Technical Committee Meeting

December '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Tokyo, Japan

Start: 
Monday, 2014-12-01
End: 
Friday, 2014-12-05
Location: 

Akihabara Convention Hall
Conference Floor (5F),
Akihabara Daibiru Building,
1-18-13 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, Japan 101-0021

Sponsors: 

 

 

Hitachi

 

AIST

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now posted. Please check back often as updates will be made frequently.

The OGC 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held on 3 December at the HAPPO-EN. There will be charter bus service between the meeting facilities and the Dinner.

During the term of Tokyo TC on December 2014, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC(R)) will conduct an experimental demonstration for OGC(R) Moving Features Candidate Standard.

The demonstration consists of two experiments. One experiment is an indoor-location experiment, and the other is an outdoor-location experiment.

For the indoor-location experiment, Business Microscope(R)* system is used to measure people's activities.
 
Tokyo TC attendees who have agreed their participation to the experiment will wear a tag with infrared transceivers and accelerometers.  Beacons are set up in meeting rooms in order to record attendees' indoor locations by communicating with tags.
The histories of locations will be converted to OGC(R) Moving Features encoding.

For the outdoor-location experiment, a smart card which is available for purchase public-transportation (trains, subways and buses) fare will be distributed to attendees of Tokyo TC.  The fare payment is immediately finished by touching the card to a card reader.  The history of the fare payments at stations are recorded in the card.

If attendees agree upon their experiment participation, station names that they got on and off will be converted to coordinate data and the movement trajectory is visualized as a real-time movie after spatial interpolation along with a railway network.
Participants will have their communication network displayed on a large monitor set at the meeting place.

 * Business Microscope(R) is a registered trademark of Hitachi Ltd.
Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open:

  • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 25 November. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 25 November.
  •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
  •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

Accommodations: 

Tokyo is a basically safe and convenient city so that you can stay anywhere you like in Tokyo. The venue (Akihabara Daibiru bldg.) is just in front of the Akihabara JR station that provides easy access to major areas in Tokyo.  Most hotels can be booked with popular internet booking sites(expedia, hotels.com, bookings.com, agoda etc.) . By staying out of Akihabara area, you can enjoy many exciting aspects of Tokyo including  "rush-hours" experience, especially in the morning. 

For those who want to stay in Akihabara area, following hotels are within "short" walking distance from the venue.

  1.  Hotel Remm Akihabara (3min wailk from the venue)
  2.  Washington Hotel Akihabara (3min)
  3.  Hotel Via Inn Akihabara (5min)(Japanese page only, Please book with some booking site)
  4.   Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu (6min)
  5.   Ochanomizu Hotel Juraku (6min)
  6.  APA Hotel Akihabara Ekimae (6min)
  7.   Hotel Dormy Inn Akihabara (6min)

 

Note: These URLs are official  and please compare with the price provided by major internet booking sites.

Local Information and Travel: 

Trains to Akihabara Station:

Trains to Akihabara

 

From Akibabara Station to the Akibabara Convention Center, Akihabara Daibiru Building, Conference Floor (5F):

Convention Center

 

Popular Skiing in Japan (Hokkaido) 
 

Hokkaido, which is the northern area in Japan, is very popular for quality of snow as a place to go for skiing. Many flights from Tokyo (Haneda Airport) to Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport or Asahikawa Airport) are available for the ski travel. If you will travel for skiing, making reservation of flights earlier is recommended.

Popular places are listed:


Niseko ( http://www.niseko-ta.jp/en/)
Niseko is located on south-west region of Hokkaido.Direct buses from New Chitose Airport to Niseko are provided. Most information are available in English because many tourists from abroad visit in winter.
http://annupuri.info/winter/english/ .

Rusutsu Resort( http://www.rusutsu.gr.jp/en/ )
Rusutsu is largest ski-resort in Hokkaido.It takes 2 hours from New Chitose Airport by bus.
http://en.rusutsu.co.jp/

Furano (http://www.furanotourism.com/en/)
Furano is in the north area of Hokkaido.Furano is very cold area, so, quality of snow is higher. It takes one hour by bus from Asahikawa Airport.
http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/furano.html

 

  

September '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Calgary, Canada

Start: 
Monday, 2014-09-15
End: 
Friday, 2014-09-19
Location: 

University of Calgary
Rozsa Centre
2500 University Dr. NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2N 1N4

Sponsors: 

Esri Canada

GeoConnections

University of Calgary

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now online.

