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 Members meeting new people in the mapping industry 


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 David Watkins (IMIA Americas President) Thanks Ron Lofton (USGS) for His Service  and Tremendous Value to the International Map Industry Association

Mr. Ronald Lofton joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 1978 and is currently serving as Chief of Staff of the Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) located in Denver Colorado. The NGTOC provides essential support for the acquisition and management of trusted geospatial data, products, and services through world-class geospatial technical expertise and customer service for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Nation.


Lofton has more than 35 years of experience in both government and private sectors and has been involved in several leadership and management activities with a focus on more innovative approaches to government (public and private sector partnerships; data accessibility; customer focus organizations; entrepreneurial government; and next step agencies). 


As Senior Operations Manager in the USGS National Geospatial Program, he is responsible for the oversight and management of the acquisition of geospatial data, products and services in support of The National Map. He became involved in the USGS Geospatial Information Program after completion of the Department of Interior’s Management Development Program. He also served as an intern in Senator Ben “Nighthorse” Campbell’s Office and part of a team responsible for implementing a National Performance Review Project to reinvent “USGS Information and Product Distribution.” In 1999 he received the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award.

Lofton is a past Board Member and has served in various capacities and at present is the Federal Liaison Director for IMIA Americas.  Ron and his wife Isabel reside in Littleton, Colorado and enjoy traveling, baseball, movies, reading and running. Their most recent trip was to Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru. 


IMIA Americas 2014 Map Award Winners



IMIA Global Award:

The Living Atlas of the World / Esri, Inc.


Best Sheet Map Product:

Gold Award – Pusch Ridge Wilderness Map / USDA Forest Service

Silver Award – New Global Geologic Map of Mars / U.S. Geological Survey


Best Book Based Map Product (i.e. an atlas or travel guide):

Gold Award Greater Yellowstone & Grand Teton Recreational Atlas & Guide /

Benchmark Maps


Best Digital Map Product (i.e. a mobile or web based application):

Gold Award The Living Atlas of the World / Esri, Inc.

Silver Award Field Trip Library /


Best Marketing or Promotional Program:

Gold Award – Safer Communities Stringer Economies – in 3D, 3DEP /

U.S. Geological Survey


Best IMIA Americas Overall:

The Living Atlas of the World / Esri, Inc.


Student Best Printed Map:

Gold Award – 25 Years of Oil Spills /

Evan Applegate (Western Michigan University, Madison, Wisconsin USA)

Silver Award – Syrian Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons Over 1 Million /

Olivert Garica (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX USA)


Student Best Electronic Map:

Gold Award – The Pancho Villa Capture Expedition – Flash Journey Map /

Catalina Llanos (CSU Chico, Chico, CA USA)


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Introducing John L. Hammer III
 IMIA International President


Captain John L. Hammer, III USN (Ret’d)


John Hammer III began his mapping career with the Navy when he attended the postgraduate program in Geodetic Science (major – geodesy, minor – photogrammetry) at Ohio State in 1977-79. His career in the Navy went on to include two commands of hydrographic survey units, secondment to the Royal Navy Hydrographic Service, work as hydrographer on the headquarters staff of the US European Command, Deputy Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory and finally as a hydrographic requirements officer at the Defense Mapping Agency (Now NGA) Hydrographic/Topographic Center (DMAHTC). He finished his navy career in 1987 in the post of Deputy Director of the DMAHTC.

Hammer went on to serve as a consultant in hydrographic matters, closely working with Mort Rogoff with whom he helped develop the standards for nautical electronic charting. During this period he founded the International Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and served as its first president and a trustee from 1983-1986.


In 1987 he joined Qubit, an English company pre-eminent in the field of marine positioning, navigation, data collection, and integrated geophysical location systems. He was program manager for a new precise navigational product as well as active in the strategic marketing for the firm’s worldwide market. After a break of four years in the horse industry, Hammer went on to become Director of Marketing for YEOMAN. YEOMAN, a successor to Qubit, specialized in Geographic Information Systems (Laser Scan) as well as yachting navigational instruments (Brookes & Gatehouse), and consumer GPS-related navigational instruments which allowed users to place GPS-derived positions directly onto any paper map product.


