS's GIS-based (Geographic Information System) alerts to reach targeted areas in times of crisis.

Autodesk, Inc. has announced the acquisition of certain assets from BOSS International, Inc. to further expand its water resources analysis capabilities for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. StormNET for stormwater management analysis, RiverCAD for floodplain analysis, and WaterNET for water distribution analysis will be more closely integrated with Autodesk's model-based design solutions, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, to help engineers streamline workflows, reduce errors and boost productivity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The newest release of
Freeance Mobile Basic allows users to make one click phone calls and emails from ArcGIS map features and database records. Now when phone numbers or email addresses are displayed in map feature attributes or linked database records Freeance Mobile Basic can easily and quickly make a standard BlackBerry call or email event when the end user clicks on the displayed field.

Spatial Wave, Incorporated has worked with
Underground Service Alert North (USA North) to implement Spatial Wave, Inc.’s Field Mapplet/Underground Service Alert (FM/USA). FM/USA provides full support USA North’s Tickets for utility locating throughout Central/Northern California and Nevada. The USA North process is also known as "one-call" or "call before you dig". Field Mapplet/USA is Spatial Wave, Inc.’s systematic management of the one call ticket workflow. It provides for rule based filtering of tickets which eliminates unnecessary locates and optimizes locator assignment.

Luciad, specialist in high performance visualization of situational awareness applications, announced it has released LuciadMap V9.0 with significant new functionality and increased performance, enabling developers to rapidly and effectively build and deploy high-end mission-critical systems.

LuciadMap is a suite of customizable software components that system integrators and original equipment manufacturers can easily integrate into their existing systems. The product has a global user base in aviation, security, and maritime sectors.

The Carbon Project announced the release of Gaia 3.4, a free platform designed to support Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) users and developers. The Gaia 3.4 platform release includes new SDI tools, an open API for software developers and support for OGC data and services, ESRI ArcGIS Server, Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap.

You can
download the free Gaia 3.4 today. A suite of free Extenders and API documentation are also available. Technical information and forums for the Gaia 3.4 platform and its Extenders are available at

Around the Web

Mapping system proves helpful to arena planning, August 25, 2009, by Thomas Bl Langhorn, Evansville


August 31 - September 3, 2009
Place: bcc Berliner Congress Centre

Berlin, Germany

SPIE Europe Remote Sensing Symposium welcomes you to this exciting meeting covering the fundamental optical science as well as the application of the underpinning technologies in advanced remote sensing. Together with SPIE Europe Security + Defence, SPIE Europe Remote Sensing embraces a broad cross-section of emerging technologies for remote sensing applications.

September 9 - 12, 2009
Place: Beijing International Convention Center


You are cordially invited to attend the 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth ( ISDE6 ) with the theme of Digital Earth in Action and to visit Beijing, China in September, 2009. ISDE6 will continue the tradition of gathering world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of digital earth, earth observation, geo-informatics and relevant applications to review the progress of Digital Earth during the last decade and discuss the achievements of Digital Earth and the recent developments.

September 9 - 11, 2009
Place: Capital Plaza

Frankfort, KY USA

Conference Highlights:

• Geocaching in historic downtown Frankfort - this could be the best  course to date. (Prizes for the winning team)

• Keynote by former Governor and Senator Julian Carroll

• Full schedule of user Presentations and Panel discussions

• “Tailgating with the Vendors” Reception

• URISA Project Management Workshop with Pete Croswell

• ESRI Workshop on ArcServer

• LiDAR Workshop

September 10 - 11, 2009
Place: 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

Regina, SK, S4P 4H2 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.

September 13 - 17, 2009
Place: Westchase Hotel

Houston, TX USA

The GIS for Oil & Gas Calgary Conference built upon the momentum from GITA’s GIS for Oil & Gas Conference held in Houston, Texas, every September—which consistently experiences record-breaking attendance. In 2008, this was the place to get real solutions to Canada’s biggest oil and gas challenges.

September 13 - 15, 2009
Place: Albuquerque

New Mexico, NM USA

The International Map Trade Association (IMTA Americas) is having its conference & trade show at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town,  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The dates are September 13 – 15, 2009.  Representatives from around the world come together annually to see new maps, atlases, globes, and other related products at this event.  Attendees are offered an array of cutting edge workshops and training sessions to broaden their knowledge.  Visit for all details.

September 15, 2009
Place: Radisson Hotel Boston 200 Stuart Street

Boston, MA 02116-5442 USA

 MapInfo Professional v10.0's 'new look' includes colourful and modern toolbars that can be docked anywhere to save screen space and a new Layer control that provides fast and intuitive access to layer information.

