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April 25, 2011
3D Geospatial Workflows with New Bentley Map V8i SELECTseries II
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Bentley Map Parcel Mapping

Industry News

3D Geospatial Workflows with New Bentley Map
V8i SELECTseries II

By Susan Smith

The need to be able to support 3D geospatial workflows for infrastructure GIS is being driven by the advent of 3D cities and demand for more workflow management around utilities. Bentley Map V8i SELECTseries II, a full featured desktop GIS that is available right out of the box from Bentley Systems, is intrinsically 3D, built on MicroStation technology which utilizes the Luxology engine.

Richard Zambuni, Bentley global marketing director, Geospatial and Utilities and Bob Mankowski, vice president software development. Civil and Geospatial products, held a webinar to introduce the new Bentley Map V8i SELECTseries II product line-up. 

“This line-up replaces many of Bentley’s previous desktop GIS products and now we have one single product brand (Bentley Map) that is available in three editions that meet the needs of different users and workflows,” explained Zambuni.

Three significant changes mark this release:

1) Bentley Map is for the editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information. Traditional CAD companies like Bentley have been implementing 3D for a long time and are now extending that capability to geospatial workflows.

2) Bentley Map has a more extensive and a better-documented API for application developers – and anyone can use the API without further permissions being necessary.

3) The product line-up has been simplified to make it easier for users to execute geospatial workflows in their infrastructure projects by reducing the number of products available and enhancing the functionality in those products.



3D City Data – Quebec City

New Editions of Bentley Map Products

The new Bentley Map v8i SELECTseries II line-up is as follows:

  • Bentley Map PowerView
  • For the visualization and editing of 2D/3D geospatial information – this product replaces Bentley PowerMap Field
  • Bentley Map
  • For editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information – replaces the Bentley Map V8i SS1 and Bentley PowerMap
  • Bentley Map Enterprise
  • An entirely new product for enterprise editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information

  • Some of the highlights of this line-up include:
  • Viewing and editing of geospatial data from virtually all file-based GIS formats, spatial databases and rasters (either natively or through the Safe Software FME plug-in)
  • Native support of Oracle Spatial 3D objects
  • Decision making using spatial analysis (especially in 3D)
  • Advanced 3D object editing
  • Built-in map finishing
  • Cadastral fabric editing and maintenance
  • Producing data models and editing tools for different geospatial applications (i.e. the FAA compliant airport data model that we already ship with Bentley Map)
  • Fully-documented, extended API open to all users
  • Long transactions in Oracle Spatial (2-tier, no server license needed)
  • Advanced image management (rasters, doc conversion, textures for 3D solids)

  • Mankowski said that all three new editions of Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries II) come in a stand-alone configuration. “In other words, MicroStation is not a pre-requisite for these products, but rather that MicroStation functionality is built inside. Bentley Map, the middle tier, is also available as a layered application that runs on top of MicroStation. This provides a clean upgrade path for existing Bentley Map users, as well as for those users who already have MicroStation, and want to upgrade to a true GIS application,” said Mankowski.

    In the past, MicroStation was always in Bentley Map in one form or another, in Bentley Map v8i SELECTseries I it sat on top of MicroStation. There was also a product called Bentley PowerMap that had essentially Bentley’s MicroStation functionality wrapped into it.

    New editing capabilities have been added to Bentley Map PowerView, which includes viewing and markup and new file based feature editing for field and other disconnected workflows and new tools for creating map legends.

    The new advanced map finishing workflow was previously only available to users of Bentley CADscript. Now, Bentley Map and Bentley Map Enterprise users will have this workflow as well. Similarly, the cadastral mapping configuration workflow was previously offered as a separate product called Bentley Cadastre, but now this is included in Bentley Map and Bentley Map Enterprise, according to Mankowski.

    Greater support for Oracle Spatial workflows exists in the new offering, including the ability to extract and view Oracle Georaster, and the ability to execute long transactions and transactions including Oracle history.



