Blue Marble Monthly – May 2019

 

 

NEWS  |  Global Mapper Mobile Available through IGAPP

The Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program (IGAPP) offers an efficient way for the US Intelligence Community and Department of Defense personnel to access the latest mobile technology. Recently, an enhanced version of Global Mapper Mobile for both Android and iOS devices was added to the list of applications available on the IGAPP store.

 

 

PROJECTIONS  |  Got a Drone? Now What?

It seems that every where you turn, someone is doing something interesting with a drone. Arguably one of the most significant technological innovations of the last decade, drones or UAVs have the potential to play an important role in the broad field of mapping and spatial data management. In a recent blog post, Blue Marble’s Outreach and Training Manager David McKittrick explored some of the ways in which Global Mapper’s functionality has evolved to meet the needs of this burgeoning technology.

 

BLUE GOT MAIL | Removing the Collar from a Raster Map

This month, we reach deep into the technical support mailbag and pull out a letter from a customer who asks how to remove the collar from their raster topographic map in Global Mapper. Once again, Billy Noble is on hand to show us how this is done.

 

DID YOU KNOW  |  3DEP Data Available in Global Mapper

Here in the US, we are fortunate to have open and free access to a wide variety of spatial datasets. One such data service, which is now available in the Online Data list in Global Mapper v.20 and newer, is the USGS-managed 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) data. This LiDAR-based DEM is derived from multiple sources with horizontal resolutions up to 1-meter. Click below to see some simple images of this data.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Once in a while, we include potential catch in the monthly Geo-Challenge; a location that could be easily misconstrued. Alas, not many of you were fooled into thinking that the desert in April’s challenge was Gobi Desert. Click here to find out the correct answer and to see how well you did with the four other locations. The first name pulled from the hat and winner of a copy of Global Mapper for April was Hugo Ahlenius from Nordpil. Ready for another challenge? Click below to see if you can recognize the latest five locations.

 

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EVENTS  |  GeoBusiness and GEOINT

Over the next few weeks, we will be setting up shop at two of the more important conferences in the Blue Marble calendar. GeoBusiness in London on May 21 and 22 and the GEOINT Symposium in San Antonio, Texas from June 2 to 4. If you plan to attend either of these events, be sure to stop by the Blue Marble booth.

 

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

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.

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 Marble Monthly: GeoTalks Speakers Announced

 

GeoTalks

 

NEWS  |  Speakers Announced for Blue Marble GeoTalks

Mark your calendar for March 21. The agenda for GeoTalks, Blue Marble’s free online conference, has been finalized and includes Daniel Fagerman from LiDAR USA, who will share his adventures uncovering Mayan ruins in Mexico; and Michael Frings from MFBI Technologies, who will talk about the use of 3D and terrain analysis in the optimal placement of outdoor advertising. The day-long agenda also includes the latest news from Blue Marble, tips and tricks, and lots more.

 

Turkana Basin

FEATURE  |  Mapping the Turkana Basin

In a blog entry, archaeologist Antonio Kuilan writes about how he used Global Mapper to create high resolution digital elevation models of the Turkana Basin — an area that has produced “key hominin fossils that shape the understanding of our human origins.”

“It is my opinion that what makes Global Mapper powerful is not only its collaborative design team, but their focus on listening to the real-world GIS experiences and needs of scientists, researchers, and other users.”

 

LiDAR data

VIDEOS | Blue Got Mail

Billy Noble, Applications Specialist at Blue Marble Geographics, answers questions that come into the technical support inbox. In this video, Billy demonstrates how to maintain the colors of a point cloud when converting it from a LAS format to a GeoTIFF in Global Mapper.

 

Global Mapper

PROJECTIONS  |  What is Maintenance and Support?

Global Mapper is in a constant state of development. Chances are, some of the tools that you are currently using have already been modified or improved by Blue Marble developers. To make sure that you have access to these updates when they are released and to make sure you can call on the technical support team should questions arise, you’ll want to be on board with the Maintenance and Support plan. What exactly does this entail?

