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October 18, 2004
Mile-High GIS -- GIS in the Rockies Special Report
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Welcome to GISWeekly!A small local conference offers a consolidation of what we in the press experience all year long at our various national GIS conferences. GIS in the Rockies, held October 6-8 in Denver at the Plaza at the Mart, expectedly reaffirmed top issues and/or technologies addressed at other conferences this year - openness and interoperability, sensor networks, advanced mobile technology, critical infrastructure protection. Yet the conference also offered a closer look at GIS efforts and issues specific to the Colorado Rockies. Read about all about it in this week's Industry News.

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Mile-High GIS -- GIS in the Rockies Special Report

By Susan Smith

Focus on Mobile and Sensors
A small local conference offers a consolidation of what we in the press experience all year long at our various national GIS conferences. GIS in the Rockies, held October 6-8 in Denver at the Plaza at the Mart, expectedly reaffirmed top issues and/or technologies addressed at other conferences this year - openness and interoperability, sensor networks, advanced mobile technology, critical infrastructure protection.

Perhaps more importantly, what a local conference like GIS in the Rockies offers is a closer look at GIS activities in the region, by way of keynotes and educational tracks. According to attendees (I was there only for Thursday's events), Denver's Mayor John Hickenlooper is a former exploration geologist and very GIS-aware, focusing his keynote on advanced mobile and sensor technology topics. Since taking office, Hickenlooper has passed an initiative to modernize Denver's personnel system, overcome a $70 million deficit to balance the City budget while averting major cuts in services and massive layoffs, and implemented a huge set of police modernizations, among other achievements.

In his keynote address, Will Wilbrink, chief solutions architect for MapInfo Corporation, also focused on mobile and sensor technologies. Wilbrink has been instrumental in developing mobile and web services technologies at MapInfo.

Wilbrink has been in the GIS industry for 17 years and has also done Java 2 programming. He began by saying that people are interested in what's around them these days and 'how do I get there?' The advent of wireless locations has made location based technology cheaper, faster, better.

GPS transponders inside phones have now made it possible for people to know where other people are, and where other locations are. “Assisted GPS” as they are called, take about 30 seconds to 3 minutes to find out where you are. These are consumer devices that take too long for some people. In “urban canyons” - such as downtown areas, the GPS can't see the satellites, so it takes longer. The technology will improve to meet the demand of users who cannot wait to find out their peers' location or need to overcome what have now become 'geographic' obstacles -- buildings.

Advanced mobile technology is driven by e911, said Wilbrink. “It is estimated 50% of all 911 calls come from a mobile device now.”

Although we call it “advanced mobile technology,” “the 911 system today is based on 1950s technology - completely outdated,” according to Wilbrink. PSAT should be free and be provided by the state.

Voice calls are still primary. Telephone companies create networks to allow more voice calls, not data. Phone companies would like to see LBS providers serving up position of subscribers to anyone who wants it. Of course, this brings up privacy issues that the OGC is working on with its OpenLS standards.

Homeland Security data must be available across different agencies which will include location aware search engines, and the more widespread use of GIS data.

Wilbrink posed what he felt was the more difficult question: how does the private sector share data with agencies? How do you ensure data doesn't end up in customers' hands?

When people are asked if they want to be tracked, there are differing opinions about it. Privacy remains a big issue behind the dissemination of location data. Homeland security really requires that you have access to information when you need it, and that is dependent upon high speed networks. Soon wireless carriers will provide high connection speed over large metropolitan areas.

Wilbrink cited field service automation, fleet management and sales force automation as the most important service areas, which happen to be product and service areas that MapInfo Corporation focuses on.

The talk continued with more examples of great LBS, RFID and sensor technology challenged by privacy issues: RFID replaces UPC codes, retailers tracking purchases, Boomerang tracking your credit card to be sure no one has stolen it and is trying to buy something with it. With Onstar in cars, drivers can send and receive calls like with wireless except without having to dial. It also offers other services such as airbag deployment notification, stolen vehicle tracking, driving directions, and remote diagnostics.