    Bentley Map 3D Feature Creation

    Bentley Map’s New Capabilities

    New capabilities in Bentley Map include the following:

    Infrastructure modeling.  CAD tools can be used to build and maintain infrastructure models.  Accurate input is provided by snapping to existing objects using AccuSnap, drawing relative to objects with AccuDraw, or by keying in precise coordinates.

    As the model is built, attributes about the model can also be collected.  Bentley Map ensures that the symbology and annotation on the model stay in synch by associating them directly to the intelligent business data.

    Bentley Map is intrinsically 3D, but supports 2D modeling in the same environment.

    The product can access and edit most types of raster data.  Raster data can either form a backdrop to the model to support the documentation or can be a part of the model in the case of scanned plans, drawings, and model textures.

    All MicroStation tools can be used for dimensioning, printing, rendering, animation in both the stand-alone and the “for MicroStation” configurations and for 2D feature modeling as well as for 3D feature modeling.

    The environment leverages MicroStation’s solid modeling tools which have been integrated into the GIS environment to build an accurate urban model.

    2D profiles can be extruded into 3D.  Roof outlines can be pulled into place. Objects can be drawn on the face of the model and extruded to create an existing or proposed building. Attributes for the 3D building model can be collected and associated to building symbology.  The model can be stored in Oracle Spatial or used for shadow studies, texturing or 3D analysis.

    MicroStation’s productivity tools such as rendering, animation, plotting, dimensioning and many others are inside Bentley Map and come from the Luxology engine. In Bentley Map Enterprise resides all the functionality of Bentley Descartes as a standalone product, which is useful for executing geospatial workflows that require heavy image management and texturing of 3D solids.

    Bentley Map supports direct reference, import and export of a number of the most common GIS formats.  The Interoperability tools provide an easy to use interface in which symbology can be defined, features and properties remapped, and features filtered during import and export.  The tools are designed for repeatable operations, and all settings can be saved and easily reused.

    For less common formats, Bentley Map interfaces directly with FME Desktop from Safe Software.

    For analysis and presentation of data, Bentley Map includes many tools to assist in complex spatial analysis through buffers and overlays as well as thematic mapping for presentation and quality control projects.  It also has 3D analysis tools to determine interference between buildings and such features as sight lines, flight paths or radio beacon zones.  The analytical tools work on all features in your session regardless of the source.

    A rich set of feature modeling capabilities lets users define features to be captured along with any properties, symbology, annotation, and behaviors and commands.  The product is said to be easy to use for technical users because they can select from a number of standard placement and editing tools that are based on common MicroStation commands, or create custom placement and editing tools using a simple scripting language or advanced programming techniques depending on their needs and skill sets. 

    Reference data models available on Bentley’s website are  a way for users to do information modeling, and include a comprehensive database schema, feature symbology libraries, feature placement and editing rules, and detailed documentation along with a sample dataset. These reference data models will be released for different infrastructure industries. The first one, released last year, is an airport data model. This data model includes over 90 features as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration’s mapping guidelines, and is cross referenced to other data exchange and geographic data standards.

    “We are currently working on a 3D City data model based on CityGML, and also a roads and transport model,” said Mankowski. These will be available later in the year.

    Bentley Map contains many tools to create dynamic labels and annotation.  The annotation, or even plain text, can be curved along map features or masked to produce high quality cartographic output.

    Bentley Map supports true Oracle Spatial access to 2D and 3D vector and raster data.  View only or lock, edit and post tools are available.  The interface is well integrated into Bentley Map and has support for cell and text scaling and rotation.

    There are two ways in which users can connect Bentley Map to an Oracle Spatial database. The most straightforward way is a direct connection. Users simply enter the database connection information into Bentley Map, and they can begin working.

    Bentley Map tools are 100% Oracle Spatial compliant, whether directly connecting in a 2-tier environment, or connecting in a 3-tier environment leveraging Bentley Geospatial Server. Spatial data uses standard Oracle Spatial data types.