 

 

LiDAR data in Global Mapper

COMING SOON  |  Top Five New Features in Global Mapper 20.1

For a minor release, version 20.1 of Global Mapper promises a veritable plethora of powerful new features and functions. In this pre-release preview, we showcase five of the most interesting new tools including a zoom function in the profile view and a proximity search for LiDAR points. Look out for an announcement about the availability of the 20.1 release in the next few weeks.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?  |  Global Mapper Getting Started Guide

Do you consider yourself a Global Mapper novice? Or maybe you just need a helping hand with the basics before jumping headlong into a more involved project. Fear not; help is at hand. Tucked conveniently into the Help menu is the concise Global Mapper Getting Started Guide. This is your indispensable assistant covering everything from navigating the interface to saving a workspace.

 

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Where in the World Geo-Challenge

It’s amazing how much you can learn pulling together the five locations for the monthly Geo-Challenge. Cape Horn is not on the mainland of South America? Really? Mongolia looks like an inverted Racoon… if you squint and use your imagination.

The first randomly selected entrant among those who successfully recognized these and the three other locations in January’s challenge is Dante Arturo González Salas from Dante González Consultoría en Hidrología e Hidráulica in Mexico. To see how well you fared, click here and to take a shot at January’s challenge click the link below.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

EVENTS  |  Training in Orlando, Denver, and Ottawa

At the time of writing, there are still a few seats available for the Global Mapper training class in Orlando, Florida from March 12-14. If a trip to the Sunshine state is not possible, how about Denver, Colorado from April 9-11 or Ottawa, Ontario from June 11-13. Three days learning how get the most out of Global Mapper is a worthwhile investment that pays dividends in terms of efficiency and productivity.

Additional training locations for 2019 include:

Orlando  |  March 12 – 14, December 3 – 5

Denver  |  April 9 – 11

Ottawa  |  June 11 – 13

Perth, Australia  |  July 16 – 18

Sydney, Australia  |  July 23 – 25

Calgary  |  August 13 – 15

Houston  |  October 8 – 10

Blue Marble Monthly: Getting Ready for Our Free Online Geospatial Conference

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

Can you believe it’s 2019 already? This year promises to be an exciting one for Blue Marble with ambitious plans already in place for the next generation of both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator. The new year also sees us take a fresh approach to our annual conference. Blue Marble GeoTalks, scheduled for March 21, will be a daylong online gathering of geospatial enthusiasts who share a common interest in Blue Marble’s spatial technology. See below for more details and registration information.

Also in this month’s newsletter we explore the simple process for creating a 3D mesh from a point cloud in Global Mapper, we introduce mapcodes, we invite you to join us for a live webinar on the latest features and functions of Geographic Calculator, and as always, we gauge your geographic prowess in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

NEWS  |  Registration Open for Blue Marble GeoTalks

One of the inherent limitations of hosting a user conference at a specific location is the logistical and financial burden placed on both hosts and attendees. The solution? Move it online. Scheduled for March 21, Blue Marble GeoTalks will provide a forum for the worldwide Blue Marble community to gather for an exchange of ideas, to hear from a variety of industry experts, and to learn about what’s new and what’s upcoming from Blue Marble.

 

DID YOU KNOW  |  Searching by Mapcode in Global Mapper

While most of us are accustomed to conveying location based on a street number, street name, city, etc., in many parts of the world this information is simply not available. This inevitably causes problems for government officials, emergency responders, and many others. To address this disparity, a system of alphanumeric mapcodes was developed in 2001 creating a simple and universally accepted spatial reference system for the entire world. Global Mapper’s search function supports the entry of a mapcode to locate a specific point or to generate the corresponding coordinates. If you want to try it for yourself, select Find Address from Global Mapper’s Search menu and enter the following: “ME XBY.JS”. Add some online imagery and you should see the Blue Marble headquarters in Hallowell, Maine.

 

VIDEOS | Creating a 3D Model from a Point Cloud

One of the highlights of the version 20 release of Global Mapper is a new tool for generating a 3D mesh or model from a selection of LiDAR or other point cloud points. The resulting layer contains a complex vector feature comprised of an array of abutting triangles that, when displayed in Global Mapper’s 3D Viewer, take the form of a realistic three-dimensional representation of the object. As is typical with Global Mapper, the process of creating a 3D mesh is remarkably straightforward.

 

WEBINAR  |  What’s New in Geographic Calculator 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the What’s New in Geographic Calculator 2019 webinar, which had been scheduled for January 10, has been moved to January 17. Those who registered should have received an email with the updated information and we hope you can still make it to this live presentation. The good news is that there is still time to sign up. Join us as we explore the latest updates to the software’s data processing tools and to the underlying geodetic datasource.

