Blue Marble Monthly – July 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite imagery

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

Those of us with a trailing “N” in our latitude are well into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. For many companies, this is a season of idleness, downed tools, and general inertia. Not, however, at Blue Marble. In July’s newsletter we announce the roll-out of a major discount for older users of Global Mapper (sorry, bad choice of words, make that ‘users of older versions of Global Mapper’, of whatever age); we discuss the fallacy of free GIS; we remind you that, while GIS might not necessarily be free, training can be; and we once again challenge your geographic prowess in the monthly Where in the World Geo-Challenge, with a… wait for it… free copy of Global Mapper up for grabs.

 

Global Mapper Upgrade

Global Mapper Upgrade Discount

While there is no questioning the longevity of Global Mapper, the time eventually comes to put that old version out to pasture. We’d like to think that functional enhancements alone should be an adequate justification for staying up-to-date, however there is now a more compelling reason to take a closer look at the latest release. Throughout the month of July, anyone currently using version 15 or older can update to version 18.2 for just $399. Better yet, when September comes, we’ll give you version 19 at no additional cost with free support and free upgrades for a year. Click below for complete details and to request your copy.

 

The Myth of Free GIS

Blue Marble at Work

Who doesn’t like to get something for free? Free breakfast with your hotel room; free parking because the meter’s broken; free Wi-Fi at the coffee shop while sipping on a latte for an hour and a half (maybe that’s just me). What about free GIS? There are numerous open source collaborative applications readily available but does that really mean that GIS is free? A recent blog post by David McKittrick, Senior Applications Specialist at Blue Marble, unravels this apparent falsehood.

 

Self-training

Did You Know?

While we pride ourselves in developing software that is well designed, intuitive, and easy to learn, there sometimes comes a time when a helping hand is called for. Complimentary self-training resources are available for both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator that will help you get up and running in no time. Both self-training packages contain a series of step-by-step instructions simulating real-world applications of the software along with the corresponding data files. Click below to register for the Global Mapper Self Training or to download the Geographic Calculator Getting Started Guide.

 

Global Mapper 18.2 Webinar

Webinars and Webcasts

Last month, we announced the What’s New in Global Mapper 18.2 webinar, which was conducted (and recorded) on June 22nd. Thanks to all of you who attended and for those who couldn’t make it, the video is now available on the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and on the Webinars page on the Blue Marble web site. While you are there, check out the eight-episode LiDAR Processing series in which we delve deep into Global Mapper’s LiDAR functionality.

 

Geo-challenge map

Where in the World?

Congratulations to Sylvain Neveu from InfoVista for being June’s winner in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. By virtue of being randomly drawn from those who correctly identified all five geographic features, Sylvain wins a brand new copy of Global Mapper 18.2. Want to find out how well you fared? The answers to June’s challenge are here. This month, another five locations await your scrutiny with a copy of Global Mapper on the line.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

Blue Marble Emporium

Blue Marble T-Shirt Store

Just in time for summer (for those of us with a trailing “N”… etc.), Blue Marble has solved your seasonal dilemma over what to wear to the beach. Check out the all new Blue Marble Emporium to find out what all of the cool people will be sporting while strolling along the boardwalk. Or better yet, add one to your shopping cart to ensure you’re part of the in-crowd.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Blue Marble User Conference | San Diego, CA | July 13

LiDAR Module Training | San Diego, CA | July 14

Introduction to Global Mapper/LiDAR Data Workshop | Presque Isle, ME | July 17

National Association of Counties Annual Conference | Columbus, OH | July 21 – 24

Geospatial PDF Working Group | Reston, VA | August 9

FOSS4G Annual International Gathering | Boston, MA | August 14 – 19

Blue Marble Monthly | June 2017 GIS Newsletter

Satellite Imagery

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

June’s newsletter is all about you, our loyal customers. We lead with a reminder about our user conference series in which you have a chance to mingle with other Global Mapper or Geographic Calculator users and to learn about the latest goings on from inside Blue Marble. We hear from our President on the importance of genuine customer service and the apparent ineptitude shown by certain companies in this regard. Finally we roll out our monthly (and slightly easier) Where in the World Geo-Challenge, giving you a chance to procure your own copy of Global Mapper.

 

2017 Blue Marble User Conference

Blue Marble User Conference

More than just a meeting of customers interested in learning about the latest news from Blue Marble, BMUC is a mutually beneficial forum in which Blue Marble product developers gain valuable insight into the needs and requirements of our customers. If you want to be a part of this discussion and help shape the future of our software, why not sign up for one of the upcoming BMUC events. Later this month we will be gathering in Amsterdam, followed by San Diego in July. Later in the year we will be hosting a BMUC event in our home state of Maine and we wrap up the 2017 BMUC calendar with a special event in Los Angeles in November. For details and to register, visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/bmuc/.

