Sunday, 29 March 2015


The acronym GIS refers to Geographic Information Systems – a tool that allows #geographers and #analysts to visualize #data in several different ways in order to see patterns and relationships in a given area or subject. These patterns generally appear on #maps but they can also be found on #globes or in #reports and charts. The first truly operational GIS appeared in Ottawa, Ontario in 1962 and was developed by #Roger #Tomlinson of Canada’s Department of Forestry and Rural Development in an effort to use map overlays for analysis of various areas in #Canada. This early version was called CGIS.
The more modern version of GIS used today emerged in the 1980s when @ESRI(Environmental Systems Research Institute) and @CARIS (Computer Aided Resource Information System) created a commercial version of the software that incorporated the methods of CGIS, but also included newer “second generation” techniques. Since then it has undergone a number of technological updates, making it an efficient mapping and informational tool. | | | @RedearthGeo

TIN has an atomic weight of 118.71

Tin is industrial, tin coats other materials to prevent corrosion, tin has an atomic weight of 118.71, but in #GIS, its a #sexy triangulated irregular#network. This network of vertices derives from a mass of points to create a #3D #map with x-, y-, and z-values. Being part of the #geogeek culture, this image is a 3D map with great #cartographicrepresentation, but I think when the GIS Supervisor said to the staff to create a 3D world map and drape it over a TIN, they mistook the request and provided this awesome version. This map is actually on a piece of corrugated TIN, and looks pretty marvellous. From #creative minds comes great products!@redearthgeo

Red Earth Geo GIS TIN
Red Earth Geo GIS TIN

Friday, 27 March 2015

#GIS & The Visible Collection of Water Particles Suspended in the Air

#GIS is a global network of #Geogeeks doing their thing with geo-stuff. You like it, because you understand it.

Red Earth Geospatial
Red Earth Geospatial


Advances in #technology are changing the type, quantity, quality, and timeliness of #information available. The ideal human #geography #database would include uniform social and demographic information about all human populations on the globe. It would include #population, household, housing unit, business, and economic information that would allow determination of societal characteristics at any scale from macro to micro. #Esri has met this challenge by compiling a human geography database of #demographics and #statistics about all countries in the world and mapping this data using a new, innovative methodology.
Esri’s new world population map takes advantage of this new information to track and estimate populations to support better decision making. Population is modeled from imagery, road networks, and populated place locations to create an urbanization likelihood score. This new model of world population will allow comparative studies and accurate depiction of statistics to ad hoc areas.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

#GIS & Dressmaking

#GIS crosses many industries and the creation of #maps are used by millions. Here is a great #artistic way of  #recycling old maps in a whole new industry, #paperdressmaking. These young hipster youths have no idea that they are part of something else, being part of the #Geogeek culture. And who says that #cartography is becoming a lost #art?

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015


The HXGN Geospatial track provides industry-specific content that you can relate to, helping you improve your organization’s #workflow and make sense of the dynamically changing world.
Listen to real customer-use cases packed with compelling testimonials, highlighting end-to-end workflows from around the globe. Learn about exciting updates, invigorating customer stories and new solutions built upon the Power Portfolio 2015 release.
Attend vibrant sessions covering a variety of topics, including:
  • #Asset #Management
  • Transportation
  • Defence and intelligence
  • Local, state and national government agencies
  • Property Appraisal
  • #Disaster #Management
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources

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FME World Tour 2015

Introduced to #FME in 1999, it’s a pretty important tool to be used within the #Geospatial Industry. #maps, #analysis, #gis streamlining, conversions, ETL and the amazing ability to manipulate #data like it didn’t know it could be. #Geogeeks, if you haven’t heard the word on FME, get out to one of their World Tour dates and see what it’s all about. Check them out at and book your seat. | | | @RedearthGeo

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Online Easy Translator for #GIS #Data

All  these formats for source and output are supported: AutoCAD (DWG/DXF) / CSV /GeoJSON / GML / GPX / DGN (v7) / MapInfo (TAB) / KML / ESRI (Shapefile)
Output Coordinates: WGS84 / WGS84 (GeoCentric) / Mercator Projection / Robinson Projection / Spherical Mercator

#ArcGIS Expresses Your #Open #Data

ArcGIS Open Data lets you quickly serve open data to communities and organizations through map-based websites. Halifax uses their ArcGIS Online subscriptions to share open data for a variety of purposes.
The Halifax Open Data Catalogue provides citizens and businesses public with access to the city’s datasets to improve citizen engagement and enhance transparency and accountability of the local government. The catalog provides data that is complete and accurate, frequently requested, and free of private information.
See the site in action here.

