Best wishes for a fun filled summer day on this 4th of July to all! Many of you will be enjoying a fireworks display this evening but have you ever wondered what makes all those brilliant colors? Well, according to the USGS it comes from the minerals that are used… here’s some details:
Red Fireworks and Strontium—Strontium gives a brilliant red hue to fireworks and to the flares you might be toting in your car in case of roadside emergencies. Strontium is produced most notably in the mineral celestite. Strontium is used in drilling fluids to produce oil and gas; it also strengthens metal castings in airplanes and cars, and makes paints that resist corrosion.
Wow, summer is barely here and already we have a named storm/hurricane… Esri’s Hurricane Public Information Map is available for the media to embed or share as part of ongoing storm coverage. You can explore the storm’s projected path and live storm warnings from NOAA overlaid on geotagged social media from Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram. Stay safe everyone! See the storm map HERE
Here’s a fabulous digital archive with tens of thousands of maps for your viewing and printing pleasure! Available in time for the Fourth of July and able to be accessed on all digital devices, the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer brings to life more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006.
In 2009, USGS began the release of a new generation of topographic maps (US Topo) in electronic form, and is now complementing them with the release of high-resolution scans of more than 178,000 historical topographic maps of the United States. The topographic map remains an indispensable tool for everyday use in government, science, industry, land management planning, and recreation.
Historical Topographic Maps - Preserving the Past
Posted in imagery, maps, usgs
Image venturing through one of China’s scenic wonders, a massive cave full of cone shaped peaks, arches, and the world’s largest cavern! Well, thanks to National Geographic you can now sit back in your chair and go on a virtual exploration and enjoy it all, complete with details of how laser scanning technology was used to capture is all in amazing detail!
breathtaking virtual tour of a supercave -- new from Nat Geo's July issue
Posted in 3d, DEM, LIDAR
As most of us GeoGeeks know, GIS takes its roots from a Canadian, Dr. Roger Tomlinson and the industry has much history and legacy from north of 49. So today we are glad to wish all of Canada a happy birthday and a happy, safe, and fun Canada Day!
Happy Canada Day
Posted in Canada
Coming soon (July 1 and 3) a webinar of interest… The Frequently Asked Questions of Strater 4 Webinar will answer some of the most commonly asked questions pertaining to creating boreholes/well logs, maps, and cross sections in Strater 4. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will have a better understanding of the tools available to enhance visualization of your subsurface data.
Strater® 4 Stratigraphically Superior Well Log, Borehole & Cross Section Plotting Software
Via the FOSS4G gang… a call for maps! From the organizers… We invite contributions to the FOSS4G Map Galleryto build an exciting and vibrant exhibit of the very best in mapping. This Map Gallery will not only demonstrate the work of delegates but also act as a reference point for the current state of mapping more widely. We encourage all delegates to share one example of their work and help us create a cartographic record of the FOSS4G 2014 conference.
Contributing to the FOSS4G Map Gallery is simple: make a map involving open source technology or open data, and share that map online! The submission form will open on June 26th and close on August 31st; that’s about eight weeks to pull together the projects you’ve been working with over the last year or more. You are encouraged to submit your application via the FOSS4G web site.
More details HERE
In preparation for today’s awesome match between USA and those pesky Germans you can check out this Esri story map showing you the roster of team USA. View the players’ bio, photo and more on the map – Go USA!
2014 US World Cup Roster
Posted in ESRI, sports
YEs indeed the FME User Conference videos, more than 70 of them, are all online for your viewing pleasure! One of my favorite sessions at the event was delivered by Mark Laudon of the City of Surrey, B.C. Surrey is definitely a leader when it comes to open data and citizen engagement, although they are quite modest about it! Enjoy this talk by Mark as he describes their efforts, discusses open data platforms, and shares some very useful tips! Continue reading
Yes indeed it’s I/O day and you can catch it live here or on youtube... enjoy!
Details of a webinar taking place later today, June 25 – Recent advances in civil construction workflows are exciting. As technology provides contractors with new opportunities, today’s surveyors must master new techniques as their role evolves.
Civil Integrated Management (CIM) represents the dynamic aspects of the modern job site. CIM helps to make sense of workflow and strategy as these processes grow ever more complex.
Sit in as leading expert Marco Cecala of Takeoff Professionals outlines a strategy for establishing or increasing the role of land surveyors as we integrate with the 3D world. Topics to include:
*Equipment (Overview, application, anatomy & integration)
*Training (Options, Approach, Identifying key learners)
*Application (How to, implementation, responsibility)
*Work Flow (Who, what, when, where, why, effectively)
Space is limited. Reserve your seat now
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Tagged event, webinar