Blue Marble GEOTalks 2021 Speakers

Blue Marble Geographics is pleased to announce the speakers for the 3rd Annual GeoTalks Conference, being held virtually on January 27, 2021.

Patrick Cunningham President & Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Cunningham offers over two decades of experience in software development, marketing, sales, consulting, project management, and corporate management. He joined Blue Marble in 2003 and has led the company as President since 2004 after assisting the founder with selling the company to private investors. Cunningham has overseen the growth of Blue Marble ever since including the acquisition of Global Mapper in 2011 and the expansion of its innovative Lidar and drone imagery processing tools.

Opening Remarks - 9:00 - 9:15 AM EST

David McKittrick Training & Outreach Manager

David McKittrick is Training and Outreach Manager at Blue Marble Geographics in Hallowell, Maine. A graduate of the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, McKittrick has spent over 30 years in the field of GIS and mapping, focusing on the application and implementation of spatial technology within a wide variety of industries and vertical markets. McKittrick has designed and delivered hundreds of GIS training classes, seminars, and presentations and has authored dozens of articles and papers for numerous business and trade publications.

Katrina Schweikert Product Manager

Katrina Schweikert is a Product Manager at Blue Marble Geographics. As geographer and GIS analyst, she is excited to be researching, planning and managing work on the latest developments in GIS analysis, 3D visualization of geospatial data, lidar processing, UAV imagery analysis, and geodesy. Katrina also does technical writing, training and technical assistance for Blue Marble Geographics suite of GIS and Geodesy software tools. With a degree in Geography from Middlebury College and a GIS certificate from University of Wisconsin Madison, she has also worked as an instructor in GIS and Geography, and has contributed to numerous GIS and cartography projects while studying and working in the geospatial field.

Global Mapper - Past, Present, and Future - 9:20 - 9:50 AM EST

For almost a quarter of a century, Global Mapper has been disrupting conventional wisdom in the geospatial industry and has forced countless GIS practitioners to rethink how they conduct their business. In this presentation, we take a brief look over shoulders at some of the significant milestones in the evolution of this remarkable application before exploring the highlights of the current version and offering a sneak peek at what's coming in the future.

Paul Gager Co-founder & Director of MangoMap

Paul is a co-founder and Director of MangoMap, a web GIS platform that makes it easy to create and share great-looking web maps while unlocking critical insights otherwise hidden from view. Paul has more than 20 years' experience as a GIS consultant to a range of industries, including oil and gas, construction, natural resource management, and government. His current interests include 3D city modeling from aerial and land-based platforms and the generation of highly detailed models to support urban planning, engineering design, and construction.

Create and Share Maps Online Using Global Mapper and MangoMap - 9:55 - 10:30 AM EST

Cloud-based software solutions are changing the way teams of people collaborate and share information; whether that's email, video conferencing, project management, or GIS and mapping. The days of PDFs, long distribution lists and change logs are long gone, now replaced by centralized systems that are always up to date and instantly accessible in a web browser. Consultants can now share information with clients and colleagues instantly, without the need for large downloads and clunky viewers, creating new ways to build relationships and foster greater engagement as well as more successful outcomes.

In this talk, I'll be showing real-world examples of how you can create and share attractive web maps that will engage and inform your clients. I will demonstrate how near-real time updates mean everyone is seeing the same picture, cutting down on meetings and long email or phone exchanges. I will highlight how the integration of different types of data, such as drone mosaics and elevation models, enable real-world information to be shared instantaneously. And finally, I will reveal how quick, easy and satisfying it can be to create great-looking web maps.

If you're an engineer or professional working with spatial information in a GIS or CAD system, then this talk will show you how to up your game and get information into the hands of those that need it!

Mackenzie Mills Application Specialist

Mackenzie Mills is an application specialist at Blue Marble Geographics in Hallowell, Maine. She is a graduate of Physical Geography, with a focus on GIS and Sustainability.

Global Mapper Tips and Tricks - 3D Change Detection - 10:30 - 10:45 AM EST

The rapid increase in the availability of high-resolution geospatial datasets has given rise to the use of this data for detecting change in the environment over time. In this short presentation, we will use Global Mapper to explore two temporal analysis scenarios. In the first, we will analyze change in a local area, in which the offset is highlighted by identifying and isolating anomalies in a point cloud and in the second, we will consider change over a much wider area by modeling and measuring the difference between two raster surfaces.

Troy Hicks Northern Region Surveyor for Alaska DOT

Troy Hicks is the Northern Region Surveyor for Alaska DOT and has been practicing in Alaska since 2008. He has two bachelor's degrees, one from university of New Mexico (physics, math, economics, business management), and from Great Basin College, Nevada, in Land Surveying and Geomatics. He has experience in all aspects of land surveying both private and public. At DOT, he designed and implemented low distortion projections for most of the state, while also managing three field crews. These days he does surveying in support of civil engineering design while making full use of remote sensing, GIS, and drones in support of those surveys.

Low Distortion Projection Design to Replace AK State Plane Zone 2022 - 10:50 - 11:25 AM EST

In Alaska, we found a need for large area low distortion projections for use in land surveying, civil engineering, and general GIS. In 2015 we began to develop and design some. It gained broad interest and use. And we quickly needed to make many more. So since then, we have been refining design methods, and thanks to Dr. Michael Dennis at NGS, these are going to become adopted as new State Plane designs for the state during the planned 2022 updates.

