Blue Marble’s User Conference is evolving in 2019, with a new online format, new ideas, and a wider audience, and you can be a part of it. The Blue Marble team is looking for creative and innovative users of Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator to present on their experiences and projects …
Plexscape has partnered with Transoft Solutions allowing engineers and designers to create and share impressive presentations of their swept path analysis into Google Earth.
Photographic studies of coral reefs are being stitched together, piece by piece, using a 3D technology called photogrammetry.
The Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) and the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) Nova Scotia Chapter would like to invite you to a workshop on 3D Data mapping that will be of interest to industry, non-profit groups, associations, academia and all levels of government.
It will take place at Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Lawrencetown. COGS is Canada’s largest geomatics-focused learning environment offering high-quality geographic information programs in the fields of GIS, surveying, remote sensing, mapping and land-use planning.
The final day will include the Annual COGS Industry Expo 2018
Read more at https://canadiangis.com/?p=16448#LFmKGSQiMwWdD6zy.99
Vancouver Map Flyover
Check out this neat short film created by the talented people at Shortt and Epic using an old 1970’s relief map of Vancouver from the 1970s that was hung on the walls in the Department of Geography at UBC for many years.
The Department of Geography at UBC decided it was time to dispose of a relief map of Vancouver that had hung on its walls since the 1970s. My friend Jessica posted a picture of it on Facebook and I knew I had to have it! I picked it up immediately and the next day I sent Jessica this video to thank her for the lovely gift.
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Bathymetry of Lake Ontario
Bathymetry is used to measure water depths to help model physical underwater terrain found beneath large bodies of water. Similar to the same way that LiDAR models are represent 3D features (or relief) of land terrain, bathymetric maps illustrate the terrain or land that is located under large bodies of water. Color ramps created from depth contours or isobaths help make the variations in relief easier to see.
“High-resolution digital bathymetry makes possible meaningful quantitative estimates of available habitats for fish and other living organisms. In other lakes these estimates have been used to formulate regulations intended to prevent overfishing. Conversely, Great Lakes bathymetry is much in demand by anglers as an aid in locating the most promising areas for fishing.”
The Bathymetry of Lake Ontario was the third poster map released by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) depicting highly detailed bathymetry data ( at 2 meter contour interval) of the Great Lakes. Click here for more details on the Bathymetry of Lake Ontario data set and use the links below to download the pre-made maps and GIS data:
- Download Bathymetry Contours in Shapefile Format
- Download ARC ASCII Grid data
- Download Wall Size Poster Map (PDF)
- Low res Image of Poster
Download Google Earth Pro Free
Google Earth, a virtual 3D mapping and geographical information software package (originally known as EarthViewer 3D) provided free by Google has been one of the key elements over the past few years that has helped people become more aware of the geomatics industry.
These days you mention to anyone that you work with maps and most people will ask you if it is with Google?
With Google Earth, you can quickly scroll anywhere on the Earth using the virtual interactive spinning globe made up of various satellite and aerial imagery and zoom in to optimize your view with geographic information like maps, terrain data, 3D buildings and much more. Google Earth has become very popular and is used by a wide variety of end users from students to professionals. Most people are aware of the more common free downloadable version and may not even realize that Google has been selling an upgraded version with more features called Google Earth Pro.
The Google Earth Pro version contains all the features and the same imagery data sets as the regular Google Earth version does, but includes more advanced functionality such as the ability to measure 3D buildings, import GIS data, print high-resolution images, and create virtual flight simulated movies. Click here, for a complete list of added software functionality and available options in the Google Earth Pro version.
Until now users had to pay a fee to use the Pro version, but now users will be able to use Google Earth Pro for free, simply register for a Google Earth Pro licence key and download the software.
Niagara College GIS Certificate
Location: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Program(s): GIS Certificate
Prerequisites: University degree or College Diploma
At Niagara College they combine GIS, remote sensing and geodatabase management together throughout the three terms. The one year GIS Certificate program at Niagara on the Lake Campus includes a thesis project that students work on for the whole term while working along side with employers to help design and implement real world GIS projects.