    Images, shadow studies and fly through animations for 3D city models will be able to be produced right in the GIS environment.

    The 3D capabilities of Bentley Map make it possible to do image mapping, precise view setups, aerial photography draping onto terrain, shadow studies and animated movies.

    For parcel mapping Bentley Map has a collection of tools to build and maintain polygon data sets.  These data sets are typically for mapping and maintaining information models regarding real property parcels, but they can include any polygonal types such as building zones or easements.

    The tools build and maintain topology automatically through the editing process, and a number of tools are provided to split and merge parcels as well as to move vertices.  There are also many tools for data verification, stakeout, COGO, survey adjustments and more.

    Two sample schemas are provided to get started right away. One provides a typical North American data model, and the other provides a more European type model. These are more typical of what you would find in a North American or European model in terms of features represented in a data model and the information associated with those features. However, they don’t match any standards of the countries. The API will allow 3rd party developers to create local solutions from these sample schemas. “Data models are just a starting point,” said Mankowski.

    In general, end-users and 3rd party developers have a rich set of options available to them with the new API, which will allow them to build apps on top of Bentley Map products.

    Bentley Map contains many tools for producing quick one-off work prints and for producing cartographic quality maps.  Custom work prints and maps can be created from Bentley provided templates or using existing user templates.  Legends can be generated automatically; north arrows and scales placed, and dates and title block information can be updated from document metadata.

    Final output can be to a number or formats.  Many custom plot drivers are supported as well as any Windows printer, georeferenced PDF, PostScript or four color separations.

    Bentley uses this same API to develop specialized industry applications as well. Bentley Water, Bentley Gas, Bentley Electric, Bentley Fiber, and Bentley Coax are a few of the examples of how the Bentley Map API has been used to create powerful utility information modeling applications.

    Three-Tier System

    The capabilities are packaged in a three-tier system, with all tiers supporting application development. The API available will depend on which tier is being used, but it is possible to write applications against all tiers.

    At the lowest tier, Bentley Map PowerView includes the ability to markup, view and edit file based GIS datastores. Users can assemble and integrate data, view rasters, create maps and reports. They can view spatial database information, and create and manage feature models using the basic CAD and GIS tools.

    The middle tier, Bentley Map, builds on Bentley Map PowerView by adding short transaction support for spatial databases, advanced map finishing capabilities, 2D spatial analysis tools, the cadastral mapping configuration, advanced interoperability, and a richer set of CAD and GIS tools.

    The top tier, Bentley Map Enterprise, adds long transaction and history support for spatial databases, advanced 3D modeling, support for viewing Oracle GeoRaster, 3D spatial analysis tools, the ability to edit and transform raster images, create the 3D textures typically found in city models, view raster digital elevation models or DEMs, and the most advanced set of CAD and GIS tools.

    At the bottom tier of the architecture, are data sources that may be file based sources, or spatial database server sources, or some combination of the two, but users can access them directly through  Bentley Map in a 2-tier client/server connection, or leverage ProjectWise Integration Server or Bentley Geospatial Server in a 3-tier architecture. This three tier including Bentley Geospatial Server with the Oracle database server and your client, has no middle tier in the way.


    Bentley Map technology and capabilities are included in some industry specific applications such as the civil engineering design products, like InRoads, GEOPAK, and MXROAD, and the Bentley Communications products like Bentley Fiber and Bentley Coax, as well as the Bentley Utilities products such as Bentley Water, Bentley Gas, and Bentley Electric.

    “Most of our users are people who are in some way deploying GIS within an infrastructure workflow of some kind so their propensity to use and be interested in 3D GIS is higher,” said Zambuni. “Right now we’re really focused on larger cities for 3D city workflows. The cost of acquiring and manipulating 3D data forms becomes more of a standard to keep up you’re your peers. Smaller and medium sized cities will be adopting those 3D workflows and of course, they’re beginning tin the most advanced cases to integrate the above ground view of the world from a spatial perspective with the below ground view of the world in the utilities arena.”