 

Blue Marble team

The Customer Service Conundrum

How many times have you heard a company extolling the importance of customer service while simultaneously subjecting their clients to what could only be described as abuse? While several shocking incidents have made headlines over recent months, these are by no means isolated events. For a small company such a Blue Marble, maintaining a positive relationship with our customers is not merely an aphorism but it is essential for our business. Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President, shared some incisive views on the subject in a recent blog post.

 

GeoCalc Mode

Did You Know?

When Global Mapper became part of the Blue Marble product lineup almost six years ago, questions were asked about how it would interact with the company’s flagship software, Geographic Calculator. On the one hand, we had the world’s foremost coordinate management tool and on the other, a powerful, interoperable GIS application. The amalgamation of these two technologies resulted in GeoCalc Mode, in which the geodic capabilities of Geographic Calculator were made accessible from within Global Mapper. Want to see how this works? For Global Mapper users, download a trial copy of Geographic Calculator or vice versa.

 

 

Global Mapper 18.2 - Join us for a webinar

Webinars and Webcasts

As noted last month, version 18.2 of Global Mapper is now available. To formally introduce the new features and functions included in this release, Blue Marble will be hosting a live interactive webinar on June 22 at 2:00 pm (Eastern US time). Join us as we demonstrate new 3D Digitizing functionality, upgrades to the multiview map display, a new hydro-flattening tool for LiDAR Module users, and much more.

Registration is required and space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

 

Geo-challenge

Where in the World?

May’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge was a little more, well, challenging than the previous edition. Nonetheless, many of you were able to correctly identify all five geographic features. To see how well you did, check out the answers here. The winner, randomly drawn, was Brad McKelvey from Engineering Resources LLC. This month, five new features await your perusal.

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

We're Hiring! We are looking to add a software developer to our team

Career Opportunities

Ready for a change of scene? Blue Marble is seeking an experienced software developer to join our team of engineers and programmers working on the company’s next generation GIS applications and toolkits. The successful candidate will have an intimate familiarity with low level C++ software development with experience in GIS preferred. For more information on this and other career opportunities, visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/about-us/careers.php.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

Commercial UAV Expo Europe | Brussels, Belgium | June 20 – 22

Blue Marble User Conference | Amsterdam, Netherlands | June 23

AGIT EXPO 2017 | Salzburg, Austria | July 5 – 7

Blue Marble User Conference | San Diego, CA | July 13

LiDAR Module Training | San Diego, CA | July 14

National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference | Columbus, OH | July 21 – 24

Blue Marble Monthly | May 2017

 

River bed

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

May’s newsletter has a distinct LiDAR flavor. Check out the latest blog post entitled, “Got LiDAR? Now What?” and scroll a little further to find a link to the LiDAR-themed webcast series. Also this month, we ask for your feedback in the Global Mapper user survey and as always, we give you a chance to win a copy of Global Mapper in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

 

Global Mapper

Global Mapper Survey

Blue Marble’s product development process has always depended on direct input from users of our software. Now we are giving all Global Mapper users a chance to participate in this process. Follow the link below to complete a short user survey evaluating the capabilities of Global Mapper and its applicability for your day-to-day GIS needs. Perhaps more importantly, you will also have an opportunity to outline any improvements that you would like to see implemented. Five survey respondents, chosen at random, will receive a Global Mapper t-shirt.

 

LiDAR tree imagery

Got LiDAR? Now What?

In recent years LiDAR has emerged from the realm of technical specialists into the public domain. In many situations, data is being collected, processed, and delivered to citizenry lacking in the skills and expertise required to fully exploit the data. In a recent blog post, we addressed this issue by asking the double-barreled question, “Got LiDAR? Now What?”

 

Global Mapper Mobile

Did You Know?

Blue Marble offers a free field data collection and editing tool for GPS-enabled iOS and (soon-to-be) Android devices. Global Mapper Mobile extends the reach of your GIS by allowing a remote workforce to participate in your spatial data management workflow. Simply set up the collection parameters in the desktop version of Global Mapper, send the file to your mobile workforce, and import the collected data into Global Mapper.

 

Geographic Calculator

Product News

Since last month’s Blue Marble Monthly, the 2017 release of Geographic Calculator was unveiled, which includes a powerful new Seismic Survey QC tool. If you haven’t tried this comprehensive coordinate management software, why not download an evaluation copy? Look out for an Android version of the popular Global Mapper Mobile app in the coming weeks followed by the 18.2 release of Global Mapper and the LiDAR Module.

 

LiDAR webinar screenshot

Webinars and Webcasts

At the time of writing, we have completed the first three in the eight-part LiDAR processing webcast series. Each of these video recordings explores a different aspect of point cloud data management in Global Mapper. Click the link below to watch the first in the series and be sure to subscribe to the Blue Marble YouTube Channel to receive notification when each video is available.

