ESRI Supports Sounding Selection and Bathymetric Data Management through Partnership with IVS 3D

                 Software Companies Provide Efficient Workflow for Comprehensive Bathymetric Data Management

Redlands, California—April 22, 2009—ESRI, the world's leading geographic information system (GIS) technology producer, announces that Interactive Visualization Systems (IVS) 3D has joined its business partner program. IVS 3D is a leading vendor of interactive 3D visualization and analysis software for marine information. This partnership will benefit organizations with workflows that visualize and analyze bathymetric data for use in the maritime community including the defense, petroleum, environment, and hydrographic sectors.

"A tightly integrated solution between IVS 3D Fledermaus and ESRI ArcGIS is something our users have been requesting," says Timothy Kearns, maritime deputy program manager, ESRI. "This partnership gives our companies the opportunity to work together, improving customer workflows and ensuring not only a seamless dataflow but a more efficient use of both technologies."

The two companies are working toward the ability to read and write from IVS 3D's Fledermaus suite of software directly into ESRI's geodatabase, the common data storage and management framework for ArcGIS, ESRI's comprehensive GIS software. Storing data in a geodatabase ensures that it is in a centralized location, maintaining integrity and consistency in the most efficient way in a multiuser environment. Fledermaus will be able to embrace a service-oriented architecture, one of the most powerful characteristics of ESRI enterprise GIS technology. Added benefits for ArcGIS users include the ability to perform sounding selection and surface modeling to international standards, as well as its support of a wide variety of hydrographic formats within ArcGIS.

"Partnering with ESRI gives our clients access to the most comprehensive suite of GIS software available," says Lindsay Gee, chief executive officer, IVS 3D. "Our work together ensures that the mapping and charting needs of geoscientists, oceanographers, and hydrographers are met with an integrated solution that meets their needs from ship to shore."

For more information on ESRI and how its GIS software is used in the nautical industry, contact Timothy Kearns at 909-793-2853, extension 1210; e-mail Email Contact, or visit www.esri.com/maritime. For more information on IVS 3D and how its visualization and analysis software is used in the nautical industry, contact Email Contact or visit www.ivs3d.com.

About Interactive Visualization Systems 3D

Founded in 1995, IVS 3D is the developer of the Fledermaus suite of 3D visualization and analysis software, used internationally by government, commercial, and academic clients in all areas of ocean mapping.

Fledermaus software stands apart in providing scientists and engineers with interactive and intuitive tools for processing, quality control, and analysis of multibeam sonar and related data. Its use provides significantly improved efficiency in nautical charting, geologic interpretation and assessment of seabed habitats, and identification of geohazards during engineering development.

The company has offices in Canada, the USA, and the UK and a worldwide distribution network. For more information about the company and its products, visit www.ivs3d.com.

About ESRI

Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.


Contact:

Karen Richardson
ESRI
Tel.: 909-793-2853, extension 1-3491
E-mail: Email Contact




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