Registration: 

On-line Registration is now open:

  • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 11 September. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 12 September.
  •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
  •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening OGC 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner will be $55.00 USD per person.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 12 September)On-Site (on or after 12 September)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$325.00 $375.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00
OGC 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Only $55.00 $55.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 

The closest hotel to the Rozsa Centre is the Hotel Alma on campus. One minute walk to Rozsa Centre. (http://www.hotelalma.ca/).

There is a cluster of hotels near campus about 18 minutes walk to Rozsa Centre:

There are some nicer hotels in downtown, where is about 30 minutes C-Train ride ($3 CAD per ride) to campus.

Local Information and Travel: 

Parking:

You can find the Parking map here:  (http://www.ucalgary.ca/parking/visitorparking). The closest parkade is the Art Parkade ($10 CAD per entry).

If you are interested in visiting the Banff National Park:      

The Banff National Park is about 80 minutes drive from Calgary (map) and it’s a very scenic ride. Renting a car would be a good idea. Just follow 16th Avenue North heading west and you will be surrounded by the Canadian Rockies in about 30 minutes.

Pre-TC or Post-TC Trip Suggestions

September is a great time to visit the Canadian Rockies as it’s not too cold and not too hot. Below are some suggestions:

Hiking: Kananaskis Provincial Park (50 minutes from Calgary) Banff National Park (80 minutes from Calgary). Below are some suggestions.

  • Barrier Lake in the Kananaskis Provincial Park is a nice and easy hike. And it’s close to Calgary.
  • Consolation Lakes is an easy hike (60 m elevation gain) near Moraine Lake.
  • Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass is a great one day hike (7 hours, 732 m elevation gain).

Hot Springs (Banff Upper Hot Springs)

Scenic Drive (One Day: Calgary-Banff-Moraine Lake-Lake Louise-Columbia Icefields and drive back)

June '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Geneva, Switzerland

Start: 
Tuesday, 2014-06-10
End: 
Saturday, 2014-06-14
Location: 


World Meteorological Organization

7 bis, avenue de la Paix
Case postale No. 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
 


Sponsors: 

WMO

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now published. 

NOTE:  The Technical Committee Meetings will run from Tuesday - Friday.
The Planning Committee will be held on Saturday 14 June. 

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

  • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 2 June. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 3 June.
  •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
  •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Thursday evening Gala Dinner will be $70.00 USD per person. Seating is limited and everyone MUST have a ticket to attend. Registered individuals will receive an email the week prior to the dinner with their ticket information.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 3 June)On-Site (on or after 3 June)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$300.00 $350.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00
OGC 20th Gala Dinner Only $70.00 $70.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 

The WMO suggests the following list of hotels.  Note that the prices are out of date.  You will need to contact the hotels directly to determine pricing and availablity.

Local Information and Travel: 

Should you need a letter of invitation for Travel Visa, please contact Greg Buehler at OGC.  We will forward your request to the WMO Liaison.

Here is a great resource for anyone flying into Geneva:
  http://www.geneve-tourisme.ch/en/useful-information/how-to-get-around/

When you arrive at Geneva airport there is a machine that will give transit passes for free.  Get your transit pass before you leave the baggage area.

Then take the big train from the airport to the central train station, then either walk to hotel or take tram (or bus) using the same transit pass. 

The transit pass from airport baggage area is good for about 4 hours.

 

How to get to the World Meteorological Organization

Getting to WMO from the airport

Taxi: From the taxi rank outside the Arrivals Hall (Ground floor)
Cost: approximately CHF 25–30

Bus: Bus 28 can be taken from outside the Terminal Building (First floor). The stop is situated to the left as you come out of the terminal. The bus goes all the way to Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building (last stop). Cost: free tickets are available from the machine in the Baggage Conveyor Hall before passing customs.

