Technical Committee Meeting

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.

              June 2011: OGC TC/PC Meetings - Taichung, Taiwan

              Start: 
              Sunday, 2011-06-12
              End: 
              Friday, 2011-06-17
              Location: 

              Taichung, Taiwan

              Conference Venues:

              • June 12th (Sunday), June 15th (Wednesday), June 16th (Thursday)

                Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus
                227, Sec. 2, Dongda Rd., Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C (map)

              • June 13th (Monday)

                National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit
                22, Keyuan Rd., Central Taiwan Science Park, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

              It is a 3 minute walk between NCHC and the Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

              • June 17th (Friday) [for 2011 Int’l Interoperability Day and OGC Planning Committee Only]

                NTUH International Convention Center
                2, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District 101, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. (map)

               

               

                Sponsors: 

                 

                Hosted by:

                GIS.FCU   ITRI

                 

                 

                Gold Sponsors:    
                Meet Taiwan   BFT
                     
                Silver Sponsors:    
                Intergraph   National Science Council
                     
                NARL   NCHC

                 

                 

                 

                   
                Schedule of Meetings: 

                 

                Overview:

                Date & Time

                Venue

                6/12 (Sun)
                Day1

                6/13 (Mon)
                Day2

                6/14 (Tue)
                Day3

                6/15 (Wed)
                Day4

                6/16 (Thu)
                Day5

                6/17 (Fri)
                Day6

                Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

                National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), Emerging System Business Unit

                Central Taiwan (Nantou County)

                Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

                Feng Chia University, Central Taiwan Science Park Campus

                NTUH International Convention Center (Taipei)

                8:00~18:00

                Registration

                Registration

                Field Trip

                [There is a $80 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

                Registration

                Registration

                Registration

                8:00~12:00

                Meeting sessions

                Meeting sessions

                Meeting sessions

                Augmented Reality Workshop

                [There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

                 

                 

                 

                 


                 

                Meeting sessions

                Augmented Reality Workshop

                [There is a $99 USD fee for Non-OGC Members, includes lunch and breaks]

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 


                Interoperability Day - Taiwan

                 

                [There is a $30 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

                 

                12:00~13:00

                Lunch (Provided by FCU)

                Lunch (Provided by NCHC)

                Lunch (Provided by FCU)

                Lunch (Provided by FCU)

                13:00~13:55

                TC Opening Plenary

                Meeting sessions

                Meeting sessions

                TC Closing Plenary

                14:00~17:55

                Meeting sessions

                18:30~21:00

                 

                Welcome Banquet (Provided by NCHC)

                [There is a $50 USD fee for Non-OGC Members]

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                The Detailed Agenda is posted here

                 

                Registration: 

                All OGC Members will receive free admission to the Welcome Banquet on Monday evening (sponsored by NCHC) and the Field Trip on Tuesday.  Any non-OGC members may attend any events, however, non-members must pay for these events.

                The International Interoperability Day (2011 II DAY@TW) on Friday is free for OGC members. Any non-OGC members must pay for this event.  GIS.FCU sincerely welcomes you to participate in the Welcome Banquet, Field Trip, or 2011 II Day@TW. Please tick the items you want to attend on the registration webpage. 

                You must register for this event via the OGC Registration Page.

                If your visa request requies a letter of invitation, such letters will only be granted to OGC Portal account holders or registered attendees of the AR Meeting.  Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).

                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 1 June)Regular Rate (1 - 11 June)On-Site (after 11 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 $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
                Accommodations: 

                 

                Please note that the Planning Committee and Interoperability Day will be held in Taipei on Friday.  It is advised that those attending both the TC and PC or TC and Interoperability Day change hotels for Thursday Evening to Taipei.

                HOTELSSingleDouble
                (Per night, included breakfast and taxes)
                Windsor Hotel (裕元) (map)
                78-3, Sec. 3, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan (about 5km to the venue)
                Download reservation form
                US$114~136 US$125~147
                Howard Prince Hotel Taichung (福華) (map)
                129, An Ho Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
                (about 5km to the venue)
                Download reservation form
                US$100~117 US$112~140

                Hong’s Mansion (台中商旅) (map)
                177, Sec.2, Taichung Kang Rd., Taichung, Taiwan
                (about 7.5km to the venue)
                Download reservation form

                US$93~120 --
                Evergreen Laurel Hotel (長榮桂冠) (map)
                6, Taichung Kang Rd., Sec.2, Taichung, Taiwan
                ( about 8.5km to the venue)
                Download reservation form
                US$103~117 US$113~126
                * Please download the reservation form with Group code "OGCGIS" at http://www.gis.tw/1106ogctc/Accommodation.html 

                 

                HOTELS in Taipei

                GIS.FCU haven't contacted with hotels below, please reserve via the website or contact with hotels directly.