    The Bentley data models are basically exclusive to Bentley Map. There is a collection of tools that go along with the data model for capturing data efficiently which are all implemented around Bentley Map technology. “While the logical data model is something that can be reused in other platforms, you wouldn’t be able to reuse the physical data model or the technology we’re delivering with those data models in anything but Bentley Map,” said Zambuni.

    Bentley Map works with other spatial databases, and most standard spatial data formats, even natively or through the FME plug-in. Bentley also has a server connection to the Esri ArcSDE database.

    Top of the News

    ERDAS proudly announces the introduction of the all-new ECW for ArcGIS Server, which provides a means for ArcGIS Server 10 to deliver Enhanced Compression Wavelet (ECW) data to clients via OGC-compliant Web Coverage Service (WCS) and Web Map Service (WMS).

    GeoEye, Inc. announced  that Esri has signed a strategic contract to license a large amount of GeoEye's high-resolution IKONOS archive imagery. Esri, based in Redlands, Calif., will blend this highly accurate imagery with its current imagery data from multiple sensors to produce a global, static cache map layer. This imagery base layer will be displayed and served to Esri users via ArcGIS.com, an online system for working with geographic information through a range of GIS desktops, Web browsers and mobile devices. Esri will begin building this imagery base layer within the next few weeks and expects to complete it in early 2012.

    DigitalGlobe announced  it has completed raising the orbit of its QuickBird satellite, a process that began in late March. QuickBird is now orbiting 482 kilometers above the Earth's surface, raised from its previous 450 kilometer orbit. QuickBird has continued to deliver high resolution imagery and imagery-based products to customers throughout the process.

    The new stable version GRASS 6.4.1 has been released. This release fixes some bugs discovered in the GRASS 6.4.0 source code and a few new features (over 560 updates to the source code with respect to 6.4.0 have been added). As a stable release 6.4 will enjoy long-term support.

    GRASS 6.4 brings a number of exciting enhancements to the GIS. Our new wxPython graphical user interface (wxGUI) is debuted, Python is now a fully supported scripting language, and for the first time since its inception with a port from the VAX 11/780 in 1983, GRASS runs natively also on a non-UNIX based platform: MS-Windows.

    Magellan, a pioneering GPS brand,  announced it's re-entering the GIS market with the eXplorist Pro 10, a rugged, lightweight and waterproof GPS handheld device specifically designed for GPS/GIS data collection.

    Featuring a vibrant 3-inch, WQVGA transflective color touchscreen, 533MHz processor and 128MB RAM, the eXplorist Pro 10 packs the power needed to work with maps and large data sets into a compact-handheld form factor. It comes with 4GB of onboard storage and is expandable with up to 32GB via microSDHC card slot, enabling large data sets such as aerial photos to be loaded easily.


    Intergraph has acquired the public safety software applications, personnel, and customer contracts of Denali Solutions, LLC. Intergraph and Denali have previously partnered to deliver fully integrated and market-leading public safety solutions.

    GeoFields, Inc., a global leader in asset data management and integrity management solutions for the oil and gas pipeline industry,  announced that it has become an Esri Gold Partner within the Esri Partner Network. This partnership recognizes a new level of commitment from both GeoFields and Esri and enhances the shared efforts in building a stronger worldwide oil and gas pipeline GIS community.

    Collaboration with Swiss Procedural Inc. brings leading 3D technologies together. GTA adds CityEngine to production toolchain of 3D city maps.


    GTA and Procedural provide a solution to model large databases of real-world building data with more 3D detail. Special focus is set to add depth to the facade as well as details to the roof. CityEngine imports 3D buildings generated automatically with GTA’s software solution tridicon 3D, transfers detailed tridicon 3D facade description to CityEngine building parameters and generates rich and visually pleasing procedural 3D buildings.


