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National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference Program Sessions Announced

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015—A program of professional, educational and technical sessions has been announced by MAPPS and NSPS for their joint National Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial Conference,Collaboration: The Map to the Future, to be held April 13-16, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City (Arlington), VA.

MAPPS Members Promote UAV Before Wisconsin Legislature

March 27, 2015 — MAPPS members Kirk Contrucci of Ayres Associates, Inc., George Southard of Trimble Navigation Limited and Paul Braun of Continental Mapping Consultants delivered testimony yesterday to the Wisconsin General Assembly, presenting the merits and benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operations for surveying, mapping and geospatial applications.

Ordnance Survey Reaches Open Data Milestone

March 27, 2015 The number of times OS OpenData has been downloaded since its April 2010 launch has now exceeded the one million mark.

SEVP Releases 2015 International Student Data, Launches Interactive Mapping tool

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 — "SEVIS by the Numbers," a quarterly report on international students studying in the United States, was released Wednesday by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

LizardTech is Exhibiting at the Coastal GeoTools Conference

SEATTLE, Wash. — Mar. 27, 2015 — LizardTech®, a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, is exhibiting at the Coastal GeoTools Conference. The conference is held at the North Charleston Convention Center in North Charleston, S.C., March 30-31, 2015.

Blue Marble to Highlight the Global Mapper Lidar Module at SPAR International and CoastalGeoTools

Hallowell, Maine – March 27, 2015 —  Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) will be exhibiting at the SPAR International in Houston and CoastalGeoTools in Charleston, SC the week of March 30th highlighting Global Mapper’s Lidar Module automatic classification and feature extraction capabilities.  Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

GEOINT 2015 Symposium Registration Now Open

Herndon, Va., March 26, 2015—The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced registration is open at www.geoint2015.com for its GEOINT 2015 Symposium, the largest intelligence event of the year. GEOINT 2015 takes place June 22-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Home on the California Range, Year 2100: Land Use and Climate Change Could Impact Wildlife, Water Supplies

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 25, 2015—Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Study Maps Development One County at a Time

SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 25,2015 — Researchers at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) have developed a county-by-county map of the United States’ “lower 48” that tells a story of land cover and development across the nation, and could provide a framework for planners and policy makers as they consider future development.

Phase One Industrial Announces the iXU 180 - the World's Smallest 80 MP Medium format Aerial Camera

COPENHAGEN, March 26, 2015 — Phase One Industrial, a leading manufacturer and provider of medium format aerial digital photography equipment and software solutions, today announced the Phase One iXU 180 camera, the world’s smallest 80 MP medium format aerial camera.

Bluesky Purchases Second UltraCam Eagle Camera

Leicestershire, UK, 26 March 2015 — Aerial mapping company Bluesky has invested in a second 260 megapixel digital aerial framing camera. The UltraCam Eagle, purchased from Microsoft’s photogrammetry division, is the most recent addition to the Leicestershire based company’s portfolio of state of the art aerial mapping equipment.

PhotoSat Verifies Accuracy of DigitalGlobe's 30 cm WorldView-3 Satellite Elevation Data to within 15 cm

VANCOUVER, March 26, 2015 — PhotoSat is pleased to announce that the elevation data processed from DigitalGlobe's new 30 centimeter resolution satellite, WorldView-3, has been verified as accurate to within 15 centimeters. DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services, and is the first company to offer 30 cm resolution satellite imagery commercially.

Intermap Technologies® Unveils Risk Scoring Functionality in Latest Version of InsitePro™

DENVER, CO, March 26, 2015 — Intermap Technologies (TSX:IMP), (ITMSF:BB), a leading provider of location-based solutions, today released a new version of InsitePro, a SaaS product that delivers location-based risk assessments to the property insurance industry.

DroneView Technologies Completes Funding to Accelerate Growth of Commercial Drone Services Business

DETROIT, March 26, 2015 — DroneView Technologies, a provider of aerial imaging solutions and drone operator training announced today that it has completed an initial funding round from Stephen Polk, a private investor and former Chairman and CEO of R.L. Polk & Co. The funding will be used to accelerate the growth of the company's training and commercial drone services business initially in the metro Detroit and New York markets.

Real-World Lynx Accuracy and New LMS 3.0 Features on Display at SPAR

March 26, 2015 — Optech is pleased to announce that it will reveal significant new workflow capabilities at the SPAR International Conference taking place March 30 - April 2, 2015 in Houston TX, as well as a paper co-presented with a valued client on the real-world design engineering accuracies obtainable with an Optech mobile lidar.

