As hurricane season starts to heat up in the Northern hemisphere, Esri has added a new Social Media map resource (think community or crowd-sourced media) enabling the community at large to contribute and share relevant resources and media. The map is intended to be simple to use, empowering the user to easily and quickly add links to relevant extreme weather related news stories, weblinks, photos, and videos. Simply select a topic category, click to a location on the map, and add details of the resource to share. Se the Social Media Map at http://www.esri.com/services/disaster-response/hurricane-map/index.html
Archives for August 2010
Some upcoming training dates for our Canuck friends from Esri Canada… Dates and times as follow:
Sep 9, 2010 Sep 10, 2010 Langley, BC NEW!
Sep 20, 2010 Sep 21, 2010 Calgary, AB NEW!
Oct 4, 2010 Oct 5, 2010 Toronto, ON NEW!
Oct 4, 2010 Oct 5, 2010 Victoria, BC NEW!
Oct 7, 2010 Oct 8, 2010 Vancouver, BC NEW!
Oct 14, 2010 Oct 15, 2010 Regina, SK NEW!
Oct 25, 2010 Oct 26, 2010 Fredericton, NB NEW!
Nov 8, 2010 Nov 9, 2010 Toronto, ON NEW!
Nov 9, 2010 Nov 10, 2010 Kelowna, BC NEW!
Nov 16, 2010 Nov 17, 2010 St. John’s, NL NEW!
Nov 22, 2010 Nov 23, 2010 Ottawa, ON NEW!
Nov 23, 2010 Nov 24, 2010 Halifax, NS NEW!
Nov 25, 2010 Nov 26, 2010 Edmonton, AB NEW!
Nov 25, 2010 Nov 26, 2010 Toronto, ON NEW!
find more information at http://www.esricanada.com/en_training/course.asp
In today’s PR from Autodesk, the company not only announced a coming release for Mac OS X but also, a supporting app for iPhone and iPad – the AutoCAD WS mobile application, a new app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to edit and share their AutoCAD designs in the field.Details…
AutoCAD for Mac Built for Mac OS X
AutoCAD for Mac has an intuitive interface that will be familiar to Mac users and makes available many of the powerful AutoCAD features and functionality to customers who choose to work natively on the Mac. AutoCAD for Mac takes full advantage of Mac OS X, including graphical browsing of design files with Cover Flow and use of Multi-Touch gestures on Mac notebooks, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad for intuitive pan and zoom features. AutoCAD for Mac will also be offered free to students and educators through the Autodesk Education Community, where more than 25 Autodesk software products are available for download
The AutoCAD WS mobile application will enable AutoCAD users to edit and share AutoCAD files on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch so they can have real-time collaboration even while on the go.
From Autodesk… “We’re announcing a new mobile app for the Apple iPhone and iPad, as well as plans to release Project Butterfly as a web and mobile application we will call AutoCAD WS. Using your Butterfly (or AutoCAD WS) account you will be able to edit and share your AutoCAD drawings from a web browser or mobile device. All will be coming later this fall, so please stay tuned!”
An interesting announcement from FirstBaseSolutions as they describe the offerings in the Google Earth Enterprise Portable Globe Creator. FirstBase describes the following… Previously if a client wanted to access a Google Earth Enterprise database (3D Globe) disconnected from their network they would need to use VM Ware running a Earth Server with complete Google Earth Databases published to it. Now with the new Globe Creator a virtual machine is no longer required and clients can now clip out portions of globes. The Google Earth Portable Globe Creator tool which runs on the Enterprise Earth Server and uses the Earth Plug-In. This cutter allows users to select a globe, define a area of interest and package and download the information in a single globe file. See more details at FirstBaseSolutions
An interesting event taking place in TN this September – National Rendezvous, 2010; Chattanooga, Tennessee aboard the Delta Queen Steamboat Hotel on the North Shore Wednesday evening, September 15 through Saturday, September 18, 2010. On Friday, the 17th of September, some of the most revered historians within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will present the unknown facets of that organization’s history to the group. TVA developed the primary maps used within the hiking, recreation, planning, engineering and surveying communities, the map known as the 7.5 minute quad sheet. TVA played a huge role in mapping Germany and France during WW II. What did the 1944 map of Oak Ridge, Tennessee look like? How much water is backed up and where will it go when one builds a dam. The TVA is the premier mapper of the 20th century with others following their ground breaking techniques and methodology. The entire globe benefited from their work in our little valley. See more details on Amerisurv or see also http://www.surveyorshistoricalsociety.com/
Come along for a 4 minute ride in the Topcon mobile data collection vehicle. At the ESRIUC we had the pleasure of connecting with the team from Topcon who graciously took me on an interesting 3D Mobile Mapping ride & drive, giving us a first-hand look at how the company collects accurate, 3D mapping data “simply” by driving the streets in a vehicle equipped with some pretty impressive hardware!
