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Milestones in the Industry

The new TDS building.

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) dedicated its new headquarters building in Corvallis, Ore., to co-founder and Senior Vice President of Engineering Steve Chou in February. TDS relocated to the 21,600 square-foot building on January 15, 2000. The facility also houses At Work Computers, producer of the Ranger, and PenMetrics, maker of GIS field data collection software.

Panayiotis Zafiropoulos received the LH Systems Internship, one of the premier annual awards made by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), during the ASPRS 2000 Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. in June. Zafiropoulos is a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Mapping, The Ohio State University. The award enables Zafiropoulos to work for two months at LH Systems San Diego headquarters exploring the applicability of his work in automated feature extraction and other areas to LH Systems' market-leading SOCET SET software for digital photogrammetry.

Airborne 1 Corporation, Los Angeles, Calif., acquired, a leading online source for industry news, technical information, research notes and related links pertinent to the LiDAR industry. The original creator of, Martin Flood, is now employed as Airborne 1's Chief Technical Officer.

3Di, Easton, Md., received a "Collaborator of the Year" award from the Natural Resource Institute for its work with the USDA Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Remote Sensing and Modeling Laboratory. 3Di's William Bernard, Lee Watson and Oliver Weatherbee received recognition for their work in system development, mission planning, data collection, data processing and publication of airborne remote sensing research for precision agriculture applications.

Geographic Information Technology Inc. (GeoIT), Englewood, Colo., acquired BaySys Technologies Inc. (BaySys), Green Bay, Wis. The acquisition will serve the utility industry and continue to develop and implement GIS solutions using ESRI technology for gas, electric, telecommunications, water and wastewater utilities. The acquisition includes BaySys assets, intellectual property and GIS applications.

Nikon Inc., Melville, N.Y., named Takeshi Hirai as the new Executive Vice President, Science and Technologies Group. Hirai will oversee the company's optical instrument business throughout the United States and Latin America.

Autometric Incorporated, Springfield, Va., appointed Jon Hescock as the North American Sales Manager, Photogrammetric Products. Hescock will focus on expanding market awareness for the Autometric SoftPlotter softcopy photogrammetry system and the KDMS digital vector collection package.

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