    More than a dozen organizations have come together to provide mapping support for the Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster. The group, known as the Emergency Mapping Team (
    EMT), is supplying
    maps and web services that are being used to make better decisions for relief and recovery efforts related to the recent Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and resultant tsunami. EMT-produced maps are enhanced with information generated by disaster management experts that helps supply updated status reports on the overall situation.

    EMT maps and services give people information on shelters, highway and traffic conditions, infrastructure, and more. For example, EMT-produced resources have been used by the Japanese government to understand conditions on the ground, develop a list of recovery and relief priorities, and deploy personnel and equipment. These resources are available online as both static maps and dynamic map services available for mashup capability. As new maps and services are created, they are made available online at the
    EMT website.

    At its regular Board meeting on March 30, 2011, the GISCI Board began consideration of the proposal submitted by the GISCI Core Competency Workgroup and the public response collected during February concerning that proposal. The Board adopted a resolution recognizing the role that the current portfolio based process has played in recognizing the professional attainment of those certified.

    The resolution identified the need for updates to the GISCI certification process to align the certification with the U.S.

    Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model. The Board will continue to discuss the recommendations made by the Core Competency Workgroup through the spring.

    Meanwhile, the "GISP Certification Update" proposal and the comments are available for public review at

    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.

    CoreLogic released its February Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the U.S. declined for the seventh month in a row. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 6.7 percent in February 2011 compared to February 2010 after declining by 5.5 percent* in January 2011 compared to January 2010. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 0.1 percent in February 2011 compared to February 2010 and by 1.4* percent in January 2011 compared to January 2010.  Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.      

    The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has announced a Call for Participation (CFP) in the 4th phase of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-4). The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC®) provides leadership in AIP-4 and invites OGC members and other organizations to respond to the CFP.
    CFP document.

    AIP-4 will improve access to GEOSS datasets that support the "Critical Earth Observation Priorities" that have been identified by the GEO User Interface Committee. It will increase the use of these data by building on the accomplishments of prior AIP phases. AIP-4 aims to:
  • Increase on-line access to "Critical Earth Observation Priorities Data Sources";
  • Ensure datasets are discoverable through the GEOSS Common Infrastructure; and
  • Demonstrate effectiveness of general and specialized software tools for using data.

  • The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks comments on an OGC discussion paper, "Requirements and Space-Event Modeling for Indoor Navigation."

    Just as digital technologies such as GPS and Web mapping mediate our awareness of outdoor space, new indoor location and sensor technologies are beginning to mediate our awareness of indoor space. Connecting indoor location with outdoor location is becoming a critical requirement for emergency and disaster response, security, facilities planning and management, real estate finance, insurance, location-based marketing, Building Information Models, the smart grid, energy management, and management of fluid flows (air, water, gas, sewage etc.). The OGC seeks to facilitate the development of interface and encoding standards and best practices that enable seamless connection
    of indoor and outdoor location in applications of all kinds.

    The discussion paper presents a model for indoor navigation that simultaneously addresses route planning, multiple localization methods, navigation contexts, and different locomotion types.

    The Discussion Paper can be accessed

    Comments can be directed to OGC  

    New Products

    Safe Software announced  that FME now offers unrivaled support for LiDAR and point cloud data. Organizations can now use the unmatched transformation capabilities in FME to quickly prepare LiDAR data to meet their precise requirements, enabling them to extract the full value from their LiDAR data assets to power better informed decision making.

    Trimble announced  that it will demonstrate how its new cloud-based field service solution—Trimble GeoManager WorkManagement—integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM at Microsoft Convergence 2011.

    Trimble WorkManagement is a software solution that provides on-demand visibility into vehicle and mobile worker utilization for routing, scheduling and dispatch. Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides customer information that helps enable confident business decision-making. The optional Web Services component of WorkManagement provides an open environment for Microsoft developers and value-added resellers (VARs) to create extensible applications using Trimble WorkManagement and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

    Trimble released new versions of AllSport GPS, its popular fitness apps for smartphones running Google Android. The new Android apps—AllSport GPS Free and AllSport GPS Pro—feature an exciting new design to track workouts, collect more than 20 fitness stats and calculate calories burned to help people reach their fitness goals. In addition, consumers can see real-time weather forecasts, chart their workouts over time, and view street and park maps. The new AllSport GPS Pro app also allows consumers to capture photos and video and create custom training programs.

