GIS News: FME Webinar, Maritime Surveillance, Esri Workbook

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The latest roundup of GIS related news includes a free webinar on FME, final call for papers for the European LiDAR Mapping forum, and a new workbook from Esri Press.  The European Space Agency has a writeup about the use of satellite data in maritime surveillance.  Industry announcements have also been posted from ESRI Canada, SDI, CARIS, Cityworks, Viewpoint GIS, and KnowGIS.  

Safe Software

Safe Software is offering a free 1-hour webinar to get an overview of how FME can extend the reach of your ArcGIS investment. Register here. Webinar details: Date: Thursday July 28 (8am PDT / 11am EDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST), Presenters: Dale Lutz & Mita Hajirakar.

European LiDAR Mapping Forum 

The Call for Abstracts deadline for the European LiDAR Mapping Forum being held in Salzburg, Austria is fast approaching –Monday 25th July 2011.  Authors wishing to submit a paper for the conference are requested to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words online at


Pooled satellite data for maritime surveillance on the horizon: Satellite imagery can be used to locate and track vessels, monitor beaches and ports, and detect unlicensed fishing and illicit oil discharges. In addition, spaceborne receivers pick up identification messages transmitted by all large vessels.  Some countries already use satellites for surveillance. For example, Collecte Localisation Satellites, CLS, monitors illegal fishing around the Kergulan Islands in the Indian Ocean for the French Navy. The European Maritime Safety Agency operates a satellite-based oil pollution monitoring system in European waters.

An overview of the different satellite capabilities for maritime surveillance.   Credits: ESA
An overview of the different satellite capabilities for maritime surveillance. Credits: ESA


Designed for a college curriculum, Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS: A Workbook helps students use organized workflows, spatial analysis, and visualization to make decisions about real-world issues including crime, hazards, hurricanes, demographics, and urban planning. This second edition from Esri Press provides scenario-based lessons to promote the development of GIS skills and critical thinking capabilities.  Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS: A Workbook, second edition (ISBN: 978-1-58948-280-7, 172 pages, US$69.95), is available at online retailers worldwide, at, or by calling 1-800-447-9778.

With encouragement from the National Association of Regional Councils, Esri is now offering enterprise license agreements (ELAs) to regional governments in the United States. Thousands of federal, state, and local governments already leverage Esri’s government ELAs to centralize geospatial data and enhance operations across departments. Extended availability of government ELAs brings unlimited use of ArcGIS software to the staffs of councils of governments, associations of governments, and regional and metropolitan planning organizations.

Esri heralded the winners of the Storytelling with Maps competition at the 2011 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC). Chih Cheng Chang, director of the application system division at RiChi in New Taipei City, Taiwan, won first place for Best Web Map. Dr. Thanos Doganis, director of R&D at Terra Ltd., with Terra Mapping The Globe Ltd. in Athens, Greece, won first place for Best Mobile App.

Winning Entries

  • First-Place Best Web Map: Chih Cheng Chang—Natural Environment Database Map in Taiwan
  • Second-Place Best Web Map: Tom Sellsted—Yakima Transit iBus Widget
  • Third-Place Best Web Map: Don Barker—The Search for Frederick Douglass’ Birthplace
  • First-Place Best Mobile App: Thanos Doganis—Livemap
  • Second-Place Best Mobile App: Chih Cheng Chang—NGIS Natural Environment Maps in Taiwan iOS App
  • Third-Place Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeology
  • Community Favorite Award Best Web Map: Mark Laudon—Save the Rain!
  • Community Favorite Award Best Mobile App: Patrick Bell—iGeology

View all contest entries at

Esri acknowledged the achievements of more than 140 domestic and international organizations with the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Awards ceremony at the annual Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California. The SAG Awards acknowledge innovative and intelligent applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology.  The SAG Awards ceremony was held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 13, 2011. Thousands of SAG Award nominations are submitted each year. For more information about the 2011 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, visit

ESRI Canada congratulates the City of Calgary for receiving the  ESRI Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its Core Mapping Project.  The City was selected from more than 100,000 organizations worldwide for its outstanding use of geographic information system (GIS) technology to centralize municipal land information maintenance.  This enables the City to produce consistent basemaps to support numerous business processes.  The award was presented on July 13 at the 2011 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, which attracted 15,000 attendees.

Spatial Data Integrations

Madison County Utility District, located in Richmond, Kentucky has purchased GIS software from Spatial Data Integrations, Inc. (SDI) to begin implementation of a GIS program at the utility. The software, SDImaps, is a mapping software specifically designed for, and tailored to, the utility industry. SDI will also provide training services and basemap data to assist with the GIS implementation.


The KnowGIS 10 Training Series is available for learning and knowing ArcGIS Desktop Software.  The KnowGIS course provides participants with an understanding of the essential principles and elements of ArcGIS Desktop software and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  The course includes over 16 hours of material, 12 primary tutorials, and relevant project data.  Visit ( to view course details and get information.


Cityworks announce Swedish Water Utility MittSverige Vatten (MSV) has implemented Cityworks Server AMS to assist in asset management needs.  Already experiencing results with their new solution, MSV looks forward to additional benefits from expanding the system throughout the organization in the future.


CARIS has launched a new module as part of the release of Bathy DataBASE 3.2. The Engineering Analysis Module caters to the requirements of the dredging industry, port and waterway authorities, as well as other engineering operations.  To find out more about the benefits of the new Engineering Analysis Module, please visit:

Viewpoint GIS

ViewPoint GIS announced that the Town of North Haven, CT has officially selected ViewPermit™ for its new GIS-based online electronic permit management system.

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