 

Getting to WMO from the centre of Geneva

From Cornavin Station, tram 15 goes to the Place des Nations. WMO is then within walking distance (avenue de la Paix, towards the lake – 10 minutes). Buses 1, 11 and 28 also stop at the Jardin Botanique, which faces the WMO building.

A map of the bus network can be obtained free of charge from the UNIRESO Information Centre at Cornavin Station.

Hotels in Geneva are providing guests with a free ticket for public transport.

March '14 Technical and Planning Committee - Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

Start: 
Monday, 2014-03-24
End: 
Friday, 2014-03-28
Location: 

Lockheed Martin - Global Vision Center
2121 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202

Download Directions

Sponsors: 

 

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda for the week is now posted.  meeting times and room locations may change.  Please check back often for the most up-to-date schedule.

NOTE:  The Technical Committee Closing Plenary will be Friday Morning (28 March).

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

  • All non US Citizens will need to provide Passport information during the registration process.
  • In order to submit registration through security, we will cut off early-bird registration on 18 March. On-Site registration fees will be imposed on or after 19 March.
  •  OGC Members Must register through the My Account section of the OGC Member Portal
  •  Non-members and Guest may register directly through the OGC Storefront.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Thursday evening Gala Dinner will be $55.00 USD per person. Seating is limited and everyone MUST have a ticket to attend. Registered individuals will receive an email the week prior to the dinner with their ticket information.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 19 March)On-Site (on or after 19 March)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $200.00 $250.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$300.00 $350.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00
OGC 20th Gala Dinner Only $55.00 $55.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 

Hotels: (short list in the direct vicinity of the GVC)


·         Americana Hotel - 1460 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Courtyard By Marriott - 2899 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Crowne Plaza - 1480 Crystal Dr
·         Crystal City Marriott - 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Crystal Gateway Marriott - 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Double Tree Hotel - 300 Army Navy Dr
·         Embassy Suites - 1300 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Hampton Inn - 2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Hilton - 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Holiday Inn - 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Hyatt Regency - 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Radisson - 2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy
·         Sheraton - 1800 Jefferson Davis Hwy

OGC will have a small room block at  the Crystal Gateway Marriott at a rate of $219 per night.  If you want to take advantage of this room block, you can either reserve it online or call the toll free number 1-800-228-9290 and mention " OGC 20th Anniversary" when making the reservations.  Please note that the cut-off date is on Friday, March 7th, or when the room block is full.

 

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Local Information and Travel: 


Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Center (GVC)

2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202

  • From Reagan National Airport
    • Stay left and take “Airport Exit/Rt.1 Crystal City/Alexandria” exit
    • Stay right and take “Rt.1 Crystal City/Economy Parking/General Aviation/South Airport Services” exit onto Abingdon Rd.
    • Stay to the right and make a right at the stop sign following 395 North signs
    • Make right onto Crystal Drive Exit ramp
    • At intersection of S 23rd St TURN RIGHT into parking garage.
    • Follow signs to gold/yellow columns labeled 2121, park your vehicle and proceed to 1st floor Visitor Desk (Lockheed Martin lobby) via elevator banks.
  • From Dulles Airport
    • Leaving terminal, follow signs for Washington
    • Take exit onto I-66 E
    • Take exit 75 to merge onto Jefferson Davis Hwy/VA-110 toward Alexandria
    • Follow Jefferson Davis Hwy
    • Turn left on 20th St S
    • Turn right at Crystal Drive
    • At intersection of S 23rd St, TURN LEFT into parking garage.
    • Follow signs to gold/yellow columns labeled 2121, park your vehicle and proceed to 1st floor Visitor Desk (Lockheed Martin lobby) via elevator banks.
  • From Crystal City Metro Station (0.3 mi / approx. 5 min) Blue/Yellow Line
    • Exit the Metro Station and walk east on 18th St S
    • Turn right on Crystal Drive
    • Cross the street to 2121 and proceed through glass doors to 1st floor

June '13 Virtual OGC Technical Committee Meeting Plenary

Start: 
Monday, 2013-06-17
End: 
Monday, 2013-06-17
Location: 

The June 2013 OGC Technical Committee will be held Virtually over a three week span from May 27th through June 17th.  The Domain and Standards working groups will hold virutal meeting between 27 May and 14 June.  The Chairs are asked to record their sessions and make them available to those with appropriate access for the individual groups.

