“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...

Aerial Survey of 852 acres

Aerial Survey of 852 acres

The data in this map was created using an Altavian NOVA F7200 fixed drone. Thirteen Ground control points were layout over the area in and several additional points were used as check-points. These GCPs were collected with two Trimble R10 GPSs (Base and Rover). The data was processed using Pix4D cloud services.  ...
ArcGIS Online Map with Slider

ArcGIS Online Map with Slider

Obesity and diabetes have become an epidemic problem in US and its almost certain that someone you know is/has been effected by these two issues. This ESRI Storytelling with Maps blog is hosting a map that shows the correlation between the two using a swipe tool. View the live map...
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Handling XML with Python in ArcGIS

XML has become very popular in giving users the ability to parse large amounts of data between programs and databases. Many have adopted XML schema and developed variations of the it. HTML, KML and the popular GPX schema have a very similar look to XML. Using python and more specifically ArcPy, the ESRI blog user...
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/
New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta - Free

New Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta – Free

I’m not a big fan of updating when ever a new version comes out, but the new Adobe has made their last two Photoshop versions (CS5 and CS6) very worth while. The new features in the Photoshop CS6 bring more RAW and Video editing tools to the package (Check out the top 6 videos). Check...
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...
ArcGIS for the Android Platform [update]

ArcGIS for the Android Platform [update]

[update 3/28/2012] Now available in the Amazon Appstore The ArcGIS Android app has bee available as a beta version from the ESRI developers resource center for about a year, but there has been Iphone and Windows Mobile versions available for some time now. On Monday  (Octobe 25, 2011) Android finally revived an official version. From my initial thoughts, it seems to...
Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs dies at 56

One of the most known names in the tech, entertainment and fashion world has past at 56. Steve Paul Jobs died on October 5, 2011. http://www.wired.com/ http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/10/jobs/
Government Releases New Online Data Tools

Government Releases New Online Data Tools

Last week in an initiative to be more transparent with spending the Obama administration released a new website, performance.gov.  The website is filled with maps, tables, graphs and data available to the to public for free.  There are also links to other initiatives to help the public understand where our our tax dollars are going…and...
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...
Using Microsoft's Kinect to map a 3D enviroment

Using Microsoft’s Kinect to map a 3D enviroment

There has been some very interesting experiments done using Nintendo’s WII and Microsoft’s Kinect (Kinectfusion), but this project with partners from Microsoft Research Cambridge, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, Lancaster University, and the University of Toronto has done some really impressive work. Using a Kinect, the team has created a way to quickly map an...
1100 years to travel around biggest star

1100 years to travel around biggest star

Ever wonder how small earth is compared to the biggest known star? Me neither until I saw this animation.  
3ds Max - Commonly Used Modifiers

3ds Max – Commonly Used Modifiers

Taper Lets you have large section at the top and small section at the bottom or vice versa. FFD 2-2-2 to 4-4-4 (free form deformation) Put a mesh in a cage that can be push and full to deform the model very useful for deformity. It uses various control points in the cage. Bend As...
Neutons that shaped our civilian

Neutons that shaped our civilian

Ramachandran offers an interesting idea of how the connections we are share has shaped our civilization http://blog.ted.com/2010/01/04/the_neurons_tha/