GIS News: Topcon Contest, Free Esri Seminar

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From the geospatial industry: Topcon has launched a new contest to showcase how its instruments are being used, Esri staff will be traveling the country hosting free seminars on extending GIS, Orbit GT has released Orbit GIS X, GTG announces new contracts, and 3D Laser Mapping announces a new hire.  


“How do you Topcon?” is the theme for Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) new video contest aimed at showing how customers put TPS instruments to work.  The contest will run August 1 through October 31, 2011.  Participants will upload a short video (maximum 120 seconds) showing how they use Topcon products and services. Any use of Topcon equipment across all business segments – construction, survey, emerging business and agriculture – will be eligible.  At the close of the contest, social media users (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) will vote on their favorite videos, based on contest rules, which will be posted on the contest page website (  From points received, the finalists will move to the last stage – an independent panel of judges. Points will be awarded for creativity/originality of the concept of the video and also of the final product.  Winners will be notified after December 1. Prizes include: Grand prize, choice of a Topcon product from a selection of products, or iPad 2, or $750 American Express (AMEX) gift card.  The four runners up will get one of either a $500, $250, $100 or $50 AMEX gift card.  “Video of the Week” winners will also receive a $25 AMEX gift card or a “How do you Topcon?” hat and t-shirt.  Winners will be featured in a special edition of Topcon Today, as well as in a national news release and on the TPS website.


Esri will be hosting a free half-day US nationwide seminar spanning nearly 70 cities beginning in September 2011. Called Extend the Reach of Your GIS, this seminar teaches GIS professionals how to expand access to their authoritative maps and geospatial information.  Learn how to take advantage of existing GIS information and make it available to anyone on platforms that organizations already use. Easily access, edit, and share maps and data with field staff, executives, other departments, and the public.  Attendees will also see demonstrations of practical applications that reflect common workflows, interact with Esri staff, and network with peers.  Find a seminar location near you and register today at

Orbit GT

Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is proud to announce the launch of Orbit GIS X, the new generation desktop GIS.  Orbit GT today announces the availability of Orbit GIS X. Totally reworked, Orbit GIS X is the new engine for the Orbit GT portfolio. Being specialized in government, public safety and mapping industry solutions, the release of Orbit GIS X will lower the threshold for many GIS users to come.  An evaluation copy can be downloaded from


Geographic Technologies Group® (GTG®) was selected for multiple software contracts and services including: City of Santa Fe, New Mexico – upgraded to Community Connect AVL for GeoBlade Dispatch, purchased GeoBlade Mobile with Community Connect AVL, purchased GeoBlade Route and GeoBlade Notify, and upgraded to GeoBlade Dispatch. City of Dublin, Ohio – purchased two (2) GeoBlade Crimes seats.  GTG is currently working on the Town of Windsor, California’s GIS Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.

3D Laser Mapping

3D Laser Mapping has appointed Adriaan Oeschger to the position of Key Account Manager.  Oeschger, whose surveying background dates back more than twenty years, has worked in the mining industry and most recently for a distributor of survey, measurement and geospatial solutions in South Africa. Oeschger will join the existing team, providing support and development for key accounts across the  region.

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