GIS Tech News (#27)12 Dec, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong
|Today's edition of GIS Tech News is the last of 2006. We'll take a break for the holiday season, returning in the New Year with the January 2, 2007, edition. We thank our authors and all our loyal readers for another successful year and wish you all the happiest of holidays.
— Cadalyst staff MapInfo and GIS give direction to post-hurricane New Orleans
It was late afternoon on Friday, September 2, 2005. Hurricane Katrina had finally been downgraded to a tropical depression. Two days before, it had been a Category Three monster, wreaking havoc on the Gulf Coast with 125-mph winds. About 1,400 miles away in Troy, New York, the phone rang at MapInfo headquarters. On the other end was a staffer from the Louisiana Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health, located in Baton Rouge. The Bureau had already evacuated its associates from New Orleans, but in the ensuing rush, it lost some of its data and operational capacities.
"They were a bit desperate," said Greg Donahue, MapInfo's senior marketing manager. "They wanted to make sure they could track certain scenarios and take preventative measures."
MapInfo put together a number of software products, along with several DVDs containing relevant geospatial data. By then, company shipping personnel had gone home for the day, and FedEx and UPS had completed their last pickups. Undaunted, MapInfo employees drove to Albany International Airport and handed the package over to the FedEx plane crew. The Bureau received the delivery the next day and was able to resume work. Read More>>
By Nancy Spurling Johnson
In "Holiday Gift Guide: Make Your Workstation Smile" in the October 20 edition of Cadalyst Daily, we presented a rundown of some fun and amazing hardware on the market today for working in 3D. We also invited readers to send us their own workstation wishes, offering a SpacePilot 3D navigation device as incentive, courtesy of 3Dconnexion.
Selected in a random drawing, the lucky winner of the SpacePilot is Manuel Anthony Perez. Read on for what his workstation wants this holiday season, as well as the practical and pie-in-the-sky yearnings of other 3D CAD workstations and their operators who sent in wish lists. Read More >>
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Cadalyst Daily Update
Cadalyst's sister publication, Geospatial Solutions, offers a Web site packed with features, news, events and other information for users of geospatial technologies. Check out this latest news from www.geospatial-online.com:
City of Franklin, Tennessee, Joins Bentley's Municipal License Subscription Program: Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that the city of Franklin, Tennessee, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program, which offers municipalities all the software they need to design and manage infrastructure for a fixed annual fee based on population.
Map World Forum Expecting High Level of Government Participation: The Map World Forum Committee announces a high level of government participation at Map World Forum, which is scheduled for January 22 to 25, 2007, at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, India.
William (Bill) Goodson Joins Autodesk as Federal Vice President of Sales for Autodesk Government: Goodson will be responsible for driving Autodesk's presence in the government and managing the business in key federal markets, including defense, homeland security and civilian agencies. In addition, he will be responsible for growing Autodesk's partnerships supporting the federal government.
Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's Tips & Tricks Tuesdays free e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is available. All exclusively from Cadalyst!