The earth is curved, but surveying and engineering use a plane to model and design. And with the rise of GIS, it has become essential that these models be accurately georeferenced to underlying geodetic datums. An easy way to do this has been to use existing State plane projections. But one nagging problem has always been that those planes were designed to fit the ellipsoid surface at 0.9999 and not actual topography. Adequately designed low distortion projections bridge the gap between GIS and survey and civil engineering. The only snag is that their actual design is very complex and requires a combination of powerful tools. In this session, Join me to see how Global Mapper with Python code was used to accomplish this task.

Keith Lay Director of Sales and Marketing for Clirio Technologies

Keith Lay is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Clirio Technologies. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, strategy and client services, and has delivered digital marketing strategies to high tech and engineering clients for over 15 years. This has included providing analysis and managing campaigns for both the public and private sector, at a regional and national level. Keith also teaches at the post-secondary level in the areas of digital media, programming and marketing technology, and has had the privilege to present talks and seminars, on a variety of topics, in venues large and small. He has also lent his expertise to various non-profit boards and organizations.

Remote Collaboration on Geomatics Data: Bring the Site to the Expert - 1:20 - 1:50 PM EST

The Ada Platform allows for the creation and remote sharing of 3D holograms directly from your Global Mapper data. This can help reduce or eliminate unnecessary travel and gatherings during the COVID travel restrictions, while maintaining a high level of fidelity, understanding and collaboration in a virtual space. With our one button export from Global Mapper, and drag-and-drop cloud software, you can go from project data to sharable holograms in a matter of minutes. Once in the secure cloud, you can then host a virtual session that others can join from around the world to view a true three-dimensional digital twin of your project.

Participants join the session from their choice of hardware. An augmented reality experience is achieved with an iOS (iPhone or iPad) device, or a truly immersive view is provided by either the Microsoft HoloLens or Oculus Quest. In all cases, our viewer places a 3D holographic model of your data in the participants space that they can view and interact with from all angles. Our Remote Collaboration tools allow multiple participants to join a session to view, interact and discuss the data in a virtual space. Each participant is viewed as an avatar in the session where you can see, hear and speak with others. You can see what others are pointing to, highlight key features of the data, and add annotations right in the virtual environment.

This talk will show you how easy it is to use the Ada Platform ( software to share your Global Mapper data and projects with others in a virtual environment.

Danielle Caron Operations Manager

Danielle Caron has been with Blue Marble since 2008 and has had multiple roles throughout her career as the company grows and expands. As the Operations Manager, she is committed to improving internal processes and efficiency, growing the teams to support our international customers, and promoting Blue Marble as a technical leader in the GIS industry.


Erneste Ntakobangize Graduate Student at the University of Rwanda

Winner of the 2020 Blue Marble Geographics Scholarship is for his technical report on the topographical survey of the Rusizi III Hydro Power Plant.

Blue Marble Educational Programs and Scholarship Award - 12:00 - 12:20

Blue Marble Academic Scholarship was established to acknowledge the innovative and creative efforts of students using the Global Mapper in the field of geospatial analysis and research. After presenting the award for 2020, we will hear from the recipient as they share some information about their research and why they selected Global Mapper for their project.

William Noble Applications Specialist

William Noble is an application specialist at Blue Marble Geographics. He is approaching four years with the company in March. He is a graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science.

Global Mapper Tips and Tricks - Creating a 3D Flythrough - 1:00 - 1:15 PM EST

3D and terrain visualization is one of the undisputed strengths of Global Mapper. In this brief presentation, we will demonstrate how to capture the 3D scene as a dynamic video recording simulating a flight over the terrain. As we will see, this process can be initiated by recording a first-person controlled flight or by manually assigning the flight parameters to a drawn or imported line.

Jeffrey Hatzel Product Manager

Jeff Hatzel is Product Manager at Blue Marble Geographics. He helps to manage the planning, research and development associated with the creation of new products and features across Blue Marble's product offerings. Prior to joining Blue Marble, Hatzel earned his MS in GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he still teaches GIS courses as part of an online masters program. In addition to experience teaching at the university level, Jeff has a background studying GIS theory, along with utilizing GIS applications across a variety of real-world settings.

Exploring GeoCalc Online - 1:55 - 2:25 PM EST

GeoCalc Online is Blue Marble's cloud-based repository for coordinate systems parameters and is used by the company's desktop software to ensure accuracy in geodetic conversion and transformation processes. In this session, we will explore the database, how to search for specific coordinate definitions, and we will introduce a new tool for conducting online point-to-point conversions, which effectively provides advanced geodetic tools in the field or at the jobsite.

Sam Knight Director of Product Management

Sam Knight has been at Blue Marble since 2004. In that time, he has worked in Tech Support, Training, and QA, eventually transitioning to Product Manager, and then Director of Product Management. Responsible for developing and leading Blue Marble's successful applied geodesy training program, he has lead hundreds of GIS and Geodetics courses and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, trying to make tricky geodetics concepts accessible at a practical level.

Exploring Geographic Calculator - 2:30 - 3:00 PM EST

From new types of datums in the geodetic parameter database, new "Usages" from the IOGP's EPSG Geodetic Parameter Dataset, to access to the new GeoCalc Online search and calculation tools, the SP1 release of Geographic Calculator 2020 has some interesting updates. In this session, we will explore Geographic Calculator 2020 Service Pack One, including both its new features and a general overview for those not familiar with the tool, with time for your questions.

Rachael Landry Marketing Assistant

Rachael Landry is a Marketing Assistant at Blue Marble Geographics. A graduate of the University of Maine Farmington, Landry joined Blue Marble in 2016 as a member of the sales team. She is the voice of many of Blue Marble's Youtube videos and works with vendors, customers, and staff to ensure quality messaging.

Closing Remarks - 3:00 - Fin

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