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Cartography

Hexagon Reporting

We often find ourselves collecting and maintaining data. For GIS applications we use this data to answer questions about the world around us. Quite often the sheer quantity of data is overwhelming and the more we collect the harder it is to give a simple answer. This project is going to use Hexagon bins for […]

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systems technology

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 […]

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Cartography

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.

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systems technology

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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Data Python technology

4 Ways to Geocode in a Hurry

a quick and concise guide to geocoding in a hurry

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Python

How to Ethically Harvest Online Data with Python for ESRI Integration

How to make GeoJson available to a database. This article demos web scraping with python and writing to an SDE feature.

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Imagery raw data

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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Cartography

A Formula for Facility Mapping

This is an introductory tutorial for making facility maps using GIS. I’ll be working with ArcGIS Pro, the recipe applies equally well for QGIS or ArcMap. 

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systems technology

Four Tips for Working with Workforce

Workforce takes operations from ad hoc paper based system or a disconnected collection of GIS features to a systematic flexible and programmable to do list. At its heart there is a focus on keeping work loads simple. That means seeing only the information you need to perform the tasks relevant to you. 

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Cartography

Making Maps! ArcGIS Pro in under 5 minutes

3 Step Guide to Publishing Hard Copy Cartography in ArcGIS Pro Like almost every other GIS professional I’ve been producing hardcopy maps using the trusty workhorse of GIS, ArcMap for quite a while now; with the occasional foray on it’s slightly more hipster cousin QGIS. Over the last couple of years ESRI have been developing […]