GISCafe Weekly Review March 15th, 2012

Turning Red Fields to Green Fields
March 15, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: ArcWatch

Abby Jones of Anthro/Ecological Design Collective shares how she uses geodesign to convert distressed properties into green space in Los Angeles.  She is a recent graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

She presented her student team’s project outlining a case study on how to revitalize the economy of Los Angeles by converting vacant, foreclosed, or underutilized urban properties (red fields) to any green space that benefits the community (green fields). Her presentation covered regional, neighborhood, and site-level design and its cumulative impact using GIS.

Article source: O2 Planning + Design

Douglas Olson of O2 Planning + Design introduces new processes and tools that deal with the economic and political complexities of integrated land use and watershed planning. He gave this presentation at the 2012 GeoDesign Summit in January, 2012.

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Examining 1 Day of Severe Storms with GIS, All Sections. Using ArcGIS for Desktop (with some online data) to examine the spatial and temporal aspects of one day of tornadoes, windstorms, and hailstorms, including the tornado at the St Louis Airport.

Bentley Systems’ Performance for 2011
March 14, 2012  by Susan Smith

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley gave Bentley Systems’ second annual Corporate Update in a conference call last week.

“Bentley Systems’ revenue on an historical gap basis grew 10% to a record $523 million,” said Bentley. Asia was a major driver of this growth, increasing to comprise 19% of total revenue from 16% in 2010.

The software subscription business model accounts for 17% of revenues in 2011. The company’s resilient subscription revenues have enabled them to fully recover from the downturn faster than their competitors and software peers with less volatility and with greater visibility into this coming year.

The subscription business model also benefits the user organization that had invested in their future reuse of infrastructure information modeling through Bentley software. The relative lack of volatility in Bentley Systems’ revenues is good for the company’s stability and reliability and that is, along with subscription elimination of cost barriers for technology adoption and improvement, is good for user organizations.

The Change Matters viewer from Esri can show how your area has changed over a given time period, say for instance, from 1988 to 1990. Las Vegas is known for its phenomenal sprawl over the past four decades.  Time-lapseimages from the Landsat earth monitoring satellites reveal in false-color, multispectral imagery how urban sprawl has stretched out from Nevada’s “Sin City” over the past four decades.

This latest video was posted by NASA in honor of the 28th anniversary of Landsat 5’s launch on March 1, but the pictures actually go back to 1972, when the Landsat program began.

Using ArcGIS Online in Geodesign
March 13, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

Bern Szukalski of Esri demonstrates ArcGIS Online, its new capabilities, and how geodesign practitioners can benefit from using the software. He gave this presentation in January, 2012 at the  2012 GeoDesign Summit .

RapidEye announced that its imagery is being used by the MALAREO project help with malaria control programs in countries in southern Africa. Basically, the satellite is mapping the habitats of mosquitoes, which are generally considered malaria risk area. Funded by the European Commission under FP7, the MALAREO project is a mixed European-African consortium that embodies many years of malaria control expertise with the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) EO Capacity.

The MALAREO study area in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique is approximately 25,000 square kilometers that RapidEye data provided via the EC/ESA GMES Space Component Data Access (GSC-DA). Over five different days between July 18 and November 10, 2011,  the data was gathered with total cloud cover of less than one percent.  RSS – Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH, partner in the project consortium, is responsible for data processing and the development of Earth Observation (EO) products.

3D Transportation using ERDAS Imagine
March 13, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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This video demonstrates the how ERDAS IMAGINE can be used for line of sight, placement of traffic cameras, flood preparedness and accident investigation.

Google Earth Tour of Reefs at Risk
March 12, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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Take a tour of coral reefs around the world with the World Resources Institute’s Reefs at Risk project and Google Earth. The journey to each of the six coral reef regions provides an overview of the biodiversity of reef ecosystems, their importance to people and local economies, and the types and magnitudes of threats that reefs face, illustrated with vibrant underwater footage of coral reefs and photos of activities that influence reef condition.

The Reefs at Risk project raises awareness of threats to coral reefs and provides information and tools to manage coastal habitats more effectively. For more information about the Reefs at Risk Project, visit .



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The Interactive Terrain Shaping technology preview provides users with a unique workflow for developing grading proposals in AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2012 software. The primary goal of this effort is to provide a holistic approach to terrain shaping that allows users to go from concept to completion using the same model. The intent is to facilitate the development of comprehensive grading plans that can be easily tuned through the project cycle. More information at .

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Mr. Edward Redmond, Senior Reference Specialist and Curator in the Library of Congress, Geography and Maps Division, gave a lecture on the maps of George Washington. Mr. Redmond is not only an internationally recognized authority on George Washington’s maps but prior to his work with the Library of Congress he taught Early American History at West Chester University and is now working on an atlas of George Washington’s maps.

earthmine SDK for iOS
March 9, 2012  by Sanjay Gangal

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The earthmine SDK for iPhone brings earthmine’s rich street level 3D experience to the large user base of iPhone and iPod Touch users. The earthmine SDK for iPhone gives developers the core functionality to retrieve and display earthmine’s panoramic imagery as well as an extensive set of tools to create immersive applications and unique experiences on the iPhone. Users of the earthmine SDK for iPhone can access the entire earthmine image and 3D dataset from their mobile device, putting an immersive street level experience in their pocket.



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