Safe Software announced that they will kick off the FME Data Access Challenge at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego, Calif. from July 11 - 15, 2011. Participants in this initiative will find out how they can solve their toughest data transformation headaches with FME, the leading technology for spatial data transformation.

Esri UC attendees are invited to bring samples of their problem data to the Safe Software booth (#1206) where an interoperability expert will be on hand to examine their challenge and demonstrate specifically how FME can help. Those unable to attend the conference can participate by submitting the details of their data challenge online at

"Throughout our 15-year partnership with Esri, we have been committed to solving the data interoperability needs of Esri users," says Dale Lutz, vice president and co-founder of Safe Software. "We are excited to be attending this year's conference and look forward to demonstrating how FME and the Data Interopera

bility Extension can help ArcGIS users solve almost any data interoperability challenge." In addition to the FME Data Access Challenge, attendees can learn more about FME technology by attending the following sessions at the User Conference:

- "Preparing LiDAR for use in GIS with Data Interoperability 10.1," Dale Lutz (Safe Software)

- "An Introduction to Data Interoperability" workshop, Bruce Harold (Esri), Don Murray and Dale Lutz (Safe Software)

- "Using Data Interoperability to Hit the Mark with Data Accuracy," Toni Jackson and Larry Phillips (San Antonio Water System).

Safe Software will also be hosting two upcoming live webinars designed to help Esri users solve their data interoperability challenges. More information and registration details are available

- "Transforming Spatial Data to Contribute to Esri's Community Maps Program," July 19 at 8am PDT/11am EDT

- "Extend the Reach of Your ArcGIS Investment with FME," July 28 at 8am PDT/11am EDT.

For more than 10 years, the partnership between Safe Software and Esri has empowered ArcGIS users to extend the reach of their ArcGIS investment. FME technology powers the ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension, enabling users to bring any data into ArcGIS and share data with anyone who needs it. FME’s powerful data transformation capabilities and support for 250+ formats and thousands of coordinate systems greatly increases data access for ArcGIS users so they are free to use and share any data to meet their objectives.

Organizations interested in speaking directly with data interoperability experts are invited to visit the Safe Software booth (#1206) at this year’s Esri International User Conference. Organizations can also learn more by participating in the FME Data Access Challenge ( and by registering for upcoming Esri-related webinars (