In July VerticalGeo hosted the ASPRS Heartland Region‘s monthly Technical Presentation. Brittany Mabry, a graduate student from the University of Arkansas‘ Center 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:
Last week I attended a web-based presentation by USGS on the National Map Corps. I don’t know if you are familiar with USGS’s National Map or not, but it is a great resource for finding and downloading information. I had not heard of the USGS National Map Corps before, so this was good news to me.
USGS has adopted the same editing environment for the National Map Corps that OpenStreetMap has used for a few years (Potlatch). It works well, is simple to use, and they use it to update a few features for the US Topo Map. The features you can currently edit across the US are: schools, fire, police, and EMS locations, state capitals, and cemeteries. Not a lot of features to update, but it is nice to see USGS opening up to crowd sourcing to keep features current and accurate. The updates you make on the map are reviewed by peers and then added to the new US Topo Map quads.
The URL for the USGS National Map Corps Editor is:
We wanted to add some video tutorials to show new ArcGIS users how to edit data in ArcMap. Step 1 is to create a File Geodatabase. In this video we cover creating a File Geodatabase in ArcMap 10.1 that we will use in our next video to add data to our project. To see all of our ArcGIS tutorials please visit out YouTube Channel.
We have had a lot of people lately ask us how to georeference imagery. So, as long as it is a hot topic, we just posted VerticalGeo’s new video tutorial on “Georeferencing Imagery in ArcGIS 10.1 Desktop” on our YouTube Channel. Here it is:
Google’s Project Tango is a very interesting project that brings an entirely new focus to crowd sourced mapping data.
Here’s a great TED talk by Aris Venetikidis on the difference between the cognitive maps we use to navigate in our mind and the physical maps we use in the world.
Thank you to Charlene Turczyn for sharing this TED presentation. Amazing capability Photosynth brings to us that capture the world in photographs.
Good to see our friend Donald Effren at AutoCopter Corp made the Precision Ag Magazine top 10 Video List. Donald is a great guy and AutoCopter is changing the way growers monitor their production. It is a transformational technology. We were at the InfoAg Conference in Springfield last July when Donald and the AutoCopter Team demonstrated the capabilities of the UAV and it was very impressive. Congrats Donald!