What Do CAD Users Want to Do With GIS?

Monday, April 23, Plenary Schedule

      Keynote, Jay R. Lucas, CCIM and President of STDB
      Keynote, Lisa Derenthal, Homebuilding and Real Estate Consultant
      Keynote, Rob Osment, Global Risk Manager, Royal & Sun Alliance

Tuesday, April 24, User Presentations/ESRI Presentations

Wednesday, April 25, Technical Workshops

New Products

Leica GeoMoS Version 3.0, an upgrade to Leica Geosystems' GeoMoS, is an open, scalable and customizable software package suitable for a wide range of monitoring applications.

"Version 3.0 includes a range of improvements for the two main applications, Monitor and Analyzer. The new version also introduces a new product structure and licensing concept, making Leica GeoMoS economical for small and large monitoring projects," said Gerard Manley, vice president of engineered solutions, Leica Geosystems, Inc.

Magellan announced the introduction of its ProMark3 RTK, designed to provide surveyors with centimeter accuracy in a real-time solution. Now surveyors can expand their business opportunities through RTK with significantly less investment than with competing systems. ProMark3 RTK includes new real time capabilities in addition to its existing complete post-processing and mapping features.

The latest release of a new version of Topcon Positioning Systems’ TopSURV field software offers significant new enhancements to existing and new users around the world.
The version 6.11 of TopSURV includes:

  • Windows Mobile 5 operating system
  • Support for both the PanAM and Anik WAAS satellites
  • L2C s/n has been added to view the new modernized GPS signal
  • Support for new G24 internal GSM modem in the GR-3 GNSS receiver
  • Support for new DSP Digital internal and external UHF radio systems
  • Enhanced GMS-2 field controller wireless total station support
  • Additional digital level sensors are now added
  • OEM or user customizable splash screen
  • Clip/Ispol formats
  • Enhanced landXML file function
  • Import/Export of road alignment files between jobs
  • Enhanced user interface for edit/selection of multiple road alignments, profiles and cross section sets
  • Cross section viewer has been added
  • Overview map with image for design pt, current pt and toggle between stakeout plot view and map view

Blue Marble Geographics announces a new Wide Area Network (WAN) license for their suite of geographic software applications. Via FLEXlm, a popular software license manager, IT administrators may now install the Geographic Calculator and Geographic Translator in one location, and serve users remotely across a WAN connection. The Geographic Transformer is also available for WAN licensing through a different license manager.

Encom, a provider of desktop software, data management and advanced technical consulting for the geosciences has released Discover 3D 2.5.

The latest release of Encom Discover 3D for MapInfo Professional, delivers to geoscientists an exciting range of productivity tools and enriched interactive 3D display capabilities. Discover 3D provides tools for interactive analysis of drillholes, trenches, profiles, mine models, terrain, geochemistry, geophysical models, topography and geological sections directly linked to a user’s GIS work environment.

Visualization enhancements include 3D performance, transparency management, volume clipping, object selection and new data object links.

Mapping for Congress: Supporting Public Policy with GIS, published by ESRI, presents some of the best examples of how the library's Congressional Cartography Program uses GIS technology to analyze and map everything from the potential hazard zones around a proposed liquefied natural gas facility in New Jersey to the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina flooding. The book, filled with colorful maps created using GIS, also defines GIS, explains its value, and describes how policy makers—at every level of government—could benefit from incorporating the technology into management and decision making.

