Blue Marble Monthly: NGS to Present at GeoTalks 2019

 

 

NEWS  |  National Geodetic Survey to Present at GeoTalks

Exciting news! The Northeast Regional Geodetic Advisor Dan Martin from the National Geodetic Survey will be speaking along side GIS professionals from BSP Engineers, LiDARUSA, and MFBI Technologies at the first annual Blue Marble GeoTalks on March 21. Martin will present on the upcoming replacement of NAD 83 and NAVD 88 in year 2022.

Registration to attend the online geo-conference is free but space is limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

 

 

ACADEMIC  |  And the Global Mapper Scholarship Goes to …

James Heslington!

Blue Marble is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018-2019 Global Mapper Scholarship is James Heslington – a student in the Survey and Land/Environmental Management MSc program at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter. Read more about Heslington and the research project he submitted to win the $500 scholarship by clicking the link below.

 

PROJECTIONS | Five Reasons to Sign Up for Training

While all of Blue Marble’s training options have their merits, the Public Training courses come with an extra handful of benefits. This blog entry lists just a few of these opportunities for getting the most return out of a Global Mapper investment.

 

WEBINARS  |  What’s New in Global Mapper 20.1

Global Mapper v20.1 offers several new features including new Digitizer tools, significant upgrades to the Path Profile tool, enhanced LiDAR querying, and much more. In this Global Mapper webinar, that was broadcasted live on March 6, Blue Marble application specialists showcase some of the highlights of this release.

 

 

BLUE GOT MAIL  |  Changing the Color of Map Labels

Billy Noble, Applications Specialist at Blue Marble Geographics, answers questions that come into the technical support inbox. In this video, Billy demonstrates how to customize the color and fonts of labels in a layer of a map in Global Mapper.

 

mong the many upgrades included in Global Mapper v.20.1 is support for the internationally recognized S-52 symbology. An extensive collection of marine navigation symbols is now built in to the software and these are automatically applied when loading S-52 Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC).

About the chart above: Vector Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) of the approaches to Portland harbor on the coast of Maine. The internationally recognized S-52 symbology is now included in Global Mapper v.20.1.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Surprisingly, no one who entered February’s Geo-Challenge guessed that the bridge spanning New York’s East River was the Brooklyn Bridge. So much for trying to trick you. Among those who correctly identified Manhattan Bridge, along with the four other locations, was Max Shaw-Champion from Perenco. Max will shortly be receiving a copy of Global Mapper 20.1.

Click here for the correct answers to February’s challenge and to try your hand at March’s five locations, click the link below.

 

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EVENTS  |  Training in Orlando, Denver, and Ottawa

There are still a few seats available for the Global Mapper and LiDAR Module training classes in Denver on April 9 – 11. Sign up by April 2 to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to get the most out of Global Mapper.

If you can’t make it to Denver, here are other Public Training opportunities in 2019:

Perth, Australia  |  July 16 – 18

Sydney, Australia  |  July 23 – 25

Calgary  |  August 13 – 15

Houston  |  October 8 – 10

Blue Got Mail: Changing the Color of Map Labels in Global Mapper

Billy Noble, Applications Specialist at Blue Marble Geographics, answers questions that come into the technical support inbox. In this video, Billy demonstrates how to customize the color and fonts of labels in a layer of a map in Global Mapper.

Where in the World Geo-Challenge – March 2019

View the form at Google Forms >

Where in the World February 2019 Answers

How Well Did You Do?

Name the country – El Salvador

El Salvador

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the island – Jeju

Jeju

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Nazca

Nazca Lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the capital city – Singapore

Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the bridge – Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

 

Webinar: What’s New in Global Mapper v20.1

For a minor release, Global Mapper version 20.1 offers a surprising collection of new features and functions. In addition to the usual performance improvements and code tweaks that are typical of these minor releases, version 20.1 includes new Digitizer tools, significant upgrades to the Path Profile tool, enhanced LiDAR querying, and much more. In the latest live Global Mapper webinar, we showcase some of the highlights of this release.