Click here for photos from GIS in the Rockies

Enterprise GIS - Southgate Water & Sewer Realizes Infrastructure Management Opportunities

Bill Jennings, P.E. District Manager, Southgate Water & Sanitation District and Phil Lidov, GIS Manager, Carter & Burgess, Inc. related their experience of working with the Southgate Water & Sewer Districts that distributes drinking water and collects sanitary sewage for approximately 80,000 residents in the southern part of the Denver metropolitan area.

The Districts identified GIS as a core component of their integrated information management system that will support maintenance of facilities, customer relations, and system planning for approximately 200 miles of water main, and 200 miles of sanitary sewer main that are flushed on a regular basis.

Southgate does not necessarily lend itself to a customized GIS, asset management and customer relationship management system because of its small staff and conservative nature. They do all their own repairs, maintenance on water mains, locates, and any time contractors dig in the area they must be onsite. However, with the help of Carter & Burgess, they were able to proceed through a multiphase process to create a GIS centered information management strategy.

Jennings related the history of technology at the Districts: “We started our CAD mapping in 1984 when I came here. Our supervisor was the database who had it all in his head. We just became networked. Computer expertise is a new thing in our office. We don't have a lot. Our CAD technician just took his first AutoCAD class; prior to that he has been learning from other people. I'm a civil engineer by background, and everything I know is with the computer in front of me.”

Lidov said, “We've been consultants with Southgate for about 1 1/2 years now. We began with a Needs Assessment of the organization, created an implementation plan, did an in-depth proof of concept with a pilot project. Right now Bill has gotten preliminary approval which will involve building the GIS across the organization.”

With the Needs Assessment Carter & Burgess tried to figure out the day to day needs of the different groups within the organization, where were opportunities to increase availability of information within organization, and looked at an example of an inspection and repair process - to figure out underlying goals.

They came up with three types of goals:

1) Improving access to data-- maps of primary distribution networks, etc., access to scanned as-builts, etc.

2) Implement work management system -built on top of GIS provide information to staff as to when inspections need to be done, locates, etc.

3) Develop strategic applications - financial planning

A big issue for Southgate is that because they have such a small staff, they need to increase accountability to customers and the Board. They must increase cross training, and decrease the learning curve for new employees. “With GIS, we know we'll be able to connect to as-builts, and make them available to the front desk,” said Lidov. “We are always asking for more people - with GIS we'll be able to justify another person easier. We want all operators to be able to do water and sewer.”

“With lower level troops you have higher turnover,” noted Jennings. “With this tool we will be able to decrease learning tools immensely for new employees.”

Southgate was not constrained to use one software platform over another, but looked at ESRI and Autodesk primarily. They made the choice to go with the Autodesk platform, and the Oracle 9i Locator Service which allows you to manage GIS geometry directly in the database. MapGuide can read data back out of the Oracle database, where it is stored.

In terms of ROI, Jennings summed up: “The bottom line is if you don't keep your mains clean, if you don't operate your system, if we can't show that we have been maintaining our systems, we can be sued and liable for damages.”

“If you compare the cost of a GIS as per mile of main it comes out to $1,000-$2,000 per mile of main, ($ costs around $200,000 for GIS). “Carter & Burgess came up with a definite savings; it used to take me 45 minutes to find an as built, with the GIS it's instantaneous. If the operators can't find it, I can find it,” said Jennings.

Field Deployment of Laptops

Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission maintains records for over 70,000 oil and gas facilities throughout the state. An SQL database houses data that is accessed by employees via multiple systems on an intranet. Because information is updated daily it's necessarily to streamline the collection of data. “Laptop synchronization” has become the method of choice - allowing field personnel to use and collect information in the field, which condenses the data collection routine - and can take 15 minutes to synchronize.

