Archive for January, 2008

Jan Presentation

January 24, 2008

John O’Brian and Bronwen Zande from Soul Solutions will be joining us to talk about Virtual Earth. This will be a more developer focused version of the presentation John and Bronwen are giving at the SQL User Group earlier in the day.

Date: Tuesday 29th January
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wrest Point Hotel Casino – Riviera Room (Mezzanine floor directly above reception)
Presenters: John O’Brien & Bronwen Zande (
Topic: Virtual Earth ( 

SQL Spatial with Virtual Earth

In this visually interactive talk we explore the new spatial data types, functions and indexes directly related to the real world using the interactive browser based Virtual Earth control. We focus on the new Geography data type providing an overview of the new functionality as directly applied to mapping. This includes the storage of points, polylines and polygons as well as real world tasks like effective rendering to the map, geofencing and proximity searches. We explore the power of union and buffering. Finally we examine the new index specifically built for fast spatial lookup.

The talk will inform, teach and demonstrate. You will understand what this new functionality is all about, what data types and functions are needed, how they operate and how to add an effective spatial index to your project.