Schedule of Meetings: 

A detailed schedule is posted here.

Registration: 

OGC Members and invited guests will be asked to register for the GoToWebinar prior to 17 June.  Details to follow.

September '13 TC/PC Meetings - Frascati, Italy

Start: 
Monday, 2013-09-23
End: 
Friday, 2013-09-27
Location: 

ESA/ESRIN
ESRIN,
Via Galileo Galilei,
00044 Frascati, Italy

Sponsors: 

Schedule of Meetings: 

The tentative agenda is now posted.

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

The Wednesday evening Reception will be $55.00 USD per person.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 20 September)On-Site (on or after 20 September)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$325.00 $375.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00
Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 

ESA/ESRIN has established a set of room blocks throughout Frascati.  Reserving your accomodations through the room block will entitle you to group transportation between the hotels and ESA/ESRIN facilities each day.  Download Room Block Reservation Form.

Many of you may wish to stay in Rome.  There is a train station just next to ESRIN entrance, the train takes 20 minutes from Rome termini. 

Local Information and Travel: 

A welcome packet from ESA/ESRIN that will detail logistical and tourist information is available at:
  https://portal.opengeospatial.org/files/?artifact_id=55395
It also contains the courtesy bus schedule to/from the local hotels and maps.

December '13 - TC/PC Meeting - IIT Bombay, India

Start: 
Monday, 2013-12-02
End: 
Friday, 2013-12-06
Location: 

Infinite Corridor, Academic Section, Powai,
Mumbai, MH 400076

India 

view the map

Sponsors: 

Sponsored by

    
 

  DST
Department of
Science & Technology


and hosted by

      IIT Bombay

                    IIT Bombay

 

 
Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda is now posted.  Please check back often as this agenda will change.

Registration: 

OGC Members:  If you are an OGC Member, you MUST begin your registration process through the My Account section of the OGC Web Portal. Additional instructions will be available here.

Information and fees for Non-OGC Members can be found on the non-OGC Members registration page. You will need to register here.

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complimentary registration for each meeting.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 20 November)Late Registration (on or after 20 November)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $75.00 $125.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $35.00 $85.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

 

2013 OGC Asia Forum Summit

As part of the OGC TC meeting, a special 2013 OGC Asia Forum Summit will be held at IIT Bombay, India on December 3rd, 2013. Two major focuses of the OGC Asia Forum this year will be “Values of standards for research, education, and implementation” and “Uses of OGC standards in practical community settings”. Many distinguished speakers from the Asia region will share their experiences and practices in geoinformatics interoperability. Register here for this special event.

 

 

Accommodations: 

We have reserved a block of rooms at hotels around the venue. Book your room early.  The room rates are not guarenteed after the posted "Last date of Booking". 

Visit the Accomodations page.

Local Information and Travel: 

Many travellers may need to apply for an obtain a VISA prior to traveling to India.

There is a large amount of information that on the Event page for VISA Information.

March 2013 TC/PC Meetings - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Start: 
Sunday, 2013-03-17
End: 
Thursday, 2013-03-21
Location: 

Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel
P.O. Box: 6382, Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: + 971 2 4415 900
Fax: + 971 2 4415 666
http://www.afoc.mil.ae/afoc/home.htm

Sponsors: 

Under the Patronage of His Highness Lieutenant General Skeikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

 

Ministry of Interior, U.A.E.   GIS Center for Security, Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior U.A.E.
  GIS Center for Security, Abu Dhabi Police, Ministry of Interior U.A.E.
Schedule of Meetings: 

The Tentative Agenda is now posted.  Please continue to check back as this schedule will change.

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 14 March)On-Site (on or after 14 March)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
$325.00 $375.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$250.00

** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

Accommodations: 
    Special rates have been negotiated through Emirates Sky Travel:
    Please use the booking code:  GIS/EMSKY/3/2013
    Email: ahmadkamal [at] emsky.ae
    Mobile: +971-50-9995163
    office: +971-2-4434499
    fax: +971-2-4439930

    You will get confirmation of your reservation.
    This is the OGC Headquarters hotel and the site of the meetings.

