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Tuesday, July 15th 2003
by Joe Francica

Pixxures recently hired ex-ESRI executive, Chuck Killpack, to be its president.He comes to Pixxures as the remote sensing imagery business goes through some turbulent times.Directions Magazine Editor-in-Chief Joe Francica interviews Killpack for his insights on the industry, where he sees
Pixxures in the future and why he left ESRI.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Joe McGinnis

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) has greatly enhanced the efficiency with which highway projects and maintenance activities are carried out in the state by implementing web-based GIS technology.The PENNDOT GIS serves transportation data and applications to district and county DOT offices through a wide-area network and shares key program information with planning partners via the Internet.This article will review the applications of the system and how PENNDOT district offices rely heavily on the system for monitoring the status of statewide projects and retrieving critical information.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Ian Clemens

In 2000, the Michigan Independent Power Producers Association (MIPPA) instituted a Michigan-based Green Power Co-op to establish a viable renewable
energy-generated electricity market.Crucial to the success of the co-op is the innovative concept of tagging renewable energy power sources as Green.SVG technology was used to create a website for tracking Green Energy sources in the state of Michigan.

Wednesday, July 9th 2003
by Dr. William Graf

Since its establishment in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has assumed a gradually increasing importance in environmental management in the United
States.The effect of the Act is especially significant in matters related to water management in rivers.This brief article addresses the following questions: why has
ESA become so important in water and river matters? And what is the role of geographic technology and knowledge in addressing these issues? The article
concludes with two case examples where restoration is underway in attempts to reverse the loss of wildlife.

Monday, July 7th 2003
by Joe Francica

Jack Dangermond opened the ESRI International User Conference with a copious display of end-user
applications from business to biodiversity.Striking in their multiplicity, it was demonstration of just how
extensive the network of ESRI customers is.Dangermond’s focus during the keynote was centered on GIS
as an instrument of managing an “increasingly human-affected world.” Always the environmentalist,
Dangermond espoused the benefits of using GIS to educate a larger body of people to effect public policy as
well as to institute best practices in business and government.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Laser-Scan Staff

Local authorities and other government agencies are working hard to achieve e-government targets: to get all government services available electronically by 2005.
Spatial data will play an important part in helping deliver services electronically and in helping people to communicate and conduct information searches on a national
scale in the UK.The London Borough of Enfield (LBE), a proactive and forward-looking Borough Council, is already making significant progress in addressing its e-government
targets.The council has recognised that success lies in making data from each department accessible to all other departments, as well as to the wider community.In
other words, creating a single, enterprise-wide database.This is not as simple as it sounds! However, LBE expects 100% clean and structured data in little more than
five weeks, reducing their original estimate by almost 5 years.Find out how!

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Robert van Wyngaarden

GIS was recognized early on by Superior Propane Inc., as being a technology and a tool that could help to understand the geographic nature of their combined business enterprise which
encompasses 11 operating regions across all 10 provinces and 2 of the 3 territories of Canada.Currently there are 67 market areas across Canada contained in
these operating regions.This article explores how they used GIS effectively as an operational resource for finding new markets for retail outlets.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Dr. Robert Moses

In 1994, the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) took on the task of trying to get
all the geospatial technology providers to reach consensus on software
interfaces that would enable their systems to interoperate.Whether two
systems were running on the same computer, on a local area network or on
a wide area network, they should be able to operate together, regardless
of differences in vendor software, operating system, or distributed computing
platform.The goal was an open, vendor-neutral, non-proprietary standards
infrastructure.We asked OGC to submit a quarterly high level report on
the Consortium’s progress and directions.Our first OGC column is by Dr.
Robert Moses
, president and CEO of PCI Geomatics and a member of OGC’s
Board of Directors.

Wednesday, July 2nd 2003
by Richard Serby

What are the successful strategies in finding a job in a difficulat market? With the unemployment rate at 6% or higher in many areas of the country there are many highly qualified
people finding themselves without a job.This means that persistence, creativity, and thoroughness are more important than ever.Read more..

Sunday, June 29th 2003

This article describes how wireless carrier location systems can be used as a mechanism to manage handoff between cellular networks and WiFi networks, thereby solving the ubiquitous location problem for location-based services (LBS).It also introduces the concept of micro-LBS and potential new applications therein.

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