[OGC Press Release] OGC and GITA Emerging Technology Summit IV

OGC Press Release announce at opengeospatial.org
Tue Jan 16 17:14:14 EST 2007

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathryn Henton, GITA
14456 E. Evans Ave. . Aurora, CO 80014
303-337-0513 . khenton at gita.org

Calendar Listing―OGC and GITA 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; and
  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 at 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 OGCR 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. OpenGISR 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.

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