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Registration for GITA's Pacific NW Chapter 2015 Conference now open
Registration is now open for the GITA Pacific NW Chapter 2015 Conference, taking place April 20-21 in Mukilteo, Washington!

The GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference brings together GIS professionals and spatial data managers from diverse market verticals in the region to discuss innovation and technological advancement.

This year's conference, "Making $ense of Integration," operates under the auspices of the GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter. Come to Mukilteo, participate in our sessions, and discuss today's hot topics in Geomatics with your peers. We have a phenomenal roster of industry-leading speakers that is second to none.

GITA Pacific Northwest represents and supports the Geomatics industry throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Our inclusive association enables true collaboration; which comes with interacting with your peers from different industries including government, resource, and energy, among others.
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What do the FAA's new UAS regulations portend for mapping and monitoring?
Sensors & Systems
The much-anticipated regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was made public on the FAA website, and on a call with reporters. The agency has been under increasing public as well as legislative pressure to ensure that American companies don't miss out on business opportunities because of restrictive regulations.
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NGA sets up geospatial intell portal on Amazon cloud
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Lockheed Martin and Esri have deployed software to the Amazon Web Services Commercial Cloud Services environment, a move that will help agencies more freely share and analyze geospatial intelligence worldwide. The move creates a portal for Ersi's ArcGIS geographic information system that will provide a single, secure environment via the cloud for analysts throughout the intelligence community to organize and share geospatial data.
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Superior Quality Data and Analytics is Critical for Today's Energy Companies
As a GIS professional, you strive to turn complicated tasks into fast, efficient processes throughout your business. You understand that automated data can improve the quality and output of almost every task. However, collecting data from various local government and other resources can be expensive, time-consuming and error-prone. A trusted, single source of robust data and analytics can simplify and improve the quality of many departmental functions such as land-use planning, mineral exploration, tax compliance, transportation, as well as infrastructure development and management. Learn more…
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How open source delivers for government
Amid the well-deserved hype around the impact of cloud technology and big data analytics, it is possible that casual industry watchers may have missed the real story behind the recent wave of IT re-architecting. Enabling many of these recent, powerful trends is a newly validated embrace of open source software technology.
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IEEE: Smart grid progress on several fronts
Smart Grid News
Professor Saifur Rahman is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question­-and-­answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions.
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DoT sets another GPS/GNSS workshop on adjacent band compatibility, receiver testing
Inside GNSS
A Federal Register notice announced a third U.S. Department of Transportation workshop on March 12 to continue discussions of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Plan. The workshop will focus on identification of GPS and GNSS receivers to be considered for testing that are representative of the current categories of user applications and discuss a GPS/GNSS receiver test plan.
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Alternatives for users of Google Maps Engine (GIS User)
EnerGIS calling for abstracts (GITA)
Federal court drops all but 2 claims by LightSquared against GPS companies (Inside GNSS)
NGA banks on the power of transparency (FCW)

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Using Google Earth to make 3-D models
No, I haven't gone crazy; in fact, quite the opposite. I was sent a visualization of a wind farm from a company, and the back of my mind was niggling at me, telling me that I could do better at little or no cost. My first few attempts were involving QGIS2Threejs (QGIS 3-D plugin), where I could create some great accurate 3-D terrains but couldn't for the life of me get the .json models to work.
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Third, fourth Galileo FOC satellites confirmed fit for Soyuz launch
GPS World
The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed "fit" for their Arianespace Soyuz launch March 27, having made initial contact with the mission's dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana, according to Arianespace. The fit check was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport's S1A payload preparation building.
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