January 17, 2011
GeoDesign Summit 2011 in Review
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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In 2010 the German company
GTA produced with inhouse developed the software tridicon 3D more than 180 3D European city models in level of detail 2 (LOD 2) with a total area of more than 5.000 square kilometres.

Tridicon 3D delivers high quality models from stereo aerial imagery. Other suitable data sources are LiDAR data (airborne laserscanning) and stereo satellite imagery. Furthermore a digital terrain model and building footprints are used.

Blue Marble Geographics announced that GeoCalc is now in beta testing for Java users. Blue Marble will be adding Java interface support to the existing GeoCalc libraries. GIS software developers will be able to incorporate Blue Marble GeoCalc libraries into their software in a Java development environment. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

Envista Corporation announced the release of Envista R2 2010, which includes powerful new products and features that will help all organizations with a vested interest in the public right-of-way to communicate and coordinate more efficiently and effectively. This latest release extends and enhances Envista's suite of map-based coordination solutions, Smarter Streets, a software-as-a-service offering that enables proactive management of utility projects, public works, permitting, incidents, traffic, and events to optimize street performance, reduce costs, and minimize environmental impact.

C3 Technologies released its first software development kit (SDK) for creating search, navigation and geo-location desktop and mobile applications that utilize the company's photo-realistic 3D maps. The C3 SDK comes with 3D maps of San Francisco and London for developing and testing applications that can work with the more than 100 maps in the C3 database of cities and regions in the U.S., U.K., central Europe and Scandinavia.

Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of USGS (United States Geological Survey) topographic maps for use on the PDF Maps app, the first and only geospatial PDF reader for Apple iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

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Date: January 18 - 21, 2011
Place: Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Novotel & HICC Complex, Cyberabad Post Office , Hyderabad, India

Geospatial World Forum shall be driven by an objective to provide an appropriate representation of geospatial industry and its relevance in tomorrow’s world and it will embrace in itself, the directions and dimensions for geospatial industry.
Date: January 19 - 21, 2011
Place: Walter E.

Washington Convention Center , Washington, DC USA

Whether you are new to the GIS user community or want to advance your current geospatial projects, the FedUC is the best place to get educated and stay updated. Leaders, decision makers, GIS professionals, and those evaluating GIS are encouraged to attend.
Date: January 24 - 27, 2011
Place: QEII Conference Centre

London, United Kingdom

Defence Geospatial Intelligence (DGI) is Europe's largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. DGI brings together heads of Geospatial Intelligence, GIS, Remote Sensing, Operations, Mapping, Imagery and Analysis within the Military, Governmental and National Security sectors, and provides a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe.
Date: January 24 - 25, 2011
Place: Resort at Squaw Creek

Lake Tahoe, CA USA

Join Accela to kick-off the new year at our 6th Annual Partner Summit, taking place on January 24 - 25, 2011. This event will be held at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, California.

Whether you are looking to enter the lucrative government market or enhance your presence there, the Accela Partner Summit is your best opportunity to find out how to achieve profitable collaboration that will build your business all year long.
Date: January 24 - 28, 2011
Place: Radisson Our Lucaya Resort

Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, USA

MAPPS sponsors a number of informative conferences and meetings on business practices, markets, legislation, and technology affecting private mapping firms.

Speakers have included a number of Congressman such as Jack Brooks (author of the "Brooks Act"), senior officials in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, NASA and Bureau of Reclamation. MAPPS has hosted former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm, a candidate for President of the United States in the 1996 election campaign and former Interior Secretary James Watt, as well as management, organizational, and motivational speakers.
Date: January 24 - 26, 2011
Place: VSB – Technical University of Ostrava campus

New Hall building, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The symposium
GIS Ostrava 2011 follows three main topics – Advances in Remote Sensing, Advances in Spatial Modelling and Geoinformation Technology Challenges.
Date: January 26 - 27, 2011
Place: Manila, Philippines

Geodata Systems Technologies, Inc. , the sole Esri distributor in the Philippines, is proud to be hosting the 2011 APUC January 26–27 at the
Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Manila, Philippines. For two days, in one place, you'll have Esri at your fingertips. The APUC will be an excellent event and tremendous resource for anyone working with GIS technology in the Asia Pacific region.
Date: January 27 - 29, 2011
Place: Palace Grounds

Bengaluru, India

Municipalika provides a platform to take stock of the progress, to assess the possibilities and problems, and to map future strategies and solutions.

