Blue Marble Monthly – October 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite Imagery

The Global Mapper Edition
Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

October’s newsletter focuses on Global Mapper and highlights the new features of recently released version 19. We introduce the latest blog post from Katrina Schweikert, one of Blue Marble’s Applications Specialists, in which she describes how Global Mapper helped resolve a drainage problem around her house. We also hear from Global Mapper Guru, Mike Childs who recently contributed to the Blue Marble blog with an entry in which he eulogizes about one of his favorite subjects: free online data. Finally, and as always, we challenge your geographic aptitude in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge with a brand new copy of Global Mapper v19 up for grabs for the lucky winner.

Global Mapper 19 Release

Product News | Global Mapper 19 Released

2017 marks twenty years since the aforementioned Mike Childs responded to a request from the USGS to develop a simple viewing tool for their burgeoning collection of public-domain datasets. In the intervening years, Global Mapper, into which the freeware application would eventually evolve, has established itself as a key player in the worldwide geospatial industry. Late last month, we proudly unveiled version 19 of this remarkable software with upgrades and improvements throughout the application.

Significant new functionality includes:

  • A new table-based attribute querying and editing tool
  • An innovative interactive utility for adjusting the terrain hillshade
  • Drag and drop window docking for improved multiview management
  • New support for online data for Canada and all 50 U.S. states
  • And much more

 

Watershed Analysis in Global Mapper

Projections | Estimating Property Modifications in Global Mapper

One of the benefits of the increased availability of local LiDAR data is the prospect of conducting high-precision analysis of terrain variability, especially in the context of drainage. This was the impetus behind a project recently undertaken by Blue Marble’s Katrina Schweikert. Having recently purchased a house close to Blue Marble’s headquarters in Hallowell, Maine, Katrina soon found out that there was a stream literally flowing through her unfinished basement. Read how Global Mapper was used to create a simulated model illustrating how the problem could be resolved.

 

Online Data Access in Global Mapper

Did You Know? | Free Online Data in Global Mapper

In a world in which streaming has become the norm, it is not surprising that much of the map data that we consume is increasingly being delivered through the internet. The benefits are obvious: real time updates and no local storage requirements. Did you know that Global Mapper includes easy access to immeasurable quantities of data from countless sources that are readily, and often freely, available within the Online Data component of the software? For the Global Mapper 19 release, we expanded the built-in online data services to include data for all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces. Recently, we convinced Mike Childs to take a break from coding so he could share some insights into the online data options in Global Mapper.

 

Hillshade Rendering in Global Mapper

Webinars and Webcasts | What’s New in Global Mapper 19

On Thursday, October 12th, Blue Marble Application Specialists will be conducting a live webinar showcasing the highlights of the Global Mapper 19 release. This hour-long presentation is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time), and it will provide an opportunity to see the latest tools and to ask questions about the new functionality. Space is limited, and registration is required so be sure to sign up today.

Previous Blue Marble Webinars and Webcasts can be viewed at the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and on the Webinars page on the Blue Marble web site.

 

October 2017 Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Thank you to all who submitted an entry in September’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Check out the answers here. The randomly drawn winner and the recipient of a copy of Global Mapper is Ray Romano, Chief Designer at Persu Property Fund Pty Ltd in Australia. This month, another copy of Global Mapper is being offered to the winner so why not take the challenge.

 

See complete terms and conditions here. 

 

GEO1 Hangar

BMUC LA | Win a Helicopter Flight Over Los Angeles

Thinking of heading to the Blue Marble User Conference in Los Angeles? Now there’s another reason for you to sign up. Several attendees will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the city from the air. Scheduled for November 15 and held in partnership with Blue Marble partner, GEO1, the event will include an onsite drawing to select the lucky participants. After the close of the meeting, the winners will accompany GEO1 technicians on a helicopter ride as they simulate their aerial data collection workflow while flying over the famous landmarks of LA. Space is limited and the registration deadline to be included in the drawing is October 13, so sign up today.

