Technical Committee Meeting

March 2010: OGC TC/PC Meetings

Start: 
Monday, 2010-03-08
End: 
Friday, 2010-03-12
Location: 

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

 

Sponsors: 
Schedule of Meetings: 
View the Tentative Agenda .  Please continue to check back for the most up-to-date information.
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 (10 March) is still being negotiated. The cost of the Reception tickets are $60.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 27 February)Regular Rate (27 February - 5 March )On-Site (after 5 March)
OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
$50
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
$325.00 $350.00
$400.00
Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
$225.00
$275.00
Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

 

Accommodations: 
 
The ESA/ESRIN staff have blocked rooms at the following hotels:

 Hotel
 SingleDouble
 Status
 Hotel Bellavista  € 90 € 110Full
 Hotel Cacciani  € 78 Full
 Hotel Antica Colonia € 80  
 Hotel Villa Mercede  € 65  
 Hotel Colonna  € 75 Full

 

Please use the Hotel Reservation and ESA/ESRIN Meeting Form to Reserve your Hotel and inform ESA of your attendance for security purposes.

March 2012 TC/PC - Austin, Texas

Start: 
Monday, 2012-03-19
End: 
Friday, 2012-03-23
Location: 

Commons Learning Center
J.J. Pickle Research Campus, UT Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg. 137
Austin, Texas 78758

Sponsors: 

UT at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin

Schedule of Meetings: 

The Initial Schedule of Meetings is now posted. Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Registration: 


On-line Registration is now open:

The Smart Grid Ad Hoc is open to the public and admission is free, but Smart Grid Ad Hoc attendees who don't plan to attend other OGC Technical Committee sessions must register via email at register [at] opengeospatial.org (register [at] opengeospatial.org).

    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 $50.00 USD per person.

    Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 16 March)On-Site (on or after 16 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
    Wednesday Reception Only $50.00 $50.00

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

    Accommodations: 
    Special room block at:
    The Westin Austin at The Domain
    11301 Domain Drive
    Austin, TX 78758
    United States
    Phone: (512) 832-4197
    Nightly rate:  $139.00
    These rates will be available until 26 February 2012.  After that, rooms and rates will be on an as available basis.
    To book your rooms in the OGC block, visit:
    Local Information and Travel: 

    Directions and Parking

    The Commons Building (#137) is located at:

    • J.J. Pickle Research Campus
      10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
      (between U.S. 183 and Braker Lane)
    • View parking map
    • All visitors must use the Burnet Road entrance and obtain a parking permit from the gate guard. 
    • Disabled spaces with ramps are located on the west and north sides of the building.

    If you require additional assistance or accommodation for your visit, please CommonsCenter [at] mail.utexas.edu (e-mail) UTAustin or call 512-471-5898 at least five working days prior to your arrival.

    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.

              November '11 OGC TC/PC Meetings - Brussels, Belgium

              Start: 
              Monday, 2011-11-28
              End: 
              Friday, 2011-12-02
              Location: 

              Eurocontrol
              Brussels, Belgium

              Street Address:
              Rue de la Fusee, 96
              1130 Bruxelles (Haren)

              Sponsors: 

              Hosts:

              Eurocontrol
              Eurocontrol

              Silver Sponsors:

              Comsoft

              Luciad

              Snowflake

              Schedule of Meetings: 

              The Tentative Agenda is now posted.Please note that there will be a dress code at EuroControl due to high-level EC concurrent meetings. The dress code is: Business or Business Casual.

              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 $60.00 USD per person.

              Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 18 November)Regular Rate (18 - 25 November )On-Site (after 25 November)
              OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
              $50
              OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings** $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
              OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $75.00 $105.00
              Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings **
              $325.00 $350.00
              $400.00
              Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
              $225.00
              $275.00
              Wednesday Reception Only $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

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

              Accommodations: 

              OGC has taken a room block at:

              Hilton Brussels City
              Place Rogier 20, Brussels, Belgium 1210
              Tel: 32-2-2033125    Fax:  32-2-2034331
              http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/BRUPMHI-Hilton-Brussels-City/index.do