During his time with YEOMAN, he began his membership in IMIA and was elected to the board in 1999. He became President of the newly constituted International Board in 2001 and served for more than two years. Hammer continued with YEOMAN until 2004 when he fully retired to work in a multitude of service projects, chief among them a community-building program in Honduras. He has kept up his membership in IMIA with active participation in meetings and peripheral activities such as serving as chair of the Communications Coordinating Committee until 2012.


Among others mapping and location-based activities he has served as chairman on the following map-related committees over his career:

  • Fellow, Royal Institute of Navigation, July 1999-Present
  • U.S. Representative on NATO Standardization Agreements Committees for:

    • AAP 4 – Mapping Glossary 1973-75

    • Military Geographic Documentation 1973-75

    • Maps and Charts 1974-75

  • Chairman, Electronic Chart Updating Subcommittee, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, Special Committee 109 on Electronic Charts, 1983-1986.

  • Chairman of THSOA Committee on the Electronic Chart and Information System (ECDIS), October 1983 – November 1986.

  • Chairman, Glossary Subcommittee, Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, Special Committee 109 on Electronic Charts, 1986-1988.

  • Member, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping – Hydrographic Competency Review Board, 1984-1987.

  • Member, Technical Advisory Group for Technical Committee 80, Navigation Instruments, International Electro technical Commission (IEC), 1985-1987.

Lovell Johns Announces Management Buyout from Times Media



The management team (comprising of David Stephens and Liz Murray) at mapping company Lovell Johns Ltd has successfully completed a management buyout of the business from Times Media Group, one of South Africa’s largest newspaper and magazine publishers.


Lovell Johns is one of the UK’s largest independent mapping services companies offering a range of cartographic services to mapping and reference publishers worldwide. Alongside cartographic services, Lovell Johns will continue to provide GI solutions to the public and private sector throughout the UK and Europe.


Another core part of Lovell Johns’ business is their publishing brand Maps International, which is a well-known name within the book and map trade. Maps International publishes a range of wall maps including the UK’s bestselling World Wall Map* alongside a range of Continental and British Isles Maps.


David Stephens said “We believe this is a positive move for Lovell Johns, we were non-core to Times Media Group’s ongoing business and now we can focus on growing Lovell Johns and the mapping services and products we offer. We are lucky to have a very talented team here in Oxford with lots of energy and enthusiasm.”


Liz Murray added: “We are delighted to have completed the buyout and both David and I are incredibly positive about the future of the business. It is exciting to be entering Lovell Johns’ 50th year of trading as a truly independent business.”


*Nielsen Bookdata statistics


Update – USGS Lidar Base Specification Version 1.2
Get Your Wheels Spinning



The USGS National Geospatial Program has announced a new version of the USGS Lidar Base Specification that defines deliverables for nationally consistent lidar data acquisitions. The USGS Lidar Base Specification provides a common base specification for all lidar data acquired for the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) component of The National Map. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect nationwide 3D elevation data in an 8-year period. 




Get Your Wheels Spinning: As part of the continued US Topo map revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis. The first state maps series to feature this new addition is projected to be Arizona in November. The mountain bike trail data is provided through a partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and MTB Project. During the past two years, the IMBA has been building a detailed national database of mountain bike trails with the aid and support of the MTB Project. This activity allows local IMBA chapters, IMBA members, and the public to provide trail data and descriptions through their website.  MTB Project and IMBA then verify the quality of the trail data provided, ensure accuracy and confirm that the trail is legal.  This unique “crowdsourcing” project has allowed availability of mountain bike trail data though mobile and web apps, and soon, the revised US Topo maps.



Latest Earth Platinum News, a Copy in New Zealand
IMIA Members:

I’m pleased to announce that New Zealand National Library has acquired a copy of Earth Platinum.  We are told it should be on display for the general public late February / March.   
Also it is likely a full scale cartographic exhibition will also happen possibly later in 2015. All in all very exciting for us.  Below is a link to the New Zealand newspaper and a short  video of 2 people to turn each page.  Not really necessary if the book is upright.