Upcoming Events

Visit Blue Marble at the following events:

2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition | Washington DC | October 9 – 11

NYGEO Conference | Lake Placid, NY | October 17 – 19

Global Mapper & LiDAR Module Training | Ottawa, Canada | October 17 -19

Maine GIS User Group Meeting | Bangor, ME | October 20

2017 Texas GIS Forum | Austin, TX | October 23 – 27

Commercial UAV Expo | Las Vegas, NV | October 24 – 26

Fall Northeast Arc User Group Conference | Newport, RI | November 5 – 8

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training | Atlanta, GA | November 7 – 9

Blue Marble Monthly – September 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite Imagery

The Geographic Calculator Edition
Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

Before Global Mapper takes center stage with its pending version 19 release later in the month, we thought it would be a good idea to shift our focus to Geographic Calculator for the month of September. In this edition of Blue Marble Monthly, we showcase an introductory video covering the basic operation of the software and we hear from Sam Knight on the important role that Calculator will play with the introduction of the new North American datum in 2022. As always, a free copy of Global Mapper is up for grabs in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

Satellite Image of Hurricane

Hurricane Harvey | Blue Marble Calls for Support for Texas

When it was first introduced over two decades ago, Geographic Calculator filled a void in the field of geodesy and became a mainstay for companies and organizations whose business depends on geographic precision. Nowhere was the Calculator more enthusiastically embraced than in Houston, Texas, home to many of the world’s leading energy exploration, extraction, and processing companies. It is with deep sadness that we watch the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has wrought on a region that has become a second home to Blue Marble. While we are confident that the city will recover, the short term needs are immense. For this reason, we strongly encourage the Blue Marble user community to join us in supporting the relief effort. Please donate whatever you can to the Red Cross.


Global Mapper Free for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Blue Marble is offering free licenses of Global Mapper to any agency or organization that is providing an essential service in response to Hurricane Harvey.

If you are involved in the the clean-up or rebuilding process and you have a need for GIS software, simply email info@bluemarblegeo.com to request a copy of Global Mapper for the duration of the disaster relief effort.

Access Hurricane Harvey Imagery in Global Mapper

Global Mapper users can now access daily imagery updates of the affected areas as a built-in WMS option. Click the Connect to Online Data button and browse to the Weather category to find the Hurricane Harvey imagery organized by date.

This 35 second video compares Hurricane Harvey imagery to imagery before the storm using the Image Swipe tool in Global Mapper.

Diagram of Tectonic Plates

Projections | Are you Ready for NATREF2022 to Replace NAD83?

If there was ever a compelling reason to sit up and pay attention to the discipline of geodesy in general and to the functionality of Geographic Calculator in particular, here it is. In a few years, the folks at the National Geodetic Survey plan to replace NAD83 with the new “North American Terrestrial Reference Frame of 2022”. What does that mean for you? In a recent blog post, Sam Knight, Blue Marble’s Director of Product Management sheds some light on the change.

 

Screenshot of Best Fit Tool in Geographic Calculator

Did You Know? | Geographic Calculator’s Best Fit Tool

When we consider coordinate systems, we usually assume that they are based on some sort of geographic framework, however this is not always the case. It is common for a localized system to be developed without adherence to a recognized geographic datum. Assuming there is consistency, the system will work fine in a closed environment, however, a problem arises when the inherent data must be referenced to a recognized system. Geographic Calculator’s Best Fit job solves this problem by establishing a geometric relationship between specific locations within the extent of the local data and measured ground control points. With the necessary transformation calculation determined, all other data points in the local system can be accurately converted to the recognized geographic system.

 

Geographic Calculator Webinar

Webinars and Webcasts | Geographic Calculator Introduction and Overview

If you have never used Geographic Calculator, this hour-long introductory video offers an excellent starting point for learning the software. Covering the basic layout and touching on the most commonly used features and functions, this presentation walks through several simulated data conversion and transformation processes. If you would like a more hands-on learning experience, download an evaluation copy of Geographic Calculator and look for the Getting Started Guide further down the downloads page.

