April 2nd, 2012
I interviewed Jason Sims, Director of Marketing at Intergraph at the ASPRS Conference last month. Jason talks about the British Transport Police using the Hexagon products to manage images from 1000’s of cameras installed in London to keep the British Railways and Olympics safe. He proudly proclaims, “Erdas Apollo is a solution helping power the Olympics”.
Mladen Stojic, Vice President, and Geospatial at Intergraph SG&I
As we recently highlighted on GIS Café, stakeholders across most organizations know the value of geographic information, but often lack the expertise to run a traditional desktop GIS. In addition, there is a large potential user base between those working with a rigid and technically demanding desktop GIS and a static lightweight browser based GIS.
To bridge this gap, last month we launched GeoMedia Smart Client, which is an enterprise-wide solution that essentially obliterates the growing disparity between static GIS products and the needs of today’s geospatial contributors.
Now, we are excited to showcase an example of GeoMedia Smart Client coming to life. We just announced that Australia’s Central Goldfields Shire Council (CGSC) recently migrated from an older GIS system to GeoMedia.
Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Utility Geographic Information Systems
GIS Tools and Workflow Applications for AEC and Operations: Market Analysis and Forecasts
The electrical grid consists of power generation, transmission, distribution, and customer assets that literally cover the face of the earth. Ultimately, the smart grid is all about awareness of the situation of these assets in order to facilitate optimal performance and effectively anticipate and respond to events that might disrupt performance. A geographic information system (GIS) is the method by which utilities capture, store, manipulate, analyze, and manage geospatially referenced information about these assets. Geodata types relevant to electric utilities might include everything from land-based data, streets, ownership/real estate, vegetation, network topology, GPS location data, census data, and many others.
In a session entitled “10 killer apps,” at Esri DevSummit 2012 last week in Palm Springs, CA, Mansour Raad @mraad and Sajit Thomas @spatialAgent show 10 new beta apps developed using Esri technology. The demo in this video shows a UAV shark driven by a Flex Mapping app, the shark is filled with helium and being “flown” around the room powered by a cool Flex mapping app.
David Cardella gives an overview of ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS and ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android and how they can be used to extend the reach of your GIS to mobile devices. He gave this presentation at the 2012 Esr Federal GIS Conference in Washington DC in February, 2012.
According to several top scientists, the March heat wave that has shattered records across a wide swath of the U.S. bears some of the hallmarks of global warming.
In email conversations, those same scientific researchers who specialize in studying the role climate change plays in influencing individual extreme events — a burgeoning field known as “extreme event attribution” — said global warming may have made March’s soaring temperatures more likely to occur, although they add that natural variability has played a key role as well.
Areas with warmer than average temperatures are shown in red; near-normal temperatures are white; and areas that were cooler than the 2000-2011 base period are blue. Photograph: Terra/MODIS/NASA
Building Maps for the Public
March 29, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Allen Carroll, David Asbury, and Jim Herries show how to build web applications that focus on sharing information with the public. They gave this presentation at the 2012 Esri Fed GIS Conference in Washington DC in February, 2012.
Esri president and founder Jack Dangermond provides an update on the latest innovations of the ArcGIS system, new patterns in cloud GIS, and the future of GIS at the 2012 Esri Fed GIS Conference in Washington DC in February.
AllTrails‘ 200,000 members have mapped over 45,000 trails. These trails include routes and information pertinent to many different activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. They didn’t mention horseback riding, another group that maps a lot of trails.
The big GIS related news from the Autodesk Media Summit this week in San Franciso is the launch of the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2013 that provides civil engineering, GIS, planning and utility design professionals with building information modeling (BIM) for infrastructure solution for planning, designing, building and managing civil infrastructure and utility infrastructure projects. This is the first time for the integration of Autodesk’s Infrastructure Modeler 2013 into the 2013 Building Design Suite.
Custom Mobile ArcGIS Online
March 27, 2012 by Matt Sheehan
ArcGIS Online and the new ArcGIS 10.1 release are about to provide a plethora of online and offline mobile GIS solutions. We launched GeoMobile for ArcGIS nearly a year ago. The goal was to provide a custom mobile ArcGIS app. We include a configuration file so users could add their own map layers; basemaps, dynamic and tiled ArcGIS layers. The mobile app has proved to be very popular. But the need for a single service, which provides all map data, has nagged at us. To the rescue comes ArcGIS Online and web maps. Now users can publish their ArcGIS layers, shapefiles, CSV, GPX, KML ad WMS to a single service. The associated web map can then be consumed by mobile applications like GeoMobile for ArcGIS.
ArcGIS 10.1 is exciting for many reasons. Primarily, in this discussion, because it allows users to generate tile packages for use offline. More on this in a later post. Lets first walk through the steps to publish a web map in ArcGIS Online.
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