January 31, 2011
FME 2011 Addresses 2011 Spatial Data Concerns
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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CARIS is introducing a revolutionary solution to the problems of converting Digital Nautical Charts (DNC's) to Electronic Nautical Charts (ENC's) and vice versa.

CARIS, with S-57 Composer 2.2, now offers a DNC Plug-in available through an optional license. The DNC Plug-in has a unique capability of automatically converting, with a first-pass success rate of 80%, DNC to ENC.

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced the launch of CropScape, a new cropland exploring service. CropScape provides data users access to a variety of new resources and information, including the 2010 cropland data layer (CDL) just released in conjunction with CropScape.

Reporting a non-working streetlight just became easier, thanks to a new online tool launched by
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Customers noticing a streetlight that is broken or burned out can conveniently visit
www.NIPSCO.com/StreetlightOut and submit a request to have it fixed. An interactive map identifies all of the streetlights owned or maintained by NIPSCO. So, if a customer does not have the exact pole number, they still will be able to search for the streetlight by address or location.

SuperGeo Technologies aids SMAP Technologies, an electronic map supplier, in its digital map application of a wide range of fields.

Providing navigation system, LBS, Internet Map, and GIS projects for applications in various fields, SMAP has confronted some difficulties such as considerable time in managing and categorizing a large sum of data. With the adoption of SuperGIS Desktop, the enterprise can download the data from the server to SuperGIS Desktop and directly digitize or modify the maps and subsequently improve the accessibility and management of digital maps as well as the competitiveness among its counterparts.

The new self-leveling rotating laser from
Topcon Positioning System (TPS) - RL-H4C - is an addition to the popular RL-H series of rotating lasers, meeting increased demands for job site durability, range, accuracy, versatility and cost-effectiveness.

The new self-leveling rotating laser from Topcon Positioning System (TPS) - RL-H4C - sets a new industry standard for general construction lasers. (Photo: Business Wire)

Trimble introduced its next generation field device-the Trimble TSC3 controller. As part of Trimble's portfolio of Connected Site survey solutions, the new controller allows surveyors and geospatial professionals to collect, share and deliver data for improved accuracy, efficiency and productivity between the field and office.

Spatial Energy, a source for digital imagery, data management and services for the energy industry, and
Apache Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in the United States, Canada, Egypt, the United Kingdom North Sea, Australia and Argentina, announced the launch of an industry-leading environmental monitoring program to monitor assets globally using remote sensing data and services.

MapQuest, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Inc. announced the launch of eight new mapping sites built on open technology and
OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. Over the past seven months, MapQuest has launched a total of 18 country- and language-specific “open” sites in nations around the world, illustrating the true global need and benefit of open-source maps. The new sites include:

  • Australia:
  • open.mapquest.com.au (British English)
  • Denmark:
  • open.mapquest.dk (Danish)
  • Ireland:
  • open.mapquest.ie (British English)
  • Mexico:
  • open.mapquest.org.mx (American Latin Spanish)
  • New Zealand:
  • open.mapquest.co.nz (British English)
  • Norway:
  • open.mapquest.no (Norwegian)
  • Singapore:
  • open.mapquest.com.sg (British English)
  • Sweden:
  • open.mapquest.se (Swedish)

    Around the Web

    Restaurants Reach Out to Customers With Social Media Elizabeth Olson, January 20, 2011, The New York Times

    Manchester Parish Council credits GIS with development January 17, 2011, The Jamaica-Gleaner.com

    Interfering With Flight? Christina Negroni, January 17, 2011, The New York Times


    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

    AZ USA

    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 10, 2011
    Place: New Orleans, LA USA

    The StreetMapper 2011 User Conference is designed to attract both existing and potential users of mobile mapping systems. The Conference Programme will feature a range of technical presentations detailing the latest developments in laser scanning and mobile data capture including technical specialists from both 3D Laser Mapping and IGI who are at the frontline of system design and development.
    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.
    Date: February 23 - 24, 2011
    Place: Redlands, CA USA

    Professionals from California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Islands are invited to connect with your peers, colleagues, and ESRI contacts. Whatever your industry, position, or level of GIS experience, you’re encouraged to attend this helpful and engaging forum.
    Date: March 1 - 2, 2011
    Place: Horizon Convention Center

    401 South High Street, Muncie, IN 47308 USA

    The Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) will host the 2011 Indiana GIS Conference March 1-2, 2011 at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. This event brings together over 300 of Indiana’s leading GIS professionals specializing in all facets of GIS use and development.

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