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3D, GPS and plot to print capabilities for AutoCAD WS

Autodesk, Inc has announced several new features to be added to the next release of AutoCAD WS, a free* web and mobile application that enables users to view, edit and share AutoCAD projects across desktop, web and mobile devices. AutoCAD WS users will have access to 3D interactive features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings on mobile devices.

Geospatial tool to help diabetic patients

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation in the US as part of its national diabetes initiative, Together on Diabetes, awarded USD 6.2 million grant to the Center for Geospatial Medicine at U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Duke University Medical Center and the Durham County Health Department in the US. The grant aims to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people living with type 2 diabetes. During the planning phase, the coalition is employing geospatial mapping, which takes information related to disease and health care and fits it to the physical map of a community, allowing researchers to visualise complex relationships among the locations of diabetes patients, patterns of health care and available social resources.

Maps show broader swath of radiation in Japan

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan released updated soil radiation maps. The maps show broader swath of Japan than previous releases, covering six new prefectures. The newly included prefectures are Iwate, Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka, Gifu, and Toyama.

Abu Dhabi UPC unveils mobile GIS software

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) unveiled two new GIS software, GeoPlanner Version 2 and GeoPad. GeoPlanner Version 2 is an updated addition of the Council’s hugely successful GeoPlanner technology while the second, GeoPad, comprises stateof- the-art planning software especially for use on the iPad. Through such GIS products, the UPC aims to employ the latest, ground-breaking technology to facilitate the urban planning process in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Mapping app to trace floods in Thailand

The Information and Communication Technology Ministry, Thailand, introduced an online mapping application to let users find any location in the country and its flood status. Called the Thai Crisis Planner & Reporter, the application was developed with Chulalongkorn University. It can be accessed at The application can provide floodwater details and water levels for all 50 districts of Bangkok.

FAO-Italy project seeks to solve problems in Nile Basin

Under the information products for Nile Basin Water Resource Management project, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) consolidated spatial information on water and agriculture in the region, a forecast of the region’s future food requirements, a survey of the types of farming systems practiced along the Nile and an analysis of possible future scenarios for water management and agriculture development. Under the FAOItaly project, a wealth of GIS data on water, land and agriculture was acquired. Better data permitted the creation of the Nile Decision Support Tool (Nile- DST) — software that models the entire Nile system and allows planners to assess the trade-offs and consequences of different possible development scenarios.

Blue Marble Geographics Acquires Global Mapper LLC of Parker, CO

Blue Marble Geographics have acquired Global Mapper LLC of Parker, CO. Both the companies share the same common goal of offering powerful user friendly GIS software to all types of users.

PSMSL launches interactive map of sea level changes

The UK’s Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) launched an interactive map that allows users to explore changes in sea level worldwide over five decades. The PSMSL, operated by the National Oceanography Centre under the auspices of the International Council for Science, is the global databank for sea-level change information. It was established in 1933. The Anomalies Map, generated from a worldwide network of tide gauges, demonstrates how sea level varies from year to year when compared with the long-term average at a particular site, calculated over the period from 1960 to 1990.

NOAA’s NCS II begins production with Esri Nautical Solution

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have implemented a new nautical charting system based on Esri GIS technology to produce more navigational products than ever before without increasing its budget or personnel needs. The new system, NCS II allows NOAA to centralize the management of hydrographic data for US coastal waters.

Bentley acquires FormSys

Bentley Systems, has announced the acquisition of FormSys, based in Perth, Australia. This software development company has a proven, twenty-year track record in 3D design, analysis, and construction software for structural engineering, offshore engineering, and naval architecture. The acquisition will expand Bentley’s SACS offerings for the design and analysis of floating structures, further extending the company’s reach in the offshore energy market.

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