Virtual Earth and SQL Spatial Evening UK this Thursday!

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If you’re in London this Thursday you can’t miss Johannes and Simon presenting on Virtual Earth and SQL Server 2008 Spatial. It sounds like an awesome event, I wish was I was there.


Come along to the SQL Usergroup hosted by Microsoft on the 16th April for a great evening focusing on spatial data and how you can integrate virtual earth and SQL Server to do some amazing things. Virtual Earth provides great features for visualising, performing routing and locating places, SQL Server allows for data to be stored, searched together they provide a great solution. To register go to   (If you can’t make the evening we are doing the same thing in the afternoon )

This evening will be hosted by Johannes Kebeck and Simon Sabin

18:00 – 18:30 Meet & Greet
18:30 – 18:40 Intro, what’s in the news, Q&A.
18:40 – 19:40 End to End Spatial Data with Johannes Kebeck


Johannes will walk through an end to end scenario of getting spatial data into SQL Server and then getting it out and displaying it visually. We will look at the sources of data and how you can manage different types of data i.e. data from GPS systems and data from Ordance Survey. And from a visualisation point of view will look at the options with Virtual Earth including the Ajax control, the web services and recently announced silverlight control. Through out this session Johannes will look at some of the obstacles you might face in working with spatial data.
19:40 – 20:00 Networking with refreshments (sponsored by Microsoft)
20:00 – 21:00 Managing Spatial data in SQL Server with Simon Sabin

Once you have your data in SQL Server how do you query it and how do you make your queries perform. In SQL Server 2008 spatial indexes where introduced that all you to perform complex spatial queries and get performance. However spatial indexes aren’t always best. We will look at the types of situation where spatial indexes aren’t the best solution and look at those which are.

Microsoft London Cardinal Place 100 Victoria Street London SW1E 5JL