GIS News: gvSIG conference materials online, Esri Map Book Volume 26 released

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The geospatial industry roundup includes the release of videos and reports from the French gvSIG conference, GfK GeoMarketing’s map of the month, and the release of Esri’s Map Book, VOlume 26. Also included in this edition are announcements from GeoWorld, Bluesky, SuperGeo, Topcon, GIS in the Rockies, earthmine, IDV Solutions, Timmons Group, StreetMapper, and ITT Corporation.


The videos and the reports of the First French-speaking gvSIG Conference, that was held on July 1st in Rennes (France), are now available.




Esri Map Book, Volume 26, highlights the wide diversity of GIS applications in use today. From a detailed tourism map of the archaeological sites in Luxor, Egypt, to the scientific analysis of the iron and titanium concentrations on the moon, this year’s map book beautifully showcases the power and potential of geospatial analysis.   Esri Map Book, Volume 26 (ISBN: 978-1-58948-284-5, 120 pages, US$24.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit for complete ordering options, or visit to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

GfK GeoMarketing

This month’s map from GfK GeoMarketing provides an overview of retail growth in Europe from 2010 to 2011.  Download the map in high-resolution *.tif format (17 x 15 cm) here (approx. 2.5 MB).

Retail turnover growth in Europe, 2010-2011


Bluesky Solar Maps are helping businesses in the South of England benefit from free or low cost electricity. Working with Tidebank Energy, Bluesky has identified commercial properties across Hampshire, Dorset and West Sussex that have suitable roofs for arrays of solar panels. Qualifying businesses can enjoy free Solar electricity in exchange for renting their roof space to Tidebank Energy – who install, manage and maintain the solar array with no cost to the property owner.

Portsmouth on south coast of England, with roofs suitable for solar panel installations, mapped by Bluesky using 3D mapping techniques.


The July 2011 digital edition is now available.  Click here to start reading your issue on your computer, iPad or mobile device.  Subscription is required but free.


SuperGeo Technologies has announcd that SuperGIS Mobile Tour 3.0 (Android version) is utilized to develop a whole new navigation system for Yehliu Geopark.   As a famous resort with unique geological landscapes in North-eastern Taiwan, Yehliu Geopark has launched an electronic navigation system for the massive visitors. The navigation system used to be only available on Windows Mobile system and now the Android version is developed successfully.   Read the whole story at

New navigation system for Yehliu Geopark using SuperGeo software.


Ewout Korpershoek, formerly managing director of Topcon Europe Positioning (TEP), will join the Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) senior executive team as chief marketing officer responsible for all marketing and product management functions at TPS and TEP. He was also named chairman of the TEP board of directors. He has been a member of TPS’ strategic management team and executive committee since July 2010.

GIS in the Rockies

Dr. Jan Van Sickle, PLS, will be the keynote speaker at GIS in the Rockies 2011.  Jan Van Sickle has more than forty-five years of experience in GIS, GPS, surveying, mapping and imagery.  You may be familiar with Jan since he has spoken at many conferences including MAPPS, GITA and was the 2010 keynote speaker at the ESRI User Conference in Imagery and Remote Sensing.  He has advised notable companies such as Anadarko, IHS Energy, Microsoft, Intermap, Jeppeson, Geoeye and others in geospatial matters.  He earned his Ph. D. in geospatial engineering from the University of Colorado and has been a licensed professional Land Surveyor for thirty-one years.  He is a Senior Lecturer at Penn State University.


earthmine, inc. today announced the immediate availability of the earthmine Widget for the ArcGIS Viewer for Flex, providing a simple way for earthmine and ArcGIS users to publish their geospatial data and earthmine 3D street level imagery to the web.  The earthmine Widget is built with earthmine’s Software Development Kit (SDK) for Flash and delivers an “out of the box”, no-programming solution for users with little or no software development expertise.

IDV Solutions

IDV Solutions (IDV) today announced that it is an official Microsoft launch partner for the upcoming Windows Azure Marketplace.   Fetch! is a mobile app optimized for Windows Phone 7 for on-the-go access to Microsoft’s SharePoint, PerformancePoint, SQL Server, and other enterprise data sources.  Fetch! for Windows Azure Marketplace focuses on rapid retrieval of Windows Azure Marketplace content from data providers such as Zillow,, the United Nations, and the World Bank.  With Fetch! users can query these and other data sources for specific information, and create mashups of content from multiple sources within the Windows Azure Marketplace.

ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), the developers of ENVI® image processing and analysis software, today announced a new initiative to support the integration of its software technology with the ArcGIS® platform from Esri®.  ITT’s new Industry Solutions initiative will take advantage of ENVI tools in ArcGIS to build models and workflows that add image analysis functionality to industry specific applications for GIS users.  The models and workflows will deliver image analysis solutions for natural resources, government, and defense and intelligence applications, allowing GIS users to easily extract meaningful information from imagery for more accurate and timely decision making.

Timmons Group

Timmons Group has announced a webinar entitled “GIS Strategic Planning: Best Practices and Lessons Learned.” The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 21st, from 2pm to 3pm EST, and will be presented by Lowell Ballard, Director of Geospatial Solutions, and Russell Minich, Director of E-Government Solutions.  To register for the webinar, please visit


StreetMapper, the vehicle-based laser mapping system, is now being offered with a range of tools for the automatic calculation of bridge heights and other measurements. Designed to simplify the complex task of processing the billions of individual laser scanned measurements recorded by the world’s most accurate mobile mapping system StreetMapper Bridges is ideally suited for road construction and maintenance projects and abnormal route calculations.   StreetMapper Bridges automates processing of 3D laser scanned measurements using complex statistical algorithms to identify road surfaces, isolate bridge data, identify lane markings and remove noise – for example traffic on the highway. The application then extracts cross sections from the data and calculates clearances and other user defined measurements. This automation enables large-scale use of laser mapping by eliminating manual inefficiencies and reducing the chance for error.  StreetMapper Bridges is available to all StreetMapper users as either Software as a Service (SaaS) with customers purchasing an annual licence and data storage or as a project based service with StreetMapper developers undertaking data processing to agreed deliverables.

StreetMapper, the vehicle-based laser mapping system, utilizes the Perception Engine from Allpoint Systems to simplify data processing through automation.

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