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Feb 14, 2007


Adena Schutzberg

I worked on the spill (for a consulting firm). I was sent 20 3.5 inch disks with a DXF of the Alaska coast zipped across them. The file came out of out of ARC/INFO I believe. We had to clean off an entire machine to get enough space to unzip it to its 165 Mb to use in AutoCAD.

I worked with Mr. Gundlach at the same firm. By then he was using Geo/SQL.

Lance Maidlow

Its an interesting history... and I remember it well as the founder of Kanotech who developed the core GeoREF technology.

For historical context:
GeoREF evolved into Geo/SQL the earliest true spatial database integrated with Autodesk products. Geo/SQL rights were sold to Generation 5 Technology.

Spatialist emerged as the next generation of Geo/SQL with in integrated memory module for complex spatial analysis. Parts of Spatialist were licensed to Autodesk by Kanotech and under Pierre Lemire's direction evolved into Autodesk Map.

Chris Tolken, who worked with Spatialist in South Africa developed Munsys which replaced the spatial database with Oracle locator/spatial and developed vertical market solutions. Munsys was sold by Autodesk until recently as Autodesk Public Works... and the story continues.

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