This is accomplished by having each laptop able to act as a standalone unit while having full functionality made available by the intranet.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission equipped each laptop with Internet Information Services (ISS) and duplicate web applications to mimic the intranet. A ColdFusion server was installed to run modified ColdFusion scripts and batch files so that programs can run directly off the laptops. MapGuide Server on each laptop allowed the laptops to function as standalone units, reading the GIS data that is updated nightly directly from the database.

Because the Commission had trouble with merge replication which works the same as transaction replication on the desktop, they realized that the problem originated if the laptop updated the same information that was updated on the main server or another laptop and had too many conflicts. SQL database replication procedures were developed that run nightly to synchronize the data. Plus a customized Visual Basic interface allows user-friendly data and application synchronization which can take place from any connection.

Field personnel cover wells in 8 counties. They can do a lot of work from their cars with their laptops. They can't do the work from a PDA because it's too small and they can't see the forms they need to fill out. The forms are loaded onto the laptop and users can redline and make changes to their files both off and online.

The GECCO Pilot Program

Bob Samborski, Executive Director of GITA, spoke about the GECCO Pilot Program, which stands for “Geospatially Enabling Community Collaboration,” launched this summer in Honolulu. This sounded vaguely familiar to me as the session progressed, and then I realized GECCO was developed by GITA as a part of a National Geospatial Initiative for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) that was outlined at the
GITA 2004 Conference in Seattle earlier this year.

The events of 9/11 spawned the evolution of the Geospatial Leadership Coalition (GLC), formed through GITA, which addresses data sharing, after the federal government realized that 85% of the information they need is out of their hands; rather, it is in the hands of local and state governments, and private utilities. Thus the National Geospatial Initiative for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) evolved from the GLC.

Samborski talked about further evolution: a GITA study mission that visited Japan earlier this year to study the Road Administration Information Center (ROADIC) in Tokyo. The organizations they visited included: City of Tokyo Bureau of General Affairs, Disaster Prevention Center; Bureau of Waterworks, Water Supply Operations Center and Bureau of Waterworks, Water Quality Management Center; Metropolitan Police Department; Tokyo Gas Company, Center for Supply Control and Disaster Management; and Nippon Telephone & Telegraph, Infrastructure Network Corporation. In Japan they do not have the major issue of standards to deal with: everyone uses the Total Utility Management System, the original
system for Tokyo Gas. The system was developed in response to a major gas explosion in 1985 and the lack of their knowledge of underground assets.

In Japan, terrorism is not a major issue. Their CIP is driven by a concern about earthquakes and other natural phenomena. Although not mandated, their system could be used for CIP as it enables increased coordination, data sharing to support disaster planning and recovery.

Their initial implementation, begun in the 80s, expanded to 12 major urban areas throughout the nation, and now those branches coordinate with local governments and public utilities.

The original cost of the system was Y9.5 Billion, or US$ 8.7 Billion. The National Government funded 60% of the cost, and interested local governments and utility companies funded the remaining 30%.

Today's annual operating budget is Y3.4 Billion, or US$ 3.1 Million. The National Government funds 50% of the cost, local governments are responsible for 10% and private utilities and other organizations provide 40% of the cost.

ROADIC enjoys several economic benefits, but chief among them are the utility and construction coordination and time reduction for management of permit process.

ROADIC's technology issues include: an increased use of fiber optics to enhance communications and coordination; and no use of the Internet-the members access the database directly and data is restricted to members.

The mission study group made several key observations of the ROADIC system-
- A consortium of public and private entities was successful in creating a land database that works

- The ability to build and maintain a common database predicated on a common land base is crucial in establishing data sharing partnerships

- In the U.S. there is difficulty in providing an incentive to municipalities and utilities to participate

- ROI is the driver in the U.S. whereas crisis management is the driver for Japan

- ROADIC provides an example demonstrating that utilities don't have to share data completely to accomplish some worthwhile shared benefits.
What stands in the way of progress like ROADIC in North America are liability issues. Utility companies in North America haven't proactively responded to data sharing. Inspired by ROADIC, GECCO is designed to respond to manmade disaster and includes damage prevention, not just prevention and response to terrorist attacks.

