Top 5 Things Blue Marble Geographics is Grateful for in 2016

Happy New Year from Blue Marble Geographics!

We made some ambitious goals in 2016, ranging from rebranding our products to updating the look and feel of Global Mapper. It was challenging, but our team made it happen!

Here is a countdown of the top five things Blue Marble is grateful for in 2016:

 5 – A New Website

We needed a website to not only match our new and improved graphics and logos, but to reflect the ease-of-use found in our software. We redesigned our website to be easier to navigate, more mobile friendly, and overall more pleasing to the eye. We even incorporated more of the friendly faces of the people who work at Blue Marble.

Redesigned Blue Marble Geographics website
We cleaned up our website to be nicer to look at and easier to navigate. We updated our social media icons; added our new logo; created a new cart and login for customers; added new imagery from our software; added our new product logos; and used more house photography that features Blue Marble events and employees.

4 – The First Annual Blue Marble User Conference Road Show

In the month of March, Blue Marble staff members took to the road to bring the Blue Marble User Conference experience to as wide an audience as possible. We traveled to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada providing conference attendees with insight on current and future product developments as well as usability tips to help get the most out of Global Mapper and the Geographic Calculator. A variety of industry experts also joined us along the way to share their experience with Blue Marble technology.

 

Blue Marble training event and user conference
The 2016 Blue Marble User Conferences in Houston, Calgary, San Francisco, Boston, and Pittsburgh featured presentations from Bechtel Infrastructure, BSP Engineers, Inc., Pictometry, EnergyIQ, GEO1, and the Blue Marble Team.

3 – The Release of Global Mapper Mobile for iOS

In a significant development shift, we released a mobile version of our desktop GIS software. Global Mapper Mobile, originally an iOS app and soon to be available for Android devices, extends the reach of a traditional GIS by offering access to virtually all raster and vector spatial datasets where they are needed most: in the field or at a job site. Used in conjunction with the desktop version of Global Mapper, the mobile edition can display both raster and vector layers from any of the 250 supported formats while allowing field editing and markup.

 

Global Mapper for desktop and mobile
Global Mapper Mobile is a powerful GIS data viewing and field data collection application for iOS that utilizes the device’s GPS capability to provide situational awareness and locational intelligence for remote mapping projects.

2 – The Release of Global Mapper Version 18

Arguably the most significant release in the history of this renowned GIS software, version 18 introduced bold new graphics, reconfigured menus, and improved layer management. With our continued focus on optimizing the use of 3D data, it also offers full-range dynamic rendering of all loaded terrain or LiDAR data and supports the concurrent display of multiple terrain surfaces.

 

Redesigned Global Mapper
We redesigned and redeveloped Global Mapper for version 18.

1 – You: Our Users

You joined us for training sessions, visited us at conferences, followed us on social media, downloaded our software, shared your software stories with us, and gave us feedback on our products. 2016 would not have been a great year without you!

Attendees of Orlando, FL training
We had full attendance and received some great feedback at our Orlando training this year.

Thank you for all of your support, and we hope you continue to participate with us in 2017 in whatever way you are comfortable. We have more big plans to change the way the world uses and thinks about GIS but we need your help to do it.

2017 Training

Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its 2016 Global Mapper Certified Training Program with a sold-out three-day class in Orlando, FL from December 6-8. Blue Marble’s hands-on instructor-led classes have proven to be an indispensable asset for countless users hoping to get the most out of the software. The certified training curriculum effectively introduces novice users to the fundamentals of GIS and spatial data processing while concurrently challenging experienced GIS professionals to improve workflow and productivity.

For over two decades, Blue Marble’s affordable, user-friendly GIS software has been meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands satisfied customers throughout the world. Users come from all industries including software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as government departments and academic institutions.

As well as Orlando, Global Mapper training locations for 2016 included Hallowell, ME (Blue Marble Headquarters), Las Vegas, NV, Vancouver, BC, St Louis, MO, Montreal, QC, London, UK, and Munich, Germany. Additionally, certified Global Mapper partners conducted classes in South Africa, Brazil, and Germany.

