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Thank you for your interest in the Blue Marble User Conferences. Please check back for the 2017 schedule. In the meantime, you can view our Archive of previous presentations below.

The 2016 BMUC Road Show has been a great success!

Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors! The 2016 Blue Marble User Conferences in Houston, Calgary, San Francisco, Boston, and Pittsburgh featured presentations from Bechtel Infrastructure, BSP Engineers, Inc., Pictometry, EnergyIQ, GEO1, and the Blue Marble Team.


2016 Presentation Archive

Pittsburgh, PA

Line-Of-Sight Analysis for Exterior Camera Placement Optimization

by Michael Burger, Engineer, U.S. Army AMRDEC

Presenter Bio: Mike Burger has been an engineer with the U.S. Army's Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) for the last eleven years, currently working for the End Gama Analysis Branch within the System Simulation and Development Directorate (SSDD). He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama where he and his wife raises their two kids.

Presentation Abstract: The Live Technologies Integration (LTI) Branch within the US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) provided services by optimizing camera placement at several Army Urban Training Ranges improving After Action Review capabilities. LTI demonstrated Global Mapper's ability to ingest elevation and CAD data to provide effective analysis for the decision makers, mainly utilizing the View Shed tool. The view shed was a color coded 2D raster image of the camera field of view over vector and imagery data. This made the analysis easy to interpret and understand by the decision makers. Changes were able to be implemented early in the planning phases saving costs. Global Mapper's tool set proved invaluable to the planners of these ranges as the cameras were a significant portion of the overall cost of the project and more importantly, critical to the overall training experience.


Houston, TX

Global Mapper Workflows for the Civil Engineering Profession

by Anthony Beach, Professional Engineer & Certified Floodplain Manager, BSP Engineers, Inc.

Photo of Anthony Beach presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference

Presenter Bio: Anthony Beach has over 25 years of experience as a private consultant. He has recently become an avid user of Blue Marble's Global Mapper. Mr. Beach has taught college based civil technology. His courses have been based upon software such as ESRI ArcMap and Autodesk Civil 3D 2014. Most recently Mr. Beach has embraced the technology and capabilities offered by Global Mapper.

Mr. Anthony D. Beach is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He has been a partner in BSP Engineers, Inc. for the past 25 years. Mr. Beach has been involved in the design and production of 100's of civil projects. The last 10 years Mr. Beach has concentrated on serving the municipal government market.

Presentation Abstract: This presentation will begin with an overview of the computer hardware we employ for implementing Global Mapper. The hardware platforms discussed will include both the Surface Pro 4 Windows 10 and the Mac OSX 10 utilizing a virtual PC environment. We will present the basic steps for a typical project workflow. In summary the steps include:

  1. Obtaining Site Contextual Data
  2. Obtaining Site Specific Data
  3. Civil Project Data Creation
  4. Creating Output and Presentation Exhibits

The second portion of the presentation we will review a few of the final exhibits and discuss some of the techniques and challenges encountered in the preparation of hard-copy output.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a productive workflow method for preparing Civil projects
  • Techniques to creating Civil data layers
  • Creating Output Exhibits using the new V17 Global Mapper layout workspace.

Development of a Vertical Adjustment Model for Modeling Local Geoids Using Blue Marble Tools

by Tracy McLane, GIS Manager, Bechtel Infrastructure

Photo of Tracy McLane presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference

Presenter Bio: Tracy McLane is the GIS Manager for Bechtel Infrastructure, where she also serves as the GIS Technical Discipline Lead for the company. She was named as one of Bechtel's Distinguished Scientists in 2012 and is responsible for the development of the GIS Technical Center of Excellence for Bechtel and has implemented an Enterprise GIS database and centralized GIS Knowledge Bank for the Bechtel GIS user community. Ms. McLane holds a Masters of Science degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business from Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Presentation Abstract: This presentation will cover the development of a vertical adjustment model for shifting LiDAR ellipsoidal heights to local geoid heights using the Blue Marble Geographic Calculator and Global Mapper tools. Since there is not yet an industry published geoid model for some parts of the world, no vertical shift files have been developed for use in the Blue Marble Geographic Calculator for the local geoid in these countries. Therefore, the use of local geodetic control benchmark data, along with the public literature, can be used to develop and validate the vertical adjustment model. The example used in this case study used the Blue Marble Geographic Calculator, the Blue Marble Geographic Global Mapper and the Esri ArcGIS Desktop software.

The case study to illustrate this was used to prepare LiDAR data for a project site in Saudi Arabia, using the Saudi Arabian Deputy Ministry for Land and Surveying (MOMRA) control stations and the Permanent Reference Markers (PRM) as the basis for the validation. The LIDAR data were transformed from WGS 1984 ellipsoidal heights to the intermediate vertical reference of the EGM 2008 geoid using the Geographic Calculator, as a study "Refinement of Geoid in Saudi Arabia using GNSS/Benchmark Data with EGM 1996 and EGM 2008" determined that local orthometric heights in Saudi Arabia more closely resemble the EGM 2008 geoid as opposed to the EGM 1996 geoid (2009, Alrajhi, M., R. Yanar, M. Hawarey, and A. Alomar). The Global Mapper software was used to perform batch data conversion to and from .LAS data format, which was required as input and output data formats to several of the spatial analysis processes used to develop the vertical adjustment model.

