GIS News: Esri, GfK Geomarketing, Bentley

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The latest geospatial industry news includes administrative and political geographic data from GfK Geomarketing, a new enterprise licensing program from Esri, the launch of AECOsim from Bentley, list of awardees from Cityworks.

Esri has launched a new enterprise licensing program targeted towards smaller public agencies.  The announcement from Esri explains:

The Small Public Safety (SPS) Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) gives fire, law enforcement, corrections, probation, and emergency management departments the same benefits that larger organizations have realized from traditional Esri ELA programs. Created for agencies in the United States serving populations of 100,000 or fewer, the SPS ELA eliminates the cost barrier that can impede fully realizing the benefits of Esri software.

Esri has received a Strong Positive rating, from Gartner, Inc., a provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry. The report, MarketScope for Energy and Utility Geographic Information Systems by Randy Rhodes, was published March 22, 2011.

“Utilities around the world rely on Esri technology and Esri partner solutions for crucial business functions including infrastructure management, emergency response, sustainable development, and risk analysis,” said Bill Meehan, Esri’s director of utility solutions. “We believe that Gartner’s Strong Positive rating affirms our commitment to continue to meet the dynamic and evolving needs of the utility industry.”


The City of Calgary has received Esri Canada’s Award of Excellence in GIS.

Bentley has launched AECOsim, it’s family of information modeling applications.  From the press release:

These applications enable architects and engineers to author and use rich information models to:
  • predictively design and interactively optimize the performance of building systems, while benefiting from integrated workflows among multiple disciplines – all facilitated by the software’s decision-support capabilities,
  • produce high-quality building and project documentation, including by way of Bentley’s new hypermodel innovation, for use throughout the project lifecycle of design, construction, and operations.
They also extend the capabilities of commonly available design tools from Bentley, Autodesk (including AutoCAD and Revit), Graphisoft Archicad, and others through their support of open standards.

The May map of the month from GfK GeoMarketing provides an overview of the level 1 and 2 political or administrative borders in Africa:

GfK GeoMarketing has released new postcode and administrative maps for all African countries this May, marking one of the most comprehensive map updates in recent years. In many countries, administrative sub-levels and two-digit postcodes are available for the first time. An even higher level of detail is available for some countries. The new maps reflect the latest boundaries and, in some cases, offer more recent information than officially available in the countries in question.

In the case of administrative boundaries such as states, provinces, districts and municipalities, the largest and second-largest administrative levels have been digitized for almost all countries included in the map edition. Using Senegal as an example, coverage is provided for the “regions” (largest administrative level) and “departements” (second-largest administrative level), which corresponds to 14 and 45 regions, respectively. Coverage of the third largest administrative level is available for South Africa, Morocco, Western Sahara, Congo, Egypt and Tunisia. In the case of Morocco, this equates to 1,509 “communes”.

The new Africa Map Edition also provides coverage of at least the two-digit postcode boundaries for all countries that have postal systems. In the case of Kenya, Swaziland, South Africa and several others, even more detailed postcode boundaries are available.


 level 1 and 2 political or administrative borders in Africa
Map of level 1 and 2 political or administrative borders in Africa. Data source & map: GfK GeoMarketing


RSI SOFTECH has been announced as a new reseller for SuperGeo in India.

Cityworks has announced the recipients of the 2011 Cityworks User of the Year Award in Recognition for GIS-Centric Excellence and Leadership.  The awards were presented at the 2011 Cityworks User Conference held last week in St. George, Utah.  The awardees:

  • Cucamonga Valley Water District, California – Marty Zvirbulis and Darron Poulsen
  • City of Delaware, Ohio – R. Thomas Homan and Perry Mickley
  • City of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada – R. Thomas Homan, Mike Bolger, Sharon McDonald and Janet England
  • Palm Bay, Florida – Crystal Phillips-Mustain and Ellen Prendergast
  • Waterford Township, Michigan – Carl W. Solden and Terry Biederman


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