Many initiatives are being undertaken by the Central, State and Local/City Governments for addressing the urban challenge, including the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) of the Government of India, which aims at creating economically productive, efficient, equitable, inclusive, sustainable and responsive cities. The massive funding from the Central and State Governments amounting to Rs 1000 billion (US$20 Billion) over the period of 2005-2012 is contributing substantially to create improved urban infrastructure and housing. Other programmes like the BSUP, IHSDP,
and UIDSSMT are also bringing in reforms, investments and technologies.
Date: February 1 - 3, 2011
Place: 6 AB, Third Level

San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA USA

Join us in San Diego for the DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition. DistribuTECH is the utility industry's leading smart grid conference and exposition, covering automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, advanced metering, T&D system operation and reliability, power delivery equipment and water utility technology.
Date: February 3 - 4, 2011
Place: Phoenix


Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the 2011 schedule for its comprehensive 2-day MAPublisher training course. This 2-day class offers in-depth MAPublisher training that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power.
Date: February 5 - 10, 2011
Place: Movenpick Hotel

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This four-part certified course will ensure you get the most from your time out of the office and address your educational needs. Building on the resounding success of last year's events, this year will continue to raise health and safety awareness for the region, promote best practice and clarify legislation in the Middle East. During the week, occupational health, safety, medical and risk professionals will gather to discuss the latest and business critical challenges that affect the productivity of their employees. With a stronger focus on health, this year's unique program is
further enhanced to include a fully certified post-graduate diploma qualification, addressing the educational needs of OH&S professionals and also open to graduates in OH&S management.
Date: February 7 - 9, 2011
Place: Astor Crowne Plaza

New Orleans, LA USA

The International LIDAR Mapping Forum 2011 (ILMF 2011), the eleventh in a series that has long established itself as the premier LIDAR event, attracts professionals from around the world with one focused objective of sharing information on LIDAR technology and Mobile Mapping Systems.
Date: February 8 - 10, 2011
Place: Redlands, CA USA

The 2011
Redlands GIS Week consists of a workshop on special time-critical applications of VGI. The event brings together thought-leaders from academia, government, and different industries to advance the integration of VGI or crowd-sourced geodata with traditional GIS technology.
Date: February 14 - 17, 2011
Place: Fira de Barcelona


Widely regarded as the mobile industry’s “must attend” of the year, the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress presents a cutting-edge conference agenda that consistently features the industry’s biggest names, the most relevant topics and the most innovative companies who are changing the face of the mobile sector.
Date: February 17 - 18, 2011
Place: Malaga, Spain

Next generation satellite services will cater the demands of personal services by bringing the satellite terminals directly to the hands of the user hence providing satellite personal services directly to the user. Technological advances in satellite communications have made it possible to bring such value added satellite services directly to the user by reducing the overall cost as well as addressing many technological challenges such as supporting mobility, having miniaturized antennas and terminal sizes, and providing high data rate links. With the unique broadcast nature and
ubiquitous coverage of satellite networks, the synergy between satellite and terrestrial networks provides immense opportunities for disseminating wideband multimedia services to a wide range of audiences over large numbers of geographically-dispersed people.

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Review Article
  • GeoDesign Identity January 19, 2011
    Reviewed by 'Philip Mielke'
    Great review of the GeoDesign summit, and I can understand how the identity of Geodesign gravitated more towards CAD & GIS Integration and also BIM. Based on the attendees and presenters, that seems to have been the point (or at least the market).
    From a GIS professional's point of view, GeoDesign isn't just the marriage of the city and building scales, but it's better thought of as the marriage of geoprocessing and design. As a GIS professional, you set up an iterative design environment complete with land-use type suitability and evaluation models, and you receive feedback on your design as you edit feature classes that represent land uses or buildings. The intent for a GIS professional would be to maintain this iterative design environment and allow non-GIS pro's the chance to design and receive statistical feedback on their designs. The point is that many stakeholders have the chance to design and review other stakeholders designs. You can measure agreement and disagreement spatially.

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