For 2017, the Global Mapper training curriculum has been revised and updated to include the new functionality that has recently been incorporated into version 18 as well as the new design and layout of the software. The redesigned course will follow two days of intensive, hands-on training on the core functionality of the application supplemented by an optional day-long class focusing on the capabilities of the LiDAR Module. The instruction process will involve following a series of preconfigured workflows that touch on all of the features and functions of the software using a wide variety of sample datasets. Participants who complete all three days of training will be recognized as Certified Global Mapper users.

The schedule for 2017 includes classes in Denver, CO and Perth, Australia in May and Ottawa, ON in October. Additional dates and locations will be added to meet the demand for training in particular geographic areas.

As well as offering public classes, Blue Marble Applications Specialists are available to deliver company- or organization-specific training programs. With a customized curriculum and flexible schedule, these classes can be conducted onsite or online.

“The Global Mapper Certified Training Program is a vital service that we provide for our customers,” stated Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President. “Training attendees routinely cite the knowledge and skills acquired during the class as essential to their increased productivity.”

For more information about the various training options, visit: www.bluemarblegeo.com/solutions/public-training.php. For all questions about currently scheduled classes, to inquire about public classes in locations other than those listed, or to arrange a custom class for your organization, email training@bluemarblegeo.com.
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LiDARUSA: Using Global Mapper to Analyze Stream Morphology for Erosion Control

LiDARUSA uses Global Mapper to analyze stream morphology for erosion control.
LiDARUSA team needed the LiDAR processing tools functionality of Global Mapper to process extremely high amounts of data in an accurate and efficient manner.

LiDARUSA employs a variety of airborne and terrestrial data collection and processing technologies to provide clients with accurate terrain models and volumetric measurements. The stream study project, which was spread across several non-contiguous areas in Western Tennessee, initially required the acquisition of a series of high-density point cloud datasets, each containing billions of points. This data was then processed to identify and reclassify ground points, which were filtered to create a high-resolution ground model.

As part of an ongoing analysis process, additional data will be captured over a prescribed time series and incremental changes in the stream morphology will be measured and analyzed to instigate erosion control procedures.

CHALLENGES

Because of the nature of the terrain and vegetation cover, neither traditional survey methods nor fixed wing- or helicopter-based data collection were viable options in this project. Instead, LiDARUSA technicians employed a UAV mounted LiDAR collection platform, which is quick and relatively inexpensive to deploy.

While the raw data accurately represented the surfaces that were encountered, there was no distinction made between bare earth and any non-ground features such as tree cover or other obstructions. In order to be of value in the terrain analysis and ultimately in the change detection process, the nature of the surface detected by each point had to be identified and those points representing anything other than ground had to be removed before creating a ground model.

Because a UAV-mounted collection platform was in relatively close proximity to the target surface, the concentration of points and subsequently the volume of data was enormous. Each point cloud contained billions of points with over 1,000 points per square meter so the LiDARUSA team needed to find LiDAR processing software that was able to process extremely high amounts of data in an accurate and efficient manner.

SOLUTIONS

Global Mapper and the accompanying Global Mapper LiDAR Module were chosen by LiDARUSA because they included all of the required point cloud processing capabilities and they provided the means to maximize the return on investment in LiDAR data.

This versatile, fully functional GIS application has been steadily gaining an eager and dedicated worldwide following among geospatial professionals. Recent development work has focused on the visualization and analysis of 3D data, especially LiDAR and other point cloud formats. Global Mapper has allowed LiDARUSA to meet the challenges of processing large amounts of raw data into a usable commodity for its clients.

LiDARUSA uses Global Mapper to process large amounts of raw data
Global Mapper has allowed LiDARUSA to meet the challenges of processing large amounts of raw data into a usable commodity for its clients.

GLOBAL MAPPER AT WORK

Global Mapper played an essential role in the stream morphology project. The automatic ground point detection process provided the necessary data intelligence to allow non-required points to be quickly and easily removed from the point cloud. Using a customizable algorithm applied to the geometric structure and other attributes of the unclassified data, ground points were identified and isolated prior to creating an elevation grid.

