By Cíntia Miranda, Director of Marketing
Blue Marble Geographic’s annual online conference, GeoTalks 2021, will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EST). The virtual gathering offers a full day of 30-minute sessions covering a variety of topics, including product updates with an overview of new features, tools, tips and tricks, as well as use cases presented by Blue Marble software users from throughout the world.
GeoTalks 2021 Guest Speakers
GeoTalks will feature presentations by several in-house experts, as well as guest speakers from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds, who will share their expertise and experience:
Low Distortion Projection Design to replace AK State Plane Zone 2022
Troy Hicks – Northern Region Surveyor for Alaska DOT
Troy Hicks is the Northern Region Surveyor for Alaska DOT, where he designed and implemented low distortion projections for most of the state while also managing three field crews. In his session, Mr. Hicks will explain how Global Mapper was used to develop and design low distortion projections for land surveying, civil engineering, and general GIS in Alaska.
How Argentina Extrema created topographic maps for mountaineering, climbing, and trekking the Andes
Santiago Medina – Mountain Guide & Instructor with Argentina Extrema
Santiago Medina is a mountain guide with Argentina Extrema and an instructor at the Instituto Superior Andes del Sur. Medina is from Buenos Aires and has been using Global Mapper since 2013 to design topographic maps for mountaineering, climbing, and trekking the Andes. One of the obstacles to climbing the Andes is the lack of access to updated cartographic information, which poses a challenge to mountaineers and mountain guides working in the area. In his session, Mr. Medina will share how Global Mapper provided a solution to this issue by using available elevation data, collected GPS data, and other software tools.
The Rusizi III Hydro Power Plant Topographical Survey Report
Erneste Ntakobangize – Graduate Student at the University of Rwanda and winner of the 2020 Blue Marble Geographics Scholarship.
The Ruzizi III is a 147MW hydropower project being developed on the Ruzizi River that flows along the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, and Rwanda. In his session, Mr. Ntakobangize will share how he analyzed data collected by a drone equipped with Lidar sensors using Global Mapper and Geographic Calculator.
MangoMap and the Cloud
Paul Gager – Director of MangoMap
Paul is a co-founder and Director of MangoMap, a web GIS platform that makes it easy to create and share great-looking web maps while unlocking critical insights otherwise hidden from view. Global Mapper users can set up their own personal MangoMap account and publish map data directly from Global Mapper. In his session, Mr. Gager will share real-world examples of how you can create and share attractive web maps to engage and inform your stakeholders.
Remote Collaboration on Geomatics Data: Bring the Site to the Expert
Keith Lay – Director of Sales and Marketing for Clirio Technologies
Keith Lay is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Clirio Technologies. In his session, Mr. Lay will show how the Ada Platform allows for the creation and remote sharing of 3D holograms using Global Mapper data. This process can help reduce or eliminate unnecessary travel while maintaining a high level of fidelity, understanding, and collaboration in a virtual space. With a one-button export from Global Mapper, a user can go from project data to sharable holograms in a matter of minutes. Once in the secure cloud, you can then host a virtual session that others can join from around the world to view a true three-dimensional digital twin of your project.
Lessons and tips on how to use Global Mapper
In between presentations, Blue Marble Geographics experts will demonstrate some of the latest and lesser-known features of the company’s GIS software, Global Mapper. Using real-world scenarios, they will introduce some of the tools added in the recent version 22 release and several of the software’s more powerful hidden gems.
The latest Blue Marble news and product development updates
Blue Marble Geographics is continuously updating its software. GeoTalks attendees will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what the company is working on for the next version of Global Mapper®, Geographic Calculator®, its software developer toolkits, and online geodetic repository – GeoCalc Online®.
Registering for GeoTalks is easy!
As well as being free and full of high-quality content, GeoTalks presentations can be viewed at any time and any place. All registrants, whether they can attend the live event or not, will be provided with access to recordings of all of the presentations.