The next step for developing GECCO in the U.S.:
- Design and conduct a pilot study for a national geospatial initiative for CIP

- Pilot in several North American locations

- Partner with federal governments and agencies.
Samborski reported that they took the results of ROADIC to the Department of Homeland Security and they were very interested. The main challenge from the Department of Homeland Security was the formation of a strategic directive HSPD-7. The focal point of the pilot project - data sharing - is believed to be the primary obstacle to moving forward with CIP.

The pilot program would
- Facilitate a dialog among emergency management, and infrastructure stakeholders in defined geographic areas

- Address data sharing and collaboration issues that inhibit effective respond and recovery in times of emergency
Pilot concept and purpose:
- Collaborative forums to identify requirements for data type, currency, accuracy, etc.

- Intra and inter organizational processes

- Interoperability and EA

- Technology

- Overcoming barriers to sharing data are really the problem.
Candidate pilot project sites:




New York

Las Vegas


Honolulu was chosen for the first GECCO pilot program because the chairman/taskforce CIP leader actually had some Honolulu clients - the city and county of Honolulu, who were interested in pursuing the pilot. “Then it led to other government agencies, utility and private organizations requesting it,” said Samborski.

Representatives from state agencies, local government organizations, a chief senatorial aid, USGS, utility companies, pipelines, Pacific Disaster Center, and military organizations were present at the meeting which attracted about 35 people.

The next step:
- Compile results and return to pilot project participants for validation

- Meeting with federal government to brief them on findings

- Submit grant application for federal funding for next phase - operational pilot on Oahu

- Secure FGDC funding for GECCO workshops
The second GECCO workshop will be conducted in Denver in November, 2004.
An inaugural CIP event will take place in Washington, D.C., December 7-8. A CIP Seminar will be conducted at the GITA 2004 Annual Conference in Denver as well.
For more information on GECCO, visit


ESRI and Earth Satellite Corporation (EarthSat) an ESRI business partner, announced that ESRI is a reseller of EarthSat's NaturalVue and GeoCover 15-meter (0.5 arcsecond) pixel resolution data sets. The Landsat Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM) multispectral-based image data sets, which have a circa year 2000 acquisition date and are equivalent to a scale of approximately 1:50,000, provide logistical and geodetic reference information for a wide variety of GIS and simulation applications.

European Space Imaging and GEOSYSTEMS signed an agreement allowing European Space Imaging to offer ATCOR software to its global customers.

LocatePLUS Holdings Corp. announced that the Company has partnered with Info-Cop, a national provider of advanced wireless information software for law enforcement. According to the partnership, Info-Cop and LocatePLUS have teamed to create an enhanced wireless emergency response solution that combines Info-Cop's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) information with LocatePLUS' leading- edge investigative database.

SRC LLC announced it has licensed GlobeXplorer®'s online aerial and satellite photo library featuring high-resolution images from AirPhotoUSA and others. The subscription-based library of nationwide photos will be available immediately to SRC's DemographicsNow.com and DemographicsNow Professional subscribers via the company's Web site.

Blue Marble Geographics announced a new partnership with German mapping software vendor, screen & paper. Blue Marble has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over 11 years. The industry-standard Geographic Calculator is used worldwide by thousands of basic to advanced GIS analysts at universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, and military organizations. "We are pleased to have screen & paper's “mapshop-online” join our world wide network of partners that we like to call Blue Marble GeoPartners," said Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham. To learn more about screen & paper's
“mapshop-online” visit:

IDELIX® Software Inc. and RSI (Research Systems, Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries, announced that the Special Projects Office of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Enterprise Directorate has funded the integration of Pliable Display Technology® (PDT®) by IDELIX into the client software applications of RSI's Image Access Solutions (IAS).

eNeighborhoods has unveiled the newest feature addition to their line of Internet real estate marketing solutions: instant aerial and satellite photos from GlobeXplorer.