 

Deadline Extended for Global Mapper Academic Scholarship

Over the last two years, hundreds of colleges and universities throughout North America have taken advantage of Blue Marble’s free academic licensing program and have been able to introduce more and more students to the broad field of geospatial technology. To recognize and reward some of the creative work being done in labs and classrooms, Blue Marble is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who has used Global Mapper in their field of study. The deadline for submission has just been extended to the end of January, which means there is still time to share the details of your project.

 

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Someone, who has obviously been participating in the Geo-Challenge for some time, recently inquired if we were beginning to run out of countries or capitals. Fear not, we have a long way to go, and if the need arises, we can ultimately recycle what we’ve used before. So it pays to follow along.

January’s winner and recipient of a copy of Global Mapper is Nirmalya Maitra from Riddhi Management Services in Kolkata, India. To see how well you fared, click here and to take a shot at January’s challenge click the link below.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

EVENTS  |  Global Mapper Training in 2019

After our recent announcement about the tentative locations for Global Mapper training classes in 2019, we were inundated with inquiries. Registration is now open for the classes in Orlando in March, Denver in April, and Ottawa in June. Space is limited so be sure to reserve a slot at your preferred venue as soon as possible.

For those with a more immediate need for training, there is still space in the three-day class to be conducted at Blue Marble’s headquarters in Maine from January 29 – 31.

Additional training locations for 2019 include:

Orlando  |  March 12 – 14, December (TBD)

Denver  |  April 9 – 11

Ottawa  |  June 11 – 13

Australia  |  July (TBD)

Calgary  |  August (TBD)

Houston  |  October (TBD)

Blue Marble Monthly: Happy Holidays from the Team

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

It doesn’t seem like a year ago that we were ushering in 2018 and eagerly anticipating the celebration of our 25th anniversary. At the close of another successful year for Blue Marble, it’s time to look forward to 2019 and what better way to herald the new year than by introducing the 2019 edition of Geographic Calculator. In this month’s newsletter, we discuss the introduction of NADCON 5.0 in the latest release, and how that addition foreshadows future changes in the software and industry.

Also this month, we offer some last minute holiday gift-giving advice, we remind software developers that an SDK version of Global Mapper is available, we announce an extension to the Global Mapper Academic Scholarship Program, and as always, we test your geographic expertise in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

PRODUCT NEWS  |  Foreshadowing Future Geodetic Tools

The latest version of our coordinate conversion software – Geographic Calculator 2019 – doesn’t stray from the 25-year tradition of providing accurate geodetic solutions. But the introduction of NADCON 5.0 in the software foreshadows more significant future changes in Geographic Calculator and National Geodetic Survey tools.

 

PROJECTIONS  |  Holiday Gift Guide

It is the perennial dilemma: What do you buy the person who has everything? Fear not. Just in time for the holidays, Blue Marble comes to the rescue for all you present procrastinators. The Blue Marble Emporium offers the latest must-have attire for the geospatial fashionistas on your list, naughty or nice.

 

PROJECTIONS | Holiday Week at Blue Marble

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

Every December, Blue Marble staffers from near and far gather in Maine for a week of conviviality and holiday revelry (with a little company business thrown in for good measure). This year, our roving photographer captured the highlights of our festivities.

 

DID YOU KNOW  |  Global Mapper Software Development Kit

Did you know that you can integrate Global Mapper’s powerful geospatial processing engine into a third-party application? Mirroring the capabilities of the desktop version of the software, the SDK provides software developers with an unparalleled array of tools for loading, editing, converting, analyzing, and exporting virtually any spatial dataset. The SDK even allows software engineers to modify the functionality of Global Mapper itself by adding custom extensions and toolbars.

 

Deadline Extended for Global Mapper Academic Scholarship

Over the last two years, hundreds of colleges and universities throughout North America have taken advantage of Blue Marble’s free academic licensing program and have been able to introduce more and more students to the broad field of geospatial technology. To recognize and reward some of the creative work being done in labs and classrooms, Blue Marble is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who has used Global Mapper in their field of study. The deadline for submission has just been extended to the end of January, which means there is still time to share the details of your project.

 

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

You may have noticed that the Geo-Challenge questions have been getting steadily more difficult over recent months. This has not deterred an increasing number of you from proving your geographic prowess and correctly identifying all five locations. Among those who seemingly had no problems with October’s challenge was Ian Rath of Arcadis Australia Pacific. Ian will shortly be receiving a copy of Global Mapper for his efforts.

