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Program themes announced for Keystone Thought Leader Symposium
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Primary educational themes have been developed to support the new GITA Thought Leader Symposium title of, "Driving Business Excellence through Enterprise Technology Integration." The Symposium program is being developed upon a foundation determined by the TLS Advisory Committee that comprises the following general areas: Enterprise Strategies and Direction; System Integration Innovation; and Data Integration. Complete descriptions of these themes have been prepared and posted on the Symposium website.

The Thought Leader Symposium is scheduled for May 16-18 in Keystone, Colo. Visit the website for more information about registering and securing accommodations.

Inaugural Oil, Gas and Mining Seminar in Perth draws varied crowd
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Reg Howard-Smith, Chief Executive for the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia delivered the Opening Session at the Oil & Gas + Mining Seminar in Perth, Australia. Howard-Smith noted that the Oil/Gas/Mining sector in Western Australia is in a period of sustained development, but that the future presents some risks. The Chamber is projecting an 8 percent annual rate of growth in energy demand over the next 10 years, mostly in the gas sector. Direct employment in the energy sector, which was at 40,000 in 2008, will grow to 135,000-140,000 in six to eight years.

"This phenomenal growth has an indirect workforce multiplier of between 4 and 5," said Howard-Smith. "So the resource sector accounts for about half a million people out of a total workforce of between 1.2 and 1.3 million. That means almost half of the population of Western Australia is employed in resource sector."

The GITA Education Committee Needs YOU!
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Share your knowledge ... get involved ... make a difference

by Tom Mueller, Chair, GITA Education Committee

For 2012, GITA is revamping its Education Committee to better focus on the needs of practicing geospatial professionals. This year's committee will be focusing on four primary tasks:
  • GECCo/Emergency Response. Planned Activities — organizing webinars and developing white papers on emergency response and assisting with fund raising for future Geospatially Enabling Emergency Collaboration (GECCo) events.
  • Transportation Industry. Planned Activities — organizing webinars and white papers on transportation-related issues involving geospatial technology.
  • Gas Industry. Planned Activities — organizing webinars and white papers on geospatial technology issues related to the gas industry.
  • Location in Education. Planned Activities — Help develop a strategic plan for our standout GPS Loan Program for middle and high school students
If you're involved in one or more of these areas, I encourage you to get involved today! Please contact me at at any time for more information on how you can contribute to the future of your industry by joining the 2012 GITA Education Committee.

Dr. Thomas Mueller is a professor at the California University of Pennsylvania.

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LightSquared to be blocked by US on interference report
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission vowed to block LightSquared Inc. after the Obama administration found the wireless venture backed by hedge-fund billionaire Philip Falcone would disrupt navigation gear. Federal agencies determined that LightSquared's signals interfere with global-positioning system devices, Tammy Sun, an FCC spokeswoman, said in an emailed statement. More

LightSquared blew it, and here's why
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LightSquared fired back at the Federal Communications Commission last week, saying the agency's decision to squash the company's planned wireless network would harm the American public. But it appears to be too little, too late for the embattled company. The start-up wireless provider was dealt a fatal blow a day earlier when the FCC suspended a key waiver that would have allowed it to build its 4G network, citing concerns over potential interference with critical GPS equipment. More

Smart grid 2.0: The role of GIS
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As the scope of Smart Grid evolves, some are wondering what the role of GIS will be. GIS will define and maintain more accurate, complete network models and be an integral part of new Outage Management and Advanced Distribution Management Systems. GIS will provide the geographical organizational aspects of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics capabilities. More

FAA bill creates opportunities for geospatial professionals
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Last week, after five years of legislative issues, a temporary two-week shutdown of the FAA and 23 stopgap measures, President Barack Obama signed into law the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 658). The bill speeds the nation's switch from radar to an air traffic control system based on GPS technology called the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The bill will also open U.S skies to unmanned drone flights in less than four years. More

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Re-imagining US infrastructure
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President Barack Obama took the first step toward re-imagining U.S. infrastructure when he promised an executive order to reduce the red tape that frequently delays or derails building projects. But to address our nation's infrastructure crisis and create more jobs, we need to go far beyond just repairing our aging legacy infrastructure. We must re-imagine it. More

Smart grid trends: Combined heat and power gets a boost
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Smart Grid News reported in early December that industrial distributed generation (industries developing their own on-site power generation) is expected to grow dramatically over the next five years. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently affirmed DOE's support for a relatively young sector in the field, combined heat and power, during a hearing on the department's 2013 budget proposal. More

Could Google Earth be following Microsoft's monopolistic shoes?
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If you read last week's GeoReport, you'll know that the GeoPoll question discussed a news story that Google Earth was ruled to be anti-competitive by a French court. The situation is very interesting. For starters, it doesn’t appear Google will suffer from a run of litigation seeking to piggy-back on this ruling. This probably is a one-time occurrence that Google will either fight in court and win or seek some sort of settlement. More

Compass, Galileo PRS, Earth observation, education on tap in Munich
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The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, convening March 13-15 in Germany, will for the first time include an Education Session. Also featured this year, a special session on Compass, the fast-growing Chinese constellation. A session will be dedicated to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security: current status and perspectives of the European Earth-monitoring program. ` More

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