Responding to an Emergency with Maps

In the immediate aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake a well practiced response went into effect. Within a few days information about the event increased exponentially as the various agencies began reporting. The tide of information was overwhelming. Organisation such as Environment Canterbury began requesting GIS support to help make the relevant information visible to people who could use it. I was lucky enough to be selected to go down and help out at the Environment Canterbury offices. Here is the process as I experienced it. Continue reading “Responding to an Emergency with Maps”

Buckminster Fuller and the Dymaxion projection

Richard Buckminster Fuller was an american inventor credited with, among other things, the Dymaxion Mapping Projection or sometimes known as the Fuller projection. It was designed to represent the earth as an island, and to emphasis humanitarian efforts across the globe, or as Buckminster Fuller would have said, “on Spaceship Earth”. I am ultimately writing about ‘Bucky’, as he became known, due to his contributions to the mapping community with the Fuller projection. The backstory is sad yet inspiring.  Continue reading “Buckminster Fuller and the Dymaxion projection”

Location Based To Do Lists

Location based to do lists move us towards a map centric way of getting things done. Yes, they improve efficiency but the benefits goes much deeper.

  • They give our workers freedom
  • They give our managers confidence
  • They make our work more pleasant

In short they are awesome.

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4 Ways to Geocode in a Hurry

Let’s talk about giving an address X Y coordinates. If you need to geocode something it’s probably going to be in a .csv .xlxs or .xls format. This post will talk you through adding a location and putting it on a map.

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How to Ethically Harvest Online Data with Python for ESRI Integration

GeoJSON data is available from about our cities bridges. To make it available for our engineers it needs to loaded to a local database. There are lots of metrics stored there too which can change daily, so we need to do this every night. Let’s automate it with python!

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How to download Free Satellite Imagery

As a GIS professional your workflow very likely includes the acquisition of data to solve problems. In this post I’m going to be laying out a guide to Satellite geospatial data. Hopefully this will make finding data you don’t work with everyday a little easier.

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