GISCafe Weekly Review November 1st, 2012

Electoral map from The New York Times
November 1, 2012  by Susan Smith

Keeping track of the ups and downs of the election can be done easily with this electoral map published by The New York Times.

The Electoral Map: Building a Path to Victory The New York Times

 

Author: Don Talend

After decades—centuries, even—the question of whether or not life forms from other galaxies occasionally visit Earth remains unanswered. For the latest attempt to unravel this age-old mystery, the National Geographic Channel assembled a team of trained investigators to visit several sites where unidentified flying objects allegedly have been sighted. The network aired the investigations in its Chasing UFOs series in summer 2012.

Ben McGee (left), an investigator on the National Geographic Channel Chasing UFOs series, sets up a survey grid using the Topcon IS-3 imaging station while Scott Langbein, Topcon’s director of product marketing, provides technical assistance.

Whether or not the forensic investigations proved that some UFOs are actually spaceships transporting alien life forms is up to viewers to decide. As is the case with all programming on the network, viewers learn something about the planet in the process of being entertained. Among its own discoveries, the team learned something new about terrestrial positioning technology, too, having been equipped with an instrument that combines advanced imaging with high-accuracy surveying capabilities.

GeoMedia 2013 Includes a New, Modern Interface and More
October 29, 2012  by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Before the end of the year, Intergraph Geospatial Portfolio 2013 will be released. The complete and robust offering includes new product releases that cohesively meet an organization’s geospatial needs.

As part of Intergraph Geospatial 2013, we are excited to announce that GeoMedia 2013 will feature a newly designed, modern user interface that logically organizes functionality in a ribbon control.  GeoMedia is a powerful GIS management package that enables users to maximize the value of their geospatial resources.

We recently hosted a webinar that specifically laid out all of the new enhancements to GeoMedia. Providing greater visibility for frequently used GIS tools, GeoMedia 2013 aesthetically and logically organizes functionality.  In the same vein of promoting key updates to GeoMedia, we are also enhancing users’ ability to open up their GeoMedia spatial resources and share them with end users throughout their organization.

Among the predictions made for Hurricane Sandy, CoreLogic released data showing potential exposure to residential property damage from hurricane-driven storm-surge flooding as Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

“Based on current forecasts, Sandy is likely to make landfall along the northeastern Atlantic coast early Monday,” said Dr. Howard Botts, vice president and director of database development for CoreLogic Spatial Solutions. “Though it is still early and the projected path is constantly changing, Sandy could pose an enormous threat to major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, like New York City and Long Island, Atlantic City and Baltimore.”

The data shows more than 261,000 total residential properties valued at over $80 billion at risk for potential storm-surge damage among the coastal Mid-Atlantic states, assuming the storm hits the coast as a Category 1 hurricane. Within that region, more than 210,000 total properties valued at over $67 billion stand at risk in five major metro areas from Virginia to New York.

For the Google Earth plug-in go here:

http://cl.cvic.com/sandy/sandy-embed.html

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