CH2M Hill, Information Patterns enhance GIS solutions for emergency responders

CH2M Hill and Information Patterns LLC are teaming up to provide collaborative geographic information systems (GIS) solutions for emergency response to municipal, state and federal agencies. The teaming arrangement enhances both companies' abilities to respond to the nation's growing need for effective collaborative response during emergency situations...

DENVER, Dec. 14, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- CH2M Hill and Information Patterns LLC are teaming up to provide collaborative geographic information systems (GIS) solutions for emergency response to municipal, state and federal agencies. The teaming arrangement enhances both companies' abilities to respond to the nation's growing need for effective collaborative response during emergency situations.

Information Patterns, a leader in the field of geo-collaboration solutions, has developed Toucan Navigate -- the GIS map navigation tool for Groove Virtual Office, which provides real time data updating, location awareness and shared map viewing for teams.

CH2M Hill, a global leader in enterprise spatial solutions and integrator for Groove, provides incident management solutions through its iCITTM offering. iCITTM will leverage Toucan Navigate to significantly enhance operational capabilities for the emergency responder community.

"Our incident management philosophy centers on collaboration between participating agencies and effective use of GIS," said Greg Quirk, vice president of CH2M Hill. "Information Patterns shares this philosophy with us. We're anxious to serve the emergency response community with them."

Gabriel Coch, president of Information Patterns, said: "Information Patterns is excited about working with CH2M Hill. Together, we provide a very compelling solution to assist government agencies with situational awareness. InfoPatterns' collaborative GIS, coupled with CH2M Hill's iCIT solution and vast resources and project delivery expertise, provides clients with the necessary software tools to effectively address critical situations."

CH2M Hill (www.ch2m.com/cis) is an employee-owned global firm providing engineering, construction, operations, and related information technology and GIS services to public and private clients in numerous industries. The firm's work is concentrated in the areas of water, energy, environment, transportation, communications, construction, and industrial facilities. Based in Denver, CH2M Hill has more than 14,000 employees working in 200 offices worldwide.

With locations in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Scotland UK, Information Patterns LLC (www.infopatterns.net) is a pioneer in the development of geo-collaboration products for distributed teams. Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of geographically distributed teams by providing best-of-breed tools and technologies.

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