VerticalGeo spent time this past summer creating road networks for most of the islands in the Caribbean. 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.
Here is a close up of the road network of the town of Charlestown in Nevis.
We have completed road network mapping for the following countries:
British Virgin Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
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.
VerticalGeo is hiring full-time Survey Crew Chiefs and Survey Technicians for our offices in Ft Worth, Albuquerque, and Phoenix. You can view the employment opening postings on Indeed at the following links:
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!
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.
Welcome to our first QGIS training video. In this video we will show how to create a line feature shapefile and digitize a small portion of Route 66 in QGIS. We will be adding new videos to our YouTube channel frequently.
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.
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.
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.