Saturday, 21 March 2015


#Athens in #H2O RGB less the G. #Fun #map with a little elbow #Greece to round out the week with #GIS. We ❤Maps!
GIS | | @RedearthGeo

How to How to Prevent Accidental Deletion of Items from ArcGIS Online

You continually add items such as as #layers, #web #maps, #apps, and #datasets to #ArcGIS #Online for others in your organization to use. You've created and added layers, used those layers to craft great maps, and used those maps to make great apps. How do you prevent accidentally deleting your hard work or removing layers and maps that your apps depend on?

To protect your items from accidental deletion, enable Delete Protection. Here's how to do this, step by step.

Step 1. Go to your item details and click Edit.

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Step 2. Scroll toward the bottom of the item details and, in the Properties section, check the box to enable Delete Protection.

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Step 3. Click Save. Now your item is protected from accidental deletion, and Delete is disabled.
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By Bern Szukalski- Esri Technology Evangelist

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Red Earth Geospatial - GIS DAY 2014 -


Google Earth Pro builds on the amazing functionality of Google Earth with even more powerful tools. Some of the most compelling features of Earth Pro include:

Advanced Measurements:
Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure.

High-resolution printing:
Print Images up to 4800×3200 px resolution.

Exclusive Pro data layers:
Demographics, parcels, and traffic count.

Spreadsheet Import:
Ingest up to 2500 addresses at a time, assigning placemarks and style templates in bulk.

GIS import:
Visualize ESRI shapefiles (.shp) and MapInfo (.tab) files.

Get Google Earth Pro for Free Here.


The New #MacBook
On Monday, March 9th,  #Apple gave people who follow Apple news plenty to talk about. But for #Mac users, the biggest news probably has to do with all the ways the new MacBook diverges from what we’ve been used to over the past few years.
No MagSafe, #Thunderbolt, or standard USB ports, all replaced by a single #USB-C port—that’s big news. On of the updates is the new MacBook’s keyboard and trackpad, which are unlike any of those currently found in the Mac line.
The New #Keyboard
Apple designed the keyboard in the new MacBook to have reduced key travel, presumably because the thing is just too thin to allow those keys to move very far up or down. That seems reasonable, but when Apple extolled the virtues of the new keyboard on Monday, they raved about the increased size and stability of its key caps, the clever design of the butterfly keyboard switches, the stainless steel dome switches. So is this a compromise keyboard specifically designed for the MacBook, or does Apple feel this keyboard design is so great that it’s going to make sure that all its future Mac keyboards are exactly the same way?
Apple says the new keyboard’s butterfly mechanism is more stable than the old scissor-switch keys.
Each key cap is larger, which means they should be easier to hit—but the space between keys has been reduced, which would seem to me to be a decision that would increase the chances that your finger will hit the wrong key. Each key is individually #LED lit, the Escape key has been elongated and the function keys narrowed. The arrow #keys have been redesigned; the up and down arrows are still half-height, but the left and right arrows are now full sized.
The New #Apple #TrackPad – The #Force #Touch
The new MacBook trackpad that Apple has implemented has a series of force sensors underneath the trackpad surface and a #Taptic #Engine that can vibrate the surface on demand—is a remarkable simulation of the real thing. When you press on the trackpad, the Taptic Engine fires up and shakes the surface of the trackpad. Your brain interprets the vibration and the pressure as a downward click, even though that’s not what’s actually happening. (The vibration from the Taptic Engine is from side to side, not up and down.) This is all presumably to drive a little more thickness of out of the MacBook, but it has a fun side benefit: Now the clickiness of the trackpad can be controlled by software. A new #slider in the Trackpad system preference pane lets you adjust how much force is required for a click, so you can tweak it to fit your preferences.
The Taptic Engine is software controlled, so you can tweak its behavior in System Preferences > Trackpad.
The Taptic Engine is software controlled, so you can tweak its behavior in System Preferences > Trackpad.
Don’t Forget
When using a MacBook and your favorite #ESRI #ArcGIS Platform, look at VMWare, BootCamp, or Parallels. @RedEarthGeo, some of the Apple products we set up for our clients leverage the Parallels software with no real issues for ESRI products that are to be on a Windows Environment.
If you don’t like the Apple Products for your #Geospatial use, contact us, as we can set you up with a custom machine at a reasonable rate.


#Opensource doesn’t just save you money, it also improves quality, delivers #business #agility & mitigated business #risk.


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. | | | @RedearthGeo