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Supergeo Releases Android-powered SuperSurv 3.1a for Enhanced Data Collection

Supergeo Technologies, a leading global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, announced that SuperSurv 3.1a Beta, the mobile GIS application for Android devices, is available for improving data collection and filed operations.

 

SuperSurv 3.1 enables surveyors to overlay layers in their tablets or smart devices to effortlessly collect surveyed data using GPS and waypoint guidance tools. The mobile GIS software supports global coordinate system settings, helping users save the collected data of point, line and polygon in SHP, GEO or KML formats for further application use.

 

Primarily leveraging the connection of SuperGIS Server 3.1a, SuperSurv 3.1a allows to access the server services and to edit feature service online for seamless data synchronization. In addition, the Online Map Tool supports to apply online map sources like OpenStreetMap and Google Maps as reference basemap for efficient field surveys.

 

To efficiently display the attribute data in multi-languages in other GIS applications, the code page settings will also be added into “Creating a New Layer.”

 

More information about SuperSurv 3.1, please visit: http://www.supergeotek.com/LandingPage_SS3.1.aspx

 

The free trial is available at http://www.supergeotek.com/download_6_mobile.aspx

United States and Canada Weather Radar Mosaic Now Available in WMS and KML

[since the weather radar mosaic has been proven very popular, I felt it deserved it's own announcement]

Part of the sister announcement of the global and regional weather prediction  layers, in GeoMet services, there's also the popular weather radar North-American mosaic. It covers United States and Canada in a single layer available in WMS and KML. The data is refreshed every 10 minutes and can be easily animated via the KML file. Here's the link to the WMS GetCapabilities and the KML file for Google Earth. For Esri users, here's the ArcGIS Online map with the layers. Interested in staying in touch with the improvements to GeoMet, join the announce mailing list. (Disclaimer: I am personally involved with GeoMet)

According to the WMS GetCapabilities, the weather radar mosaic is provided as 4 different layers:

  • RADAR_RDBR: Rain mode reflectivity (dbz)
  • RADAR_RDBS: Snow mode reflectivity (mm/hr)
  • RADAR_RRAI: Rain precipitation (mm/hr)
  • RADAR_RSNO: Snow precipitation (cm/hr)

From the documentation page: "Meteorological layers are dynamically served through the Web Map Service (WMS) standard to enable end-users to display meteorological data within their own tools and on interactive web maps, and served through KML standard for easy display in tools such as Google Earth™. [...] This service is aimed at specialized users and developers with good meteorological and information technology knowledge who want to visualize raw NWP models and the weather radar mosaic layers in common geospatial tools; want to integrate meteorological layers into their own platforms, or; want to display meteorological layers on interactive web maps for the web or on mobile devices."

Those interested in the U.S.-only weather radar layer in WMS and WCS described as "Mosaic of National Weather Services RADAR for CONUS 1x1 Km resolution" can head on this NOAA website. The following image provided by Environment Canada comes from the GeoMet services but that's not the weather radar mosaic layer.

Global Weather Forecast Layers Now Available in WMS and KML

Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada now provides global and regional weather prediction layers to the public in WMS and KML via a new service called 'GeoMet'. Here's the link to the WMS GetCapabilities and the KML file for Google Earth. For Esri users, here's the ArcGIS Online map with the layers (select which layers you want displayed). Interested in staying in touch with the improvements and changes to GeoMet? Join the Info mailing list. (Disclaimer: I am personally involved with GeoMet)

From the project's page: "Meteorological layers are dynamically served through the Web Map Service (WMS) standard to enable end-users to display meteorological data within their own tools and on interactive web maps, and served through KML standard for easy display in tools such as Google Earth™. [...] This service is aimed at specialized users and developers with good meteorological and information technology knowledge who want to visualize raw NWP models and the weather radar mosaic layers in common geospatial tools; want to integrate meteorological layers into their own platforms, or; want to display meteorological layers on interactive web maps for the web or on mobile devices."

A tale of two cities: web maps new and old

Bloggage update: Vector online GIS appears to be gaining traction. These emerging technologies contrast with Esri who offers a slew of tools on the desktop and in arcgis.com like mature web mapping services and model building. But these newcomers offer a service to process GIS functions online and allow to load data direct from web source further augmenting their web performance. Here I compare how I used a 180K vector dataset from NOAA NGDC described previously on these alternate methods. 

iPad maps

Bloggage update: Here is a small selection of mapping tools available on the iPad. Some are from the Appstore, others simply from the web. The upshot is that while there is a variety of apps available for iPads, web maps appear to work just as well. The advent of HTML5 will especially help in rendering vector maps on smartphone limited bandwidth.

Google Geonews: Public Alerts in Google Maps Launched, Summaries of 2011, pyKML, World Bank Using Google Map Maker, and much more

Here's the recent Google-related geonews, it covers a longer time span than usual.

From official sources:

From other sources:

Monday Geonews: ArcGIS Explorer Build 1750, Metadata Tool for QGIS, Iran's Basir Google Earth Rival, VDatum, and much more

Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.

On the open source front:

On the Esri front:

In the everything-else category:

In the maps category:

  • O'Reilly mentions the Global Adaptation Index map, which "rates a given country's vulnerability to environmental shifts precipitated by climate change, its readiness to adapt to such changes, and its ability to utilize investment capital that would address the state of those vulnerabilities"
  • V1 shares a map of the gas infrastructures in Europe

Google Geonews: High Performance KML, Tool to Validate Legal Uses of Google Maps & Earth, Geodetic Tools, SAP, and much more

Here's the recent Google-related geonews in batch mode.

From the official sources:

From other sources:

Google Geonews: New Trike StreetView Images, Google Earth and the Middle East, Israel StreetView, and more

Here's the recent Google-related geonews.

From official sources:

From other sources:

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