An innovative cross-sectional viewing function in Global Mapper was used to display a cutaway view of a swath of points and to allow manual reclassification or removal of erroneous points. The extent of the swath from a defined linear path was adjusted to allow a more focused view of a target area.

Global Mapper’s powerful gridding tool was then used to convert the ground points into a terrain model, forming the basis for many of the software’s terrain analysis functions. The resolution of this gridded raster layer was optimized from the average point spacing in the original data. Tools in Global Mapper allow the raster layer to be cropped, feathered, tiled, or reprojected before being delivered to the client in any one of dozens of elevation data formats.

To analyze the degree of change between current and future collection periods, LiDARUSA’s technicians will be able to create a model of the difference between two gridded layers by subtracting the Z-values embedded in the pixels of each overlapping layer. The result will be a difference model in which areas with the most change are easily distinguished using either a stock or custom elevation shader. Furthermore, Global Mapper’s volume calculation capability will be used to provide precise measurements of the degree of erosion over the time period.

BENEFITS

The choice to use Global Mapper was an easy one for LiDARUSA. According to Daniel A Fagerman, Chief Technology Officer, the most important considerations were the low cost of the software, the availability of the LiDAR Module, and the ease-of-use of the required tools.

ABOUT GLOBAL MAPPER

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users. Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who deals with maps or spatial data. The supplementary LiDAR Module provides a powerful set of tools for managing point cloud datasets, including automatic point classification and feature extraction.

ABOUT BLUE MARBLE GEOGRAPHICS

Trusted by thousands of GIS professionals around the world, Blue Marble Geographics is a leading developer of software products and services for geospatial data conversion and GIS.  Pioneering work in geomatics and spatial data conversion quickly established this Maine-based company as a key player in the GIS software field.  Today’s professionals turn to Blue Marble for Global Mapper, a low-cost, easy-to-use yet powerful GIS software tool. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper, and the Global Mapper SDK.

Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine: Mapping the Coastal Zone (Litto3D®) with the help of Global Mapper

Elevation model of the coastline of France
In order to efficiently process the huge amount of acquired data, technicians at SHOM need a versatile and powerful tool that supports all of the required data formats including the raw point cloud data as well as DTM and other raster files.

Operating under the administration of the French Ministry of Defense, the Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM) provides a public service in the fields of hydrography and maritime cartography. Working in partnership with IGN (Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière), SHOM has embarked on an ambitious project to create a seamless, high-resolution elevation model incorporating both bathymetric and topographic coverage for the entire coastline of France as well as French Overseas Territories. Utilizing both airborne LiDAR and multibeam data collection techniques, the Litto3D® project generates enormous quantities of raw data covering the swath of coastline from 10 meters above to 10 meters below sea level and extending at least 2 kilometers inland.

CHALLENGES

In order to efficiently process the huge amount of acquired data, technicians at SHOM need a versatile and powerful tool that supports all of the required of data formats including the raw point cloud data as well as DTM and other raster files.  To streamline the data processing and production workflow, the software must be accessible to both experienced GIS professionals as well as those who are relatively new to the field.

Beyond simply visualizing the data, the application must be capable of performing both routine data processing tasks and more involved analytical procedures that improve and add value to the data.

In the current fiscal climate with departmental budgets being significantly trimmed, the initial cost as well as the long term return on investment are important considerations. In order to satisfy this requirement, these costs must not only meet the initial budgetary constraints but the software must add a tangible and quantifiable value to the overall project.

Raster imagery of the coastline of France
With the implementation of Global Mapper into the Litto3D project, hydrographers at SHOM have been able to meet the challenges of processing large quantities of data and of exporting the required files for delivery to the project partners, and more largely to the public under an open data license.

SOLUTIONS

To meet these challenges, the hydrography team at SHOM selected Global Mapper, the versatile GIS application from Blue Marble Geographics. To supplement the application’s point cloud processing capabilities, the team also employed the LiDAR Module, a powerful set of tools for performing advanced editing and analysis of LiDAR data.

