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  • Blog Post: IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4.0…And, It Is Awesome!

    I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4...
  • Blog Post: Happy Earth Day, 2009

    Happy Earth Day, my fellow Virtual Earthlings. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to highlight a couple Virtual Earth applications? Ok, I could think of a few ways, but since we’re all stuck inside on Earth Day….wait, maybe I should go work outside today….I’ll give you some relevant sites that...
  • Blog Post: New ESRI / Microsoft Virtual Earth Partnership Announced

    This week during the Environmental Systems Research Institute Developer Conference in Palm Springs, CA, ESRI announced their extended partnership with Microsoft’s Virtual Earth business unit granting native access to Virtual Earth’s imagery and road network map data within ArcGIS Desktop and Server....
  • Blog Post: AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

    I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. ( AGI ) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize...
  • Blog Post: EUCI GIS 2.0 Conference

    I’ll be presenting at the EUCI GIS Conference in San Antonio, TX on January 27, 2009. The conference subtitle being, “Technical and Programming Developments for Electric and Gas Utilities” means I get to show off some code so I AM AMPED! Microsoft Virtual Earth has many applications across utilities...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 GIS with eSpatial

    eSpatial built a demonstration of their iSmart application leveraging Microsoft Virtual Earth to allow GIS Developers the ability to render, modify and save GIS information into a server-based database. The demonstration has a super simple user interface based completely on JavaScript and simple HTML...
  • Blog Post: Thematic Mapping and Heat Maps with Virtual Earth

    I’ve had a couple inquiries about heat maps of late, so wanted to ensure people are aware of the capabilities enabled and resources available for creating heat maps with Virtual Earth. First off, my esteemed colleague Johannes Kebeck has just finished authoring a two part series on overlaying data atop...
  • Blog Post: Tracking the Spread of Diabetes in Australia

    The Australian National Diabetes Services Scheme has published an interesting Virtual Earth map application illustrating the spread and penetration of diabetes across the country. The Australian Diabetes Map allows users to select a specific area type – National, State, Postcode, Federal Electoral Zone...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and Microsoft’s Single View Platform

    There’s a new initiative at Microsoft to bring together different parts of the company under a single umbrella to prove the whole is greater than the sum of all it’s parts. The Public Sector initiative, dubbed “ The Single View Platform ” brings several different Microsoft products together to form a...
  • Blog Post: IS Consulting Releases MapDotNet UX Beta

    IS Consulting just released the Beta of their MapDotNet UX product and the folks in the GIS world had better take notice. It's funny over the years how everyone thinks they've got the next "Arc-XXX killer," yet ESRI continues to persevere - they're doing a lot of things right; however, the...
  • Blog Post: Measuring Households Affected By Flooding Rivers

    Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink - Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. And, with all the water everywhere caused by hurricanes, melting ice, and thunderous storms leading to overflowing riverbeds, it's only right to visualize such information using a Microsoft Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Studying Climate Change in Alaska

    The Microsoft Environment Team published a case study called " Studying Climate Change With a SEAMONSTER " which leverages many Microsoft technologies including Microsoft Research personnel, but most importantly Virtual Earth . If you've ever seen The Day After Tomorrow , you might be reminded...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth-based Loss Estimation Tool

    Earthquake damage assessment just got a little easier. In the spirit of the close of the ESRI User Conference , I figured it was appropriate to post a little something about a GIS application using Microsoft Virtual Earth - enter Inlet (Internet-based Loss Estimation Tool) - okay, my post name is unoriginal...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008....Finally

    I've been hanging out with Ed Katibah in San Diego at the ESRI User Conference and not in the whole two days we stood in our circular booth did he mention this was going down tonight, but whatever Ed! Actually, the booth was so busy, we spent all of about 5 minutes catching up. I digress. After waiting...
  • Blog Post: Don't Like Microsoft Virtual Earth Imagery? Then, "Patch" It.

    There are certain areas of the world where Virtual Earth's imagery is, well, low resolution. Let's face it, the world is a huge place and Virtual Earth just having had it's 3rd birthday is only in the initial phases of rolling out imagery and photography to cover the world. For those of you who just...
  • Blog Post: ESRI ArcGIS 9.3 Desktop Now Features Microsoft Virtual Earth

    Today, we're announcing a closer and much deeper relationship with ESRI by integrating Virtual Earth into their ArcGIS Desktop product. As a part of the version 9.3 release, Virtual Earth will natively be a premium content layer so you can simply select to view your data on our roads, high resolution...
  • Blog Post: ESRI International User Conference 2008

    Awwwwe yeah, I'm coming home San Diego! I love a free trip home. Microsoft Virtual Earth will have a significant presence at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego August 4 - 8, 2008. We've had some strategic announcements with ESRI this year and with the integration of Virtual Earth and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 + Virtual Earth = Simple GIS

    Marc Schweigert is trying to replace me as the Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist. I kid, I kid! He has bigger fish to fry, but his passion for geospatial solutions is impressive to say the least. He's just put out ANOTHER TWO how-to videos about Microsoft Virtual Earth . These videos are only the beginning...
  • Blog Post: Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems

    Isaac Kunen from the SQL Server team published an outstanding MSDN article entitled, " Introduction to Spatial Coordinate Systems: Flat Maps for a Round Planet ." This is a great article for those of you who are just getting started in GIS, are curious about GIS but intimidated by math and...
  • Blog Post: ESRI ArcGIS JavaScript Extension for Virtual Earth

    ESRI just publicly released their a new version of their ArcGIS JavaScript Extension...using Virtual Earth . Now, you can leverage the powerful analytics and computational GIS models in ESRI ArcGIS Server and visualize this information on Microsoft Virtual Earth . " The ArcGIS JavaScript™...
  • Blog Post: ESRI Shapefile Layers on a Virtual Earth Map

    Juan DoNeblo has the skinny on rendering your ESRI .shp files on Virtual Earth . This is a fantastic how-to that was posted back in April around the time of the ESRI Developers Summit . Microsoft has a strong partnership with ESRI as they are one of the top Microsoft ISVs . What's unique about the integration...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and OGC WMS

    Check out the new Virtual Earth map style using topographical maps. Ha, gotcha! I should've saved this one for April 1. This is actually an Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service integration with Virtual Earth! And, just to clarify, this is not a new map style. C+V Huber just launched a new tourist...
  • Blog Post: Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar

    In the wake of devastation in Myanmar, the HIC for Myanmar has partnered with IDV Solutions to create The Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar's Map Center . The map-based, dashboard application is simplistically powerful allowing users to very easily plot data feeds, vector information and overlay...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Spatial

    SQL Server 2008 Spatial...I like the sound of that. CTP (Community Technology Preview) is available for free evaluation download now. It's coming and I can't wait for you to see it. Since Ed Katibah and I presented at Location Intelligence he and I have been talking more and more about some exciting...
  • Blog Post: Route Geometry Exposed

    This week at the Location Intelligence Conference , I announced that route geometry is now exposed in Virtual Earth. The SDK is now updated to reflect how you can get route geometry out of Virtual Earth. The catch is you have to use the tokening system by Implementing Customer Identification . Once you...
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