Welcome to GISWeekly! By now most of you are aware the ESRI Conference will be taking place July 25-29 in San Diego, and many have made plans to attend well in advance. Basically the program will remain the same but there are some changes to the format. The conference agenda is available online and I've noted some highlights and changes in the Industry News.
Also, in June, Autodesk announced RealDWG 2006 technology for application development. Developers have requested this product (formerly ObjectDBX. Read about what that might mean as this product makes development of AutoCAD-based products available to all developers.
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ESRI UC Conference 2005 Preview
By Susan Smith
By now most of you are aware the ESRI Conference will be taking place July 25-29 in San Diego, and many have made plans to attend well in advance. Basically the program will remain the same but there are some changes to the format. The conference agenda is available online.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and U.N. Messenger of Peace, will be the keynote speaker on Monday, renowned for her incredible study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombi National Park. In addition. Dr. Goodall is respected worldwide for her environmental conservation efforts and humanitarianism. With a strong emphasis on the preservation of primate species, Web sites have been set up to enable attendees to make contributions to the Jane Goodall Institute, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and the Orangutan Foundation International.
In cruising the online agenda, I did notice some new events, changes and additions. The Sunday Welcome Social on Sunday, 4:30-7:00 p.m., will be held in the Grand Lobby, Outside Hall C, SDCC. It is free to attendees and their guests, but your conference badge is required to enter.
A new day and time for the Eighth Annual Special Achievement in GIS Awards event - Wednesday, July 27, 2005--3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., SDCC, Hall A. These awards recognize organizations for their outstanding achievements in GIS.
I will be attending both the Third Annual Survey and GIS Summit and the Sixth Annual Telecom and LBS Summit this year.
Survey and GIS Summit --July 23-26, 2005, This year's program has been expanded to Include Engineering and Engineering Design. surveyors, engineers, and GIS professionals to discover technology, applications, and methodologies that can help us collaborate and improve our efforts as we support our customers.
The Sixth Annual Telecom and LBS Summit on July 24 will feature best practices as well as trends in technology, applications, and business models.
Preconference seminars include topics such as Implementing the GIS Portal Toolkit, Image Processing for the GIS Analyst, Health Geodatabase Modeling, ArcWeb Services for Developers and much more.
Fifth Annual ESRI Education User Conference
The Fifth Annual ESRI Education User Conference (co-located with ESRI UC) will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Marina July 23-26, 2005. That conference will offer:
- A conference dedicated to geographic learning
- Hands-on workshops using ESRI software
- Opening and closing presentations by David Rumsey and Dr. Mike Fay
- Past experiences shared by GIS educators
- Information on grants and resources
- Information on software licensing
- Updates on projects, programs, and partnerships
- More than 20 exhibitors in the Solutions EXPO
- New insights to take back to the classroom or lab
- The opportunity to network with other GIS educators
Just for Fun
The conference hosts a GeoTreasure Hunt on Saturday, July 23rd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Marina-Salon D/E, Marriott. This is a hands-on activity that uses handheld global positioning (GPS) units to follow clues and navigate to several locations near the hotel. Trimble, the activity sponsor, will provide instruction for using GPS units running ArcPad. With handheld units supplied by Trimble, participants will navigate to several locations around the conference center and hotel. Prizes will include a copy of ArcPad software. EdUC attendees are welcome to bring their own GPS units. For more information on the GeoTreasure Hunt, contact Molly Dougherty at Email Contact.
Other recreational activities will include a tennis tournament, golf tournament, 5K fun run walk.
Authors of several new books will be on hand for signing. Fun with GPS, by Donald Cooke, outlines examples and exercises of the use of GPS on snow and ice, mapping an old cemetery, magnetic vs. true north, mapping the Boston Marathon, land conservation and trail mapping. Most of the work done in the book is done with Garmin products, apparently because the Garmin GPSs can be set to record track log positions at fixed time intervals, and other equipment is not set up to do this, according to the author.
Before leaving for the conference, you might want to check out the Preconference Survey Q&A where users' questions are answered by Jack Dangermond. Almost every possible question is posed in this Survey, on a variety of geospatial topics.
Autodesk Announces RealDWG 2006 for Application Development and What That Might Mean
(First published in AECWeekly , June 13-17, 2005)
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