Blue Marble Webinars and Webcasts can be viewed at the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and on the Webinars page on the Blue Marble web site.

 

September 2017 Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

The winner of August’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge is Minoek Van Dorp from Van Dorp Engineering. Minoek will be receiving a copy of Global Mapper after his name was randomly selected from those who correctly identified the five geographic locations. Check out the answers here to see how well you did. This month, another copy of Global Mapper will be handed out to one lucky entrant.

See complete terms and conditions here. 

 

BMUC presentation

Events | Blue Marble User Conferences and More

Four down, two to go. So far in 2017, the Blue Marble User Conference (BMUC) has made stops in Calgary, the Washington DC area, Amsterdam, and San Diego. As we approach the last few months of the year, our attention turns to our home state of Maine and our final stop in Los Angeles. BMUC is an informal gathering of geospatial professionals representing a wide variety of industries who share a common interest in Blue Marble’s GIS and geodetic technology. Registration is now open for the final two events of 2017 and space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

GIS in the Rockies | Denver, CO | September 20 – 21

INTERGEO | Berlin, Germany | September 26 – 28

Blue Marble User Conference | Portland, ME | September 29

Illinois GIS Association 2017 Annual Conference | Normal, IL | October 2 – 4

Pipeline Week | Houston, TX | October 3 – 4

Drone World Expo | San Jose, CA | October 3 – 4

Texas Municipal League Annual Conference & Exhibition | Houston, TX | October 3 – 6

2017 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition | Washington DC | October 9 – 11

NYGEO Conference | Lake Placid, NY | October 17 – 19

Global Mapper & LiDAR Module Training | Ottawa, Canada | October 17 -19

Maine GIS User Group Meeting | Bangor, ME | October 20

2017 Texas GIS Forum | Austin, TX | October 23 – 27

Commercial UAV Expo | Las Vegas, NV | October 24 – 26

Blue Marble Monthly – August 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite Imagery

Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

This month, we tip our hats to the alternative energy sector. No longer a fringe business, wind, solar, and other sustainable and renewable energy production industries are now very much in the mainstream. In this issue we hear from Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham on the company’s position on the science of climate change. We explore the use of Global Mapper in the wind farm development process. We uncover a component of Global Mapper that has proven to be invaluable for solar farm development; and as always, we give you a chance to win a copy of Global Mapper in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

Sun rising over Earth


Projections
  |  Blue Marble Supports Research on Climate Change

One of the most compelling and rewarding aspects of working at Blue Marble is the incredible diversity of customer stories we hear on a daily basis. On any given day, our sales and support teams might speak with agricultural technicians in Australia; climate researchers in Northern Canada; coastal geomorphology analysts in the Pacific Islands; or wind farm developers in Ireland. The common denominator among these and countless others in the Blue Marble community is that their work is founded on thorough scientific study. Unfortunately, in today’s world, the very nature of science is being systematically undermined in favor of overtly commercial interests. In a recent blog post, Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President shares some views on the subject.

 

Wind farm planning in Global Mapper


Blue Marble at Work
  |  Global Mapper for Wind Energy

More often than not, the most effective means of communication is visual so to that end, David McKittrick, Senior Applications Specialist at Blue Marble, recently recorded a short video in which he introduces several components of Global Mapper that are especially relevant for wind energy production. Using a series of simulated workflows, David’s video covers wind resource mapping; roughness analysis; ridgeline delineation; wind turbine placement; 3D turbine modeling; and much more.

 

Shaded south-facing slopes in Global Mapper


Did You Know?
 |  Global Mapper’s Slope Shader

Visualization and analysis of terrain data are some of the most important features of Global Mapper and the software includes several pre-configured shaders that can be used to clearly denote variation and patterns in elevation. Less well-known features, however, are a couple of shader options for rendering slope angle — a valuable tool for determining optimal sites for solar farm development. The Slope Shader applies colors to distinguish the steepness of the slope at any given location and the Slope Direction Shader indicates the bearing of the slope, which indicates areas with maximum sun exposure. Both of these options are available in the Shader drop-down list in Global Mapper’s toolbar.

