Technical Committee Meeting

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.

December '08 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

Start: 
Monday, 2008-12-01
End: 
Friday, 2008-12-05
Location: 

Palacio de Congresos
Valencia, Spain

Sponsors: 
CIT
CIT

 

Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN of Spain)
Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN of Spain)

 

Universitat Jaume I
Universitat Jaume I

 

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 $40 USD charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

 

Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 7 November)Regular Rate (7 - 28 November)On-Site (after 28 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 $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 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00

 

Accommodations: 


The meeting sponsors have arranged room blocks at the following hotels:

Hotel Eurostars (5-star): Euro 107 per night including tax and breakfast
Novotel (4-stars): Euro 86 per night including tax and breakfast

Both are a 5-10 minute walk from meeting location (Palacio de Congresos), and a short taxi ride from Valencia airport or train station.

To make Hotel reservations, please contact the local Travel Bureau Viajes Iberia via email  Valencia.Ayora14.JO [at] viajesiberia.com or via Fax: +34 963 827 055

OGC attendees should of course mention that they are part of the OGC block for the 1-5 December event.

Local Information and Travel: 

Valencia airport has connections from many European capitals, and if people choose to fly (using a travel agent) to Madrid or Barcelona then the extra Valencia flight is normally not much (or any) extra cost. So there's no need
to take trains unless people really wan to see the countryside.

Taxi from Valencia airport to hotels is about Euro 12-15.

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).

 

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

 

  

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.

            September 2011: OGC TC/PC Meetings - Boulder, Colorado

            Start: 
            Monday, 2011-09-19
            End: 
            Friday, 2011-09-23
            Location: 

            Center Green (CG-1)
            UCAR/NCAR
            3080 Center Green Drive
            Boulder, Colorado  80301
            USA

            Sponsors: 

             

            Hosts

            ncar
             
            unidata ucar
             

            Gold Sponsor

            Lockheed Martin
             
               
            Schedule of Meetings: 

            There is now a TENTATIVE Agenda posted.

            Registration: 


            Registration for these meetings are now open - Click here.  Please note that there are registration fees for OGC Technical Committee Meetings.

            To register for the GML 4 Workshop click here.

            To register for the 3D Summit click here.

            To register for the Ocean/Met/Hydro Water Cycle Summit click here.

             

            Requests for OGC Portal accounts can be made via your orgranization's official representatives. Non Members wanting to attend the OGC TC meetings must provide justification to gbuehler at opengeospatial.org.

             

            Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 6 September)Regular Rate (7 - 16 September)On-Site (after 17 September)
            OGC Member - Technical Committee (comp'd) $0 $0 
            $50 
            OGC Member - Technical Committee Meetings $100.00 $100.00 $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 $100.00 
            $100.00 
            $125.00 

            Accommodations: 

            The Residence Inn is now full.

            We have a small block of rooms at the Residence Inn from 
            Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 25.  If anyone wants
            to book a room for any additional nights, they must make two
            separate reservations; one for the nights in the block and a
            second one for nights outside the block.

            Residence Inn
            3030 Center Green Drive
            Boulder, CO 80301
            303-449-5545

            http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/vbocg?groupCode=carcara&app=resvlink&fromDate=9/18/11&toDate=9/23/11

            So we are in the process of opening a block at the 

            Courtyard by Marriott
            4710 Pearl East Circle
            Boulder, CO
            303-440-4700

            for $156 per night.

            You can book your rooms online or via phone at +1 800 228 9290 ask for the "OPEN GEOSPATIAL" block prior to 12 September.

            Or you can book your rooms at any of the below hotels.

            Boulder Lodging @ http://www.boulderlodging.com/map.asp

            • Golden Buff Lodge
              1725 28th Street
              Boulder, CO 80301
              303-442-7450
            • Millenium Hotel
              1345 28th Street
              Boulder, CO 80302-6803
            • Boulder Outlook Hotel
              800 28th Street
              Boulder, CO 80303
              303-443-3322
            • Best Western Boulder Inn
              770 28th Street
              Boulder, CO 80303
              303-449-3800       
            Local Information and Travel: 
            • Bus/Shuttle Service from DIA (Denver International Airport):  
            • Yellow Cab of Boulder services the local Boulder area (303) 777-7777 or Text pickup address to (303) 777-2001
            • Here is a map with directions from DIA (Denver International Airport) to the Center Green facility - Google Map
            • We have a growing list of activities that you may partake in, before, during or after the OGC TC/PC Meetings. 
              See: http://external.opengis.org/twiki_public/OGC/BoulderTC

            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.

            June '08 OGC Technical Committee Meeting

            Start: 
            Monday, 2008-06-02
            End: 
            Saturday, 2008-06-07
            Location: 

            GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ)
            Haus H
            Potsdam, Germany

            The GFZ facility will provide OGC TC attendees with wireless access to the Internet, via logins. Those attendees that require VPN must coordinate with OGC Staff to ensure the GFZ IT Staff can be on-hand to help with setup.

            The main building is a mobile phone dead zone -- by design, so you may need to plan accordingly.

            Lunches will be available from 13.00 - 14.00 hrs daily in the GFZ Cafeteria. The Lunches cost about 4.35€ + VAT or about 5.20€ per day, please have cash available for your Lunches.

            Sponsors: 

            1Spatial

            DLR

            WhereGroup

            Schedule of Meetings: 

            The Tentative Schedule 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 $60 (USD) charge per person to attend the Wednesday Evening Reception.

             

            Meetings and EventsEarlybird Rate (Before 21 May)Regular Rate (21 May - 1 June)On-Site (after 1 June)
            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 $60.00 $60.00 $60.00

             

            Accommodations: 
            Mercure Hotel Potsdam City
            Lange Bruecke 14467 POTSDAM - GERMANY

            Tel : (+49)331/2722
            Fax : (+49)331/2720233
            E-Mail: H1582 [at] accor-hotels.com

            Reservation of 60 rooms in Hotel Mercure. To get the preferred rates, you will need to call or fax your reservations to the hotel directly. Please ask for the GFZ block.
            (80€ Single -95€ Double per night including breakfast).

            The Hotel is within long walking distance of the meeting facilities (approximately 20 minutes), for those that choose not to walk, there will be a bus that will transport you for 2.10€ per trip.
            Local Information and Travel: 

            GFZ local information

            Nearest Airport - BERLIN TEGEL AIRPORT (TXL)


            From *Berlin-Tegel Airport* please take *Express Bus (Line X9)* to *"Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten"*. Buses operate between 5:30 a. m. and 11:30 p. m. in frequent intervals (10 minutes). The bus ride takes about 30 minutes.

            At "Zoologischer Garten" enter the train station across the bus stop and take *Railway Line RE 1*, direction Brandenburg or Magdeburg. This train commutes between Berlin and Potsdam and runs every 30 minutes. Get off this train at Potsdam-Hauptbahnhof. The train ride takes approx. 20 minutes.
            Total travelling time from the airport to Potsdam: 60 - 90 minutes

            For public transport please purchase a ticket "Berlin ABC" which is also valid for Potsdam.

            *Taxi / Tram*

            From Potsdam Hauptbahnhof you reach the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci comfortably by taxi within 5 minutes. Fare: approx. EURO 5,00 one way (tip not included).
            You can also take a tram: Line 96, direction Schloss Charlottenhof, get off at "Luisenplatz" where the Steigenberger Hotel Sanssouci is located.

            *Taxi fare* from Berlin-Tegel Airport to the hotel: approx. EURO 40,00 one way (tip not included)
            Travelling time: approx. 45 - 60 minutes depending on traffic!
             

            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.

             

            .

