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Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Kent D. Brown, and J. Buck Ehler Utah Geological Survey Moscow, Idaho May 18-21, 2008 Warning: Sensible discretion.

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1 Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Kent D. Brown, and J. Buck Ehler Utah Geological Survey Moscow, Idaho May 18-21, 2008 Warning: Sensible discretion is advised. Any resemblance to a Global Mapper shill is purely coincidental!

2 Global Mapper includes powerful data manipulation and translation tools at significant performance increases over other “traditional” methods, and at a very low cost! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS!

3 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Global Mapper: Mosaic Elevation and Raster Data Global Mapper: Mosaic Elevation and Raster Data Global Mapper Let’s review some of the tools!

4 Mosaic Elevation Data: “Traditional Method”

5 Standard ArcMap display of multiple elevation data sets, using same color ramp. ArcMap renders each layer based on its elevation range causing conspicuous seams between layers

6 Global Mapper: Mosaic Elevation and Raster Data Here we are viewing the same elevation grids in Global Mapper using a similar color ramp. Global Mapper automatically merges all loaded elevation datasets together regardless of type, projection, or resolution. Now you can export the seamless data as one of these formats: * Arc ASCII Grid * Arc ASCII Grid * BIL * BIL * BT (Binary Terrain) * BT (Binary Terrain) * DTED * DTED * DXF * DXF * Erdas Imagine * Erdas Imagine * Float/Grid file * Float/Grid file * Geosoft Grid * Geosoft Grid * GeoTIFF DEM * GeoTIFF DEM * Gravsoft Grid * Gravsoft Grid * Idrisi * Idrisi * Leveller Heightfield * Leveller Heightfield * Lidar LAS * Lidar LAS * MapMaker Terrain file * MapMaker Terrain file * Optimi Terrain file * Optimi Terrain file * PGM Grayscale Grid file * PGM Grayscale Grid file * PLS CADD XYZ Grid file * PLS CADD XYZ Grid file * RockWorks Grid * RockWorks Grid * STL * STL * Surfer Grid * Surfer Grid * Terragen Terrain file * Terragen Terrain file * USGS DEM * USGS DEM * VRML * VRML * Vulcan3D Triangulation * Vulcan3D Triangulation * XYZ ASCII Grid * XYZ ASCII Grid * Zmap Plus Grid * Zmap Plus Grid

7 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

8 Creating Shaded Relief Maps: “Traditional Method” Only limited settings available, and only one hillshade can be created at a time. Rendering of hillshade is not shown until calculations are complete. Changes to settings require creation of new hillshade. Output formats limited to: ERDAS Imagine, GRID, and GeoTIFF

9 Global Mapper: Improved Shaded-Relief Maps Global Mapper settings: sun angle sun angle azimuth azimuth ambient lighting ambient lighting vertical exaggeration vertical exaggeration hill shading shadow darkness hill shading shadow darkness water display at a specific elevation water display at a specific elevation water transparency water transparency color intensity color intensity transparency transparency

10 Global Mapper: Improved Shaded-Relief Maps On-the-fly shaded-relief rendering of any number of elevation data sets. No need to calculate multiple shaded relief images to get a feel for the best settings of an area. A wide variety of shaded relief settings allow the user more control over the look of their shaded relief, including rendering water levels. Raster export formats: * BIL/BIP/BSQ * ECW * Erdas Imagine * GeoTIFF * KML/KMZ raster tiles * Google Maps tiles * Idrisi * JPG * JPG2000 * PNG

11 Global Mapper: Improved Shaded-Relief Maps Comparison: The result from Global Mapper is more appropriate for display under geologic data, and will compliment the topographic base map. Also, the ability to model water elevations can be useful for “what- if” scenarios and inundation maps. The example from ArcMap will obscure the GIS data themes in the shadow areas. Global Mapper ArcMap Sun angle and azimuth are the same in both examples

12 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

13 Global Mapper: Mass-Clipping Raster Data Easily remove DRG collars, in a snap!

14 Global Mapper: Mass-Clipping Raster Data These four quads were clipped in less than 3 seconds; no need need to select clip features!

15 Global Mapper: Mass-Clipping Raster Data Zoom in to inspect results. Now you can export the image as one of these raster formats: * BIL/BIP/BSQ * ECW * Erdas Imagine * GeoTIFF * KML/KMZ raster tiles * Google Maps tiles * Idrisi * JPG * JPG2000 * PNG

16 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool.Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

17 Global Mapper: Raster Blending Start with the DRGs. Now add the shaded- relief. Setup the blending options for the raster layers. Choose “multiple”.

18 Global Mapper: Raster Blending Now we have a nice shaded-relief base for use under polygons! We can blend the DRGs with the orthos. Or... Or... We can blend the DRGs, orthos, and the shaded relief. Or..?