    ThinkGeo has released version 6.0 of Cygnus Track, the next major revision of its professional GPS tracking software platform. Cygnus Track 6.0 is a major upgrade that offers a completely redesigned back-end communications system, vastly enhanced customization and developer support, and a new track-for-free model, making Cygnus Track more accessible to both small users and enterprise-grade users alike.

    Pictometry Online™, a web-based technology offering a vast library of 3-D-like, high resolution aerial images, now provides Property Hazard Reports to help insurance professionals quickly and accurately identify potential risks relative to a property or structure.

    Introducing a distinct advantage to insurers who need accurate, visual and timely risk assessment, Pictometry’s Property Hazard Reports provide insurance agents and companies with an advanced level of risk assessment on hazards, including floods, earthquakes and hurricanes—enabling them to improve risk decisions.

    Urban Mapping, Inc (UMI) announced updates to the company's market leading
    Neighborhoods database, which now includes nearly 110,000 neighborhoods in over 3,500 cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe and now Latin America and Australia. The update includes neighborhood listings and welcome mats for these new international cities: Nantes, France; Geneva, Switzerland; Melbourne, Australia and Mexico City, Mexico. These updates are all a result of UMI's own local research and verified customer feedback.

    TomTom Business Solutions, unveiled a new navigation solution for the North American market designed to help businesses improve their productivity. The PRO 9150 is a portable fleet management solution that requires no installation and can be moved easily among vehicles in a fleet. With improved route guidance and real-time traffic updates with TomTom HD Traffic, the PRO 9150 will help drivers save time on the road.

    TomTom announced the new GO Series is now available for purchase in the United States. The new models, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, include the GO 2535 M LIVE (formerly named the GO 2505 M LIVE) and the GO 2435 and 2535, which are enhanced versions of the popular GO 2405 and 2505.

    Mapbiquity.com added support for mobile devices to provide a better user experience. Web maps created using Mapbiquity now dynamically adjust based on the client using the map. Traditional web browsers still show the original interactive maps. However, when users view a Mapbiquity generated web map from a mobile device they will now see a layout and functionality specifically targeted toward mobile devices, particularly touch screen devices.

    Around the Web

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    Date: April 26 - 29, 2011
    Place: Sheraton Wildhorse Pass Resort & Spa

    Chandler, AZ USA

    Attend Field Service 2011 and tackle the latest strategies in core service functions including mobility, workforce management, technical support and knowledge management. Additionally be sure to gain as much insight to the new areas hounding service executives all over the world including innovative developments in e-Service, CRM, Data Management, developing service leadership and effective mobile resources management.

    Manufacturers: Register now for 3 days or more and receive 25% off your registration with promo code: 10723XZ965BA
    Date: May 1 - 5, 2011
    Place: Midwest Airlines Center

    Hyatt Hotel, Milwaukee, WI USA

    The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, May 1 to May 5, 2011, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference. The conference theme "Ride On The Geospatial Revolution" will offer an outstanding program of general and technical sessions looking to the future of the geospatial industry.
    Date: May 2 - 4, 2011
    Place: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

    Jacksonville, FL USA

    Plan to join us for the 2011 ESRI Southeast Regional User Group (SERUG) Conference, taking place May 2–4 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Florida.

    Be sure to check back for the 2010 conference proceedings (coming soon) to see why this SERUG event is such a valuable forum.
    Date: May 9 - 11, 2011
    Place: Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa

    3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 USA

    The Nevada Geographic Information Society is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote professionalism, cooperation, mutual assistance and sharing of knowledge and experience. It is committed to providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and technology as they relate to the advancement of spatial data (GIS) and technology within the State of Nevada.
    Date: May 9 - 13, 2011
    Place: Washington, D.C., DC USA

    Held annually in the Washington, D.C. area, GEOINT Community Week brings together stakeholders within the geospatial intelligence tradecraft for a week of networking, classified briefings, exhibits and learning workshops.

