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Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper v15.2 with New Automation for Creating Features

Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper v15.2

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce the release of Global Mapper version 15.2. This minor release features new functionality to automate the “New Feature Creation” process, as well as the addition of numerous new online datasources including OpenStreetMap vector data links via Web Mapping Services (WMS). Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of GIS functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and mapping novices. This minor release features a variety of updates to both the Global Mapper base product and the Global Mapper LiDAR Module. In particular new functionality has been added to allow the user to automate the “New Feature Creation” process. Users may now create a series of features that share the same attribute structure, target layer, and other characteristics without having to repeatedly confirm these settings in the “Modify Feature Info” dialog box. This release also features the addition of free online data sources including full access to the Maine GIS catalog, as well as access to Aviation Charts and OpenStreetMap vector data via WMS.

Blue Marble Releases Global Mapper v15.2 - 3D LiDAR point cloudOther enhancements include support for creating buffer areas around line features with variable width from beginning to end and for creating buffers on just one side of a selected line feature. Powerful new scripting functionality has been added to allow conditional (IF/THEN/ELSE) processing within a script file. 3D models from Collada DAE files have been updated with the option to load BMP, JPG, PNG, and TIFF images with no geo-position information directly, improved 3DPDF support, and enhancements to CityGML.

“These great new features and functions will streamline the user’s workflow, as well as save them time and money with the ease-of-access to a growing list of cloud based publicly available data,” stated Blue Marble President, Patrick Cunningham “This release is another great example of our mission to deliver a low-cost and easy-to-use GIS solution for everyone.”

Enhancements to the LiDAR Module in v15.2 include added support for the transformation (shift/rotate/scale) of LiDAR point clouds and the option to filter selected LiDAR points to a certain elevation range and/or set of colors. A new LIDAR_CLASSIFY script command for classifying ground points in a script has been added. Users now have the option to keep the original file offset/scale, or to specify a new one when exporting to LiDAR LAS/LAZ files. They also now have the ability to crop to a selected area when specifying the bounds to import from a LiDAR point cloud and the ability to export point cloud to Esri File Geodatabases (GDB) as normal 3D point features. These LiDAR enhancements are a great addition to an already powerful module for those interested in adding advanced LiDAR functionality to Global Mapper.

For a complete list of new features and enhancements be sure to visit http://www.bluemarblegeo.com/products/global-mapper.php or download Global Mapper today for yourself!

About Blue Marble Geographics:

Blue Marble Geographics of Hallowell, Maine is a leading developer and provider of software products and services for highly accurate geospatial data conversion solutions. Blue Marble is known for their coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper, Global Energy Mapper, and Global Mapper SDK. The company has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over twenty years and currently serves hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.

Contact Information:
Heather Poirier
Marketing Manager
Blue Marble Geographics
Hallowell, ME, USA
heatherp@bluemarblegeo.com
800-616-2725
+1(207) 622-4622

Source: Blue Marble Geographics


Geomatics Atlantic 2013 Photos

Geomatics Atlantic 2013

Geomatics Atlantic is a regional conference that switches between the Atlantic Provinces every year allowing the different geomatics related professional organizations to take turns hosting the event.  This year the event was held in Saint John, New Brunswick and hosted by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics (CIG) New Brunswick chapter.

This was the fourth Geomatics Atlantic event that I have attended and perhaps the smallest as far as attendance, however what it lacked in quantity it certainly made up for it in quality. I have provided this brief overview and photo slide show of the event with the hope to encourage more people to attend future Geomatics Atlantic events.

Day 1 included several free workshops put on by AGRG, SNB, ESRI, MDL, Blue Marble, Blackbridge Geomatics and Leading Edge that covered topics related to cloud computing, LIDAR, satellite imagery, and terrain analysis.

Geomatics Atlantic 2013 PhotosThe main theme of Day 2 presentations were focused around health care, online mapping and how the industry has been evolving over the past few years.   It started off with a presentation by Dr. Mohamed Abousalem promoting Tecterra services and explaining how although they are dominantly working in the Canadian West that he hopes that they can expand in to the Atlantic Geomatics market soon. Most people were not aware of the many ways that this non-profit organization has been funding geomatics innovation projects with government funding so he had no problem captivating the audience. He also let everyone know that Tecterra is planning on hosting an event in Halifax early next spring.

Several opportunities were provided for conference participants to mingle with the various vendors that took the advantage of the exhibitor hall. The industry was well represented by the vendors that attended and provided people with everything from various types of imagery and data right up to LIDAR sensors and UAVs.

Geomatics Atlantic 2013 PhotosThe conference social event was sponsored by Picaroons brewery in Fredericton who provided a taste test sampling of eight of their signature drafts. This particular sampling was more like an all you can drink event thanks to the low conference attendance, which is something that always goes well with a geomatics crowd. So needless to say that this one was no different and a big hit among many attendees.

The focus of presentations on Day 3 were more remote sensing themed and revolved around topics such as imagery, LIDAR and hydrography.  The first new Canadian Vertical Datum in 85 years was revealed and sparked interest from a majority of the audience.  Several Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, elevation data types and hydrography topics were discussed with an interesting twist involving two presentations on Bathymetry. Through the two separate and distinct talks people learned that marine mapping could be done with either high range lasers like the AGRG LIDAR system or also done with low tech equipment strapped to a kayak.

Presenters from all across the Atlantic Provinces came together for this event and the three days of activities clearly demonstrated that Atlantic Canada is very active in the Canadian Geomatics Industry. Geomatics Atlantic is scheduled to take place next in Newfoundland, hope to see many of you there.

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