Thursday, 28 November 2013

#GIS and #Coffee

#Interactive #online #map that identifies the best coffee shops in the world. #caffeine

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

#Mapping #Londons House Prices & Rents with #GIS

Great analysis using #geospatial techniques to #problem solve.

Monday, 25 November 2013

The Best of #ArcGIS 10.2

#ESRI added a new #Excel toolset to convert spreadsheets to and from tables. #Awesome for #GIS #data field work. @RedEarthGeo

#Map shows where to look for #Bigfoot

Locations and sitings for Bigfoot.

Looking for #Bigfoot? Check out this link to get your #map to start.

#GIS in #Predictive #Modelling - #Online #Map of Rising Seas

If All The Ice Melted - Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

#Maps and the #Geospatial Revolution!

#Online #map of #NewYork’s changing income. 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

#Creative #Cartography and #Mapping with #GIS

@RedEarthGeo we create #custom #cartographic layouts with #GIS. This image below attempts to recreate a historical #map from real GIS #data and archive documents. #Photoshop was used to make it look #pretty.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

#GIS is Awesome

The #geospatial industry creates awesome #maps from #GIS, #CAD and #GPS sources. These #cartographic masterpieces can provide some #analysis interpreted from data & maps, which leads to stories being told, influence decisions being made, questions being raised and potentially bringing clarity to an issue. The link below interprets the 40 maps that explain the world.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Kiss a Geographer! #Mapgeeks are cool!

If you find your way with your #GPS, make it to the store, or check out @Google #Maps this week then kiss a #geographer! The #geospatial industry is still growing, and is catching up with #nanotechnology & #biotechnology. Way to go #mapgeeks, we rock!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The New GIS User: Poor Understanding of a Relational Database

Those new to #GIS that have some #geo #database experience and minimal interaction with the inner workings of a #relational #database can be at a disadvantage when landing that first #GISjob . Really good academic #GISPrograms will typically teach these principle over 2 hours for the duration of a course, and typically seem insignificant. In fact, there are many hours dealing with the ins and outs of not just creating a database, but maintain them.

Here are a few things to consider when working with relational databases;
1. Cardinality principles are essential
2. Have an understanding of the relational database #field #types and what they can hold as well as what the use is if you need to complete #spatial #analysis or #calculations
3. MS Access is a #single-user #database #system. This means that a personal #geodatabase (PGD) can not be used by another application as the same time you have it in use. There are limits to the size of the PGD as well, only 2GB is allowed. When working with #big #data, it is better to run with a File Geodatabase.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Red Earth Geospatial's 10 Steps to a Successful Presentation at ESRI UC (or any other Conference)

10 Steps to a Successful Presentation #Esriuc #EsriCanada
Being at the 2013 #esriuc in SanDiego we have noticed that some of the presentations can go wrong for various reasons. Our discussion within the #RedEarthGeo pod identified that the most common reason besides not showing up for the seminar and having it cancelled, is poor preparation. Don’t get us wrong, we know that there are a lot of great presenters and topics out there that do knock the geospatial socks off of our chicken legs, but we do have to bring up the point that some do not succeed in creating a great presentation. For those GIS Subject Matter Experts with the guts to even present in front of your peers at an ‪#‎Esriuc‬, good on you, as that is the toughest step to take. Here are 10 general ideas for those who have decided to step up to the podium: 

1. Leverage the #ESRI speakers seminars early on (if not prior to your presentation) in order to take the free advice given from past speakers and those with greater experience to help curb the jitters and increase your confidence and professionalism.

2. Have your presentation local on your machine, especially of you are linking to a video or some other outside source. That internet connection could go down, then what? Contingency plans for contingency plans are the best way to minimize risk.

3. Speak slowly and clearly, and from your gut. There are a whole load of people listening to you from different backgrounds, and not just from North America, but Japan, Oman, China, Lebanon, Kenya, and pretty much anywhere on the globe. You may be the one with the funny accent, so keep it slow and clear and others will be able to follow.

4. You know your subject, you are the SME (Subject Matter Expert), but do you know your audience? They are the attendees that have the same career interests as you, yet you may have 10 years, others may be new and have 3 years, while others may be grandfathered in at 30 years. No matter what, keep your presentation at a level that appeals and is understandable from the new to historic attendees. 

5. When presenting, ensure that you are telling the attendees one thing and show them many captions, images, data charts, process maps, tables and maps on the screen. The sad truth is that most of the attendees remember some of what they hear, not all of it, but because the majority of GIS and Geospatial careers entice spatially and visually minded people, they can recall and put it all together from the maps and images on the screen. Keep it simple, remove the acronyms and focus on one main idea and eliminate everything that doesn't support that idea.

6. Take business cards to create a network with your peers. The people who attended the presentation have similar ideas and passions (they came to see you, the expert in the same field). 

7. Make yourself available after the presentation to discuss your subject and answer question to the introverts that did not want to ask in front of the group.

8. Show up on time. The attendees are there to see you (which means your confidence should be at a high and nervousness at a low), you are in command of the podium for 20 - 30 minutes, all ears and eyes will be focused on you. This is because they want to learn, they are not there to judge, but to get insight and get assistance to the same issues you have probably come across in your own journey. 

9. Stage-fright, at some time in your life you have probably come across it, even if it was in grade 3. Re-label negative feelings as positive ones. Consider your symptoms of stage fright not as an indication of nervousness but more along the lines as a sign of excitement or anticipation.

10. Last point, and the one that you will remember. You don't look that nervous when you are on the podium. Speakers self-assessment of presentations is often overly tough and the real time self awareness is harsh (and typically untrue) . Assume that you look calm and relaxed to your attendees and you will. 

Good Luck and have fun, this may be your 15 x 15 minutes of fame!

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Friday, 7 June 2013

Red Earth Geospatial - We consult to company's starting up their Geospatial programs

At Red Earth Geospatial, we consult to company's starting up their Geospatial programs. This is a great book for those interested in understanding GIS. "Geographical Information Systems: Principles, Techniques, Management and Applications" found on Amazon
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

URISA Alberta Executive Nominations

URISA Alberta's Executive Committee is pleased to announce a call for nominations to serve on the URISA Alberta Executive Board. 

Show your commitment to the value of URISA Alberta and help shape its future! You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to the Association and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

Nominations will be accepted until June 21, 2013 for Vice President-North, Treasurer, Publicity Chair and Member-at-Large. Nominators should have the consent of the Nominee.

Details about the positions can be found in the Chapter Bylaws on the 'About Us' tab of this web site. Please contact for a copy of the nomination form or access the nomination form via this link .

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Monday, 11 March 2013

GIS Machines

We will be offering new GIS machines with three as-built levels for;

1. Intermediate Users - A few days here and there for mapping.
2. Advanced Users - All day use with some processing and mapping.
3. Super Users - All day use and night batch processing and scripting.

Red Earth Geospatial will also be setting up an online form to build your own hybrid GIS Machine from the three levels listed above to get a more customized approach for your mapping, processing and analysis projects.

All computers are warrantied for 1 year.

Red Earth Geospatial's upgrade to the new website is almost complete.

With many hours added to the payroll, Digital Paper Works ( has provided us with a new web site full of fresh pages. Our clients will also notice a new portal to their spatial data and databases.

Check back by the end of March to see the updated Red Earth Geospatial web page ( .