GIS News: Bentley Keynote Report, Topcon Wins “Cool Vendor in Energy and Utilities” award

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Today’s geospatial industry news includes the “Cool Vendor in Energy and Utilities” award for Topcon, the release of the Bentley User Conference Keynote Report, and contract awards for Nvision, Timmons Group, and SuperGeo.

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) will be holding its next OGC Technical Committee and Planning Committee meetings from 12-17 June 2011 in Taichung, Taiwan. This is the first time that OGC meetings will take place in in Taiwan.

The 2011 Be Together: The Bentley User Conference ‘Keynote Report’ has been released by Bentley and provides a comprehensive look at the recent Be Together conference held May 23-26, 2011, in Philadelphia.  The report includes an overview of the LIVE Zone dynamic and interactive exhibit area and provides highlights of the keynotes presented by CEO Greg Bentley, SVP Bhupinder Singh, and the Bentley Software team.  The report contains comments by Greg Bentley regarding new capabilities of Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system that have expanded Bentley’s V8i advantage to include immersive design. The newly introduced Bentley innovations are detailed by Bhupinder Singh in the document which include design synchronization, building simulation, hypermodels, mobility, markup synchronization, PDF orchestration, point cloud management, transmittals, and scalable terrain models.

NVision Solutions has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, MS, to provide aerial-data collection services for the entire Great Lakes Region coastline to help with flood plain management.  NVision will provide seamless, high-resolution oblique color images along approximately 6,000 miles of the coastline of all five Great Lakes within the U.S. The flights will test the new ERDC system and support other U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACE) activities.

Timmons Group was recently selected by the United States Forest Service to develop the nation-wide Geospatial Activity and Accomplishment Tools (GAAT) enterprise solution for management planning and reporting.

Microsoft and IDV Solutions will be hosting a webcast that demonstrates how governments—federal, state, and local—are empowering their constituents with access to organizational data in captivating interactive data visualizations. The webcast, “Practical Transparency: How to Painlessly Showcase and Manage Organizational Data with SharePoint and Visual Fusion”, will air on Wednesday, June 8, at 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time.  Featured speakers will be Matthew Pietryszyn, GIS Coordinator, City of Brampton, Ontario and Scott Caulk, VP of Products, IDV Solutions.

SuperGeo Technologies announced that its exclusive partner in Italy, Helix S.r.l., has successfully promoted the Helix Mobile Mapping System (HMMs) to Regione Marche for civil protection and spatial data collection.

Topcon Positioning Systems’ (TPS) has been named by Gartner, Inc. as the winner of the 2011 “Cool Vendor in Energy and Utilities” award.  Topcon’s IP-S2 ground-based imagery and LiDAR systems was adjudged as “cool” due to the combination of 360-degree photo imagery and LiDAR point cloud data which creates an “immersive user experience.” In addition, the Gartner analysis report said, “it reduces costs by commercializing off-the-shelf, ruggedized equipment in a modular way.”  The Gartner report noted that Topcon’s IP-S2 high-definition mobile mapping capabilities includes 64 individual LiDAR sensors on a rotating head, storing up to 1.3 million points per second. A six-lens digital camera simultaneously stores digital color spherical images that are automatically geo-referenced with LiDAR data, creating a colorized point cloud.



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