All posts by Nicholas Duggan FRGS Cgeog (GIS)

3D Cities from a Single System

Above: This screenshot is of CityMapper output. A look at the hybrid airborne system that combines lidar with oblique and nadir imagery. Over the last five years I’ve built and used a lot of 3D GIS and BIM models. Almost all of this has required the capture of stereo imagery and oblique imagery and a...

Creating Album Covers with GIS—or Drawing Elevation as Vector Lines

In July 2014, a developer and neocartographer from Scotland created the “Joy Divionesque 3D Map.” This began a four-year onslaught of maps that replicate the style of the iconic Joy Division album cover, “Unknown Pleasures.” How does it work? Essentially the elevation is taken from an underlying terrain or digital surface map as points, which...

Living Atlas

Interview with Esri’s John Nelson

A few years ago, John Nelson was relatively unknown in the public eye, but in the last year he has gained attention through work he’s been doing with Esri GIS software. Who would have thought you could recreate the Lord of the Rings maps or simulate paper or watercolors using Esri GIS? Theses are just...

Chris Andrews

Interview with Esri’s Chris Andrews

When I knew that I was going to the Esri User Conference, I asked a few friends at Esri to find out who could tell me what super cool stuff was coming up in the platform. One name came up over and over: Chris Andrews, senior product manager for 3D. For those who haven’t heard...

Eric Wittner

Interview with Esri’s Eric Wittner

Eric Wittner is the CityEngine and Procedural Technology product manager at Esri. He works to expand public understanding of how Esri’s 3D products can enhance an organization’s products and process and help bring them success. Nick Duggan: What exactly is CityEngine? Eric Wittner: CityEngine has been with us for a while. They started as an...

Jeremy Wright

Interview with Esri’s Jeremy Wright

At first glance, Jeremy Wright may not seem important: he’s just a product engineer for the world’s largest and most popular GIS. But when I was meeting and interviewing people in San Diego at the Esri UC for xyHt, I made a point of searching for Jeremy. He’s passionate about his work and heavily involved in...