“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...

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...
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...
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...
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Aerial Drones Help Understand Oil Movement in Water

Aerial Drones Help Understand Oil Movement in Water

After the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Gliders were used to skim the water and detect oil, but at the time aerial drones were just beginning to take off in the hobby world. Fast forward 5 years and anyone can buy a “drone” for under $1,000.00.   Now researchers are using off...
PyScripter and Dark Themes

PyScripter and Dark Themes

Over the last year PyScripter has become my primary Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Its a great application and If you want a free and open-source IDE or  if you work for a organization that likes to take all your computer rights away (no installs)…PyScripter is for you. Its very light on resources and supports IntelliSense or code auto-fill. PyScripter supports color...
Reconstructing a 3D Environment Using an UAV (Drone)

Reconstructing a 3D Environment Using an UAV (Drone)

This was a test using a small unmanned aerial system sUAS to create a 3d image. Im using an APM 2.6 mounted on a Y6 Hexacopter. The images were captured with a GoPro3 with a 2 axis gimbal.  The camera was set to take a picture every 2 seconds and I used 20 images from...
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...
Using COGO in ArcGIS

Using COGO in ArcGIS

Both flavors of ArcGIS, ArcInfo and ArcEditor both come with the COGO extension. This makes drawing with Coordinate Geometry (COGO) a snap. If you have Arcview and no other third party extensions you might be missing out…or maybe not. With a couple of changes to the editor options, you can draw using COGO and using...
Adding Style to your maps

Adding Style to your maps

If you work in ArcGIS like me, you know it lacks in the cartographic style department. The ESRI Mapping Center has put together a collection of maps and tutorials on how to spruce up your maps and get away from the boring, out-of-the-box styles. Click on the map you like and get short tutorials on...

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/