To find out how you did on last month’s challenge, check out the answers here.

If you’re up for another try, click the link below to test your geographic knowledge in the November edition. Good luck!

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

VIDEOS  |  What’s New in Geographic Calculator 2019

For over 25 years, Geographic Calculator has set the benchmark for accurate coordinate and datum management and processing, and the release of the 2019 version further consolidates this industry-leading position. Join us on January 10 for a live, hour-long webinar in which we showcase the highlights of this release.

EVENTS  |  Global Mapper Training in 2019

After a brief hiatus over the holiday break, Blue Marble’s calendar quickly fills up in the new year. The first major event is the kick-off to the 2019 Global Mapper training schedule with a class in our home state of Maine. This three-day certification course runs from January 29-31 and registration is now open.

Additional training locations for 2019 include:

Orlando  |  March 12 – 14, December (TBD)

Denver  |  April (TBD)

Ottawa  |  June (TBD)

Australia  |  July (TBD)

Calgary  |  August (TBD)

Houston  |  October (TBD)

A New Online Blue Marble Conference is Coming

Coming up on March 21, Blue Marble will host a new conference. Instead of meeting at a specific physical location like user conferences in the past, we will gather online for a day of informative presentations, workshops, user stories, and much more. Details will be finalized in early January but in the meantime, we are looking for a few good presenters. Click here for more information.

Blue Marble Monthly: Point Cloud Processing, 3D Fly-Throughs, and Vector Extraction, oh my!

Satellite imagery

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

The release of version 20 of Global Mapper is still generating a lot of buzz, and that is especially true of the new LiDAR Module tools. In this month’s newsletter, we take a moment to consider some of the highlights of this add-on to Global Mapper in a Top Five list. As the end of the year approaches, our focus now turns to Geographic Calculator 2019, which is currently in its beta testing phase. If everything goes according to plan, the release version should be available within a few weeks. Check your inbox for an official announcement. As a teaser, we preview some of the highlights of the Calculator release.

Also this month, we demonstrate how easy it is to create a 3D fly-through in Global Mapper, we revisit the software’s raster-to-vector capability using the new Color Picker tool, and as always, we offer a free copy of Global Mapper in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

PRODUCT NEWS  |  Top 5 Features of the LiDAR Module

It has been five years since the Global Mapper LiDAR Module was introduced. The first version offered some basic tools for streamlined LiDAR editing and filtering but more importantly, it provided a platform on which increasingly advanced point cloud processing capabilities would subsequently be added. In a recent blog post, we highlighted five of the most important LiDAR Module tools.

 

PROJECTIONS  |  Creating a 3D Fly-Through in Five Steps

Data visualization is a fundamental component of any functional GIS and in today’s geospatial world where 3D data has become the norm, 3D visualization is essential. Global Mapper’s fly-through capability provides a simple but powerful means to dynamically explore and examine the 3D environment and, as is typical with Global Mapper, it involves just a handful of steps. Five to be exact.

 

DID YOU KNOW | Vector Extraction from a Raster layer

Did you know that Global Mapper includes a tool for automatically vectorizing features from a raster layer? Thought not. While it doesn’t get the same attention as some of the other powerful analysis tools, it is, in its own right, an invaluable component of the software. With the introduction of the Color Picker tool in version 20, this vectorization capability has become even more straightforward. Check out this short video to see for yourself.

 

COMING SOON  |  Geographic Calculator 2019

While it is risky to introduce the highlights of a software release while it is still in development, we are confident the new functionality currently being beta tested in Geographic Calculator 2019 will be available in the final release in a few weeks. Among the most important upgrades are:

  • Optimized architecture for Windows 10 environment
  • A new capability to copy and paste blocks of data grid values into spreadsheets
  • Updated icons and graphics for jobs and tools
  • A new Angular Unit Converter tool
  • Updated Seismic Survey Conversion Job with enhanced P1/11 format support and additional SEG-Y format coordinate scalar handling
  • And much more

Look out for a release announcement in your inbox shortly.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

You may have noticed that the Geo-Challenge questions have been getting steadily more difficult over recent months. This has not deterred an increasing number of you from proving your geographic prowess and correctly identifying all five locations. Among those who seemingly had no problems with October’s challenge was Ian Rath of Arcadis Australia Pacific. Ian will shortly be receiving a copy of Global Mapper for his efforts.

