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GeoCity by Ars Electronica

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

GeoCity is a new way to visualize geospatial data and information with a presentation and information platform in a use friendly way. This futuristic, interactive and customizable solution is available as mobile application or as multi-user installation.

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City of Charlotte uses GIS for public service

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Article Source: Charlotte, North Carolina Government

This is an interesting video preaching GIS for government functions including public safety and other examples from Charlotte, North Carolina. Here is an excerpt:

“You could call it a digital swiss army knife, handy for many tasks, or you might think of it as a high tech method of “getting your act together” across time and distance. However you see it, GIS (Geographic Information System) is a big deal growing bigger. Combining geography with data from other collaborating disciplines creates a tool for solving previously mind boggling problems….”

Makai Voyager 3D / 4D Visualization Software Web Application

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Article source: Makai Ocean Engineering

This video demonstrates a fully interactive visualization system that operates within a standard desktop web browser. This system is built around the Makai Voyager visualization software, and can be used collaboratively and remotely over the internet via a web browser. A visualization server streams rendered images to a lightweight client of bringing scientific visualization to a low-powered laptop or tablet with limited graphic computing power (e.g., the Apple iPad), regardless of the size of data being visualised. This feature will allow a user to access the highest caliber 3D models and geospatial data available interactively from anywhere in the world.

In the video, the window on the right side of the screen shows a client application that is opened in a web browser (Apple’s Safari in this case). This client application is operating through the web to control the visualization server, which in this case happens to be running on the same computer, and is shown on the left side of the screen. The program can be controlled from either the server side or the client side.

The new Demo 1.1 release is available at http://voyager.makai.com, and features Makai Voyager’s advanced volumetric data visualization and analysis capabilities.

More about Makai Voyager:
Makai Voyager provides an intuitive way to process, analyze, fuse, and display vast amounts of time-varying operational, scientific and GIS data in real time using basic hardware.

The software has application in LIDAR surveying, meteorology, oceanography, military, and others requiring a dynamic, immersive 3D platform for fusing and visualizing a wide range of geospatial and scientific information. It has the ability to provide real-time situational awareness for field units by synthesizing all model, sensor, and GIS data in one interactive 3D viewer. If you have an application that requires speed and flexibility, we’d love for you to download the demo and give us your feedback! We are open to customizing the software for specific applications.

The 1.1 release includes new features:

- Volume rendering of large 4D (3D + time) data models;
– Display of dynamic data on the ocean surface;
– Customizable graphs of scientific data; and,
– Faster streaming and improved WMS support.

The downloadable demo contains many of the scientific visualization capabilities of the Makai Voyager software platform. The full version of Makai Voyager will contain a wide variety of data import and fusion tools to import and process GIS and scientific data, and provide users with access to add-on modules for specific tasks (e.g., LIDAR analysis). Makai Voyager is cross-platform software, and runs on Windows (32- and 64-bit), Linux, and Mac OS X. The software is web-enabled and can be accessed from a remote device (e.g., smart phone or Apple iPad) allowing for remote, interactive access to the most comprehensive situational models. Please contact us about your application!

Topcon GMS-2 GIS Mapping GPS Receiver

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Article Source: Topcon Positioning Systems

This is a promotional video from Topcon for GMS-2.

Topcon engineers have incorporated the industry leading integrated imaging and 50 channel dual constellation satellite tracking into a small hand-held GPS receiver, the GMS-2. This innovative system also incorporates an integrated electronic compass, replaceable/rechargeable battery, and an expandable memory card slot . This powerful combination of technology in such a small device has set a new standard for GIS field mapping. The internal GMS-2 digital camera allows users to snap digital photographs of GIS features. These photographs are automatically linked to the GIS feature so that extra time is not wasted linking images to features back in the office. The photograph itself can even be geotagged with the GPS coordinate for further detail.

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Jack Dangermond Keynote Presentation at Ozri 2011

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Hosted by Esri Australia, the market leader in Australia’s $2.1 billion spatial industry, Ozri has carved out a reputation as the Asia Pacific’s premier GIS event.

As one of the largest GIS conferences on the Asia Pacific spatial calendar, Ozri is the place for the industry to come together, collaborate, learn and be inspired.

In 2011, Ozri drew its largest crowd in its 25 year history, with more than 550 government, commercial and not-for-profit professionals from Australia, the Asia Pacific and the U.S.A descending on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the event.

Jack Dangermond is an American business executive and environmental scientist. In 1969, he co-founded with his wife Laura the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), a privately-held Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software company. In 2009, with an estimated net worth of $2 billion, Dangermond joined the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.

Dangermond is the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and works out of Esri’s headquarters in Redlands, California. Dangermond founded Esri to perform land use analysis, however its focus evolved into GIS software development, highlighted by the release of Arc/INFO in the early 1980s; the development and marketing of Arc/INFO positioned Esri with the dominant market share among GIS software developers. Today Esri is the largest GIS software developer in the world and its flagship product, ArcGIS traces its heritage to Dangermond’s initial efforts in developing Arc/INFO.

Here is Jack Dangermond’s Keynot Presentation at Ozri 2011

Plenary Session at the Esri European User Conference 2011 in Madrid

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Esri European User Conference was held in Madrid, Spain from October 26 – 28. These are the videos from the Plenary Session.


