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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Bentley Systems announced today that they have simplified their product offerings of the Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries 2) by reducing the number of geospatial products that they sell. Concurrently, the company said they are bolstering each product with specific functionality to meet the workflows of select user communities. According to the company:

  • Bentley Map PowerView
    • For the visualization and editing of 2D/3D geospatial information – this product replaces Bentley PowerMap Field
  • Bentley Map
    • For editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information – replaces the Bentley Map V8i SS1 and Bentley PowerMap
  • Bentley Map Enterprise
    • An entirely new product for enterprise editing, analysis and management of 2D/3D geospatial information

Bentley is staking its ground on 3D. I've covered Bentley's 3D intiatives just recently in a report last October. This announcement further strengthens Bentley's marketing efforts with actual product realignments. So what is actually "new" in this realignment? Again, according to Bentley, these features have been added:

  • Viewing and editing of geospatial data from virtually all file-based GIS formats, spatial databases and rasters (either natively or through the Safe Software FME plug-in)
  • Native support of Oracle Spatial 3D objects
  • Decision making using spatial analysis (especially in 3D)
  • Advanced 3D object editing
  • Built-in map finishing
  • Cadastral fabric editing and maintenance
  • Producing data models and editing tools for different geospatial applications (i.e. the FAA compliant airport data model that we already ship with Bentley Map)
  • Fully-documented, extended API open to all users
  • Long transactions in Oracle Spatial (2-tier, no server license needed)
  • Advanced image management (rasters, doc conversion, textures for 3D solids)
  • Oracle Georaster viewing
  • 2D and 3D modeling in the same environment (see image at right)

Bentley, as they have in the past, continue to work closely with Oracle. Users will be able to do long transactions in Oracle Spatial without the need for a server licence. In addition, Bentley is looking to help users who work on big projects with large file sizes and hence have made an effort to closely link Bentley ProjectWise with Bentley Map for more effective team collaboration.

The new Bentley Map product line replaces Bentley PowerMap Field, Bentley PowerMap, Bentley PowerDraft for Mapping, Bentley Cadastre, and Bentley CADscript. For more information, go to the Bentley Map website.

by Joe Francica on 04/07 at 05:31 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The GIS Certification Institue's (GISCI) Board of Directors has issued this statement regarding the recent review process for obtaining the GISP certification:

At its regular Board meeting on March 30, 2011, the GISCI Board of Directors began consideration of the proposal submitted by the GISCI Core Competency Workgroup and the public response collected during February concerning that proposal. The Board adopted a resolution recognizing the role that the current portfolio based process has played in recognizing the professional attainment of those certified.

The resolution identified the need for updates to the GISP certification process to align the certification with the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. The Board will continue to discuss the recommendations made by the Core Competency Workgroup through the spring.

Meanwhile, the "GISP Certification Update" proposal and the comments are available for public review at

Recently, Directions Media hosted a webcast with two members of the GISCI board of directors and that event can be viewed on demand. In addition, there was an overwhelming number of questions that were submitted to the board members during that webcast. We have published the answers to those questions in hopes of bringing clarity to many of the issues that were discussed.

by Joe Francica on 04/07 at 12:30 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

From Peter Hannah, the Geospatial Information & Service (IGI&S) Coordinator, at the Army's Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, comes his report about getting involved with crisis mapping efforts in Japan following the earthquake/tsunami that hit the northern part of Honshu. I think his investigation of how to get involved is quite useful. Please read more below:

The tsunami disaster in Japan is yet another tragedy to add to the growing list of epic events in our recent history. As I watched on the news the immense black wave plow through entire communities a world away, I was anxious to do something to help. I remembered new (to me) concepts presented at a recent Rocket City Geospatial Conference in Huntsville that addressed the efforts to aid in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and earthquake in Haiti. Presentations about “Crisis Mapping”, “OpenStreetMap” and “Crowdsourcing” planted a seed and I started researching the day after the quake.

I quickly found networks of volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds collaborating to provide relief to Japan. Once signed up, I was directed to a Crisis Commons CrisisCamp Sendai Skype Room where I met up with many people who continue to work tirelessly on relief efforts. Primarily, they work within the “wiki” providing any information that might be helpful to people on the ground in Japan and their relatives around the world. They have been supporting the development of the Japan Data Profile, a collection of data sets related to Japan response, including community generated data such as the Japan Crisis Map. Honshu Quake Activities @ Crisis Commons provides more information to these efforts.

I collected whatever resources I could find through personal connections, colleagues and co-workers, then submitted them to the CrisisCamp. Whether or not the data provided will prove to be useful, only time will tell. However, I learned much from this experience. I walked out of my daily ArcGIS comfort zone, and into the community of crisis and Open Source Mapping. A whole new world opened up. I feel my skills were applied to a worthy cause, and I met some extremely intelligent people in the process. If you would like to offer help with your GIS talents, please check out the hyperlinks within the body of this article. Even if you only have five minutes to spare, it can be put to good use.

Peter J. Hannah, GISP
IGI&S Coordinator Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Reprinted with permission by the author - Original article published in the Monthly Newsletter for the US Army IGI&S Community, April 2011

by Joe Francica on 04/07 at 05:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of New South Wales School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems (UNSW SSIS) is concerned part of its low enrollment issue relates to its name. So , it's running a survey to find a new one, one that is "easy for 17-year-old science and maths students (and their parents) to understand, and promotes the discipline as key to the future of essential, location-based technology," per Head of School, Professor Chris Rizos.

Reminder: Currently enrolled students (18 years +) from two-year (lower division) community and technical college programs that offer courses, certificate or degree programs focused on geospatial technology in the U.S have only until April 15 to take the exam for the National Geospatial Technology Skills Competition organized by the GeoTec Center. Top winners will visit the Esri Ed UC to present their research work. 
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Geographic Information Systems Program was recognized by the California Geographic Information Association with the Excellence in Education Award. It was presented to Dr. Cindy Nance in recognition of its GIS Program during the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s CalGIS 2011 Conference on March 31, 2011.



Mountain rescue bosses in the Lake District say walkers who rely on their mobile phone for directions are to blame for a 50 per cent increase in call-outs.

That's right, when they lose the signal, they get lost...

- Daily Mail

Professor David Maguire has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, with effect from 1 October 2011. He is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Development) at Birmingham City University and he has a successful track record of senior leadership in the private sector and higher education in both the US and the UK. 

He was a senior staffer at Esri-UK and headquarters for many years.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/07 at 03:48 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

No, I have no inside info on if it will return, but I do know that DiAnn Eisnor of Waze along with Craig Chapman of Inrix will be on C|net's Reporter's Roundtable to talk traffic. The host Rafe Needleman is one of my favorite C|net guys; in fact I read him when he was at Webware. It's on live at 12 PM PDT and 3 EDT on Friday or catch the podcast.

- Reporter's Roundtable Blog

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/07 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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