All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

Server 2016 interface virtualization

Virtualization: the Greatest Tool You Don’t (Currently) Use

This post is dedicated to a good friend, Chris Johnson, who, when we worked together a few years back, introduced me to this cool new word: VIRTUALIZATION. You see, Chris is an IT guru (see: enterprise systems architect)—a friend that every GIS guru should have so that you’ve got someone to pick up the pieces...

QGIS 3D

How to Use the New QGIS 3D

When QGIS revealed that they were going to add a 3D viewer, I was skeptical. Rumors were going around about it being a bolt on functionality and not really being fully adopted. To be perfectly honest, I was put off before there was anything to look at. As screenshots started to appear from Lutra Consulting,...

The SD Moorfowl lifts a Highball from Loch Striven.

Recovering the Bouncing Bombs

Sidescan sonar helps a hydro survey team and a dive club find and raise the famous bouncing bombs from WWII. (Above: The SD Moorfowl lifts a Highball from Loch Striven.) As of May of 2018, it will be 75 years since the famous German dam buster raid by the Royal Air Force. The raid used...

The Problem with GIS and Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality

Over the last few years, altered realities technology has exploded, and now, with the introduction of Apple’s ARKit and Android’s ARCore, AR, MR, and VR are well within the reach of the non-developer. I can confirm this as I’ve created a few AR apps and MR apps myself over the last few months, with no experience...

heightmap

Making Heightmaps

There is no hiding it: I’ve been building a lot of 3D data recently, partly to sell, partly to fuel my adventures into augmented reality (if you’re interested in me adding this to the blog, please say!). The main vital thing has been the heightmap. Providing Certainty in 3D Heights  What is a heightmap, you...

Southampton Cesium

Add 3D Tiles to Cesium 1.36 to Make 3D Virtual Scenes

As blogs come, this has to be (for me) one of the longest. You see, I’ve been playing with Cesiumjs since its beginning and following the exciting beginnings of the “3D Tile” for the last 3 years. I’ve waited patiently, waiting for the moment I could share with the world how fantastic this new technology...