19 Global Mapper: Raster Blending Now we can save these blended images as a single file in any of these formats: * BIL/BIP/BSQ * ECW * Erdas Imagine * GeoTIFF * KML/KMZ raster tiles * Google Maps tiles * Idrisi * JPG * JPG2000 * PNG

20 Global Mapper: Raster Blending - Comparison Here we compare the results exported from both ArcMap and Global Mapper. Notice the difference in quality with the contours and text. Global MapperArcMap

21 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool.Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool. Batch re-projection and format conversion.Batch re-projection and format conversion. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

22 Global Mapper: Data Re-projection and Conversion Here we batch process DRGs, changing image format and projection. This can be done with any raster, vector, or elevation data, to any projection or supported data format.

23 Global Mapper: Data Re-projection and Conversion Result: JPEG2000 files in Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection. This batch processing works for all raster, vector, and elevation data.

24 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool.Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool. Batch re-projection and format conversion.Batch re-projection and format conversion. Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files.Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

25 Global Mapper: Export to Google Earth KML/KMZ We started with a raster of the polygon fills. Over this we add symbolized geology lines exploded from CAD vectors.

26 Global Mapper: Export to Google Earth KML/KMZ Now we export the raster as a JPG, TIFF, or PNG tiled KMZ format image.

27 Global Mapper: Export to Google Earth KML/KMZ Next is the geology vectors, exported as KML format.

28 Global Mapper: Export to Google Earth KML/KMZ View the results in Google Earth.

29 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool.Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool. Batch re-projection and format conversion.Batch re-projection and format conversion. Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files.Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files. 3-D surface profile generation.3-D surface profile generation. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

30 Global Mapper: 3-D surface profile generation Create 3D profiles of cross-section lines, roads, trails, etc., from loaded elevation data. Import your own lines or create them with the digitizer tool. Profile of imported cross-section line Profile of irregular, digitized line Run the profile tool to create an image of the profile that can be saved out as a raster. Or…

31 Global Mapper: 3-D surface profile generation Now you can import the XY ASCII text file to create this vector profile. Save the profile line as an ASCII text file with XY (distance/elevation) values that can be used as the basis for creating a cross-section. A grid display can be configured with the profile. The result can then be used for drawing the geologic cross-section.

32 Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly.Mosaic any number of digital orthos, topo maps, shaded relief maps, elevation models, etc., very quickly. Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data.Create better quality shaded relief maps from any elevation data. Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!).Easy mass-clipping of rectified images to quad boundaries (crop collars from topos instantly!). Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool.Raster blending of multiple raster images using the “multiple” tool. Batch re-projection and format conversion.Batch re-projection and format conversion. Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files.Export raster and vector data to KML/KMZ files. 3-D surface profile generation.3-D surface profile generation. Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper: The Swiss Army Knife For GIS! Global Mapper

33 Opens ESRI shape files,.E00 files, and coverages, without conversion!!Opens ESRI shape files,.E00 files, and coverages, without conversion!! Maintains data table attributes from imported features.Maintains data table attributes from imported features. Open files directly from tar.gz or.zip archives, even straight from the Web without downloading (awesome for SDTS data!).Open files directly from tar.gz or.zip archives, even straight from the Web without downloading (awesome for SDTS data!). Supports on-the-fly re-projection.Supports on-the-fly re-projection. Geospatial rectification of raster and vector data.Geospatial rectification of raster and vector data. Access data directly from any Web Map Service (WMS), e.g., DigitalGlobe, Microsoft TerraServer-USA.Access data directly from any Web Map Service (WMS), e.g., DigitalGlobe, Microsoft TerraServer-USA. Generate contours from elevation data.Generate contours from elevation data. Create elevation data (grids) from contours or 3-D points.Create elevation data (grids) from contours or 3-D points. View your data layers in 3-D using the included 3-D viewer.View your data layers in 3-D using the included 3-D viewer. …and so much more! Other Features Other Features

34 What Global Mapper does NOT do! Is not a GIS, per se.Is not a GIS, per se. Does not read or write geodatabase feature classes, yet!Does not read or write geodatabase feature classes, yet! Weak on searching and editing feature data tables.Weak on searching and editing feature data tables. Limited point, line, and area symbolization.Limited point, line, and area symbolization. Does not provide a print layout tool.Does not provide a print layout tool. Very simplified vector creation and editing tools.Very simplified vector creation and editing tools. Postscript_ : These facts were current as of Global Mapper version 9. The current version 11 now supports many of these former weak points and ESRI personal geodatabases are now supported; let’s hope file geodatabase support follows soon!

35 Thank you! Contact info: Kent Brown Utah Geological Survey Global Mapper LLC - Global Mapper LLC - Buck Ehler Utah Geological Survey Under $300!!


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