Global Mapper has developed a loyal following within the worldwide GIS community because of its inherent versatility, its affordability, and its interoperability with support for over 250 spatial data formats. With the implementation of Global Mapper into the Litto3D® project, hydrographers at SHOM have been able to meet the challenges of processing large quantities of data and of exporting the required files for delivery to the project partners, and more largely to the public under an open data license. Access to this data is available through an online viewer (http://data.shom.fr) and through direct download of the files (http://diffusion.shom.fr).

GLOBAL MAPPER AT WORK

The value that Global Mapper provides to the Litto3D® program is evident throughout all phases of the project; from mission planning to field activity management to data processing to file export and delivery.

Initially, Global Mapper provides a platform for visualization of the project area and for the establishment of optimal flight paths. This step involves the analysis of nautical charts, aerial imagery, and coastal surveys. Shoreline buffers are created to delineate the extent of the project area.

In the post-collection phase and in tandem with an array of dedicated tools, Global Mapper is employed in the visualization and processing of the raw point cloud files to guarantee quality and coverage. Global Mapper’s intuitive scripting process ensures that many routine and time-consuming procedures are streamlined saving time and ensuring consistency.

As the implementation and utilization of Global Mapper in the Litto3D® project expands, technicians are exploring the viability of adapting the LiDAR Module’s automatic ground point detection and reclassification process for creating a more precise model of the near-shore sea floor. This powerful tool applies a series of algorithms to an unclassified point cloud to determine which of the points are likely to constitute bare earth. This effectively identifies anomalies in the surface allowing straightforward filtering and cleanup of the data. While primarily intended for topographic applications, technicians at SHOM are examining the use of this tool for bathymetric analysis.

BENEFITS

The value that Global Mapper provides to the Litto3D® project can be summarized as follows:

Interoperability

Ease of use

Advanced data processing functionality

SHOM selected Global Mapper for the Litto3D® project because it offers powerful data processing functionality in an affordable and easy-to-use package. According to Yves Pastol, a senior hydrographer in charge of the bathymetric LiDAR activities, “Global Mapper is a perfect tool for our needs. It is both easy to learn and to use and it provides a surprisingly powerful collection of data processing tools.”

ABOUT GLOBAL MAPPER

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users. Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who deals with maps or spatial data. The supplementary LiDAR Module provides a powerful set of tools for managing point cloud datasets, including automatic point classification and feature extraction.

ABOUT BLUE MARBLE GEOGRAPHICS

Trusted by thousands of GIS professionals around the world, Blue Marble Geographics is a leading developer of software products and services for geospatial data conversion and GIS.  Pioneering work in geomatics and spatial data conversion quickly established this Maine-based company as a key player in the GIS software field.  Today’s professionals turn to Blue Marble for Global Mapper, a low-cost, easy-to-use yet powerful GIS software tool. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper, and the Global Mapper SDK.

Thurber Engineering Ltd.: Engineering with Global Mapper

3D terrain model by Thurber
To map and characterize landslides, Thurber looks for the distinct terrain characteristics, such as an arcuate, bow-like or curved shape near the crest of the slope along the steep sloping section below.

Thurber Engineering Ltd. is a Canadian consulting firm wholly-owned by senior practicing professionals. The company was founded in 1957 and has grown to employ over 300 engineers, geoscientists, and technologists in nine offices across Canada. The company provides a variety of geotechnical, geo-environmental, and construction materials engineering and testing services taking a multidisciplinary approach to work on problems related to earth, environmental, and materials science in a variety of industries across Canada. Thurber staff includes a core group of senior principals, specialists, and practicing professionals who have many years of practical experience in a variety of technical specialties, as well as project staff including engineers, scientists, and technologists.

Challenges

The engineers at Thurber use AutoCAD for drafting but also need a Geographic Information System for viewing data, pre-processing, and preparing data for use in AutoCAD and for analysis. They are strong believers in putting the computing power into the hands of the engineers; however this is not possible with expensive and complicated commercial GIS software.

