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What’s the Number Two GIS Vendor

Posted by jeffhobbs on June 25, 2008

Directions Magazine is running a poll on their web site. From the web site: “Daratech recently offered that Bentley Systems is the #2 GIS company (ESRI is #1). Based on your usage of GIS technology at your organization, what GIS company is second to ESRI?” Since you are all (I assume) Intergraph users, take a minute and vote for your product of choice. The poll is located on the lower right hand corner of the home page.

FYI – I just voted and Intergraph was towards the bottom (after MapInfo).

Directions Magazine Poll


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National Geodetic Survey Web Site

Posted by jeffhobbs on May 29, 2008

For a while I’ve been wanting to sanity check my GPS points against a known entity. So, I’ve been looking for a set of survey monuments for Santa Clara County. Up to now, I haven’t been able to find them. My plan is to simply shoot the monument with each of my GPS units and compare the results I receive from the unit to the survey monument coordinates. HOPEFULLY they’ll be very similar….

Anyhow, today I finally got the bright idea to contact the county surveyor’s office. They pointed me to the NGS web site. As it turns out, they host survey monuments for the entire nation on this site. Even better, they allow you to download a shapefile with the control points. So next I’ll be loading the shapefile into GeoMedia and then writing a couple of simple functional attributes to translate from lat/long to California State Plane coordinates. After that, I’ll be able to shoot the survey monuments and finally double check the horizontal accuracy of my GPS systems.

Not very GeoMedia related, but did want to pass the site along to others looking to do something similar.

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GeoMedia Wiki

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 24, 2008

Was reading a post made by Zym in reply to one of my entries. It mentions using Google as a reference for a good source of documentation. He also mentions the idea of developing a wiki. There has been talk of developing a wiki focused on GeoMedia suite. I envision it to be a centralized place where users can find examples, documentation, and pointers for more ideas. Additionally, I envision it being a collaborative effort with some content coming from Intergraph but also quite a bit of content coming from the users.

As I’m sure you all know, the real power of a wiki is the ability for many people to collaborate. So, with that said, I’d like your feedback.

  1. Would you find it useful?
  2. Would you help edit it?
  3. Would you add your own content (e.g. examples, workflows, ideas, etc).
  4. Would the requirement that you had to login turn you off from editing/adding content?

Please provide your feedback as I could really see this happening…if there’s enough interest.


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Find the Missing Software

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 22, 2008

Just a simple, dumb question…can ANYBODY provide the direct link to the GeoMedia suite of products?? It’s cheating if you have it bookmarked :-). I started at the Intergraph home page and after 15 minutes I’ve given up. Now…can anybody find a link to ArcView from the ESRI home page??? I did it in literally five seconds!

I even Googled GeoMedia. Both the and GeoMedia6.0 links return 404 errors. In fact, I typed in “Intergraph GeoMedia” into Google. Of the first four links, the first three return a 404 error.

Sorry this post wasn’t too helpful. And honestly, I’m not try to slam Intergraph. However if I’m having a hard time navigating my way through the Intergaph web site, I can only imagine how hard it would be for a prospective GeoMedia customer.

[Off my soapbox now]

[Back on my soapbox] – Update

I think I finally found my link. I had to LOGIN to get to it. HUH???????? I’m sorry…but what marketing genius decided on this?? Here’s the page I get if I’m not logged in (from the Intergraph web site):

New Customer

Intergraph product-specific information is only available to existing Intergraph customers. If you are interested in Intergraph solutions, click here to complete our contact information form, and an Intergraph representative will contact you.

Could that be less useful?? All I was trying to do was pass on some information about the GeoMedia suite to a colleague.

Isn’t there a way someone can find out more information WITHOUT registering???

[Off my soapbox]

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A Very Cool Google Maps Hack

Posted by jeffhobbs on February 6, 2008

I ran across this site a little while ago and had to post a link. You punch in a few parameters and you get HTML code to place a Google Map on your own web site.

I punched in my work address along with a few other parameters and got the following code back:

<p align=”center”> <iframe name=”mapframe” src=”; frameborder=”0″ width=”450″ scrolling=”no” height=”300″></iframe> </p> <p align=”center”> <img src=”; align=”absmiddle” width=”16″ height=”16″ /> <a href=”″>View in Google Earth</a> — <a href=””>Get Google Earth</a><br /> Powered by <a href=””>YourMap</a&gt; from <a href=””>Google Earth Hacks</a>.</p>

Unfortunately my blog doesn’t allow me to actually create my own HTML, so I can’t actually create the map to show you. However I did take a screen shot of the map so you can see how it looks.


The entire process took about one minute. Although you really can’t easily adapt the code for reuse among different applications e.g. pass it an x/y and show a map for a parcel, it’s great for any static maps you need to create e.g. a map to a user’s group meeting.

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Very Cool Web Site

Posted by jeffhobbs on November 19, 2007

A colleague pointed me to a web site today named "Vector Magic". This site will convert many different types of of bitmap images to vectors…for free. Although I can’t see anybody using it every day, I can see it coming in handy in those rare occasions. I ran the San Jose Water Company logo through the application and it completed it in a few minutes. Granted, the SJWC logo is fairly simplistic, but it worked really well. You can go to the comparison site to see how this (free) site’s output compares to paid-for products like Adobe Live Trace  (part of Adobe Illustrator CS2) and Corel PowerTRACE. Furthermore, if you pan down the page you can see a side by side comparison between the output from the cost-based programs and Vector Magic. The output appears to be very comparable if not even better in every case.

