2019 01 17  Report of Training provided by john

2014 Apr 04  GIS Religion?  (evolving Worldview)

  As a tribute to the Indiana Polis Center, and re-energizing discussion, john is providing the PowerPoint

  presented 2006 July at the KY GIS Conference in Fort Mitchell, KY.  Recovery of the video may come...


2014 Feb 14     15-year update of the seminal document starting this blog.  The Surveyor's GIS

2013 April 9 KYTC Trans-GIS Conferenceintro tranShed

CenterPop  BSBA    National Freedom Bridge 

Cincinnati Arch geologic foundation of the tri-State

GIS : 600-word Intro

Geospatial Integrative Service

2006 Sep 01  ArcGIS 9.2 includes the new, more capable geodatabase named "file geodatabase", fgdb.  It supplements the personal geodatabase, pgdb, based on the Microsoft "jet" engine underlying MS Access.  Migration from pgdb to fgdb is easy.  Benefits include almost unlimited headroom and the ability to project raster images.  

2005 May - National Geodetic Survey (NGS) State Geodetic  Advisors selected training by ESRI-Authorized instructor john schmidt, M.S. at NCAD.  For a week, Advisors received level 1 and level 2 ArcGIS 9 training, enhancing their mission in states of:  Alaska, WA, CA, AZ, FL, NY, MN, CO, OH, and KY.



2008 Feb 19  ArcKnow Intro to Professional GIS   Schedule

2007 May 15  ArcKnow  ArcGIS 9 classes  

2005 May 13  ArcGIS 9.1.  Now ArcGIS includes extensions.  When you buy ArcGIS 9.1 ArcView, it now includes 2 extensions, StreetMap and ArcPress, previously costing an additional $790.

ArcGlobe is way cool, and so is "ModelBuilder", a graphic mode of representing a GIS solution.  Methods are diagrams!  Storable, re-run-able packages of GIS processing, running on schedule.  Programmed results without the pain of programming. click to see enlargement ModelBuilder is now one of 5 ways to represent or effect a GIS process.  Common to all ArcGIS license levels, the "GeoProcessing Framework" includes all 5 modalities, providing users maximum power and flexibility using and programming the ArcGIS Desktop.  But, if you still want to develop your own version of GIS Power, there is now programmer's delight at both levels:  ArcGIS (desktop) Engine, and ArcGIS Server, complete tools for assembly of ArcObjects.  http://www.esri.com.  John completed Release 9 training in St. Louis on 2004 June 3.


geoPort is a Welcome resource for visitors to the tri-state  Cincinnati , USA area, including our roost atop Northern Ky. 

2002.  ESRI has completed the rebirth of its GIS software, named ArcGIS, moving from a Unix base to a Windows base. All software has been re-written in the Common Object Model (COM) framework, consistent with Microsoft Windows operating systems and .Net internet architecture.  ArcGIS software requires Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.

ESRI legacy software products will be supported, like aging children, indefinitely, but you are encouraged to embrace the new ArcGIS technology on which all future development is based.

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) continues to provide the leading edge in GIS software technology. Scalability within the ESRI product line has always been the basis for the success ESRI enjoys leading the GIS industry. Now ArcView is identical to Arc/Info, except for the depth of the menu and corresponding code. Starting with the entry product ArcView, to the expanded capability of ArcEditor (allowing editing of the Enterprise GeoDataBase), to the fully realized, all-powerful analytic engine ArcInfo, the interface and behavior of ArcGIS is the same. Start anywhere, upgrade as justified, your investment in learning is continually repaid.

Applicable to all ArcGIS License levels, here is the growing list of ArcGIS Extensions:

3D Analyst makes use of geodatabase or shape file format, including X, Y, and Z attributes, enabling advanced visualization and analysis over the map region where Z may represent elevation, or any imaginable variable supported by data.  3D Analyst provides 2 additional application windows:  ArcScene for building virtual reality, and ArcGlobe for locating feature layers on the virtual world that turns and models any place on earth on a singular, 3D model of Earth in space.

