Are all the pieces coming together yet in your mind? This story is just a small example as to how Geo-technologies have infiltrated the mainstream and have been heavily adopted for use in many applications… best of all the technology is now emerging from behind the scenes. I heard from Karl Engstrong today as he shared details of this cool YouTube video clip showing how him and the team at 3dgolfcourse.com developed a great 3d rendering of the course at the recent US Open. With help from Microsoft Virtual Earth a realistic video fly-over was developed using military grade GPS and airborne LIDAR data that many of you may have already seen. Best of all, the product can now be adapted for use in a video game… sweet! See also www.3dgolfcourse.com
Archives for June 2008
An interesting and fun webmap now available for those planning on attending the Taste of Chicago Festival – NAVTEQ’s online Taste of Chicago map provides all restaurant menus, a comprehensive event schedule, participating vendor information and general points of interest for visiting Chicago. In- and out-of-towners alike will be able to plan their days at the Taste using this map planning tool prior to and during the actual event. Browse the “menu” style map and see all the venues,l along with realistic 3D visual renderings, and plan your trip… wish I could be there! See http://map.mapnetwork.com/event/tasteofchicago/
See also http://www.tasteofchicago.us and save the date – June 27- July 6
Just ran over an analysts prediction that shares in GeoEye (GEOY)are a great deal… indeed, with the company planning to put GeoEye-1 into orbit this summer and plans for GeoEye-2 in the works I’d have to agree, particularly since the company’s shares are trading at about $17 a pop – 12 month+ low – the shares seem to be a bargain and a definite buy! See more here
An interesting app revealed today called SkyLounge. Create a profile and store your trips, then you can connect with other members that might be on a future flight that you’ll be on. A number of groups are available to join so you can connect and schmooze with others that share similar interests. see www.skylounge.com
Think LinkeIn for the frequent traveler – See the Geo Technology Group!
Weather Underground Mashup displays flood alerts for rivers across the United States. Announced today by Weatherunderground, this new web service alerts users of Flow Rate, Percentile, Current Stage, Forecast Stage and Flood Stage.
About the app… Using data from the USGS (the US Geological Survey), the product plots river data and forecasts on top of an interactive map. Users can scroll across the country and zoom in and out to view in-depth observations from all major rivers in the US. Alternatively, one can click an option to view only the rivers with current flood alerts. See www.wunderground.com/wundermap/rivers
An interesting new data product for the real estate professional… Datamap Intelligence has created a unique application that creates customized comprehensive snapshots of the entire new housing market across the United States. The application is powered by an extensive dataset that tracks all new home sites of the top 200+ builders (updated bi-monthly). Detailed search options place the interactive map of choice at ones fingertips. Cutting-edge features provide powerful visual analysis benefits which affords businesses the ability to expand to uncharted sites and stay inform about prime developing areas pertaining to their line of business. See Datamap’s application at www.datamapi.com which would allow one to perform a query to obtain desired results.
A slick new device out of Nokia today… likely available in Q3… the Nokia E71 – recall the “E” series is the business suite of devices, optimized with features and functionality that will appeal to the mobile professional. The device supports fast browsing via HSDPA, A GPS, VPN support, Bluetooth, built-in OVI services, Outlook Exchange and much more. See more details
An interesting update to the AutoCAD portfolio today… The Autodesk Civil Engineering portfolio now includes:
· AutoCAD Civil, which provides civil engineering technicians, drafters and surveyors with a focused design and documentation solution
· AutoCAD Civil 3D, which provides a more comprehensive civil engineering solution with analysis and simulation capabilities for the civil engineer and designer
As a result, AutoCAD Land Desktop 2009 will be the last release of Land Desktop and moving forward, the company will be focusing resources on the development AutoCAD Civil and Civil 3D. See more at www.autodesk.com/civil.
Interesting to see this Virtual Earth Application demo for the Texas Wildfire service aka. the Texas Wildfire Data Browser Demo. Developed for the Texas Forest service, the app has been built by Data Transfer Solutions (DTS) with the help of Sanborn (correct me if I’m mistaken please) – the DTS crew (think Dave Bouwman and Chris Spagnuolo) appears to be aggressively working on applications developed on ArcGIS Server, Virtual Earth, and Google Maps (naturally!), you’ve likely heard of them, if not I’m sure you will! Browse the app and use the layer toggles to view fire locatyions, wildfire threats, surface fule hazards and more
Just received heads-up on a new report published by O’reilly. For about 400 clams you can buy this 22 page report on the state of the Geospatial Web – http://radar.oreilly.com/research/where2-report.html
From O’reilly Radar…
Geo technologies are changing the way millions manage their businesses and live their lives. Rapid advances in geolocation technologies – and what individuals and companies have built on those technologies – present new marketplaces for businesses and services, and not just the expected mapping and location services.
Geo functionality is everywhere, and more geo data is being created and freely disseminated than ever before. This emerging technology space, growing in tandem with Web 2.0, has been called Where 2.0. In this report, Andrew Turner and Brady Forrest map out the new generation of geo products and services, identify the major players, and show how your business can leverage the power of Where 2.0.
“… people are looking through their cloud of information to discover what is pertinent to them where they are and when they’re there—a trend we call Where 2.0.”