Blue Marble Monthly – April 2019

 

 

NEWS  |  2019-2020 Scholarship Announced

We are pleased to offer another $500 award this year to a student who explores the full depth of functionality available in Blue Marble technology and expands their proficiency in the field of GIS in a research project or lab report.

 

 

APRIL FOOLS  |  A Global Mapper Dating Plugin

In case you missed the announcement, we introduced a new plug-in for Global Mapper on April 1st. Promising to match you with a compatible geo-partner, GeoMeet proved to be an instant hit. But is it real? You decide.

 

GEOTALKS | Did You Miss GeoTalks 2019

By every measure, the inaugural GeoTalks online geo-conference was a resounding success. If you were unable to attend the live event, recordings of each of the presentations are now available.

 

DID YOU KNOW  |  Detecting Change in Global Mapper

Nestled within Global Mapper’s Analysis toolbar is a powerful but frequently overlooked tool for analyzing overlapping surface layers. The Combine/Compare Terrain layers function includes numerous mathematical options, including averaging the elevation values between the layers, keeping the max or min values, and perhaps most useful, subtracting the overlapping elevation values. The result of this process is a third elevation layer which models the difference between the two original layers.

 

 

BLUE GOT MAIL  |  Determining Coordinates of LiDAR Points

In this month’s Blue Got Mail, a Global Mapper user wants to know how to determine the X and Y coordinates of a selected LiDAR point. Blue Marble Application Specialist, Billy Noble demonstrates how easy this is.

 

In honor of National Volunteer week, we introduce a Blue Marble staff member who goes above and beyond by donating time and effort to worthy causes. Our first Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Operations Manager Danielle Caron, who spends some of her spare time as a Den Leader for a local Boy Scout Troop.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Time to hone your geographic skills in another round of the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Before introducing the five locations for April, a tip of the hat to March’s randomly drawn winner, Dwain Kelm, P.E. from C.T. Brannon Corp. in Tyler, TX. Dwain will be receiving a copy of Global Mapper after recognizing all five locations. How well did you do?

Click here for the correct answers and click below to enter April’s challenge.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

EVENTS  |  GeoBusiness in London

For those of you planning to attend GeoBusiness in London on May 21 and 22, be sure to stop by the Blue Marble’s booth P5 or join us for a free workshop on ‘Generating a 3D Point Cloud and DTM from UAV Collected Images’ in Room E at 10:15 on the 22nd.

 

Click here for more information on our scheduled training classes, or visit the Blue Marble Events page for more information on upcoming events.

Volunteer Spotlight: Operations Manager Danielle Caron

In a world that is packed full of things, places, and events it can be hard to make time to give back to your community. For the last two years, Blue Marble has given employees the opportunity to donate their time to Good Shepherd food bank a few times a year during the work day, making it easier to give back to the local community in a meaningful way.

Blue Marble’s Operations Manager Danielle Caron volunteers her time as a den leader for a local Boys Scout group.

However, Blue Marble has some employees who make the time to volunteer outside of work, and this month’s newsletter has a new feature: Volunteer Spotlight. This month we are highlighting the achievements of Danielle Caron.

Danielle Caron has been part of the Blue Marble team for the last 11 years and is the Operations Manager for the company. If you are visiting the BMG headquarters, you are likely to see her touching base with employees and making sure everything is running smoothly. Outside of work, Danielle has been a Den Leader with a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America for the last four years. This was not a role she originally saw herself taking on, but when her son was not interested in playing sports the Boy Scouts offered an excellent alternative for him and for her.

Danielle transitioned into the role of Den Leader shortly after her son joined. Over the last four years, she has worked with her Scouts to learn basic household repair, create a grocery budget, as well as going camping and learning to build a fire.

In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life – Boy Scouts of America.

Being a den leader offers Danielle new challenges year after year. “I didn’t volunteer because it was easy. I wanted to really help and it was challenging to dive into a well known long-time established organization like this with 14 ten-year- old boys. Oh, of course the opportunity to enrich children’s lives and see my son grow blah blah blah.” She says with a laugh.

Danielle Caron stands to the left with her Boys Scout group.

If you are interested in supporting the Boy Scouts look out for the famous Popcorn fundraiser that is held every year. Or you can donate through the link below:
https://donations.scouting.org/#/national/

Danielle is quick to point out that with official approval, “The best donation is your time. Cub scouts are always looking for people to teach new skills, lead adventures, be a den leader, charter a troop at your office or support a scout directly. Get involved with the kids. At any level every chance you get. They are our future employees, family members, leaders and inventors. It can be a lot of fun.”

Register to Watch GeoTalks 2019

Here’s a little taste of the presentations from this year’s GeoTalks — the online geo-conference that was recorded live on March 21, 2019.

Register online to access the recorded presentations: http://bit.ly/geotalks-2019-videos

There were presentations from:
Anthony Beach, BSP Engineers, Inc
Using UAS Technology in Combination with Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module

Michael Frings, MFBI Technologies
Optimal Positioning of Advertising Poles in Topographically Challenging Environments

Dan Martin, The National Geodetic Registry
Preparing for Change: New Coordinates Coming in 2022

Daniel Fagerman, LiDARUSA
Scanning the Past: A Look at the Ancient Mayan Pyramid at Uxmal

Where in the World Geo-Challenge – April 2019

View the form at Google Forms >

Where in the World March 2019 Answers

How Well Did You Do?

Name the capital city – Baku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the river – Euphrates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the island – Île de la Cité

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the national park – Everglades National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the country – Hungary

 

Blue Got Mail – Finding the coordinates of a point from a loaded point cloud 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 find the coordinates of a point in a loaded point cloud in LAS format using Global Mapper.