To find out how you did on last month’s challenge, check out the answers here.

If you’re up for another try, click the link below to test your geographic knowledge in the November edition. Good luck!

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

EVENTS  |  Upcoming Conferences

At the time of writing, two Blue Marble teams are on the road, spreading the word about our products in Indianapolis and Las Vegas. Next week we have a crew in London at The Commercial UAV Show and another in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Geomatics Atlantic Conference. If you’re going to either of these events, stop by and say hello.

As anticipated, the Orlando Global Mapper training class in December is full but you can add your name to a waiting list to see if a slot becomes available. Looking forward to 2019, we are in the process of finalizing the training calendar. No promises, but if you would like to see a training class in your neck of the woods, let us know by emailing training@bluemarble.com.

Where Blue Marble Will Be Next

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Geomatics Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | November 14 – 16

The Commercial UAV Show
London, UK | November 14 – 15

I/ITSEC
Orlando, FL | November 26 – 30

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training
Orlando, FL | December 4 – 6

Blue Marble Monthly: Discovering Uncharted Mayan Ruins

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

September was a busy month at Blue Marble. We released version 20 of Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module, we conducted a live webinar about the new version, we hosted our 20th anniversary Blue Marble User Conference, and we updated the online GeoCalc Geodetic Registry. In this newsletter, we share some exciting news about a valued Global Mapper user, we review what we have been working on and our training plans for the rest of the year and, as always, we offer you a chance to win a copy of Global Mapper in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

NEWS  |  Global Mapper on TV with LiDARUSA

Global Mapper and a longtime Blue Marble customer had a moment in the limelight this past summer. LiDAR USA used the software to reveal an uncharted Mayan causeway on the Travel Channel show “Expeditions Unknown”. See the suspenseful clip on our blog.

 

BMUC  |  Five Reasons Why You Should Have Attended

On September 21, the 25th Anniversary Blue Marble User Conference was held in our home state of Maine! Those who joined us were treated to fascinating presentations, useful tips and tricks, delicious food, and wonderful Maine hospitality. For those who weren’t able to go, learn more about what you missed at the event and why you should consider attending in the future.

 

PRODUCT NEWS | Global Mapper 20 Now Available

Global Mapper version 20 was released just a few weeks ago and it’s been literally flying off the shelves ever since. Early adopters are raving about the new Map Layout tools, gushing over the 3D mesh creation capability, and marveling at the performance and data processing improvements. Download a copy today and find out what all of the fuss is about.

 

DID YOU KNOW?  |  About GeoCalc Online

Have you heard about Blue Marble’s GeoCalc Geodetic Registry? It’s an online coordinate geodetic repository for all of Blue Marble’s software. The online registry is a hosted version of the complete GeoCalc library; accessible here as a resource and tool for surveyors, geodesists, and GIS analysts concerned with accurate and reliable coordinate reference system definitions as well as the most accurate coordinate transformations. GeoCalc was recently updated and is current with the latest International Association of Oil and Gas Providers’ EPSG Geomatic Registry.

 

VIDEOS | What’s New in Global Mapper 20

The most recent live Blue Marble webinar entitled, “What’s New in Global Mapper v20”, has been recorded, reviewed, lightly edited, and uploaded to YouTube! Watch and learn about all of our new features ranging from generating 3D meshes to streamlined Map Layout tools, and everything in between.

This and 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.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Rome? Really? It was actually Port Moresby. A surprising number of participants were apparently fooled by the capital city question in September’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge. But not Ryszard Szwajda from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Ryszard will shortly be receiving a copy of Global Mapper 20 for correctly guessing all five locations.

To find out how you did on last month’s challenge, check out the answers here.

If you’re up for another try, click the link below to test your geographic knowledge in the October edition of the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Thanks for playing! And good luck!

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

EVENTS  |  Training in Houston and Orlando

Unfortunately, all of the seats for the two day Global Mapper class in Houston have been filled (don’t say you weren’t warned) however there are still a handful of spaces in the one-day LiDAR Module class on October 25. Click here to reserve your spot.

The Orlando Global Mapper class from December 4-6 is also filling up fast (who doesn’t want to go to Florida in December?) so don’t be disappointed, register today.

