Top 5 Things Blue Marble Geographics is Grateful for in 2016

Happy New Year from Blue Marble Geographics!

We made some ambitious goals in 2016, ranging from rebranding our products to updating the look and feel of Global Mapper. It was challenging, but our team made it happen!

Here is a countdown of the top five things Blue Marble is grateful for in 2016:

 5 – A New Website

We needed a website to not only match our new and improved graphics and logos, but to reflect the ease-of-use found in our software. We redesigned our website to be easier to navigate, more mobile friendly, and overall more pleasing to the eye. We even incorporated more of the friendly faces of the people who work at Blue Marble.

Redesigned Blue Marble Geographics website
We cleaned up our website to be nicer to look at and easier to navigate. We updated our social media icons; added our new logo; created a new cart and login for customers; added new imagery from our software; added our new product logos; and used more house photography that features Blue Marble events and employees.

4 – The First Annual Blue Marble User Conference Road Show

In the month of March, Blue Marble staff members took to the road to bring the Blue Marble User Conference experience to as wide an audience as possible. We traveled to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada providing conference attendees with insight on current and future product developments as well as usability tips to help get the most out of Global Mapper and the Geographic Calculator. A variety of industry experts also joined us along the way to share their experience with Blue Marble technology.


Blue Marble training event and user conference
The 2016 Blue Marble User Conferences in Houston, Calgary, San Francisco, Boston, and Pittsburgh featured presentations from Bechtel Infrastructure, BSP Engineers, Inc., Pictometry, EnergyIQ, GEO1, and the Blue Marble Team.

3 – The Release of Global Mapper Mobile for iOS

In a significant development shift, we released a mobile version of our desktop GIS software. Global Mapper Mobile, originally an iOS app and soon to be available for Android devices, extends the reach of a traditional GIS by offering access to virtually all raster and vector spatial datasets where they are needed most: in the field or at a job site. Used in conjunction with the desktop version of Global Mapper, the mobile edition can display both raster and vector layers from any of the 250 supported formats while allowing field editing and markup.


Global Mapper for desktop and mobile
Global Mapper Mobile is a powerful GIS data viewing and field data collection application for iOS that utilizes the device’s GPS capability to provide situational awareness and locational intelligence for remote mapping projects.

2 – The Release of Global Mapper Version 18

Arguably the most significant release in the history of this renowned GIS software, version 18 introduced bold new graphics, reconfigured menus, and improved layer management. With our continued focus on optimizing the use of 3D data, it also offers full-range dynamic rendering of all loaded terrain or LiDAR data and supports the concurrent display of multiple terrain surfaces.


Redesigned Global Mapper
We redesigned and redeveloped Global Mapper for version 18.

1 – You: Our Users

You joined us for training sessions, visited us at conferences, followed us on social media, downloaded our software, shared your software stories with us, and gave us feedback on our products. 2016 would not have been a great year without you!

Attendees of Orlando, FL training
We had full attendance and received some great feedback at our Orlando training this year.

Thank you for all of your support, and we hope you continue to participate with us in 2017 in whatever way you are comfortable. We have more big plans to change the way the world uses and thinks about GIS but we need your help to do it.

2017 Training

Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2016 Global Mapper Certified Training Program with a sold-out three-day class in Orlando, FL from December 6-8. Blue Marble’s hands-on instructor-led classes have proven to be an indispensable asset for countless users hoping to get the most out of the software. The certified training curriculum effectively introduces novice users to the fundamentals of GIS and spatial data processing while concurrently challenging experienced GIS professionals to improve workflow and productivity.

For over two decades, Blue Marble’s affordable, user-friendly GIS software has been meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands satisfied customers throughout the world. Users come from all industries including software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as government departments and academic institutions.

As well as Orlando, Global Mapper training locations for 2016 included Hallowell, ME (Blue Marble Headquarters), Las Vegas, NV, Vancouver, BC, St Louis, MO, Montreal, QC, London, UK, and Munich, Germany. Additionally, certified Global Mapper partners conducted classes in South Africa, Brazil, and Germany.

For 2017, the Global Mapper training curriculum has been revised and updated to include the new functionality that has recently been incorporated into version 18 as well as the new design and layout of the software. The redesigned course will follow two days of intensive, hands-on training on the core functionality of the application supplemented by an optional day-long class focusing on the capabilities of the LiDAR Module. The instruction process will involve following a series of preconfigured workflows that touch on all of the features and functions of the software using a wide variety of sample datasets. Participants who complete all three days of training will be recognized as Certified Global Mapper users.

The schedule for 2017 includes classes in Denver, CO and Perth, Australia in May and Ottawa, ON in October. Additional dates and locations will be added to meet the demand for training in particular geographic areas.

As well as offering public classes, Blue Marble Applications Specialists are available to deliver company- or organization-specific training programs. With a customized curriculum and flexible schedule, these classes can be conducted onsite or online.

“The Global Mapper Certified Training Program is a vital service that we provide for our customers,” stated Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President. “Training attendees routinely cite the knowledge and skills acquired during the class as essential to their increased productivity.”

For more information about the various training options, visit: For all questions about currently scheduled classes, to inquire about public classes in locations other than those listed, or to arrange a custom class for your organization, email
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