All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

Esri 50

The Enablers of GIS

The late Roger Tomlinson is credited with being the father of GIS, but, without the commercial success of Jack and Laura Dangermond’s company, Esri, GIS would never have touched our lives the way it has. This year Esri celebrates its 50th year, though you won’t find any huge announcements from them about it as Jack...

Leica Geosystems UK

Touring the Leica Geosystems Facility in the UK

Getting to see Leica Geosystems’ shiny new RTC360 scanner and delve into the details were only part of a fantastic day when I toured Leica Geosystem’s facility at Milton Keyes in the UK recently. On the same site is also the UK technical support and servicing department that was only too happy to let me...

A Truly Unique Scanner

A look at innovation in hardware, software, and workflow in the Leica RTC360. Not far from London in the UK is a place called Milton Keynes. Although it’s not as famous as places like Manchester, Birmingham, or Brighton, it is the home of the Red Bull Formula 1 team; it’s where WD40 is made; and...

Esri UK Conference 2019 Recap

Every year towards the end of May, Esri UK, the UK distributer for Esri software, holds a user conference across the road from Westminster, the home of the UK parliament (when I was there I even got to see Jacob Reese Mogg). It’s held at the QE2 centre, and there are amazing views from the fifth floor which allow...

Excalibur

ArcGIS Excalibur

A new “un-GIS” GIS tool enables access, measurement, analysis, and markup capabilities for images – for everyone. Many years ago, during the era of cinematography and good old-fashioned film, they used to edit movies by cutting the film with a pair of 9-inch scissors; these were called “excalibur.” This sets the scene for the new...

ArcGIS Indoors

What is it, and how will it work? Mapping has traditionally been the task of visually charting big outdoor spaces with pretty hills that look great with a few contours around them. Throw in a bit of hillshade, and you have a cartophile’s dream. The location intelligence company Esri, that has driven the market to...