The vertical offsets between the vertically adjusted LiDAR data and the MOMRA and PRM control elevations yielded statistically acceptable results, with most of the residuals imperceptible to the third and four decimal places. The LiDAR analysis results were also compared to other existing topography and digital orthophotography datasets developed in the region as a second means of validation.


Calgary, AB

Demonstration of GEOLook, a Custom Video Extension for Global Mapper

by Ron Chapple, CEO of GEO1, GEO1, the Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks

Presenter Bio: Ron Chapple, CEO, GEO1: The Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks evolved into aerial sensing and survey from the aerial videography world. Ron's extensive background in photography and cinema, combined with a passion for technology and desire for innovative solutions, provided the framework for developing a new approach to use of airborne video for corridor surveillance. Ron's company, Aerial Filmworks, was the first to build a hardware device to simultaneously overlay geo-position, date/time, and aircraft information on HD Video while synching the video with GPS time-code. Ron continues to work in the dual world of cinema for clients including National Geographic, BBC, PBS, and Universal Studios, along with highly visible electrical and gas/oil transmission companies who share the same need for high quality aerial sensors and file management.

Presentation Abstract: GEO1 uses Global Mapper on a daily basis in both the pre-acquisition and analysis phases of their "One Pass Solution" for electric and oil/gas surveys. GEO1 worked with Blue Marble to build GEOLook, a custom video extension, to view the flight path and video frame view in Global Mapper. Ron Chapple will demonstrate how GEOLook is used as a real-time in the aircraft, and in the post-production phase.


EnergyIQ's Trusted Data Manager and the Technical and Business Benefits Provided by the Blue Marble Library

by Mike Haden, VP of Product Development, EnergyIQ

Photo of Mike Haden presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference

Presenter Bio: Mike Haden has over 30-years' experience in Application Development, Project and Product Management. Throughout his career, he has delivered complex data analysis tools to the demanding Canadian oil and gas industry at firms such as Reuters, Sterne Stackhouse, IHS, and EnergyIQ. Mike's role as the VP Product Development at EnergyIQ and the chief developer of the Trusted Data Manager (TDM) application suite positions him well to comment on the benefits of integrating the Blue Marble tools into commercial software development projects.

Presentation Abstract: EnergyIQ's Trusted Data Manager (TDM) is a data management application suite for the global oil and gas industry. EnergyIQ has integrated the Blue Marble .NET library into TDM to manage the realtime conversion of coordinates in user interfaces, data loaders and analytical tools for big oil and gas data sets for a broad spectrum of user and data requirements and coordinate systems across the globe. This presentation will provide an overview of the technical and business benefits that the Blue Marble library provided to EnergyIQ, as well as some of the implementation challenges.

San Francisco, CA


(Rock)et Science: Digital Geologic Mapping with Global Mapper

by Matthew Waterman, Principal Geologist at Bechtel (Nuclear, Security & Environmental), Bechtel Infrastructure

Presenter Bio: Matthew has 20 years' experience at Bechtel working on civil, mining, environmental, power and infrastructure projects. He currently serves as Lead Geologist responsible for standardization of tools, software, specifications, and design guides within the fields of engineering geology and hydrogeology. Mr. Waterman holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Geology from Imperial College, London and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham, England.

Presentation Abstract: The emergence of modern day geological mapping is typically associated with the publication of William Smith's geological map of parts of Britain in 1815. Generations of geologists to this day have been trained to record field observations using the same equipment as William Smith, which is pen and paper. Although largely a fool-proof method of collecting data, pen and paper methods pale in comparison to digital geologic mapping (DGM) methods in several key areas. Traditional geological mapping involves the laborious preparation of hard-copy laminated topographical maps with the addition of Mylar overlays for recording features such as rock outcrops, landslides, and other pertinent information. With these maps, the geologist can then conduct their mapping exercise whether for a tunnel, open-cut excavation, trench, or foundation. Once the geologist has completed their mapping, the field observations need to be transcribed from the Mylar overlays and converted to a digital format for further processing. These pre- and post- field work stages are time consuming and susceptible to data transcription errors.

