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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

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

January 21st, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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

January 20th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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

January 19th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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.

January 18th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source:

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

HP announces e-print and share service for AutoCAD WS

January 17th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

I interviewed Emre Ozguc, the worldwide Designjet Marketing Director at HP at the Autodesk University in Las Vegas last month. Here is a summary of the interview.

Sanjay: What are you showing here at your booth?

Emre: We are featuring the web connected e-printer line up. We think this is one of our biggest innovations that we have brought to the market in a long time. The real news this week is that we are sharing two things. One is that we have a new mobile app that allows architects, engineers, and designers to access their drawings from the cloud and print directly anything they have stored in the cloud.

Read the rest of HP announces e-print and share service for AutoCAD WS

GeoEYE Keynote Presentation at the Google Geospatial Awareness Day

January 13th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Derek Young and Alan Poole gave this presentation at the Google Geospatial Awareness Day in December, 2011. Alan Poole is the application architect and Derek Young leads a product management team. In these roles they have an opportunity to work in a number of amazing emerging technologies made available by the Google Cloud and Google App Engine.

The theme of the presentation is ‘Bringing Imagery to Life’.

Peter Batty – The Geospatial Revolution

January 11th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Peter Batty’s keynote speech at The Google Geospatial Awareness Day event.

Peter Batty is VP of geospatial technology at Ubisense.  He has worked in the geospatial industry for 20 years and has served as CTO for two leading companies in the industry (and two of the world’s top 200 software companies), Intergraph and Smallworld (now part of GE Energy), as well as a being a founder and CTO of Ten Sails, who provided early stage funding to and later merged with Ubisense. He serves on the Advisory Board of FortiusOne.  See  here for a more detailed bio. You can email Peter at, and can see videos of some of his conference presentations here.

Keynote Speech by Ed Parsons at the 2011 APAC Google Geo Users Summit

January 10th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

This is the opening talk given by Ed Parsons, Google Geo Evangelist. Slides for this presentation are available at The title of the talk was “The annotated world, Building a 21st century world map.., with your help !”.

Read the rest of Keynote Speech by Ed Parsons at the 2011 APAC Google Geo Users Summit

Google Enterprise Geo Summit – India – Keynote Presentation

January 9th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Keynote presentation + demo’s from the first ever Google Enterprise Geospatial Summit in India held in December, 2011.

Over 250 CXOs joined Google Enterprise customers and partners in Mumbai and Delhi to discover how Google Maps and Earth are helping organizations innovate.

Geo Designing Legislation & Regulation – keynote speech by Sean McGrath at the 2011 URISA – GIS-PRO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

January 9th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Sean McGrath

Approximately 70% of all policy making by legislatures and executive branches can be related to place and yet a mere fraction of one per cent of all legal materials produced and consumed on the planet are based on maps.

GIS has advanced to the point where this can – and perhaps must – change in the interests of keeping the democratic law-making process vibrant into the 21st century.

In this talk, Sean McGrath, build director for the KLISS e-democracy system in Kansas, will outline how GIS is being integrated into the very heart of law-making in Kansas, opening up exciting new vistas for legislators and citizens alike.

Sean is co-founder and CTO of Propylon. He heads up the CTO Office out of Propylon’s Lawrence, Kansas facility. He has almost 30 years of experience in the IT industry, most of it in the legal and regulatory publishing space. He holds a first class honors degree in Computer Science from Trinity College Dublin. He served as an invited expert to the W3C special interest group that created the XML standard in 1996. He is the author of three books on markup languages published by Prentice Hall.

The presentation is broken up into 4 parts due to Youtube’s video length restriction.

Part I

Read the rest of Geo Designing Legislation & Regulation – keynote speech by Sean McGrath at the 2011 URISA – GIS-PRO Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana

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