GeoWeb 2008 will be taking place in Vancouver July 21-25. This is always a worthwhile event, and this year looks better than ever. I would recommend that you go if you can. Some of the sessions that my colleagues at OSGEO and Autodesk will be presenting are
"Digital Cities" The Convergence of CAD, BIM, Geospatial, Analysis, Visualization, Collaboration and Web Services in the Future, Doug Eberhard, Autodesk
How will these digital tools, processes and data sources converge and compliment in the future? How will people, policies, projects and technology come together to better plan, design, construct and operate a more sustainable world in the future? This presentation will look at the emerging business of Digital Cities and examine the industry as it moves to better capitalize on this exciting time of convergence and opportunity.
Developing Web 2.0 Appplications using the RESTful FDO API, Haris Kurtagic, SL-King
One of the critical geo-enabling technologies that has been embraced and supported by the open source geospatial community is the FDO API, which exposes a full Web 2.0 geospatial data creation and edit API to web clients and supports a wide range of file-based and RDBMS data sources. An introduction to developing Web 2.0 applications for creating and editing geospatial data based on a RESTful implementation of the FDO API will be presented.
The Evolving SDI: 3D, 4D, Open Standards and Open Source, James Farley, Autodesk
This paper explores the interaction of parallel, but inter-related trends in the geospatial landscape. We examine the relationship between the evolution of Open Source and Open Standards and their impact on how the SDI is viewed. The requirements and the opportunity for SDI to evolve are explored. In this same context, the growing importance of 3D and 4D (time) data is considered, as is the need for increasingly robust visualization engines consuming complex data to support sophisticated scenario or what-if modeling in the context of planning and life-cycle management applications, etc.
NeoSDI for Local Government,Jason Birch, City of Nanaimo
Local governments are small enough that traditional geo SDI is generally adequate for internal functions. However, with increasing demands for transparency in government information, and the need for immediate and current data during emergency response, the ability to publish geographic data in formats like KML and GeoRSS is going to be critical to the mandate of local government. This talk will cover and demonstrate how easily local governments can repurpose their existing infrastructure to take advantage of these exciting new opportunities.
Beyond Design, LandXML Takes Flight and Controls Heavy Construction Equipment, Nathan Crews, Autodesk
New uses have been found for LandXML data in aviation and construction machine control. In 2007 LandXML was selected by the US Federal Aviation Authority as the digital survey data submission standard for the FAA Airport Surveying - GIS Program. The program uses automated data validation and quality testing to find errors early in the process. A data exchange standard bridging design and construction is needed by AASHTO for the contruction phase for roads. LandXML provides 3D data models used by GPS enabled, robotically controlled grading machines.
Mapguide Open Source brings together CAD, GIS and BIM Technologies, Neal Niemiec, Geospatial Technical Specialist, Autodesk, Inc.
This workshop will look at integrating CAD, GIS and BIM technologies within a web-based mapping environment. Attendees will learn how to build basic web 1.0 web-based mapping applications using Mapguide Open Source and FDO technologies. This will be combined with an overview of BIM and building an application that will integrate CAD, GIS and BIM models like IFC, CityGML, DWF and KML.
A Look at Three Open Source GIS Servers: GeoServer, MapGuide, and MapServer
Panel: Robert Bray, Engineer, Autodesk; Justin Deoliveira, Engineer, The Open Planning Project; and Paul Ramsey, Engineer, Clever Elephant
Moderator: Michael Gerlek, Software Architect, LizardTech, Inc.
Free and Open Source software continues to be a key part of today’s GIS infrastructures, and servers are perhaps the most prominent part of such an open spatial data infrastructure. This presentation will introduce GeoServer, one of the major open source servers available today. The presentation will cover the server’s particular strengths, its support for OGC interfaces and other interop/compatibility features, the depth and strength of its user base and developer base, and more.
National Critical Infrastructure Data Models: Implications for Local Government and Utilities
Panel: Paula Rojas, CGDI Content Coordinator, GeoConnections / GéoConnexions; Ed Riegelmann, VP, Global Director, Enterprise Spatial Solutions, CH2M HILL; Carsten Roensdorf, Principal Data Consultant, Ordnance Survey; James Fee, GIS Developer, Tec Inc.; and Clemens Portele, Consultant and Analyst, Interactive Instrumentsb
Moderator: Geoff Zeiss, Director of Technology, Autodesk
Federal Governments in the US and Canada are developing data models for the exchange of data about critical infrastructure for emergency planning, security, and first response. Outside of government, organizations such as LandXML.org, Open Geospatial Consortium, International Alliance for Interoperability (IAI), Multispeak.org, and IEC have adopted domain specific open standards for data exchange such as LandXML, GML, IFC, Multispeak, and CIM, that are widely implemented by local governments, industry, and utilities. In this panel discussion experts from standards organizations, government, and industry will discuss the proposed government data models, how they related to open standards, and their implications for local government.
And if you are interested in some things a little different...
The Power of Future Location for Social Networking, Peter Batty, Spatial Networking
This presentation will discuss a new and innovative approach to combining the power of location with existing social networking platforms such as Facebook. Applications in this area have largely focused on a person’s current location, but this presentation looks at how knowing a person’s future location can open up new possibilities and potentially gain a much greater critical mass of users.
Transiting the Analogue/Digital Divide: Needs from the Emergency Response Community, Talbot J. Brooks, Delta State University
Advents in the application of geospatial technologies for emergency response put a plethora of information at the fingertips of those departments than can afford them. Yet a digital/analogue divide is present and growing between such entities and those without the funding or technical support needed. This presentation will provide an overview of the steps needed to close this gap and help bring emergency responders forward as community using standardized and interoperable products.