One of the major components of the analysis work that Thurber undertakes is identifying geological landforms and assessing their suitability for a specific purpose. A GIS application is extremely useful for the following aspects of this terrain analysis:

  • Aerial photo interpretation and landform mapping
  • Site investigation
  • Terrain visualization using digital elevation models and LiDAR
  • Route selection for pipelines, roads, and power transmission lines
  • Slope stability and setback lines
  • Geo-hazard mapping and risk analysis
  • Aggregate mapping and testing
  • Field investigation (drilling, test pitting, geophysics)

Thurber needs an affordable GIS solution that can assist with all of these tasks.

Solutions

For over a decade, Global Mapper has developed a loyal following within the GIS community because of its ability to import and export over 250 data formats, including the AutoCAD formats that Thurber uses. Thurber has been a loyal customer since the earliest versions of the software and the number of users within the company has grown steadily over the years.

In addition to converting data for use in AutoCAD, Thurber uses the Global Mapper tools for site assessments, project planning, and for the terrain analysis tools, which are described in more detail in the example below. They have found that Global Mapper provides a better return on investment compared to other commercial GIS applications and with its flexible network licensing options, all of Thurber’s engineers have access to the application when they need it.

Example

Thurber Engineering uses Global Mapper to analyze LiDAR data to identify and assess the risk of hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, snow and rock avalanches, and debris flows. LiDAR (LIght Detection and Ranging) is a remote-sensing technique that uses laser pulses to sample the earth’s surface. The result is a dense set of points consisting of x, y, and z measurements that correspond to the objects encountered by the laser in the survey. A USGS study of the Seattle coastline (http:// landslides.usgs.gov/docs/schulz/lidar_enggeo.pdf ) determined that the total number of landslides mapped using LiDAR is about four times that of previously published maps produced using aerial photographs, and the LiDAR-mapped landslides include all landslides depicted on those maps.

To map and characterize landslides Thurber looks for the distinct terrain characteristics, such as an arcuate, bow-like or curved shape near crest of the slope along with a steep sloping section below. They are also looking for irregular topography and overridden features.

Starting with LiDAR data, Thurber can generate digital elevations models in Global Mapper. These models are continuous surfaces of elevation data derived from the LiDAR elevations. If non-ground points are filtered from the dataset, the result is a terrain model that allows analysts to ‘see through’ the trees and view the landforms below.

Identification of the distinct landslide characteristics can be accomplished using Global Mapper’s analysis tools, such as generating contours and finding ridgelines. Thurber engineers can qualitatively assess the data as an oblique view with the 3D Viewer and by applying hill shading and varying the azimuth of illumination, they can generate a different perspective of the terrain to view in the 2D and 3D maps.

The elevation models are quantitatively analyzed using the Path Profile tool to generate cross-sectional views and by generating slope maps with the configurable shader options, including the Slope and the Slope Direction Shaders.

Hill shading in Global Mapper's 3D Viewer
Thurber engineers can qualitatively assess the data as an oblique view with the 3D Viewer and by applying hill shading.

Benefits

Thurber has found the three most important things about Global Mapper to be: • Cost • Ease of use • Speed Thurber chooses to use Global Mapper above other products because of these reasons along with the powerful functionality that it offers. This single application meets all of the GIS needs of the organization. Bob Saunders from Thurber has found Global Mapper to have a “Huge return on investment compared to other commercial GIS applications.

We can put Global Mapper on a desktop for around $500 compared to $10,000. Site licensing means all engineers have access.” Combined with ease of use, the speed of analysis and the functionality available, Global Mapper provides the most benefit for the cost.

About Global Mapper

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users. Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who deals with maps or spatial data.

Key features in this case include: data conversion, 3D processing/analyzing tools (generating elevation models, contours, and ridgelines), configurable shaders, and the 3D Viewer.