PCI Geomatics announces that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hansa Luftbild Consulting International GmbH of Muenster, Germany that outlines terms of collaboration for identifying and pursuing Image-Centric opportunities.

NovaLIS Technologies, a supplier of land information management products to government - is pleased to welcome Group 1 to its Business Partner Program.


The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) (formerly the Open GIS Consortium), announced that it will conduct live, multi-vendor demonstrations of Web-based geoprocessing interoperability at "Interoperability 2004 -- Integrating process, organization, systems." This conference, organized by the Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) will be held October 20 - 21, 2004 in Washington, DC.

URISA's 42nd Annual Conference will get underway next month with an important keynote address from Jim Geringer, the former Governor of Wyoming. Geringer's advocacy for technology has centered on the end result of how technology enhances services, emphasizing the benefits of integrated service delivery and enterprise-wide solutions. He will be addressing the conference on the topic of "How To Get Elected Officials more Engaged with Technology" during the opening session on Monday, November 8.

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software, announced that Real World GIS of Perth, Australia has been appointed as the regional distributor of MAPublisher and other Avenza products for Australia, New Zealand and other points the South Pacific area.

Garmin Ltd. invites shareholders and investors to listen to its third quarter 2004 earnings conference call that will be broadcast over the Internet on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 11 a.m. ET, with executives of Garmin. The call will be held in conjunction with the company's earnings release, which will be distributed prior to market open on October 27.


Log on to the Web at the address above or call to listen in
at (800) 883-9537.

Intergraph Corporation will report third quarter 2004 financial results on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 after market close. The company's management will host a conference call to discuss the third quarter results on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

Investors are invited to listen to a live Webcast of the conference call through the investor relations section on Intergraph's Website at www.intergraph.com/investors .
UCLID Software announced that it now provides GIS services including data conversion, geodatabase implementation and GIS training.
Abstracts are now being sought for the 2005 ESRI User Conference in San Diego.
Submit a short abstract of 150 words on the topic or theme to be discussed. ESRI users may submit up to one abstract for each conference. Abstracts are due by December 3. All users who present their papers at the conference can have them published on the Web and in the conference proceedings on CD-ROM.

Ordnance Survey is to launch an enhancement to its detailed digital height data defining the physical landscape of Britain. The national mapping agency is extending its Land-Form PROFILE product to include enriched digital terrain model (DTM) data for a selection of urban areas and flood plains. Land-Form PROFILE Plus will enable nationally consistent 3-D modeling applications for activities such as flood risk insurance assessment, highway and pipeline planning, and environmental impact analysis.

The Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) Basic Doctrine (GEOINT Publication 1) can be downloaded from the NGA public web site,

With presidential candidates doing all they can to win over the undecided women voters across the country, MapInfo Corporation released insightful demographic facts about single and married women living in the key battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. MapInfo analyzed the metropolitan areas of these states to uncover the highest population of married and single women, the areas where mothers live and the kinds of jobs they hold. This information can provide greater insight into one of the presidential campaign's highly sought after demographic.

Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is showcasing its geospatial intelligence solutions at the GEOINT 2004 conference in New Orleans, La., through Oct. 14. At the show, Intergraph is introducing GeoMedia(R) Image Scout, a new product for advanced image exploitation that analyzes and intensifies multi-source geospatial data.

