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Webinars & Webcasts

We now offer webinars and a series of webcasts that are full of great content for individuals wishing to learn more about Blue Marble's products.

Webinars are live broadcasts that offer the opportunity to learn about what's new in our products and ask questions about the broadcast. Please register for the ones that interest you.

Our webcasts are a series of prerecorded videos that are released on the following set dates below. No registration is needed. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and you will receive automatic updates when the webcasts are available. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter where we will announce all these releases.

Below is the list of available webinars and webcasts. Please click on the 'Register' links to sign up for the ones that interest you. If no register link is shown, this will be a webcast available for viewing on the date listed.

Previous webinars and webcasts are listed below the upcoming webinars.

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Global Mapper
LiDAR Processing in Global Mapper April 25, 2017
No Registration Required

In a change from our usual format, during the months of April and May, we will be releasing a series of short webcasts exploring the use of LiDAR data in Global Mapper and the accompanying LiDAR Module. Beginning with an introduction to the structure and characteristics of LiDAR data, each video will be approximately 20-minutes in length and will cover a specific theme or topic. To receive notification of the availability of these and other Blue Marble video presentations, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Twitter.

The topics covered in each webcast are as follows:

Importing LiDAR into Global Mapper

In this presentation, we will demonstrate the process of importing LiDAR data including some of the initial filtering options. We will explore the point cloud's attribute structure and introduce the metadata, which provides access to detailed information about the point cloud including the coverage area, point density, and classifications.

An Introduction to the LiDAR Module

This optional add-on to Global Mapper provides an array of advanced point cloud processing tools. In the second in the LiDAR webcast series, we will show how to activate a trial of the module and introduce some of the key functions that it enables. We will explore several LiDAR visualization options including thematic point cloud display, cross-sectional viewing, and 3D rendering.

LiDAR Editing and Filtering

The third video in the series will investigate several tools for manually editing and filtering LiDAR data. We will show how to crop the extent a point cloud to a specific geographic area, we will use the software's Search tool to isolate points that meet specific criteria, we will show how to filter by classification, intensity, and numerous other variables, and we will demonstrate how to manually change the classification for selected points.

Automatic LiDAR Reclassification

In the fourth webcast in the series, we show the procedure for improving the usability of LiDAR by identifying points that represent specific surface types. Foremost in this automatic reclassification process is the detection of ground points in unclassified data, which is a prerequisite for creating a DTM. We will also walk through the process of identifying and reclassifying buildings, trees, and powerlines based on their geometric properties.

Feature Extraction from Classified LiDAR Data

Following on from the reclassification theme in the previous video, in the fifth video presentation, we will show how to automatically generate vector features from classified points. We will show the process of extracting buildings as 3D polygons, tress as 3D points, and powerlines as 3D lines, and we will visualize each of these in Global Mapper's 3D View.

Custom Feature Extraction and 3D Digitizing

In the sixth webcast in the series, we will use the Perpendicular Profile tool to create 3D line and polygon features by tracing recognizable geometric patterns in the point cloud. In the first example, we will accurately delineate the edge of a curb using high-density terrestrial point cloud data. We will then use lower density aerial LiDAR data to create the two sections of pitched roof.

Gridding LiDAR to Create a DTM or DSM

For many users of LiDAR data, terrain generation is the most important workflow. In the seventh webcast, we will demonstrate the procedure for transforming array of vector points into a raster surface model. We will look at the various options that are available including simple triangulation as well as binning for creating a more precise Digital Terrain or Digital Surface Model. We will also introduce some of Global Mapper's terrain visualization tools including shader options, 3D viewing, and profiling.

LiDAR Exporting and Sharing

In the eighth and final webcast in the LiDAR series, we will demonstrate several options for sharing point cloud data from Global Mapper. We will show how to capture a static 3D view of the point cloud and how to create and record a 3D fly-through video. We will show the options for exporting edited LiDAR in the standard LAS and LAZ formats and will walk through the steps for creating a 3D PDF, which can be displayed in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Geographic Calculator
Georeferencing in Geographic Calculator April 27, 2017
No Registration Required

Raster imagery often becomes the base of any mapping project simply because it is the clearest picture we have on a map. If that imagery is in the wrong location, that inaccuracy cascades into digitized vectors, all the way through a decision making process. The solution is to place the data in the correct location the first time, this session will cover just that. Geographic Calculator has a powerful georeferencing tool that allows for precise placement of control marks and takes advatnage of high order polynomial transformations to suit everything from a small scale scan of localized area out to large scale continent views. This session will step through common georeferencing workflows.

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Geographic Calculator
Navigating the Geodetic Parameter Database May 24, 2017
No Registration Required

Sitting on top of the most comprehensive database of geodetic parameters that is commercially available, the Geographic Calcualtor has geodetic parameters of every level of user. Sometimes navigating the database can be a daunting process for the new user. This session will focus on the database itself and shed light on all the differnt types of definitions found within.

* Dates are subject to change.

Below are videos of some of our previous webinars and webcasts for you to review.

Global Mapper

What's New in Global Mapper v18.1

March 21, 2017

The live webinar for the month of March showcases the highlights of the latest release of Global Mapper. Version 18.1 is complimentary upgrade to version 18 and includes numerous functional enhancements and performance improvements throughout many areas of the software.

The release of version 18 of Global Mapper in September of last year introduced a completely redesigned interface to optimize workflow and improve productivity. Building on this foundation, version 18.1 includes upgrades to the 3D Viewer, fly-through visualization, format support, and much more.