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Using Oracle Locator Data in Google Earth

Posted by jeffhobbs on August 15, 2007


I happened upon an interesting article titled “Integrating Oracle Spatial with Google Earth” yesterday on the Oracle web site. The article is authored by Justin Lokitz of Leica Geosystems (formerly of Oracle Corporation and Acquis Inc.). It discusses using the open source software GeoServer. The article has a very good discussion of using GeoServer to read the Oracle database and create KML that can be ingested dynamically (via a Network Link) by Google Earth. The entire process seems to be somewhat straightforward. It should also be noted that Justin has posted an addendum to the article on his OraGIS blog. Finally, the folks at GeoServer have also posted a six+ minute movie highlighting how the data can be ingested by Google Earth.

After looking at GeoServer, the software looks very cool. It appears to be a data broker (for lack of a better term) that allow you to transform “typical” GIS data (shapefile, Oracle Locator, ArcSDE, etc.) to standards-based formats that can be used by today’s “main stream” applications like Google Earth (via KML/KMZ), Google Maps/Yahoo Maps/Microsoft Virtual Earth (via GeoRSS), Flex/Flash (via WMS/WFS), GIS applications (via WMS/WFS), etc.

However, do keep in mind that each of these applications has different licensing agreements. For instance, Google Earth is free for
personal, non-commercial use only
. Furthermore, there are some restrictions on the online mapping applications. In the end, just make sure to read the licensing agreements of the software that will be the client for your application …ideally before developing the application 🙂 .

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Intergraph "Advertising"

Posted by jeffhobbs on August 9, 2007

While I was posting the Virtual Earth video on YouTube, I ran across this video. Too funny (and yes, Intergraph related 🙂 )

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Very Interesting Web Sites

Posted by jeffhobbs on July 27, 2007

As you might know, The State of the Map conference in the UK just completed July 15. Although it’s all UK based, they had some very interesting topics. I had been watching the site as I really wanted to get the slides for one presentation titled "Why Mash-ups Suck (and Cartography Matters)" by Richard Fairhurst. Anyhow, I went to the site today and they have wiki that not only has the slides, but also had an audio recording of most if not all of the presentations! Very cool.

Also thought I’d pass on a link given to me by a presenter at BAAMA yesterday. It allows you to look at different areas and get a better understanding of how they developed. Just the way the data are delievered and the design are very interesting. The temporal aspect of the site and how its integrated into the maps is very cool.

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Great GeoMedia WebMap Publisher Site

Posted by jeffhobbs on July 26, 2007

A few days ago Farrell Jones from LSU’s CADGIS Research Laboratory posted a link on the Directions Magazine GeoMedia List pointing readers to his GeoMedia WebMap Publisher site. I took a look, and boy was I impressed! Take a look for yourself:

If you have some familiarity with the GeoMedia WebMap Publisher application, you’ll be sure to notice different tweaks that he’s made to the default application including:

  1. A create Google Map button
  2. A customized attribute properties dialog  box – he’s even showing photographs in one of the dialog boxes
  3. A custom user-defined queries tool
  4. A new bookmarking tool that saves the extents and map name in the bookmark
  5. I’m sure many more as well

Take a look for yourself. Very cool stuff!

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Bugs We’ve Found <BETA>

Posted by jeffhobbs on July 12, 2007

I’ve had a few requests for a centralized placed where people can place information on bugs that have been found. Thought this place would be as good as any. I’ll leave the page up for a few weeks. If it turns out to be of use, I’ll keep it. If no one is using it, it’s easy to remove.

So post away!

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Great (Geo)TIFF Resource

Posted by jeffhobbs on July 12, 2007

Sorry, didn’t get a chance to post yesterday. Will try and get a few up today and will start doing more on GeoMedia 6.1.

Anyhow, did want to post a link to a fantastic TIFF resource. They even have some information on how Intergraph directly writes and reads TIFFs. This is a good tie to my previous post “Sharing GeoTIFFs Between ArcGIS and GeoMedia”. Anyhow, the site is hosted by Aware [Systems]. They even have a great (free) TIFF tag reader. This tool works much like the tag reader inside of the free ISRU Toolkit delivered with GeoMedia Professional (by default located at C:\Program Files\GeoMedia Professional\Program\ISRUStandalone.exe).

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My Simpsons Avatar

Posted by jeffhobbs on June 27, 2007

Too cool. Take a look at the Simpsons movie site. I created my own avatar. Take a look:

Except for the bald head and the pimp hat, – it looks just like me 🙂

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Historical Maps Web Site –

Posted by jeffhobbs on June 22, 2007

Was listening to a podcast a few weeks weeks ago and they mentioned a web site: He has a whole host of maps. Many of them very cool. I did a fast search for maps of Santa Clara County. Came across a few. If you install the Java Client, you can actually download the maps at a very high resolution. In fact, I downloaded one map at the highest resolution (7 or 8 mb in size) and then plotted it out on our HP5500 at 60 inches in width. It came out great! No pixelation whatsoever!

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