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Paul D. Brooks and Kass Green have been named the 2011 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep¬tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro-fessional excellence and for service to the Society.

Alan R. Stevens and Jack Dangermond have been selected as the next Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  Their nominations were recently approved by the ASPRS Board of Directors. This is the highest award bestowed by ASPRS and there can be only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. 

Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation recently enlisted geographic information system (GIS) technology from Esri to help secure funding from Rural Utilities Service (RUS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The utility, serving northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri, used GIS to prepare a new system analysis and facility planning report, both crucial for the loan justification.

Blue Marble Geographics announces that GeoCalc is now in beta testing for Java users. Blue Marble will be adding Java interface support to the existing GeoCalc libraries. GIS software developers will be able to incorporate Blue Marble GeoCalc libraries into their software in a Java development environment. Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

A free webinar on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. to noon Eastern standard time (EST) will provide insight into the use of geographic information system (GIS) technology for facility management (FM). GIS helps organizations implement smart facility management, which is vital to a well-run business.

GeoEye, a premier provider of superior satellite and aerial-based geospatial information and services, announced that it has appointed Steven P. Wallach to the new position of senior vice president of Product Integration. Mr. Wallach joined GeoEye on Jan. 3, 2011, and is located at the Company's St. Louis value-added production facility.

RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced that NiK Insaat Ticaret Ltd. Sti. has signed a partnership agreement with RapidEye to join its data distributor team in Turkey.

Microsoft Windows Phone users  can access sophisticated mapping capabilities on their phone with the ArcGIS for Windows Phone app. ArcGIS for Windows Phone lets you find, use, and share maps as well as deploy GIS data and functionality on Windows Phone devices. The free app is now available and can be downloaded directly from the Windows Marketplace.

Fingal County Council earned two awards for its exceptional geographic information system (GIS) applications, developed in partnership with Esri Ireland, at Chambers Ireland’s seventh annual Excellence in Local Government Awards in Dublin, Ireland. The council won the Innovation in Technology award for its Fingal Works Viewer and, along with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, picked up the award for Best Local Authority Joint Initiative for its Online Development Plan Submissions application.

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