 

Geographic Calculator Webinar


Webinars and Webcasts  |  Georeferencing in Geographic Calculator

August’s featured webcast focuses on the process of georeferencing in Geographic Calculator. Simply defined as the procedure for applying geographic intelligence to an image or other raster layer, the georeferencer is used to precisely place control marks and takes advantage of high order polynomial transformations to suit everything from a small scale scan of localized area out to large scale continent views. Blue Marble Webinars and Webcasts can be viewed at the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and on the Webinars page on the Blue Marble web site.

 

August geo-challenge


Where in the World? Geo-Challenge

The winner of July’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge is Steven Coombes. Steven’s name was drawn at random from those who correctly identified the five locations. To see how well you did, here are July’s answers. Want to test your geographic aptitude? Another copy of Global Mapper is up for grabs in August’s challenge. The answers to July’s challenge are here. This month, another five locations await your scrutiny with a copy of Global Mapper on the line.

 

See complete terms and conditions here. 

 

BMUC presentation

Events  |  Blue Marble User Conferences and More

Four down; two to go. So far in 2017, the Blue Marble User Conference (BMUC) has made stops in Calgary, the Washington DC area, Amsterdam, and San Diego. As we appraoach the last few months of the year, our attention turns to our home state of Maine and our final stop in Los Angeles. BMUC is an informal gathering of geospatial professionals representing a wide variety of industies who share a common interest in Blue Marble’s GIS and geodetic technology. Registration is now open for the final two events of 2017 and space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Geospatial PDF Working Group | Reston, VA | August 9

FOSS4G Annual International Gathering | Boston, MA | August 14 – 19

Kentucky GIS Conference  | Louisville, KY | September 5 – 7

GIS in the Rockies | Denver, CO | September 20 – 21

INTERGEO | Berlin, Germany | September 26 – 28

Blue Marble User Conference | Portland, ME | September 29

Blue Marble Monthly – July 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite imagery

Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

Those of us with a trailing “N” in our latitude are well into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. For many companies, this is a season of idleness, downed tools, and general inertia. Not, however, at Blue Marble. In July’s newsletter we announce the roll-out of a major discount for older users of Global Mapper (sorry, bad choice of words, make that ‘users of older versions of Global Mapper’, of whatever age); we discuss the fallacy of free GIS; we remind you that, while GIS might not necessarily be free, training can be; and we once again challenge your geographic prowess in the monthly Where in the World Geo-Challenge, with a… wait for it… free copy of Global Mapper up for grabs.

 

Global Mapper Upgrade

Global Mapper Upgrade Discount

While there is no questioning the longevity of Global Mapper, the time eventually comes to put that old version out to pasture. We’d like to think that functional enhancements alone should be an adequate justification for staying up-to-date, however there is now a more compelling reason to take a closer look at the latest release. Throughout the month of July, anyone currently using version 15 or older can update to version 18.2 for just $399. Better yet, when September comes, we’ll give you version 19 at no additional cost with free support and free upgrades for a year. Click below for complete details and to request your copy.

 

The Myth of Free GIS

Blue Marble at Work

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? Free breakfast with your hotel room; free parking because the meter’s broken; free Wi-Fi at the coffee shop while sipping on a latte for an hour and a half (maybe that’s just me). What about free GIS? There are numerous open source collaborative applications readily available but does that really mean that GIS is free? A recent blog post by David McKittrick, Senior Applications Specialist at Blue Marble, unravels this apparent falsehood.

 

Self-training

Did You Know?

While we pride ourselves in developing software that is well designed, intuitive, and easy to learn, there sometimes comes a time when a helping hand is called for. Complimentary self-training resources are available for both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator that will help you get up and running in no time. Both self-training packages contain a series of step-by-step instructions simulating real-world applications of the software along with the corresponding data files. Click below to register for the Global Mapper Self Training or to download the Geographic Calculator Getting Started Guide.