Around the Web

Google makes mashups easy, even for me, April 5, 2007, CNET News.com

Google maps out mashups, April 6, 2007, CNET News.com

Upcoming Events

Urban Remote Sensing Joint event 2007
Date: April 11 - 13, 2007 
Place: ENST
Paris, , France
The objectives of the Urban Remote Sensing joint event include gathering people coming from industry, academia, local and national/international agencies together to discuss of topics related to remote sensing for urban monitoring fostering the research and the applications of already available data sets over urban areas, with a special look to high resolution satellite data and data fusion providing new ideas for developing sensors and/or systems able to analyze and monitor urban areas.
Location Intelligence Conference 2007
Date: April 16 - 18, 2007
Place: San Francisco, CA USA
The Location Intelligence Conference is focused on the "business of location technology." In particular it focuses on how to make or save money from implementing the technology within your organization.
LAAD 2007
Date: April 17 - 20, 2007
Place: Riocentro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As we prepare to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of LAAD in 2007, our goal is to ensure that LAAD will continue to be a permanent fixture and one of the key events in the international trade show calendar. We will continue to develop the event for 2007, working alongside our exhibitors, buyers, trade associations, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces and other key players in the industry.
2007 ESRI Business GeoInfo Summit
Date: April 23 - 25, 2007
Place: Westin Park Central
Dallas, TX USA
The Business GeoInfo Summit is recognized as the premier GIS forum for industry professionals and business executives. Come and share your experiences, discuss the latest trends with the GIS industry leaders and explore innovation in geo-enabled business processes.
Washington GIS Conference
Date: April 23 - 25, 2007
Place: Lynnwood Convention Center
Lynnwood, WA USA
WAURISA announces the 2007 Washington GIS Conference, to be held April 23-25, 2007. The 2007 Washington GIS Conference will be held in Lynnwood’s new Conference Center, conveniently located between Seattle and Everett. Earn GISCI
ITEC 2007
Date: April 24 - 26, 2007
Place: Koelnmesse
Cologne,, Germany
The ITEC 2007 three day conference will cover all types of training solutions, systems, methodologies and procurement ideas within a theme of Training Transformation - lifelong learning in a rapidly changing environment
Second Conference On Agricultural Policy Implementation And Geo-Information (CAPIGI)
Date: April 24 - 25, 2007
Place: World Trade Centre
Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Conference on Agricultural Policy Implementation and Geo Information (CAPIGI) brings the science and technology community together with the policy community to look for new opportunities in the implementation of agricultural policy. CAPIGI presents a state-of-the-art overview on innovations and research in geo information sciences. These emerging technologies get illustrated with practice experiences in agricultural policy implementation.
Tenth Annual Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conference and Exposition
Date: May 1 - 4, 2007
Place: Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA USA
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this unique conference, the only one dedicated solely to the use of GIS in airports and aviation, the focus will be on how far the airport GIS community has come in the past ten years and where airport GIS may take the aviation world in the next ten years
Delaware GIS 2007: Serving Communities
Date: May 2, 2007
Place: Dover Sheraton Inn
Dover, DE USA
The Delaware Geographic Data Committee hosts an annual statewide GIS conference and is a cooperative effort among state agencies, the University of Delaware, county and municipal governments, and others to build a Delaware GIS Community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS and spatial data in Delaware
ASPRS 2007
Date: May 7 - 11, 2007
Place: Marriott Waterside Hotel
Tampa , FL USA
The theme of “Identifying Geospatial Solutions,” this Conference will have an outstanding set of technical presentations on all aspects of imaging and geospatial information. We will feature sessions on how to collect geospatial data, how to process and analyze data, and how to derive information from data that is useful in making local, national and global decisions, for resource management, business or other purposes
IMAGIN 2007 Annual Conference
Date: May 7 - 9, 2007
Place: Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA
Take part in Michigan's premier GIS Conference! Share your expertise, gain visibility, and enhance your professional growth. IMAGIN's Annual Conference provides administrative, professional, and technical information to GIS.

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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'mxgale'
    I would say that CAD users are looking for GIS to enable the export of spatially adjusted cross sections and profiles of Geo-Data. As we all know, CAD works in the XY coordinate system... GIS uses Lat/Long... and moving from the Lat/Long to a XY coordinate system is not easy!
    Usually diagramming cross sections or profiles of the earth's surface required the export of Geo-Data to CAD... and then starts the laborious task of ensuring that all geo-referenced data is appropriately represented in CAD (a time consuming and laborious task!). In addition to running two different programs, it typically requires multiple passes at the data to adjust things to get it to look right... to get the scale right and even get the diagram to a size that is appropriate for labeling and symbolizing. Handing off or working with projects in this manner can be a real drain on your time . . . not to mention sanity!
    But I'm currently using a great solution to this problem! It's called Crossview for ArcGIS. www.aprimesoftware.com
    It allows you to natively create a cross section directly in ArcGIS yet gives users (CAD or GIS) the flexibility to finish (label, symbolize, etc.) in either GIS or CAD. If you are working with high-end and high-cost geology or hydrology consultants you can create 10s if not hundreds of draft slices of cross sections of your geo-data. Doing this on the fly with a consultant can save time and make the workflow [censored] with scientists. It's pretty slick... check it out. www.aprimesoftware.com

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