    Experience the height of luxury! 600 elegantly appointed rooms embraced by an impressive inner garden, various conference halls, a grand theatre and a cinema. Conveniently located 5 mins away from ADNEC and 15 mins from the airport

    Armed Forces Officers Club & Hotel
    P.O. Box: 6382, Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates

    Tel: + 971 2 4415 900
    Fax: + 971 2 4415 339
     
    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 450
    Double  AED 500

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are inclusive taxes, buffet breakfast and internet.
     
     

    Aloft Abu Dhabi is the first Aloft Hotel to open in the Middle East and the second to open outside of North America. Aloft Abu Dhabi has introduced its own distinctive style to the region with 408 spacious, loft-like rooms, accessible technology and a vibrant, social atmosphere.

    Visit Hotel Website

    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 460
    Double  AED 460

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night room only basis.
     
    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 515
    Double  AED 570

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night with buffet breakfast at main restaurant and internet.
     

     

    Feel 'at home' when you stay at the Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi. Located just 15 minutes from the airport, our location is simply convenient. For a traditional Arabic experience, visit Hubbly Bubbly.

     Visit Hotel Website

    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 450
    Double  AED 450

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night room only basis.
     
    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 500
    Double  AED 560

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night with buffet breakfast at main restaurant and internet.
     

    The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi

    The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi
    Stylishly comfortable, The Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi blends luxurious European and Middle Eastern design and features bespoke works by local artists and poets. It is located 5 minutes from the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and 15 minutes from the airport. Visit Hotel Website
    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 465
    Double  AED 465

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night room only basis.
     
    Room Type Net Rate per room per night
    Single  AED 580
    Double  AED 700

    The above rates, through Emirates Sky Travel, are net rate per room per night with buffet breakfast at main restaurant and internet.
     

     

      Other hotels in the area (no room block - contact hotel directly):
        • Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi

          Emirates Palace Hotel - Abu Dhabi

          The building was designed by architect, John Elliott RIBA, who was Senior Vice President at Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo, an international firm specialising in Luxury Hotels. It opened in November 2005 but certain restaurants and spas did not open until 2006. The hotel was built by and is owned by the Abu Dhabi government, and is currently managed by the Kempinski Group. The costs to build the hotel were 3.9 billion GBP or 11.02 billion AED. The Emirates Palace occupies 850,000m² of floor space. Underground parking allows housing for 2,500 vehicles. There are two swimming pools and spas. The hotel has its own marina and helipad. The Emirates Palace is the second most expensive hotel ever built, only surpassed by Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

          Visit Hotel Website

           

          • Hyatt Capital Gate

            Hyatt Capital Gate

            Hyatt Capital Gate is located within the iconic Guinness record-holding Capital Gate tower. Hyatt Capital Gate's 18th floor Sky Lobby is suspended more than 80 metres above the ground, providing sweeping views of the surrounding city and the Arabian Gulf.

            Visit Hotel Website

           

          • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre

            Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre

            Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre, right next to ADNEC offering really comfortable rooms and outstanding value for money. Lovely restaurant, bar, Costa Coffee, room service, valet parking, swimming pool, gym and FREE wifi.

            Visit Hotel Website
          • Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

            Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

            Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is conveniently located on the Abu Dhabi Creek only 10 minutes from ADNEC and 15 minutes from the Airport. This strikingly contemporary luxury beachfront hotel features an array of business and leisure facilities, including eight restaurants, private sandy beach...

            Visit Hotel Website

           

            Local Information and Travel: 

            UAE Government - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

            http://www.mofa.gov.ae - this is the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and will provide members a useful source of VISA information.

            UAE Government

            http://www.government.ae - this is the official portal of the United Arab Emirates and will provide members a useful point of access to historical and heritage information about the UAE and also other useful information regarding UAE Government.  Also on the home page there are useful links to flight information for both Abu Dhabi International and Dubai International Airports.

            Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

            http://adta.ae/en/ - this site provides useful Abu Dhabi tourism information and is a useful source of general information about Abu Dhabi and an entry point to 'Explore Abu Dhabi'.

            Electrical / Power Supply

            Abu Dhabi’s electricity supply is 220/240 volts at 50 Hz. Square three-pin sockets are standard (UK Style). It is advisable to bring a plug adapter with you, though most hotels can supply adapters for other kinds of plug and they can be bought locally.

