Caribbean Road Networks

VerticalGeo spent time this past summer creating road networks for most of the islands in the Caribbean. The screenshots below came from our St Kitts and Nevis Road Network Update Map.  You can view our work there on the simple webmap we have posted online. Every year the islands in the Caribbean get slammed with hurricanes and need humanitarian aid to help overcome the disaster. The people of the Caribbean are very resourceful and resilient, and we decided that we could help them by providing updated road network maps.

We started with satellite imagery and began with Open Street Map files of the entire Caribbean. We then took these Open Street Map files and used them to show us where the existing road networks were at. When we came across Open Street Map files that weren’t accurate we updated them. When we came across areas where we saw road networks on the satellite imagery, but no roads documented in Open Street Map, we added the roads. When we came across roads documented in Open Street Map that we did not find on satellite imagery we deleted them from our Open Street Map files. In the screenshot below the purple roads are the road network we created for the country of Nevis.

Nevis Road Network 2019

Here is a close up of the road network of the town of Charlestown in Nevis.

Charlestown Nevis Road Network 2019

We have completed road network mapping for the following countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Bolivia
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Paraguay
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Martin
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • US Virgin Islands

We see this as an opportunity to help out the international disaster relief organizations that need data like this to help plan relief efforts around the world.

Thanks for a great 2018

2018 was one of the best years VerticalGeo has had so far. It was a lot of fun and we were very busy. We produced more geospatial data than ever before and attended some incredible conferences where we had an opportunity to share what we do with others. We could not have done any of this without the hard work of a very talented team here int he office. Thank you for all your hard work and hurculean effort. Hopefully 2019 will turn out to be another fantastic year!

QGIS 3.0.0 (Girona) Available for Download

We have been using the free and open source Quantum GIS (QGIS) quite a bit over the last few months.  The newest version of QGIS, version 3.0.0 (Girona), has been released and is available for download free of charge here:

It is amazing to see the capability of QGIS these days.  If you are just getting started in the GIS world I would start by learning QGIS.  If you are experienced in your GIS capabilities then give it a try.

VerticalGeo at Salute to Scott

We had a fun day yesterday supporting the O’Fallon, Illinois Chamber of Commerce at the Salute to Scott, a Veteran’s Day celebration for the Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Retired military heroes and their families associated with Scott Air Force Base.  We set up our booth and gave away balsa wood airplanes and candy to the children there and talked with a lot of heroes who have sacrificed for our country.  It was a great event attended by a huge crowd.  We were humbled by the number of people coming by the booth.

Luke at the VerticalGeo Booth at Salute to Scott

We just want to say thank you for all you do to keep our country safe and strong.

The celebration was held at Gateway Classic Cars, here in O’Fallon.  What an incredible place!  They had hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles for sale in their indoor showroom.

Gateway Classic Cars