Using Live Shipping Data in GIS

Originally posted in xyHt 21st Feb 2018: We’ve all been dazzled by these awesome maps which animate ships or aircraft as they move in near real time, but how do they work? What magic sits beneath the hood? As luck would have it, whilst working with the offshore wind farm industry I had to do […]

Back to the future – an interview with Kevin Sheehan who makes hand drawn maps

There isn’t much you can’t do with digital media nowadays, from effective maps using shadows and drop effects through to using graphic design packages to make the map “pop”….except for one thing…..capturing that hand drawn style, the way that the pen line moves in and out from the pressure of the pen or the slightly […]

Virtualisation, the greatest tool you don’t [currently] use

Originally posted on xyHt: This post is dedicated to a good friend, Chris Johnson who, when we worked together a few years back, introduced me to this cool new word….VIRTUALISATION. You see, Chris is an IT guru (see: Enterprise Systems Architect), a friend that every GIS guru should have so that there is someone there […]

Making Heightmaps

Published in xyHt October 17 2017: So there is no hiding it, I’ve been building a lot of 3d data recently, partly to sell, partly to fuel my adventures into augmented reality (if your interested in me adding this to the blog, please say!). The main thing that has been vital has been the heightmap. […]

Ocean Business 2017

Originally posted on xyHt 17/4/2017 Last week, April 4th – 6th, one of the largest gatherings for the offshore industry took place, Ocean Business, in Southampton, UK. The bi-annual event is a large deal for the maritime industry. When I say large, I actually mean huge; there are over 350 exhibitors from 26 countries and […]

Can I use that geospatial data or map?

Originally posted on 13th August 2o14: It’s no big secret, anyone can make maps, ESRI even had some children showcasing their abilities at the user conference this year, So why employ a GIS specialist? Well, apart from getting the cartography right, the specialist can advise on the legalities of map & data production. […]