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February 11, 2008
GIS Aptitude with Maptitude 5.0
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Industry News

GIS Aptitude with Maptitude 5.0

By Susan Smith

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The latest version of the Maptitude desktop GIS software from Caliper Corporation boasts many new features that support ease-of-use, which is one of the primary attractions to the product. Competitively priced, Maptitude 5 offers a mapping wizard that can be used by “anybody who needs to do mapping” i.e. someone with no familiarity with the software. The wizard allows you to input your table of addresses, plot your points on a map, label them, and
thematically display and geographically analyze them on the map. The Display Manager toolbox allows for the viewing and control of the style, visibility, and label settings for all of the layers, selection sets, and feature display settings in a map.

“The display manager is a tool for accessing all of the styles in your map from a single floating window, greatly increasing the users ability to start using Maptitude right-away,” explained Stewart Berry, Maptitude product manager and GIS Specialist for Caliper.

For people who want to go beyond the basics, there’s the extensive online help plus a hard copy manual shipped with the product that includes many quick starts and tutorials.

A key feature of Maptitude is its free data. Caliper provides a huge amount of Census Data bundled with the product, and with the new release includes the latest ZIP Code boundaries. “We now ship the latest version of TIGER streets, ZIP Code points, plus additional Census MCD, SMCDs, and new demographics,” said Berry. “As of 2006 we have updated demographics for several levels of geography and also include new global datasets. You can create attractive looking maps for any place in the world out-of-the-box.”

Customers range from the Census Bureau who use Caliper’s mapping software to manage the next round of geography creation for the Census, to those in many sectors including banking, public health, community development, retail, real estate, sales and marketing.

According to Berry, one of the most significant features about Maptitude 5.0 is its completely redesigned interface, which includes Windows-standard features such as data undo and redo and dockable and resizable toolbars. The product supports ease-of-use “above and beyond” what it supported in previous releases. Included in the package are the latest ZIP Codes, the updated demographics, and major travel-based tools that allow the creation of bands based on distance, time, or other costs along street lines, plus the ability to assign roads to zones or districts based on proximity to point locations such as stores. This latter network partitioning tool allows you to use your
facilities located on a map to partition the streets into their own trade areas based on travel time or costs across the street network. This allows you to create territories based on the streets rather than just areas.

Other new features include more flexible legends, improved thematic mapping, a geocoding tool for cities in the US and internationally, and file format compatibility with ESRI personal geodatabases, MS Access, Excel 2007, JPEG 2000 and Google Earth. Maptitude is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista, as well as many other GIS and database software.

With Maptitude you can connect to Google Earth so that you export a map image out of Maptitude and see it located in Google Earth. Alternatively, you can take a Google Earth image and see it as an image layer in Maptitude. “We also allow you to export to KML or KMZ so you can take your entire map and export every layer and then be able to open Google and manipulate those layers within Google,” Berry said.

Programmers will note that the Maptitude GISDK language now supports object-oriented programming, and Maptitude 5 is .NET enabled.

Pricing: A single license is only $495. Discounts are available for 10 or more copies.

Caliper GIS software is used by more than 50,000 users in over 70 countries.

Top News of the Week

3001 has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract (IDC) for photogrammetry, GIS, and related services by the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) Huntington District. The IDC has a maximum value of $3 million dollars ($3M) over a one-year period, with two option years. This contract will support USACE civil works projects primarily within the boundaries of the Huntington District, but may extend throughout the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin).

Telvent Miner & Miner announced the availability of the ArcFM Solution version 9.2.1. The ArcFM Solution assists electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities in editing, modeling, maintaining, and managing facility information. ArcFM Solution 9.2.1 is certified with ESRI's ArcGIS 9.2.


NovAtel Inc., a precise positioning technology company, was recently awarded a shared contribution contract valued at CDN $667,861 by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to establish sites in Canada to monitor the Galileo GIOVE test satellites. Galileo is the European Union's state-of-the-art Global Navigation Satellite System. The work includes a parallel cooperative effort to integrate the NovAtel Galileo Test Receiver (GTR), developed by NovAtel for the CSA, into the GIOVE-A Galileo Experimental Sensor Station (GESS), to upgrade the GTR capabilities and to field these GESS stations in Canada.

