Northern California IGUC chapter is granted charter.

The Intergraph GeoSpatial Users Community (IGUC) announced that it has chartered its first North American local users community, the Northern California Chapter. Joining recently formed chapters in New Zealand and the Netherlands, the California chapter provides local networking and training opportunities for mapping, IT, and GIS users in areas within 150 miles of the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, and Redding. The chapter officers are president, Jeff Hobbs from the city of San Jose; vice president, Eric Bayer from Farallon Geographics Inc.; treasurer, Roberto Molina from the city of San Jose; and secretary, Alan Rich from the city of Milpitas.

Through local chapter activities, such as education seminars, new product demonstrations, and networking events, chapter members can become more skilled on current Intergraph solutions and more knowledgeable about Intergraph's products and interact with peers who share similar interests. Chapter- and IGUC-sponsored local users meetings, GeoForums, offer members local education and training focused on a specific discipline or application area along with business and technical information. Additionally, the chapter provides an avenue for users to communicate with Intergraph technical and product experts on product development initiatives. The Northern California Chapter will hold its next meeting on February 5, 2003 in Livermore.

IGUC chapters serve to further unite a growing number of users who are implementing Intergraph solutions in local, regional, and national government; military and intelligence agencies; the transportation industry; and utilities and communications organizations. These solutions include geospatial infrastructure management, land information management, geospatial intelligence, and geospatial data management and cartography. To join IGUC, Intergraph users should complete the application located on the external Web at For the Northern California Chapter event schedule and proceedings information, visit their Web site at