Where in the World Geo-Challenge — May 2019

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Where in the World April 2019 Answers

How Well Did You Do?

Name the body of water – Sea of Marmara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the country – Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the mountain range – Southern Alps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the capitol city – Buenos Aires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name the desert – Taklamakan Desert

 

USGS 3DEP Data Now Available in Global Mapper

New streaming service provides high-resolution elevation data for the United States

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is a USGS-initiated effort to collect and process LiDAR data and to make it publicly available, along with its derived products. The 3DEP elevation data (DEM) as well as several supplementary raster layers are now available free of charge and without use restriction to users of Global Mapper version 20.0 and higher. The 3DEP service is comprised of data from many different sources with horizontal resolutions up to 1 meter.

As an illustration of the quality of the data, the following screenshots compare the 3DEP data on the left with the 10-meter National Elevation Dataset (NED) of the same coverage area.

Bradbury Mountain State Park, Maine
Near Lake Arthur, Louisiana
Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming. Rendered with a Customer Shader
Fort George, Castine, Maine
Point Loma, San Diego, California. Rendered with the Slope Shader
Acadia National Park, Maine
Zion National Park, Utah

If you are currently using version 20.0 of Global Mapper or newer, you will automatically have access to the 3DEP data within the Online Data Sources list. Navigate to the Terrain Data section and choose USGS 3DEP Elevation.

For more information on the current status of the 3DEP and plans for future acquisition, visit www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/ngp/3dep

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.”

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.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

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