ESRI announced that it has joined the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge as a gold sponsor and will offer ArcWeb Services to all official contestants. Global LBS Challenge details, including rules, regulations, contest information, and information about ESRI's contribution, can be found on the Web at

Letters from Readers

In response to an article in
GISWeekly, October 4, 2004:

I was just commenting on your statement that the 80% claim of data being spatial may mostly originate from vendors, which is probably true because it helps their marketing effort. Maybe we're an exception to this, but in Shell we did a study 6 years ago which put that figure at 79% in our global oil & gas exploration & production division. So in my mind 80% is a pretty good estimate, although I'm sure it will vary from industry to industry (I always thought exploration was a very spatial business but perhaps no more than others?).

Thanks for the good work, always enjoy reading your weekly news.

kind regards,

Thierry Gregorius

Global GIS/Spatial Coordinator

Shell Exploration and Production

International Centre, Netherlands


In last week's
GISWeekly, October 11, 2004, I incorrectly stated that ESRI owned Orion, which it does not. ESRI does not own Orion in any form. Jack Dangermond owns a small percentage of Orion, as he has done with many other GIS firms. However, this is separate from ESRI. Orion is an ESRI business partner, but not owned by them. The correction has been made to the copy.

New Products

Maptech's new Outdoor Navigator has a powerful PDA Outdoor Atlas that will display maps and charts without a GPS connected.

Xplore Technologies® Corp., provider of rugged wireless tablet PC systems, announced the release of its family of iX104C2™ Tablet PCs. The iX104C2 line up are the first in the rugged tablet PC market with the latest Intel® Centrino (733) mobile technology, AllVue™ enhanced display, advanced wireless LAN certifications, up to 4 multi-model wireless devices and patent pending auto-sensing Dual Mode technologies. The iX104C2 family includes Tablet PC (C2), Dual Mode TPC (C2D), and AllVue TPC (C2V) versions.

Magellan Explorer 3 allows users to download and open Zip files, publish web pages and view images. Magellan Explorer 3 is a file and Internet tool created by Enriva Development, and published by BMT Micro Inc. The integration of an FTP and Zip client and image viewer within a file utility helps users perform some frequent desktop operations.

New versions of the Pliable Display Technology (PDT®) Software Development Kits were released by IDELIX® Software Inc. featuring new programming options and performance enhancements.

“EU 25 Premium” is available for MapInfo and ESRI-products. This product provides a wide range of up to date administrative and topographic maps. All maps are 100% seamless and fully attributed with official names and codes. The administrative maps included display the NUTS-level 0-3. The NUTS classification (Nomenclature des unites territoriales statistiques) is usually based on existing national administrative units.

ESRI announced the shipping of version 2.1 of Job Tracking for ArcGIS (JTX). JTX improves job tracking and work flow management in ArcGIS 9. JTX is a solution-based extension that provides an integration framework for ArcGIS multiuser geodatabase environments.This enterprise work flow management application simplifies and automates many aspects of job management and tracking.

Also ESRI announced the availability of the ArcGIS Data Interoperability ArcGIS extension that eliminates barriers to data sharing. Jointly developed by ESRI and Safe Software, an ESRI Corporate Alliance, ArcGIS Data Interoperability is built on Safe Software's industry-standard Feature Manipulation Engine technology.
ATCOR is an add-on module for ERDAS IMAGINE® distributed by GEOSYSTEMS. It removes haze and thin clouds from optical satellite imagery. In addition ATCOR can correct for atmospheric conditions generating data sets with true reflectance values and reduced shading of slopes, which are pre-requisites for successful change detection studies.

Alexander Stengel announced a brand new software, named "MapMemo". MapMemo uses only aliases of your files, called “Memos”, and all files will still open in their original applications. Single files and folders can be dragged to the MapMemo map, and there are different layers in which to organize your files within MapMemo.

Origin GeoSystems, Inc. (a subsidiary of PDA Holdings, Inc.) announced that Origin GIS Water is now available in beta form for early adopters with general availability scheduled for November, 2004. This software application is targeted at water and wastewater utilities that need a simple and easy to use automated mapping/facilities management (AM/FM) map editing solution to help them manage their water and/or wastewater networks.