Among the specific topics that will be covered in this presentation are:

  • Improved interaction between the 2D and 3D Views
  • New function to calculate color statistics within an area
  • Options to adjust bank angle and velocity when creating a fly-through
  • New Range Ring option to derive radius from and attribute
  • Several new formats including LandXML(export) and RMaps/MBTiles (import)
  • New online data sources including General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO)
  • For LiDAR Module users, a new QC tool for adjusting elevations to ground control points

For the duration of the presentation, Blue Marble staff members will be available to answer questions from webinar attendees. Registration is required and space is limited so be sure to sign up today.

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Geographic Calculator

Geographic Calculator 2016 Service Pack 2 - What's New in SP2!

February 1, 2017

In this session on the Geographic Calculator, new and intermediate users will be familiarized with the layout and operation of the application. Users experienced in previous versions will get a refresher on the software and an introduction to recent functional upgrades, including support for writing coordinate systems for a Petrel™ CTL file and updates that streamline working with the Area Calculation interface. We will also take a look at the new beta release of the GeoCalc Geodetic Registry and how it works. The new online registry can be used to research and update new geodetic definitions into Geographic Calculator's database which also now includes deprecation of definitions that are no longer valid. There's a lot to cover, so join us for this hour on what's new in Calculator!

Global Mapper Webinars

March 21, 2017:
What's New in Global Mapper v18.1

December 21, 2016:
So You Think You Know Global Mapper?

November 29, 2016:
Getting Starting with Global Mapper

October 6, 2016:
What's New in Global Mapper 18

August 12, 2016:
An Introduction to Global Mapper Mobile

May 26, 2016:
What's New in Global Mapper v. 17.2

April 28, 2016:
Analyzing Terrain in Global Mapper

March 31, 2016:
Opening Data in Global Mapper

February 25, 2016:
What's New in Global Mapper v. 17.1

January 19, 2016:
Working with Vector Data in Global Mapper

December 17, 2015:
Tips and Tricks in Global Mapper

November 19, 2015:
Raster Processing In Global Mapper

October 22, 2015:
Do I Need the Global Mapper LiDAR Module?

September 25, 2015:
What's New in Global Mapper 17

August 25, 2015:
Attribute Management in Global Mapper

July 30, 2015:
Part 2: Using GeoCalc Mode in Global Mapper

June 25, 2015:
What's New in Global Mapper Version 16.2

May 28, 2015:
Getting Started with Global Mapper

March 5, 2015:
Introducing the New DAT/EM Toolbar for Global Mapper

February 19, 2015:
What's New in Global Mapper v. 16.1

January 20, 2015:
Working with Terrain Data in Global Mapper

December 17, 2014:
LiDAR Processing in Global Mapper

November 20, 2014:
Using GPS with Global Mapper

October 23, 2014:
What's New in Global Mapper 16

September 25, 2014:
An Introduction to Scripting in Global Mapper

August 21, 2014:
Using the Digitizer in Global Mapper

June 26, 2014:
What's New in Global Mapper 15.2?

May 20, 2014:
So you think you know Global Mapper?

April 22, 2014:
Raster Processing and Analysis in Global Mapper

January 28, 2014:
What's New in Global Mapper 15.1

December 17, 2013:
LiDAR Processing in Global Mapper 15

October 24, 2013:
Global Mapper 15 - What's New?

September 17, 2013:
¿El SIG de bajo costo es accesible para todos?

September 12, 2013:
Is Low-cost GIS Attainable for Everyone?

July 25, 2013:
Global Mapper 14.2 - Accessible GIS for Municipal or Local Government

March 19, 2013:
Global Mapper 14.1 - Workflow Optimization

December 18, 2012:
Global Mapper v14 - Tips and Tricks Part II

November 13, 2012:
Global Mapper v14 - Tips & Tricks

August 9, 2012:
Global Mapper v13.2 - Spatial Data Exporting and Map Printing

June 14, 2012:
Global Mapper Webinar with Intermap Technologies -
Advanced Terrain Analysis with NEXTMap Data

Geographic Calculator Webinars

February 1, 2017:
Geographic Calculator 2016 Service Pack 2 - What's New in SP2!

December 7, 2016:
Dive Deep into Projections with special guest, Dave Doyle, former Chief Geodetic Surveyor at the NGS

July 15, 2016:
Geographic Calculator 2016 - Introduction and Overview

June 16, 2016:
Blue Marble Partners with NEURISA and the NGS to offer a free educational webinar

February 23, 2016:
Geographic Calculator 2016 - Point Database Calculations

January 21, 2016:
Geographic Calculator 2016 - What's New in 2016!

December 15, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 - Working with Custom Geodetic Parameters

October 20, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 SP1 - Overview of Features

September 15, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 SP1 - Time Dependent Transformations

August 20, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 SP1 - Troubleshooting

July 10, 2015:
Part 1: Geodetic Administrative Tools

June 18, 2015:
Working with Seismic Data

May 14, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 SP1 - Working with Local Coordinate Systems

April 10, 2015:
Getting Started with Geographic Calculator 2015

March 12, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 - Administrative Tools

January 13, 2015:
Geographic Calculator 2015 - What's New in 2015!

August 12, 2014:
Geographic Calculator 2014 - Working with Vertical Coordinate Systems and Data

June 12, 2014:
Geographic Calculator 2014: Fine-Tuning Your Workspace

April 15, 2014:
Geographic Calculator 2014: Canadian Dominion Land Survey tools

February 11, 2014:
Geographic Calculator 2013 - Working with Custom Geodetic Parameters

December 10, 2013:
Geographic Calculator 2013 - Oil & Gas Workflows

August 15, 2013:
Geographic Calculator 2013 - What's new in Service Pack 1

July 18, 2013:
Geographic Calculator 2013 - Working with the Point Database Conversions Job