For more information on the training agenda, pricing, etc., visit: www.bluemarblegeo.com/solutions/public-training.php

Where Blue Marble Will Be Next

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

URISA GIS Pro & CalGIS
Palm Springs, CA | October 9 – 12

NEURISA
Beverly, MA | October 15

INTERGEO
Frankfurt, Germany | October 16 – 18

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training
Houston, TX | October 23 – 25

GeoAlberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | October 29 – 31

Trimble Dimensions
Las Vegas, NV | November 5 – 7

Geomatics Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | November 14 – 16

The Commercial UAV Show
London, UK | November 14 – 15

I/ITSEC
Orlando, FL | November 26 – 30

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training
Orlando, FL | December 4 – 6

Blue Marble Monthly – Are You Ready for Global Mapper 20?

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

Here in New England, the summer heat is finally waning, the leaves are beginning to show some color, and most of the tourists have headed south (Hooray!). This seasonal transition precipitates a major event here at Blue Marble: a new release of Global Mapper is on the horizon. This month, we offer a sneak peek at some of the highlights of version 20, we shine the spotlight on our Indian partner, Schnell Informatics; we hear from the USFWS about protecting vulnerable habitats in Florida; we offer students a chance to win a $500 scholarship; and we give everyone a chance to win a copy of Global Mapper 20 in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

NEWS | Win a $500 Scholarship

Are you a student using Global Mapper? Would you like to win $500? If you answered yes to these questions, you’ll probably be interested to learn that Blue Marble is introducing the Global Mapper Scholarship Program. To enter, simply share the details of the work you’ve been doing with Global Mapper and, after reviewing all of the submissions, Blue Marble will select the winner.

 

USER STORY | Monitoring Mouse Habitat with Global Mapper

Sea level rise is generally regarded as one of the most significant environmental problems that we will face in the coming years. With the help of Global Mapper, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service scientists have been studying the impact of sea level rise on the habitat of several mouse species on the Gulf coast of Florida.

 

PRODUCT NEWS | Global Mapper 20 Coming Soon

Subscribers to this newsletter will recall a series of articles that were published earlier this year highlighting some of the key milestones in the history of Global Mapper. Later this month, the saga continues with the release of Global Mapper 20, which includes an extensive list of new tools, functional upgrades, and performance improvements. As a sneak peek, we offer a preview of the top five highlights of this release.

 

DID YOU KNOW? | NextMap One in Global Mapper

The release of version 20 of Global Mapper includes a new online data option. NextMap One from Intermap Technologies provides seamless, one-meter resolution elevation data for the entire world. Available as a subscription-based online service, the data is available as a DTM or DSM providing unparalleled worldwide 3D analysis capability.

RESELLER | Schnell Infomatics in India

The Indian subcontinent represents a rapidly emerging market for geospatial technology and it is critically important for Blue Marble to have a competent and reliable partner in the region. Schnell Infomatics fits the role perfectly. In the latest Reseller Spotlight, we learn how the company has succeeded in introducing Global Mapper to a wide variety of business sectors and government departments in the region.

 

 

VIDEOS | Sign Up for Our Live Webinar

Coinciding with the release of version 20 of Global Mapper, Blue Marble applications specialists will be conducting a live webinar showcasing the highlights of this version. Scheduled for September 27, the live format offers an opportunity to see the software in action and to ask questions of the presenters. Registration is required and space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

This and 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.

 

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

When asked to name the bridge in September’s Geo-Challenge, the entrant mononymously named John suggested, and I quote, “I think I’ll name it Clarence, Clarence Bridgingsworth the Third.” Much as the judges would delight in accepting this answer, we feel it would establish an unhealthy precedent so unfortunately for John, we have to defer to what most consider to be the correct response: Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Janet Hoskings from Spookfish, an imagery processing company in Western Australia, wins a copy of Global Mapper for being the randomly drawn entrant who correctly recognized all of the locations. Click here to see how well you did and click below to try your hand at September’s Geo-Challenge.

 

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EVENTS | Conferences, Training, and BMUC

October and November are particularly busy months in Blue Marble’s events calendar. Look out for company representatives at conferences and trades shows from Las Vegas to London. Click here for details.

 

There are still some spaces available at the Global Mapper training classes in Houston in October and Orlando in December. Reserve your seat here.

 

Before all that, we are delighted to be hosting the Blue Marble User Conference in our home state of Maine. Join is on September 21st for a day of presentations, company news, and networking.