Australian geospatial business intelligence pioneer Integeo and Ottawa-based business intelligence consultants SpotOn Systems have signed a strategic agreement to provide Cognos customers throughout North America with the ability to create on-demand interactive map-enabled reports.

Under the agreement, SpotOn Systems has integrated Cognos BI solutions with Integeo’s award-winning Map Intelligence, a rapid application development platform that enables organizations to quickly build custom location intelligent solutions without any programming.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announced that Merrick Advanced Photogrammetry of the Americas S. de R.L. de C.V. (MAPA) is now the master distributor of Leica Geosystems solutions to customers in Mexico. Based in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico, MAPA is a leading provider of photogrammetry, LIDAR, satellite imagery and mapping products and services.


On December 31, 2008, the Grandfathering Provision of the GIS Certification Institute's (GISCI) certification program expires. A typical applicant for Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification must claim and document achievement in three distinct categories:

1. Educational Achievement (formal and informal courses and conferences related to geospatial and GIS technology).

2. Professional Experience (professional positions involving GIS).

3. Contributions to the Profession (professional and personal activities designed to elevate and promote the GIS profession to others).

The members of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) have approved version 1.0 of the OpenGIS(R) Observations & Measurements (O&M) Encoding Standard.

The O&M standard defines an abstract model and an XML schema encoding for observations and measurements. This framework is required for use by other OGC Sensor Web Enablement (SWE) standards as well as for general support for OGC compliant systems dealing in technical measurements in science and engineering. As a new international consensus standard in an era of increasing scientific cooperation, O&M promises to play an important role in Web-based publishing of real-time and archived scientific data across research disciplines and application domains.

The merger of all YMS and GCWare branches under the transnational YMS Group’s single roof signals a new direction in the IT market for special solutions using geographical information. Current operations in Dubai, London, Germany and China as well as comprehensive development firms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have already been working and will be under the common YMS Group flag.

A new approach means more distinct sharing of know-how obtained from implementing projects in different countries, along with more diversified access to clients and a global guarantee of quality and technical support, backed by ISO certification.

New Products

Geosoft announced the availability of its 2008 Target for ArcGIS software release, version 3.0. New 3D capabilities in this release enable customers to enhance their view of the subsurface, by creating and displaying subsurface geology as 3D geology voxels, and 3D geological surfaces. Geosoft will begin shipping Target for ArcGIS 3.0 the week of February 11, 2008.

Digital mapping and GIS software developer Cadcorp has announced that Symology, a Cadcorp business partner and value-added reseller, has begun the customer roll-out of the latest version of its integrated infrastructure asset management system, Insight version 2.4. which can include the Cadcorp SIS ActiveX Control to provide an integrated digital mapping capability. Insight is used extensively by highway authorities within the UK as well as by numerous utility companies.

Telvent Miner & Miner is proud to announce the 9.2.1 release of ArcFM Server. ArcFM Server 9.2.1 has been augmented with the following functionality: ArcFM Viewer for ArcGIS Server, Electric Traces, Gas Traces and Water Traces and Identify Tool. Out-of-the-box ArcFM Server tasks and tools integrate with ArcGIS Server Manager to rapidly deploy GIS utility web applications.

Telvent Miner & Miner is proud to announce the official release of Fiber Manager, the enterprise GIS fiber optic solution. Fiber Manager is sold as an extension to the ArcFM™ Solution, which allows users to manage and maintain facility network data in an ESRI ArcGIS® environment.

Although useful for many applications, from real estate to local politics, neighborhood boundaries have been unavailable for use in GIS mapping software – until now. Spatial Insights is pleased to be able to offer Maponics Neighborhoods: hand-drawn and validated GIS polygons covering hundreds of US cities.

