April 11, 2011
GIS News from Autodesk AEC Day 2011
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Primary targets for Galileo technology are planners – urban design, college planners, rural community planners, city and town planners. Secondary targets include developers and architects.

McRoberts said they have received great interest from emergency response and the military.

Cities of the Future

James Moore, senior vice president of National Commmunity Planning & Urban Design and principal, HDR spoke on the topic, “Cities of the Future and the Future of Cities: Challenges and Opportunities.”

He said the city of Boston is over 300 years old, but all parts of the city function pretty well, regardless of when they were built. “As things change, it doesn’t invalidate what was built before,” said Moore. “The technology used to build skyscrapers is not dramatically different than what is used to build the two and three story buildings in the North End.”

Moore noted that at least 50% of the world’s population lives in cities. There is a need to grow future cities, as the post war American model for building cities is probably not sustainable. The goal is to “create high quality of life at very low consumption levels.”

Being a sustainable community carries some responsibility – cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam have the right idea with their commitment to people riding bicycles to work and wherever else they have to go. As fuel prices are on the rise, working far away from home is not desirable and can raise the total cost of living. Moore said biking is the most energy efficient form of transportation.

Energy, air, water, food natural resources, waste, buildings and facitiies , mobillity, economy, human services, knowledge, culture, land use and community form are all elements of a city.

Moore said we lead with technical expertise instead of with vision. It is necessary to adopt a data driven approach. Data must support the vision that supports the integrated plan that supports an assessment.

Technology used can include building information modeling, geospatial, sensor data, quantitative data and qualitative that can all be combined into a single entity.


In recent years, we have seen Autodesk subsume their involvement in geospatial or GIS, in spite of the fact that they do have robust technology such as FDO, Topobase, LandXplorer and Map 3D to support GIS. They have been popular with cities and municipalities who needed a way to provide mapping for utilities, police departments, utilities and other public agencies, who could integrate them with existing Autodesk products.

The new Galileo, seemingly a more pumped up version of LandXplorer, shows promise as a conceptual tool for designing 3D cities, something that traditional geospatial companies have had a hard time providing. The integration of Map 3D and Topobase and open database feature really opens up Map 3D to a host of new users who might never have thought about a GIS but needed one.

Autodesk may not be aiming at GIS users per se with these technologies, but rather looking to extend the portfolio of products for AutoCAD users to include GIS, since the most common migration path to other Autodesk products is through their flagship CAD product, AutoCAD.

Top of the News

GeoCat, a geospatial software company specializing in Spatial Data Infrastructure development, and
OpenGeo, the world leader in supported open source geospatial solutions, announced that the GeoCat Bridge software will now be available as an integrated component of the OpenGeo Suite.

Planetek Italia is starting the activities to set up the
INSPIRE Geoportal, the central portal for environmental information in the European Union. The company has been awarded the tender for the "Development of the technical components of the INSPIRE Geoportal at European Level", of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Institute for Environment and Sustainability.

Software Technologies and
SpatialTEQ released the next version of Map Business Online service. With this new version users can do spatial searches, organize customers data into groups or marketing lists, import selected customer information into CRM or contacts manager products


Pitney Bowes Business Insight, has formed an alliance with
Second Decimal, LLC, a leader in the tax automation space, to provide several geospatial sales and use tax rate determination and monitoring solutions. As a result, customers can now use location intelligence to streamline tax rate management, increase tax compliance and reduce operational costs.

INRIX, a provider of traffic information and driver services, announced a partnership with service provider
Targa Infomobility and
Infoblu, the provider of traffic information in Italy. This partnership enables INRIX's customers to immediately benefit from Infoblu's Italian real-time traffic data. INRIX will combine its Smart Driver Network, expertise and technology with Infoblu's data in Italy to complete the coverage for the company's market real-time and predictive traffic service.


Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on the candidate OGC Open GeoSMS Standard - Core.

The candidate OGC Open GeoSMS Standard can be found at:
http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/requests/76. The period for issuing comments expires on 24 April 2011.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) announces the formation of an OGC WaterML 2.0 Standards Working Group (SWG). (

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved the Sensor Planning Service (SPS) Interface Standard 2.0 Earth Observation Satellite Tasking Extension standard as an official OGC standard. This standard is available for free download at

When the Earth shook with a magnitude of 9.0 off the coast of Japan on Friday, 11 March, Olaf Kranz and his team at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen had to react quickly. In close cooperation with the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency,
INTERGEO analysed the satellite data and drew up maps of the affected areas. The aim was to identify the damage and find ways of providing the best possible support for the local aid effort, says Kranz, Project Manager of the DLR's Centre for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI). Providing maps quickly is a must for relief operations in the wake of natural disasters. Recent events in Japan show there is no alternative to intensive international cooperation, says Prof. Karl-Friedrich Thöne, President of the German Association of Surveying - Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management (DVW e. V.), issuing an invitation to the world's biggest conference trade
fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Nuremberg. Taking as its theme 'Knowledge and action for planet Earth', INTERGEO has for years been making an important contribution to cross-industry dialogue and worldwide networking.

INTERGEO exhibitor
Astrium GEO-Information Services has announced the launch of four new satellites that will optimise the parameters for international disaster relief by enabling the flexible recording of larger areas, the accurate depiction of smaller areas with image products accurate down to 50 centimetres and faster availability of image data.

Pictometry International Corp announced that the United States District Court of Minnesota has summarily declared that Pictometry’s oblique aerial image capture system does not infringe on GeoSpan’s patent.


DigitalGlobe has appointed Amy Shapero to the newly created position of Vice President, Corporate Development. In the role, Shapero is responsible for identifying and managing acquisition and partnership activities worldwide to accelerate DigitalGlobe's growth in the imagery-based information services market. She reports to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Yancey Spruill.

DigitalGlobe has appointed Robert Keosheyan to the newly created position of Director, Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Keosheyan is responsible for developing and managing the company's external communications, including public relations.

GeoEngineers is pleased to announce that
Jaime Crawford is joining the company as an Associate in the Applied Technology team. She will be based in GeoEngineers’ Redmond, WA office.

Avineon, Inc. , a successful provider of IT, geospatial, engineering and program management services, announced the appointment of Rick Baumgartner as Director of Business Development – Geospatial Solutions.

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