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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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NSCC Obtains a Bathymetric LIDAR To Unlock the Mysteries Off Nova Scotia’s Shores

Middleton, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will become the only college in Canada with a research bathymetric Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) device that can unlock the mysteries off Nova Scotia’s shores thanks to the support of a national innovation award and industry partners.

bathymetric LIDAR The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced today that the government will invest $798,906 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) in a research project that will capture the treasure trove of information that exists in the shallow waters off Nova Scotia’s coastline — known as the “white ribbon gap” due to the challenges of mapping this area.

“The possibilities are as vast as the waters we will be charting,” says NSCC research scientist and PhD in Earth Sciences Tim Webster. “Our team will be able to map seabed topography by air, unearthing a wealth of data to support initiatives in areas including sustainable harvesting practices, aquatic vegetation health, wave predictions to better define storm surge detail, and nautical hazards plotting.”

Industry partners investing in the research project, including McGregor GeoScience Ltd., Acadian Seaplants Limited, Leading Edge Geomatics, GeoNet Technologies Inc. and Nova Scotia Power Inc., are relying on the project’s equipment and research to be of benefit to their specific business needs.

“Acadian Seaplants’ stewardship of the rockweed fishery will advance even further because we will use the latest imaging technology and high-tech software to identify, much faster, where the rockweed is and how much is there,” says Acadian Seaplants Limited, Vice-President of Research, Alan Critchley.“NSCC’s expertise and new technologies will augment our sustainable resource management practices and enable the adoption of the most advanced scientific tools to safeguard the marine resource.”

The project scope includes the purchase of a new laser system, two new GPS receivers, a boat and extra staffing support. The bathymetric LIDAR equipment is able to measure the subsurface topography in oceans, rivers and lakes, offering a safe, cost-effective and efficient means of collecting data in difficult-to-access areas.

This bathymetric LIDAR is unique in that it can be mounted in an aircraft to look down into the water or can be turned sideways and mounted on a boat to measure the detail of the coastline. Repeat surveys can accurately measure erosion after storms or provide important information to infrastructure projects along the coastline, such as cable landing sites.

The award is part of a $12.5-million funding announcement for applied research and business innovation from the foundation’s College Industry-Innovation Fund.

“Canadian colleges are an important player in our national innovation ecosystem,” says Gilles G. Patry, president and CEO of the CFI. “The team at NSCC is showing what colleges can achieve when they have the state-of-the-art research infrastructure they need to conduct top level applied research.”

About CFI
The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. For more information, visit innovation.ca.

About NSCC
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, NSCC offers over 100 programs in five academic schools. These programs reflect the labour market needs and opportunities of the provincial economy and set graduates on a course for career success. According to NSCC’s 2012 Graduate Follow-up Study, 86% of NSCC graduates are employed, most in their field of choice. Of those, 94% live and work in Nova Scotia. For more information about NSCC, go to www.nscc.ca.

[images source: agrg.cogs.nscc.ca]

City of Prince George online PGMap Application

The City of Prince George has released an updated version of their PGMap online web mapping Application. PGMap is what they refer to as the “On-line Geographic Information System” for the City of Prince George, British Columbia. PGMap was created and is provided free of charge to the public to use for viewing and searching property boundaries, aerial photography, legal descriptions, parcel information, verify zoning and various other City boundaries.

Canadian Maps

A major part of any GIS are Canadian Maps produced that help illustrate and provide visible spatial information, the Canadian GIS & Geomatics site has been providing people with map resources since 2005, and continues to list great resources. To find some awesome Canadian maps, check some of the links below, browse through our data and Canadian map listings, use the search tools found along the right hand side or follow us on Twitter (we post images and links to a wide variety of maps daily).

Canadian Maps

Canadian Maps & many more GIS Resources

UTM zones & rows map – With this world map you can easily find out what UTM zone you are working from.

Geomatics & Cartography – great basic overview of Cartography with examples and plenty of resources.

Various Canadian maps resources

Old Canadian Maps from various Provinces

Web mapping applications featuring Canadian maps

Do you have any great Canadian maps that you would like us to share? Then let us know!

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Canadian Open Data and Free Geospatial Data

Over the past few years CanadianGIS.com has been highlighting and promoting various cities and provinces in Canada that have done a great job providing data and applications to the public.

We created this page a few years ago to collaborate links of all the open geospatial data info (sites that offer data downloads at no cost and without restrictions), fee based geospatial data, online web mapping applications and other great sources of geospatial information (including National, Provincial and Regional levels).

This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (… we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.

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