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DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
About Data    |    February 4, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Leveraging Spatial Queries in ETL

One of the benefits of storing spatial data in database systems is the ability to efficiently query data by location. For example, “where are all the fire hydrants within a certain distance of a given point?” Typically, a variety of spatial interactions are supported, meaning that you can find all the geometries that interact with […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    January 19, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#25: Happy Birthday FME2009

Contents:
Source Feature Type Editing,
TopologyBuilder: Assume Clean Data option,
FME Server: Batch Processing,
FME Server: Email Notifications,
New Format: Adobe Geospatial PDF.

This edition of the FME Evangelist celebrates the release of FME2009 by describing how and why to edit source schemas, demonstrating a neat new option for the TopologyBuilder, and discussing the role of FME Server in batch processing. Oh, we also have details of the new Adobe Geospatial PDF (2D) writer.

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    November 10, 2008    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#24: Click Connect, Concatenator, Log Files, and FME Training

Contents:
A New Chapter in the History of Workbench: Quick Connect,
Your Spy at Safe: New Training Facility,
Anatomy of an FME Project: Parts V and VI,
Concatenator Tip,
Shutdown Scripts and Log Files

This FME Evangelist reports on an important update to FME Workbench, gives insider news on Safe Software’s new training facility, details a couple of useful updates for handling log files in Tcl and Python, plus continues the series “Anatomy of an FME Project” by fetching maps from a web server and outputting them inside a custom HTML template.

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    October 17, 2008    |    By Dale Lutz

Can A World With One Data Format Exist?

I came across some interesting discussions on data models and data formats today on Vector One that are well worth a read: “What is a Spatial Data Model and Why are they Important to Understand?” and “What If A Global Modeling Environment Were to Offer Compatibility With Multiple File Formats?” At Safe, we’re very familiar […]

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    October 15, 2008    |    By Dale Lutz

The Convergence of Geospatial and BIM

Susan Smith recently wrote an interesting article in GIS Weekly about Autodesk’s Digital Cities initiative entitled “Digital Cities: Where Geospatial and Building Information Modeling Converge”. This article is definitely worth a read if you’re interested in this rapidly growing trend in the geospatial industry. I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    October 13, 2008    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#23: Creating Measures, Shutdown Scripts, Logged Features

Contents:
Anatomy of an FME Project: Parts III and IV
Measure Generation from Z Values
Shutdown Scripts and Logged Features
Updated Transformer Help
Drag and Insert Updates

This edition of the FME Evangelist is back to a general mix, with a good example of generating measures, a useful new TCL/Python function, and a sneak peak of a new Transformer Help document; not forgetting the ongoing anatomy of an FME project.

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    October 10, 2008    |    By Dale Lutz

FDO News

Autodesk recently announced two new FDO providers at the FOSS4G conference – and this Cadalyst article quoted Safe’s user wiki, fmepedia, to help define what an FDO provider is. What the article doesn’t mention is that FME Desktop ships with an uber FDO-provider that can read all the formats that FME supports, including rasters. You […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    September 27, 2008    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelism – Smallworld UC Special

Contents:
FME/Smallworld Background,
FME and the Smallworld SIAS,
Behind the Scenes,
Technical Details of a Smallworld Workspace,
Data Streaming and Linking,
What’s New in the FME SpatialBiz Plug-In,
Smallworld 4.1 Support,
Training Offer.

This FME Evangelist is a special edition for the 2008 Smallworld Americas Users Conference. It details a particular scenario that we will be demonstrating at the conference: how to integrate FME Server with a web mapping tool such as SIAS (Smallworld Internet Application Server). It has good information for anyone new to FME, plus news about recent FME-Smallworld enhancements, and mentions techniques useful to most users.