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Greater Accuracy in Landfire Mapping Helps Battle Summer Blazes

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

National Lab and surrounding communities, not to mention severe devastation to the forest. Another 10,000-acre Pacheco Canyon fire threatens our Ski Basin and Pecos Wilderness 9 miles from downtown Santa Fe.

Slope maps provide ready-to-use visual representations for terrain evaluations.

Here in New Mexico, we have a potentially 100,000-acre fire threatening Los Alamos


Fire evacuees can use aerial technology system for up-to-date view of their homes

Friday, July 1st, 2011

­Los Alamos National Laboratory and a New Mexico aerial technology firm on Thursday deployed a cutting-edge surveillance system­normally used to help U.S. conventional military forces in combat ­for a peaceful purpose: helping Las Conchas fire evacuees see an up-to-date view of their homes.

A higher resolution version of the system, known as Angel Fire, was developed by LANL and the Air Force Research Laboratory for the Department of Defense. It’s described as a surveillance camera for a city-sized area, complete with instant replay and the ability to zoom in to see, for example, someone planting an improvised explosive device.


Better mapping and spatial data come to Kenya

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Internet Access Brings Better Mapping and Spatial Data to Kenya
June 22,
2011, World Resources Institute

GIS-enabled information portal a first for Egypt

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

first GIS-enabled information portal
, June 23, 2011, The Daily News

earthmine for AutoCAD Map3D

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D is an extension to AutoCAD’s model-based mapping software that provides access to CAD and GIS data.

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Universal geocoding question

Friday, June 24th, 2011

I read your article about Universal geocoding.

Geocoding NAC Assigns Unique Codes to Every Location on Earth

I was wondering how this would apply to a deeply populated area with homes duplexes and High-rises. As you understand it, would there be a geocode for each address or living space or would it be a general geocode for the city block or building? What ever additional information you might have would greatly be

Thank you

Forwarded to NAC Geographic Products for response:

Usually, a Universal Address contains the information of the horizontal
location only. For a building, it’s the location of the entrance. However,
as we discussed on, for
simplifying automatic mail sorting purpose, it allows residents of a
building to add a third string to represent the room number, such as


so that the OCR software can sort the mail into the final mail box. The
locally defined third string must contain vowel character(s) (A, E, I, O, U
or Y) to distinguish it from a standard altitude string which does not have
any vowel.

Best regards,
Xinhang Shen
NAC Geographic Products Inc.

New study to estimate concentrations of pharmaceuticals in drinking water

Friday, June 24th, 2011

In response to media headlines about the presence of
pharmaceuticals in drinking water, professors from the University of
Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a
website, “<>V-PharmaCalc,”
that allows Virginians to view estimated concentrations of various
prescription and generic drugs present in their local wastewater –
before it is treated and released to the environment. – from press release

According to Ph.D., P.E., LEED Green Associate, for each wastewater treatment plant, the address was obtained from a listing of treatment plants provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ).  From that list, the latitude/longitude of each treatment plant was then determined.

When a user enters their zipcode, there is a default latitude/longitude for
that zipcode (as evidenced if you go to Google Maps and just enter a zip
code, it defaults to a certain point).  From that specific zip code
latitude/longitude coordinate, the website then links to the wastewater
treatment plant that is closest.

Esri interactive wildfire map

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Esri interactive wildland fire map


NGA noted as instrumental in finding Osama bin Laden

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency gets written up in the mainstream press for its role in the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden.


The Little Known Agency that Helped Kill bin Laden May 5, 2011, The Atlantic

Filters for the social web

Monday, April 25th, 2011

These days, very often citizen reporting of dramatic events is being relied upon from sources such as Twitter, blogs, and cell phone photos and reports. The amount of information can be daunting to those needing to report on events or assemble a big picture.

Storify, based in San Francisco, is one of several Web start-ups — including Storyful, Tumblr and Color — that are developing ways to help journalists and others sift through the explosion of online content and publish the most relevant information.

Filtering the Social Web to Present News Items April 25, 2011, The New York Times

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