Among the specific topics covered in the webinar are:

  • New zooming function in the Path Profile window
  • Legend display for multiple profiled surfaces
  • Option to set the default projection
  • New vector edge-matching tool

Support for Esri RESTful data sources And in the LiDAR Module:

  • New point proximity search tool for encroachment detection
  • Improved point cloud thinning options
  • And much more

If you have questions about any of the workflows or topics covered in this presentation, email: geohelp@bluemarblegeo.com. For licensing or sales questions, email orders@bluemarblegeo.com. To download an evaluation copy of Global Mapper, visit: www.bluemarblegeo.com/products/global-mapper.php

Five Reasons to Sign Up for Global Mapper Training

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Application Specialist Katrina Schweikert leads a Global Mapper training course in Hallowell, Maine in January of 2019.

Blue Marble Geographics offers several training options to help users get the most out of their all-in-one GIS software, Global Mapper: Customized Trainingfor companies or organizations needing tailored instruction based on specific workflow needs; Self-Training, comprised of a series of lessons that users can tackle at home at their own pace; and Public Training courses that cover the extensive functionality of Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module.

While all three options have their benefits, the public training courses, which take place at a variety of locations around the world, come with a handful of perks on top of being great opportunities for users to increase the return on their Global Mapper investment.

In this blog entry, I will list the top five reasons why you should sign up for a public training class, and outline what this training journey looks like.

1. GIS training for both beginners and professionals

Public training molds to the GIS –skill levels and knowledge of the attendees.

A couple of weeks before the class, attendees receive a Getting Started package, which includes the following resources:

  • A PDF of the training manual
  • The data files that will be used in the course
  • Links to the Getting Started Guide and video
  • The Self-Training materials

While it’s not required for attendees to look at these resources, the package gives them the opportunity to see the topics covered in the courses. It also gives attendees time to reach out to Blue Marble’s training team with any specific questions or concerns they may have about the material.

This pre-course communication helps trainers understand attendees’ skills in GIS, ensuring that all attendees get the most out of their individual training experience.

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Trainees listen to instructions in the Global Mapper training course that took place in Hallowell, Maine in January of 2019.

2. Hands-on instruction from GIS experts

In a public training class, Blue Marble’s applications specialists walk through workflows that attendees follow, and provide plenty of opportunities for attendees to ask questions.

Introducing functionality that attendees may not have previously known, this hands-on experience allows trainees to apply new knowledge with real data and in meaningful ways. Their earned skills – ranging from basic Digitizer usage, to more advanced functions such as a variety of terrain analysis functions– can later be remembered and practiced at home with the training manual and data files trainees will take with them.

See the agenda for the Global Mapper class here.

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Applications Specialist David McKittrick gives an overview of the Global Mapper toolbars in a training course in Hallowell, Maine.

3. A resume builder with an official certification

The complete Global Mapper training course is a three-day program incorporating two separate courses that attendees can sign up for individually or as one continuous program. The first two days are dedicated to the core functionality of Global Mapper, and the third day focuses on the LiDAR Module and point cloud processing.

Individually, the courses are great resume builders, however when, taken together, they earn attendees an official Global Mapper User certification. If an attendee is just starting their GIS-related career, a certificate can be a valuable credential proving their broad range of terrain analysis, 3D data editing, LiDAR processing skills, and more.

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Trainees are given data sets to follow along with workflows during the training courses.

4. An introduction to LiDAR and point cloud processing

With increased access to affordable ways of collecting LiDAR and point cloud data, it’s become more important for GIS professionals to understand what to do with this data and to have access to tools that can efficiently process it.

The third day of training focuses on point cloud processing, covering a range of topics, including: LiDAR filtering and editing techniques, photogrammetric point cloud creation, feature extraction, and more. Whether trainees are just starting to use point cloud data, or if they are experienced, this one-day intensive class will cover everything they need to know about Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module’s capabilities.

See the full LiDAR agenda here.

5. A networking opportunity – connecting with GM users

Supplementing the learning experience, the public training courses also offer the opportunity for trainees to meet other members of the Global Mapper user community and to network within the industry. A broad range of professionals – from government workers to UAV pilots– attend and benefit from Blue Marble’s training courses, which makes these courses rich in a different way every time.

Public Training – A valuable GIS experience

Whether it’s to boost a burgeoning GIS career or to re-energize and enrich a mature one, Blue Marble’s public training is a valuable experience that provides insight into the basics of Global Mapper, lesser known software features, certification, and networking opportunities.

To see when a training is coming to a location near you and to register, visit the Blue Marble training page. If you have any questions about training, contacttraining@bluemarblegeo.com.