While driving around San Diego, CA. the vehicle constantly gathers data (360 degrees) to generate 3D point cloud data that can then be combined with georeferenced imagery to then generate a rich, colorful, high-resolution 3D field scene for use in enterprise GIS apps. According to the company, the data, once collected, can then be readily exported to .SHP format for subsequent use within ArcGIS or ArcPad via a hand-held GPS enabled device.
About the IP-S2 mobile mapping system:
- The IP-S2 is a modular plug&play system that combines 360 degree digital imagery and laser scanning, providing the end user with a detailed 3D point cloud data and georeferenced imaagery. The IP-S2 is a combination of:
- geo referenced, high def LiDAR
- 360 degree camera for spherical image capture
- dual frequency GNSS tracking
- high accuracy 6-axis IMU integration
- external wheel en coders for odometry and tracking
- fast, simple setup
- ideally suited for utilities, transportation uses, and GIS asset management
A clever, interactive mashup is available in this excellent app built by Stamen using Bing Maps. Use the app to track recent events and see exactly where the storm has been and where its going. The UI and design is incredibly pleasing and the app is fun and simple to use… well done by Stamen on the design! Check out the Bing Maps, MSNBC Hurricane Tracker HERE
Sency is an interesting Social Media search tool that enables users to see what’s being said and shared. Taking it one step further, the app has custom gateways to major urban centers around the Globe, enabling you to see what’s being said around you on Twitter and Foursquare! For example, interested in discussions in Vancouver… then check out Sency Vancouver http://sency.com/Vancouver where you can search for local tweets and see a list of popular places that have been discussed recently. These popular places trends update every 4 hours, and people are starting to send out Tweets when a place they like or own is popular on Sency – Check it out at http://sency.com/
As you may have noticed in previous posts this week, I recently had the good fortune to take part in a fun and interesting Nokia-planned event, designed to introduce several of us geeky, mobile, tech blogger types to the recently launched Nokia E73 Mode smartphone (think Business “mode” and pleasure “mode”). The event was relatively short, the 4 bloggers showing up at the beach house on Friday evening and departing Sunday mid-morning – that gave us about 36 hours of fun and down-to-business time with the devices. In typical WOM event fashion, much of the focus here was on having a group of mobile geeks get together and discuss the device, mobile technology, and basic mobile geekness!
We were locked up (not really) in an ocean front beach house, each provided with our own E73 Mode, fed delicious food at regularly scheduled interviews, and given access to all the coffee, Red Bull, and alcohol that we needed (and yes, we were all very well behaved ;0). I couldn’t help feeling somewhat like Mike, the Situation, from Jersey Shore as I wandered the beach house and thought about the environment – all that was missing was Snookie, a hot tub, and a few grenades!!
Still thinking of going mobile? Maybe it’s time to do something about it! Consider this, the worldwide smartphone applications market grew more than $2.2 billion dollars within the first six months of 2010 (this according to http://www.research2guidance.com). According to the numbers, mobile app download numbers reached a total of 3.8 billion in only 6 months, compared to 3.1 billion in 2009
“Apple’s competitors like Nokia and BlackBerry started to leverage their global reach and increased the traffic on their app stores” says Egle Mikalajunaite Research Analyst at research2guidance. “We see this trend continuing in the next several months and years. The next wave of new app stores will be niche stores specializing on e.g. business or mobile health apps”. Average application prices steeped to $3.60 US per paid application in the first half of 2010. See more details HERE
The research report provides readers with the following:
- App store rankings
- App store key market metrics
- Key Market Developments
- Much more!