 

May Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Thank you to all who submitted an entry in April’s Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Over 95% correctly identified all five geographic features. Check out the answers here. The randomly drawn winner and the recipient of a copy of Global Mapper is Nicolas George. This month, another copy of Global Mapper is up for grabs so why not take the challenge?

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

BMUC presentation

Upcoming Events

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

2017 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International XPONENTIAL | Dallas, TX | May 8 – 11

2017 Maine Municipal Technology Conference | South Portland, ME | May 11

2017 Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Conference | Perth, AU | May 14 – 17

Spring Northeast Arc User Group Conference | Amherst, MA | May 15

Global Mapper and LiDAR Module Training | Denver, CO | May 16 – 18

Combined Global Mapper/LiDAR Module Training | Perth, Western Australia | May 18 – 19

GEO Business 2017 | London, UK | May 23 – 24

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Symposium | San Antonio, TX | June 4 – 7

EnerGIS | Canonsburg, PA | June 5 – 6

Commercial UAV Expo Europe | Brussels, Belgium | June 20 – 22

Blue Marble User Conference Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands | June 23

Blue Marble Monthly | April 2017

Introducing the New Monthly Newsletter from Blue Marble

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

Welcome to the first edition of Blue Marble’s monthly e-newsletter, a consolidated source of information covering the latest company news and happenings. Each month, we will share insights on product developments, user stories, upcoming events, and much more. We will also give you an opportunity to win a copy of Global Mapper by testing your geographic knowledge in the new Where in the World Geo-Challenge.

This month we begin with a major announcement about Blue Marble’s new free academic licensing program; we explore the use of Global Mapper for UAV operations; and we introduce the new GeoCalc Geodetic Registry.

Mountain imagery scan

Blue Marble academic licenses

Blue Marble Announces Free Academic Licensing

Beginning on May 1st, both Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator will be available at no cost for classroom teaching and hands-on lab instruction at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Announced in conjunction with the annual Association of American Geographers conference in Boston, this radical change to the company’s software licensing policy is designed to ensure students have access to the technology they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s geospatial workplace.

 

Drone flying over LiDAR imagery

Blue Marble at Work: Global Mapper for UAV Operations

It seems like everyone is talking about UAVs, or drones as they are frequently called. The use of this technology has made inroads into countless businesses and industries, from forensic analysis to farming. For many operators, the appeal of UAVs lies in the ease of remote data collection and increasingly, these UAV professionals are turning to Global Mapper for their data processing needs.

 

What's New in Global Mapper webinar screenshot

Webinars and Webcasts

Did you miss the recent What’s New in Global Mapper webinar? Not to worry, a recording of the presentation, along with all previous webinar and webcast recordings, is available.

 

This month, look out for a series of short videos focusing on the use of LiDAR in Global Mapper. Subscribe to the Blue Marble YouTube Channel and you will receive a notification when each video is available.

LiDARUSA case study imagery

Did You Know?

Geographic Calculator users can now update the application’s Datasource in real time using the new GeoCalc Geodetic Registry. Containing the foremost collection of coordinate reference system definitions, transformation algorithms, and other geodetic parameters, the Registry is frequently updated to reflect the latest EPSG registry.

 

April 2017 Geo-Challenge

Where in the World Geo-Challenge

Do you know the difference between Guinea and Guyana? What about Mauritania and Mauritius? If so, you might be ready to take the Where in the World Geo-Challenge. Simply identify five features or locations and if you are correct, you will be in the running to win a copy of Global Mapper v.18.1. Good luck!

 

See complete terms and conditions here.

 

BMUC presentation

2017 Blue Marble User Conferences

BMUC offers attendees an opportunity to gain insight into product plans; useful tips for software use; and networking.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS

Visit with Blue Marble at the following events:

2017 GIS-T Symposium | Phoenix, AZ | April 10 – 13

With over 80 presentations, 8 workshops, roundtable sessions, a map gallery, and the roll call of states, the GIS-T Symposium is a unique opportunity to share your experiences, challenges, and successes in using geospatial technologies and data in transportation.

2017 MSS Spring Conference | Linthicum Heights, MD | April 20 – 21

The Maryland Society of Surveyors is a professional organization with the mission of advancing the science of Surveying and Mapping in the furtherance of the public welfare and in the interests of both those who use maps and surveys and those who make them.

2017 Geospatial Summit | Silver Spring, MD | April 24 – 25

The 2017 Geospatial Summit will provide updated information about the planned modernization of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). Specifically, NGS plans to replace the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in 2022.

AUVSI XPONENTIAL | Dallas, TX | May 8 – 11

On May 8, 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems will come together to shape the future of our industry. If you’ve never attended AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL – this is the one year you don’t want to miss.