12/8/2011 3:28 PM
I'll be brief. Mostly because I just wrote a followup blog to last week's Marinmap meeting, and it was lost in the ether.
Big news from the meeting was that Dick Scott announced his retirement! And fast, he's outta here as of December 15, and after 37 years. Wow, 37, who stays anywhere that long anymore? Mobility seems to be both common and a means to improve your position. Most people move on to move up, or just move to escape the doldrums. Ironically, previous generations, like my grandparents and other Depression babies, weren't mobile and were damn grateful they weren't. So those like Dick, with that kind of loyalty, if that's in fact how he sees it, are a shrinking breed. I think I speak for all of us when I say we won't see the likes of Dick anymore!
Dick, thank you for your years of service to Novato, for your long time service to Marinmap as a strong contributing member, for your years as a great and thorough secretary (clearly, pinning note-taking duties on someone had no effect on their volume of input!), and for the box of files you dumped on me on your way out the door! We'll miss your "and now for something completely different" take on things.
In other news, Brian Quinn of the Matrix team, subbing for Fred, announced that the LIDAR data is now available. What need I for this, you say? Because, I say, it's contour data, but better. It's a one meter grid which can generate 2 foot contours and is much more accurate. Even cooler is that you can make 3D models with it for terrain modeling. That means you can generate way cool maps that really give tekkies and non-tekkies that cool view of your agency as if it has depth, showing them the hills and valleys instead of a flat map with lines only a cartographer could love. Not only that, rather than generate terrain modeling and TIN features with a simple color scale, you can actually drape the orthophoto over it. Be sure to try it, plot something for the boss or the residents or boards- they'll like it. It's useful, and elegant. Isn't it just like being there? Contact Brian for the data, but go get a 3 terrabyte drive first.
The Orthophoto three project is coming along nicely. This is the one that Marinmap is getting via a partnership with USGS. The orthos is due to them this month and soon thereafter to us. We are building a great library of history, along with keeping our orthophoto current. Load each one, see the landslide move over time, see that huge addition in the back yard take shape!
We agreed to upgrade the server to ArcGIS 10. Whew. I'm sure many of you will breathe a sigh of relief. Many a sleepless night have I had over this. Fortunately the Exec Committee acted with great alacrity.
Much more went on, but I wanted to grab the top stories. Happy Thursday, Happy Holidaze.