Tag Archives: @Dragons8mycat

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...

An Interview with Jack Dangermond

When I was invited by xyHt to attend the 2018 Esri User Conference, there was only one requirement: I had to interview Jack Dangermond, co-founder (with Laura Dangermond, his wife) of Esri. I was given a 15-minute interview slot on a Wednesday morning, which I hoped would be long enough to get a few big...

Global Mapper

Global Mapper Review

Although I’ve been using GIS for more years than I can remember, until xyHt took me out to InterGeo I had never heard of Global Mapper. I thought I’d used every GIS there was; I’ve even used some that only a select few have ever heard of (StruMap anyone?). The market is saturated with GIS, and...

xyz to QGIS

Using OpenStreetMap Basemaps with QGIS 3.0

QGIS 3 is a new wave of open source GIS. Not only is it extremely quick and efficient, allowing you to use almost every type of geospatial data you can throw at it, but it also includes a 3D renderer and ways to export your creations straight to the web. And let’s not forget the...

AIS: Using Shipping Data in GIS

We’ve all been dazzled by those awesome maps that animate ships or aircraft using AIS, as they move in near real time, but how do they work? What magic sits beneath the hood? As luck would have it, whilst working with the offshore wind farm industry I had to do a lot of vessel analysis,...

ArcGIS Pro

Minimum and Maximum Z Values in ArcGIS Pro

In ArcGIS Pro, why are my minimum and maximum Z values wrong, and how do I fix it? Until recently, this isn’t the kind of question you would expect a GIS user to ask. Of late there have been many innovations in the geospatial software world, and the GIS user is now having to come...