Optech Showcasing Latest Coastal Mapping Technology at Coastal GeoTools 2015

March 26, 2015 — Optech is pleased to announce that it will exhibit its latest and most powerful marine mapping solutions at the Coastal GeoTools 2015 conference taking place March 30 to April 2 in North Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

FAA Streamlines UAS COAs for Section 333

March 26, 2015 — The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after we publish a final version of the proposed small UAS rule.

Latin America’s Largest Sanitation Company Chooses ProMark GNSS Receivers

São Paulo, March 26, 2015 — Saneamento Basico do Estado de São Paulo (SABESP), a Brazilian water and sewage collection utility owned by São Paulo state and Latin America’s largest water company by market capitalization, has selected Spectra Precision ProMark 120 and 220 GNSS receivers to assist in gathering the geographic location of all SABESP network assets and the location of all customers.

First Round of Lidar BAA Awards Released

March 25, 2015 — The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program is pleased to announce the first round of awards resulting from the USGS Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), initially issued on July 18, 2014. (Solicitation Number: G14PS00574).

Compact and Cost-Effective Ultrasonic Distance Sensor P49 now Available in the US

March 25, 2015 — Hoffmann - Krippner Inc. is proud to present P49, a cost-effective and compact line of high quality ultrasonic distance sensors from the well-established German manufacturer PIL. P49 is the solution for distance measurement in applications where fast activation is essential.

Hexagon Geospatial and Intergraph Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of Supporting Geoportal Development for the Czech Republic

NORCROSS, Ga., USA, March 25, 2015 — Hexagon Geospatial and Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) are pleased to announce they are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of supporting the Land Survey Office of the Czech Republic in the development and expansion of the ČÚZK Geoportal.

Caliper Offers 2015 Census Block Groups Data

NEWTON MA, March 25, 2015 — Caliper is pleased to announce that the 2015 U.S. Census Blocks Groups data layer is now available for the entire United States. The 2015 Block Group data work with the latest versions of Caliper's Maptitude mapping software and TransCAD transportation planning software.

SpaceCurve Selected by Via Informatics as its Spatial Data Platform

Seattle, WA, March 25, 2015 — SpaceCurve announced today that Via Informatics, the industry leader in crowd-sourced location analytics and developer of LocationGeniusTM, has selected SpaceCurve to be their spatial data platform. SpaceCurve is the first company to build a platform specifically for spatially organizing and enabling the analysis of large-scale spatial data.

SuperGIS Chosen to Elevate Civil Engineering Education in the Philippines

March 25, 2015 — The Department of Civil Engineering in De La Salle University, Philippines selected SuperGIS Desktop and Analyst Extensions to establish a superior education and research environment to cultivate the first-class personnel for the public infrastructure in the Philippines. 

USGIF Signs Information Sharing Memorandums with ASPRS & GISCI

Herndon, Virginia , March 25, 2015 — The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has entered into information sharing memorandums with two geospatial-related professional organizations to further inform the Foundation’s Universal GEOINT Credentialing program. USGIF has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and a memorandum of agreement with the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI).

Global Mapper SDK v16.1 Released with Faster Display of Online Data Sources

Hallowell, Maine – March 25, 2015 — Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce the release of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) version 16.1. This release features multiple enhancements to speed up online data sources, several new file formats and improved exports using image-optimized palettes. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

USGS to Hold 3DEP Stakeholders Meeting at MAPPS-NSPS Conference

March 25, 2015 (Washington, DC) — Momentum is growing for the National Surveying and Mapping Conference as USGS joins a burgeoning, information-packed program.

Timmons Group to Develop Application for Mobile At-Sea Data Collection

Richmond, Va., March 23, 2015—Timmons Group, a leader in innovative geospatial solutions, signed a contract with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) to design a custom application for field agents, called samplers, to collect data remotely at sea.  This application is the idea child of the joint venture between PSMFC and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW).

NASA Awards Contract for NOAA’s Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Spacecraft

March 23, 2015—NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.

USGS Maps Reach 18 Million Since Converting to Digital Delivery

March 24, 2015—The U.S. Geological Survey, through the National Geospatial Program, has delivered more than 18 million US Topo quadrangles and Historic Topographic Maps in the past six years. A download is counted when a user select the desired map(s) from the USGS Storeor The National Map Viewer and places that file on their computer or mobile device for further manipulation.