Neighborhood boundaries are significant because they represent areas of similar demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. By accurately defining these areas, more precise target marketing and trade area analysis is possible.

Magellan announced the market availability of AccuTerra(TM) outdoor map content from Intermap Technologies recently at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) in Las Vegas. Beginning in April, Magellan customers can download the most comprehensive recreational content - including clear markings for public and private property -- for the new line of Magellan Triton(TM) GPS devices as well as its eXplorist(R) line of handheld GPS devices. Triton and eXplorist customers can acquire digital terrain data, off-road and recreation-related roads, trails, and points-of-interest for most recreation areas in the United States. AccuTerra provides map
content for the lower 48 states plus Hawaii and will be available for purchase directly from the Magellan web site.

MetaCarta, Inc., provider of geographic search and referencing solutions, announced GeoTagger OnDemand, a hosted service for digital publishers that identifies the places and points-of-interest mentioned in text documents, web pages and blogs, and relates them to their appropriate latitude and longitude coordinates, which enables them to be automatically displayed on maps, retrieved through a variety of search agents, or dynamically displayed with other geographically relevant content.

Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, unveiled the new face of laser tracking – the Leica Absolute Tracker. The all-new laser tracker offers scaled-up features in a scaled-down, sleek housing for ultimate portability and ease of handling on the factory floor. The product introduces substantial advances in thermal stability and volumetric accuracy, accelerated start-up times, major speed improvements, and a maintenance-free internal design. The Absolute Tracker integrates future-oriented technologies providing the basis for several new metrology products being developed by Leica Geosystems. The measurement systems are utilized for a wide range of industrial
metrology applications in aerospace, automotive, power generation, shipbuilding and general engineering.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announced that IMAGINE Subpixel Classifier™ will be licensed and available to all ERDAS IMAGINE® Professional customers with the upcoming release of ERDAS IMAGINE 9.2.

Previously sold separately, IMAGINE Subpixel Classifier is the world’s leading image classification tool for advanced spectral analysis and interpretation. Subpixel Classifier provides dynamic searching and quantifying tools, enabling users to quickly extract the most comprehensive information from spectral imagery.

Around the Web

Free Gulf of Mexico GIS Planning Tool - C&C Technologies is currently offering the public a free Gulf of Mexico (GoM) Geographic Information System (GIS) planning tool. "CCGIS Map" provides users with on-line graphic visualization coordinates of the oil and gas infrastructure within GoM federal waters.

Two Online Vector GIS/GPS/KML Conversion Utilities

City mapping its future, by Dan Baulch, February 5, 2008, Daily Citizen

Upcoming Events

Geo-Science and Technology: Utilization of Geo-space as solution for Energy and Environment (GTEE-2008)
Date: February 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Kolkata, India
This conference will throw light on the latest developments in excavation technologies, current practices for the utilization of geo-space and effective usage of existing underground space around the world regarding new strategies for further research and development. It will also act as a platform and will provide an opportunity for sharing the latest global know-how among the participants.
Date: February 18 - 20, 2008
Place: Belgrade Fair

Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro
The Conference will be organized with the goal to present the latest international and national knowledge, experience and achievements in the field of cadastre, concept of the national spatial data infrastructures, geo-informatics, building industry and environment area. The main topic is “Recent Problems in Geodesy and Related Fields with International Importance”. The Conference Director will invite prominent international experts and professors to participate with introduction presentations.
Date: February 19 - 20, 2008
Place: Hyatt Regency Downtown

Indianapolis, , IN USA
Mark your calendars for the 2008 Indiana GIS Conference. Professional development opportunities abound, with exciting sessions, technology discussions, forums, student poster competitions and more!
Date: February 20 - 22, 2008
Place: Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC USA
Learn from your colleagues about successful GIS applications in many government agencies that can provide new ideas and inspiration.

Be a part of this once-a-year gathering where you can connect with other federal GIS users and increase your GIS knowledge.

