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2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference concludes successfully in Houston
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GITA has made available the presentations given at the recent Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference recently held in Houston. All presentations can be accessed from the conference page on the GITA website. Total attendance was about the same as in 2011 (544); however, 30 percent of the registered practitioners and operators were first-time attendees. GITA is also pleased to announce that the 2013 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will take place in the same venue (the Royal Sonesta Hotel) from Oct. 28-30. The association extends its thanks to all event sponsors and exhibitors as well as the event patron, Willbros Engineers, whose support guaranteed that this year's conference took place. GITA and Willbros are working together to ensure that this conference will continue in 2013 and beyond.

NGAC update
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The National Geospatial Advisory Committee is a 28-member Federal Advisory Committee established to provide advice and recommendations related to management of federal and national geospatial programs, the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and the implementation of Office of Management and Budget Circular A-16 and Executive Order 12906. The NGAC reviews and comments upon geospatial policy and management issues and provides a forum to convey views representative of non-federal stakeholders in the geospatial community. The NGAC is sponsored by the Department of the Interior and reports to the Chair of the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

GITA is well-represented on the NGAC with three past GITA presidents — Dave DiSera, Cindy Salas and Robert Austin — and former at-large GITA board member Xavier Lopez currently serving on the committee. Recent research projects and reports include a detailed return-on-investment analysis of the Landsat program and recommendations for a national hydrography dataset program and a national elevation dataset program. The Dec. 3 online meeting of the NGAC will consider proposals for a national address database and formal recommendations concerning the need for a national geospatial policy.

Additional information about the committee, including membership, research reports and best practice documents, is available at

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Bentley announces acquisitions
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Bentley announced a pair of acquisitions at its 2012 "Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure Conference" in Amsterdam:
  • SpecWave — software that helps architectural, engineering, construction and operations professionals author and configure structured text content, including engineering specifications and related codes and standards. MORE
  • EuResearch, provider of Microprotol — a leading software application for the design and analysis of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. With this addition to its portfolio, Bentley extends its world-class AutoPIPE product suite to span comprehensive pipe stress analysis for improved productivity and quality, with rigorous performance simulation capabilities for streamlined design, analysis, fabrication, and commissioning of pressure vessels and their associated pipework. MORE

How will you be celebrating GIS Day?
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In case you weren't aware, Wednesday, Nov. 14, is GIS Day. According to the Web site,, this day is "the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives." The main concept of GIS Day is for participants to "do something" to show the world the importance and relevance of GIS technology. More

How will declining federal budgets impact the geospatial market?
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AudioBrief Federal projects and their funding often bring significant revenue to private geospatial companies. In the current economy, that's likely to change. Are companies that lose out on this funding prepared to "pivot" toward more commercial customers? More

DigitalGlobe, GeoEye plan smaller satellite fleet
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The merger of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye, the two leading commercial imagery suppliers to the U.S. intelligence community, will save the companies up to $1.5 billion by streamlining operations, shrinking their satellite constellations and deferring the launch of a new spacecraft, officials said. More

The world is catching up to the US in applied geography
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"GIS and geospatial knowledge are critical for the interconnected 21st century world," says Rich Quodomine of the New York Department of Transportation, and a member of the Association of American Geographers. So who will compete for the jobs and who will best serve employers looking for the best workers? Quodomine attended the International Geographic Congress 2012 and came away believing that GIS expertise is no longer confined to the U.S. More

What's not to like about GPS?
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GPS is free, it's worked great — without failure, really — for nearly 20 years, and it has delivered to the world's citizens an affordable, accurate and widely available capability for precise location and timing unprecedented in human history. More

Testing times for EGNOS
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Results gathered by Belgium's RV Belgica are investigating how EGNOS, initially prioritized for aircraft, can also guide marine traffic. The Belgica is an all-purpose oceanographic research ship that spends around 200 days per year at sea, monitoring the quality of the marine environment, surveying the seabed and serving as a floating laboratory for Belgian universities and research institutes. More

Big growth on tap for spinning reserves market
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The world is getting more and more renewables, with all the concomitant variability. And the world is getting "peakier" — that is, in many places, the peaks are getting higher. For these and other reasons, the world will have to have more spinning reserves to steady things out. The big question: How much of it will be typical generation such as natural gas plants and how much from new sources such as AutoDR and energy storage? More

Juniper: Augmented reality apps could mean $300 million in 2013
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A new report from Juniper Research has found that with brands and retailers increasingly keen to deploy augmented reality capabilities within their apps and marketing materials, AR applications will generate close to $300 million in revenues globally in 2013. More


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