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Critigen, a global technology consultancy, announced it has aligned with the leaders in the geospatial industry, becoming a Platinum Tier Partner with Esri and creating an expanded business partner agreement with Trimble, including support of Trimble Utility Field Solutions and initiatives in the utility industry.

The Schneider Corporation announced it is partnering with Pictometry International Corp. to provide aerial oblique imagery for its Beacon Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solution.


The Survey Summit is a new conference co-hosted by Esri and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). It is designed for surveyors who are interested in geospatial technologies to explore the newest technology trends, workflows, equipment, and business opportunities in surveying and related fields. The Summit will also provide unparalleled training and networking opportunities.

The inaugural Survey Summit will take place next summer, July 9-12, 2011, concurrently with the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC). It will serve as the ideal forum for anyone interested in geographic information system (GIS) technology, as well as emerging technologies such as lidar, and 3D scanning, to better equip their organizations to serve emerging markets. The education-rich agenda will also include ways for participants to interact and collaborate at the summit.

RapidEye announced that TÃoV NORD of Germany, an official accreditation body for ISO 9001 standards, has not only extended RapidEye's ISO-certification after an extensive audit for its Quality Management Systems (QMS) but upgraded the certification to the ISO 9001:2008 level. This certificate covers marketing, sale, development, and provision of geo-spatial product and service projects.


Optech Incorporated announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. The appointments of David Nale, Philip Lapp, Dan Cornacchia, and Tony LaVista to Optech's Board of Directors add the deep experience in high-tech business that will be needed for the company's future growth.

New Products

PCI Geomatics announced the availability of an upgrade to Geomatica, its remote sensing and image processing software. Version 10.3.2 is the latest release available, and it includes additional satellite sensor support in addition to enhanced functionality.

GeoSage announced the release of Earth Land Surface (ELS) 2000 Version 2, consisting of (1) natural-color, near-global satellite imagery tiles at 15/30/60/90m resolutions, and (2) a unique, seamless, global satellite imagery mosaic at 30m-resolution with the file size of 2.29 Terabytes or 2,290 Gigabytes (image size: 1,296,000 by 648,000 pixel).

Modeling Our World: The ESRI Guide to Geodatabase Concepts from Esri Press is a comprehensive work that explains the fundamental geographic information concepts underlying the geodatabase model and its use. The fully revised second edition reflects the new features and functionality available in ArcGIS 10.

SuperGeo Technologies developed the 'Taipei Bus Information and Transit System' by using SuperWebGIS. The system integrates bus information and scenic spots to provide diverse and real-time information. Users and tourists are able to query bus routes and plan the best tourist routes in a convenient way.

Tiburon, Inc. announced the general release of its industry-leading CommandCAD 2.6 solution that delivers enhanced situational awareness and response capabilities for fire and rescue agencies. CommandCAD 2.6, Tiburon's computer aided dispatch (CAD) solution, brings seamless integration, enhanced flexibility and bi-directional information sharing between Tiburon's CommandCAD, FireRECORDS and MobileCOM solutions.

Pitney Bowes Business Insight announced MapInfo Crime Profiler, a flexible solution for real-time identification and analysis of crime patterns and trends. Armed with this intelligence, law enforcement agencies can more effectively deploy resources and assist detectives in identifying and apprehending suspects.

Intergraph has introduced the newest version of their incident management solution, Incident Management version 9.1 which will provide police, fire, EMS and security agencies the ability to optimize agency resource allocation and improve response coordination to better save lives and protect property in the communities they serve.

Rolta UK announced the release of Version 2 of a free Loader for OS VectorMap Local. Version 2 of this software which is released simply and quickly translates and loads OS VectorMap Local GML (Geography Markup Language) formatted data into both ESRI SHP and MapInfo TAB formats. In addition to data translation, Version 2 also provides for presentation of the data in common styles. This software and style guides are available to download from the Rolta Europe website

Dotted Eyes announced the release of Contractor Portal v2.0, which embraces new imperatives for local government organisations to share internally generated asset data, along with OS and OSNI and wider third party datasets, across a broadening number of partners to deliver on changing local government and related NHS reforms.