              Online Reservations:  http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/B/BRUPMHI-GOGSA-20111128/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
              Group Name: Open Geospatial Consortium
              Group Code: GOGSA
              Check-in: 28-NOV-2011
              Check-out: 02-DEC-2011
              Hotel Name: Hilton Brussels City

              Friday, Saturday and Sunday (before and after) : €129 sgl / €149 dbl, including breakfast
              Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: €149 sgl / 169€ dbl, including breakfast      

              From Brussels Airport, taxis are available the journey normally takes around 30 minutes from the airport to the Hilton Brussels City hotel (approximately 60 euros). A shuttle train is also available from Brussels Airport to the NOORD/NORD Railway station, which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

               

              EuroControl has also negotiated preferential rates with some other hotels in and around Brussels. Visitors to EUROCONTROL are reminded to fax the chosen hotel directly for reservations and to mention "EUROCONTROL rates".

              Or you can also find a hotel by visiting http://www.eurocontrol.int/articles/eurocontrol-headquarters and clicking on "Find a hotel".

               

                Local Information and Travel: 

                Shuttle Bus

                There will be an OGC Shuttle bus that will depart the Hilton Brussels City at 07h00 each morning (arrive Eurocontrol at 07h45).  The shuttle will depart Eurocontrol at 18h15 each evening (arrive at Hilton Brussels City at 19h00).

                Coming by car

                Roadworks to EUROCONTROL: please find detailed information here

                EUROCONTROL headquarters are located near the Brussels airport, with easy access from most Belgian highways leading into the capital.

                Coming by bus

                If you are coming by public transportation, the nearest bus stops are:

                • Mercure Center - rue de la Fusée 98: bus 272, 5-minute walk to EUROCONTROL (0.6 km)
                • Maes: bus 80, 10-minute walk to EUROCONTROL (0.8 km)
                • NATO: busses 12, 21 and 65, 20-minute walk to EUROCONTROL (1.4 km)

                Coming by train

                It is also possible to get to our headqarters using one of the two train stations in the vicinity - however, you should keep in mind that you will have to walk for a while.

                • Haren train station: line 26, 20-minute walk (1,6 km)
                • Haren-Sud and Diegem train stations: line 36, 25-minute walk (2 km)           

                Coming by plane

                The nearest airport is Brussels National Airport in Zaventem. It is a 5-minute taxi journey to our headquarters. You can also take bus 12 and stop at NATO.
                   
                EUROCONTROL has negotiated special fares with the Unitax airport taxi company for its visitors and special guests. The set price for 2011 for the journey from EUROCONTROL to Zaventem Airport or vice versa, is EUR 15. Payment is possible by credit card or in cash.

                Passengers arriving at Brussels Airport are picked up in front of the main entrance of the Sheraton Hotel (departures level).

                Please contact the company at 02 725 25 25 once you are at the pick-up point.

                Visiting Brussels

                Here are a few sites that will help you arrange a pleasant stay in Brussels.

                November/December 2010: OGC TC/PC Meetings

                Start: 
                Monday, 2010-11-29
                End: 
                Friday, 2010-12-03
                Location: 

                The University of Sydney
                Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
                Eastern Avenue Complex
                Sydney, Australia

                – located 1.6km from the hotel

                Sponsors: 

                CSIRO

                Schedule of Meetings: 

                The Tentative Agenda is now available.  This agenda will be updated as new sessions are confirmed.  Please continue to check back for the latest information.

                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 (1 December) will be Sydney Harbour Dinner Criuse. The cost of the Reception tickets are $85.

                 

                Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 8 November)Regular Rate (8 November - 26 November )On-Site (after 26 November)
                OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0
                $50
                OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $70.00 $80.00 $90.00
                OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $50.00 $60.00 $70.00
                Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
                $90.00 $100.00
                $110.00
                Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $70.00
                $80.00
                $90.00
                Wednesday Reception Only $85.00 $85.00 $85.00
                Accommodations: 

                 

                The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                28 Albion Street
                Surry Hills NSW 2010
                Sydney, Australia

                The hotel is right next to Central Station, allowing easy transport from the airport to the hotel.
                There is an Airport Train which departs Mascot Airport to Central Station. Please use this link for the timetable http://www.airportlink.com.au/

                Accommodation only @ $169.00 per night
                Full Buffet Breakfast @ $29.00 per person
                Accommodation and Buffet Breakfast @ $184.00 per night (single share)

                NOTE: If you have problems booking on-line, please contact the hotel directly at < reservations [at] css.mirvac.com.au >, use the Event Code: OGC2811

                 Visit the online booking form  to reserve your hotel rooms.  This block will remain open until either the hotel sells out of rooms or one week prior to the event, which ever is earlier.

