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Making $ense of Integration
The 2015 Annual GITA Pacific Northwest Chapter Conference will be taking place April 20 & 21 2015 at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, Washington, just 30 minutes north of downtown Seattle.

Come to Mukilteo, participate in the sessions and discuss today's hot topics in Geomatics with your peers. There is a phenomenal roster of industry leading speakers second to none. Here's some of what you'll get to hear:

Featured Speakers:

Peter Batty, Ubisense - The Consumerization of Geospatial
Geoff Zeiss, Between the Poles - Ground Penetrating Radar in Utilities

Industry Experts:

Dennis Beck, Spatial Business Systems - Using Spatial ETL in a Multi-Vendor GIS Environment
Eric Charette, Intergraph - Damage Assessment in Utilities
Jeff B Glickman, PHOTEK - Photogrammetry and Amelia Earhart: UPDATE!
Martin Guzman, Puget Sound Energy - GIS Case Study
John Himmel, FortisBC - GIS Refresh Project
Bill Johnstone, Spatial Vision Group - Using Integrated Data and Engineering Models to Support Dam Safety Preparedness
Matthew McCauley, GeoSim Systems - 3D Virtual Cities; The Current State of the Art
Piet Nooij, FortisBC - Software Enabled Alignment of Planned Infrastructure

Best of all, by attending you can earn 0.2 (2 days x 0.1) credits towards your GISP Educational Achievement Component! Details here.

Don't Wait - Register Today!

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GSA's GNSS Market Report No. 4: The most thorough yet
Inside GNSS
The European GNSS Agency unveiled its latest GNSS Market Report Wednesday at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany. The fourth and most comprehensive in a series of GSA studies, the 80-page report describes current and projected GNSS receiver sales by volume and value and highlights market opportunities, technology trends, and future developments of GNSS.
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Developing smarter smart grids
Scientific Computing
Smart grids — power grids that adapt to changes in demand and reconfigure as needed to avoid overloads and other problems can reduce energy costs, help avoid blackouts and deter cyber attacks. They also pose new challenges. As power generation shifts from centralized power stations to distributed, heterogeneous systems, massive amounts of sensor data from stations must be transmitted efficiently and effectively analyzed in real time.
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  Enhance Policy, Transform Your Career

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide scientists and engineers with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while learning first-hand about policy. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in all three branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

New OGC framework for spatial communication to benefit Smart Cities
Directions Magazine
In 1960, 34 percent of the global population lived in cities. Today, urban residents make up 54 percent of the total global population. The United Nations expects that percentage to increase to 66 percent by 2050. As urban populations increase, the need to better integrate physical, digital and human systems to support urban growth also rapidly increases.
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Minnesota consolidates geospatial sites
In an effort to better serve citizens seeking geospatial information, Minnesota is consolidating state agency GIS information in the Minnesota Geospatial Commons, a collaborative site for users and publishers of geospatial data, maps, services and applications. The site consolidates several state agency geospatial sites, including the DNR Data Deli, MetroGIS DataFinder and MnGeo GeoGateway.
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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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Open source geotech and OpenGeo components explained
GIS User
Some great questions have been answered in a recent blog post from the OpenGeo crew. The meaty article takes a close look at the OpenGeo Suite as well as a look at the individual, OpenGeo Components. For the non-developer type like yours truly, this is an excellent and must read if you think there’s any chance you might be considering a move to open source solutions in your mapping workflows.
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GIS game-changing drones to lift US economy (Directions Magazine)
Why the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has eyes on the Arctic (Nextgov)
Unmistakable marks: When a monument is not a monument (Point of Beginning)
Americans lead the world, spending 4.7 hours a day on smartphones (GIS User)

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POB Top 100 will be highlighted during national conference
Point of Beginning
Ever wondered where a company ranks among others in the geospatial market? In an effort to answer that question, POB magazine is conducting a surveying and mapping market study that will include the first-ever ranking of the top 100 companies based on total geospatial revenue for 2014.
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FAA gives Amazon go-ahead for delivery drone tests
GPS World
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft design that Amazon will use for research and development and crew training. Amazon has said it wants to use drones for delivering packages to customers.
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