November 11th, 2013
Honoring Veterans with GIS
November 10, 2013 by Matt Sheehan
WebMapSolutions have started honoring Veterans with GIS; story maps providing the perfect mechanism.
The Military Banners Program has been adopted by many US cities: honoring local veterans with banners hung along designated streets. WebMapSolutions wanted to share these banners with those being honored. Now those serving overseas can find and view their banner in a story map published over the Internet.
WebMapSolutions have adapted an existing story map to enable search and enhanced viewing capabilities for data from the city of Chino Hills. Data collection was done using Esri’s Offline Mobile Editing App.
In a recent Research and Markets Report, “GIS Market in US 2012-2016” the analysts discovered that many GIS vendors in the U.S. are adding integrated GIS solutions to their portfolios to avoid interoperability problems. These solutions are often seen as fully-integrated application in enterprise applications. End-users can integrate GIS solutions with design, analysis, and simulation software. It has become customary for manufacturing companies to integrate GIS solutions into analytical and simulation applications as part of the product life cycle, thereby extending the reach of GIS. Enterprise applications provide companies with asset management, planning, analysis, remote access, distribution of information, and controlling existing IT systems. Those vendors who have a history in providing design, analysis and simulation software from other industry perspectives such as asset management, planning, etc. can take advantage of this trend by integrating GIS directly into their existing product portfolios. (I have just returned from the Bentley Year in Infrastructure Conference in London where integrated GIS solutions was demonstrated).
“The analysts forecast the GIS market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 10.96 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing demand from the Government sector. The GIS market in the US has also been witnessing the development of integrated systems. However, the increasing government regulations and guidelines could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.
Why World 30?
November 7, 2013 by Ryan Hamilton
NEXTMap® World 30™ has been an ambition of the Intermap® data engineers since the processing of the SRTM collection back in 2001. The lack of ground control for the SRTM dataset was an obvious area that could stand to be improved. Our radar engineers knew that when the right ground control became available a fantastic opportunity would present itself to update this detailed dataset and make it the best circum-world coverage dataset available. The secret ingredient was the introduction of NASA ICESat data. In raw form, this global set of LiDAR ground control points was a cumbersome mix of cloud strike points and anomalies. Intermap polished the raw ICESat data using an extensive filtering process that cleaned the data set and reduced it to 820 million ground control points, scattered with predictable regularity around the globe and boasting a vertical accuracy of 25cm RMSE or better. With this control data, an SRTM error mask could finally be created and applied to adjust the Z values of the SRTM DSM.
Instead of asking:
Offline ArcGIS editing on an iPhone cannot be done right?
We could just as easily have asked if offline editing can be done period!
At WebMapSolutions we have been building an offline ArcGIS Online editing solution. Offline is complex; the process involves reading and writing data to/from the mobile device, then syncing with ArcGIS Online. But there is a huge need for such a mobile app, given such spotty Wi-Fi coverage in so many areas.
This initial version is targeted at iPad and Android tablets. We’ve made it affordable to both large and small organizations. The mobile app was launched in September to the Esri Marketplace, and has proven very popular.
Coahuila, Mexico Fire Disaster
November 5, 2013 by M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
While at the ASPRS “Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community” I attended many excellent talks about remotely-sensed solutions for disaster management. An excellent presentation, given jointly by Rohini Swaninathan (NASA Intern) and Pedro Juan Rodriguez Rivera, reported on the use of freely available, satellite-based, remote sensing technologies and GIS solutions to help identify hotspots of large fires burning in Mexico. This project was prompted because of the 2011 fire in Coahuila, Mexico, where nearly 100,000 hectares of land were burned, costing the Mexican government to spend over 19 million US dollars. This fire represents the largest amount of land burned in a single fire in Mexico and took weeks to be extinguished.
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