DGM however is the process of collecting geological data using an integrated hardware/software system. Its blossoming in recent years is due to advances in ruggedized tablet PC specifications, GPS for location, and Geographical Information Software (GIS) software. The intersection of these hardware advances coupled with software advances has created the perfect opportunity for geologic mapping to migrate from pen and paper to DGM, allowing us to benefit from all its inherent advantages. With DGM, the geologist still uses a compass, hand lens, and hammer to determine rock types and bedding attitudes, but instead of recording data on a paper map it is entered into a GIS-enabled system running on the tablet PC. To incorporate DGM into a large engineering and construction firm, several commercial, academic, and government developed applications were evaluated through a three-step process. The first step was a review of the functionality as documented by the developers; the second step was an evaluation of the software on Bechtel desktop computers; while the third step was a field evaluation of selected platforms. During each step of the evaluation, the applications were ranked based on functionality and capability, and then either included or removed from the next stage of evaluation. The results of this evaluation demonstrated that the low-cost GIS application Global Mapper was the most appropriate platform for DGM within Bechtel. Other applications were either cumbersome to use, had poor support or limited development.


Demonstration of GEOLook, a Custom Video Extension for Global Mapper

by Ron Chapple, CEO of GEO1, GEO1, the Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks

Photo of Ron Chapple presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference

Presenter Bio: Ron Chapple, CEO, GEO1: The Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks evolved into aerial sensing and survey from the aerial videography world. Ron's extensive background in photography and cinema, combined with a passion for technology and desire for innovative solutions, provided the framework for developing a new approach to use of airborne video for corridor surveillance. Ron's company, Aerial Filmworks, was the first to build a hardware device to simultaneously overlay geo-position, date/time, and aircraft information on HD Video while synching the video with GPS time-code. Ron continues to work in the dual world of cinema for clients including National Geographic, BBC, PBS, and Universal Studios, along with highly visible electrical and gas/oil transmission companies who share the same need for high quality aerial sensors and file management.

Presentation Abstract: GEO1 uses Global Mapper on a daily basis in both the pre-acquisition and analysis phases of their "One Pass Solution" for electric and oil/gas surveys. GEO1 worked with Blue Marble to build GEOLook, a custom video extension, to view the flight path and video frame view in Global Mapper. Ron Chapple will demonstrate how GEOLook is used as a real-time in the aircraft, and in the post-production phase.

Boston, MA


Integrating Global Mapper into Aerial Image Processing

by Jenn Kerry, Geomatics Specialist, and Matthew Peloquin, Photogrammetric Trainer, Pictometry

Photo of Jenn Kerry and Matthew Peloquin presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference

Presenter Bios: Jenn Kerry joined Pictometry's team in 2013 as a Geomatics Specialist and is now a Geomatics Trainer. Matthew Peloquin is a Photogrammetric Trainer at Pictometry International Corp., where he works exclusively on their high-end AccuPLUS product.

Geomatics is a high throughput production environment with over 85 employees who use Blue Marble products every day. Proprietary software that relies on GeoCalc forms the backbone of everything that is created and Global Mapper's robust tools are used extensively for product construction, refinement and quality control. As trainers in Geomatics, Matthew and Jenn provide technical support and continuing education as well as process improvement implementation by testing and troubleshooting software and workflows for the group.

Matthew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010. Jenn Kerry has 9 years of GIS experience. She received a graduate GIS certificate from UMASS Boston in 2011 and she is pursuing coursework towards a Masters in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Presentation Abstract: Pictometry is an aerial imagery company based in Rochester, NY, that has been on the cutting edge of innovation for almost two decades. Pictometry coordinates imagery capture across most of North America (and beyond), resulting in millions of images that need to be processed accurately and quickly each flight season. Global Mapper plays a strategic role in allowing that to happen. While defining both the Standard and AccuPLUS imagery workflows, we will particularly focus on processes where Global Mapper's power and versatility allow us to handle the immense workloads that come through the door.


Demonstration of GEOLook, a Custom Video Extension for Global Mapper

by Ron Chapple, CEO of GEO1, GEO1, the Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks

Photo of Ron Chapple presenting at the Blue Marble User Conference in Boston

Presenter Bio: Ron Chapple, CEO, GEO1: The Aerial Survey Division of Aerial Filmworks evolved into aerial sensing and survey from the aerial videography world. Ron's extensive background in photography and cinema, combined with a passion for technology and desire for innovative solutions, provided the framework for developing a new approach to use of airborne video for corridor surveillance. Ron's company, Aerial Filmworks, was the first to build a hardware device to simultaneously overlay geo-position, date/time, and aircraft information on HD Video while synching the video with GPS time-code. Ron continues to work in the dual world of cinema for clients including National Geographic, BBC, PBS, and Universal Studios, along with highly visible electrical and gas/oil transmission companies who share the same need for high quality aerial sensors and file management.

Presentation Abstract: GEO1 uses Global Mapper on a daily basis in both the pre-acquisition and analysis phases of their "One Pass Solution" for electric and oil/gas surveys. GEO1 worked with Blue Marble to build GEOLook, a custom video extension, to view the flight path and video frame view in Global Mapper. Ron Chapple will demonstrate how GEOLook is used as a real-time in the aircraft, and in the post-production phase.

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