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Sep. 17, 2013

Who are the players in the personalized map?
Sensors & Systems
The progression toward all maps as personal maps has been ongoing, but with Google's vocal declaration of that goal, as well as their efforts to initiate a new wearable computing interface with Google Glass, the era of a personalized map experience is rapidly approaching. The foundation for provisioning a personal map is rather solid, but there will be winners and losers as the vision reaches reality.More

Join GITA's next webinar this Friday, Sept. 20
Join GITA's free webinar on Using Oblique Imagery for Integrity Management/HCA Analysis this Friday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. Central Time. David Petterson of EagleView Technologies will speak about the current accurate High Consequence Area analysis for pipeline integrity management programs that require extensive field work, coupled with ortho imagery and other data sources. Oblique, or angled imagery, has been shown to dramatically reduce field visits, while increasing HCA verification accuracy. High resolution obliques allow users to clearly identify habitable versus non-habitable structures, places of public meeting, as well as buildings that are four stories or more. Oblique imagery also has the benefit of being a referable data source compared to field reports and can be used throughout the enterprise for general day-to-day applications.More

Agenda announced for GITA-Penwell Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference
The educational program is now live for the upcoming Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference, Oct. 28-30 in Houston at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The agenda includes sessions on asset data management, operational awareness, integration, interoperability, regulatory compliance, pipeline integrity, project planning and records management. Register today.More

GITA's fall events
Don't miss out on GITA's fall events, happening now through the end of October across the country. For the full event list visit the website. Please note GITA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter event, EnerGIS, Sept. 16-17 is now sold out. More

Interactive Esri map tracks flooding in Colorado
GIS User
Esri's live Flooding Public Information Map is available part of ongoing storm and flood coverage. This map shows observed flood reports and current flood warnings from NOAA National Weather Service, active FEMA shelters and live precipitation. You can also see geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr and YouTube related to the flooding. More

Good news for the smart meter market
Smart Grid News
Counter to the somber mood that many metering manufacturers have been displaying in recent years, worldwide shipments of communication-enabled meters will grow to more than 100 million units annually in 2014, according to IHS Inc., a leading source of global insight and information.More

Top 10 existing and emerging disruptions for geospatial business models
Sensors & Systems
It's a time of great disruption within the technology space, with a great deal of change taking place in how geospatial data is collected, stored, visualized and analyzed. There are new technologies and new approaches that have allowed new companies to emerge and that have empowered existing players. More

Perspectives on women in GIS
Directions Magazine
Directions Magazine editor Joe Francica speaks with Diana Maties, a GIS professional with CDM Smith, who is leading a session on Women in GIS at the upcoming GIS Pro conference sponsored by URISA, the Association for GIS Professionals Sept. 16-19 in Providence, R.I. More

GAO report: More research needed to determine GPS program changes
Inside GNSS
Air Force officials should get more cost and user information and determine how many GPS satellites they will support before making decisions about revamping the navigation system, the Government Accountability Office has told Congress. Although an Air Force report about program options was "a good starting point, more information on key cost drivers and cost estimates, and broader input from stakeholders would help guide future investment decisions," the GAO wrote.More

Shortages in surveying, geospatial and technical skills expected in Australia
The shortages in surveying, geospatial and technical skills projected for Queensland and Australia will require a very significant increase in domestic supply if dependence on net migration of skills is to be avoided, finds a CRCSI-commissioned ACIL Tasman report. The report can be downloaded from the CRCSI Resources page.More

UNB technology space launch delayed
GPS World
Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO and chief designer, has posted an update on the status of the upcoming Falcon 9 launch on his Twitter account. "Will do another static fire of rocket to make sure all is good & (Air Force) needs to test ICBMs, so probable launch Sept 29/30," Musk tweeted.More