                Rates include:

                - Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe room (comprising 1 x King bed or 2 x king-single beds)
                - A full Buffet breakfast daily (where package selected)
                - Return scheduled transfers to / from The University of Sydney and The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                - Use of the hotels leisure facilities – indoor heated pool & spa, gym and sundeck area
                - Broadband in guest rooms (fee applies)
                - Wirless access in lobby, restaurant and function rooms (fees apply) 

                Hotel Disclaimer:

                As the preferred hotel for the OGC Conference, this exclusive rate is extended to conference delegates only. We are pleased to extend this offer for delegates staying in Sydney before or after the event, valid for from Sun 18th Nov until Sunday 12th Dec 2010. Bookings must be made by Friday 8th October, nights outside the conference dates are subject to room availability. Rate includes accommodation, limited scheduled transfers to/from the University of Sydney and use of the hotel's leisure facilities - indoor 20m pool, spa, sauna, gym and rooftop sundeck and access to two restaurants and two bars on site. Deposit Schedule: A deposit of the total of the first night's accommodation per room booked is due within 72-hours of booking A further deposit of 50% of the entire stay per room booked is due by Friday 8th October Final payment is due 3 weeks prior to the arrival date Cancellation Schedule: Cancellations after 15 Nov 2010 or within 7 days of arrvial will incur 100% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 30 Oct 2010 will incur 50% cancellation fee of the full stay Cancellations after 15 Oct 2010 w

                Local Information and Travel: 

                 The Sebel Surry Hills will organise transfers daily for the delegates to/from the University – a 5-10 minute drive from the hotel
                 
                Monday:
                06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
                19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                Tuesday
                06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
                19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                 
                Wednesday
                06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
                19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                Thursday
                06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
                17:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
                 
                Friday
                06:45am - depart hotel to The University of Sydney
                19:30 - depart University and return to The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney

                 

                Flights to and from Sydney

                • Delegates visiting Sydney from overseas
                • Visa for Australia
                  Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  See website
                • Incoming passenger cards
                  Most visitors need to complete and present a passenger card when they enter or leave Australia. On the way in, the airline crew give visitors this card to complete before they land.


                • Luggage at Sydney Airport
                  At Sydney Airport, visitors can pick up a free luggage trolley after they pass through immigration, before retrieving their luggage to move through Customs.


                • Australian quarantine inspectionsAustralia’s distance from the rest of the world protects it from a number of diseases. To keep things this way, our quarantine process is extremely strict. Almost all bags are X-rayed, many are searched, and trained dogs sniff luggage.
                  Visitors may not bring any food, flowers or other prohibited items (visitors will be given a list) into Australia.


                • Visiting Sydney from other Australian regions
                  If visitors are coming to Sydney from anywhere else in Australia, the process is simple. There are five domestic airlines flying to Sydney: Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Aeropelican and Rex.

                  The Sydney domestic and international terminals are separate buildings, next to each other. There are no formalities when visitors arrive, other than to collect their luggage and head off to enjoy the city.


                Getting to Sydney from the airport

                 

                Sydney is only eight kilometres, or five miles, from both the International and Domestic Airports. Getting into the city is therefore quick, and easy.

                 

                • Taxi
                  Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank. Supervisors are on hand to ensure a smooth flow of taxis, and only authorised taxis have access to the rank. Your journey into the city should cost between AU$25-30, and will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.