            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 2012 TC/PC - Exeter, England

            Start: 
            Monday, 2012-06-18
            End: 
            Friday, 2012-06-22
            Location: 

            UK Met Office
            FitzRoy Road
            Exeter
            Devon
            EX1 3PB
            United Kingdom

            Sponsors: 

            UK Met Office

            Schedule of Meetings: 

            The Tentative Agenda for the OGC TC/PC meetings is now available.  Please note that as the schedule fills up, we might be required to change times and locations of previously posted sessions.
            On Friday, 22 June, OGC and AGI will host the Interoperability Day 2012 - Open Government and Open Standards.Seperate registration is required via AGI's website.
             

            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 14 June)On-Site (on or after 14 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 **
            $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: 

            http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contact/exeter-hotels

            The below list provides additional information regarding specific room blocks for the OGC TC/PC:

            • Jurys Inn (http://exeterhotels.jurysinns.com/) 50 rooms available at £72 per night. When contacting the hotel use the booking reference METO170612
              Call to book +44 1392 312400, and ask for individual reservation, then give them the above booking code.
            • White Hart (http://www.whitehartpubexeter.co.uk/) 29 rooms available (15 doubles at £67.16 and 14 singles at £59.16 per night). When contacting the hotel let them know that you want to take up one of the rooms block booked by the Met Office
              +44 (0) 1392 279897

             

              Local Information and Travel: 

              Please bring your own UK-style electrical adaptor

              http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contact/in-exeter

              Below are some travel notes from one of our hosts:

              PLANES
              There are only cheap holiday flights to holiday destinations to and from Exeter Airport, such as Murcia and generally only one per day or less.

              Travel to and from Bristol Airport has more international destinations, but generally you need a car to get there and back from Exeter. Public transport is possible but is not joined up.

              I nearly always travel to/from London Heathrow [LHR]. Terminal 5 is best.  Terminals 1,2,3 are OK too. Try to avoid Terminal 4 (30 mins away from others).

              Then take RailAir bus, every 30 mins, to Reading main train station [RDG], buying the RailAir ticket on the bus.  London Paddington [PAD] trains pass through every hour to Exeter St Davids, takes 1 1/2 or 2 hours (300km). This is faster and cheaper than travelling into London and back out.

              Flights to/from Gatwick [LGW] are feasible too. Trains hourly to Reading main station take 1 1/2 hours.

              Travel to/from London City Airport is the next in priority and inconvenience. Then London Stanstead, then Luton (never!).

              TRAINS
              The mainline station in Exeter is Exeter St David's [EXD], 3/4 mile, 1.3 km from the City centre and fast trains from London Paddington station are about every hour.

              Exeter Central station [EXC] is in the city centre, but generally only has local slow commuter trains. Cheaper, but much slower, stopping trains, do travel from London Waterloo [WAT] to Exeter Central, by a different route, taking 3 1/2 hours minimum.

              Buy your train, and RailAir bus, tickets on the Web as far in advance as possible, say 2 months - much cheaper, but fixed trains and seats, without refunds. If you book too early though, say 3 months and one week, the cheap tickets will not have been posted.

              Please note the booking reference number and which card you used to pay for the tickets.

              You can collect your pre-paid tickets at ticket machines in most train stations, but unfortunately, there is no  ticket machine at London Heathrow Airport to pick up RailAir tickets. The machines are all shapes and sizes, but generally have a touch screen with two or three big pink 'buttons'.  

              Lots of web sites sell tickets - all basically the same, connected to the national infrastructure.

              First Great Western http://www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk/ run the Paddington trains and do not charge for debit/credit card transactions, but charge for an SMS message.

              http://www.thetrainline.com is run by Virgin, but has identical tickets etc. Free SMS but charges for card transactions.

              BUSES
              There is a No. 56 bus from Exeter St Davids train station more or less direct to the Met Office every hour but very badly timed for London trains.

              The line H bus, every 15 mins, goes from Exeter St Davids Station into the city centre via Queen Street and the High Street.   

              The 'Park and Ride' buses, every 12 mins, from Paris Street/High Street go very near the Met Office. This is the best bus for those staying in the City Centre. Daily and weekly tickets are available on the bus.

              GENERAL
              Transport reliability is good, except that planes landing towards the end of the day may be late.

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