            January 2013 - OGC TC/PC - Esri, Redlands, CA

            Start: 
            Monday, 2013-01-14
            End: 
            Friday, 2013-01-18
            Location: 

            Esri
            380 New York Street
            Redlands, CA 92373-8100
            view map

            Sponsors: 

            esri

            Schedule of Meetings: 

            The Tenative agenda for the week is now online.

            The public is invited to a demonstration of the results of the OGC Web Services Testbed Phase 9 (OWS-9). The OWS-9 Demo will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm on Tuesday, 15 January in the
            Esri Auditorium. Register here.

            Registration: 


            On-line Registration is now open:

             

            There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

            The Wednesday evening Reception is complemtary for OGC Member.  Guests are $50 per person.

            Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 12 January)On-Site (on or after 12 January)
            OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
            OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
            OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
            Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
            $325.00 $375.00
            Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
            $250.00
            Wednesday Reception Only* $0.00 $0.00

            ** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.
            * Guest Dinner $50.00 each.

            Accommodations: 

            Esri has negotiated Hotel room blocks with the Ayres and Country Inn & Suites. These are the closest to the Esri facility.  The Hilton is further away (6 miles), but is another option.

            Ayres Hotel Redlands
            1015 W. Colton Ave
            Redlands, CA 92374
            http://www.ayreshotels.com/inland-empire/hotel-redlands.aspx

            Tel. 1-909-335-9024

            Fax. 1-909-335-9164
            Promo/Corporate Code: esrig

             

            Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Bernardino (Redlands), CA
            1650 Industrial Park Avenue
            Redlands,  California  92374  US
            http://www.countryinns.com/esri
            Reservations: +1 (800) 830-5222 (US/Canada Toll-free)
            Tel: +1 (909) 792-7913
            Fax: +1 (909) 747-0252
            Room Block Code: Please use the above link to get the Room Block

             

            Hilton San Bernardino
            285 East Hospitality Lane
            San Bernardino, California, 92408-3411
            http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-bernardino-JSBHIHF/index.html
            Tel. 1-909-889-0133
            Corporate Account: 2655913

            Local Information and Travel: 

            Visa and Invitation Letters:

            If you require a travel Visa in order to attend this meeting, please contact Barbara Sherman < bsherman at opengeospatial.org > with your complete contact information.

            Visiting Esri Campus:

            http://www.esri.com/about-esri/campus

            Airport Information and Directions:

            • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - 79 miles
              • Directions to Esri campus: Take Sepulveda Blvd to Interstate 105 E. I105 E to 16 miles to Interstate 605 N. I605 N to Interstate 10 E. Interstate 10 E to Exit Tennessee Street, turn right on Tennessee Street, turn left on Redlands Blvd, turn right on New York Street.
            • LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) - 25 miles
              • Directions to Esri campus: Interstate 10 Eastbound to Exit Tennessee Street, turn right on Tennessee Street, turn left on Redlands Blvd, turn right on New York Street.
            • John Wayne Airport - Orange County (SNA) - 60 miles 
              • Directions to Esri campus:Take 405 N to 55 N toward Riverside. Riverside-91 will turn into 215 N. Continue and Merge onto Interstate 10 E. Interstate 10 E to Exit Tennessee Street, turn right on Tennessee Street, turn left on Redlands Blvd, turn right on New York Street.

            Shuttle Services:

            • SuperShuttle -
              • From LAX $79 each way ($9 each additional rider)
              • From ONT $43 each way
            • PrimeTime Shuttle
              • From LAX $72.15 each way
              • From ONT $38.95 each way

            October 2012 TC/PC - Seoul, South Korea

            Start: 
            Monday, 2012-10-08
            End: 
            Friday, 2012-10-12
            Location: 

            The Coex Convention and Exhibition Center ("Coex Center") is located in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea.

            Sponsors: 


            Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM)

            Organized by OGC Korea, Korea Cadastral Survery Corporation, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Korean Association of Surveying & Mapping.

            Schedule of Meetings: 

            The Tentative Agenda is now posted.  Please check back frequently as the agenda will change.