 

Global Mapper 18.2 Webinar

Webinars and Webcasts

Last month, we announced the What’s New in Global Mapper 18.2 webinar, which was conducted (and recorded) on June 22nd. Thanks to all of you who attended and for those who couldn’t make it, the video is now available on the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and on the Webinars page on the Blue Marble web site. While you are there, check out the eight-episode LiDAR Processing series in which we delve deep into Global Mapper’s LiDAR functionality.

 

Geo-challenge map

Where in the World?

Congratulations to Sylvain Neveu from InfoVista for being June’s winner in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. By virtue of being randomly drawn from those who correctly identified all five geographic features, Sylvain wins a brand new copy of Global Mapper 18.2. Want to find out how well you fared? The answers to June’s challenge are here. This month, another five locations await your scrutiny with a copy of Global Mapper on the line.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

Blue Marble Emporium

Blue Marble T-Shirt Store

Just in time for summer (for those of us with a trailing “N”… etc.), Blue Marble has solved your seasonal dilemma over what to wear to the beach. Check out the all new Blue Marble Emporium to find out what all of the cool people will be sporting while strolling along the boardwalk. Or better yet, add one to your shopping cart to ensure you’re part of the in-crowd.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Blue Marble User Conference | San Diego, CA | July 13

LiDAR Module Training | San Diego, CA | July 14

Introduction to Global Mapper/LiDAR Data Workshop | Presque Isle, ME | July 17

National Association of Counties Annual Conference | Columbus, OH | July 21 – 24

Geospatial PDF Working Group | Reston, VA | August 9

FOSS4G Annual International Gathering | Boston, MA | August 14 – 19

Blue Marble Monthly | June 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite Imagery

Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

June’s newsletter is all about you, our loyal customers. We lead with a reminder about our user conference series in which you have a chance to mingle with other Global Mapper or Geographic Calculator users and to learn about the latest goings on from inside Blue Marble. We hear from our President on the importance of genuine customer service and the apparent ineptitude shown by certain companies in this regard. Finally we roll out our monthly (and slightly easier) Where in the World Geo-Challenge, giving you a chance to procure your own copy of Global Mapper.

 

2017 Blue Marble User Conference

Blue Marble User Conference

More than just a meeting of customers interested in learning about the latest news from Blue Marble, BMUC is a mutually beneficial forum in which Blue Marble product developers gain valuable insight into the needs and requirements of our customers. If you want to be a part of this discussion and help shape the future of our software, why not sign up for one of the upcoming BMUC events. Later this month we will be gathering in Amsterdam, followed by San Diego in July. Later in the year we will be hosting a BMUC event in our home state of Maine and we wrap up the 2017 BMUC calendar with a special event in Los Angeles in November. For details and to register, visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/bmuc/.

 

Blue Marble team

The Customer Service Conundrum

How many times have you heard a company extolling the importance of customer service while simultaneously subjecting their clients to what could only be described as abuse? While several shocking incidents have made headlines over recent months, these are by no means isolated events. For a small company such a Blue Marble, maintaining a positive relationship with our customers is not merely an aphorism but it is essential for our business. Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President, shared some incisive views on the subject in a recent blog post.

 

GeoCalc Mode

Did You Know?

When Global Mapper became part of the Blue Marble product lineup almost six years ago, questions were asked about how it would interact with the company’s flagship software, Geographic Calculator. On the one hand, we had the world’s foremost coordinate management tool and on the other, a powerful, interoperable GIS application. The amalgamation of these two technologies resulted in GeoCalc Mode, in which the geodic capabilities of Geographic Calculator were made accessible from within Global Mapper. Want to see how this works? For Global Mapper users, download a trial copy of Geographic Calculator or vice versa.

 

 

Global Mapper 18.2 - Join us for a webinar

Webinars and Webcasts

As noted last month, version 18.2 of Global Mapper is now available. To formally introduce the new features and functions included in this release, Blue Marble will be hosting a live interactive webinar on June 22 at 2:00 pm (Eastern US time). Join us as we demonstrate new 3D Digitizing functionality, upgrades to the multiview map display, a new hydro-flattening tool for LiDAR Module users, and much more.

