“A picture is worth a thousand words”

~ Fred R. Barnard

Dabbles in data visualization – GIS, 3D Modeling, Data Formatting, Graphic Design, Cartography, Geovisualization, Remote sensing, infographics, graphic design, web design...

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Aerial Imagery Tile Sever [BETA]

Aerial Imagery Tile Sever [BETA]

In the near future I’m going to start publishing my aerial imagery. The Goal is to use all open source applications and have several options for download. The following applications were used for the map below: VisualSFM, PMVS, CMPMVS: Used to create the point cloud, mesh and stitched photo QGIS: Used to georeference the imagery....
Mapping Reads

Mapping Reads

One of my favorite web magazines posted a list of “must reads” for mapping (and non-mapping) people.  “How to Lie With Maps”,  “From Here to There”, “Maphead” and “On the Map“, by Simon Garfeild (not mentioned in the article) are at the top of my list. http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/08/map-book-list/               “How...
Creating Cartograms with ArcGIS Desktop

Creating Cartograms with ArcGIS Desktop

Cartograms offer an interesting way of displaying data. In a since the map adopts a customized projection based on the values of the data being represented. The following link below provides instructions and a script to get you started. http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/2009/10/16/exploring-data-using-cartograms-within-arcgis-desktop/ If your looking for ideas, check out this 1960 map on freight tonnage on the Mississippi River...
Beautiful Wind Map Animation

Beautiful Wind Map Animation

Two of my favorite twitter feeds come from Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. They do an incredible job of visualizing data and collaborate a site called hint.fm. They have recently released an animated map that displays wind patterns based on the National Digital Forecast Database. Wind Map: http://hint.fm/wind/
Perpetual Ocean [HD Video]

Perpetual Ocean [HD Video]

(Make sure to turn on the full screen!) This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007. This visualization was produced using NASA/JPL’s computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2.. ECCO2 is high resolution model of the global...
Raster to XYZ in ArcMap

Raster to XYZ in ArcMap

The other day I need to convert multibeam and lidar data to and ASCII format for a colleague.  I have a python script that acquired several years ago for doing this, but I needed a method that people unfamiliar with python could use.  So here’s the method I came up with… Note: This method was...
ColorBrewer Version 2.0 (New)

ColorBrewer Version 2.0 (New)

Some of you may already know about this – Recently a new version of ColorBrewer called ColorBrewer 2.0 (colorbrewer2.org ) was released by Axis Maps . ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting colors for maps. The original ColorBrewer was released in 2002. Here are some of the new features: * In the original version...
Geospatial Aware PDF, No geopdf required

Geospatial Aware PDF, No geopdf required

With the new version of Acrobat/Reader 9, users have the ability to view geo-referenced Adobe PDFs. This can all be done without the use of GeoPDF. Link: http://blogs.adobe.com/acrobat/2008/07/acrobatreader_9_and_geospatial.html

ESRI conference ending

Waiting for the closing talks at the conference. The room is about third of the size that the opening room was. ChadSent from my mobile

ESRI Conference next week

My plan is blog the ESRI UC next

Feathering with Adobe Photoshop

Applications: Feathering is a popular technique used by graphic designers, photographers and cartographers. In this tutorial we are going to be using this technique to soften the edges of a map created in ArcMap. It can be used for wide variety of applications and procedures such as blending or fading multiple pictures together, blending colors,...