Also  included is a link to to a 10 min radio interview Mark  Bagnall (cartographic curator).



Gordon Cheers, Managing Director
Millennium House
3 Carcoola Road, St Ives, NSW, Australia
Ph (612) 9402 7553

Earth Platinum wins best overall mapping award 2013 at IMIA Americas’

Conference & Member Showcase in Boston, MA USA 

 The World Atlas wins the IMIA Asia Pacific book award and best overall award June 2010,

giving Millennium House this award for the third year in row.

 Earth is voted the best World Atlas at the 24th

International Cartographic Conference 2009 in Santiago, Chile 


IMIA Blog Gurus


Brian Fox

Systems Development Branch Chief


Denver, CO USA


Brian Fox is currently the Systems Development Branch Chief for USGS’s National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) where he oversees development activity in support of The National Map. 


Prior to leading NGTOC’s Systems Development Branch, Fox supported the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in a variety of roles, including joint military assignments in the United States and overseas.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis.   

Danesh Prakash Chacko 

System Support Officer

Assetic Pty Ltd

Melbourne, Australia 


Mr. Chacko works for Assetic Australia which is an award-winning asset management company providing software and consultancy solutions of asset management to government and clients with significant infrastructure portfolio (i.e. water corporations).

Chacko provides a knowledge base and technical expertise on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) matters to the software team. This includes creating spatial datasets for mobility projects, educating the software team on GIS principles, demonstrating GIS capabilities and researching on application of GIS for internal business and software integration purposes. 

He also provides support through internal consultants across various projects. This includes setting-up databases and systems for sales consultant in time efficient manner, building custom reports and handling various asset management and infrastructure reports and projects.

Other responsibilities include frontline personnel support by handling customer support enquiries related to the software. Creates and updates online software documentation along the specifications. Conducts successful webinars on educating 4 – 20 clients per session on various facets of the software.

Collaborates with asset management consultant on various dataset cleansing projects, software version testing, providing presentation slides for the Directors and troubleshooting issues pertaining consultants’ databases.

IMIA Blog 


For IMIA members, this is THE place to promote the activities of your organization (whether it is your company, freelancing business or consultancy). We strongly encourage members to contribute various articles that impact the mapping industry and IMIA members across the world. 


Moreover, if you have attended recently any of the IMIA conferences in the world, we strongly encourage you to submit write-ups on conference highlights. Pictures are always welcome with your submissions.


The IMIA blog is part of initiative to enhance business networking and education among members. Blog posts will be the reflection of the mission above.  Together We Map! Or shall we say Together We Blog!


If you would like to become a contributor to the blog, the IMIA blog team will set up an account and you will be able to create your post on the blog.  All content will be reviewed by the editors before going live. IMIA Members can also submit articles or links of interesting topics they would like to submit by emailing to: 


Danesh Chacko – 

Brian Fox – 


The blog is open for comments from everyone. Please use the link below:


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IMIA Americas Announces Three New Board Members


Greg Anderson is Senior GIS Analyst at the W.E. Upjohn Center for the Study of Geographical Change at Western Michigan University. He has been providing GIS technical solutions to a variety of grants and contracts for WMU since 1994 for agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The formation of the W.E. Upjohn Center in 2005 brought his focus to geometrically accurate imaging through the Center’s acquisition of multiple high-end scanners.


In addition to supporting a variety of GIS initiatives and research grants for the University, Anderson has been actively networked in the GIS community in Michigan, and has been instrumental in preparing students and colleagues for placement in the GIS Industry. He specializes in solutions engineering, and has applied a variety of statistical techniques, image filters, and vector based tools to resolve numerous custom GIS challenges throughout his career.


Kenneth Clay is a Marketing Manager with TomTom North America. His background spans a variety of roles including sales, marketing, product management, customer support and engineering. He has 12 years of experience in the geospatial industry. At TomTom Clay manages all aspects of North American marketing for the geospatial team. Most recently he was an account manager focused on real-time and historical traffic data sales into government accounts.