            The 82nd OGC TC/PC Meetings are hosted by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of Republic of Korea and organized by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) from October 7(Sun) to 12(Fri), 2012 in Seoul, Korea.  For regular TC/PC meetings, OGC members need to complete registrations on the OGC Portal site.  All side event registrations are available on the local meeting information page (www.ogcseoultcpc.info).
             
            In addition to OGC working group meetings, there will be various activities as follows:
             

            • OGC Standards Tutorials (Sunday, October 7): Educational sessions and lessons for practical uses of OGC standards. (http://www.ogcseoultcpc.info/program/sub_01.php?m=11)
            • IndoorGML workshop will aid those who develop Indoor positioning technologies to utilize IndoorGML to its full potential. Those who are developing applications and services based on the indoor position of a user or object are also invited to present their requirements. ( http://stem.cs.pusan.ac.kr/indoorGMLWorkshop/ )
            • Public Session (Monday, October 8): Vice Minister of MLTM and officers will welcome OGC members.  Keynote presenters will give lessons to the participants about their activities and visions related to geospatial standards.  Public Session combines with Opening Plenary. (http://www.ogcseoultcpc.info/program/sub_03.php?m=13)
            • Welcoming Reception (Monday, October 8): A good opportunity to meet OGC members and local geo professionals.
            • Smart Geospatial Expo 2012 (Wednesday, October 10 through 12): Korea’s annual, largest geospatial exhibition and convention.  There is a participating OGC member section.  (http://smartgeoexpo.kr/static/eng)
            • Official Dinner (Wednesday, October 10): Enjoy beautiful Seoul and dinner cruise on the Han River.
            • OGC Interoperability Day (Friday, October 12):: It is to discuss harmonization and interoperability issues between geospatial and building information.  It is co-organized by ISO/TC 211 Ad hoc group on GIS-BIM and OGC.  (http://www.ogcseoultcpc.info/program/sub_04.php?m=14)

             
            Please visit www.ogcseoultcpc.info for more information or feel free to contact info [at] ogcseoultcpc.info .

            Registration: 


            On-line Registration is now open for the OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings:

            For events outside the TC/PC Meetings you will need to register seperately vi the www.ogcseoultcpc.info website.

             

            There are Meeting Fees associated with the OGC TC/PC Meetings. Based upon your organization's OGC Membership Level, you will have at least one Complementary registration for each meeting.

            The Wednesday evening Cruise and Dinner Reception will be free for all attendees.

            Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 1 October)On-Site (on or after 1 October)
            OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $50
            OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $225.00 $275.00
            OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $100.00 $150.00
            Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
            $325.00 $375.00
            Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
            $250.00
            Wednesday Cruise and Dinner Reception Only $0.00 $0.00

            ** Use for two or more days of Technical Committee attendance.

            Accommodations: 

            MLTM has contracted with the COEX to provide facilities and housing accomodations for the OGC TC/PC attendees. To receive the room block discounts, you will need to go to the special website that the COEX has set up for the OGC Meetings ( http://www.ogcseoultcpc.info/ ). There you will need to register with the site in order to reserve your hotel rooms. The registration on the OGC Seoul TC/PC Info site is in addition to registering for the OGC TC/PC Meetings. You must do both. The hotel reservation deadline is now Friday, September 14 by midnight (Korean Standard Time).

            Official Hotel Information and Online Reservations.

            Local Information and Travel: 
            • Travel to Seoul
              • Air
                Incheon, Kimpo
                • Road
                  1 hour from Incheon airport (59.1km or 36.6miles)
                   Limousine (the best option)
                  Bus, Car
                • Rail & Metro
                  1.5 hours from Incheon airport
                • Additional travel information
              • Passports & Visas
                • Travellers to South Korea may require a valid authority to enter South Korea. There are 51 countries for which a visa is not required. Go to http://south-korea.visahq.com/ to check is a visa is required.
                • Should you require a letter of invitation – contact MLTM (Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs)
                • Strict quarantine regulations apply
                  Importation of food, seeds, animals, plants, animals or plant products is prohibited
                • Customs
                  In bound passengers are allowed to import a modest amount of duty free alcohol and tobacco
              • Power

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