Using ArcGIS Online as Part of a Data Collection Workflow

Bethany Marshall is speaking about using ArcGIS Online in our workflow during a Tree Survey we recently completed at the next American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Heartland Region Technical Meeting. Here is a copy of the ASPRS Flyer. So proud of her!

Arc GIS Online Presentation

Cleaning LiDAR Tiles: Tug and Barge

Cleaning more LiDAR tiles today.  This one includes a Tug and Barge combination that I found in the middle of the Mississippi River near New Madrid, Missouri.  No one will ever know it was there when I get done with the tile.  The top view is a cross section elevation and shows what the elevations look like from the side.  The bottom view is an overhead look at the Tug and Barge.

Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri
Tug and Barge near New Madrid, Missouri

Employment Opportunity: Aeronautical Information Specialist

VerticalGeo currently has the following employment opportunities:

Aeronautical Information Specialist:

Job Description:  Aeronautical Information Specialists perform a wide range of duties covering aeronautical and airfield source analysis. Responsibilities include reviewing aeronautical source information, developing terminal procedures from foreign aeronautical source documents, and reviewing aeronautical products prior to delivery.  Specialists have comprehensive experience with and knowledge of aeronautical procedures in their support of national security goals and strategies. They research, collect, analyze, evaluate, integrate and recommend sources for the production of aeronautical data and products.

Required Experience:  B.S. in Aeronautics.  In lieu of degree at least an FAA Commerical Certificate and Instrument rating and at least 500 flight hours to include at least 25 hours in simulated or actual instrument conditions.  Military aircrew members with at least 4 years experience is acceptable.  In lieu of airman credentials, Air Traffic Controllers must have at least four years of controlling experience to include experience with terminal instrument procedures.  Supervises the production of geospatial data and products to specification per defined procedures.   Performs routine and difficult feature attribution processes.  Manage production of work packages and provide interface to project management.  Demonstrate mastery of established aeronautical information production processes, software, and tools on a daily basis.  Provide technical expertise and on-the-job training of workflow processes, lead normal tasks and projects, and make regular recommendations for process and productivity improvements.  Extensive experience with the  Microsoft Office suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Bentley V8i Map, and FTP data transfer processes.  Excellent written and oral communications skills.  Able to supervise others in the completion of the aeronautical information workflow.

If you are interested in this opportunity please send your resume to Dr. Rick Marshall at

New LiDAR Project

Half way done tonight with our 5 week LiDAR classification/cleanup project for the Arkansas Department of Fish and Wildlife. The screenshot below is a 1 mile by 1 mile tile that includes over 8 million points. Airborne LiDAR uses an aircraft equipped with a laser scanner to image the earth’s surface. It doesn’t take color pictures, but takes a snapshot of the earth’s elevation. So the below tile includes a creek running through a culvert under a road. The creek is the lowest elevation and is represented by a magenta color. The road is the highest elevation and is represented by a green color. I enjoy working with LiDAR and the tools you can produce from the data. It just takes forever to process, classify, and clean up.


VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map: Google Maps API

VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map: ArcGIS Online

Here is a VerticalGeo’s Airfield Experience Map. VerticalGeo collectively has over 65 years experience as subject matter experts on integrating GIS and aerial photography technology into airfield operations and over 40 years experience serving the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC). This map displays the airfields where we have boots-on-ground experience.

Please click on the aircraft symbol to drill down into the information for each of the airfields.

You can click on the “View Larger Map” link at the bottom of the map or use the following link to go to the ESRI ArcGIS Online version of this map:

View larger map

The White Board Doodles that Became Google Maps

Here is a link to a Sidney Morning Herald article that discusses how the doodles on the whiteboard of an Australian small tech startup called Where 2 eventually changed the world by morphing into Google Maps. The article shows what you can accomplish with a good idea and a good sense of timing. Even more than the lessons of technology Noel Gordon talks about the lessons of agility and flexibility small businesses bring to the marketplace. Here is the link:

Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation

In July VerticalGeo hosted the ASPRS Heartland Region‘s monthly Technical Presentation. Brittany Mabry, a graduate student from the University of ArkansasCenter for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), presented on “Using Terrestrial LiDAR for Cultural Heritage Documentation.” It was a fascinating presentation that highlighted how Brittany, and the CAST team has used, and taught others to use, Terrestrial LiDAR to digitally capture 3-D imagery of cultural heritage resources around the globe. This is wonderful technology that will allow us to capture and preserve in 3-D those historic places that define our world. Here is Brittany’s presentation: