All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

Isle of Wight Attractions

Why Your Maps Should Get in Touch with Their Feminine Side

Google does it, Apple does it, but do your maps use landmarks to improve users’ familiarity? More to the point, why aren’t popular landmarks a standard GIS dataset? For more than 10 years now we’ve known that the majority of the population use spatial recognition to navigate. When I say “majority.” I mean women and...

The Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute. Credit: LA(Phot) Paul Halliwell/MOD.

Quantum Navigation

Above: The Royal Navy submarine HMS Astute. Credit: LA(Phot) Paul Halliwell/MOD. Will freezing sub-atomic particles one day supplant GPS as the primary navigation technology? Many of the most accurate measurement devices, including atomic clocks, work by observing how atoms transfer between individual quantum states. The longer the atomic transition can be observed, the more precisely it...

GIS without GIS (Using Spreadsheets)

No, I haven’t gone mad, though some might disagree. I was inspired to write this after talking to a colleague who previously worked for a bank they were tasked with getting proximities to properties using Excel alone. This got me thinking over how much we crank up the GIS, when sometimes it is so much...

Top 5 Things to Do When You Install a New GIS Software

So, you’ve just downloaded the new QGIS release, latest ArcGIS, or maybe you are completely new to GIS and wondering how to even get started with this behemoth eating up your (or your employer’s) disk space.  Having done this MANY times over the last 15 years of working with geospatial software, I’ve noticed that there...

GPS-controlled robots can measure a site fully automatically and precisely anchor screws for the foundation of a solar plant.

Robots

Above: GPS-controlled robots can measure a site fully automatically and precisely anchor screws for the foundation of a solar plant. Measuring and Anchoring As a child I used to watch a program on BBC television called Tomorrow’s World. Once in 1981, I sat in awe as it showed a snooker-playing robot. My dreams were filled with...

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Dynamic Text with QGIS Layouts

It’s not until you need it that you realize how much you miss it: such is the case with the Esri ArcGIS dynamic text functionality. On the surface it seemed easy to put a little reference into a text box, and then every time I opened a template or new map it would automatically show...