Part I

Dean Angelides and the rest of Esri Inc.´s team introduces the best improvements of ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1.


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Transforming Spatial Data to Contribute to Esri’s Community Maps Program

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

This is a webinar by Steve Grise, Solution Architect at Vertex3 and Dale Lutz, Co-founder of Safe Software. The webinar was originally recorded on July 19, 2011. The webinar discusses ways to participate in the Esri Community Maps program and how FME technology makes it easy to prepare your data so it can be made widely available in the program’s World Topographic Map.

 

2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote Presentation

Friday, January 20th, 2012

This is the 2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote presentation given by a number of speakers including:

  • Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk at 0:5:14
  • Jeffrey McGrew, Principal, Because We Can, at 0:24:10
  • Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop at 0:29:49
  • Chris Anderson, Author of ‘The Long Tail’ and Editor of Wired Magazine at 45:44
  • Carl Bass, CEO and President of Autodesk at 1:09:40
  • Lynn Allen, Technical Evangelist at 1:32:55

 

Viametris presentation at the Intergeo 2011 Conference

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

This is a presentation by Mr. Eddie Cappleman of Viametris. Viametris has developed MAGELAAN, a software solution for processing data from MMS surveys. He also talks about their new INDOOR Mobile Mapping system.

VIAMETRIS was created towards the end of 2007, in order to take advantage of relatively unexplored potential business opportunities, from the local authorities. Coming from different backgrounds, VIAMETRIS includes an R&D team specializing in image processing, signal processing, artificial intelligence and robotics. Scientific partnerships with major universities and research laboratories we are able to provide real scientific credibility for various research programs. The subsidiary INDUCT, a company specializing in embedded computing and robotics, automotive, VIAMETRIS has the technological expertise available to develop mobile mapping systems (MMS).


 

Reading Historical Maps Digitally: How Spatial Technologies Can Enable Close, Distant and Dynamic Interpretations.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: davidrumsey.com

This is the opening keynote given by David Rumsey at the Digital Humanities 2011 (DH 11) conference on June 19th at the Stanford University.

The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 25 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children’s, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from about 1700 to 1950s.

Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 27,000 items online, with new additions added regularly. The site is free and open to the public. Here viewers have access not only to high resolution images of maps that are extensively cataloged, but also to a variety of tools that allow to users to compare, analyze, and view items in new and experimental ways.

Maps are uniquely suited to high-resolution scanning because of the large amount of detailed information they contain. In their original form, maps and atlases can be large, delicate, and unwieldy. Digitization increases their accessibility, and when combined with online catalogs, they can be searched in a variety of ways. The site allows public access to rare maps that have been hidden or available only to a few.

With Luna Imaging’s Insight® software, the maps are experienced in a revolutionary way. Multiple maps from different time periods can be viewed side-by-side. Viewers can also create their own collections of maps that hold particular interest by saving groups of images. Complete cataloging data accompany each image, enabling in-depth searches of the collection.

Materials created in America and that illustrate the evolution of the country’s history, culture, and population distinguish the collection. Close inspection of the maps often reveals the growth and decline of towns, mining excavations, the unfolding of the railroads, and the “discovery” of the American West by European explorers. The collection also includes European imprints containing maps of the Americas that were influential to American cartographers, as well as maps of other parts of the world distinguished by great craftsmanship, significance, and beauty.

A more detailed description of the evolution of the physical collection into the online collection can be found in “State of the Art“, an article that originally appeared in Mercator’s World Magazine.

About the technology

The collection on the Internet brings together the finest optical equipment and digital scanners, cutting edge viewing technology, the latest image processing software, powerful wavelet compression, and reliable long-term storage of digital images. The digitized maps are very high resolution images scanned at at least 300 pixels per inch, as measured against the original map’s dimensions. The larger maps generate files frequently approaching two gigabytes in size; the average file size of images in the collection is 200 megabytes.

The following hardware and software is used in the process of creating and distributing the images over the Internet:

  • Insight client/server and browser software by Luna Imaging, Inc.
  • PhaseOne Powerphase 4×5 digital scanning camera back (150 megabyte capture)
  • PhaseOne PowerphaseFX 4×5 digital scanning camera back (380 megabyte capture)
  • PhaseOne image-capture software
  • Sinar X 4×5 view camera
  • Rodenstock lenses
  • Kaiser RePro copy stand with Videssence Icelites
  • Adobe PhotoShop CS4 and CS5
  • MrSid image compression software by LizardTech
  • Maplicity and MapImager GIS software from Telemorphic (archived website)
  • ArcView and ArcIms GIS software from ESRI
  • Global Mapper GIS mapping software

Computer Network:

  • Apple Mac Pro, Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core, 12 gigabytes RAM
  • Apple G5 Dual, 2.5 GHz, 8 gigabytes RAM
  • Apple G4 Dual, 1 GHz, 1.5 gigabytes RAM
  • Dell Precision T7500 Workstation, Two 3.60GHz Quad-Core, 24 gigabytes RAM
  • DVD  4.2 gigabyte storage discs

 

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