Spatial Analyst enables conversion of vector to raster, and operates on raster data sets by way of a grid technology that enables computations between geo-referenced pixel values. This tool provides the ultimate in siting capability, processing unlimited "surfaces", each based on a single parameter such as: elevation, proximity, population density, income, or any imaginable data type.  By mathematically adding these surfaces, like spreadsheets, one finds the optimum location, based on the chosen criteria (surfaces).

StreetMap USA is an enhanced version of Geographic Data Technology (GDT) DynaMap 1000, a comprehensive, nationwide database of TIGER road segments with attribute information enabling geocoding and labeling.  Now, a more enhanced dataset is available, StreetMap 2000 comprising the most up-to-date dataset maintained by Geographic Data Technology, on contract with the U.S. Census Bureau.  StreetMap Europe is also available.

GeoStatistical Analyst provides user-friendly interface for developing geographic surfaces based on point samples of data, computed with a range of functions. The process is termed Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA), utilizing spatial and non-spatial functions evaluating data.  Geostatistical methods for Kriging and coKriging supplement deterministic methods:

MrSID Encoder, from ESRI partner LizardTech, makes large hi-resolution image files more usable by enabling much faster display.  ArcGIS includes support for encoding raster files up to 512M.  Larger files are encoded using MrSID Encoder for ArcGIS.

ArcPress enables optimum printing of any file size to hp DesignJet and PostScript printers.

ArcScan provides the software tools to clean up scanned (existing paper) maps or photos, and selectively vectorize all or parts of the raster.

Tracking Analyst enables direct, real-time input from event recorders, including positions from the Global Positioning System, and provides sophisticated visualization, management and analysis based on time.

Survey Analyst is revolutionary, developed in conjunction with Leica.  The surveyor now has a survey layer providing for direct storage of survey measurements.  Tools for adjustment, including least-squares, enable computation of coordinates, which are dynamically tied to both:  (1) existing and new measurements, and (2) GIS features.  The quality of the coordinate result (spherical error of probability) is stored as well, enabling management of GIS quality.  Quoting ESRI on Release 9:  Survey Analyst COGO computations create survey points, and the geometry of these survey points is not affected by GIS edits. In addition, the procedures for defining direct edits for survey point locations are highly controlled in a surveyor-friendly environment. These procedures are stored in sequences of dependent computations. Survey points form a framework of control for feature geometry. You can link points to feature geometry while still allowing the necessary flexibility in the feature edits. This is achieved by giving to the feature geometry an intelligence known as survey awareness. Over time, feature geometry accuracy can be maintained and formally expressed using the Survey Analyst system of coordinate management.

Intenet Map Server, ArcIMS 9, is ESRI's 5th-generation Web Service enabling access to GIS sharing by cost-free clients using web browsers.  To experience ArcIMS live, many sites are available including our Dyno Map and the NGS CORS Dynamic Map.

The NCAD Training Center is located at our home, the Erlanger Reference Center, wherein we also provide "Erla", a Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) administrated by the National Geodetic Survey.  Erla facilitates the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in constructing and perfecting locations within the GIS.  Erla is a public service provided by NCAD, the first non-governmental provider of a CORS.  Nearing completion of the first Decade of service, indicates that  Erla is the most stable.  The National CORS are represented in our DynoMap.

Another CORS site between Louisville and Frankfort, KY (Lou1) is broadcasting the Beacon Signal. This sub-AM radio signal encodes range corrections. Using a radio receiver along with a GPS receiver, one obtains real-time position results accurate to 1 meter. More details at GPS.

NCAD also is providing real-time dual-frequency corrections from Erla over the iNternet!  For more information see GPS.

NCAD provides highly-rated ESRI-authorized instruction:

2001 Publication in ArcNews: Visualizing Earth, based on the 1997 document, Dimensions of 3D.

1999 Publication: The Surveyor's GIS; (G stands for Global) Published in the Proceedings of the 1999 Conference of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio is an article authored by John Schmidt applicable to all members of the GIS community.  For the Word document zipped by PKWare: Click here to download. Click here for the html version online.


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