GIS Tech News (#77)

3 Mar, 2009

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Port of Long Beach expects to save more than $3 million from CAD file management efficiencies alone.

The Port of Long Beach, California, moves goods valued annually at more than $140 billion, making it the second busiest seaport in the United States. In 2007 alone, the port handled 7,312,465 containers -- 13 percent of the U.S. total -- carrying everything from clothing and toys to furniture and consumer electronics. Specialized terminals also move petroleum, automobiles, lumber, and other products.

Located 25 miles south of Los Angeles, the port provides terminals for nearly one-third of waterborne trade passing through the West Coast, a volume that is growing at a compound annual rate of 8.5 percent. Covering 3,200 acres, the facility is comprised of seven separate container terminals, 10 piers, 80 berths, and 72 post-panamax gantry cranes that work around the clock to extract or load the containers onto some of the 5,300 ships that enter the port every year.

The port is not only an impressively efficient commercial operation, but it has also been at the forefront of combining growth with a focus on making the operation environmentally sustainable through efforts to reduce pollution from trucks, diesel locomotives, and docked vessels. Read more »

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This case study from Bentley Systems features the Port of Long Beach CAD/GIS Project Plan, which was a recent BE Awards winner in the category Innovation in Military Installations, Campuses, and Airports.


First Look Review: Graphtec CSX300-09HDplus Wide-Format Scanner

By Brian Benton

The Graphtec CSX300-09HDplus wide-format scanner is well suited for firms that don't scan often but want the ability to do so in house. Engineers, architects, GIS users, reprographers, graphic artists, and CAD users all can take advantage of the CSX300-09HDplus. Paradigm Imaging Group offers the scanner with stand, scanning software, and a one-year warranty for $9,995.

The CSX300 is a 24-bit color scanner with a standard optical resolution of 600 dpi that can max out at 9,600 dpi. The scanner accommodates sheets as wide as 38", but it will scan surfaces only as wide as 36". It can handle drawings, images, or pictures as small as 8.5" x 11".   Read more »


Mark Your Calendar: GIS Events

2009 FME International User Conference
June 11-12, 2009
Whistler, BC, Canada
This annual event offers an opportunity to build your spatial ETL expertise and learn how to solve complex spatial data challenges. Gain new insights from keynote James Fee, plus attend informative workshops, breakout sessions and more.  Read more »

Cadalyst's complete list of upcoming events is always available on our Web site.


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