Around the Web

GISCafe Today Blog

The Geospatial Revolution Project Google Earth Blog

New mapAsheville information marks City of Asheville- and NCDOT-owned roads

Paperless Trail Launches Location Intelligence Tool

Government Works On Policy And Framework To Improve Geospatial Data Management

For E-Data, Tug Grows Over Privacy vs. Security Miguel Helft, August 2, 2010, The New York Times (registration required)

McCain Holding Up on Intel Nominee New York Times blog

Importance Of Geospatial Data For National Development Emphasised

Oceanic Research & Recovery Upgrades to the Latest Version of Site Recorder MarketWatch


Spatial Information Day
Date: August 13, 2010
Place: Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, Australia

Spatial Information Day 2010 (SID 2010) and the South Australian Spatial Excellence Awards 2010 (SASEA 2010) will be held on Friday 13 August 2010 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The full day SID 2010 program will be followed by the SASEA 2010 dinner.
2010 APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition
Date: August 15 - 18, 2010
Place: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Boston, MA USA

APWA's Congress will feature more than 125 technical and professional development sessions (over 200 when you count the sessions at WASTECON) presented by your colleagues and industry vendors. There's no better way to learn than from those who are "in the know." You can earn CEUs and PDHs that will add value to the information you learn onsite. The exposition—keeping in line with the impressive size of our host site—will be the BEST ever!
2010 URISA/NENA Addressing Conference
Date: August 16 - 18, 2010
Place: Charlotte, NC USA

The only conference where GIS professionals, addressing coordinators, 9-1-1 and emergency response specialists come together for education and networking. The conference is developed through abstracts submitted through a Call for Presentations. The Conference Committee, comprised of URISA and NENA members, reviews all of the abstracts received by the deadline date, and organizes the educational sessions according to those abstracts.
FEMA - 4th Annual HAZUS Conference
Date: August 23 - 25, 2010
Place: Indiana Government Center South
302 West Washington Street , Indianapolis , IN 46204-2211 USA

The HAZUS Conference provides a unique opportunity for users of all levels in a wide variety of professions (e.g., first responders, local government decision makers, planners, GIS specialists) to share expertise and experience in the development and use of HAZUS-MH. Visit the HAZUS Website at for other available HAZUS resources.
GeoGathering 2010
Date: August 26, 2010
Place: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
3rd Floor - Allison Hall, 1201 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX TX 77380 USA

The GeoGathering conference provides a venue for oil and gas gathering system operators to share their experiences in applying GIS technology towards data management and integrity management initiative.
Intergraph 2010
Date: August 30 - September 2, 2010
Place: Las Vegas

Join Intergraph technical experts and industry peers for four exciting days of exclusive technology previews, a showcase of best practices, inspiring keynotes, and unlimited networking. Enter a world of opportunities with Intergraph solutions. Reserve your spot today!
RSPSoc 2010
Date: September 1 - 3, 2010
Place: University College
Cork, Ireland

In 2010 the first joint UK Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society and Irish Earth Observation Symposium conference will be held in Cork, Ireland. It will be hosted by University College Cork and the National Maritime College of Ireland from 31st August to 3rd  September 2010.
FOSS4G 2010
Date: September 6 - 9, 2010
Place: Palau de Congressos de Barcelona (Fira de Barcelona) – M1
Avda. Reina Maria Cristina s/n , Barcelona, Spain

FOSS4G is heralded as the international "gathering of tribes" of open source geospatial communities, where developers and users show off their latest software and projects.
The spatial industry is undergoing rapid innovations and the open source spatial community is one of the forces driving the change. The FOSS4G conference is more than a melting pot of great ideas it is a catalyst and opportunity to unite behind the many successful geospatial products, standards and protocols.

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