QGIS Video #2: Digitizing Point Features

Welcome to our second QGIS training video.  In this video we will show how to create a point feature shapefile and add cultural landscape icons a small portion of Route 66 in QGIS.  We will be adding new videos to our YouTube channel frequently.

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:

https://qgis.org/en/site/about/index.html

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

Fly Your Flag

We wanted to announce our Fly Your Flag Project. We are using the ArcGIS StoryMap format to create a crowd-sourced map of photos and locations where you are flying your flags.  Too many people are protesting the Stars and Stripes and the National Anthem.  This is our opportunity to fight back.  As a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business VerticalGeo employs 7 veterans of the Armed Forces.  We are a very patriotic company, and we are proud of our flag and our National Anthem.  If you are proud of our flag and you fly your flag or you know of a flag you want to post to our map you can either send me your photos and addresses at rick.marshall@verticalgeo.com and I can post them for you or you can upload them yourselves at the Fly Your Flag App we built located here.

The end result, the crowd-sourced Fly Your Flag Map, can be viewed here.  Keep checking back to see the locations on our map grow or to add your own flag photo.

The Value of Mapping Vertical Obstructions

 

We have been locating, documenting, and mapping vertical obstructions for one of our many customers.  As a retired US Air Force C-130 Navigator I flew low level missions at 300 feet almost every day.  I know the value of knowing where your vertical obstructions are located before you go fly.  We recently worked on an area with an incredible amount of new obstructions.  The red dots on the above screenshot represent powerline pylons and the blue dots represent light standards either along roads or within athletic areas.  Every dot on the map represents an obstacle that is taller than 50 feet.  Most are between 50 and 100 feet, but there are occasional vertical obstructions that reach up to 1,000 feet or more.  Those could ruin your fun day of flying whether you are in a C-130 or a Cessna 172.  For safety of flight reasons it is imperative to know where these obstacles are.  The work we do eventually makes it into FAA and DoD flight charts to help promote safety of flight.

VerticalGeo Exhibiting at SAME Industry Day

VerticalGeo exhibited at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Industry Day in O’Fallon, Illinois on April 27.  We met a lot of great military and civilian engineers and were fortunate enough to listen to the local United States Army Corps of Engineers Districts present their project forecasts for the near future.  It was a very informative day with an opportunity to meet a lot of new people and see some old friends.  We had so many people come up to our booth and talk about the UASs we had on display.  We had a great time.

Bethany and Rick Marshall at SAME Industry Day 2017