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Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, Calif., acquired the software and related assets of CAiCE Software Corporation, Tampa, Fla. With this acquisition, Autodesk will add complementary functionality to its existing civil engineering solutions for highways, airports, railroads and other transportation-related segments.

Dr. Roger King, chief engineer for Mississippi State University’s Remote Sensing Technologies Center (RSTC) and Director of the MSU Computational Geospatial Technologies Center, accepted a year-long assignment with NASA as the chief technologist for Earth Science Applications. For his NASA position, King visits NASA facilities nationwide to collect information and recommend applications for utilizing remote sensing technology for many national needs, including forecasting short-term energy needs, aviation safety and natural disaster preparedness. King works at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., but will continue to teach an MSU course on remote sensing through RSTC.

TVGA Consultants, Elma, N.Y., formerly TVGA Engineering, Surveying, P.C. has officially announced the renaming of the firm. The change was made to reflect the firm’s ability to serve clients in more comprehensive ways than “engineering and surveying.” TVGA named Kenneth J. Strell Sr. a principal of the firm. Strell has been an employee of TVGA for 18 years and is the construction division manager. Clinton E. Johnson, PLS, was also named a principal of the firm. Johnson is a project manager in TVGA’s hydrographic survey division. Deborah L. Walker was promoted to controller, Robin Redenbach joined the firm as business development coordinator and Jessica Westfall was hired as a junior accountant.

TerraPoint LLC The Woodlands, Texas, has closed on its sale to Houston-based TRP Holdings LLC. Under its new ownership, TerraPoint will continue to offer the same LIDAR data collection and processing and technology that have helped it become a leader in the field. The company also will continue to provide reliable, detailed and inexpensive digital terrain data to public and private entities. Under its new ownership, TerraPoint has moved to new offices. The company’s new mailing address is: 25216 Grogan Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380. TerraPoint’s phone number will remain the same at 877/999-7687.

Space Imaging, Denver, Colo., appointed Gene Colabatistto president of Solutions. Colabatistto, president of SPOT Image Corporation, Chantilly, Va., succeeds Kass Green, current president of Solutions. Green will continue to serve in an executive role during a lengthy transition period and thereafter will assist Space Imaging with strategic planning. Prior to SPOT Image, Colabatistto served as vice president of Information Systems at Veridian/Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation, Arlington, Va., and was also a division director and a program manager at Pacific-Sierra Research.

Neal Carney has been named the new CEO of SPOT Image Corporation. Carney served the last 4 years as senior vice president/ COO of SPOT’s U.S. operation. His involvement with commercial remote sensing began 10 years ago, in 1992, when he joined SPOT Image Corporation. Carney replaces Gene Colabatistto. Autodesk Inc. , San Rafael, Calif., formed a Global GIS Customer Council (GCC) to provide a collective customer voice to integrate customer needs with Autodesk GIS products, services and strategic direction worldwide. Autodesk appointed Ernesto Diaz senior director of marketing for the GIS Solutions Division. Arc Second Inc. and Automated Precision Inc. announced their intention to jointly develop automated calibration techniques for Constellation 3Di, the world's first proven indoor GPS system with the accuracy, reliability and utility to support large scale metrology.

PCI Geomatics and Supresoft Inc. formed a new promotion and distribution agreement. This agreement establishes the equal two-way distribution of their popular geospatial technology products, allowing for greater international market coverage for both companies while presenting customers with new and highly compatible solutions for both analysis and visualization.

Gary Bilow joined Woolpert Design LLP to manage all surveying operations in the firm's Okemos office. Bilow has nearly 30 years of surveying experience in Michigan. He has worked for several divisions of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as well as the Michigan Department of Transportation. Bilow earned his BS in wildlife biology from Michigan State University. He is a licensed professional surveyor in Arizona and Michigan, and he is a member of the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors, Arizona Professional Land Surveyors, National Society of Professional Surveyors, Geographic and Land Information Society, Ferris State University Surveying Program Advisory Committee and IMAGIN (Improving Michigan's Access to Geographic Information Networks) Board of Directors.

Laser-Scan appointed Duncan Guthrie sales and marketing director of Laser-Scan's innovative products, in particular the new Radius family. Duncan joins Laser-Scan with an impressive track record from Earth Resource Mapping, where he set up the successful reseller channel to drive sales of the company's ECW (enhanced compressed wavelet) format. He also designed and implemented the sales and marketing strategy for a second new product: Image Web Server. The ECW product is now recognized as the industry standard for image compression and Image Web Server enjoys a majority market share for image data distribution via the Web. As Sales and Marketing Director, Duncan has worldwide responsibilities for driving forward Laser-Scan's strategic themes. His key focus is on generalization as well as the server-side object extensions Duncan will be based at Laser-Scan's office in the Cambridge Science Park in the UK.

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