Registration is required and space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

 

Geo-challenge

Where in the World?

May’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge was a little more, well, challenging than the previous edition. Nonetheless, many of you were able to correctly identify all five geographic features. To see how well you did, check out the answers here. The winner, randomly drawn, was Brad McKelvey from Engineering Resources LLC. This month, five new features await your perusal.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

We're Hiring! We are looking to add a software developer to our team

Career Opportunities

Ready for a change of scene? Blue Marble is seeking an experienced software developer to join our team of engineers and programmers working on the company’s next generation GIS applications and toolkits. The successful candidate will have an intimate familiarity with low level C++ software development with experience in GIS preferred. For more information on this and other career opportunities, visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/about-us/careers.php.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Commercial UAV Expo Europe | Brussels, Belgium | June 20 – 22

Blue Marble User Conference | Amsterdam, Netherlands | June 23

AGIT EXPO 2017 | Salzburg, Austria | July 5 – 7

Blue Marble User Conference | San Diego, CA | July 13

LiDAR Module Training | San Diego, CA | July 14

National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference | Columbus, OH | July 21 – 24

Blue Marble Monthly | May 2017

 

River bed

Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

May’s newsletter has a distinct LiDAR flavor. Check out the latest blog post entitled, “Got LiDAR? Now What?” and scroll a little further to find a link to the LiDAR-themed webcast series. Also this month, we ask for your feedback in the Global Mapper user survey and as always, we give you a chance to win a copy of Global Mapper in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

 

Global Mapper

Global Mapper Survey

Blue Marble’s product development process has always depended on direct input from users of our software. Now we are giving all Global Mapper users a chance to participate in this process. Follow the link below to complete a short user survey evaluating the capabilities of Global Mapper and its applicability for your day-to-day GIS needs. Perhaps more importantly, you will also have an opportunity to outline any improvements that you would like to see implemented. Five survey respondents, chosen at random, will receive a Global Mapper t-shirt.

 

LiDAR tree imagery

Got LiDAR? Now What?

In recent years LiDAR has emerged from the realm of technical specialists into the public domain. In many situations, data is being collected, processed, and delivered to citizenry lacking in the skills and expertise required to fully exploit the data. In a recent blog post, we addressed this issue by asking the double-barreled question, “Got LiDAR? Now What?”

 

Global Mapper Mobile

Did You Know?

Blue Marble offers a free field data collection and editing tool for GPS-enabled iOS and (soon-to-be) Android devices. Global Mapper Mobile extends the reach of your GIS by allowing a remote workforce to participate in your spatial data management workflow. Simply set up the collection parameters in the desktop version of Global Mapper, send the file to your mobile workforce, and import the collected data into Global Mapper.

 

Geographic Calculator

Product News

Since last month’s Blue Marble Monthly, the 2017 release of Geographic Calculator was unveiled, which includes a powerful new Seismic Survey QC tool. If you haven’t tried this comprehensive coordinate management software, why not download an evaluation copy? Look out for an Android version of the popular Global Mapper Mobile app in the coming weeks followed by the 18.2 release of Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module.

 

LiDAR webinar screenshot

Webinars and Webcasts

At the time of writing, we have completed the first three in the eight-part LiDAR processing webcast series. Each of these video recordings explores a different aspect of point cloud data management in Global Mapper. Click the link below to watch the first in the series and be sure to subscribe to the Blue Marble YouTube Channel to receive notification when each video is available.

 

May Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Thank you to all who submitted an entry in April’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Over 95% correctly identified all five geographic features. Check out the answers here. The randomly drawn winner and the recipient of a copy of Global Mapper is Nicolas George. This month, another copy of Global Mapper is up for grabs so why not take the challenge?