                • Forte Orange hotel-Guanqian (台北福泰桔子商旅【館前店】)
                  22, Guanqian Road, Taipei, Taiwan
                  TEL:886-2-2381-1155 FAX:886-2-2381-1105
                  台北市中正區館前路22號
                • CAESAR PARK TAIPEI (台北凱撒大飯店)
                  38, Chung Hsiao W. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
                  TEL:886-2-2311-5151 Fax : TEL:886-2-2331-9944
                  台北市中正區忠孝西路一段38號
                • Sheraton Taipei Hotel (台北喜來登大飯店)
                  12, Chung Hsiao E. Rd., Sec. 1, Taipei, Taiwan
                  TEL:886-2-2321-5511 Fax : TEL:886-2-2394-4240
                  台北市中正區忠孝東路一段12號
                • The Regent Taipei (台北晶華酒店)
                  41, Chung Shan N. Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei, Taiwan
                  TEL:886-2-2523-8000 Fax : TEL:886-2-25232828
                  台北市中正區中山北路二段41號

                 

                 

                  Local Information and Travel: 

                   

                  From Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taichung

                  By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

                  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taoyuan Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
                  2. Take THSR from Taoyuan Station to Taichung Station (about 40 mins, USD20 )
                  3. Hire a taxi at Taichung Station to the hotel (about 20 mins,USD10 )

                  For more information, please click on the links below:

                   

                  From hotel to the Venue

                  By Taxi : Take our shuttle buses at the specific time period, or take a taxi in front of the hotel. It may take about 20 mins to the venue.

                  From Taichung to Taipei

                  By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

                  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taichung Station (about 20 mins, USD10 )
                  2. Take the THSR from Taichung Station to Taipei Station (about 60 mins, USD24 )
                  3. Hire a taxi at Taipei HSR Station to the hotel.

                  From Taipei to the Airport

                  By Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 

                  1. Take a taxi to the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Taipei Station.
                  2. Take the THSR from Taipei Station to Taoyuan Station (about 25 mins, USD12 )
                  3. Hire a taxi at Taoyuan HSR Station to the international airport.

                   

                  Local Information:

                  • Visitor Visa
                    Please check your national travel agencies regarding visa requirements for entering Taiwan or check here. Note that United States Passport holders do not require Visas for this meeting (see http://travel.state.gov/ for details).
                    Please refer to the following page for details.
                    http://www.boca.gov.tw/lp.asp?ctNode=534&CtUnit=77&BaseDSD=7&mp=2

                    If you require an invitation letter, please send your complete contact information to gbuehler at opengeospatial dot org.
                  • Time Zone
                    The local time zone in Taiwan is UTC/GMT +8 hours.
                  • Currency and Foreign Exchange
                    The Local currency is the New Taiwan Dollar (NTD), which has five denominations in paper money and five in coins. Major currencies, such as the US dollar and EURO, can be exchanged at the international airport, banks, and hotels. Banks are open from 9:00 to 15:00 on Monday to Friday.
                    http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002065
                  • Credits Cards
                    International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, MASTERCARD, and JCB will be widely accepted at stores and hotels.
                  • Electricity
                    Electricity provided in Taiwan is 100 volts, AC/60 Hz.
                    Taiwan uses Type A plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type, or Type B plug/socket with 2 parallel flat prongs - "American" type with an earth connector.
                  •  Tipping
                    Tips are not required in Taiwan, even at hotels or restaurants.
                  • Drinking Water
                    Don’t drink the tap water directly. Tap water in Taiwan should be boiled first. Or you can get drinking water in the venue or hotel’s water dispensers.
                    Bottled mineral waters can be easily obtained from supermarkets and convenience stores.

                   

                  Travel

                  Taichung

                  Located in central Taiwan, Taichung has long attracted top chefs who are masters at preparing northern and southern Taiwanese cuisine and delicacies developed over the past century. Food is available day and night, 24 hours a day, from food stalls and five-star restaurants alike, offering everything from local fare to exotic foreign dishes. There is definitely always something to fill one's cravings in Taichung, a city that has developed its own unique dining culture.

                  • Transportation: Taxi is the quickest way in Taichung.
                  • Click here for more information about Taichung City.

                  Taipei

                  Nestled in the center of the Taipei Basin, Taipei City is surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south, and by the Danshui River to the west. As a result, it is endowed with unique natural scenery, with lush forests and winding rivers, and a variety of fascinating terrains, including volcanic mountains, foothills, terrace tablelands, coastal plains and river wetlands.

                  In addition to beautiful sceneries, Taipei is also a city for individuals who enjoy indulging themselves in shopping, exotic meals, and feasts of arts and culture.

