November 01, 2010
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Crossrail Maps will be instrumental in pulling all this information together and seeing how it fits. They will use CAD standards BS 1192:2007 to ensure consistency.

30 design teams are currently at work on Crossrail, with an expected 85 construction teams to be added once construction begins, said Taylor. They are using to date ProjectWise, Enterprise Bridge (eB), MicroStation and CloudWorx.

“Configuration management is how business requirements are driving asset information,” Taylor said. Change of design can have change effect, and for this they use eB.

The environmental impact of this project is huge. Ultimately 20,000 people will be using public transportation, and will take about 30,000 car journeys off the street. The amount of carbon saved is estimated at 100,000-200,000 tons a year. Over 200k meter per month at peak of excavated material must be taken out of Crossrail. “We take about 2/3 of excavated material from stations and tunnels to Essex to Wallasea Island where we are creating a 1500 acre wetland preserve, the largest in the last 50 years,” said Taylor.

Crossrail is taking into account the need for getting information to the public, as the project will impact 700 schools, heritage buildings, existing wildlife, the biggest archeological dig in London taking place right now, and will increase transit and rail use in London by 10%. It will generate approximately 200,000 passengers a year and create new jobs in the future.

Top News of the Week

As facilities owners and operators look to create buildings that are safe, secure, energy efficient, and optimally operated, they are embracing geographic information system (GIS) technology. This is leading many who have invested in building information modeling (BIM) to question whether BIM and GIS can be used together. Shelli Stockton, facilities management industry manager for
Esri, addresses this question at the online

RapidEye announced  that
GEOSYS has been chosen by Cemagref to provide the complete coverage of the French territory with RapidEye orthorectified satellite imagery at 5 m pixel resolution, taken over the period from May to September 2010. The ability to acquire several million square kilometers of images daily with the RapidEye satellite constellation allows GEOSYS to seamlessly meet their needs in just a few months, after the image acquisition, processing and delivery of the data.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

DigitalGlobe announced a WorldView-2 joint research initiative with India's
. As part of the initiative, DigitalGlobe will contribute ideas, expertise and high-resolution 8-Band multi-spectral satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 satellite to TERI University's current research projects. The initiative's aim is to help researchers develop new environmental applications that address critical climate issues.

GeoEye, Inc. announced that GeoEye Imagery Collection Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of GeoEye, Inc., has signed a procurement contract with
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, an operating unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, to complete the development and construction of the GeoEye-2 satellite and the associated command and control system. Prior to entering this procurement contract, GeoEye and Lockheed Martin have been performing long-lead development and procurement activities for the GeoEye-2 satellite under an interim purchase agreement.

Teradata Corporation announced that it has joined forces with
CoreLogic, to provide insurance companies with intelligent
geospatial solutions that bring together the key business components necessary for underwriting processing, risk management, marketing and distribution management for optimal decision making.

Interdisciplinary Research Consultants (IdRC) and
ESRI Canada  announced that the companies have been selected to provide consulting services on the design of a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for the Kingdom of Jordan.  This will help Jordan develop a national strategic plan that will enable broad sharing of geographic information to monitor and support the country's development.  The project is being undertaken through funds from the Korean Trust Fund on ICT4D, administered by infoDev as part of a World Bank initiative.

OpenGeo  announced that
Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's national mapping agency, has agreed to an OpenGeo Suite Enterprise Edition contract to support its ongoing spatial data infrastructure initiatives.  The OS OnDemand service from Ordnance Survey has recently adopted GeoServer as its primary Web Map Service to customers, and the OpenGeo Suite contract will fund core development work for all GeoServer deployments to meet INSPIRE View Service requirements, including WMS 1.3

Adobe Systems Incorporated and
TerraGo Technologies, have announced an initiative to support geospatial capabilities for customers of Acrobat X solutions.


On 6 July 2010,
AB entered into an agreement to acquire the US-based software provider
Intergraph Corporation. Completion of the transaction was subject to certain conditions, including clearance from the relevant competent competition authorities and CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). All approvals have now been obtained, other conditions reviewed and the acquisition is expected to be completed on Thursday 28 October 2010. Hexagon will pay a cash purchase price of 2 125 MUSD for Intergraph on a cash and debt free basis.

PCI Geomatics plans to undertake a business development mission to Africa and the Middle East to meet, train, and interact with local partners and customers and to participate in a key industry event.

PCI Geomatics will begin its mission at the 8th International Conference African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) in Addis Ababa on October 25-29. PCI will take part in the conference alongside their new reseller, GEOMARK, to raise awareness of PCI products and technology and how they can assist in solving some of the region’s geospatial challenges. This is one of the largest African geo-intelligence events and brings together over 600 participants from over 40 countries.

Farallon Geographics designed, developed and deployed a web-based GIS asset tracking application to monitor Union Sanitary District’s water treatment plant assets. The Rich Internet application monitors wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and manages mission critical workflows.  The application will enable tight integration with a number of other business systems including its SharePoint document management system, Hansen asset management system, wastewater asset management database and ArcGIS Server GIS infrastructure. The application acts as a centralized resource for accessing data, and will speed information retrieval as well as enable information sharing and
project collaboration. 


Trimble will hold a conference call on Nov. 2, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. PDT to review its third quarter 2010 results. The call will be broadcast live on the Web at Investors without Internet access may dial into the call at (800) 528-9198 (U.S.) or (702) 928-6633 (international).

New Products

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer
Cadcorp has announced the availability of an application to assist its users in the management of NLPG (National Land and Property Gazetteer) data.

IDV Solutions  released Visual Fusion 5.0, innovative business intelligence software that unites data sources in a web-based, visual context for better insight and understanding. The new visualization, interaction, and application-building capabilities in this 5.0 release highlight the main value points Visual Fusion brings to the enterprise: enhanced insight, increased productivity, and business agility.

Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of Geographic Imager 3.2 for Adobe Photoshop. Along with support for Adobe CS5 and Mac OS 64-bit, it includes the ability to create and export geospatial PDF documents and terrain shading functionality.

Munsys, Inc.  announced the release of Munsys 10.3 64bit, providing support for the latest 64bit hardware, operating systems and applications that have become an important improvement of today’s technology. Munsys 10.3 64bit brings the powerful Munsys application family in line with 64bit technology and its ability to support more RAM, which can greatly improve memory-intensive applications. The move to 64-bit computing is becoming the next step for many GIS departments upgrading their systems to allow for better performance of their CAD applications and management of their large databases.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.

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