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We are very pleased to announce that the 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be held Oct. 22-24 in Houston as originally scheduled!

An agreement with Willbros Engineers of Kansas City, Mo., to guarantee critical obligations involved with the conference will enable GITA to continue plan, produce and conduct this year's event. The conference is considered an important oil and gas pipeline industry event by practitioners, suppliers and solution providers who have supported the conference for over 20 years. Many of these organizations expressed disappointment that the conference had been canceled. Over the last several weeks, Willbros took the lead in helping to find a solution. GITA gratefully acknowledges their contributions by recognizing Willbros Engineers as the Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Patron.

The Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference will be planned and organized exactly as it has been in the past and conducted under the auspices of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association. GITA will work with the existing conference committee to develop the best unbiased educational program possible. The exhibit floor will be promoted and managed as it has been in the past. All registrations and sponsorships will be accepted through the association's website. Abstracts are still being accepted, with the deadline for submission extended.

Over the past several weeks, many of you — exhibitors, sponsors and past attendees — have let us know how valuable you have found this conference. We are extremely grateful for your support, and we are going to redouble our efforts to make the 2012 conference one to remember! While we are completely focused on this year's event, we will continue to work with our industry partners to determine what the future holds. Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

In the meantime, make plans for October in Houston!

We are pleased to provide News Hub readers with a new section on legal and policy issues associated with geospatial data and technology. This information is provided courtesy of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy

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The video is chilling, but it's also a sign of the times. "Your First Amendment rights can be terminated," yells the Chicago police officer, caught on video right before arresting two journalists outside a Chicago hospital. One, an NBC News photographer, was led away in handcuffs essentially for taking pictures in a public place. He was released only minutes later, but the damage was done. More

Smart grid technology implicates new privacy concerns
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The smart grid is an advanced metering infrastructure made up of "smart meters" capable of recording detailed and near-real time data on consumer electricity usage. That data would then be sent to utilities through a wireless communications network. In recent years, utilities have increased the pace of smart meter deployment — smart meters are expected to be on 65 million homes by 2015. More

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How will real-time inputs, and the increasing number of sensors, impact the geospatial industry?
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For decades, the lack of geospatial data was a barrier to geographic information system expansion and adoption. While obtaining high-quality spatial data continues to be a challenge, the problems of a lack of available data has quickly turned into the need to manage a glut of information. With the number of sensors and platforms growing exponentially, the data deluge will only increase in pace. More

Google to offer more 3-D, offline maps
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Google unveiled some upgrades to its mapping software ahead of Apple's expected announcement that it will ditch Google Maps on iPhones and iPads in favor of its own technology. At a news conference at its San Francisco office, Google previewed a handful of upcoming features, including the ability to use Google maps without an Internet connection. More

Oil and gas surveying
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With boots tied to the construction economy, it's no secret that surveyors have endured the worst economic downturn since the end of WWII. Those who have been surveying for a while have seen many ups and downs, but for each downturn, after at most a year, were able to get back to the business of building America. Some parts of the country have fared better than others. More

New Echelon smart meters double as grid sensors to help utilities avoid outages
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Smart meters get smarter with the introduction of Echelon's new Control Operating System software. Now meters from Echelon and its Open Smart Grid Protocol metering partners can be upgraded in the field to function as grid sensors. They'll still operate as billing devices, but the smart meters can separate billing data from grid power quality data — in other words information about voltage, frequency and power factor that can help utilities avoid service outages. More

Oracle and spatial: An update
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At the Oracle Spatial User Conference this year in Washington, D.C., Jim Steiner, vice president of Server Technologies, discussed a wide variety of topics, from "big data" to Oracle's new program for partners called "Oracle Spatial Specialization." Executive Editor Adena Schutzberg sat down with Steiner to get more details. More

Intergraph's GIS product roadmap comes into focus
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From Joe Francica: Ola Rollen, Hexagon's CEO, said in his opening keynote that, "We're going to spend money on more workflow oriented solutions." So, I wanted to see what the company was showing to clients. I spent the better part of Day 2 of the Hexagon 2012 conference in Las Vegas getting product demos of Intergraph's GIS suite. More

New report ranks world's biggest countries on renewable energy
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European countries, led by Germany, get more of their electricity from wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources than any other region in the world, NRDC's global renewable energy scorecard shows. The United States got about 2.7 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2011, making it No. 7 among G-20 member countries. Renewable energy is expected to be a major issue at the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil. More

IP rights and wrongs
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The British Ministry of Defense needs to explain its untoward and unexpected initiative to patent the technical innovations that underlie the planned next generation of civil GNSS signals. As outlined in this issue's Washington View column, the endeavor has caught up the MoD's technology branch, the Defense Science & Technology Laboratory, its commercial licensing arm, Ploughshare Innovations Ltd., and a couple of DSTL innovators, Tony Pratt and John Owen. More

Solar panel payments set off a fairness debate
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In California's sun-scorched Central Valley, the monthly electric bill can easily top $200. But that's just about what George Burman spent on electricity for all of last year. When the sun is shining, the solar panels on his Fresno condominium produce more than enough power for his needs, and the local utility is required to buy the excess power from him at full retail prices. More


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