Prior to that, Clay managed a major partner portfolio including one of the largest revenue generating accounts in TomTom’s geospatial unit. Clay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from the New Hampshire Technical Institute.


Damien Saunder graduated from RMIT University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Geomatics (Cartography / GIS), and has been working in the mapping industry for 15 years. He began his career as a cartographer for Explore Australia Publishing (Penguin), specializing in cartographic map design and atlas production. He has spent 18 months working as a lead cartographer for publishers DK (Dorling Kindersley), and has since built his own cartographic design consultancy, Demap. Saunder has held the position of Chief Cartographer for the award winning Earth Blue atlas, Macmillan Primary Atlas and the Telegram World Map & Globe Project.


He has previously served on the board of Directors for IMIA Asia Pacific, and is on the editorial board of the British Cartographic Journal. He is also a member of the International Cartographic Commission on National and Regional Atlas, and the Commission of Map Design. Saunder is currently a Geospatial Designer at Esri (Redlands, CA), where he specializes in online interactive maps and GeoUX. 


IMIA Americas 2015 Board of Directors



President David Watkins (2017)


380 New York Street

Redlands, CA 92373 USA

Tel:      909/793-2853 x1165

FAX:   909/307-3067


Director Damien Saunder (2017)


380 New York Street

Redlands, CA 92373 USA

Tel:      909/709-5428

FAX:   909/307-3067

Past President David Knipfer (2015)

3000 Cahill Main, Suite 220

Fitchburgh, WI 53711 USA
Tel:      608/274-4004
FAX:   608/274-9689


Director-at-Large John Cassidy


11 Lafayette Street

Lebanon, NH 03766 USA

Tel:      603/643-0330 


Treasurer Marcia Fettig (2016)


14701 East 38th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80011 USA

Tel:      303/418-6212

FAX:   303/418-0435 

Director-at-Large Mark Cygan


380 New York Street

Redlands, CA 92373 USA

Tel:      909/793-2853 x2333

FAX:   909/307-3039


Director Gregory Anderson (2017)


1903 West Michigan Avenue

Geography Department

Kalamazoo, MI 49008 USA

Tel:      269/387-3405

FAX:   269/387-3443


Director-at-Large Daniel Ortiz


210 Beaver Brook Canyon Road

Evergreen, CO 80439 USA

Tel:      303/670-3457

FAX:   303/670-3644

Director Holly Heintz Budd (2015)


8119 Central Avenue

Capitol Heights, MD 20743 USA

Tel:      301/336-1144

FAX:   301/336-5520


Federal Liaison Director Brian Fox


West 6th Avenue & Kiplinger Street

Tel:      303/202-4140

FAX:   303/202-4020

Director Kenneth Clay (2017)


11 Lafayette Street

Lebanon, NH 03766 USA

Tel:      603/219-3529


Federal Liaison Director Betsy Kanalley


1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Mailstop 1101

Washington, D.C. 20250

Tel:      703/605-4646

FAX:   703/605-1542

Director Ted Florence (2016)


124 Merton Street, Suite 400

Toronto, Ontario M4S 2Z2 Canada

Tel:      416/487-5116

FAX:   416/487-7213



Federal Liaison Director Ronald Lofton


PO Box 25046, MS 510

Denver, CO 80225 USA

Tel:      303/202-4115

Cell:    720/560-5881

FAX:   303/202-4020


Director Dave McIlhagga (2015)


1792 Courtwood Crescent

Ottawa, Ontario K2C 2B5 Canada

Tel:      613/565-5056 x301

FAX:   613/565-0925


Honorary Life Member Clark Swinehart


380 New York Street

Redlands, CA 92373 USA

Tel:      909/793-2853 x2105

FAX:   909/793-5953

Director Bennett Moe (2016)


120 Cremona Drive, Suite H

Santa Barbara, CA 93117 USA

Tel:      805/699-7524

FAX:   805/685-3330 

Executive Director Sanford J. Hill

IMIA Americas

23052 – H Alicia Parkway, #602

Mission Viejo, CA 92692 USA

Tel:      949/458-8200

Cell:    310/940-7601

FAX:   949/458-0300



An Exhibit of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC

1492. Columbus. The date and the name provoke many questions related to the linking of very different parts of the world, the Western Hemisphere and the Mediterranean. What was life like in those areas before 1492? What spurred European expansion? How did European, African and American peoples react to each other? What were some of the immediate results of these contacts?