September 16 - 18, 2009
Place: Denver, CO USA

GIS in the Rockies is the intermountain west's premier
geospatial information and technology conference. The conference offers
opportunities for industry professionals to learn more about geospatial
technology issues and business-centric strategies supporting every
vertical market touched by the geospatial industry.
September 16 - 18, 2009
Place: Crowne Plaza North Hotel (formerly Marriott North Hotel)

6500 Doubletree Road, Columbus, OH USA

OGRIP has created the Ohio GIS Best Practices Award presented annually at the Ohio GIS Conference.  This program is designed to recognize organizations in Ohio that have or are implementing GIS in a manner consistent with OGRIP’s goals and objectives.  OGRIP encourages your organization to consider submitting an application for your GIS program.

September 16 - 18, 2009
Place: Brichwood Hotel & O R Tombo Conference centre

Johannesburg, South Africa

Map Africa 2009 shall host a Special Meet that will
bring together an elite group of NMO’s of Africa to share their
visions, mandates and programmes with select group of industry
representatives. This event is being proposed to provide a platform to
NMOs to share their ideas and future plans with industry
representatives and facilitate public-private partnerships. At the
forum the representatives of the NMO alongwith some large user
organisation will be invited to present their views and expectations
with the industry. The forum will serve two purposes.

September 17 - 18, 2009
Place: Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe

10111 Bellamy Hill NW , Edmonton, AB, T5J 1N7 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.

September 17, 2009
Place: Marriott Westchase

Houston, TX USA

The annual PODS User Conference will be Thursday, September 17, 2009,
from 8am to 5pm at the Marriott Westchase in Houston, Texas, USA.
September 17, 2009
Place: USA

Join us at our online information session to learn more about how you can earn a certificate in Geographic Information Systems completely online. During the info session you will get to learn more about the certificate and ask questions.


Visit to learn more about our certificate program.

Date: 09/17/2009

Starts: 7:00 PM - Ends: 9:00 PM

September 21 - 25, 2009
Place: Port de l'Aber Wrac'h

Landéda , 29870 France

The aim of COSIT is to bring together researchers from different disciplines for an intensive scientific exchange. This aim is facilitated by the presentation and discussion of a restricted number of papers and posters -- the most innovative and significant recent contributions -- rather than papers covering all advances in the field.

September 21 - 22, 2009
Place: Hilton, Altamonte Springs


Workshop Program includes 2 days of great training opportunities not
only through technical presentations from ESRI and the GIS industry,
but also from users in the GIS community who have lived and learned. Mr
John Calkins, Corporate Technical Evangelist, ESRI will be our Keynote
Speaker at the Workshop
September 21 - 23, 2009
Place: Hilton Nashville Downtown

Nashville, TN USA

Join us for
the 2009 ESRI Health GIS Conference and learn how health and human services
organizations worldwide are improving our health with GIS.
September 22 - 24, 2009
Place: Karlsruhe, 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.
September 22 - 23, 2009
Place: 2200, rue Mansfield

Montréal, QC, H3A 3R8 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.

September 22 - 24, 2009
Place: Holiday Inn, Stratford Upon Avon

Bridgefoot, United Kingdom


AGI conference is the biggest independent GI conference right at the
heart of the UK event GI calendar and delivered by the nation's
dedicated GI membership association. Now well established as a
centrally located residential conference, AGI GeoCommunity has become
extremely popular. AGI GeoCommunity is ideally structured for a great
diversity of activities; plenaries, keynotes, conference papers,
workshops, debates, networking, social activities and much more.

September 22 - 23, 2009
Place: 44045 Five Mile Road

Plymouth, Detroit, MI 48170 USA

PLM Road Map™ 2009 is a strategic conference focused on the critical trade-offs shaping product development. Attendees at PLM Road Map™ 2009 will have their current thinking on product development challenged in a series of highly charged presentations. At PLM Road Map™ 2009 you will find out first hand which issues are currently confronting end users.

September 28 - 29, 2009
Place: TBD

Vancouver, BC, 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.

September 28 - 30, 2009
Place: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GIS Defence Asia-Pacific will bring Asia’s Ministries
of Defence and other governmental organisations together with
international counterparts to focus on the increasing use of geospatial
information in defence.
September 29 - October 2, 2009
Place: Anaheim Marriott


Today's GIS Professional has to accomplish more with fewer resources and less support. In this day and age of reduced budgets and numerous choices of conferences to attend,

September 30 - October 1, 2009
Place: Penticton Trade and Convention Centre

273 Power Street , Penticton, BC, V2A 7K9 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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