It was just a few days after Intermap announced it had "provided" ["The data will be made available to state, local and federal officials at no charge through 2005."] its terrain data and imagery of the Gulf Coast region (part of NEXTMapUSA) to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the other announcements started coming. NGA bought a subscription: "Intermap will provide NGA with NEXTMap USA imagery and elevation map data for regions in Southern California and Alabama… This initial purchase is valued at US$280,000." California is done. And, LADWP (Los Angeles Department of Water & Power) county governments, municipalities and commercial buyers are among the buyers/funders.
It seems clear Intermap is confident that the government sector at all levels will pay its share of the data development costs in time.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/26 at 07:00 AM |
Forbes reports that stockholder holding more than 70% of Hexagon stock have ok’d the acquisiton of Leica Geosystems. The final numbers will be out Monday, but the saga seems to be over.
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 02:53 PM |
Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 23.
“While Columbia County [Georgia] has a map online showing areas that would be inundated with water in the event of dam failure, Augusta’s Web site doesn’t yet.
“Chief Willis said officials in the Augusta Information Technology Department’s Geographic Information Systems Division are working on making that information available through the county’s GIS Web site. He didn’t have an exact date of when that will be completed.
“The Web site is used to show maps of property records and currently can display flood zones in the county - not necessarily caused by a dam failure - as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.”
Augusta Chronicle (free registration required)
“First, I suggest that if you’re in Harris county, go to this website: eFloodMap.com. You can zoom in on your area and see if your house is near the gray flood zones. Now, the main threat from this storm is going to be the winds; the storm should blow through quickly enough to not dump tons of rain on everyone like Allison did. That said, if your house is near the gray areas on this flood map, you need to prepare to have your street and maybe your house flooded. The one thing that I did not do that I wish I had done was to move my vehicles to higher ground, so I suggest you do that.”
LoneStar Times (Texas)
“Peering from space using the government’s most covert satellites, a little-known spy agency is turning its cameras toward Hurricane Rita and the destruction it is expected to inflict on the Gulf Coast.
“A part of the Defense Department, the agency [NGA] usually toils behind the scenes to provide the images and analysis of what’s happening in other countries, including weapons tests. Among the government’s most closely guarded secrets, the quality of pictures from its satellites is believed to far exceed the 1-meter resolution available commercially.”
AP [Note that the highest resolution commercially available is .62 meters from DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird.]
Maps & Resources Tracking Hurricane Rita
Search Engine Watch
“Most video feeds will open up your video player, likely Windows Media Player. For instance, watch Houston’s KHOU or KPRC. Even cooler are three or more video feeds that open within your browser. The Weatherserver site, for instance, has both a Texas Multiview and Louisiana Multiview.”
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 11:09 AM |
Intermap Technologies “has provided the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) with terrain elevation and imagery data of the Gulf Coast region for the Katrina rebuilding effort.”
Intermap Press Release
“The U.S. Geological Survey continues to mobilize equipment and personnel to respond to the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina. This response is being coordinated with local, State, and other Federal agencies.”
USGS article (via Resource Shelf)
“In a cooperative research program, the USGS, NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are using airborne laser mapping systems to quantify coastal change along the entire coastline affected by Hurricane Katrina. Elevation data from before and after the hurricane are compared to determine the patterns and magnitudes of coastal change including erosion and destruction of buildings and infrastructure. Three lidar surveys were collected using two different systems, the NASA’s Experimental Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) and USACE’s Compact Hydrographic Airborne Rapid Total Survey (CHARTS).”
USGS press release
“The U.S. military is using IRRIS® technology, a Web-based transportation security and logistics application, to coordinate the movement of military cargo during the Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery efforts.”
GeoDecision Press Release
by Adena Schutzberg on 09/23 at 11:05 AM |
SRC’s mashup that uses Google Maps is generating 15,000 demographic data reports each day. SRC says they are going to add geocoding, drive times and a polygon boundary query (today it is just a 1, 3, 5 mile ring buffer zone) to the mashup in the near future.
by Joe Francica on 09/23 at 08:30 AM |