April 25, 2007

Live GIS/CAD Training Class

I took my girls camping this weekend near Ojai. On the way up we ran into a Ferrari club touring by. The freshly paved winding road was an idyllic setting for these rolling art pieces. We saw about 20 different vehicles all with the same rearing stallion logo. Some of them I recognized some new one’s I hadn’t seen, and a there were a couple of vintage classics. In the middle of the parade of Ferraris was a splash of realism, a circa 1975 brown GMC full-sized van… I must say a van never looked so, well… brown.

ESRI is putting on a Live Training Session for CAD use in ArcGIS tomorrow. Come see some things you might recognize, something new and some classics. Like all ESRI Live Training Sessions this one will be recorded and made free for viewing in a couple of weeks in case you miss it, or want to view it again later.

April 16, 2007

ArcGIS for AutoCAD a Sea of Possibilities

View of our Earth centered roughly on the South Pacific

I am haunted by a few nautical images that I have seen in movies; seascapes in Master and Commander, and the old version Moby Dick, (with Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, chasing the great white whale around the globe) are two that rush to mind. Also there is a line from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean where Captn’ Jack Sparrow is waxing poetic about what a ship is.

“That's what a ship is, you know. It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs, but what a ship is... what the Black Pearl really is... is freedom.”

My reaction to these tells me that in another time, I may have been lured to a life on the sea (when the occupation of GIS/CAD professional was not so viable). To me there is something compelling about the geography of the globe that can be traveled by the Oceans and although it is a unpredictable and ominous path, it connects the whole world.

Here is a link to a recent interview for GIS Weekly I gave regarding the newly released ArcGIS for AutoCAD: “What Do CAD Users Want to Do With GIS?"

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