About Blue Marble Geographics

Trusted by thousands of GIS professionals around the world, Blue Marble Geographics is a leading developer of software products and services for geospatial data conversion and GIS. Pioneering work in geomatics and spatial data conversion quickly established this Maine-based company as a key player in the GIS software field. Today’s professionals turn to Blue Marble for Global Mapper, a low-cost, easy-to-use yet powerful GIS software tool. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper and the Global Mapper SDK.

 

Pilbara Ports Authority: From Just Getting Started with Global Mapper to Saving Millions in Project Management

Dredging concept to expand port capcity
Lumsden Development Project – dredging concept to expand port capacity. Existing data manipulated in Global Mapper to develop ideas into a workable concept.

On 1 July 2014, the Port Hedland Port Authority in Western Australia merged with the Dampier Port Authority to form Pilbara Ports Authority. Pilbara Ports Authority stretches from the Port of Ashburton near Onslow in the south, to Port Hedland in the north, and includes the future Ports of Anketell and Cape Preston East.

The merging of these ports to form Pilbara Ports Authority incorporates the largest bulk export tonnage port in the world focused on the export of Australia’s rich mineral resources as well as world-class oil and gas operations. Pilbara Ports Authority has responsibility for safe and efficient shipping within its waters and for the overall planning and development responsibility for port lands. Its purpose is to facilitate and grow trade while protecting the environment and working with communities for the benefit of all Australians.

Pilbara Ports Authority is governed under the Port Authorities Act 1999 and operates as a corporation with a board of management that reports to the State Government of Western Australia’s Minister for Transport.

Challenges

Pilbara Ports Authority is the largest bulk export tonnage port in the world. With this responsibility comes a variety of coastal and harbor engineering challenges. While all are important, the most critical stage to maintaining or expanding a port is accurate dredging.

In late 2012 Frans Schlack, Dredging Manager for Pilbara Ports Authority was tasked with the Lumsden Development Project. The project involved designing a workable concept to expand port capacity. With over 40 years of experience as Dredging Manager, Schlack had managed several dredging projects over the year however he found himself in a unique situation where he could not depend on a survey department to carry out any survey or GIS work.

Challenges included the ability keep GIS work in-house and to work with data provided by surveyors using expensive marine application. Pilbara Ports Authority needed a software solution that did not cost tens of thousands of dollars but would work as a non-terrestrial, marine application and be able to handle highly accurate projection transformation for converting marine charts from WGS84 to GDA94. The tool needed to meet all of these requirements, without having a steep learning curve so Schlack could do the project himself.

“Being a non-surveyor or GIS trained person, I started from scratch with this program but its interface is so simple and makes so much ‘sense’, I learned very quickly.”
– Frans Schlack, Dredging Manager Pilbara Ports Authority

Solutions

Schlack first discovered Global Mapper because he needed a program that could change charts from WGS84 to GDA94 and then realized it could also be use on the Lumsden Development project. During the course of the project Schlack had some difficulties opening data created by other applications. He contacted the Blue Marble Technical Support Team and received a customized update of the software within 24 hours.

Using the enhanced version of Global Mapper, Schlack proceeded to change the original design of the Lumsden Development Project and was able to improve the design so that it complied with the targets and made sense from a dredging and reclamation perspective. He quickly became efficient with the software and was able to keep the entire project in-house due to Global Mapper’s simple and intuitive interface. The results were a savings of around $70 million in dredging costs alone but the overall savings compared to the original design came to $160 million.

About Global Mapper

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users. Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who deals with maps or spatial data.

Key features in this case include: 3D processing/analyzing tools, ability to import over 250 data formats, Volume Calculation Tools, and Global Mapper’s renowned data handling capability allowed files from multiple sources to be converted and reprojected to ensure consistency and interoperability.

About Blue Marble Geographics

Trusted by thousands of GIS professionals around the world, Blue Marble Geographics is a leading developer of software products and services for geospatial data conversion and GIS. Pioneering work in geomatics and spatial data conversion quickly established this Mainebased company as a key player in the GIS software field. Today’s professionals turn to Blue Marble for Global Mapper, a lowcost, easy-to-use yet powerful GIS software tool. Blue Marble is known for coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of The Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper and the Global Mapper SDK.