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The UK Centre for Sustainable Energy, part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has developed a heat map that maps heat use at the building level. The aim of the effort is to determine which areas are best suited to district heating where groups of buildings share the same boiler and drive down […]


NASA Releases New Global Forest Height Map

by Matt Ball on February 20, 2012

NASA has just released a high-resolution 3D map of the world’s forests, that documents forest heights. The data was compiled via lidar from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System instrument on NASA’s Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat). With forest heights, researchers can more accurately assess biomass and the connections of forest height to wildlife […]


Kinomap App Improves Indoor Cycling Experience

by Matt Ball on February 13, 2012

The Kinomap Trainer is an iPad application that improves the experience of indoor cycling by streaming user-recorded and geolocated videos along with a map of progress. The interface includes progress, elevation gain and performance, with the motivation of matching the rhythm of the original video. With the addition of sensors from ANT+ with a dongle […]


NREL Develops Online Renewable Energy Atlas

by Matt Ball on January 31, 2012

The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has released an online atlas that shows the potential for renewable energy across the country. The atlas allows users to display the types of resources that are of interest to them, including hydro, geothermal, biomass, concentrated solar power, solar photovoltaic, wind offshore, wind onshore, and wave power density. The […]


A Webmap I’ve Been Waiting On

by Matt Ball on January 25, 2012

If you’re like a lot of skiiers, you’ve found it hard to best navigate the snow conditions and weather of your favorite place. Being a spoiled skiier in Colorado, with a lot of local options, just compounds the problem. Chris Helm (@cwhelm) and Brendan Heberto (@bheberto) — both Coloradans — have just created an elegant […]


High Resolution Topographic Map of the Moon Released

by Matt Ball on November 17, 2011

Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been processed, and a highly detailed and nearly global topographic map of the moon has been released. The topographic map was created at the Arizona State University in Tempe, at a pixel-scale resolution close to 100 meters. The Global Lunar DTM 100 m topographic model (GLD100), was […]


‘“What is a Map?” is More Relevant than Ever’ was the title and topic of The National Map Conference keynoter Frederick Reuss, author of five novels, including his recent “A Geography of Secrets” that addresses secrecy in public and private life in present-day Washington. Reuss provided a layman’s perspective as a user of maps, a […]


This morning Bentley held a press briefing regarding the release of Bentley Map V8i product lineup with Richard Zambuni, global marketing director, and Bob Mankowski, vice president, software development. The new three-tiered offering of Bentley Map products simplifies the product offering and adds a number of new features and improved workflows from desktop to enterprise […]


Paul McRoberts, Autodesk’s vice president of the infrastructure product group, addressed press today at the AEC Media Day. The focus of McRobert’s group has been on the porting of model-based design to bring BIM workflows and concepts to infrastructure. At the center of this approach is the capability to start with as-built and existing conditions, […]


There’s a well-written story that profiles the Columbia Regional Geospatial Service Center on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in the San Angelo Standard-Times. It’s the eighth anniversary of that tragic large-scale disaster, and the piece profiles this center that rose from the positive awareness of geospatial technology that resulted from the event. […]