1492: AN ONGOING VOYAGE addresses such questions by examining the rich mixture of societies coexisting in five areas of this hemisphere before European arrival. It then surveys the polyglot Mediterranean world at a dynamic turning point in its development.


The exhibition examines the first sustained contacts between American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to 1600. During this period, in the wake of Columbus’s voyages, Africans also arrived in the hemisphere, usually as slaves. All of these encounters, some brutal and traumatic, others more gradual, irreversibly changed the way in which peoples in the Americas led their lives.


The dramatic events following 1492 set the stage for numerous cultural interactions in the Americas which are still in progress – a complex and ongoing voyage. The exhibit is divided into six sections:

You may view the exhibit by selecting any of the above sections, or you may choose to browse the entire exhibit by selecting
More information can be found in:


Missing Maps Mapathon – Ugly Sweater Holiday Edition- Eventbrite


American Red Cross
2025 E Street NW 
Washington, D.C. 20006

Monday, December 15, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)


The Missing Maps project is an open collaboration of NGOs that aims to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world, so that international and local organizations and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas.  “We will be mapping areas in Rwanda, Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe to support long-term Red Cross programs.” 


The Smartest Cities In The World

These cities that are doing the best at embracing the future are focusing on improving technology, equality, sharing, civic participation, and more.


Written By Boyd Cohen





Over the past several years, the idea of the being “smart” has emerged as a key mechanism for cities to find innovative solutions to the challenges that they are facing. Increased demand for infrastructure, housing, transportation, jobs, energy, food and water are all straining city governments and infrastructure, as people around the world flock to urban centers in hopes of a better life and more opportunity. For many years, the push to create smarter cities was led by technology companies looking for uses (and buyers) for their products. But in recent years, cities have begun to think more holistically about what being a smart city could mean, and have innovated new ways to modernize how a city serves its citizens.


For the past several years, I’ve published an annual ranking of smart cities, and with each passing year I have sought to improve the quality of the ranking methodology. This year, This year, I embarked on a rather ambitious experiment Leveraging an international advisory panel,

I expanded the survey to 62 indicators across the key components and subcomponents of the Smart Cities Wheel that I developed a few years ago.


Smart cities are a complex phenomenon and any effort to measure them needs to contain breadth and depth of indicators-and this year I have that. I have added several more information technology related indicators, like broadband Internet and the number of mobile applications that leverage open data initiatives. But I also have added low-tech indicators to ascertain how much a city is embracing shared mobility, like measuring the number of bikes and cars currently in their sharing programs. I have also added citizen participation metrics, such as the number of citizens engagement events held each year and percentage of citizens who vote in local elections.


I sent a survey of these 62 indicators to 120 cities around the world (30 cities in four regions). Unfortunately only 11 cities around the globe were able to participate due to the complexity and time required to collect such diverse data. Given the small sample size, and some inconsistencies in the data, this year I am not reporting formal rankings (you can read more about

the methodology of the selection here).


But I did learn a lot about what these cities are doing, and what makes a smart city in 2015. In looking at these examples of smart cities around the globe, I’ve divided them into three categories: Pioneering Smart Cities, cities that have been on the leading edge of smart city development for some time (for these cities, I also discuss the challenges that face them in advancing their development even further). Emerging Smart Cities are cities on the cusp of true innovation. And Next Stage Smart Cities will be on the leading edge of innovative metropolises soon, if they keep up their good work. To read the list, use the click below: 

EAME Announcement:  IMIA Collective Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

From 14 to 18 October 2015 the book industry meets in Frankfurt for the 67th time.There are plenty of good reasons to come in 2015 because…

IMIA Website Benefactors:  Avenza Systems Inc., Esri, National Geographic Maps, NextByte Technologies Ltd., India, U.S. Geological Survey, and Williams & Heintz Map Corp.