GISCafe Weekly Review May 2nd, 2014

Caliper releases Maptitude 2014
May 2, 2014  by Susan Smith

Stewart Berry of Caliper Corporation talked about their latest release, Maptitude 2014, geographic information system and mapping software.

Maptitude Health Coverage Map by County

Maptitude Health Coverage Map by County

The evolution of digital content creation has unleashed the productivity of engineers, designers, creative professionals and students everywhere, but it has also set corresponding expectations incredibly high for that productivity as well, making it crucial for those individuals to use the proper tools to help their visions to come to life. Professional and aspiring engineers and designers cannot do their job these days without specialized applications for 3D modeling, digital content creation, and computer aided engineering and design such as Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoCAD. The problem is, for some, they’re being forced to run these applications on notebooks or desktops that don’t have enough power to generate the performance they need because they can’t afford a traditional workstation.

Dell Precision M2800

Dell Precision M2800


If we all look in the same place we will never find those elusive nuggets of gold.

I read that sentence years ago, and it always stuck in my mind. To me it meant set your own path, don’t follow the herd. The most discussed and publicized opportunities are no longer opportunities. Discover the yet to be discovered.

As GIS comes out of the shadows, opportunities abound. The audience for, and applications of the technology has dramatically increased. But like gold the opportunities are not sitting on the surface, they are there to be discovered. Go where everybody else is looking and success may well be elusive. Read what the GIS community is discussing; hot topics and trends. New, focused conferences are popping up left and right. All very interesting, and no doubt valid, but …..

Explorer for ArcGIS released for iOS devices
April 30, 2014  by Susan Smith

Esri released recently Explorer for ArcGIS, the GIS app for everyone to access and share maps on their smartphone and tablet. This app is characterized by being “for everyone”, with its  modern, easy-to-use interface that allows non-GIS professionals to use it right away. Right now the release is available on iOS but an Android version will be available in the future.

Explorer for ArcGIS may require some familiarity with Esri GIS tools. For example, users can access any of their organization’s maps authored in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. These users are able to search for information about their assets, find out where their assets are in relation to their current location, and share that information easily with whomever they want to know the information. Maps can be shared several ways including text message, email and AirDrop and other methods.

Where does GIS fit into business intelligence?
April 29, 2014  by Matt Sheehan


We often hear that GIS is moving beyond its traditional user base. Business applications of the technology are a new and exciting area; integration with SAP and Cognos, location analytics and Esri Maps for Office …..

Increasingly more of my time is now spent discussing business location intelligence. These are not your standard GIS conversations. Firstly the term GIS is never used; location technology, location platform, location strategy are all preferred. Second, these are often discussions on what is missing in current business intelligence systems (BI). The short video below steps through a business case for location technology in the outdoor advertising space:

Stay focused on simple
April 28, 2014  by Matt Sheehan

I like the word simple. Easy is another favourite.


We live in an increasingly complex world. Its confusing. But think about it; complexity is really only simple pieces combined. Like a car engine; a combination of parts which together form a complex system. Working within complexity demands understanding or focusing on the individual pieces which make up the whole.

GIS is complex. Lots of pieces to the pie. With cloud GIS, more pieces have just been added.

How often do you have client conversations which make your head spin? Detailed descriptions of requirements.

HxGN Live 2014 Training Preview: Demystifying the Point Cloud with ERDAS IMAGINE
April 28, 2014  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Point cloud data has been around for years, but geospatial professionals are still challenged with how to best utilize it. This powerful surface model is highly accurate and costly – and many people are at a loss as to how to most effectively use it. While there is increasing adoption of point cloud data, many users struggle to fully integrate this new content in their workflows.

  • What is the difference between photogrammetrically-derived point clouds and point clouds collected by airborne LiDAR sensors?
  • How can I use this data to take accurate 3D measurements?
  • Point clouds are 3D data. How can I best visualize them? Do I need special software?
  • How is this different from traditional elevation sources?
  • What are RGB-encoded point clouds?

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