                • Public Bus
                  Sydney Buses has a timetables service between Bondi Junction and Burwood which includes the T1 International and T3 Domestic Terminals in the route. Clearly marked bus stops are located on the arrivals level of each of these terminals.
                • Train
                  There is a railway link from Sydney’s International and Domestic airports direct to Central Station. Trains from Central go to almost every other precinct of Sydney. The single adult fare from Sydney International Airport is around AU$15, and takes about 10-15 minutes.
                • Shuttle-buses
                  Various shuttle-buses operate from the airports to the city centre and will drop visitors off at their hotels. Some hotels also provide complimentary shuttle services for their guests.

                 

                 

                Money Matters – Australian money for travellers

                 

                Sydney is an easy city to visit, with a straightforward and buoyant currency. Aside from cash, credit cards, banking cards and travellers’ cheques are accepted almost everywhere. Prices are on par with most major international cities, and a lot cheaper than many, especially those in Europe.

                 

                • Currency – what money is used in Australia?
                  The Australian dollar is made up of 100 Australian cents.


                • Banks
                  Banks in Sydney are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. On Fridays, a number of banks stay open until 7pm, and some open on Saturday mornings.
                •  Credit Cards
                  All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are widely accepted in Australia.
                •  Travellers’ Cheques
                  Travellers’ cheques are widely accepted in Australia, and may be changed at a bank.


                • Automatic Teller Machines
                  Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city, and accept most common cards. Look for your type of card on the posters, stickers or signs next to the ATMs.

                 

                Sydney snapshot – visiting as a business tourist

                • Languages in Sydney
                  English is Australia’s official language, but Sydney is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and more than 1.2 million of our residents speak a different language at hoe, so you’re sure to find someone who speaks your ‘lingo’ (that’s Australian for language).


                • Sydney’s population
                  Sydney is home to about 4.2 million people, and another 6.7 million people live in the rest of New South Wales (NSW).
                   
                • Sydney climate and seasons
                  Sydney enjoys four distinct seasons:
                  • Summer from December to February
                  • Autumn from March to May
                  • Winter from June to August
                  • Spring from September to November
                  Sydney’s sub-tropical climate is temperate all year, and average temperatures range from 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit) in winter to 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) in summer.

                • Sydney time zones
                  Sydney is one of the first cities to wake up each day: we’re 10-11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
                  • October to March: Sydney runs on GMT plus 11 hours. Sunrise is between 5:30am and 6am and the sun sets between 7:30pm and 8pm
                  • March to October: Sydney is on GMT plus 10 hours. Sunrise is around 7am while the sun sets between 5pm and 5:30pm
                • Visas
                  Most overseas visitors need a valid visa before they can travel to Australia. Travellers should arrange their visa well ahead of time (at least four to six weeks before leaving their home country) to ensure entry into Australia is seamless. Travel agents or airlines can arrange visas.  Some visitors (depending upon your citizenship) can apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) @ http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/index.html
                • Electricity in Sydney
                • In Sydney and throughout Australia, the electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. International adaptors are readily available at chemists (drug stores) and electrical supply stores. Most hotels provide 110-volt outlets for shavers.

                • Taxes in Sydney
                  A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is included in the price of all goods and services sold in Australia. It is automatically charges, so you do not need to add this to your bill.


                  If your leave Australia within 30 days of buying goods in Australia, you may be exempt from paying GST. You can take advantage of the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) to claim back the GST you have paid, and also claim back any Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) you paid. TRS only applies to goods that you can carry as hand luggage, and other conditions do apply.


                • TippingSydney does not operate on a tipping culture. You may tip to show your appreciation for good service, but it is not a requirement anywhere. As a guide, a tip of 10% in restaurants and taxis would be an indication that you were very happy with the service your received.

                   
                • Sydney’s dress code
                  Sydney-siders are friendly, casual and relaxed, and their dress code reflects this attitude. But we’re a stylish population, and if you’re out on the town at night, you’ll fit in if you dress up! A number of Sydney restaurants do require you to dress appropriately (for example, no ‘thongs’ or flip-flops, shorts or singlets). For business, it is normal for suits to be worn by both men and women.
                   
                • Vaccinations
                  Australia is a ‘clean, green’ nation, and free of many common diseases. Therefore, you do not need any specific vaccinations to enter Australia. However, if you are travelling from a yellow fever infected country, you will need to present a yellow fever certificate.