Around the Web...

Space Age Sound Comes Down to Earth, BusinessWeek Online, October 18, 2004 -It's often difficult for anyone you call on a mobile phone to hear you clearly under the best of circumstances. And mobile calls are frequently made under the worst of conditions -- on street corners, from moving cars, in crowded malls. A new headset using advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology can dramatically improve the quality of those calls.

At Mt. St. Helens, the Big Eruption is of Data, Not Lava, New York Times (registration required), by Kenneth Chang, October 12, 2004 -- Dr. Elliot Endo recalls using a ruler to measure the size of the squiggles on seismographs when Mt. St. Helens erupted during the 1980s. Now he tracks St. Helens with a high-end cellphone. "I look at my plots on a Treo 600, and it's really cool," said Dr. Endo, scientist-in-charge at the United States Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash.

WiFi Group: Jumping the Gun on Gear is Risky, Graeme Wearden, CNET News.com, October 12, 2004 - Several manufacturers launched equipment that they claimed supported 802.11g several months before the standard
was formally certified.

Upcoming Events

Wireless Industry Congress 2004

Date: October 17 - 19, 2004

Place: Ottawa, Canada

David Wood, Sr. VP Marketing for Telcontar will be delivering the following presentation: Trends in Navigation and Implementing Wireless Navigation Services Find out how different companies have created applications targeted at specific wireless carriers, vehicle OEMs or corporate enterprise market segments. See from demonstrations how each has arrived at very different feature sets, architectures, user interfaces and business models. Learn how integration of disparate voice, mapping, real time data feeds, wireless networks and client software and hardware products can be achieved and what key factors to consider as you examine your company's positioning and opportunity in the
location-based services market. Examine how the strengths and weaknesses of each approach will impact the evolution of the navigation market, and explore the business opportunities that could develop as a result.

The 12th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference

Date: October 18 - 22, 2004

Place: Fremantle Western Australia, Australia

The 12th Australasian Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Conference (ARSPC) will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia from Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October 2004. ARSPC is Australia's biennial event for practitioners and allied industries.

GIScience 2004

Date: October 20 - 23, 2004

Place: The Inn and Conference Center University of Maryland , MD USA

GIScience 2004 is the follow-up meeting to the highly successful GIScience 2000 and 2002 conferences with over 300 researchers attending each time. GIScience 2004 will again bring together scientists from academia, industry, and government to analyze progress and to explore new research directions.

SWUG Conference 2004 "Taking GIS to Higher Peaks"

Date: October 20 - 22, 2004

Place: Telluride Conf. Center Telluride, CO USA

The Southwest Users Group (SWUG)conference brings together GIS users from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to exchange knowledge, discuss new ideas, explore resources, and support the development of diverse GIS interests and education.

GO! Sync (Replicate) Webinar

Date: October 21, 2004

Place: USA

GO! Sync (Replicate), a turnkey solution to replicate ArcSDE, is designed to by ArcGIS developers for ArcGIS departments. By fully adopting the ArcGIS environment, including versioning, it enables organizations to seamlessly replicate data to other departments, regions or third parties. Using the configuration tool in ArcCatalog, replication criteria can be assigned using both spatial and feature restrictions.

AGIC 2004 GIS Education and Training Symposium

Date: October 27 - 29, 2004

Place: Prescott, AZ USA

Experience GIS at its best this fall in the mile-high city of Prescott, Arizona. Three days of workshops, technical demonstrations, and activities presented by national and local professionals will keep you and your staff current on the latest GIS technologies. Explore vendor exhibits and network with GIS professionals from across the State. Learn about current developments and challenges in a quickly changing industry and share your own insights into the world of GIS. Whether you enter the poster contest to show off your latest project, attend the workshops to fine tune your GIS skills, or are looking to keep up to date with old friends, Prescott is the place to be in October.

You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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-- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.