What You'll Experience

  • Attend presentations given by GIS professionals from around the country.
  • See state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions at the GIS Solutions EXPO.
  • Build relationships with your peers and ESRI staff.
  • Experiment with new techniques.
  • Get updated on industry trends.
  • Date: February 21 - 22, 2008
    Place: Adam’s Mark Hotel

    Denver, CO USA
    The ILMF is the premier event for the LIDAR industry attracting professionals from all over the world. This 8th annual summit is the focal gathering of industry leaders, pioneers, experts from government, academia and professionals from industries looking to invest in and benefit from LIDAR technology and services.
    Date: February 22 - 25, 2008
    Place: Houston Marriott Westchase

    Houston, TX USA
    Be a part of the annual gathering of petroleum GIS users February 25-27, 2008 to discuss your recent challenges and GIS technology solutions.

    Be inspired as you learn from your colleagues about successful GIS applications in petroleum and pipeline businesses.
    Date: February 24 - 27, 2008
    Place: Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel & Marina

    Tampa, FL USA
    The Utility Management Conference™ was formerly called the Joint Management Conference.The 2008 Conference, Tomorrow's Water, Today's Issues, will offer a multitude of beneficial workshops, sessions, and panels that convey innovative tools, explore successful techniques, and share emerging solutions for addressing today's water and wastewater needs and future challenges.
    Date: February 25 - 28, 2008
    Place: Sheraton New Orleans

    500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 USA
    The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) are pleased to announce the 12th Annual Integrating GIS & CAMA Conference, to be held February 25–28, 2008 in New Orleans. This conference is designed to foster collaboration and integration of data, technology, and functionality.
    Date: February 25 - 29, 2008
    Place: University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

    St. Augustine, Port of Spain, Spain
    GSDI conferences are opportunities to meet and exchange views about implementing and developing spatial data concepts and practices. From national and international agency perspectives to local grassroots initiatives, the conference provides an occasion for interaction and cooperation among disciplines and practitioners that use and develop spatial technologies and databases.

    GIS, spatial data infrastructure concepts, and affiliated tools and technologies are being utilized worldwide to help address all of these issues.
    Date: March 1 - October 31, 2008
    Place: California, Hawaii, Nevada, USA
    ESRI invites you to attend a one-half day event featuring demonstrations of ESRI’s latest technologies that illustrate how these tools can be deployed to address common organizational needs.

    If you are responsible for making decisions about GIS in your organization, attend the showcase to evaluate the fit of specific ESRI products. If you are focused on applying GIS technology, the showcase offers content to help you be more productive with ESRI tools.

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    Date: March 6 - 7, 2008
    Place: Vancouver

    We invite you to join us in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada for the FME Worldwide User Conference on March 6-7, 2008. As we explore the theme New Dimensions in Spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), you’ll learn more about new developments in the industry and in FME, including 3D geometries and spatial data federation.
    Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
    Place: Washington State Convention Center

    Seattle, WA USA
    The Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference's technical program will include interactive half-day seminars, educational sessions, user forums, panel deliberations, and networking socials. The corresponding exhibition will feature the leading geospatial hardware, software, and services vendors.

    Anyone who is interested in using geospatial information technologies is invited to attend. The conference program will address topics of interest to executives and managers in government agencies; electric, gas, and water/wastewater utilities; telecommunications companies; pipeline companies; the public sector; and other organizations interested in using geospatial information to enhance their bottom line.
    Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
    Place: Annapolis

    MD USA
    The National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) is an organization committed to efficient and effective government through the prudent adoption of geospatial information technologies (GIT). Members of NSGIC include senior state geographic information system (GIS) managers and coordinators. Other members include representatives from federal agencies, local government, the private sector, academia and other professional organizations.
    Date: March 9 - 12, 2008
    Place: Seattle, WA USA
    GITA is pleased to announce the Geospatial Dimensions of Emergency Response Symposium, a unique forum taking place in conjunction with the association’s Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference (formerly Annual Conference). This event will be the first ever to address the application of mapping technologies such as GIS, GPS, and remote sensing to emergency and disaster response.

    You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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    -- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.