                October 2006 OGC Technical Committee Meeting - Tyson's Corner, Virginia

                Start: 
                Monday, 2006-10-02
                End: 
                Thursday, 2006-10-05
                Location: 
                Sheraton Premier at Tyson's Corner 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia, United States
                Sponsors: 

                Gold Sponsor

                ESRI

                Silver Sponsor

                Autodesk Boeing eSpatial
                Registration: 
                PLEASE NOTE: There are meeting fees associated with this meeting, however, due to increased Member Benefits, OGC Members, who live within 80 miles (exempt*), or stay in OGC's Room Block, now receive a specific number of complimentary registrations (Comp'd**) for each meeting, based upon the level of membership.

                Lunches are not included in the meeting fees.

                 Earlybird Rate
                (Before 12 September)
                Regular Rate
                (12 - 29 September)
                On-Site
                (after 29 September)
                Technical Committee Meetings
                Comp'd Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $- $- $50.00
                Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $260.00 $310.00 $360.00
                Member out of Hotel Block $350.00 $400.00 $460.00
                Non-Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $525.00 $575.00 $625.00
                Non-Member out of Hotel Block $575.00 $625.00 $675.00
                Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate
                Comp'd Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $- $- $50.00
                Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $100.00 $125.00 $150.00
                Member out of Hotel Block $175.00 $200.00 $225.00
                Non-Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $325.00 $350.00 $400.00
                Non-Member out of Hotel Block $400.00 $425.00 $475.00
                Planning Committee Meetings Only
                Comp'd Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $- $- $50.00
                Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $100.00 $125.00 $150.00
                Member out of Hotel Block $125.00 $150.00 $175.00
                Technical and Planning Committee Meetings
                Comp'd Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $- $- $50.00
                Member in Hotel Block (or exempt) $370.00 $420.00 $470.00
                Member out of Hotel Block $420.00 $470.00 $560.00

                 

                Membership LevelNumber of Complimentary Registrations
                Associate 1
                Technical 2
                Principal 4
                Strategic 6
                OGC Members MUST login using your OGC Web Portal account in order to take advantage of these Complimentary Registrations.

                 

                OGC Members: To receive your full OGC Member Discount for Meeting Fees, please login using your OGC Web Portal account and if outside the 80 mile radius of the Meetings, you must reserve your hotel room at the Sheraton, then Click here to Register.

                Non OGC Members: Please Click here to Register.

                If you are an OGC Member and do not have a OGC Portal Account, you may contact your official representatives to create your account.

                Accommodations: 
                Sheraton Premier at Tyson's Corner 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia, United States

                The OGC Room Block at the prefered rate has closed. You may still be able to reserve rooms at the Sheraton via the on-line registration or by calling. If you reserve your room this way, you will still need to ask to be put into OGC's rooming list.

                Use the web link above to reserve your room in the OGC Room Block.

                If you are unable to reserve a room at the Sheraton, OGC Staff may be able to help you find a room within our contracted hotels. Please email us with your Room Requirements at registration [at] opengeospatial.org?subject=Hotel" >registration [at] opengeospatial.org.

                NOTE: This Room Block closed on 15 September. After that date, the room rate may go up and rooms are subject to availability. Lack of availability does not reduce our room block, and therefore, does not waive your requirement to stay in the room block.

                If you work more that 80 miles from Tyson`s Corner, you must stay in the the OGC Room Block to in order to have your Meeting fees reduced. (See OGC's Room Block Policy FAQ`s, as well as the Government per diem justification letter).

                 

                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

                  September '08 OGC Technical Committee Meeting - Atlanta Georgia

                  Start: 
                  Monday, 2008-09-15
                  End: 
                  Friday, 2008-09-19
                  Location: 

                  Atlanta Marriott Norcross
                  475 Technology Parkway
                  Norcross, GA. 30092
                  +1 770-263-8558 Main Hotel
                  +1 770-263-8145 Fax

                   

                  Sponsors: 
                  ERDAS
                  Schedule of Meetings: 
                  The Tentative agenda for the week is now available.
                  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.