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

2017 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International XPONENTIAL | Dallas, TX | May 8 – 11

2017 Maine Municipal Technology Conference | South Portland, ME | May 11

2017 Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Conference | Perth, AU | May 14 – 17

Spring Northeast Arc User Group Conference | Amherst, MA | May 15

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training | Denver, CO | May 16 – 18

Combined Global Mapper/LiDAR Module Training | Perth, Western Australia | May 18 – 19

GEO Business 2017 | London, UK | May 23 – 24

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Symposium | San Antonio, TX | June 4 – 7

EnerGIS | Canonsburg, PA | June 5 – 6

Commercial UAV Expo Europe | Brussels, Belgium | June 20 – 22

Blue Marble User Conference Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands | June 23

Blue Marble Monthly | April 2017

Introducing the New Monthly Newsletter from Blue Marble

Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month

Welcome to the first edition of Blue Marble’s monthly e-newsletter, a consolidated source of information covering the latest company news and happenings. Each month, we will share insights on product developments, user stories, upcoming events, and much more. We will also give you an opportunity to win a copy of Global Mapper by testing your geographic knowledge in the new Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

This month we begin with a major announcement about Blue Marble’s new free academic licensing program; we explore the use of Global Mapper for UAV operations; and we introduce the new GeoCalc Geodetic Registry.

Mountain imagery scan

Blue Marble academic licenses

Blue Marble Announces Free Academic Licensing

Beginning on May 1st, both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator will be available at no cost for classroom teaching and hands-on lab instruction at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Announced in conjunction with the annual Association of American Geographers conference in Boston, this radical change to the company’s software licensing policy is designed to ensure students have access to the technology they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s geospatial workplace.

 

Drone flying over LiDAR imagery

Blue Marble at Work: Global Mapper for UAV Operations

It seems like everyone is talking about UAVs, or drones as they are frequently called. The use of this technology has made inroads into countless businesses and industries, from forensic analysis to farming. For many operators, the appeal of UAVs lies in the ease of remote data collection and increasingly, these UAV professionals are turning to Global Mapper for their data processing needs.

 

What's New in Global Mapper webinar screenshot

Webinars and Webcasts

Did you miss the recent What’s New in Global Mapper webinar? Not to worry, a recording of the presentation, along with all previous webinar and webcast recordings, is available.

 

This month, look out for a series of short videos focusing on the use of LiDAR in Global Mapper. Subscribe to the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and you will receive a notification when each video is available.

LiDARUSA case study imagery

Did You Know?

Geographic Calculator users can now update the application’s Datasource in real time using the new GeoCalc Geodetic Registry. Containing the foremost collection of coordinate reference system definitions, transformation algorithms, and other geodetic parameters, the Registry is frequently updated to reflect the latest EPSG registry.

 

April 2017 Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Do you know the difference between Guinea and Guyana? What about Mauritania and Mauritius? If so, you might be ready to take the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Simply identify five features or locations and if you are correct, you will be in the running to win a copy of Global Mapper v.18.1. Good luck!

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

BMUC presentation

2017 Blue Marble User Conferences

BMUC offers attendees an opportunity to gain insight into product plans; useful tips for software use; and networking.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

2017 GIS-T Symposium | Phoenix, AZ | April 10 – 13

With over 80 presentations, 8 workshops, roundtable sessions, a map gallery, and the roll call of states, the GIS-T Symposium is a unique opportunity to share your experiences, challenges, and successes in using geospatial technologies and data in transportation.

2017 MSS Spring Conference | Linthicum Heights, MD | April 20 – 21

The Maryland Society of Surveyors is a professional organization with the mission of advancing the science of Surveying and Mapping in the furtherance of the public welfare and in the interests of both those who use maps and surveys and those who make them.

2017 Geospatial Summit | Silver Spring, MD | April 24 – 25

The 2017 Geospatial Summit will provide updated information about the planned modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Specifically, NGS plans to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in 2022.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL | Dallas, TX | May 8 – 11

On May 8, 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will come together to shape the future of our industry. If you’ve never attended AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL – this is the one year you don’t want to miss.