Niagara continuously updates their GIS program to meet the changing and evolving needs of the Geomatics industry. A full year long thesis project is required where students get to work with real employers designing and implementing real world GIS skills on a real world project. The Niagara College offers a $750 bursary to eligible students who are enrolled in full time Graduate Certificate Program such as the GIS program.
“When deciding to go back to school at the age of 36, I wanted to get into the Niagara College GIS / Geospatial Management program. When I found out that I needed to have a degree or relevant work experience to get in; I spent 5 ½ years in university to obtain a BSc. in Geography.
This program is THAT highly regarded.
While centered mostly on ESRI software and products, this program also provides experience in MapInfo, Manifold, AutoCAD Map 3D, ERDAS Imagine as well as various elements of programming. The best part of this program is the year long thesis project in which students apply to and partner with industry to provide real world GIS solutions to real clients.
While the program can sometimes be demanding, students will be incredibly prepared to enter the workforce. I do not know one person who ever regretted taking this program. The skills I learned in the program I use every day. ” Darren Platakis – Niagara College GIS Graduate
See the Course Web Site for more details.
[sources: niagaracollege.ca / wikipedia.org / Darren Platakis]
If you are a student, facility or someone who has any more knowledge, feedback or comments to share about the GIS program at Niagara College then I encourage you to share it .
Recently a fairly new mapping tool called DataAppeal was brought to my attention. DataAppeal renders art and design with geo-based data into highly effective and interactive 3D maps. Unlike many other GIS analysis tools on the market this one has been designed to be a simplified easy to use tool so, no previous experience or training is required. Simply upload your data and use DataAppeal to transform rows and rows of boring data into fascinating and beautiful 3D images.
“DataAppeal transforms geo-referenced data by allowing users to generate, render, analyze, and share information through highly effective and visually powerful 3D and animated maps, yet is extremely simple to use. It takes the guess work out of generating information by instantly mapping any uploaded data. “
1. Upload Your Data
– sign up to the free service
– download the basic template file
– add your data to the CSV file
– upload the CSV data set
2. Customize Your Map
– click the icon to import the data from your file into the system (if there are problems with the data then the system will alert you here and you will need to check or reformat your file)
– click the icon to load your data into a default map
– customize the look of your data and map with the various available settings and options
3. Share Your Maps
– Use icons provided to share your maps on Twitter, FaceBook, Email or on your own site or blog
– You can also download a Google Earth file
“We just released an updated version of DataAppeal, with new functionality to make it even easier and much faster to use! We added new features to provide new ways to visualize data sets. You now have the option of layering multiple maps so you can quickly compare different data sets. You can also use the new color gradient feature to quickly see common data points- all on the google earth platform.”
All these features will continue to be free for a limited time (in beta mode), so you can see how useful they are when analyzing your data.-we also launched a new website, with 3D data-map image samples and demo videos.
“We would love it if your followers would test it and provide us feedback”
The basic features will remain free always with the more advanced features such as color gradients, texture styles, ability to layer maps and the ability to upload larger data sets will be part of the premium service. So now is a good time to sign up with DataAppeal and create some 3D interactive maps of your own data, and then share your feedback and experiences with other CanadianGIS.com readers.
Here are sme sample data sets that were rendered through the Dataappeal web-based application showcasing some of the various styles and features available.
Toronto Population- http://dataappeal.com/explore/featured-maps/toronto-population.html
Great Lakes Parks – http://dataappeal.com/explore/featured-maps/great-lakes-parks.html
Last month GTA released a new update of thier 3D LOD 2 level city models for various parts of North America & Europe. The models provide the spatial community with 3D coverage of over 200 cities consisting of more then 5 million 3D buildings that can be used with a variety of GIS software packages.
Canadian cities available in thier data sets include: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, & Vancouver.
The LOD2 detail provides photogrammetrically measured 3D objects with roof forms and imagery draped over them providing an impressive realistic touch to the maps. They have over 3500 well known LandMarks availble with sample images, I have included some image sof the Canadian 3D buildings available here, but you can find many more on their website.
– Canada Museum of Nature
– Canadian Parliament Building
– Halifax City Hall
– Old Town Clock
– CN Tower
– Hockey Hall of Fame
– Maple Leaf Gardens
– Pengrowth Saddledome
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