                  Notice: There will be a $50 charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

                   

                  Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 3 September)Regular Rate (3 - 12 September)On-Site (after 12 September)
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
                  $50
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
                  Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
                  $325.00 $350.00
                  $400.00
                  Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
                  $225.00
                  $275.00
                  Wednesday Reception Only $50.00 $50.00 $50.00

                   

                  Accommodations: 
                  Your reservations for the OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings hosted by ERDAS are just a click away! Please click below to receive your special rate of 114.00 at The Marriott Norcross a full service property.. ... You'll have everything from an onsite restaurant and lounge to heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and health club, right at your fingertips! Our on site reliable shuttle will take your guest to great shopping, restaurants, and parks! Click on the link below, To Book Your Room Today!
                  http://marriott.com/atlcp?groupCode=lgslgsa&app=resvlink
                  or call To make reservations Please call + 1 800 228 9290

                  AT A SPECIAL $114.00 rate

                  Please request the “OGC ERDAS Meeting” room block at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross!

                  Atlanta Marriott Norcross
                  475 Technology Parkway
                  Norcross, GA. 30092
                  +1 770-263-8558 Main Hotel
                  +1 770-263-8145 Fax
                  Annetta C Davis – +1 770-441-6500
                  annetta.davis [at] marriott.com
                  Local Information and Travel: 
                  • Directions from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) to the Marriott Technology Park via Google Maps
                  • Taxi for one costs about $65
                  • AAA shuttle costs $35 for one person 800-354-7874      http://www.aaaairportexpress.com/
                  • Or take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) to the last stop which is Doraville. You will either have to arrange a ride with the Hotel, or take a taxi the last several miles.  Here is the MARTA map          http://www.itsmarta.com/getthere/schedules/index-rail.htm

                  September '09 OGC Technical and Planning Committee Meetings

                  Start: 
                  Monday, 2009-09-28
                  End: 
                  Friday, 2009-10-02
                  Location: 

                  Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD)
                  Fraunhoferstrasse 5
                  64283 Darmstadt
                  Germany

                  See map of the Institue and surrounding area.

                  For instructions on how to reach Fraunhofer IGD:
                  http://www.igd.fraunhofer.de/igd-a5/index.html.en
                  and then click on 'how to find us'

                  Sponsors: 
                   Platinum Sponsor and Host
                    Silver Sponsor
                   
                    
                  Sparx Systems
                   Fraunhofer (Institutes IGD and IITB)  Sparx Systems



                  Schedule of Meetings: 

                  The tentative agenda is filling up quickly, please continue to check back as we insert and move meetings.

                   

                  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.

                  Notice: There will be a $55 USD charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception (Space is limited, so please reserve this when you register for the meetings.

                   

                  Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 15 September)Regular Rate (15 - 25 September)On-Site (after 25 September)
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0$0
                  $50
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $120.00 $150.00
                  OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $60.00 $75.00 $105.00
                  Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings
                  $325.00 $350.00
                  $400.00
                  Non-Member - Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate $200.00
                  $225.00
                  $275.00
                  Wednesday Reception Only $55.00 $55.00 $55.00

                   

                  Accommodations: 

                  We have just received notice that there is a new block of rooms available:

                  20 single rooms at a rate of 95.00 € at
                  RAMADA Hotel Darmstadt
                  Eschollbrücker Strasse 16
                  64295 Darmstadt
                  Tel.: 06151 385 0 / Fax: 06151 385 100
                  www.ramada.de / darmstadt [at] ramada.de

                  To book these rooms, call the hotels directly and reference each: "OGC Meeting"

                  Additional hotels in the area can be found here.  

                   


                  Local Information and Travel: 
                  The AirLiner – Express Bus Service to Frankfurt Airport (the preferred way to travel from the Frankfurt/Main Airport to Darmstadt)
                  • Short travel time: from Darmstadt to Frankfurt Airport in just 25 minutes.
                  • Daily connections: more than 30 runs a day to Terminal 1 and 2. 
                  There will be very limited parking at the Fraunhofer Institute.  See a document with parking information and a map of parking close to the facilities in German.

                  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.

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