                  Visit TaipeiTravel Net to find out about places to go in Taipei City! 

                  • Transportation: Take MRT or Taxi.

                  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

                  December 2006 OGC Technical Committee Meeting - San Diego, California

                  Start: 
                  Monday, 2006-12-11
                  End: 
                  Thursday, 2006-12-14
                  Location: 
                  BAE Systems - National Security Solutions BUILDING 61 10920 Technology Pl San Diego, CA 92127-1874 US Directions to the facilities.

                  Carpooling to the BAE Facility is highly encouraged. Our meetings will be held in Building 61. Please allow adequate time to check in through security.

                  NOTE: Passport or State Issued Photo ID are required at all times. Memory sticks, Recording devices, Cameras and Camera cell phones are not allowed on the campus at any time. If you are bringing a laptop with you, please download, fillout and return the NON-BAE SYSTEMS PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICE form via fax to +1 (858) 592-5734, prior to your travel. Anyone who does not submit these forms in advance will not be permitted to bring in a laptop! We will not have Wireless Internet during this meeting, however, "open" internet access will be provided in each room via CAT5 cables. Wireless cards must be removed, Wireless and Bluetooth antennas must be turned off, and microphones disabled.
                  Sponsors: 
                  BAE Systems
                  Schedule of Meetings: 

                   


                  View the Tentative schedule for the Week
                  . There will be an evening reception on Tuesday, 12 December 2006 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Please purchase your Reception Ticket at the time of registration. The price of the Reception Tickets are $50 per person.
                  Registration: 
                  PLEASE NOTE: There are meeting fees associated with this meeting, however, due to increased Member Benefits, OGC Members now receive a specific number of complimentary registrations (Comp'd**) for each meeting, based upon the level of membership.

                  Lunches are included in the meeting fees.

                   Earlybird Rate
                  (Before 25 November)
                  Regular Rate
                  (25 November - 08 December)
                  On-Site
                  (after 08 December)
                  Technical Committee Meetings
                  Comp'd Member $- $- $50.00
                  Member $260.00 $310.00 $360.00
                  Non-Member $525.00 $575.00 $625.00
                  Technical Committee Meetings - Daily Rate
                  Comp'd Member $- $- $50.00
                  Member $100.00 $125.00 $150.00
                  Non-Member $325.00 $350.00 $400.00
                  Planning Committee Meetings Only
                  Comp'd Member $- $- $50.00
                  Member $100.00 $125.00 $150.00
                  Technical and Planning Committee Meetings
                  Comp'd Member $- $- $50.00
                  Member $370.00 $420.00 $470.00

                   

                  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. 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: 
                  There are no official room blocks for this meeting. However, OGC and BAE Systems would recommend any of the below hotels in the area: Courtyard by Marriott Rancho Bernardo 11611 Bernardo Plaza Court San Diego, CA 92128 (858) 613-2000 Hotel Reference Guide Additional Hotels: Radisson Suites Hotel 11520 W. Bernardo Court San Diego, CA 92127 858-451-6600
                  Local Information and Travel: 

                  Driving Directions

                  From: San Diego International Airport (SAN) San Diego, CA US
                  To: 10920 Technology Pl San Diego, CA 92127-1874 US

                  • Start out going EAST on N HARBOR DR. (2.01 miles)
                  • Turn LEFT onto W GRAPE ST. (0.39 miles)
                  • Merge onto I-5 S. (0.49 miles)
                  • Merge onto CA-163 N toward ESCONDIDO. (10.46 miles)
                  • Merge onto I-15 N. (11.22 miles)
                  • Take the BERNARDO CENTER DRIVE exit. (0.35 miles)
                  • Turn LEFT onto BERNARDO CENTER DR. (0.66 miles)
                  • Turn RIGHT onto W BERNARDO DR. (0.18 miles)
                  • Turn LEFT onto TECHNOLOGY DR. (0.12 miles)
                  • Turn RIGHT onto TECHNOLOGY PL. (0.12 miles)
                  • End at 10920 Technology Pl San Diego, CA 92127-1874 US
                  Total Estimated Time: 32 minutes
                  Total Distance: 26.00 miles

                   

                  Carpooling to the BAE Facility is highly encouraged.

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

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

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

                  India 

                  view the map

                  Sponsors: 

                  Sponsored by

                      
                   

                    DST
                  Department of
                  Science & Technology


                  and hosted by

                        IIT Bombay

                                      IIT Bombay

                   

                   
                  Schedule of Meetings: 

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

                  Registration: 

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

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

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

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

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

                   

                  2013 OGC Asia Forum Summit

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

                   

                   

                  Accommodations: 

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

                  Visit the Accomodations page.

                  Local Information and Travel: 

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

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

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