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Sneak peek: 2012 Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference program unveiled!
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The Oil & Gas Pipeline Conference Committee has released a preliminary version of the educational program for the 2012 conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-24 in Houston. Confirmed program sessions were selected from submitted abstracts in several key issue areas, including:
  • Regulation and Compliance (MAOP, facility records validation, regulatory changes, etc.)
  • Risk & Integrity Management (data accuracy, completeness, integrity management, data integration, etc.)
  • Integrated Solutions Development (value from disparate system integration, improved workflows, etc.)
  • Environmental Health and Safety (real time field parameter collection, emergency planning and response, GIS environmental evaluations, etc.)
  • New Construction (managing as-builts, proposed construction regulations, pipeline construction process improvements, etc.)
Take a sneak peek at the program details — and make plans to attend by registering online.

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Sensors, cloud, drive geospatial agency push for data-center space
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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency built a much bigger data center than it needed, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, which noted NGA had not used an entire floor of a four-story technology center it intended for data storage. But NGA sees it differently, arguing that expanding data-storage requirements required NGA to build out the unused space to accommodate increasing volumes of data. More

Esri User Conference: GIS opening our world
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Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, addressed software users in San Diego at the Esri International User Conference. The opening touched on the broad use of GIS technology as well as the impact of the technology. Below is a summary of this opening talk that highlights the vision of what GIS is becoming. More

DigitalGlobe and GeoEye agree to combine
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DigitalGlobe, Inc., and GeoEye, Inc., announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $900 million. The combination of DigitalGlobe and GeoEye will create a global leader in earth imagery and geospatial analysis with a more diversified revenue base, a superior financial foundation and significant growth potential. More

5 smart energy projects with big potential
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Today's itinerary takes us to Arizona, where researchers have developed a mirror technology they hope can make solar competitive. Next stop is Lowell, Mass., a poster child for energy efficiency savings that other cash-strapped cities may find instructive. Click to page 2 for details on a transmission project in Vietnam that's using GE's latest fuseless technology, a metering trial with a twist in the U.K. and a geothermal conversion in Indiana. More

First positioning results using Galileo announced
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A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation. More

From apps to integration: What's next for location-based services?
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From Pete Davie: Today's meeting is in San Francisco. The address already is in a calendar appointment, so it's easy to cut and paste it from there into my TomTom navigation app. Rush hour has passed, so traffic isn't too bad. But on arrival in the city, it takes an extra 15 minutes to find parking, which is charged at a full day rate, even though we're only there for a couple of hours. More

Election politics may stall final LightSquared decision
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While members of the GPS community are pushing to formally end the threat of signal interference from LightSquared's proposed wireless network, the political realities of an election year suggest they will have to wait for a decision. "There are not a lot of reasons to rush," said Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, a consulting firm that closely follows mobile communications industry, adding it was "unlikely" there would be any progress ahead of the vote in November. More

Microsoft Office 2013: 10 best features
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Microsoft through the years has earned a reputation for being stodgy and dull, but deep down inside, Redmond's a gambler. How else can you explain the company's decision to essentially bet the farm on Windows 8 — a radical redesign of the world's dominant desktop computer operating system — to create a one-size-fits-all user interface for PCs, tablets and phones? The new Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft's (again dominant) productivity suite, is part of that risky strategy. More


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