GISCafe Weekly Review October 8th, 2015

Trimble Geospatial announced several new solutions at INTERGEO in Frankfurt, Germany this past month. Tim Lemmon, marketing director Geospatial Software for Trimble and Todd Steiner, marketing director for Imaging and UAS platform for Trimble. outlined what the new products and enhancements are for this release.

Survey Trimble R2 TSC3 Bridge Inspection

Survey Trimble R2 TSC3 Bridge Inspection

Our customers (over 2,000 organizations around the world…and growing every day) overwhelmingly use ArcGIS as their enterprise GIS platform.  And they consistently tell us that one of the most powerful enhancements to ArcGIS for Server® was the introduction of ArcPy®.  Based on Python, ArcPy helps our customers with both rapid prototyping and large enterprise applications.  It makes it super easy for ArcGIS developers to implement map automation and expose ArcGIS functions as dynamic web services to licensed applications.  ArcGIS users get on-demand access to updated maps and geospatial data.

Our customers also tell us that what they love most about TerraGo is we give them the ability to share their most important ArcGIS maps and data with the much (MUCH) larger non-GIS user community.  And this makes their work more relevant, more valuable and more available to more people in the organization.  With TerraGo GeoPDF, non-GIS users can access rich ArcGIS data and use lightweight GIS tools (this means they can do cool things you normally can only do in ArcGIS like turning layers on/off, taking measurements, searching and updating feature attributes, “redline-ing” maps, inserting hyperlinks and much more). And they can do all that with the free Adobe Reader and free TerraGo Toolbar.   No specialized software needed. No license required. No training necessary.  And they can take it all offline.  No network.  No problem.

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Maps are everywhere. Want to know the location of the nearest cat groomer? Done. Want to avoid that overturned beer truck? Easy –when you account for traffic. And how much do these miraculous services cost? Zero. That’s right, zero. Location is so critical to companies such as Google that mapping tools are provided for free. Maps enable geo-targeted advertising and the identification of place specific services, generating value for customers and revenue for the big mapping players.

However, there are actually very few high-quality and comprehensive providers of geographic data. Google develops its own maps, and I have sometimes guiltily enjoyed seeing the terror in the eyes of vehicle fleet managers when I mention to them that Google maps can be publicly edited. Apple was lambasted for their initial efforts at mapping, but they have come a long way since those early and embarrassing days (anyone remember the dangerously incorrect address for Washington, DC’s Dulles Airport?) The other major players are TomTom and HERE. On the heels of the recent purchase of NOKIA’s HERE division by a consortium of German car makers, TomTom, a Dutch company, is releasing products to support automated driving. HERE has established itself as the dominant geographic data provider, producing the geo-data used by Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and our Maptitude mapping software product suite.


With the 2016 elections just around the corner, we wondered how many organizations will be using maps and GIS (or location intelligence) to help boost their campaign. If you aren’t we will discuss in the article how WebMapSolutions are helping a number of different organizations boost their election campaigns.

Will you be using GIS and maps for your 2016 election campaign?

(GIS) can literally take dozens of pages of complex information and make a single, multicolored map that shows factors such as household density, family size, or racial and socioeconomic composition of neighborhoods along with their implied political and social attitudes where available from public opinion data” (Novotny & Jacobs)

GIS (can be used) to analyze fundraising patterns … and target areas that likely contained a large number of potential donors (Jardine, 2003)

The Big Geospatial Data Management Lifecycle
October 2, 2015  by Jason Caldwell, VP

The Big Geospatial Data Management Lifecycle as it pertains to a typical Sanborn customer – Part 1.

Data Life CycleOver the past few decades, as geospatial data has enabled increased efficiencies in management and operations for both government and private enterprise, there is greater understanding of the value in geospatial data. However, as geospatial data is put to more widespread use, many entities struggle with the acquisition, organization, and storage of Big Geospatial Data.

This blog series will provide an overview for each of the five primary components that make up the Big Geospatial Data Management Lifecycle.

Enterprise System Assessment1. Enterprise System Assessment

A successful enterprise geospatial system is based on well-defined user needs, functional requirements, and application specifications. For clients to get the most success out of Big Geospatial Data, they must first understand their current positions and decide on an approach that models the needs and purposes of their business operations. The Enterprise System Assessment is a critical stage in the lifecycle as it provides input for the entire cycle, which includes: data acquisition, data analysis, data distribution, and data maintenance.

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Trimble R2 GNSS receiver
Exelis: Use ENVI to easily add image analysis to your GIS workflow

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