    The week begins at the USGIF Invitational golf tournament, with proceeds going to the USGIF Scholarship Program. AGIC begins on Tuesday, delivering four days of classified sessions and presentations. On Thursday, attend presentations on emerging technologies, and walk through an exhibit hall filled with USGIF members’ current innovations. Bringing the day to a close is the GEOINT Community Week reception. Concluding the week is another installment of the

    GEOINT Community Week provides valuable and unique opportunities for the GEOINT Community to experience and showcase the latest geospatial intelligence technologies and capabilities.
    Date: May 10, 2011
    Place: Universidad Católica Argentina

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Aeroterra GIS, Oil & Gas presents an exhibition of products, services and solutions that target to the unique needs of the energy industry. Attendees will gain valuable information on the potential of GIS as a tool that provides instant access to information, greater efficiency and better decision-making capacity.
    Date: May 15 - 18, 2011
    Place: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

    P.O. Box 114304, Between The Bridges, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Geospatial Intelligence Middle East returns in 2011 for its fourth successful year. In recognition of the strategic importance of the UAE and its position as the world’s fourth largest importer of weapons, for the first time ever the event will take place in the country's capital, Abu Dhabi.

    This conference addresses how the applications of geospatial intelligence and geospatial technology can enhance a nation’s protection against internal and external threats to it’s population, economy and critical infrastructure. This protection may be against natural disasters, accidental disasters and intentional attacks.
    Date: May 16 - 17, 2011
    Place: London Hilton Metropole

    London, United Kingdom

    The Esri UK Annual Conference 2011, entitled New approaches for our changing world, will explore how your organisation can gain strategic advantage from taking a geographic approach to inform its business-critical decisions, leading to new insights, greater collaboration and efficiency improvements.

    Date: May 16 - 20, 2011
    Place: Moonrise Hotel

    St Louis, MO USA

    The URISA Leadership Academy was established to meet this need.  At the Academy, participants learn key GIS leadership and management factors and techniques, successful team development, organizational capacity building, program investment and justification, GIS politics, change management, situation assessment, and problem solving.  The environment further provides for productive collaboration and networking.
    Date: May 19 - 20, 2011
    Place: Chicago

    IL 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: May 23 - 26, 2011
    Place: Baska, Krk Island

    Croatia (Hrvatska)

    The unique environment of Baska, its natural resources and rich history, combined with friendly hospitality

    will again create an inspiring atmosphere for ideas discussions and knowledge exchange,

    well known to those who attended the last year's conference.
    Date: May 23 - 25, 2011
    Place: Washington, DC USA

    The explosion of computing driven location based applications in the past few years has revolutionized the way we live and work. Computing technologies, such as cloud computing, business intelligence, spatial database server, and high-performance computing, play key roles in geospatial technologies and applications.
    Date: May 24 - 25, 2011
    Place: NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The Location Business Summit, Europe’s largest LBS conference, created to help you boost revenue and secure longevity in this rapidly changing market. The conference will be held on 24th- 25th May 2011 at the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam

    With a cast of over 30 speakers include Google, Yahoo!, Nokia, Gowalla, Microsoft Mobile Advertising, KPN, Vodafone, Debenhams, Icon Mobile, Orange,

    OpenStreetMap, Ogilvy, Yell, Qype, and many more.

    Date: May 24 - 25, 2011
    Place: Hershey Holiday Inn

    Grantville, PA USA

    As Pennsylvania pulls out of the deep recession of 2010 and resumes the economic growth that it has come to enjoy and expect, there is an opportunity, even an obligation and responsibility, to guide that growth down environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable pathways.

    You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

    To read more news, click here.

    -- Susan Smith, GISCafe.com Managing Editor.