Open Geospatial Consortium and The Geospatial Information & Technology Association Emerging Technology Summit IV

Aurora, Colo., Jan. 16, 2007 – The Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is pleased to announce that the association is partnering with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Wayland, MA, to organize the next in a series of Emerging Technology Summits (ETS IV) focusing on information system interoperability standards, such as Building Information Models (BIM). The event is slated for March 21-23, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

Increasingly, public and private sector organizations all over the world are understanding the importance of information processing standards that speed up productivity in enterprises in the physical infrastructure, capital project, and building management industries. This ETS will focus on those standards and the benefits of BIM.

These benefits include:

  • Lower costs and risks for designers and engineers
  • First responders being able to respond more quickly
  • Lower operating costs through efficient monitoring
  • Better views of facilities resulting in better decision-making
  • Realtors, appraisers, and bankers saving time and money
  • Lower costs for regulations compliance
  • Reduced costs and risks for subcontractors.

“The convergence of AEC/CAD, geospatial, and 3-D technologies offers an enormous opportunity to boost productivity in the entire real property value chain,” Mark Reichardt, president of OGC said. “There are tens of thousands of potential users who could benefit from better integration of the diverse sources of information. Standardization is the only way this can happen.”

OGC has positioned itself to help architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) professionals collaborate and develop, approve, and deploy interoperability standards—many GITA members and GITA Annual Conference attendees are those AEC professionals.

“OGC plays a huge role in pulling together everyone in the geospatial industry to share information and move into the next stage of open systems. This event will be a great forum to gain more perspective on the future of an open geospatial community,” said Bob Samborski, executive director, GITA.

For more information:

Full details about the ETS will be available at www.gita.org/ets, or by contacting GITA headquarters at 303-337-0513; E-mail: info @ gita.org.

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About GITA:

The mission of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) is to provide excellence in education, information exchange and applied research on the use and benefits of geospatial information and technology in business, utility and government applications worldwide. GITA’s Annual Conference 30 will be held March 4-7, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas. Visit GITA on the Web at www.gita.org.

About OGC:

The OGC® is an international industry consortium of more than 335 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface specifications. OpenGIS® Specifications support interoperable solutions that geo-enable the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. The specifications empower technology developers to make complex spatial information and services accessible and useful with all kinds of applications. Visit the OGC Web site at www.opengeospatial.org.